From the June 1946 magazine.

Growing Pains Here and Abroad

The founding of a new group of Alcoholics Anonymous is considerably more difficult and complicated than opening up a new roadside hot dog stand.

Although this fact is self-evident it does seem to be occasion for surprise and discouragement here and there as new A.A. groups get under-day throughout this country and other countries. Frequently the enthusiastic sponsors of new groups become baffled to the point of despair when called upon to share in the growing pains of a new group. Some are apt even to become disillusioned when they learn that a new group cannot always be started with a merry wave of the hand, and that the first meeting does not necessarily set in a motion a steady and serene growth.

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