From the November 1949 magazine.

The Group

Anyone who has shared the early pains of a new group will undoubtedly agree that here is one place in the development of AA where experience is vital.

To be sure, many groups have been founded and nursed through infancy the hard way--without benefit of experience. It can be done, perhaps, but probably no group after the first was started without any experience at all. Someone knew something about the preceding groups; someone had read something or been told something about how other groups were started.

-- T.D.

Greenwich Village, New York

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