From the July 2010 magazine.

Dear Grapevine

Preserving our history

One of the great joys of being sober is the ability to give back. My sponsors always encouraged me to take some type of service job and for the past six years I have been connected with our area's archives. This work has given me a deeper appreciation of our Fellowship and of the enormous gift I have been given. Archives work is going on all over the world to preserve our wonderful history and a great way to give back is by sharing our stories, especially now that AA is celebrating its 75th anniversary.

We can contact our Intergroup office and perhaps provide that missing puzzle piece for an elusive group history. I have communicated with many AAs already and, although we still have a long way to go, I look forward to the work with great anticipation. The next story I hear might be the one that gives me a much-needed shot of gratitude.

-- BOB R.

Suffolk County, N.Y.

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