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Topic: AA Around the World
Celebrating a half-century of AA history in Barbados
The Planning Committee for the 50th Anniversary celebration of AA in Barbados has chosen as its convention theme “Barbados Comes of Age.” This theme was the unanimous choice of the planning committee...
BROOKLYN. Well, you know how Brooklyn is. Trees grow there, and so does AA, but they don’t talk so much about it. We think it bears repeating that AA started there, right on Clinton St. in Bill’s...
Even halfway around the world in Australia, the program is there if you seek it
In my early sobriety, a friend took me under her wing, driving me to meetings, introducing me to others and teaching me all about the program. She told me her story, suggested I “identify and don’t...
A meeting of one turns her vacation from disastrous to delightful
I was only two months sober when I took a vacation in Ixtapa, Mexico. Arriving sober with my husband felt like walking onto the wrong movie set. I remembered this club from my single, drinking days,...
Shaking in my new sobriety boots, only a few weeks without a drink to my name, I embarked with my husband on a two-week trip to Maui. I left the treatment center, got home and started packing for the...
A big game hunter accepts that he is powerless over alcohol and becomes the first member of AA in a remote area of British Columbia
I'm sure my father would have classified himself as "the hopeless variety" alcoholic. He had some choice vocabulary for the more politically correct terms we use today. We won't go into them here but...
Identical leather bracelets serve as ties to a home group amongst fisherman in Mexico
Here I sit on an airplane flying home from Mexico and contemplating how hard it used to be to fly without drinking. This is only the second time in my adult life that I am in an airplane sober. I don...
A meeting in Australia uses technology to bring the world of AA into their room
I personally use various electronic communication applications to work with sponsees who have moved and want to continue to be sponsored by me. I myself have only ever had long-distance sponsorship...
A doctor discovers joy helping alcoholics in Africa
A good friend of mine in AA tells the story of how, when faced with the prospect of surrendering his will and his life to the care of God, he was afraid God would ask him to give away all his...
In 1986, I was one of the organizers of the 50th Anniversary of AA in Brazil that would happen the following year. At that time I was also a Brazilian World Service Meeting (WSM) Delegate in my first...

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