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September 1994

What We Were Like

The Birthday Plan - excerpts from a talk given by the originator of "The Oklahoma Birthday Plan" at the AA State Meeting in Great Bend, Kansas in the fall of 1955 and first published in the May 1956 Grapevine

I believe that Bill and the founders, in giving us the Third Legacy, gave us everything we need to work AA and to perpetuate it, except a permanent way to finance ourselves. The $2 a head suggested as a yardstick for group contributions to Headquarters sounds all right, but in my opinion a lot of us are "passing through" AA: twenty percent of those in this room tonight will have "passed through" a year from now --sober, chances are, but not active --and new ones will be taking their place.

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