Alcoholics Anonymous District1, Area 1 (Alabama and NW Florida)

Compiled In September 2021

An AA Group was formed in 2017 by two women seeking to start an Alcoholics Anonymous Group that respects AA’s singleness of purpose and honors the Twelve Traditions and Twelve Steps. The Idea for the group’s name came from Don P., an AA member in Denver, Colorado who had formed a group called “An AA Group”. The name comes from the long form of the Third Tradition:

“Our membership ought to include all who suffer from alcoholism. Hence, we may refuse none who wish to recover. Nor ought AA membership ever depend on money or conformity. Any two or three alcoholics gathered together for sobriety may call themselves an AA group, provided that, as a group, they have no other affiliation.”

The format for An AA Group’s meetings came from the group “Keep It Simple”, with their permission. The meeting location was (and still is) at the Cross Point Church of Christ in Florence, Alabama. Monthly rent was arranged with the church, as the group wanted to honor the AA Seventh Tradition by being “Self-supporting through our own contributions”.

The following group attributes were also established and approved by Group Conscience:

  1. All meetings would be Closed meetings. Singleness of purpose and topics of discussion would come only from the AA “Big Book” (“Alcoholics Anonymous”) and the book “Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions”.
  2. The Chairperson would remind any participants of the group’s singleness of purpose in the event of off-topic sharing. All meetings would start on time and end on time or sooner if all those present had shared.
  3. Members were to share their experience, strength, and hope utilizing the process of  the 12 steps, mindful that sharing should always be focused on the 12 Steps, the Big Book, Sponsorship, and God.
  4. Funds from contributions remaining after paying rent and other necessary expenses would be divided equally between the AA District, Area, and General Service Office.
  5. Meeting attendance cards would be signed, but not advertised.
  6. A business meeting would be held once per month and last for the least amount of time required to discuss group business.

Originally, An AA Group held meetings on Saturdays at 9:00 AM and Monday evenings. When the Covid-19 Pandemic struck in 2019 and groups began to close, it was decided to transfer the Saturday meeting to a “Zoom-only” internet-based format and drop the Monday meeting. When the pandemic wound down in 2021 the Saturday meeting was re-instated as an in-person only meeting.

The group’s first meeting was held on August 14, 2017, and the group was registered with the general Service Office. Formation was announced at Local AA meetings and at District 1.

Founding Members: Jewel W. and a former AA Member

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