This weekend Alcoholics Anonymous will celebrate 67 years since the first meeting of AA was held in Tyler. Over 700 people will gather at Harvey Hall to rejoice in their recovery and share their experience, strength and hope with others that suffer from alcoholism and those that love them. This in an open event and everyone is welcome to attend.
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues of fees for AA membership; we are self supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and to help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.
Our Twelve Steps:
A.A.’s Twelve Steps are a group of principles, spiritual in their nature, which, if practiced as a way of life, can expel the obsession to drink and enable the sufferer to become happily and usefully whole. (Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions, pg. 15)
AA began in Akron, Ohio in 1935 with Dr. Bob and Bill W. helping one another stay sober. This became the standing principal of Alcoholics Anonymous: One alcoholic helping another become sober with an understanding that no human power can relieve our alcoholism; that we would come to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
AA in Tyler dates back to 1946, when the president of a Tyler bank talked to a friend about the AA movement in Dallas. After traveling to Dallas and attending several meetings, Morris Mc, formed the first Tyler AA group which met above the Neil-Simpson Drug Store on North Broadway. There are now over 100 meetings a week of Alcoholics Anonymous in Tyler alone and many others in towns throughout East Texas. AA meetings can be found across the globe and our material is printed in many different languages.
This Weekend’s Event:
Under the theme “Came to believe…”, the celebration will begin on Friday, January 3rd with registration and a meal at 5:30pm, followed at 7:00pm by speaker Stuart R. from Irving, Texas and at 9:00pm Terri K. from Woodville, Ohio.
Saturday, January 4th donuts and coffee will be available at 8:00am with two local speakers from 9:00am until 10:00; 10:30am Jacob B. from Baton Rouge, La, with lunch following and then Jennifer K. from Plano, Texas at 2:00pm, Jack C. from Sylmar CA. (Al-Anon) at 3:30pm, dinner at 5:30pm, Deb H. from Pioneertown, CA. at 7:00pm, and Butch M. from Ontario, Canada at 9:00pm. A Gratitude Meeting and Ice Cream will be held at 10:30pm.
Sunday, January 5th will begin with coffee and donuts at 8:00am followed by Tammy Z. from Houston at 9:30am. The event will then close at 10:30am.
The registration fee is $22.00 and includes the entire weekend’s events. There are some scholarships available for those who cannot afford to attend. This special event is open to all who wish to attend.
For more information please visit our web-site: www.tyleranniversary.com.
For A.A. meeting schedules and more information about Tyler AA see the Central Service web-site: www.tyler-aa.org or call 903-597-7196.