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Grapevine : February 2011
Grapevine 57 have a member with more than 50 years of sobriety, some with more than 40, several with more than 30 and a big portion with over 20 years. Considering that this group has been in existence for 32 or 33 years, I feel that is a great reflection of our message and of following the Tradi- tions. We also have a lot of outside activities that allow extra opportunities for fellowship, such as an annual campout, picnic and roundup, as well as fundraisers to support the roundup. Again, these are all-inclusive. I have had the oppor- tunity to be in meetings all over the world and have found that there are special needs meetings in many countries. In Mexico, where I got sober, there are English-speaking meetings; French- speaking meetings; and men's, women's and gay meetings, and all are well- supported. ere are many who have balked at the idea of special purpose meet- ings for gays. ere was a struggle early on to be listed in the schedule at our intergroup. Over the years we have developed a reputation of consistent monetary and service support to the GSO, the district and the intergroup o ce. Members from our group have served as area delegate, area chair and other area o cers. And we provide a chili booth at the annual intergroup picnic. ere are many gay meetings throughout Cali- fornia. It is not unusual for a group to caravan to another city to support a conference, speaker meeting or a regular discussion meeting. Sacramento gay AA has a welcoming reputation throughout the state, in- cluding Fresno, Stockton, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco and across the border in Reno, Nev. I am aware that this is a sensitive topic for many. I am also aware that there are strong opinions on this subject and I honestly see logic on both sides. I just want to say it has been very helpful to me in my recovery to have a group like this to call home. It is considered a group, as I stated earlier, to carry the message to the alco- holic who still su ers, with special emphasis to the gay community. I cannot emphasize enough that it is all-inclusive, with many straight members who call it their home group. In addition, I also consider the group in Puerto Val- larta, Mexico, my home group. It too has a primary purpose to carry the mes- sage to the alcoholic who still su ers, with special emphasis on the English- speaking community. Again, it is all-inclusive. I just celebrated 10 years of sobriety. When I chair a meeting, whether itisagaymeetingora mainstream meeting, I try to include my truths as part of my experience, strength and hope about being sober one day at a time while also being a gay man with more than 25 years of living with AIDS. As my sponsor in Puerto Vallarta says, I am just another bimbo on the bus. Jon S. Sacramento, Calif.