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Grapevine : May 2011
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 house. There are still plenty of AA’s around who attended their first meeting there. Then Bill and Lois moved and for a long time there were no meet- ings in Brooklyn. Two years ago last February, AA in New York had grown enough so that split- offs were becoming common. And there was Brooklyn, big enough all on its own to have been having meetings at the home of one of its members now big enough to “hire a hall.” The St. George Hotel is the present “hall,” where an open meeting is held every Friday at 8:30 p.m. Closed meetings (for alcoholics only) on Wednesday eve- nings at the home of one of its members. Brooklyn is growing! FOREST HILLS. Among the eight or ten shaky charac- ters who attended the first meeting of the Forest Hills Group some three years ago, an AA dry six months was an absolute authority on all twelve Steps and a “one-yearer” was a complete phenomenon. With their small mem- bership there was secured the St. Mary Primary School in Bridgetown for a meeting at noon on Saturdays. This was a Big Book and Step study meeting, held out- doors under a breadfruit tree. One version claims that the Mustard Seed South group was the outgrowth of the St. Mary Primary School meet- ing and developed in the following way: In May, 1986, a Clarence B., a long-time U.S. visitor and part-time resident of Barbados, who regularly attended the noonday meeting under the breadfruit tree, was invited to be the best man at the wedding of a Bar- bados AA member in Philadelphia. During his visit to Philadelphia, he attended a meeting of the Mustard Seed group, which met six days a week at 1 p.m . in a church base- ment in Center City, Philadelphia. This was a large, frequently raucous, meeting that attracted an extremely diverse group of people, including various professionals, lawyers and businessmen in three-piece suits, po- lice officers in uniform, derelicts, wet brains and everybody in between. Clarence was so struck by this meet- ing that, on his return to Barbados, he was motivated to develop a simi- lar meeting. As a result, the group, named the Mustard Seed South group, found a location. Another ver- sion claims, however, that the group was not started until 1988, when El- Along the Metropolitan Circuit ExcErptEd from GrapEvinE maGazinE, JunE 1944 vol. 1, no. 1 48 May 2011 GRAPE_45-49.indd 48 4/4/11 1:03 PM