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Grapevine : May 2011
little chance of not hearing the same speakers at least every two weeks, so these men became very well acquainted indeed. In two years this group had grown so there were enough Nassau and Suffolk residents to launch their own group in Hempstead. Shortly thereafter, the Jack- son Heights-Flushing folks commenced their meetings in Flushing. So 1944 sees three well- established groups on Long Island with, at a rough count, a total membership of 125, all offspring of that first little Forest Hills group, who, inci- dentally, along with new members still meet in the Fountain Room of the Forest Hills Inn every Mon- day at 8:30 p.m. THE NASSAU-SUF- FOLK group started holding its meetings in Hempstead about a year ago. The group originally start- ed with about 15 members from the Forest Hills group. At a closed meeting last night the Secre- tary reported that we have 63 members on the list. Hemp- stead is now meet- ing on Monday night, instead of Tuesday (open meetings). At the request of a Long Island Veterans’ hospital, we are sending a delegation to talk with some World War No. 2 veterans. The letter from the hospital authori- ties says that they have heard of AA, and that they would like to know more about it. Six new members have come in, in the last two weeks. Hempstead group meets at 177 Jack- son St., Monday and Friday. liott C., a friend of Father Harcourt Blackett, who had been interested for some time in having an AA meeting in his church, secured the meeting place at the Roman Catholic Church in Black Rock. Whichever version is correct, the group is named the Mus- tard Seed South Group of AA in Bar- bados, and its meeting place bears a plaque stating that it was founded May 26, 1986. It meets daily from 12 to 1 p.m ., and has become the hub of AA in Barbados. The development of AA in Bar- bados was confirmed when, in 1987, Barbados held its 25 th Anniversary Convention at the Barbados Com- munity College. With the opening of a treatment center for men in 2000, AA in Barbados experienced a growth spurt in the membership of males. Although there has not been a corresponding increase in the number of women, particularly na- tive Barbadians, reaching and stay- ing in AA, it is clear that Barbados AA is coming of age. Intergroup still operates and there are at least two meetings every day on the island. An enthusiastic planning committee is hard at work and Barbados will be celebrating its 50 th anniversary, March 29- April 1, 2012. Check www. aabarbados.bb for information. Tony H. St. Michael, Barbados aagrapevine.org 49 GRAPE_45-49.indd 49 4/4/11 1:03 PM