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Grapevine : July 2011
Memories IGOT a little behind on my reading and just opened the January issue. ere on page 9 is the picture of the Friendly Circle Group in San Francisco. What a stream of memories, even though the room doesn't look like what I remem- ber for that group. It's been a long time, but the post in the middle looks familiar. Friendly Circle met on Sunday evening in the same place as the Van Ness Group met on Tuesdays, where I was brought to my first meet- ing in June 1968. e Van Ness Group was my home group for several years and has long since disappeared. e Friendly Circle Group moved to a di erent church base- ment a couple of blocks away and became a safe haven for me during my fi h and sixth years of sobriety when things weren't going so well. It's one of the oldest groups around, and judging from the number of chairs in the picture, it must still be going strong. anks for the memories! Sue C. Malvern, Ark. Because of Tradition 3 ISOBERED up in south- ern Saskatchewan in the spring of 1969, at the age of 24 years. I was the youngest AA member in the area by about 25 years. e average age of members at that time, I think must have been in or about 50 plus years old. ey kept asking me ifIwassurethatIwasan alcoholic. I kept on telling them that I was one of them, that age is not a factor, and that I did have a desire to stop drinking. Well, 42 years later I am still sober and very grate- ful for the Fellowship of AA. I am still married to the same lady, we have two grown kids who are both married, they have never seen their father drink, and I pray they never do. is Fellowship has done for me so much more than I will ever be abletodoforit.Iwas told early in the program that I had to give it away or I would not stay sober, so I got involved with a prison group and become an outside sponsor for it for three years, then on to the General Service Rep for my group. One of many great things that happened was I was elected to serve as the Area 78 Archives Chair and was so impressed at the his- tory of AA, I was asked to share at the International Convention in San Diego in 1995. What a highlight for an alcoholic. I still love going to meetings, roundups, conventions and doing 12 Step calls all because of Tradition ree: I am a member if I say so. Len B. We have two grown kids who are both married, they have never seen their father drink, and I pray they never do. 10 July 2011