North-West Group #0003
The first meeting of the North-West Group was held on the night of October 16th, 1941 and there were about twenty members present. Since that Thursday night there has been a meeting every Thursday night of this group in the same hall regardless of
weather, time or season of the year (1948).
In June, 1943, a group of members proposed the idea of a separate discussion meeting to more advantageously present the Twelve Steps of the Recovery Program to the new affiliates and a decision was made to hold a closed meeting for alcoholics only for this purpose. The first discussion meeting of the North-West Group was held at 10216 Plymouth Road on Monday night, June 14th, 1943, and has been held every Monday night without exception thereafter. Mon. - Instructional meeting, Thur. – Closed meeting, Fri.-Open meeting.
A plan of presentation of the Twelve Steps of the Recovery Program was developed prior to this meeting in 1942, but greatly promoted by this group in 1943. This plan consisted of dividing the Twelve Steps into four categories for easier study and the divisions were:
(3) Restitution and Inventory
(4) Working and Message.
Each division came to be discussed on each succeeding Monday night in rotation and this method was so successful that it was adopted, first by other groups in Detroit and then throughout the United States and finally was published in its entirety by the Washington, D.C. groups in a pamphlet entitled "An Interpretation of the Twelve Steps".
Around the Christmas of 1943, the group purchased a fifth printing of the first edition of our beloved Big Book. It was sent to our co-founder Bill W., for inscribing. It was then sent to Dr. Bob for his inscription. Also signing it were Marty M., the first woman in AA, Bill D. of Akron, the first member after the co-founders, Archie T., the founder of AA in Detroit, Mike E., the first man to become a member in Detroit and Ruby V., the first woman member in Detroit. All future inscriptions in the book were closed by unanimous motion of the group. The book was then hand bound and tooled in India Goat-skin, lettered in gold on the cover and presented to the North-West Group by its own members as a Christmas present to itself, in perpetuity, at Christmas, 1943. It was paid for from the treasury of the group at a cost of twenty-five dollars.
The inscriptions are as follows:
"Best wishes to a grand group in the finest of fine undertakings."
Ruby V. (L.D. Jan, 1941) (The first Detroit woman in AA)
"To Detroit AA may they flourish forever."
Marty (The first woman in AA)
"May the Northwestern Group always have Gods richest blessings."
Mike E. (L.D. Sept, 1939) (The first Detroit AA member.)
"Congratulations to the Northwester group for their splendid work and
with best wishes for their continued service in the work of the Lord."
Bill D. (L.D. June, 1935) (The first customer, see page 170)
"Nothing would afford me more pleasure in the years to come then to see
every group in this United States accomplish what the Northwestern
Group has in the last three years."
"The Fearful One" Arch (L.D. Sept 1938) (The Detroit AA
Founder, see page 332.)
"To the Detroit Northwestern Group of Alcoholics Anonymous;
Greetings-and may your beacon, burn ever bright."
Ever, "Bill", (L.D. Nov, 1934)
"Best wishes to your continued successes in all your tests of using the
Dr. Bob (L.D. June 10, 1935)
As of January 11, 1944, the group had 87 members. They continued to meet on Thursday at 8:30 pm.
An updated form for the group was received August 14, 1944. 14 members met on Wednesdays at 8:30 pm.
Since its inception, the North-West Group has grown until, March, 1948; the following are some of the other groups formed either in total or in part, by separation from the parent North-West Group.
North Young Men's Lincoln Park
Oakman Plymouth-Ilene Dearborn
Down River Hubbell North-East
Grand River University Farmington
In 1961 the church at 10216 Plymouth Rd build a new building next door at 10226 Plymouth Rd, then in 1962-63 the group moved to 13650 Ilene St, the Church’s Club Hall.
STATUS: Disbanded, 1974.