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THE HISTORY AND EVOLUTION OF TODAY’S MARCH ROUNDUP

MARCH ROUNDUP Many unknown facts about the convention we now know as the March Roundup The March Roundup as we know it today had roots that go back to the middle of 1961. The General Service structure in the Detroit area was beginning to wane, from the way it was originally set up by Bill…

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The Prayer Used to Open Major Events

THE DETROIT PRAYER Our Heavenly Father, We ask Thy Blessings on this meeting. Please Bless the Spirit and purpose of this group. Give us strength to follow this program according to Thy will and in all humility. Forgive us for yesterday and grant us Courage for today and Hope for tomorrow. Amen   Opening AA…

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Rationed, Banned & Urban Legends

The Effects of World War II on Alcoholics Anonymous A wide variety of commodities were rationed during World War II in the United States. Rationing ended when supplies were sufficient to meet demand. During this period of time, World War II was in the early stages for the United States and there was a very…

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They’re on the Wagon

Dr. Bob’s 2nd Talk in Detroit In 1942 the members of Alcoholics Anonymous in Detroit decided to hold a celebration to mark a milestone of recovery in Detroit. It was to be held in the skid row area of Detroit where AA was born and nurtured in our area. They selected the Webster Hall Hotel.…

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Metropolitan Area Groups

The 1st Inter-Group The first mention of the Metropolitan Area Groups in our files was April, 1942. This entity was created because of the urging by Bill W. for large metropolitan areas to create central committees for a couple of reasons, 1) to handle the large influx of alcoholics requesting information and 2) to ease…

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Group #0005

Pontiac (Y.M.C.A.) (Birmingham) (Downtown) Group #0005 On October 28, 1941, a group called the Pontiac Group was started by Dr. C.P. (Dean) M. and Ralph B. Ralph was sponsored by Dr. “Dean”, who got sober in early 1940 in Detroit and had a practice at 8705 Dexter Blvd. Dr. “Dean” would go on to start…

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Group #0004

Grosse Pointe (Memorial) Group #0004 In 1920 the membership voted to become Presbyterian, and the church was renamed “Grosse Pointe Presbyterian Church.” In 1925 a new church house – today incorporated within the present church-house was dedicated. At this time the name became “The Grosse Pointe Memorial Church.” since funds for the new sanctuary being…

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Group #0003

The North-West Group of Alcoholics Anonymous of the City of Detroit was formed in, 1941. It was the outgrowth of a separation when the original single group, then numbering approximately forty members and meeting at 4242 Cass Avenue, decided to divide into three units as a matter of convenience. Accordingly, the East Side Group, meeting…

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A New “Club” For Alcoholics to Help Alcoholics

Fourteen Months Later It has been 14 months since the Detroit News had introduced a new method of recovery in Detroit. In the Sunday Free Press August 3, 1941, it explains how this new “club” of alcoholics helps other alcoholics to refrain from drinking. The article explains the first three steps to recovery. The article…

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The Saturday Evening Post

The History of How the Article Came To Be Jack Alexander of Saturday Evening Post Fame Thought A.A.s Were Pulling His Leg AA Grapevine, May, 1945 Ordinarily, diabetes isn’t rated as one of the hazards of reporting, but the Alcoholics Anonymous article in the Saturday Evening Postcame close to costing me my liver, and maybe A.A.…

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