District 15 AA
Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues for A.A. membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions.
The newcomer is the most important person at any meeting because we can only keep what we have by giving it away. We have learned from our group experience that those who keep coming to our meetings regularly stay clean. Why are we here? Before coming to the Fellowship of AA, we could not manage our own lives.
"Acceptance is the answer to ALL of my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing, or situation – some fact of my life – unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing, or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment. Nothing, absolutely nothing, happens in God’s world by mistake. Until I could accept my alcoholism, I could not stay sober; unless I accept my life completely on life’s terms, I cannot be happy. I need to concentrate not so much on what needs to be changed in the world as on what needs to be changed in me and in my attitudes."
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Treasurer & Function:
G.S.R.: General service representative (G.S.R.):
Working via the district and area committees, the G.S.R. is the group’s link with the General Service Conference, through which U.S. and Canadian groups share their experience and voice A.A.’s collective conscience.
Sometimes called "the guardians of the Traditions," G.S.R.s become familiar with A.A.’s Third Legacy—our spiritual responsibility to give service freely. Usually elected to serve two-year terms, they represent the group at district meetings and area assemblies.
Keep group members informed about general service activities in their local areas.
Receive and share with their groups all mail from the General Service Office, including the newsletter Box 4-5-9, which is G.S.O.’s primary tool for communicating with the Fellowship.
Chair group business meetings. An alternate G.S.R. is elected at the same time in the event that the G.S.R. may be unable to attend all-district and area meetings.
Alternate G.S.R.s should be encouraged to share the responsibilities of the G.S.R. at the group, district, and area levels.
(See The A.A. Service Manual, Chapter 2, The Group and its G.S.R., for further information. Any new G.S.R should read the Pamphlet G.S.R. May Be the Most Important Job in A.A’ (Minimum Two Years Sobriety ~ Two Year Term)
NH AA History
New Hampshire A.A. Chronology
1946 – 2003
In the 1962 Delegate report, Glen E. S. said that in Portsmouth (1946) there were some closed private AA meetings in Lawyer Arthur M.’s office. Then a man by the name of Arthur D. came from Boston. Arthur came from a family of musicians that like to hassle the Italians whenever they could and there was old J.B., a well-known businessman in Portsmouth. They had AA meetings in Banker Bill W.’s House on Middle Street. Later the meetings moved to the Portsmouth Community Center.
Our first organized A.A. Group was in Manchester in August of 1946. A woman by the name of Mary W. who got sober in New Rochelle N.Y. went to the City Hall in Manchester and spoke with Judge Chretien and Monsignor James McGreal about starting an AA meeting, they liked the idea and gave her a meeting place in the City Hall building. This meeting eventually disbanded and in August of 1947, The Brookside Original AA Group was founded.
Later in 1946, Concord followed, with an organized open AA meeting. However, this group first actually met in January of 1947 as evidenced by the printed menu program of its 1st Anniversary Dinner, dated January 10th, 1948. Glen E. S. attended his first AA meeting on December 29, 1947, a Monday, in Portsmouth. The first person he met was Dottie O, who had 6 months of sobriety; Bob A. and Dick H. were early members. Arthur M. never joined. Dottie O. and Mabel were roommates in the State Hospital in 1947. Dottie joined AA when she got out and was the first woman in New Hampshire to join AA. Her spouse was Paul K. who had 8 months' sobriety. Paul took Dottie to an AA meeting in Rochester to meet another woman in AA who turned out to be Mabel who joined AA about May 1947.
If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are halfway through. We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness. We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace. No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others. That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear. We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows. Self-seeking will slip away. Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change. Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us. We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us.
We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves. Are these extravagant promises?
We think not.
They are being fulfilled among us - sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. They will always materialize if we work for them.
Alcoholics Anonymous p83-84
Need Help? Local AA Hotlines:
New Hampshire: 1-800-593-3330
Eastern Mass: 1-617-426-9444