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District 16 Zone C
The Peachtree Comers AA group was founded on April 29, 1985, by Cordi and Syd S., Jim and Isabel L., and Bill S. During the early years a crowd of ten - twelve was common. The early pillars included Tom S., Gary K., and Bruce U. The group still meets at its original site, Christ the King Lutheran Church, every Monday and Friday at 8 PM.
Peachtree Comers group prides itself on being a comfortable place for newcomers to get and stay sober. Our group tries to meet the AA needs of the individuals attending .On Monday evening we divide into five groups: two beginners meetings, two Step meetings, and a Big Book group. On Friday, we divide into two beginners groups and three small open discussion meetings.
The group is guided by a steering committee comprised of twelve members, which meets monthly. A group conscience is held on alternate months beginning in January.
The last Friday of each month is reserved for a birthday speakers meeting. A special birthday medallion is giving to celebrants, and a party with cake is provided after the meeting. We average five to seven birthdays per month.
Two events highlight our social calendar. We have a family picnic at Jones Bridge Park in September. We serve about one hundred people typical picnic fare. Games and activities hold the crowd for three to five hours.
The other event highlight is our New Year's Eve dinner dance held at a nice hotel within the area. It is great going to a sober event such as this.
Our group has its problems, like any group that is as large as ours. Our average attendance is seventy-five per meeting out of one twenty-three home group members. However, the diverse personalities that create the problems also serve as the group's strengths. Our objective of living sober remains in focus we try not to have a drink today and go to meetings - at least every Monday and Friday.
District 16 Zone D
2014 Solutions Group
Having moved to Grayson in 1993, Gwen and Bob G., members at the time of Lilburn Third Tradition, saw the need for an additional AA meeting in the Snellville/Grayson/Loganville area. Other members included Kathryn S. John P., Paul R., Jay B., George and Pat B., Tom and Judy W. and Carol S. They approached the Pastor at the Sola Fide Lutheran Church on Hwy. 124 in Snellville to ask about the possibility of using the church facilities for a Monday night AA meeting. Pastor S. was knowledgeable about AA and enthusiastic for a group to be started.
In November, 1993, the first meeting of the Solution Group was held on a Monday at 8 PM. The name Solution Group was chosen because the premise of the group was to be centered in the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, referencing the chapter in the Big Book entitled “There is A Solution”. This chapter goes on to say “The tremendous fact for every one of us is that we have discovered a common solution.” The group was also founded on the idea of holding business meetings on an as needed basis or as infrequently as possible. As the group began to grow, this idea was replaced by more sober thinking and the group began to participate in the service structure of AA with GSR representation, district participation and monthly group conscience meetings.
The Thursday night meeting was added after a year and the group again experienced tremendous growth. In 2001, the group moved to Cannon Methodist Church on Web Gin House Rd. and gained larger facilities to better serve the group.
We have been fortunate to have the support of this church as well and the group today counts ninety members on the roster reflecting sobriety of a few days to fifty years. With the addition of many young recovering alcoholics and the long term sobriety of older members, the Solution Group continues to serve as an example of joyful, productive sobriety in carrying the message of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Surrender to Win Group In spring, 1991, two recovering women alcoholics, Carol M. and Gwen G., discussed the possibility of starting a daytime meeting in the Mountain Park area. We felt there was a real need since there were no daytime meetings close by. We did our research, and found out through Syd S. that All Saints Lutheran Church was receptive to AA but only if it was a non-smoking meeting. That suited us just tine. Carol and Gwen met with Pastor E. in his office. He welcomed us and offered AA a lovely large meeting room upstairs which they called the "Upper Room." This was to be our meeting room until the new church addition was completed. We had to carry water upstairs, but no one seemed to mind. The Upper Room created a cozy and relaxed atmosphere for our Tuesday noon meeting.
Right off, the meeting was attended by approximately six to eight people, mostly homemakers, retirees, and others who could tit the meeting into their day. We had a number of regulars. We looked forward to seeing each other each week and missed the ones not present. New faces were always welcome; it was always exciting to see who would show up that day. We started off as a "meeting" because we didn't have any members, but that was short-lived thanks to our first member, Syd. Now we were officially a "group." Syd served as GSR, Carol M., a regular, served as secretary, and Don S. served as treasurer. Mark L. was another early member. We were fast outgrowing the Upper Room when the new addition was finished, a beautiful facility with multiple classrooms, a large hall and real running water. This paved the way for two night meetings (Wednesday and Sunday) to be added and from the beginning they have been well attended. Today it's standing-room-only sometimes. (Or, are those people exercising free will?)
A group that follows the Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous will always grow and Surrender to Win is no exception. Starting out with only one member, the group now has a membership of nine. The night meetings are attended by a large number of non-members, enthusiastic people who are always eager to serve. The little noon meeting is still carrying the AA message to whomever stops by and has a loyal following who show up and make the coffee. This meeting was always attended by our first member, Syd. Since he usually chaired this meeting, it was his responsibility to bring the cookies. He always brought Oreos, said they were his favorite. Some of the group asked him to please bring another kind for a change but he was self-will run riot where Oreos were concerned.
Syd is deceased, but his legacy lives on by his giving the name - Surrender to Win. Syd is gone but not forgotten for his service to Surrender to Win and for carrying such a beautiful AA message to so many.
Alcoholics Anonymous of Gwinnett County
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