To: -- ALL MEETINGS.
-- ALL MEMBERS. And everyone who uses and cares about the Hall.
Re: OUR FINANCIAL SITUATION
The blunt fact is that Fellowship Hall is out of money. After an extended period of operating in the red, our savings are exhausted. We have funds to cover payroll and expenses (mortgage, utilities, insurance, etc.) for the next couple of weeks. After that, if we do not rise to this occasion, then the Hall will be closing its doors. That would be a tragic loss for us all.
We need to immediately increase our daily revenue by $100 to stay afloat. How can we do that?
MEMBERSHIP DUES. Even if you only attend one meeting a day – or a week – please join the membership. NOW! That’s a small price to pay to keep alive our safe place of recovery for everyone. Unless more of us begin paying membership dues, the Hall – and your favorite meeting – will no longer be there for you.
MEETINGS. Please respond to this emergency in a way that will help. Chip in a larger percentage of your basket as meeting rent. Add a surcharge to your rent formula. Encourage people to become members. Please do whatever will help. Remember this: it costs the Hall about $30 to operate for the hour of your meeting. Please make it a priority to come at least as close as possible to covering the Hall’s operating expenses for that precious hour. Take the actions as individuals – and as a group – that will allow us to keep the doors open and the lights on, so that your meeting can continue.
Fellowship Hall has been open 365 days a year for 23 years for everyone who has needed it. And now Fellowship Hall needs you to help us stay open for everyone who needs it in the future. Every little bit helps. We can do this together. But the time for action is NOW.
Thanks for your attention to this.
The Board of Directors & the Membership of Fellowship Hall.
A.A. is a Bridge to Happy Living
Copyright © The A.A. Grapevine, Inc., May 1948
The Alcoholics Anonymous program is a bridge from the negative or egocentricpersonality of the sick alcoholic to the more desirable affirmative personality of thesober man, Dr. Harry M. Tiebout, physician in charge of Blythwood Hospital, OldGreenwich, Connecticut, believes. "An incident that happened twenty-five years agowhen I was an intern, explains to me the alcoholic personality," Dr. Tiebout told anopen meeting of the Manhattan Inter-Group recently. Patients of the "quiet ward" in thehospital where the doctor was an intern became upset and jittery. The nurses on thefloor told the doctor that the trouble was caused by a patient who claimed to be able toread minds—and seemed to be doing so. "This of course was of great interest to me,"said the doctor. "I couldn't read anybody's mind so it seemed like a good idea if I metthe man who could. I called the patient to my office. I asked him how he could do thisimpossible thing."
A Matter of Muscles
"'It's easy,' the man said. 'All you have to do is watch the muscle reaction. If a man isthinking "no" his muscles unconsciously contract and he pulls away. When he isthinking "yes" he is relaxed.'" "It wasn't until this summer, twenty-five years later, thatthe full impact of that incident hit me," Dr. Tiebout continued. "When the alcoholic issick, he is an 'aginner.' His mental attitude is one of withdrawal—his psychological'muscles' contract." The "aginner" cannot enjoy life, Dr. Tiebout continued, "No, I won'tgo along, I'll do it myself," is his attitude. He feels an apartness from others because ofthis inner refusal to go along. This person feels unrest, discomfort, tension,dissatisfaction. He is full of resentments and hostility. In order to overcome thesefeelings, he seeks happiness in excitement and liquor is one outlet. Then he becomesgregarious, noisy, opinionated, in his fear of becoming a "Mr. Milquetoast." This person,too, may become overconscientious - he is selfish and full of guilt. "The 'aginner,' saidDr. Tiebout, "has no acceptance of life and the world as it is. He hasn't a chance of livingon a twenty-four-hour program. Why doesn't this man give up? Because he has willpower—he can fight the world, alone - he thinks." The more desirable, affirmativepersonality is quieter and feels fewer compulsions. He shares in fellowship and feels lessguilt. This man is even-tempered and has learned to take things in his stride. He has anaffirmative enjoyment of life as it is. He no longer demands that life producethus-and-so. He's no longer trying to whip the world single handedly. "The AlcoholicsAnonymous program," Dr. Tiebout continued, "tends to produce the 'yes' state of mind.
"In your First Step the alcoholic admits that his life has become unmanageable. He can'twhip the world alone - and admits it. Then in the Second Step, he reiterates; admittingthat he cannot manage his life himself, he asks for help from the Power greater thanhe. He reminds himself of this constantly. "By attending group meetings he graduallyloses the feeling of aloneness - he is no longer set apart. He has become an integralpart of a group of people, enjoying their activities with them; he belongs. "By doingTwelfth Step work, the man or woman begins to 'sell' someone else and, by so doing,sells himself for what he is. "The person on the AA program then begins to say 'yes' tothe kind of person he is. He takes a moral inventory and when he begins to say 'yes' hebegins to grow. "Then as he begins to grow, he says 'yes' to God. Thy will be done.Through this he gains humbleness and humility," Dr. Tiebout emphasized.
Anonymous, New York, New York