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H&I Chili Cook-Off Winners

On Behalf of the Harbor Area H&I team, we want to thank everyone who supported and attended the event Sept 22nd. We know many of you worked hard at cooking chili, decorating booths and donating Auction Items. Thanks again for your commitment to help Carry the Message of AA to those in need.

2018 Chili Cook Off Awards!

Best Chili

  • 1st Place Lucky 13- Saturday morning Sunset beach meeting
  • 2nd Place Nomads Mens Meeting Sunset Beach at Thursday
  • 3rd Place Paramount Speakers Sunday night at the Snake Pit
  • Best Alternative Chili

  • 1st Place Thursday Night at the fights- Long Beach
  • 2nd Place Bellflower Big Book
  • 3rd Place Marina Pacifica Morn Meeting
  • Best Decorated Booth

  • 1st Place Killer Chili- chili you would die for!
  • 2nd Place Bellflower Big Book Disco
  • 3rd Place MArina Pacifica - Neanderthal/Cave Man and Woman

  • What’s New from the Archives of the Harbor Area Central Office

  • The Historical Documents contains the new Document -- Earl T 1944 Grapevine. I've just returned from the 22nd National A.A. Archives Workshop, held this year in Chicago. It was great to meet fellow archivists and participate in a rich exchange of ideas on the art and science of archiving. There were wonderful historical presentations by both the Chicago and Akron archives. This month's selection is an editorial presented by the Chicago archives from the October 1944 Grapevine by Earl T. Earl T. was a pioneering member and founder of A.A. in Chicago. 'He Sold Himself Short' is his story in the Big Book. In the editorial he cites a stanza from a Rudyard Kipling poem. I've always found it remarkable when the spirit of the program can be found in non-AA writings.
  • We Need the help of AA Groups in our area to tell the Harbor Area Archives Committee about their group history.
    Please visit our Archives Page, for more details.
  • The June 2018 Harbor Light is published and posted to our Harbor Light Pages.
  • The Historical Documents section has been improved, to show easily accessible pdf documents.
    Please visit our Documents Page, for more details.
  • Speaker Tapes, in mp3 format, have been posted to our website.
    Please visit our AA Speaker Archives Page, for more details, including new speakers Alabam C., Anthony H., Donna E., Kip C., Norm S., Ron S., Tom B.

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    Questions about Alcoholics Anonymous

    "We do not like to pronounce any individual as an Alcoholic, but you can quickly diagnose yourself." - Alcoholics Anonymous, Ch 3

    • Is AA for You?  (available with permission of A.A. World Services, Inc.)

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    Getting Sober and Staying Sober

    "A.A. concentrates on helping those who are already alcoholics, so that they can stop drinking and learn how to live a normal, happy life without alcohol."

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    A Brief History of the Harbor Area Central Office

    The Harbor Area Central Office was first formed in May of 1948 in the Long Beach home of Clarence and Flossie L. It was listed as Alcoholics Anonymous Harbor District. In 1950, Central Office had it first location on Molino Avenue. In 1952 there were 52 registered groups using the services of Central Office. Over the years that number has grown. By 1960 there were 62 groups registered and to date 756 meetings have registered with Central Office. On June 1, 1997 Central Office moved to its current location. On June 8th, 1997 there was a grand opening of the new office currently located at 3450 E. Spring Street. (Taken from “A Brief History of the Harbor Area Central Office of Alcoholics Anonymous 1948-2008”.) Central Office has always had a list of volunteers to answer the phones for the Alcoholic that still suffers who may be looking for a meeting or in need of literature.

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    Young People in A.A. — ACYPAA – All California Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous Round-Up 2019

    In 1973, the All California Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous Round-Up was established as an annual gathering in California to provide an opportunity for young AA’s to come together and share their experience, strength, and hope. ACYPAA is visible evidence that large numbers of people are achieving a lasting and comfortable sobriety in Alcoholics Anonymous.

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