In 1939, Clarence S., the founder of Cleveland’s first A.A. group, decided to promote the local Fellowship by inviting a freelance reporter named Elrick B. Davis to attend the group’s meetings and write a series of articles about his experience for *The Cleveland Plain Dealer*. History records that Davis may well not have been an alcoholic himself and Clarence was soundly criticized by his fellow A.A.’s for what some saw as a sneaky and unprincipled trespass on their right to privacy. But the Davis articles sparked an unprecedented influx of alcoholics into the fledgling A.A. community in Cleveland. Within one month, the founding members of the first Cleveland group claim to have fielded at least five hundred calls from alcoholics seeking help and within a year, the number of local A.A. groups numbered between 20 and 30 with hundreds of members. This month, the HACO Archives presents the entire series of seven articles penned by Davis.
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 or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions.
AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes.
Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.
Before there was a "Big Book", Twelve Steps, Twelve Traditions, the "AA Grapevine" or General Service -- before there were meetings, clubs, conventions or any AA literature -- before there was an H&I committee, there was a visit to an Akron hospital where "one drunk talked to another."