We could always count on a couple of folks that were ALWAYS there at Central Office Service meetings. Neil E. was one of those folks. Long term attendance meant that he had “seen it all” and was always willing to provide perspective. That sometimes meant that when newer representatives were attempting to lead or steer the committee in one direction or another, he was one of the folks who could be counted on to get us back to the more middle road. Over the years, the Harbor Area Central Office AA CSR committee meetings could have been de-railed at some point, but thanks to Neil and others, we and the meetings did not go too far astray…
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."