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1st Edition Big Book 
Published 1939

Welcome to the 
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4th Edition Big Book 
Published 2001

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A Short History of the 
West Baltimore Group

This page is brought to you by the West Baltimore Group of Alcoholics Anonymous. We do recovery the "old fashioned way."  This group was started on May 9, 1947 and was the first Baltimore Neighborhood Group in the City. It started in a local man's home. His name was Charlie Chrest and he lived on Mallow Hill Road in what was then Postal Zone 29.
       One of the members approached Dr. Tuerk, who was in charge of the state mental institutions and was given permission to bring alcoholic patients to the meetings in Charlie C's home. A few short months later, the West Baltimore Group established a meeting on the Spring Grove Hospital grounds, thereby starting institutional commitments in Maryland. The meeting grew and was moved to Pioneer Hall, a rented room.....atop a bar/liquor store. You had to enter the bar and go up the steps to the second floor. These folks really wanted sobriety! They paid two dollars a month rent, when they had it.
       A friend of one of the members, Rev. McGowan then offered a room at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church where we stayed until 1996 when we moved to our present location at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 929 Ingleside Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21228 and meets on Wednesday evening at 8:00PM.  We celebrated our 50th Anniversary on May 14, 1997.  This makes the West Baltimore Group one of the first 360 groups in existence!,  We just celebrated our 54th!   If you missed it, come and visit us anyhow! You are not only invited, you are expected; we are making extra coffee for you when you show up! Picture of our Fiftieth Anniversary  
       This West Baltimore Home Group Page went up for the first time in June, 1994.

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A Statement of Responsibility
      I am responsible. When anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help, I want the hand of A. A. always to be there. And for that: I am responsible." With that phrase in mind, the West Baltimore Group is pleased to offer these pages of  information for your use.

    "In spite of the great increase in the size and the span of this Fellowship, at its core it remains simple and personal. Each day, somewhere in the world, recovery begins when one alcoholic talks with another alcoholic, sharing experience, strength, and hope."

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"The Third Legacy, as defined by Bill: `... an A. A. service is anything whatever that helps us to reach a fellow sufferer -- ranging all the way from the Twelfth Step itself to a ten-cent phone call and a cup of coffee, and to A. A.'s General Service Office for national and international action. The sum total of all these services is our Third Legacy of Service." from: Pass It On: (Page 347 )   

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       This page is not endorsed nor approved by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc, the service office for the U.S. and Canada, or any other country's national service office or the Baltimore Area Intergroup Council, Inc. It is solely provided and sponsored by the West Baltimore Group* in an effort to spread the word of Alcoholics Anonymous as part of this excellent program's 12 Step work in reaching out to the alcoholic who still suffers. Some of the items on this page were originally published by AA World Services, but do not assume that this implies continued approval by the General Service Conference for their use, or their use in these pages.


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