Welcome to the 68th Annual Tyler Anniversary, January 9-10, 2015
A Brief History of Tyler AA
In 1946, Morris Mc. had gotten sober in Dallas at a new group called Alcoholics Anonymous. With the help of Al B. of Dallas, Doc B. of Palestine and Martin H. of Nacogdoches, the first organized meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous was held at the Blackstone Hotel in January of 1947. The group called itself the Downtown Group and met regularly over Neil Simpson’s Drug Store on North Broadway. Leroy N. was their first newcomer. They held their first anniversary to inform the citizens of Tyler about AA. From this meager beginning the Anniversary has grown to nearly 1,000 people with many area groups supporting the effort.
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.
Anonymous: A word so important that it is 50% of our name! We ask your help in maintaining our tradition of personal anonymity by not identifying members by name or by recognizable photos as “members of Alcoholics Anonymous.” We have learned from experience that alcoholics or potential newcomers to AA may avoid any help that might reveal their identity. AA members are always happy to see articles about our fellowship, but not in terms of AA personalities.
Cooperation by the press over the years has been outstanding, and the publicity given to the AA program aides in all alcoholics seeking the help this program offers.
Thank you for your continued understanding and support.