Julie wrote:It always bugged me when folks would tell me to call THEM
Dallas wrote:Hi Robert,
My group was going through some political attacks by AA's controlling the local Central Office... which meant that we weren't getting any 12 Step calls from Intergroup and they would either keep our meeting schedules and location out of the AA Directory. If someone called the Central Office requesting info about our group, meeting times, etceteras... they were told that "they no longer hold meetings."
So, what we did was:
Installed our own AA hotline.
Provided a location where meetings were held three times each day.
Called on Judges, Bail Bondsmen, Doctors and Lawyers and Ministers and Police Officers requesting that if they had any patients or clients or offenders that might benefit from what we have to offer -- to please give us a call and we would pick up the guy/girl if needed.
I also had some waitresses in all-night coffee shops that had my number to give out as a referral -- if one of their customers wanted to do something about a drinking problem.
There were times, when I felt like I experienced the same thing that Bill W. experienced when he was standing in the lobby of the Mayflower Hotel -- right before his first meeting with Dr. Bob.
I needed an alcoholic to work with!
So... I went looking for them.
I would drive through alleys behind downtown business areas looking for guys pushing shopping carts and living in dumpsters... to ask if they were interested in sobriety.
I called on the Salvation Army and local rescue missions.
I would check the Greyhound bus station parking lot, etceteras.
You might imagine how disappointing my efforts were to the local Ego-A's that were trying to control the local "AA."
I ended up with plenty of prospects for sobriety and I made many more new connections to provide me with many prospects.
I had some bird-dogs in the local homeless communities that were also passing our my number and maps and directions and times for our meetings.
Needless to say -- it kept me really busy and it was one of the most joyful experiences in my life. It was keeping me happy, joyous, sober and free. I would have continued doing it full time just for the fun of it, but... it takes money to do what I was doing and I was running out of money... so I had to go back to work for my business... and raise money and give it to others that were trying to do much of the same thing that I was trying to do.
Anyhoot... that's what I did.
There was plenty of ridicule and critisism from the local high-class AA's and lots of rumors and gossip... but... that's what happens to most anyone that really wants to do something good. They probably wanted to, (and a few still do)... ... hang me on a cross... they just didn't have the courage to do it!
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