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1946 On 3rd January, Ian Mac E the founder of A. A. in New Zealand wrote to A. A. New York and took the first step in his own recovery and A. A. was born in New Zealand

1947 In September in Auckland the second member Alf J of Devonport.

The first recorded meeting of sober alcoholics occurred in Auckland when two Americans, Lillian Roth and her husband Bert met with Ian Mac E.

October Arch F of Dunedin became the 3rd member to join the fellowship.

1948 In June the Devonport Group is the first group
registered in New York ( it had 3 members at that
time and by 1950 it had grown to 12)

1951 By this time there were 6 groups throughout the New Zealand (Auckland, Hastings, Wellington, Nelson, Dunedin and Invercargill).

History of Founders’ Day  - 

2020 85th   -  Anniversary of Alcoholics Anonymous
Akron, Ohio – Birthplace of A.A
On June 10, outside an Akron hospital, Smith drank a beer to steady his hands for surgery; it would be the last drink he ever had.

On June 10, 1935, Bill Wilson and his friend Dr. Robert Smith set out to find the best way to reform alcoholics, and Alcoholics Anonymous was born.
Founders’ Day has been an important part of the history of Alcoholics
Our current celebration has its roots ..... from our humble beginnings.

Here are a few events which have helped shape our annual Founders’ Day. 

1941 Bill W. and Dr. Bob were the featured speakers.

1942 Dr. Bob traced the early history of our movement, introduced early members, followed by a buffet supper served by wives of Akron Group #1.

1945 Dr. Bob and Bill W. spoke at a dinner at the Mayflower Ballroom.

1945 A modest celebration was held at the M. O’Neil Auditorium with the co-founders present.

1947 Dr. Bob and A.A. #3 Bill D. were the speakers.

1948 The Akron Armory was used and talks were given by Dr. Walter Tunks, Bill W. and Dr. Bob.

1951 Dr. Bob had died, an open house was held at 855 Ardmore. (Dr. Bob’s Home} Bill spoke at the Goodyear Theater.

1953 Bill W. attended an open house at St. Thomas Hospital.

1957 The first “Play” was introduced and a Sunday morning breakfast was held at The University of Akron’s Memorial Hall.

1958 Bill W. his wife Lois W. and Ethel M. were speakers at The University of Akron’s Memorial Hall.

1961 This was the start of the memorial for Dr. Bob at 9:00 am.

1965 The “Modern” Era of Founders’ Day begins with the first Friday-Sunday Weekend.

Founders’ Day an integral piece the legacy our co-founders have left for us.
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