AUGUST 2004                      Published Monthly                                                                                           Vol. 31 Issue 4              PATCHOGUE, NY WWW.SUFFOLKNY-AA.ORG 113-8 Bay Avenue Patchogue, NY 11772          (631) 654-1150    FAX (631) 654-1110              Mail:  P.O. Box 659 Patchogue, NY 11772
A Trip Down Memory Lane -
Compliments of Past Suffolk Intergroup Association Bulletins:
     From the August 1976 Issue ... "1st Annual Share-a-thon.  Support SIA's October 10th (1976)  Share-a-thon!  Enjoy the company of friends. Enjoy a day of learning and sharing with A.A.s you've yet to meet...."
Our first Share-a-thon was held at the now-defunct Colonie Hill in Hauppauge. Tickets were $12.50 and for that price you got a day of workshops and an evening banquet, which included music and
Share-a-thon Date Set;
'Exceptional ' Turnout Expected;
By-Laws Amended; Admission Is Free
     The 2004 Suffolk Intergroup Association (SIA) Share-a-thon is set for October 30 at St. Joseph's College in Patchogue.  The event runs from 9am to 5:30pm; and for the first time admission is FREE!
     How did this change come about you may ask? At Intergroup's business meeting on July 13th, group representatives voted to amend the SIA by-laws to permit the Share-a-thon Committee to forego charging admission.  The Committee had proposed this change in the April report.  Chairman Brian C. pointed out that Intergroup's by-laws required the Share-a-thon Committee to be "financially self-sufficient," and that
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Lest We Forget
( From the 14th printing  of the book
Alcoholics Anonymous;  Reprinted from the
Oct. 1952 Grapevine)

     You may already have asked yourself why it is that all of us became so very ill from drinking.  Doubtless you are curious to discover how and why, in the face of expert opinion to the contrary, we have recovered from a hopeless condition of mind and body. If you are an alcoholic who wants to get over it, you may already be asking, "What do I have to do?"
     It is the purpose of this book to answer such questions specifically.  We shall tell you what we have done.  Before going into a detailed discussion, it may be well to summarize some points as we see them.
     How many times people have said to us: "I can take it or leave it alone. Why can't he?"                                   
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