Here is Dr. Bobs' Farwell Message. It brings together the cornerstone themes that has allowed AA to grow and thrive:
"My good friends in A.A. and of A.A,
I get a big thrill out of looking over a vast sea of faces like this with a feeling that possibly some small thing I did a number of years ago played an infinitely small part in making this meeting possible. I also get quite a thrill when I think that we all had the same problem. We all did the same things. We all get the same results in proportion to our zeal and enthusiasm and stick-to-itiveness. If you will pardon the injection of a personal note at this time, let me say that I have been in bed five of the last seven months and my strength hasn't returned as I would like, so my remarks of necessity will be very brief.
There are two or three things that flashed into my mind on which it would be fitting to lay a little emphasis. One is the simplicity of our program. Let's not louse it all up with Freudian complexes and things that are interesting to the scientific mind, but have very little to do with our actual A.A. work. Our Twelve Steps, when simmered down to the last, resolve themselves into the words “love” and “service.” We understand what love is, and we understand what service is. So let's bear those two things in mind.
Let us also remember to guard that erring member the tongue, and if we must use it, let's use it with kindness and consideration and tolerance.
And one more thing: None of us would be here today if somebody hadn't taken time to explain things to us, to give us a little pat on the back, to take us to a meeting or two, to do numerous little kind and thoughtful acts in our behalf. So let us never get such a degree of smug complacency that we're not willing to extend, or attempt to extend, to our less fortunate brothers that help which has been so beneficial to us.
Thank you very much" , Dr. Bob
Sunday, July 30, 1950, at the First International A.A. Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
This is the home where Henrietta Seiberling introduced Dr. Bob and Bill W. for the meeting that launched Alcoholics Anonymous on June 10th 1935. Since that day, AA has helped millions struggling with addiction around the world. Each year, Founder's Day is celebrated on the day that Dr. Bob took his last drink.
No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we can see how our experience can benefit others.