Our New Year’s “New You 2018” celebration was a tremendous success. Members from the English and Romanian groups in Bucharest came together for two meetings, the movie My Name is Bill W and a fantastic array of foods. It was a day of affirmation, commitment and being together. The foundational theme of gratitude, even if being challenged in life, was evident. This small but vibrant community was a great place to be for this One-Day-At-A-Time turning of the page. Here is a recap:
The First Annual Bucharest, Romania New Year’s Day New You Meeting Schedule
“Happy New You!”
Liz B. from the Hollis, New York Group of AA has for most of her 66 years in AA led a New Year’s Day meeting. She opens the meeting with: “Happy New You!” She
then shares her Experience, Strength and Hope. She always says, “I am sure most of you have heard my story before. It hasn’t changed. Thaaaaaaank God it hasn’t changed!!! I am still here among you”. She reminds us that the “monkey may be off my back, but the circus is still in town”. Her constant message that this is a One Day at a Time program each time she speaks does not change. She always tells us that the amount of sober time we have cannot protect us against the “dis” “ease” of alcoholism. Those in attendance with ongoing sobriety are asked to reflect upon this simple fact. Those who are new to AA or just coming back are told, “You are the most important person in this room today. Without You there is no me!” Her humility is established in Love and Service. This is the cornerstone of Dr. Bob's Farewell Message below. It is in this Spirit of Love for the Gifts of Program and Service to our Fellow Alcoholic that we establish:
The First Annual New Year’s Day New You Meeting.
Schedule---All Meetings Open
Join Us for all or part of this afternoon meeting and Movie
1-1:30 PM: Fellowship
1:30-2 PM: New You Gratitude/Intentions Meeting.
2:10-3:50 PM: Movie: My Name is Bill W
4 – 5: Topic Meeting
LOCATION 155 Calea Victoriei
Entrance Tronson 5 (between Mega Image and Intesa Sanpaolo Bank)
Take Elevator to the 8th Floor
Take the Blue Subway Line to Piata Victoriei. Build is upstairs. Two minute walk.
HAPPY NEW YOU!
Dr. Bob and Bill W. were co-founders of A.A. Here is Dr. Bobs' Farwell Message:
"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.