District 1 History
History of Alcoholics Anonymous in Pinellas County
There are so many exciting experiences of Pinellas County Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) history. The initial history goes back. Way back. This is how it all began. Alfred Meakin arrived in St. Pete from Baltimore in 1945. He wrote a letter dated February 6, 1945 to the Alcoholic Foundation seeking some local contacts. Back then, this is how books were obtained and meetings formed – snail mail! He wanting to continue his AA way of life and wrote to the New York office and asked “are there any groups, or any AA members in this area?”. In response to his letter, the New York office told him of a new group in Tampa, meeting at the old De Soto Hotel.
They also told him of a man in St. Pete who had just purchased an AA Big Book. It was a hand-written letter to the Alcoholic Foundation from a Jack D. Holley, ordering a big Book COD and it is dated February 13, 1945. Alfred contacted the group in Tampa where he learned Ernie King, and “The Sarge”, Roy Yeargan, had started the Tampa group. He called on another man who had purchased a book, Bob W. After talking to Bob and going to the Tampa meetings together, they decided to form their own meeting in St. Petersburg in late summer 1945.
– Bill Wilson and Ebby Thatcher
Over the years, as the number of groups multiplied, attempts were made to establish an active Intergroup Office, which could be of service to all of Pinellas County. This was finally accomplished in December, 1962. For more info click here: https://aapinellas.org/history/