In May of 1951, the first letter to the Al‑Anon Family Groups was written by Lois W. and Anne B. Below is a copy of the original correspondence. More information and interesting discussion questions specific to this documentation are found on pages 37-39 of Many Voices, One Journey (B-31).
[From page 38 of Many Voices, One Journey (B-31)]
Since experience has proved that the A.A. Program is a way of life which can be helpful to the non-alcoholic, there are now 87 A.A. family groups (including some Loners) known to the [Alcoholic] Foundation, and perhaps as many more unregistered. The purpose of these groups is threefold:
- To give cooperation and understanding to the A.A. at home.
- To live by the Twelve Steps ourselves in order to grow spiritually along with our A.A.
- To welcome and give comfort to the families of new A.A.s.
The time has come when it seems wise to unify these groups. A post office box in New York City, to be used as a clearing house, has been secured, and Lois W. has volunteered to act as temporary Chairman.
The following questions present themselves:
- Do you approve of the name A.A. Family Group? If not, what do you suggest?
- Should we not adopt the Twelve Steps as written for A.A., without change or embellishment?
As this is a clearing house, let’s have your ideas and suggestions. Please send them to Post Office Box 1475, Grand Central Annex, New York 17, N.Y.
Lois W., Chairman
Anne B., Secretary