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 All Changes Since September, 2002 

We no longer print our own meeting lists in any kind of bulk, but you are free to print your own, using this downloadable model. And, of course, you can find the latest meeting information online here.

    This may be the only listing in the country that announces both temporary closings of meetings and almost all anniversaries being celebrated, with invitations extended to all members (unique anywhere). Needless to say, we can use all the help we can get, whether regarding meeting notices, corrections or changes, anniversary and other secretary notes ... anything at s.i.meetings@gmail.com.

    Recent meeting changes are noted and highlighted in the printed lists, and will also be announced below, as soon as we learn of them, under Recent Changes. Please advise us of any such additions, subtractions, corrections and suggestions.

    For those who can use them, our printable secretary notes can be downloaded here and printed by any who wish to do so. So far as we know, this is the only A. A. location that has and makes collective use of such a service.

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 Note on New Meetings

New groups and meetings are generally listed in the secretary notes (under 'Notes & Changes') as they open. After some years' experience, though, and as is the custom in most places, they will be added to the printed and online lists only after they've been in business for a while, to be sure that they are viable, well supported and likely to last.

Recent Notes & Changes (since February, 2013)

Victory Group (Sun., 6-7:15 PM) meetings will end at 7 PM in coming 6 months. [2/8/17]

The Midland Beach Big Book Group, which has been meeting (Thurs., 7:30-8:45 PM) at Oasis Christian Center, 539 Greeley Ave. since 11/3, is now listed. [2/2/17]

The Beachcombers I Group (Tues., 8 PM) at the Oakwood Heights VFW has reportedly stopped meeting as of Hurricane Sandy. [12/17/16]

The Sunlight of the Spirit Group (Tues., 7:30 PM, Immanuel Lutheran Church, 2018 Richmond Ave.) has stopped meeting as of 11/22/16. [11/26/16]

On November 3, the Midland Beach Big Book Group held its first meeting at 7:30 PM at Oasis Church, 539 Greeley Ave. The meeting is open, the format is Big Book Study. [10/20/16]

The Grupo Para Todos (was Wed./Fri. 7-9 PM) is now Wed./Thurs./Fri. 8-10 PM. [8/19/16]

The Conscious Contact Group (Sun., 11 AM) has moved 6/5/16 to St. Patrick’s School, 3560 Richmod Rd.//Kensico St. [6/5/16]

The Other End Group (Sat., 9 AM) now meets (February 7, 2016) at Labetti Post, 390 Hylan Blvd.//Reynolds St. [2/7/16]

The Friends of Bill W. Group (Fri., 7 PM) now meet (January 1, 2016) at St. Simon's Church, 1055 Richmond Rd./Columbus Ave. [10/31/15, 12/21]

As of December 28, 2015 the Primary Purpose Group (Mon., 7:30 PM) will begin meeting at their new location, the Recovery House of Worship, 96 McClean Ave.//Ocean Ave., use door at end of walkway left of building. [12/8/15]

As of 'October, 2014' the First Step Group (Tues., 7:30 PM) meets for one hour (was until 8:45 PM. [2/9/15]

As of 'Spring, 2013' the Young People's Group of S. I. (Wed., 7:30 PM) meets for one hour (was until 8:45 PM. [2/9/15]

As of November 28, 2014 the "The Family Afterward" Group (Fri., 8:30 PM) will be meeting at Woodrow Methodist Church, 1075 Woodrow Rd., at a new time of 7:30 PM. [11/14/14]

As of December, 2014 the New Day Group (Mon., 10 AM) will have a Traditions study the first Monday of each month. [11/4/14]

As of October 10, 2014 the "The Family Afterward" Group meets (Fri., 8:30 PM) at SIUH South, Main Conference Room, 375 Seguine Ave. [10/6/14]

As of September 18, 2014 the Richmond Town Step Group meets (Thurs., 7 PM) at St. Patrick's, 3560 Richmond Rd.//McKinley St. [9/19/14]

As of August 1, 2013 the Serenity Lounge Group (Thurs.) meets at 7 PM (was 6:30 PM). [8/1/13]

As of July 11, 2013 the Tottenville Group (Thurs., 8 PM) meets at Bethel Methodist Church, 7033 Amboy Rd. [7/1/13]

As of June 4, 2013 the 24 Hour Group (Thurs., 4 PM) is listed as a closed, step study meeting at Our Lady Stat of the Sea rectory, 5371 Amboy Rd. [6/4/13]

As of May 30, 2013 the Power for the Hour Young People's Group (Fri., 8 PM.) is listed as meeting at the YMCA facility, 3911 Richmond Ave.[6/4/13]

As of May 29, 2013 the H. O. P. E. Group (Wed., 4 PM.) meeting is Open Speaker on the last Wednesday of the month. [7/24/13]

As of April/May, 2013 the Came To Believe Group (Thurs., 7-8:15 PM) meets at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 2018 Richmond Ave. The meeting time had been 8-9:15 PM[9/6/13]

As of Thursday, March 14, 2013, the Fresh Start Group (Thurs.) meetings begin at 8 PM (was 7:30 PM). [3/14/13]

As of Thursday, March 14, 2013, the H. A. L. T. Group II (Thurs.) meetings are held from 6:45-7:45 PM in the main conference room of SIUH South, at 375 Seguine Ave. [2/15/13, 3/8]

As of Saturday, March 9, 2013, the Courage To Change Group (Sat, 9 PM) will change to a Closed Beginners format. The group had been Open Speaker w. Discussion, with Al-Anon involvement. [3/4/13]

As of Thursday, March 7, 2013, the H. A. L. T. Group II (Thurs, 7 PM) meets in the main conference room of SIUH South, at 375 Seguine Ave. [2/15/13]

As of Monday, February 11, 2013, the New Day Group (Mon., 10 AM) has changed its format from 'Closed Discussion' to 'Step Study'. [2/11/13]


Policies and Practices for Listing Meetings

 Note on New Meetings – New groups and meetings are generally listed in the secretary notes (under 'Notes & Changes') as they open. After some years' experience, though, and as is the custom in most places, they will be added to the printed and online lists only after they've been in business for a while, to be sure that they are viable, well supported and likely to last.

On Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous is founded on its autonomous groups. The meetings a group holds are just part of its “primary purpose” (per our 5th Tradition) of carrying its message of sobriety to those who still suffer from alcoholism. Ideally, planning how best to do all this carrying is the “business” of our “business meetings” – something important to keep in mind. For suggestions on how we might do so, The A. A. Group pamphlet is an excellent start.

    All listings in these notes are by group, rather than the more common designation by location. This in part may help avoid the impression that we are affiliated with the places we meet in, contrary to our 6th Tradition. More importantly, we hope it may encourage members to become an active part of these groups — to join a group in the first place – and encourage the groups in further A. A. activity. Along these lines, our A. A. expression ‘commitment’ might be transformed from a temporary job that we ‘take’, here or there, for a period of months, to a long-term commitment we ‘make’ ... to a specific, ongoing group of A. A. members.

    We apologize for the puzzlement this may cause at first. Those used to hearing “St. Roch's” (Monday nights) and “St. Mark's” (Saturday mornings), may wonder what on earth the “Mariners Harbor Group” and “Good Mornin’ Group” might be. We hope the confusion is only temporary, and that the reminder that these are actually meetings of groups will in some way help our work

    Unfortunately, it must also be noted that organizations which claim to be A. A. groups, while severely violating A. A.'s Traditions, will not be listed as A. A. groups in any way, including in these secretary notes. The Traditions are too important to the well-being, and even the survival, of A. A. to be trampled on or ignored, no matter how attractive such ‘meetings’ may appear.

    Finally, you may have noticed that the Sunnyside Group, which for many years met in Bulls Head, now finds itself in Port Richmond ... the Pleasant Plains Group in Oakwood ... The Point Group (Great Kills) in Richmondtown ... and (best of all) the Mariners Harbor Group in Port Richmond and the Port Richmond Group for years found itself in Mariners Harbor...in the very church where the Mariners Harbor Group began! (They have since returned to Port Richmond.)

    The practice of naming groups for the towns they started in was once very common, and often marks the oldest groups in an area. It's no wonder that they're not inclined to change their names for any reason. The only exception we know of here was the old West Brighton Group, which over the course of its many moves – perhaps the most of any group on the Island, if not the world – was transformed into the First Step Group of today.

Lively sober cat on the move
January February March April May June July August September October November December 2018!?!
January GroupAnniversaries, Events, Meetings, Notes
1-1 Inspiration Group No meeting due to holiday [12/28]
" Watch Your Step Beginners No meeting due to holiday [12/21]
1-4 Common Solution Tricia G. (6) [Open] [12/21]
1-7 Bill & Bob's Excellent Adventure Danny C. (2) [12/17]
1-8 First Drink Group Sue (9), Alicia (21) [12/21]
" Conscious Contact Brian C. (1) [12/18]
" Inspiration Group Ivy (7) [12/25]
" Watch Your Step Beginners Joe H. (1) [12/15]
1-9 Primary Purpose Group Ricky (2) [12/15]
1-14 The Crossroads Eugene (29) [1/10]
1-15 Amboy-Eltingville Group Cliff H. (14) [1/9]
1-16 Great Kills Group Carla (10) [12/15]
" Decker Avenue Step Group Callie (1) [1/3]
1-19 Annadale Group 49th Group Anniversary, All Welcome [1/6]
" Sunnyside Beginners Group Tim (35) [12/17]
1-20 Friday Night Women's Group Liz T. (1) [12/17]
1-22 Victory Group Deborah H. (1) [12/15]
1-23 Steps to the Stars Slowly Recovering Mike O'C. (35) [12/21]
1-25 Common Solution Michael M. (24), Carol Anne S. (27) [Open] []
1-26 Serenity Lounge Group Alana D. (3), Tim D. (4) [12/23]
" Richmondtown Steps Group Cosmo (9) [1/7]
" Randall Manor Group Pedro (21) [12/17]
1-27 Friday Night Women's Group Irish Stacie (7) [Open] [12/15]
" "The Family Afterward" Group Nikki (5) [12/23]
" Power for the Hour Group Tommy G. (5) [1/13]
" Huguenot Step Group Betsie (39), George V. (39), Brian (20) [1/11]
1-29 Sunday Morning Early Birds Mark (11), Big Marie (4) [12/18]
" First Drink Group Tom R. (9) [12/21]
" Conscious Contact Greg C. (34), Marilyn M. (23), Greg D. (7), Joe (7), Jen (5), Nick T. (2) [12/27, 1/5]
" Victory Group Ronnie (13), Carol K. (27) [12/17]
" Attitude Adjustment Mike (1), John (9), Karen (22), Alfrida (29) [1/9, /11]
1-30 Great Kills Group Tommy (1) []
" Decker Avenue Step Group Amr (2) [1/4, /17]
1-31 Women Sharing Group Justina (6) [Open] [12/21, 1/26]
" First Step Group Chris M. (8), Gregory (26), Emilio (27) [1/4]
February GroupAnniversaries, Events, Meetings, Notes
2-2 Serenity Lounge Group Big-Time Joe (1) [1/21]
2-5 Pass It On Group Liz A. (1) [Open] [1/2]
2-8 Common Solution David G. (8) [Open] [12/28]
2-12 Sunday Morning Early Birds Paul (1) [1/17]
" Watch Your Step Beginners Jenna (2) [11/27]
2-13 Decker Avenue Step Group Morgan (1) [1/17]
2-15 Common Solution Ed S. (9) [Open] [12/28, 1/17]
2-16 Serenity Lounge Group Lucia D. (1) [1/21, 2/10]
2-17 Location Unknown Jeff G. (30) [1/20]
2-18 Steps by the Sea Claire V. (31) [1/28]
" Jimmy A. (6) No location given [1/13]
2-19 Get Free Group No meeting today due to synagogue activity [1/17]
2-23 Annadale Group Steve (18) [2/3]
Serenity Lounge Group Sal P. (5), Brian M. (4), Jon J. (4), Uncle Jeff (2), Anthony W. (3) [1/21, 2/17]
" Fresh Start Group Amy B. (6) [1/13]
" Midland Beach Big Book Group Jim W. (7) [2/7]
2-24 Friday Night Women's Group Nora (22) [2/7]
" "The Family Afterward" Group Tommy J. (25) [1/4]
" Port Richmond Group Paul (17), Joe (21) [1/7, /13]
" Huguenot Step Group Michelle M. (5) [1/20]
2-26 Conscious Contact Steve S. (8), Lisa D. (8) [2/14]
" Victory Group Eddie K. (18) [2/8]
" Attitude Adjustment Tom D. (10), Eric (13) [1/17]
" [Jackson Heights] Bo D. (27) [2/12]
2-27 Decker Avenue Step Group 32nd Group Anniversary [2/7]
" Decker Avenue Step Group Richie B. (3) [2/7]
" No location Sean D. (32) [2/15]
2-28 Women Sharing Group Janine (3), Cathy Cool (25) [Open] [1/23]
" First Step Group Lenny (28) [12/28, 1/4]
March GroupAnniversaries, Events, Meetings, Notes
3-4 Steps by the Sea Joe H. (1) [1/23]
3-5 Sunday Morning Early Birds Maggie (1) [2/21]
3-12 Watch Your Step Beginners Nicholas (28) [11/27]
3-16 Tottenville Group Yuriy (1) [2/17]
3-17 P. A. C. Group Lil Red (3), Big Sean (1) [1/30]
3-19 Attitude Adjustment Vikki G. (1) [Open] [2/20]
3-22 Common Solution Anthony B., Jr. (5) [Open] [2/14. /17]
3-26 Attitude Adjustment Anne (1) [1/17, 2/20]
3-27 Primary Purpose Group Allison A. (4) [2/21]
" Decker Avenue Step Group Brian H. (22) [2/7]
3-28 First Step Group Carl (36), Grace (31) [12/28, 2/2]
3-29 Prince's Bay Step Group Krissy V. (5) [2/21]
3-30 Serenity Lounge Group Brian M. (4) [2/17]
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I am responsible . . .
When anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help,
I want the hand of A.A. always to be there.
And for that . . . I am responsible.
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