1935

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Lois recognizes her need for recovery when she throws a shoe at her husband, Bill W., co-founder of AA.
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Lois W. meets Anne S., wife of Dr. Bob, co-founder of AA.

1939

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Family groups begin to form.

1941

First Steps
Lois and Bill W. purchase Stepping Stones.

1948

First Steps
"One Wife's Story," by Lois W. is published in the AA Grapevine.

1949

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Anne S., Dr. Bob's wife, dies.
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Ruth G. starts a magazine in California called The Family Forum.

1950

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Three members of the Toronto Wives Group speak at the First AA International Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

1951

First Steps
Lois W. asks AA Delegates' wives to lunch at Stepping Stones.
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AA's General Service Conference passes a resolution thanking early members who helped foster Family Groups.
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AA's General Service Office gives Lois W. a list of 87 Family Groups and individuals located in the US, Canada, Australia, South Africa, and Ireland. Lois W., and Anne B. send each of them a letter. Fifty-six groups express the desire to form a service office. Lois W. and Anne B. co-found Al-Anon and establish the Clearing House at Stepping Stones, the home of Lois and Bill W., in Bedford Hills, New York.
First Steps
First voluntary contribution received at the Stepping Stones from a group in Massachusetts.

1952

First Steps
The Clearing House moves to the upstairs studio at the 24th Street AA Clubhouse in New York City.
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Lois and Anne write Al-Anon's first pamphlet, "Purposes and Suggestions", and the Clearing House distributes the publication.
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Al-Anon groups begin to support the Clearing House through voluntary contributions of $1.00 per member bi-annually and decide that the Clearing House will handle all national publicity.
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The polled groups select the name "Al-Anon Family Groups".
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Al-Anon adopts AA's Twelve Steps as our guidelines with one change. In Step Twelve "alcoholics" is changed to "others".
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Al-Anon adapts and adopts AA's Twelve Traditions.
First Steps
First Al-Anon literature price-list published.
First Steps
First Al-Anon World Directory published.

1954

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Henrietta S. is the first paid part-time staff worker. Margaret D. becomes the first editor of the Al-Anon Clearing House Newsletter.
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The "Al-Anon Clearing House Newsletter" name changes to "Al-Anon Family Group Forum".
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The Clearing House incorporates the name "Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc.".

1955

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The Saturday Evening Post publishes an Al-Anon article and Al-Anon gains national attention.
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Al-Anon publishes our first book "The Al-Anon Family Groups".
First Steps
Budget, Literature, and Publicity committees founded.

1957

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Alateen begins in California.
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Al-Anon Headquarters moves to 125 East 23rd Street, New York City. The groups now number over 1,000.
First Steps
"It's a Teenaged Affair" is published in the AA Grapevine.
First Steps
Public Relations Committee founded.

1959

First Steps
Alateen Committee founded.

1960

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At the AA International Convention in Long Beach, California, Al-Anon votes to hold its own annual service conference.
First Steps
Conference Committee founded.

1961

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Al-Anon holds the first trial Al-Anon Conference in New York. Delegates from British Columbia, California, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania, and Texas meet with World Service Office staff and Board of Trustees.
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The World Service Conference (WSC) approves the Conference Approved Literature (CAL) process and the Twelve Traditions.

1962

First Steps
Ann Landers writes her first article on Al-Anon.
First Steps
"The Stag Line", the first pamphlet for men, is published.

1967

First Steps
Institutions Committee founded.

1968

First Steps
"One Day At A Time in Al-Anon" is published.
First Steps
FORUM Editor's Committee founded.

1970

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The World Service Conference affirms the Twelve Concepts of Service.

1971

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Al-Anon Headquarters moves to 115 East 23rd Street, New York City. The groups now number over 6,000.

1972

First Steps
"Lois's Story", the motion picture, is produced.

1973

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Al-Anon publishes Alateen's first book, "Alateen, Hope for Children of Alcoholics".
First Steps
Public Relations Committee becomes Public Information Committee.

1978

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Al-Anon establishes an International Coordination Committee to maintain unity and communication worldwide.
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Al-Anon Headquarters moves to One Park Avenue, New York City. The groups now number over 15,000.
First Steps
Archives and International Coordination committees founded.

1979

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The WSC approves holding two regional service seminars each year.

1980

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Al-Anon holds the first International Al-Anon General Services Meeting for overseas delegates and WSO staff in conjunction with AA's International Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana.

1981

First Steps
Cooperating With The Professional Community Committee founded.

1984

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Anne B. passes away.
Toronto Star
"Group eases the tragedy of alcoholism: Al-Anon" is published in the Toronto Star on June 8th.

1985

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Al-Anon/Alateen holds its First International Convention in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, in cooperation with the AA International Convention.

1986

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Al-Anon Headquarters moves to 1372 Broadway, New York City. The groups now number nearly 27,000.
First Steps
Al-Anon celebrates its 35th anniversary.

1987

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Lois W. passes away.

1990

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Al-Anon/Alateen holds its Second International Convention in Seattle, Washington, in cooperation with the AA International Convention.

1991

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The Board of Trustees approves the relocation of the WSO outside of the New York City metropolitan area.

1994

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The World Service Conference authorizes the purchase of property on a 15 year trial basis.

1996

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Al-Anon Headquarters (WSO) moves to 1600 Corporate Landing Parkway, Virginia Beach, Virginia. The groups now numbe over 31,000.

1998

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Al-Anon/Alateen holds its Third International Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah. AA participates in this Al-Anon event.

2000

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Al-Anon incorporates in Canada.
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Al-Anon publishes Conference Approved Literature in 31 languages.

2001

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Al-Anon celebrates 50 years of offering hope to families and friends of alcoholics. Al-Anon is now in 115 countries.