Gratitude Week 2022
An Invitation to Share
I hope this finds you all well. Please accept my apologies for the lateness in issuing this letter this year.
The 10th June 2022 marks the 87th anniversary of the founding of our Fellowship. In addition to celebrating Founders Day, this year our Fellowship in Great Britain celebrates its 75th Anniversary. The first meeting was held in Room 202 of the Dorchester Hotel in London’s Park Lane on 31 March 1947.
Gratitude or Sobriety Week as it was first known, had its origins in Chiltern and Thames Intergroup in the early to mid 1980’s. The idea was to hold a separate collection in Groups on or around the week of 10th June. This extra collection would be for those members, who could afford to, to contribute what they thought a day’s drinking would cost them at todays prices. The monies collected would be forwarded by the Groups to their Intergroup Treasurer, who would in turn send the total collection from their Intergroup directly to GSO.
Following the successes of this initiative, Conference 1988 made the following recommendation: -
“That the Fellowship contrives to recognise our anniversary on 10 June by holding annually a Gratitude/Sobriety week”.
This collection has become an annual event ever since and the General Service Board are infinitely grateful for your continued generosity. As stated in previous letters, “These arrangements will ensure the correct allocation of funds and help keep to a minimum administration costs and bank charges and maximise the prudent spending of those funds to fulfil our primary purpose.
It is important to reiterate that any amount will be gratefully received and only those who can afford to are asked to contribute if they can. All Gratitude Week monies should be forwarded to GSO by 30 September 2022 which is the last day of the current Financial Year.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you need more information.
Thank you again so much for your generosity and service to our wonderful Fellowship.
The GSB ask if you are in a financial position to pass your gratitude contributions directly to York HERE
Love in Fellowship
Hon. Treasurer GSB