HISTORY OF NORTH OAK AA GROUP
The North Oak AA Group was formed out of the North Kansas City AA Group November 1968. The sole purpose was to conduct smaller meetings, thus giving all participants a chance to express themselves. This policy of ten or less people in one meeting is still intact today. At times, three or more meetings are held at once.
The first meeting was held at Joe B’s house in Kansas City North, and was attended by Joe B., Al S., Everett R, Vic R., Ed F., Mike M., Buck B., Tom H., and Jim S. Jr. The second meeting was held at the home of Vic R. in Gladstone.
At that time, the group rented the house at 8004 North Oak Trafficway, which became the home for the group until September 30, 1978. First Step Meetings were held in the attic, or the old coal bin in the basement, whichever was available.
Mike M. paid the first month’s rent on the old house with contributions by members attending the meeting at Vic R.’s home. The group has been self-sustaining ever since. These first meeting members had a vision to someday have a permanent home for the North Oak AA Group.
The group started a Sunday 11 AM meeting, which became very popular, as Vic R. provided hot biscuits, honey, and butter prior to the meeting. Contributions paid for coffee and pop. Thereby starting what is still known as the North Oak “Mug Club”. A local businessman furnished a stove and refrigerator. The North Kansas City AA Group donated two tables. The pop machine was purchased from coffee and pop donation monies. B. B. Runyon Company sold us chairs at a cost of $4.00 each. The North Oak Al-Anon group donated one folding table.
In the beginning, card playing was allowed on a limited basis. After many trials, the activity became unacceptable to the group as a whole. This was partly responsible for the formation of the 12 & 12 AA Group in early 1974. Chapter 5 AA Group in Claycomo started from the North Oak AA group in March 1981.
Along around 1985 to 1986, there was another problem regarding the “Mug Club”, and money being put away for a future home for the North Oak AA Group. After much discussion, it was decided that members serving on the Board of Directors of the “Mug Club” could not be a part of the Steering Committee. Bob B., Dick T., and Darrell R. resigned their Steering Committee Posts. Group Conscience also eliminated North Oak AA Group support to the “Mug Club”, and the subject would be dormant for many years.
In the beginning, Al S., the first treasurer, made the first deposit for the North Oak AA Group on November 14, 1968. The original members’ sobriety varied from six months to eight years.
The meetings were held on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, and were closed. By the end of the first month, Saturday night open meetings were established with Everett R. as Program Chairman.
The group moved from what is referred to as “The Little House” on October 1, 1978, into a store at 6942 North Oak Trafficway, where they stayed until April 30, 1979. At this time, they relocated to 610 NE 76 St. in Gladstone. In September 1989, the group moved to 8113 North Oak Trafficway, where they remained until November 1, 2000.
Due to various reasons, problems with landlords, rent increases, etc., the Board of Directors of the “Mug Club” was contacted regarding a permanent home for the North Oak AA Group. On May 13, 1997, the Board of Directors, which consisted of Orville D., Bob B., Mike R, Norm W., and Darrell R., held a meeting to discuss the purchase of a building.
On March 10, 2000, the “Mug Club” members, Bob B., Carroll O., Orville D., Mike R., and Darrell R., looked at an old 7-Eleven building at 7125 North Broadway in Gladstone. Also in attendance were Tom K., and Jeff T.
On April 10, 2000, Bob B., and Darrell R., signed the sale contract to purchase this building, and received the keys on May 1, 2000. At this time, demolition was started, and the building was gutted. North Oak AA Group members completed the majority of the work, and the group moved in on November 1, 2000.
In May 2009, group conscious voted to eliminate smoking at the North Oak AA Group. The result of this meeting was the birth of a smoking group. You Are Not Alone, in Northmoor, MO. The North Oak Group donated two smoke eaters to this group.
The remaining two smoke eaters were donated to the Sunrise Serenity Group (AKA North Oak South), in Sunrise Beach, MO.
In 2013 Steve L. built and donated two 12-Ft. benches. Jeff T. built and donated one 6-Ft. bench. In 2016 Don W. built and donated one 10-Ft. bench. Darrell R. obtained and donated three pews from the Methodist Church on 64th St.
At the present time, the North Oak Group has 34 meetings per week. Group Conscience meetings are held on a regular basis, Al-Anon meets several times each week and Alateen meets on Wednesdays at 6pm.
As of November 2022, the North Oak Group is celebrating 54 years of continuous service.