Thursday 6:30 PM Delmar Living Sober
OD (Study of Living Sober book)
All Saints Episcopal Church 10th St. Delmar, DE 19940
Thursday 7:00 PM Nanticoke Group
Westside United Methodist Church
20485 Nanticoke Rd Nanticoke, MD 21840
Thursday 7:00 PM Step By Step
Todd House near Bethesda United Methodist Church
107 West William St. Salisbury MD 21801
Thursday 8:00 PM As Bill Sees It
CD Last Thursday OD/WA
Buckingham Presbyterian Church
20 S Main St. Berlin, MD 21811
Thursday 8:00 PM Deal Island Group
Deal Island Fire Hall
10090 Deal Island Rd. Deal Island, MD 21821
What is an 'open' meeting?
An open meeting of A.A. is a group meeting that any member of the community, alcoholic or nonalcoholic, may attend. The only obligation is that of not disclosing the names of A.A. members outside the meeting.
A typical open meeting will usually have a "leader" and other speakers. The leader opens and closes the meeting and introduces each speaker. With rare exceptions, the speakers at an open meeting are A.A. members. Each, in turn, may review some individual drinking experiences that led to joining A.A. The speaker may also give his or her interpretation of the recovery program and suggest what sobriety has meant personally. All views expressed are purely personal, since all members of A.A. speak only for themselves.
Most open meetings conclude with a social period during which coffee, soft drinks, and cakes or cookies are served.
A closed meeting is limited to members of the local A.A. group, or visiting members from other groups. The purpose of the closed meeting is to give members an opportunity to discuss particular phases of their alcoholic problem that can be understood best only by other alcoholics.
These meetings are usually conducted with maximum informality, and all members are encouraged to participate in the discussions. The closed meetings are of particular value to the newcomer, since they provide an opportunity to ask questions that may trouble a beginner, and to get the benefit of "older" members' experience with the recovery program.