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Lakeside Group of Rockwall - Group History


The founding members of the group were Jack M. and Connie M.. They wanted to start a non-smoking group on the east side of the Interstate I-30 bridge spanning Lake Ray Hubbard (The Big Book Group of Rockwall had been around for decades, but was a smoking group.) Jack and Connie secured a meeting space at the Lakepointe Church in Rockwall, TX.  The first meeting took place on August 5, 2011. It was held in one of the portable buildings located in the parking lot on the east side of the church.  The group was registered with the General Service Office in NY immediately upon formation.  When the group started it consisted of around 8-10 members. These members were men and women who lived in Heath and Rockwall and were very happy to have a non-smoking meeting on this side of the lake to call a homegroup.  The group has experienced fantastic growth over the past 9 years.  There are now approximately 150 members that call the Lakeside Group their homegroup.


The group started with a noon meeting 5 days a week in the portable building. The group now meets at our new location on Yellow Jacket Lane and has 7 am and noon meetings M-F.  There is a women’s meeting on Monday at 6 pm and a men’s meeting on Saturday at 9 am.


The group celebrates its group anniversary every 5 years with a pot luck lunch and speaker meeting.  Members’ sobriety birthdays are celebrated on the last Sunday of the month at 5:00 with a potluck dinner.  


The group upholds the 5th Tradition as it carries its message to the next suffering alcoholic with different types of meetings.  A book study meeting of our book, Alcoholics Anonymous (affectionately called 'the Big Book'); a Twelve and Twelve book study meeting and an open speaker meeting to name a few.  The group members stay focussed on the solution contained in the Big Book by stressing the importance of doing the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, getting a sponsor, joining a homegroup, reading other conference approved literature and joining in fellowship. 


The Lakeside Group holds monthly group conscience meetings on the first Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm.  The group has recently taken a group inventory and utilizes a steering committee to review, change and record the policies and procedures of the group.


During the Covid-19 pandemic, all meetings were moved to an online meeting format.   Many newcomers have been welcomed into the group during the online meetings.  Group members have delivered desire chips and Big Books to these new AA members either by mail or in person.  


The Lakeside Group will continue being of service to all AA members and AA as a whole.  The group looks forward to the future and what it may hold.

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