Celebrate IFAA’s 75th Birthday!
Did you know that our Intergroup turned 75 this week? We’ll be celebrating this major milestone with periodic items in the coming months in The Buzz that highlight the history of the Intercounty Fellowship of A.A. and Central Office.
Central Office’s Beginnings
A February 1952 issue of the A.A. Grapevine detailed great turmoil at the Alano Club on Bush St. in San Francisco, which opened in the 1940s: “Strains had developed because of the uncomfortable overcrowding of A.A. meetings, drunks, panhandlers, wolves and Red Riding Hoods.” Tempers flared and relationships became strained. Then in January of 1947, the first San Francisco Central Office was opened on Sutter St. (pictured).
Correspondence available in the GSO Archives indicates that the first Central Office Secretary (or manager) was named Anne C., and by 1948, Bob G. had taken over. Since its first location, Central Office moved five times in San Francisco before reaching its present location in 2001 at 1821 Sacramento St., where it is now open to the public Tuesday-Saturday from 10 am-6 pm.