WHAT I LEARNED: 1. Lois W. & Anne B. wrote this as Al-Anon’s very first pamphlet in 1952. Interestingly, its title used to be “Purposes & Suggestions.” According to “The Al-Anon Family Groups (Classic Edition)” (item # B-5), the title was changed in 1976 affirming only one purpose (see Tradition #5). …Makes me curious what the other purposes were listed in this pamphlet for more than 20 years. I’ll check to see if our District Archives Chairperson has a copy of this pamphlet in its original form, but if you have any info, please feel free to leave me a reply or comment.
2. This pamphlet is the epitome of gentle informativeness (…sure that’s a real word). No wonder that it’s the second pamphlet in the general Al-Anon Newcomer Packet (item # K-10). What’s the first pamphlet in the Packet? I think I’ll keep moving along with what else is included in the Packet because I don’t recall ever really reading through it all when I was a Newcomer!
**UPDATE: (7/1/13): As far as why the word “Purposes” was plural, there is a breakdown of Al-Anon’s original threefold purposes & a comment about their specific order of importance mentioned in “Lois Remembers” (item # B-7) – see page 189.