|In recognition of A.A.’s 48-year history of providing the suffering alcoholic with a way back to society and family, President Reagan presented A.A. with a Volunteer Action Award in a ceremony at the White House on April 13, 1983.
The President’s Volunteer Action Awards were created in 1982 and serve to highlight those individuals who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments through voluntary action.
Accepting the award for Alcoholics Anonymous was William E. Flynn, M.D., then a nonalcoholic trustee on A.A.’s General Service Board. The award itself, in the form of a sterling silver medallion, is an honor we all share in A.A. The President made the following remarks when the award was presented: “Alcoholics Anonymous, begun in 1935 by two men diagnosed by medical specialists as incurable alcoholics, is a unique program of support, example and friendship by recovering alcoholics for new members. Since A.A.’s founding, over 650,000 men and women who have participated have overcome their alcoholism.”