Uganda Sobriety Pin

… from the Archives of C.A. “While attending the C.A. World Convention in Cleveland (1994) I (Steve A.) met a man who had travelled from Uganda to Cleveland for business. Our conversation began about what we were doing in Cleveland and during our conversation he told me they had begun a C.A. meeting in Uganda. He said that they had between 3 and 7 regular members and they would meet once a week. He told me he would correspond with me about recovery and wanted me to hold onto his 30 day chip. He stated all of their chips were beaded and handmade. I asked him to attend the Convention for a short visit but he said his business appointment was in a very short time and that he would look me up after his business was completed. We exchanged addresses and parted. I never heard from him again. I wrote to his address a couple of times but my letters were returned. This is his 30 day chip and if he is still alive and sober he would 20 plus years now. I pray he shows up at a future event. He called himself, Solomon.”

Steve A., Former Trustee
Donated to the C.A. Archive on September 2, 2015

Key Tag – Uganda

Toronto Area 10th Anniversary Commemorative Medallion (circa 1997)

CA 10th Anniversay Toronto Area Commemorative Gold Medallion won by Henry B. in the 1997 Winner’s Circle Group Fundraiser and Chili Dinner: Sunday, July 20, 1997. Donated to the SOCA archives by Henry B. in 2011.

The First Toronto Group was established on February 2, 1987. According to early members, the sub-culture of cocaine users was quite different than that of A.A., so it was exciting to have a meeting focused entirely on recovery from cocaine and all mind-altering substances.

In 1997, the Toronto Area (now known as Southern Ontario Cocaine Anonymous) decided to host “TORCA I” on October 25, 1997 with the theme, “Carry The Message.” C.A. original member, Johnny S. (Los Angeles, CA) would be the Saturday keyote speaker.

To raise the necessary funds to host such an event, the Toronto Area Unity Committee sponsored a number of fundraising events throughout the year. One such event was hosted by the Winner’s Circle Group on Sunday, July 20, 1997. Featuring a chili dinner and a “Gold CA Medallion Raffle. The event raised $266.00 (suggested ticket price was $3.00).

The CA 10th Anniversary Commemorative Medallion pictured here was won by Henry B. I had heard about this medallion through my talks with early member Jimmy B. (Toronto, ON) who was the Unity Chair in 1997 and responsible for coordinating the fundraising activities for that year. Jimmy helped me locate Henry in July of 2011 and I called him to see if he still had the medallion (he did indeed still have it) and invited me to come over to see it. My intent was to photograph the object for the SOCA Archives. Upon meeting Henry and chatting with him at some length about that first Toronto Conference, he said to me, “Cameron rather that taking pictures, why don’t I just donate the medallion to the archives for all of CA to enjoy. I felt like the “relic hunter” who had stumbled across some forgotten CA treasure which could now be resurrected—its story to be told again and again for the posterity of Cocaine Anonymous.

by Cameron F., Southern Ontario Cocaine Anonymous Archivist and World Archive Committee Chair