Definition of Oldtimer:
A very experienced or long-serving person.

Synonyms of Oldtimer:
Elder, long-timer, old-hand, oldster, senior, trouper, veteran, etc.

These notes are from recovery in AA and/or related 12 step programs. Readers are encouraged to click external links for more detail. We hope you find them helpful.

Love in fellowship.


GSO advise there is no set period of time that defines an Oldtimer. Some groups and/or regions specify 20 years, others 25 years, yet others 40 years …

Some AA events schedule an Oldtimers meeting, but each event determines what length of sobriety qualifies participation on the panel In some areas that may be 20 o
r 25 years of sobriety.

At the 2015 International A.A. Convention event, members with 50 or more years participated in the Oldtimers Big Meeting –Inspirations

How to become an Oldtimer; Don’t drink, and don’t die J –Unknown


The founders of many groups ultimately divide into two classes known in A.A. slang as “elder statesmen” and “bleeding deacons.” The elder statesman sees the wisdom of the group’s decision and he is willing to sit quietly on the side-lines patiently awaiting developments. The bleeding deacon connives for re-election to office and continues to be consumed with self-pity. –As Bill Sees It | More… (p.138)


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