Stepping Stones Foundation

Lois Hosting Visitors

Lois Burham Wilson, co-founder of Al-Anon Family Groups at Stepping Stones in 1951 survived her husband Bill by over 17 years. She devoted energy to welcoming thousands of guests to Stepping Stones and created an open house atmosphere where family and friends mingled with A.A. and Al-Anon newcomers. After Bill passed away, Lois continued to travel and speak at A.A. and Al-Anon events and meetings. Her talks made her an unofficial ambassador of the history of Alcoholics Anonymous. She shared what she witnessed first hand when A.A. began. The Stepping Stones Archive has copies of her talking points for her speeches that reveal the key milestones for Bill and A.A. that she wanted to convey.

A major achievement for Lois in her later years was the creation of the Stepping Stones Foundation. The Wilsons wanted to give Stepping Stones to Alcoholics Anonymous or Al-Anon, but the Traditions of the respective groups would not permit it. As a result, Lois founded the Stepping Stones Foundation in 1979 and served as its first President until her death in 1988. The not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization continues today to carry out the mission she set forth. The support of friends helps Stepping Stones continue to welcome visitors for tours, assist researchers, maintain the property, hold online programs, and to share the legacy of Bill and Lois in the field of recovery from alcoholism.