Bonnie Burke is Wilson House President and Managing Director. Her deceased former husband, Ozzie Lepper, poured his money, his life, and his dreams into the restoration of Wilson House in East Dorset, Vermont. That's the birthplace of Bill W. and his final resting place in a little nearby cemetery.
Guesst visit this New England inn where meals are served family style after prayer and where morning Quiet Time is observed as it was in early A.A. There are regular A.A. meetings. Fine speakers conduct weekend seminars on the spiritual aspects of A.A. and its history. For 8 years, I was honored to be one of the invited speakers.
Wilson House lies aside East Dorset Congregational church where Bill Wilson, his sister, his parents, and his maternal and paternal grandparents were regulars; and where Bill acquired a large chunk of his Christian upbringing.
Ozzie and Bonnie refurbished the Griffith House located on the other side of the little church. Bill Wilson was raised there by his grandparents Fayette and Ella Griffith. This building has been converted into a beautiful A.A. library containing thousands of archival treasures and books relating to the Christian roots of early A.A.
Ozzie lived to see his dream fulfilled. Bonnie carries on the Wilson House goal, She manages the properties, and blesses the visitors. Not long ago, Bonnie remarried and became the wife of her present husband, becoming Bonnie Burke as I know her today.
As time permits, Bonnie will tell us about her family and Christain faith, the development, mission, and activities of Wilson House and the role of the Griffith House and Library next door. She'll explain the funding needs and importance of receiving historical items, in-kind donations, and volunteers.