From the July 2010 magazine.

EDITOR'S NOTE

July is a very special month for Alcoholics Anonymous

Thousands of AAs will gather in San Antonio, Texas, from July 1-4 to celebrate AA's 75th anniversary at the 2010 International Convention. For those who can't join the party, the stories in this month's special section give a taste of what celebrating AA-style is like. First, we have a message reflecting on the convention theme, "A Vision for Us," by Ward Ewing, the AA General Service Board's nonalcoholic chair. Then "Bikes and Bagpipes" shows an up-close and personal view of the annual Founders' Day event that celebrates the June 10, 1935, birth of AA in Akron, Ohio. Finally, in "Party in the Park," a member from San Antonio shares his memories of the Toronto 2005 Convention.

In this same spirit of celebrating sobriety one day at a time, a woman shares her journey from darkness to light in "Recovery is a Wonderland." "Today I have become the person I always wanted to be," she writes. Similarly, a Native American compares AA to a shelter that houses an entire clan in "The Longhouse." And an AA who got sober as a teen writes," "I could help so many young people if I stayed sober," in "Railroaded."

-- THE EDITOR : me@aagrapevine.org

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