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Topic: Conferences and Conventions
A young woman dives into service and learns the ropes from many old-timers
I was scared and unsure of what was to be expected of me in my new Appointed Committee Member (ACM) role. I knew this was an important meeting for AA as a whole and I didn’t want to misrepresent my...
The road to sponsorship isn’t always easy. But all you have to do is take the Steps.
In July 2010, during the International Convention in San Antonio, Texas, I was trying to hook up with my sponsor for lunch. I had actually been in town for my nephew’s Air Force graduation to Airman...
A past General Service Board Trustee shares his experience
The 61st General Service Conference met in Manhattan, New York, at the Crowne Plaza from Sunday, May 1, 2011, through Saturday, May 7, 2011, with the theme: “We are Responsible for AA’s Future—Let It...
An ex-committee member learns how our structure is maintained to ensure Twelve-Step work is always available
Tradition Nine: A.A., as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve. One afternoon in December 1998, I entered a Midtown...
I was six years sober and had met a cute guy from the East Side of Milwaukee. We started dating and about three months later he asked me to go to a young peoples’ conference in Bloomington, Ill.,...
His Higher Power showed him what it meant to be of service in a humble way
Back in the middle 70's, when I was new to AA, I heard Shorty H., a past Washington Area delegate from the 1960s, speak. Since I had only a few days in AA, I didn't relate to most of what he was...
In 1986, I was one of the organizers of the 50th Anniversary of AA in Brazil that would happen the following year. At that time I was also a Brazilian World Service Meeting (WSM) Delegate in my first...
He learned the hard way that being right is not the way to fly
Before search engines came along and took all the fun out of it, I loved to argue with family members about some trivial point, such as which actor played which role in a movie. Then when evidence...
AA buddies start a young peoples' convention in Asia and watch the fellowship erupt
The first time I heard about Young People in AA (YPAA) conferences, I was about a week sober. I still remember the guy who described it to me. He said, “It’s awesome. Thousands of young people on the...
The July 1984 Grapevine told the story of two AAs, an inmate ("Leo") and his outside sponsor ("Ned"), who became friends through the Institutions Correspondence Service. They planned to meet AA's...

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