Time Table of ACYPAA for April 3-6


Below is the Time Table of All Events with Locations


Ballroom/ Sierra Room Sundial Room Siskiyou Room
5pm Registration, Memorabilia & Hospitality opens 5pm
7pm Main Speaker Meeting
9pm Marathon Meetings 9pm-9am
10pm Throwback Thursday Kick-off Dance 10pm-2am


Ballroom/ Sierra Room Sundial Room Siskiyou Room Bill W. Room Dr. Bob Room Main Stage Lobbies/ Front
9am Morning Meditation (Sacramento Rm) Marathon Meetings
10am 4th Step Panel
11am Yoga Service Panel
12pm 9th Step Panel

FRIDAY (cont.)

Ballroom/ Sierra Room Sundial Room Siskiyou Room Bill W. Room Dr. Bob Room Main Stage Lobbies/ Front
1pm Reggae Lounge & Games Group Inventory Workshop In the Sunlight At Last Panel Marathon Meetings Walking Meditation 1pm-2pmLAWN PARTY! 1pm-4pm
2pm Sponsorship Workshop
3pm The Family Afterward Panel
4pm Controversy in Your YPAA- Workshop Boy Meets Girl on AA Campus
5pm Prison Panel
7pm Main Speaker Meeting
9pm Marathon Meetings Belly Dancers
10pm Comedy Show 10pm-11:30pm Rocketed to4th DimensionGlowstick Dance Photo Booth 9pm-1am

SATURDAY (early morning)


12am MainstreamMashupAfter-Party Dance12am-3am Mafia Marathon Meetings 12am-9am Dance (cont.)


Time Ballroom/ Sierra Room Sundial Room Siskiyou Room Bill W. Room Dr. Bob Room Main Stage Lobbies/ Front
7am 5K Run meet in front of Red Lion Marathon Meetings
8am Saturday Morning Cartoons
9am Build YourOwn God Box(Sacramento Rm)9-11am Marathon Meetings Bidding
10am Native American Panel Parenting in Sobriety Panel Body Painting
11am Yoga Spanish Speaking Panel Too Old for YPAA? Panel Committee iuam-4pm Skit Sessions 9am-2pmPhoto Booth
12pm Traditions Workshop LGBTQ Panel
1pm 3rd Step Panel: (ASL Interpreted) Never Had A Legal Drink Panel LAWN PARTY! 1pm-4pm
2pm Too Much Service? Panel No Matter What Panel
3pm Alateen Panel Old Timers Panel MC Battle 3-5 pm
4pm Emotional Sobriety Panel 11th Tradition & Technology Panel
5pm We Will Not Regret the Past Fire Dancers 5:45-6:15pm
7pm Main Speaker Meeting
9pm Marathon Meetings

SATURDAY (cont.)

Ballroom/ Sierra Room Sundial Room Siskiyou Room Bill W. Room Dr. Bob Room Main Stage Lobbies/ Front
10pm The Adventures of Aurora Forté:Drag Show 10:00-11:30pm MarathonMeetings(cont.) MainstreamMashup MainDance10pm-1am

SUNDAY (early morning)

12am The House ofHigher Power:EDM After-PartyDance 12am-3am Marathon Meetings 12am-9am Dance (cont.)


Ballroom/ Sierra Room Sundial Room Siskiyou Room
9am Memorabilia open 9am-12pm
10am Main Speaker Meeting 10:30am-12:00pm

Some Links


Some FAQs about ACYPAA


FAQ #4: A local A.A. Website…


Some FAQs About A.A. Web Sites

Q. How do we start to set up a local A.A. Web site? 

A. Decisions in the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous are usually made through an informed group conscience and the decision to post a web page is no different. Whether area or district, central office or intergroup – A.A. experience suggests forming a committee to discuss all aspects of setting up a web site, including all possible concerns about the Traditions.

Q. Who is responsible for a web site?

A. A thoughtful and informed group conscience is encouraged to be responsible for deciding the contents, policy and procedures involved in setting up and maintaining a web site. It has been suggested that a web master (web manager) be appointed or elected to serve as a trusted servant, responsible to the committee or groups served. This can be an arduous task if the web master is responsible for updating local meeting information.

Q. How do we select a domain name for our web site?

A. What you choose for your domain name should, again, be determined by the group conscience. To preserve Alcoholics Anonymous’ trademarks and service marks, individuals and A.A. groups are asked to avoid using these marks (“A.A.”; “Alcoholics Anonymous”; “The Big Book”) in their domain names. It has been our experience that many service entities have integrated lower case “aa” into their domain name along with other identifying information (e.g. www.aacentraloffice.org or www.area999aa.org).

Q. What A.A. information is suitable for a web site?

A. Again, the group conscience will determine the contents. Copyright restrictions apply to material displayed on the web site – just as copyrights protect A.A. literature. Permission must be obtained from G.S.O. prior to including A.A.W.S. material on your web site. However, web sites created by A.A. areas, districts and central/intergroup offices are permitted to quote a phrase, sentence or brief paragraph excerpted from A.A. literature – such as the Big Book (Alcoholics Anonymous), Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, The A.A. Service Manual, and Conference-approved pamphlets – without a prior, written request to do so. When this occurs, the proper credit line should be included to ensure that the copyrights of A.A. literature are protected. After a quotation from a book or pamphlet, the credit line should read: “Reprinted from (name of publication, page number), with permission of A.A. World Services, Inc.”

Q. What about linking to other sites?

A. Linking to other A.A. web sites will often have the positive effect of significantly broadening the scope of your site. Information contained on these sites becomes instantly available to those visiting your site. However, since each A.A. entity is autonomous and has its own group conscience, a site to which you have linked may start to display information which your group conscience finds objectionable; and there is no way to know when this might occur, or to prevent it from happening.

Q. What about anonymity?

A. We observe all A.A.’s principles and Traditions on our web sites. As anonymity is the “spiritual foundation of all our Traditions,” we practice anonymity on A.A. web sites at all times. An A.A. web site is a public medium which has the potential for reaching the broadest possible audience and, therefore, requires the same safeguards that we use at the level of press, radio and film.

Q. Will the General Service Office of A.A. act as a “clearinghouse” for local web sites?

A. There is no central authority in Alcoholics Anonymous, hence, the General Service Office of A.A. is not a “clearinghouse” for local web sites. Questions regarding the Traditions, contents, linking, etc. are determined by a local group conscience. G.S.O. is available to share collected experience on any subject, including web sites. At this point, though, G.S.O. has only limited sharing from local web site committees regarding their experience with matters which are unique to web site creation.

Q. What can be found on G.S.O.’s A.A. Web site (www.aa.org)?

A. In keeping with our Twelve Traditions and viewing the Internet as a form of public and electronic media, G.S.O’s A.A. Web site was originally set up as a public information tool. It has been broadened to include material that are more directed to members of our Fellowship. The site provides accurate and consistent information about Alcoholics Anonymous to the general public, media and professionals in English, French and Spanish.

Q. Is this promotion rather than attraction?

A. As our co-founder, Bill W., wrote: “Public information takes many forms – the simple sign outside a meeting place that says ‘A.A. meeting tonight’; listing in local phone directories; distribution of A.A. literature; and radio and television shows using sophisticated media techniques. Whatever the form, it comes down to ‘one drunk carrying the message to another drunk,’ whether through personal contact or through the use of third parties and the media.”

“Reprinted from aa.org, with permission of A.A. World Services, Inc.”

Ever wonder about the editing of the Big Book manuscript?


From the Spring 2014 issue of Markings: Your Archives eNewsletter

In mid-1938 Hank P. , Bill W.’s business partner, met with Janet Blair (nonalcoholic), an editor he knew from Peekskill, New York. In November 1938, Hank wrote to Janet about Bill’s progress, revealing that Bill should be finished with the writing by December 19, 1938. Meanwhile, another editor, Tom Uzzell (also a nonalcoholic) who was a member of the New York University faculty, was contacted to work on the format.

According to Bill, Tom Uzzell “sharpened up the English but didn’t change much of anything excepting to take my story out of the story section where it had been the number one story and insisted on using it to open the book. What is now Chapter 2; I had intended to be Chapter 1.” This quote is significant because it reveals to us that in the early manuscript, Bill’s story appeared in the “Personal Stories” section and it was Tom Uzzell who moved “Bill’s Story” to Chapter 1.

By February 6, 1939, Mrs. Blair had mailed Chapters 1 and 2 to Hank, with the other chapters to follow. Excerpts from her letter note that her suggested amendments to Chapter 1: “Mr. P. , may I say a word about the continuity? It bothers me a little. Chapter 1, is Bill’s story. Right? Bill’s story includes a description of the terrible dilemma in which he was when his friend came to him; it includes what the doctors thought; it includes a brief account of the fellowship. It tells of the solution.

“When I started Chapter 2, I thought from the first line I was beginning the story of another man, as the first page is just that. On page 2, you leave him, and go on to tell of the fellowship and alcoholics in general. On page 8, you return to the man, and for about a page tell us more about him; the rest of the chapter is general. In Chapter 2, you never mention Bill or his friend, although the ‘solution,’ as you call Chapter 2, is given in Chapter 1.

“I’m not suggesting a change. Maybe I am the one who is befogged; but I am supposed to represent a reader, and I felt I should tell you this. At this moment, it seems to me it would have been smoother, to start Chapter 2 on page 2, ‘We, of Alcoholics Anonymous, know one hundred men who were once just as hopeless as Bill,” and so on.’

Bill W. replied on February 8th, thanking Mrs. Blair for having “the perception to understand what it is I want to say and the ability to say it so well. You have certainly cleared up our manuscript.”

The editing of the manuscript was likely completed by the end of February 1939; the first printings of the First Edition was completed by April 10, 1939.

On April 21, Hank wrote to Janet Blair enclosing a signed First Edition of Alcoholics Anonymous, in grateful appreciation of her work.

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2014 Abridged Agenda Items


It was suggested that these be posted.

2014 GSC Committees Abridged Agenda Items

II.      Cooperation With the Professional Community

A.     Consider changes to the section, “Referrals from Court and Treatment Facilities” in
the pamphlet, “If You Are a Professional…” Note: On Proof of Attendance have any A.A. member sign. On Referrals, add internet and change to most telephone directories.

III.     Corrections

A.     Consider request for revisions to the section “What A.A. does NOT do” in the pamphlet
“A Message to Corrections Professionals” to be consistent with similar text in C.P.C.
literature. Note: Just what it says, “…be consistent with similar (existing approved) text…”

B.     Consider the development of a new video to replace “It Sure Beats Sitting in a Cell”
(DV-08). Note: Estimated cost is $70,000. The committee noted that the video was produced over 25 years ago and is outdated.

V.     Grapevine

D.    Consider the list of suggested Grapevine book topics for 2015 and later. Note: Four proposed, taking stories previously published in Grapevine or AAGrapevine.org;
The 12 Traditions
Our Experience (working title—Members share their experience with each of our 12 A.A. Traditions),
Cartoon Book II (working title—
A collection of cartoons by A.A. members),
Special Needs (working title—Stories by members who are wheelchair-bound, blind, deaf, ill or with other special needs. How A.A. reaches out to everyone.),
People of Color (working title—A.A. members of color share their own stories of getting sober).


E.               Reconsider publishing the “Alcoholism at Large” section of the Grapevine. Note: An on-again/off-again/on-again section going by many names that reflects medical news and more about alcoholism (articles have/may not follow A.A. suggested recovery and some feel it is an outside issue). Some blame the drop in subscriptions to this. On the other side is this point of view by Bill W. in 1946 and incorporated in Grapevine’s Statement of Purpose in 1992, “Within the bounds of friendliness and good taste, the Grapevine will enjoy perfect freedom of speech on all matters directly pertaining to Alcoholics Anonymous.”

VI.    Literature

C.     Discuss suggested change to the pamphlet “The Twelve Concepts for World Service
Illustrated.” Note: This does not change the Concepts, but allows the illustrated version to reflect what the General Service Manual states.

D.     Discuss suggested changes to the pamphlet “Questions & Answers on Sponsorship.” Note: Four revisions to sections of the Pamphlet, “What does a Sponsor do or not do” and “When newcomers resist “the spiritual” side of the program, what can sponsors do?” For changes, see VI Literature D, Doc. 2 (pg 1 & 2).

E.     Discuss suggested changes to Living Sober. Note: Remove text that had added to confusion regarding A.A.’s Singleness of Purpose.

F.     Consider the use of the circle and triangle as an unofficial A.A. service mark on
Conference-approved literature. Note: Includes the words Recovery/Unity/Service; it was Trademarked in 1956.

G.     Consider a request to create a pamphlet for alcoholics with mental illness. Note: While mental illness is partially addressed in other pamphlets, a pamphlet specifically for mental illness would reach those not being treated with drugs or consider their needs special.

H.   Consider a request to add “Non-alcoholics are welcome to attend open meetings as observers” to the end of the Primary Purpose (Blue) card. Note: Self explanatory.

VIII. Public Information

B.      Consider report from the trustees’ P.I. Committee regarding G.S.O.’s A.A. Web
site. Note: Continues to give the A.A.W.S. Board responsibility for Management, Maintenance, Reports.

C.      Consider that the 2014 A.A. Membership Survey be conducted by area on a
random basis as was done in the 2011 A.A. Membership Survey. Note: A triennial survey that goes to randomly selected groups. In 2011 a District 11 group in Trinity County was selected; anonymous and results are available to Professionals and the Public as a brochure.

E.      Consider revisions to the Anonymity Card (F-20). Note: A past proposal that is being resurrected/revised that incorporates further wording about inadvertently breaking the anonymity of others, and the impact of anonymity breaks on A.A. as a whole.

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