FAQ about AA #2

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From AA.org Archives

Q. Why Should We Pay To Go to A.A. Events?

A. Why, some members have asked, do A.A.s have to pay a fee to attend an A.A. conference, convention or other special event? It’s true that A.A. membership is free, and meetings and most A.A. events are self-supporting in the spirit of the Seventh Tradition. But what about A.A. get-togethers beyond the group-meeting level, ranging from special one- or two-hour meetings to banquets and weekend events—area, statewide, regional and international?

These events require months of planning, preparation and money presented upfront to the hotel and other business facilities involved. Additional expenses include the printing of flyers, schedules, postage and supplies, not to mention renting meeting space, insurance coverage, and travel and accommodations for the invited speakers, many of whom live a thousand miles or more from the convention site. A.A. members are not paid to share their experience, but as invited guests of a convention or conference, their expenses are generally reimbursed.

Registration fees cover costs for special events, and those who wish to participate in the Convention to pay their own way in the spirit of the Seventh Tradition. According to the aforementioned Guidelines, “there’s no substitute for common sense here; the committee must take a business-like approach to finances and keep expenditures somewhere within a conservative estimate of anticipated revenues.

For more in depth answer, click Box 459, Vol. 55, No. 4 / Fall 2009 and go to bottom of page 7.

FAQs about ACYPAA (nee REDYPAA) until 2014

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Question: What is YPAA?

Answer; YPAA stands for Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous. Here’s a little history:

Alcoholism recognizes no barriers, age included. The first Young People’s Groups (YPGs) in Alcoholics Anonymous appeared in 1945 in Los Angeles and Philadelphia. In 1957, a meeting of young AAs from across the U.S. and Canada started what is now the International Conference of Young People in AA (ICYPAA). At the 1960 Convention, Bill W. noted that the age of new members was much lower than when he and Dr. Bob founded AA 25 years earlier. The trend has continued. The number of young people suffering from alcoholism who turn to AA for help is growing and the purpose of YPGs, just as it has been for many years, is to carry AA’s message of recovery to alcoholics no matter what their age.

Question: Are YPAA groups really AA?

Answer: Yes! Young People’s Groups are in no way separate from Alcoholics Anonymous as a whole.

The General Service Board and General Service Office recognize young people’s groups as part of Alcoholics Anonymous, The only age requirement is that you be young at heart and have room to grow. Members of YPGs are involved in and committed to Twelfth Step Work, Hospital and Institution Work, Public Information, General Service, and every other facet of AA service. Newcomers are shown, by people their own age, that using AA principles in their daily lives and getting involved in AA service can lead to a lasting and comfortable sobriety.

Question: So what is ACYPAA?

Answer: ACYPAA stands for All California Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous.

In 1973, the All California Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous Roundup was established as an annual gathering in California to provide an opportunity for young AAs to come together and share their experience, strength, and hope. ACYPAA is visible evidence that large numbers of people are achieving a lasting and comfortable sobriety in Alcoholics Anonymous. AAs who attend an ACYPAA Roundup return home better prepared to receive young alcoholics who come to AA seeking recovery. ACYPAA is held every spring and typically draws around 2,000 young and young at heart AA members from all over the state of California.

Question: So is ACYPAA really coming to Redding?

Answer: Yes!

REDYPAA (Redding Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous) won the bid for ACYPAA in March 2013 at the Roundup in Fresno, Calif. Much hard work and dedication was put into the bidding process, not just this past year but since REDYPAA’s birth in 2008. There have been many AA members over the years that have put their hearts into helping REDYPAA grow and into bringing this amazing conference to our small Northern California town. And this year that hard work paid off, ACYPAA XLII will be held in Redding, Calif. on April 3rd- 6th 2014, This is a very exciting opportunity for our community and we are thrilled and honored to be a part of something so special. (If you would like more information on the ACYPAA committee, how the bidding process works, how you can get involved, or on ACYPAA in general please go to ACYPAA.org or call the ACYPAA Chair, Robin 530-638-9106.)

Question: What does ACYPAA mean for the Redding AA community as a whole?

Answer: With over 50 service positions on the ACYPAA committee and numerous other ways that people can help this conference move forward, the possibilities for members to experience a fulfilling and perhaps new way to be of service to AA are endless. This unique opportunity also presents a wonderful avenue by which members can create unity within the fellowship and within their own recovery. By rallying together to organize this conference, we are given a great gift to work together as a team and a family to further the blessing of our primary purpose to carry the message to the alcoholic who still suffers. The conference itself has great potential to touch the lives of hundreds of young (and young at heart) alcoholics and change their outlook on recovery forever. There are few, if any, who deny the magic of an AA conference. Also, the ACYPAA Host Committee will be donating a set amount funds made from the conference back into the stream of AA through donations to our local Intergroup Office, the General Service Office, District 11, CNIA, and Northern California Hospitals and Institutions.

Note: ACYPAA  Conference planning committee meets 2nd and 4th Sunday at Shasta Regional Medical Center in Liberty Room #2 at 2 p.m.

8th Sober Sisters Convention is this Saturday

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Theme: I Stood in the Sunlight at Last

August 17
Redding Christian Fellowship
2157 Victor Ave
Redding

Schedule of Events

Registration Opens
8:30 ($18 for non-preregistered includes lunch and drawing)

Morning Workshops
9:30-10:30

Morning Speaker Meeting
10:45-12 Noon
Katie S. of Paradise

Lunch and drawing
12 Noon-1:00

Afternoon Workshops
1:15-2:15

Free Ticket and 50/50 Drawing
2:15-2:30

Sobriety Countdown

Afternoon Speaker Meeting
Annetta D. of Martinez
2:30-4:00

For more information, call:
Greta at 355-9993
Dana at 356-8037

For flyer, click here

Red Bluff Roundup Update

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12th Annual Recovery Roundup

Theme: Living the Dream

Where: Veterans Memorial Hall
735 Oak Street
Red Bluff, Calif.
Click for map

When: Saturday, June 29

Schedule of Events

Registration opens 8:00 a.m.

Marathon Meetings
8:00 a.m. & throughout the day

Old Timers Panel
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Morning Speaker Meeting
Jules O. from Redding
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Lunch
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Early Afternoon Speaker Meeting
Patrick H. from Sacramento
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon Speaker Meeting
Mike M. from Woodland
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Dinner
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Young Peoples Panel
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Evening Speaker Meeting
Brian F. from Fresno
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Recovery Karaoke
10:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.
Registration required!

Red Bluff Recovery Roundup

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12th Annual Recovery Roundup

Theme: Living the Dream

Where: Veterans Memorial Hall
735 Oak Street
Red Bluff, Calif.
Click for map

When: Saturday, June 29
Click for downloadable flyer

Schedule of Events

Registration opens 8:00 a.m.

Marathon Meetings
8:00 a.m. & throughout the day

Old Timers Panel
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Morning Speaker Meeting
Jules O. from Redding
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Lunch
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Early Afternoon Speaker Meeting
Patrick H. from Sacramento
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon Speaker Meeting
Mike M. from Woodland
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Dinner
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Young Peoples Panel
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Evening Speaker Meeting
Brian F. from Fresno
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Recovery Karaoke
10:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.
Registration required!