AA To Hold Annual Convention & Banquet

November 22, 2012

Alcoholics Anonymous [AA] will be holding its annual Recovery on the Rock Convention this coming weekend at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess. The theme of this year’s Convention, which is being held November 23-25, is “Beyond Our Wildest Dreams”.

The event will feature guest AA and Al-Anon speakers from California and Nevada as well as local speakers and panel sessions.

Events start on Friday at 6:45 p.m. with a panel discussion in the hotel’s Gazebo Room. The Convention will continue with events throughout Saturday, including a banquet in the evening, and concludes at noon on Sunday.

Registration costs $35, and forms are available online at the AA Bermuda website: www.aa.bm/bermuda-convention. Tickets to the banquet night on Saturday cost $75 per person. Attendees can also register in person on Friday night. The registration desk will be open from 5:30 p.m.

The Convention is open to members of AA, Al-Anon and Alateen, those involved in the recovery community, or anyone who may need help in dealing with a drinking problem, be it their own or someone else’s. Newcomers are especially welcome.

Note: Those attending the Convention – especially non-AA or Al-Anon members – are requested to respect the programme’s tradition of anonymity and to not disclose the identity of anyone seen, or of anything heard, at the Convention, for any reason, unless specific permission has been given.

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  1. Black Soil says:

    AA and their membership having a convention at a hotel – no doubt cameras flashing and maybe the press too. I thought the second “A” in AA stood for anonymous.

    • Bernews says:

      Just for the record for anyone reading who may be concerned about lack of privacy, we won’t be covering the actual event and to our knowledge, none of the press will be. This article is just a notice to inform people its happening…

    • Pastor Syl Hayward says:

      AA and NA have held their conventions in hotels here for years and anonymity has always been respected. The press does not attend, at least not as reporters, although some might be there as members or supporters.

      These conventions are inspirational and uplifting. Sadly, the public so seldom sees the face of recovery. I think Bill Moyer had it right when he suggested that the requirement of anonymity might actually be a detriment to the recovery community. People who are in the coils of dependency need to know there is hope, and so does the public, so that they can be more supportive instead of punitive. When it is said “once an addict/alcoholic, always an addict/alcoholic,” it does not mean that sobriety is impossible, it only means that the recovering addict/alcoholic must always be vigilant because laxity can lead to relapse.

      As an addiction counsellor in one of my past lives, I frequently encounter previous clients who are living sober lives. They are shining lights in a sometimes dark world.