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9/12/08 9:12 A

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Hi Merle - I went to the NNJ convention last year - it was a blast! Attended the dance on Sat night, and went to meetings until 2:00 a.m. - then up again early a.m.

Wasn't planning to go this year...a couple of conflicts that day. But maybe I'll take a ride up on Saturday afternoon for a few hours??????

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9/9/08 9:38 P

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Good Evening everyone. Northern New Jersey convention is Sept 26, 27 and 28 in Somerset, NJ. You can also chck our website www.nnjaa.org.

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8/9/08 7:06 P

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Florida Convention starts Wednesday in Ft. Liquordale.
I'm going with my AA friend, Tina, whom I met in online AA. This is our second year of attending together~!
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8/6/08 1:24 P

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Earlier in July I went to PENNSCYPAA (Pennsylvania State Conference of Young People in AA) that was held in Harrisburg this year and next year, we'll be in Pittsburgh. I love it. Going to my first one 5 years ago saved my life. I was also at EACYPAA (Eastern Area) in Cleveland OH and next year we'll be in Long Island. What a great time. I go to these every year and it gets better and better. Getting sober young was so hard and I am so grateful that I found these conferences. I do the service conferences as well, but nothing gets me going like young people do. I'll ALWAYS be young at heart. I couldn't go to Toronto because of some technical difficulties about crossing the border, but I am SOOOO going to be in San Antonio. See you all there!

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6/13/08 11:17 A

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I will be there...since I actually live here in San Antonio....should be really cool.

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5/15/08 6:29 P

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Hey everybody-
Next International Convention will be in San Antonio, Texas and Elizabeth and I will be there.
Hope to see y'awl

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5/14/08 5:23 P

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You're right it was easy to find out. The national is in April so just missed it. There appear to be lots of regional ones scattered throughout the summer. I just remember meeting a group of about 15 young Irishmen at the International in 2005 - they were lots of fun. Made me want to check out AA in a drunk sodden land emoticon like IReland.

I will at least check out a meeting or two. If we go that is....dollar is so low right now might put it off a year or two.

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5/14/08 4:56 P

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jav im not sure when the irish convention is. not sure if its passed or not. im sure u could find out easily. if u cant find out about it, i will see if i can if u want.

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5/13/08 1:12 P

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Great Rhoda - I remember when you and Elizabeth went last year... have fun and be sure to post about it!

Mary

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5/12/08 4:46 P

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Akron, Ohio "Founder's Day Weekend is June 13, 14, 15. This is where we started.

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5/12/08 3:26 P

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When is the Irish convention? Hubby and I are thinking of a trip over this summer. Maybe we could coordinate?

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5/12/08 3:13 P

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I know one of our members is from Minnesota...

Kel, are you out there???? (or are you still running... run, Forrest, run)
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5/12/08 2:17 P

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hi ya all, well i went to the scottish convention and it was great!. was very interesting, other people shares was good to listen to, also meeting diffrent people from all over scotland aswell as england and ireland. me and sponsor stayed in a nice hotel and relaxed in the gym and sauna and steam room sun morn before the morning meeting. i bought a book with shares in it and also some trinkets for me and daughter.

im looking forward in going to then the next scottish convention next year, also any others i can manage to get to. in august there is one here in my home city, aberdeen so i will go to that one.

anyway thats all for now.

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There is the HOTO Convention in Springfield, MO, June 6,7, and 8. Anyone from Missouri or the Midwest??

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4/27/08 7:54 P

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I just got back from AA retreat "Blackstone". I believe it is the oldest AA retreat in the country. Great weekend - I love AA too (I'm grateful my husband the earth man does as well :).

Nice to be home too.



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4/27/08 1:30 P

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I have just returned from the all Ireland convention at Mullingar, it was a brilliant convention with good top table speakers. Very enjoyable 4 days. Celebrated 14 years on the 26/4 I love sobriety, Thank god for the fellowship and the fellowship for God.
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4/18/08 1:49 A

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Hawaii state convention in Honolulu

http://www.lava.net/~hconv/

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4/11/08 9:22 A

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Wow Barebones - Scotland, huh?
Gotta love AA & the internet!

I can't wait for my annual New Jersey convention in September!

Next Friday, my home group is celebrating its anniversary - so, of course, it's a big "eating meeting" - I think it's 35+ years! There's a lot of sobriety in the group too... (but we all have just today!)

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4/11/08 5:39 A

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thanks ADJ,yeah i always try to be like that, it keeps me sober.

thanks aswell JAV, i have no choice in going to the evening do, lol my sponsor is adamant in going lol,me i would love to be in room and be on lap top and tell u all about it hehe. I'm not into big gatherings, haven't been for long time. so i will just take my Med's and take it easy and let it flow around me.

yeah I'm from scotland and yep gotta love the internet, I've met so many people around the world i have even met a couple aswell.

speak soon :)

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4/10/08 8:23 P

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Hey Barebones,

You'll do fine in those settings with sober people - it's just like being at a meeting (sort of). I skip the dances at conventions - usually find a few folks and go out to dinner (but I would always skip the dance - nothing new). So you are in Scotland? Gotta love the internet.

Mary

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Best wishes to you, Barebones! I admire your open attitude. Your sponsor is lucky to have you and your enthusiasm.

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:) my sponsor is taking me to 52nd scottish convention in may. which is being help just a hour away from me. im looking forward to it, i know it will be strange and that for me, but i will learn alot for being there. its being run over 3 days. im just doing 2 i think,so just spending one night over.

as im only 41 days sober this will be a big test for me, to me in my alcohlic brain, meetings, gatherings is normaly joint with big drinking sessions, and as there is going to be a disco and other stuff again that reinforces that drink normaly happens. so it will be weird being in a inviroment of sober people. im sure i will over come this big test, and wont suffer from any bad thoughts. what i will injoy will be waking up in a hotel bed with no hangover lol. and ofcause all the meetings that will take place.

so wish me luck for my first convention :)

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4/1/08 9:10 P

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I love conventions. I go everyear to our salt city mid-winter roundup. I am also going to our area convention in June, since I am GSR and it is suggested you go and hear the delegate after the conference. I can't wait.

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I really enjoy conventions. I go to regular retreats twice/year (about 300 people) and I usually go to our state convention. I really really want to go to Founder's day one year - I hear its great. Please let us know after you go. I also went to the International in Toronto and the fellowship was fantastic. We went to the big meetings (60,000) which were great and full of enthusiasm. We didn't do all the daytime workshops....we just toured the city. The great thing was we (AAs) from all over the world were everywhere (recognizable by nametag). Every bus, park, sidewalk was a meeting of like minds. It was great. Bars didn't do well in Toronto that w/e but the coffeeshops and ice cream shops did great. I will definitely be in San Antonio. We camped in Toronto...not sure I'll do that in San Antonio in July. If you are new, you might give it a try. No rush though - it's a journey not a race.

Mary L

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4/1/08 12:45 P

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Just went to the Joe and Charlie Big Book Workshop in Indio. The same one will be held in Torrance in 4/08; only the first 400 people can enter. Charlie may not be around forever, so if you can make this, I highly recommend this. The workshop is filled w/ authenticity, history, and just plain AA info. Covers all the steps.

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3/31/08 8:42 P

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This June, Elizabeth and I are attending Founders Day Weekend in Akron, Ohio together.
Elizabeth will be 21 years sober that weekend and I can stand at the countdown for 22 years sober.
It is a wonderful way to learn the history of AA, see Dr. Bob's house (which AA owns). His house has twelve steps to go into the house!!!!
IN 2010 AA WILL HAVE ITS INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION IN SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS. My sponsor said everyone should attend at least 1 international. It is an experience you will never forget.
Ask your sponsor to go with you. It can't be scarier thaN your first AA meeting.

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I've created this forum for members to share their AA convention experiences. It can be pretty scary going to a convention for the first time -- new people, places & things BUT it can also be a wonderful experience!

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