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of Alcoholics at The AA Convention in St. Louis
Grapevine, Inc, May 1955
families from all over the country are making plans for
going to the big AA Convention in St. Louis, starting July
1, to celebrate AAs Twentieth Anniversary. It will
be an outstanding event, not only for AAs but for their
close relatives, too.
The Al-Anon Family Groups, to which many of these wives,
husbands, parents, and children belong, have planned an
extensive program to interest and inspire these relatives,
whether or not they belong to Al-Anon.
During the daytime on Friday and Saturday, while AA is holding
sessions primarily for alcoholics, Al-Anon will hold similar
meetings. There will be open and panel discussions on such
to do about the children of alcoholics
to apply the Twelve Steps to ourselves
adjustments necessary between husbands and wives, after
the Family Groups can help you and the alcoholic alike
of what the Al-Anon Headquarters is, and what it does
from Al-Anon groups all over the country
Four members from Al-Anon Headquarters will be on hand to
help you in any way they can. Panels will be selected from
Al-Anon members of groups all over this country and Canada.
And one member from Sydney, Australia, who is accompanying
her husband to the Convention, has been asked to lead a
A Reception Committee will try to make sure that everyone
becomes well-acquainted, will know where and when the meetings
take place, where coffee can be obtained at any time of
the day or night, and where small gatherings are meeting
for luncheon get-togethers.
Of course everyone at the Convention - AAs and relatives
alike - will all want to attend the big open AA meetings
on Friday and Saturday evenings and on Sunday morning.
It is hoped that Bills mother will be well enough
to attend the Convention. One of the outstanding events
will be a reception for her, if she is able to be there.
Sight-seeing trips and a program have also been arranged
for the wives of Conference Delegates who will accompany
their husbands to St. Louis for the Fifth Annual General
Service Conference of AA, the week of June 26th, immediately
preceding the Twentieth Anniversary Convention. Irma, our
Program Chairman, and I will be on hand all week to do what
we can to make the pre-Convention stay of the wives of delegates
both interesting and profitable.
All who attend the Convention - families as well as AAs
- must register in advance. If you are coming with your
AA member, be sure he or she has registered for you.
If you are coming unaccompanied by an AA be sure that you
yourself register. Send in your $5.00 registration fee and
make your hotel reservations well in advance direct to:
Hotels Convention Reservation Bureau for AA, 911 Locust
St., St. Louis 1, Missouri.
If you have any suggestions for subjects you would like
discussed at the Al-Anon meetings, write them to: Irma Flynn,
Program Chairman, Box 1475, Grand Central Annex, New York
This Twentieth Anniversary should be an experience which
will never be forgotten by anyone who attends.
See you in St. Louis!
be certain of getting the accommodations you desire, please
note that all hotel room reservations in St. Louis for the
convention period are made through the Hotels Convention
Reservation Bureau, 911 Locust St., St. Louis 1. Do not
write direct to a particular hotel, since all its available
rooms have been sold out to the Reservation
To assure completely fair treatment to all convention-goers,
General Service Headquarters has assigned full responsibility
for hotel reservations to the Reservation Bureau in St.
Louis. Applications for rooms should be made on the special
Convention application forms sent to all groups in November.
Additional application forms may be obtained by writing
to P.O. Box 459, Grand Central Annex, New York 17, N.Y.
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Inc., May 1955
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