When Districts Support Each Other, Incredible Alkathons Happen

From noon on December 31st, 2018 through noon on January 1st, 2019, District 26 & District 28 came together to host an incredible Alkathon! Groups from both districts had a wonderful time covering 2 hour time slots filled with food, fun and fellowship for everyone who attended. Some groups held discussions on various recovery topics … Read moreWhen Districts Support Each Other, Incredible Alkathons Happen

Area 53 Proposed 2019 Budget – Corrected

The document that was handed out at the December Assembly had some calculation errors. Below is the proposed 2019 area budget with correct values. The assembly attendees provisionally agreed to the budget and asked that after the corrected document was shared that further discussions about the area 2019 budget happen at the area planning committee … Read moreArea 53 Proposed 2019 Budget – Corrected

Area 53 2019 Mini-Conference Registration

The Area 53 2019 Mini-Conference registration flier is available for download and mail-in registration.

The mini-conference is March 8-10, 2019, at Deer Creek Conference Center, 22300 State Park Road in Mt. Sterling Ohio.

Registration is $25. Meals for purchase are Friday Dinner ($25), Saturday Lunch ($16), Saturday Banquet ($32), and Sunday Lunch ($16).

Area 53 Mini-Conference Committee

Area 53 Proposed Guideline Change – Assembly Dates

A proposed guideline change will be presented at the December 2018 Area Assembly for a vote at the March 2019 Area Assembly.

Rationale
Each of the four Ohio General Service Areas holds their mini-conference in March each year. The negotiated schedule for these mini-conferences to allow all four area delegates to attend each mini-conference. Area 55 meets the first full weekend in March; Area 53 meets the second weekend; Area 56 meets the third weekend; and Area 54 meets the fourth weekend.

Current Area 53 Guidelines states that the Area Assembly is the second Sunday of March, and that the mini-conference occurs the weekend of this assembly. Every so often, the second Sunday of March falls in the first full weekend in March. When this occurs (for example in 2020), our mini-conference and assembly weekend conflicts with the Area 55 mini-conference.

The proposed guideline change is intended to respect the negotiated mini-conference schedule for the Ohio areas by designating that the Area 53 March Assembly is held on “the Sunday of the Area 53 Mini-Conference weekend.

See Other Reports and Materials tab on the Assembly Page for more details.

Introducing Panel 69 (2019-20) Area 53 Officers

At the Area 53 Assembly on September 9, the following people were elected as Area officiers:

Stephen S., Delegate
Donna K., Alternate Delegate

Ed A., Area Chairperson
Nita S., Alternate Chairperson

Diann N., Treasurer
Tom D., Alternate Treasurer

Martha C., Secretary
Bruce W., Alternate Secretary

James C., Registrar
Joe M., Alternate Registrar

Ann B., Web Administrator
Dan S., Alternate Web Admin

Over the next month, contact information for these new trusted servants will be published on the contact card and their email addresses will be created.

2018 Mini-Conference Final Report Available

The Final Report from the 2018 Area 53 Mini-Conference is available online. Printed copies will be available at the June 3, 2018, assembly in Hilliard Ohio.

About the Report
Area 53 held its annual Mini-Conference at the Salt Fork Conference Center on March 9-11, 2018. The report contains three sections: (1) an introductory background material on the conference structure, (2) highlights about the 2018 Mini-Conference, and (3) a summary of the advisory actions taken by the Mini-Conference in March with how agenda items was handled at the General Service Conference in April by the delegates.

2018 Attendance Summary
There were 121 paid participants (including 11 scholarships). A total of 179 meals (including 76 banquets) were served by Salt Fork. In addition, our Hospitality Room offered full meals for a donation.

2018 Finance Summary
We were over budget this year. Our current cash reserves are lower than expected to start the 2019 planning cycle. Some factors that contributed to he shortfall were PayPal fees of $224, charges for setting up the hospitality room, and audiovisual equipment rental fees. We also invested $240 for registration signs and badge holders, supplies that will be used for future Mini-Conferences.

In service,
Stephen S., Area 53 Mini-Conference Chair

Mini Conference Story from a Newbie

I love the outdoors. An opportunity to hang out at a state park? When my sponsor suggested I attend the mini-conference, I was all over it!

A friend and I went in together and got a cabin with a hot tub. It was going to be a vacation! We had food and smoothies and all sorts of fun planned. We had a great time driving to the event, and listened to a lead by Bill W. on the way.

When we arrived at our cabin which could’ve slept six, I was pleased by the beautiful view of the lake, and then there was the hot tub! I was amazed that this lovely cabin was affordable for the two of us. We unpacked our pumpkin pie and smoothie maker and delicious food and soon had a visit to the hot tub. Ahhhh… it was going to be a warm and relaxing weekend, in spite of the March temperatures.

We then proceeded to the lodge to register for the mini-conference. Now I must say that I have attended my share of conferences and played my share of “hooky” from sessions in order to do what I wanted. I expected some meetings and focus groups and hanging out with people. What I did NOT expect was what I got, which was an intense and inspiring view of how our Fellowship works, the nuts and bolts of it.

I was moved. Seriously moved.

I had seen my involvement in AA at the group level, as meetings and secretaries and Seventh Tradition baskets, as coffee and discussions and the “meeting after the meeting.” I did not comprehend what was happening deep underneath my meeting-oriented experience of AA. Such was my introduction to another area of service. I learned so much, and met people whose
hearts and minds were deeply committed to our Fellowship, and who showed it in their actions and attitudes. There was a lot of laughter, and seriousness, and well-meaning dispute and discussion. I was engaged from the outset, and have now become more involved in this other area of service as a result.

The Twelve Steps of AA saved my life. The Traditions and Concepts keep us going.

I am responsible…

My Remarkable Mini-Conference Story

This will be my 4th year of attending the Area 53 Mini Conference and I am super excited!

When I attended my first Mini Conference 3 years ago, I was filled with a nervous anticipation of what to expect. I found the experience to be overwhelming (in a great way). And, I couldn’t wait to go back to my home group and friends to share what I had learned from this amazing experience. Participating was a privilege. It was at my first Mini Conference that I learned from Bill F. the difference between a Trustee A and a Trustee B…and I still chuckle every time I hear him explain it!

Now, three Mini Conferences later, I find that I am still filled with anticipation – no longer as nervously. I am super excited about attending. Being a part of the Mini Conference Committee definitely adds to that excitement because it gives me the advantage of knowing in advance some of the spectacular events that this year’s Mini Conference has in store for us.

Everything from the minute you arrive – being greeted at the door, Mini Conference Registration Desk, the Speaker Meetings, the interactive Workshops, the Hospitality Room, the Early Bird meetings, and the delicious meals – promise to add to the remarkable story that you will leave with. I know you will want to go back and share with your home group and friends in the Fellowship.

I look forward to seeing you soon. If there is anything you need while you are there, please feel free to ask Frank G., Area 53 Delegate.

My story,
Marcia H.

District 26 Adds COYPAA Position

In keeping with the theme of “Supporting Our Future” District 26 voted to add the service position of COYPAA (Central Ohio Young People of Alcoholics Anonymous) Liaison. Kalen C, past DCM of District 30 and the current Area 53 Alternate Recording Secretary, was elected to hold the 2 year position. The goal of the position is to have a collaboration with COYPAA to work together through idea sharing. Mutually, we hope to work towards carrying out our primary purpose – to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.

The trusted servants of District 26 look forward to having COYPAA participation in our meetings, committees, workshops and events as well as having the opportunity to be of the same service to COYPAA.

Blue People

The following article appeared in the Box 459 Newsletter (Winter 2016).

A gathering of folks, silhouetted. In blue. A gathering of people, all sorts of people, that look just like us.

This graphic image is affectionately known as the “Blue People.” Originated in January 2006, the simple graphic has come to be regarded as a heartwarming representation of the inclusiveness of Alcoholics Anonymous, a powerful and much-adored depiction of our membership. A graphic image that has also come to be synonymous with G.S.O.’s A.A. website, aa.org.

The General Service Office receives many requests like the following: “Can we use the ‘blue people’ graphic from the home page of www.aa.org on our local A.A. website, or on stationery, business cards, banners, or other items?”

The “blue people” graphic is a copyrighted design and trademark of A.A.W.S., Inc., with all rights reserved for use exclusively by the A.A.W.S. Board, AA Grapevine Board, the General Service Board of U.S./Canada, and the General Service Office of U.S./Canada.

A.A. World Services, Inc., Board of Directors, June 17, 2016