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…
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.
Less than a month until the opening day of the 2018 Mini-Conference at Salt Fork. We hope you are coming and encourage you to use the online registration and payment.
Visit the Mini-Conference home page for all the details.
Your Area Mini-Conference Committee
The Area 53 Mini-Conference committee is meeting this coming Wednesday, Jan. 24, 6:30pm – 8:00pm. The committee meets at Maize Manor United Methodist Church, 3901 Maize Road, Columbus, OH 43224. The committee is in the final planning stage for the March mini-conference. Topics will include finalizing the service workshops, the program and conference committees, and …
Updated on Dec 11, 2017 with corrected price for Saturday banquet.
Just a reminder that we meet this Wednesday at 6:30pm at the Maize Manor United Methodist Church, 3901 Maize Road, Columbus. The main purpose of the meeting will be a “final” review of 2017 mini-conference and planning for 2018. Subjects will include our financial condition, speakers, and sub-committee assignments. Beyond 2018, we will have a …
The 2017 Area 53 Mini-Conference will officially open in about 24 hours, at 7:00pm on Friday, March 10.
Some of your Mini-Conference committee volunteers arrived on Thursday. They are setting up stuff – stuff like the onsite check-in and the hospitality room. There are 100 people pre-registered and that is very exciting for us. We expect more to walk-in and register onsite.
Onsite check-in starts at 2:00pm on Friday. We promise to have your nicely printed badge, your conference meal tickets (if you ordered in advance), the official mini-conference program and your randomly assigned conference committee background material. Just for you!
The hospitality room opens at 2:00pm on Friday. They will have the coffee brewed by time you get there (rooms 373-375 in A-Wing). Snacks and surprises will be available. Some of those that pre-registered generously donated over $270 to help with food and beverage expenses. Big “thank you!”
At 4:00pm there are two service workshops: a GSR School by Dan S., Group Services Chair, and a panel discussing “Having had a spiritual awakening…” moderated by Marcia H., DCM for District 26.
What else can we say? We are waiting for you… Hope you can show up.
Your Mini-Conference Committee
The 2017 Area 53 Mini-Conference program is final and has been printed in mass quantities. You can view the printable version of the program on the Mini-Conference homepage.
While your on our homepage, be sure to check out the rest of the useful information we have put together for members in Area 53:
1. Conference Committee topics that will be discussed Friday night and all day Saturday
2. Everything about conference meals and the hospitality room
3. Some common questions and answers about the mini-conference and its history in Area 53.
Your Mini-Conference Committee
The 2017 Area 53 Mini-Conference committee and agenda topics have been determined by the Area 53 Delegate. You can preview them on the Mini-Conference homepage.
Agenda topics typically begin with a few special words. It will be useful to understand what is implied when you see them in conference materials or on the area website.
Consider … Where this word is used, a recommendation requiring a vote is probably indicated. When possible, a recommendation from the Committee as to whether they voted to approve or disapprove the action being considered should be forwarded to the full assembly as a motion, along with the actual vote count, both “for” and “against”
Discuss … Where this word is used a recommendation requiring a vote is probably not indicated, although exceptions may occur. Use common sense. If a vote is not indicated, then a brief overview of the Committee discussion should be given when reporting out.
Review … The committee can decide whether this item requires a vote. If no vote is required, a brief overview of the Committee discussion may be given when reporting out.
The last planning meeting before the 2017 Area 53 Mini-Conference will be Monday, March 6 starting at 6:30pm. The committee will meet at the New Life Church, 3690 N Stygler Road, Gahanna Ohio 43230 for our annual “folder party.” This is when the committee will stuff the 120+ committee folders with the materials necessary for …
- March 5, 2018 : The 2018 Area 53 Mini-Conference
- March 4, 2018 : Area 53 News March 4 2018
- February 24, 2018 : Area 53 News Feb 24 2018
- February 17, 2018 : Area 53 News
- January 27, 2018 : About the 2018 Mini-Conference
- July 23, 2017 : Ohio State Convention News - July 23
- July 10, 2017 : Ohio State Convention News - July 10
- July 4, 2017 : Ohio State Convention News - July 4
- June 25, 2017 : Ohio State Convention News - June 25
- June 17, 2017 : Ohio State Convention News - June 17
- May 20, 2017 : Ohio State Convention News - May 20
- May 2, 2017 : One More Thing About the 2017 Mini-Conference
- April 2, 2017 : Ohio State Convention News
- March 9, 2017 : A Final Word About the 2017 Mini-Conference
- February 28, 2017 : News About the Mini-Conference Feb 28
- February 25, 2017 : News About the Mini-Conference Feb 25
- February 20, 2017 : News About the Mini-Conference Feb 20
- February 17, 2017 : News From Area 53 Mini-Conference
- March 5, 2016 : Updates on Area 53 Mini-Conference
- March 2, 2016 : Updates on Area 53 Mini-Conference
- March 1, 2016 : Updates on Area 53 Mini-Conference
- February 29, 2016 : Updates on Area 53 Mini-Conference
- February 28, 2016 : Updates on Area 53 Mini-Conference
- February 23, 2016 : Updates on Area 53 Mini-Conference
- February 21, 2016 : Updates on Area 53 Mini-Conference
- February 17, 2016 : Updates on Area 53 Mini-Conference
- February 15, 2016 : Updates on Area 53 Mini-Conference
- February 3, 2016 : Updates on Area 53 Mini-Conference
- January 27, 2016 : Updates on Area 53 Mini-Conference
- January 20, 2016 : Updates on Area 53 Mini-Conference
- February 21, 2015 : 2015 Mini-Conference Update#5
- February 13, 2015 : 2015 Mini-Conference Update#4
- February 1, 2015 : 2015 Mini-Conference Update#3
- January 24, 2015 : 2015 Mini-Conference Update#2
- January 10, 2015 : 2015 Mini-Conference Update
The next year I went to my 2nd mini-conference and it was at Salt Fork. 6 of us shared a cabin and a bonding with my sponsor, service sponsor and fellow AAers began and a kinship developed- anchoring me to my homegroup and those friendships are today, family. A conference room full of strangers are now a room full of old friends I haven’t seen in forever. The excitement for me is very high. Coming up on my 11th mini-conference…I CAN’T WAIT!
My experience with attending the mini-conferences continues to open me up, more and more, to the splendor of AA. Not to mention being at a state park for the weekend is the perfect chance to recharge my batteries. The discussion panels make me feel like I am a part. The banquet makes me feel like a king. The hospitality room makes me feel down home. Lunch with friends is cherished and even spending time alone gratifies the soul.
The Area 53 Mini-Conference has added a level to my sobriety that I feel has been a stepping stone to service work and my commitment to AA. Making me “I am responsible”.