Purpose of Ohio State Convention

The Ohio State Convention of Alcoholics Anonymous is an open, annual service convention hosted on a rotating schedule by one of the four Ohio Service Areas. The purpose of the convention is to carry the spirit of the General Service Conference to the districts and groups in Ohio and Southeast Michigan. This is accomplished by fostering cooperation among the four Ohio Areas, highlighting and celebrating General Service Activities of Alcoholic Anonymous in the Areas and through sharing experience on AA’s Legacies of unity service and recovery. The goal of the convention is to support and strengthen the General Service Conference structure in Ohio and Southeast Michigan, helping us to stay sober and to help other alcoholics achieve sobriety.

District 34 Potluck with Panels – August 4

District 34 is hosting a potluck with panel sessions on August 4th at 501 Josephine Avenue 43204. The panels topics include “What is a GSR?” and “What Happens to the donations?”

We will have three members on each panel sharing experience and answering questions about these topics. We will also have multiple members from local committees in our area.

Main dish and drinks will be provided! This is a kid friendly event!

Visit our District 34 webpage.

EventDistrict 34 Potluck with Panels
Location501 Josephine Avenue 43204
Starting01:30 pm
Ending04:30 pm
DetailsBarbecue Pork and Drinks Provided! Bring a side dish if you can.

When We Know Better, We Do Better!

On Saturday, July 14, Districts 26, 28 & 30 held a GSR School and Safety in AA Workshop.

Dan S. expertly facilitated the GSR School using “the three R’s” Records, Reporting and Resources. He provided lots of timely and updated GSR information and tips for success, including the recent Conference Action to consider changes to the GSR pamphlet. The participation and questions from attendees illustrated the importance of having Dan provide this service to Area 53.

Bill Y. led an interactive and stimulating work session about Safety In AA. Attendees broke into three workgroups and had an opportunity to use their critical thinking skills. Each workgroup discussed and developed suggestions that other groups and meetings can use for understanding safety, taking a group safety inventory, and how to be responsible when a safety issue arises.

An impromptu “Lunch & Learn” sharing session happened during a delicious lunch of fried chicken, side dishes and desserts,

Erica C., the Franklin County Bridging The Gap Coordinator for the Area 53 Treatment Facilities Committee gave an overview of their mission and the need for AA members to become points of contact for people who leave treatment facilities.

Zach R., GSR for the North Group & a member of the Central Ohio Young People In AA (COYPAA) described upcoming events and what COYPAA strives to attain by staying focused on the primary purpose of AA.

The whole event was a tremendous success. Each attendee now has a better foundation to step up equally and care relentlessly. Without a doubt, everyone left this amazing learning experience with the thought that, “When we know better, we do better!

Thanks to all of the GSR’s, interested AA’s & Area 53 representatives who attended and contributed to the success!

In service,
Marcia H., DCM District 26, Taffy J., DCM District 28, & Martha C., DCM District 30

The Family Afterward – September 22

Come join us for food, fun and fellowship at Buckeye Park in Marietta. Featuring guest speakers Allison and Ryan C. on what life is like for the family afterward in AA and sobriety.

EventThe Family Afterward
LocationBuckeye Park, Marietta, Ohio
Starting12:00 pm
Ending04:00 pm
DetailsPicnic. Rain or shine. Playground and pond. Bring the kids. Hotdogs, Hamburgers, Chips, Coffee and Soda provided. Please bring a covered dish. Contact Bruce W at 614-301-825 for more information.

Pomeroy Serenity Group Picnic – September 15

The Pomeroy Serenity Group is having their annual picnic at the on September 15, 2018.

Fellowship is 2:00pm until 3:00pm. Picnic food starts at 3:00pm with speaker at 4:00pm. For more details, call Dave at 740-742-2312.

EventPomeroy Serenity Group 2018 Picnic
Location2244 Seventh St,Syracuse, Ohio 457779
Starting02:00 pm
Ending06:00 pm
DetailsThis is a family-friendly picnic with an AA speaker. Bring a friend and a favorite dish. Picnic will happend rain or shine.

Principle of Rotation – Elections

Pamphlet The AA Group … where it all begins (P-16). Conference Approved Literature. New York: Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc., 2005, page 26.

Traditionally, rotation ensures that group tasks, like nearly everything else in AA, are passed around for all to share. Many groups have alternates to each trusted servant who can step into the service positions if needed.

To step out of an AA office you love can be hard. If you have been doing a good job, if you honestly don’t see anyone else around willing, qualified, or with the time to do it, and if your friends agree, it’s especially tough. But it can be a real step forward in growth — a step into humility that is, for some people, the spiritual essence of rotation.
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2018 Mini-Conference Final Report Available

Final Report Available Online
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 final report (24 pages total) 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., 2018 Area 53 Mini-Conference Chair

Getting Involved in AA General Service

Our Twelfth Step — carrying the message — is the basic service that the A.A. Fellowship gives; this is our principal aim and the main reason for our existence. Therefore, A.A. is more than a set of principles; it is a society of alcoholics in action. We must carry the message, else we ourselves can wither and those who haven’t been given the truth may die. (from A.A.’s Legacy of Service by Bill W.)

For more information, visit AA GENERAL SERVICE RESOURCES at AA.org. These resources contain AA shared experience with our Third Legacy of Service.

Safety and AA: Our Common Welfare

Excerpt from Safety and A.A. (SMF-209)

Safety is an important issue within AA – one that all groups and members can address to develop workable solutions and help keep our meetings safe based on the fundamental principles of the Fellowship.

AA groups are spiritual entities made up of alcoholics who gather for the sole purpose of staying sober and helping other alcoholics to achieve sobriety. Yet, we are not immune to the difficulties that affect the rest of humanity.

Alcoholics Anonymous is a microcosm of the larger society within which we exist. Problems found in the outside world can also make their way into the rooms of AA. As we strive to share in a spirit of trust, both at meetings and individually with sponsors and friends, it is reasonable for each member to expect a meaningful level of safety. Those attending AA meetings derive a benefit by providing a safe environment in which alcoholics can focus on gaining and maintaining sobriety. The group can then fulfill its primary purpose – to carry the AA message to the alcoholic who still suffers. For this reason, groups and members discuss the topic of safety.

To find this document and other service material, go to at AA.org and look for Information for AA Members.

Young Peoples Liaison for Area 53

Our next Area 53 Assembly is fast approaching. It will be on June 3, 2018 in Hilliard Ohio starting at 9:30am.

At our June Area Assembly we will discuss adding an “Young Peoples Liaison” position. There was an interest by our young people at the 2018 Mini-Conference and the 2017 Ohio State convention. The goal is to get young people to feel more a “part of” and active in our area service work.

This would continue the theme of the 2017 State Convention of “Supporting Our Future” as our young members are the old-timers” of tomorrow.

Please discuss this need with your groups and fellow members and bring your ideas and input for discussion.

Ed A.
Alternate Chairperson
Area 53, Panel 67

Making Online Contributions to Area 53

Individual AA members and AA groups may make a contribution to benefit Area 53 General Service online or by mail (Area 53 General Service, P. O. Box 2131, Columbus, Ohio 43216). Contribution by individuals are limited to $3,000 per year; there is no limit on contributions from AA groups or AA affiliated organizations. Area 53 does not accept contributions from non-AA groups of any kind or from individuals who are not members of AA.

To make a secure online contribution to Area 53 General Service, click here to visit the Contributions page on the area website. Online contributions can be made with a major credit card or e-check through PayPal secure payment processing. You do not require a PayPal account to make an online contribution. The online contribution page has a quick lookup table to find the Group Service Number for the 709 active groups in Area 53.

If you have questions about contributions, contact the Area 53 Treasurer by email treasurer[at]area53aa[dot]org or at any area assembly.

More Resources at AA.org – click to read or download and print
Self Support: Where Money and Spirituality Mix (pamphlet F-3)
AA Group Treasurer: Roles & Responsibilities (pamphlet F-96)

Pleasant Valley Group 72nd Anniversary

The Pleasant Valley Group is celebrating its 72nd Anniversary at Mason County WV Farm Museum, 1458 Fairground Road, Point Pleasant, WV 25550. The museum is located 4 miles north of Point Pleasant, WV, and 7 miles south of Mason, WV, just off Route 62 on Fairgrounds Rd, across from The Mason County Fairgrounds. The meeting and dining hall is air conditioned and handicap accessible.

The anniversary celebration will be Saturday, August 25th, 2018, with fellowship starting at 11:00am. Food will be served starting at 12:30pm and the speaker, Amy D. from Louisville KY, will be at 2:00pm. Amy has an inspirational message of hope and recovery. Please join us, as she shares her amazing journey through sobriety.

Please bring a covered dish or dessert, and a friend for an afternoon of food, fun and fellowship. For more details, contact: Ryan C. (roc49er[at]yahoo[dot]com or 304-593-4261), Allison C. (allirn626[at]yahoo[dot]com or 740-577-4871), or Shirley K. (shirley46wv[at]yahoo[dot]com or 304-593-3581).

EventPleasant Valley Group 72nd Anniversary
LocationMason County WV Farm Museum, 1458 Fairground Road, Point Pleasant, WV 25550
Starting11:00 am
Ending04:00 pm
DetailsVisit the area website.

How to Conduct a Sharing Session

Excerpt from How to Conduct a Sharing Session (SMF-111)

The purpose of a Sharing Session is to fill a need for improved communication among Area committee, Districts, and Groups, thereby strengthening services in A.A. through cooperation. These sessions are called for a specific purpose requiring shared experience and ideas, in order to best serve Alcoholics Anonymous. Sharing Sessions are not designed to reach a conclusion as, say, at a regular A.A. business meeting. They are usually held where a problem has reached difficult proportions at the service level involved, and options to surmount the challenge need to be thought about.

To find this document and other service material, go to at AA.org and look for Information for AA Members.