Supporting Our Future
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Purpose of the 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 General Service Areas. The purpose of the convention is to carry the spirit of the General Service Conference to the districts and groups in Ohio. It fosters cooperation among the four Ohio Areas, highlights General Service in these Areas and shares experience on AA’s Three Legacies: Recovery, Unity and Service. The goal of the convention is to support and strengthen the General Service Conference structure in Ohio, helping us to stay sober to help other alcoholics achieve sobriety.
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J. Gary L. (Pennsylvania) Friday, 8:00 pm
Gary is a Past Delegate (Panel 55) for Area 59 Eastern Pennsylvania and the immediate past Northeast Regional Trustee (2011-2015).
In 2015, Gary gave the Keynote Address on opening day of the 65th General Service Conference speaking of how far Alcoholics Anonymous has come in the past 80 years and outlined some of the challenges it faces in the future. In closing, Gary told members of the 65th Conference, “We frequently say to you at the close of each General Service Conference, ‘You are now a part of A.A.’s history.’ I would submit that you are also a part of A.A.’s future.”
Griffin H. (Nashville, Tennessee) Saturday, 9:00 am
Griffin was born and lived his early life in Springfield, Ohio. He now lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
Griffin is a musician and songwriter and issued his first release in 2003. Griffin has been writing, playing and singing ever since. Since 2007, Griffin has toured extensively, opening for well know artists and has been a national headliner.
Cathy W. (Whitehall, Ohio) Saturday, 1:30 pm
Cathy was born in a small town in Alabama and came to Columbus Ohio in 1972 to become an educator. She has always had a strong desire and need to help others. Cathy has a Master of Arts in Guidance and Counseling. As a poet, she enjoys writing poetry and has a published collection of poetry.
Cathy came to Al-Anon in 1987. She has served as home group representative and treasurer, outreach coordinator, and been on various other committees. She believes the answers are found in the steps, traditions, and concepts, and continues to attend five or more meetings weekly. Her favorite slogans: “Let it begin with me.” and “What would I be doing if this had not happened?”
Ken D. (Kennett Square, Pennsylvania) Saturday, 8:00 pm
Ken is a native Buckeye from Springfield, Ohio. His home group is the Midday Miracles in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.
Ken has shared his experience, strength, and hope at the 76th Anniversary of A.A. in Philadelphia and the 23rd Latvian Service Convention in Riga, Latvia. He currently serves as Alternate Delegate and Chairman of the Eastern Pennsylvania General Service Assembly (Area 59). He is as graduate of The Ohio State University and Bowling Green State University with post-graduate study completed at The Wharton School and certification in Applied Positive Psychology at The University of Pennsylvania.
Jackie D. (Columbus, Ohio) Sunday, 10:45 am
Jackie’s sobriety date is February 19, 1993. Her home group is the Westside Women’s Literature meeting in Columbus, Ohio, where she has held the positions of secretary and GSR.
Currently, Jackie serves on an advisory committee for “Recovery is Beautiful” as a person in long term recovery. She holds the position of “Women’s Treatment and Recovery Specialist” for the State of Ohio and serves on a national committee known as the “Women’s Services Network (WSN).” Jackie loves helping others connect the dots to new ideas and perspectives.
GSR School in the Alder Room on Friday, 4:00pm
Presented by Dan S., Area 53
Join in helping “Support Our Future” by attending the GSR School. Together we will work to build the bridge of communication between our home group and the whole of Alcoholics Anonymous.
“The general service representative has the job of linking his or her group with AA as a whole. The GSR represents the voice of the group conscience, reporting the group’s thoughts to the district committee member and to the delegate, who passes them on to the Conference. This communication is a two-way street, making the GSR responsible for bringing back to the group Conference Actions that affect AA unity, health, and growth. Only when the GSR keeps the group informed, and communicates the group conscience, can the Conference truly act for AA as a whole.” (From page S26 of the AA Service Manual.)
DCM College in the Cedar Room on Friday, 4:00pm
Presented by James T., Area 54
DCM College is a sequel to GSR School, a workshop held annually to prepare new GSRs for service. It was established in Area 54, Northeast Ohio General Service, as the result of an Area Inventory that was done in 2012. The Inventory revealed that a major concern was the effectiveness of DCMs. Thus, DCM College was born.
The program consists of an overview of the DCM position and detailing of DCM responsibilities in three categories: responsibilities to the District, to the Area, and to Area Officers. This is followed by a sharing session in which experienced DCMs may share their “experience, strength and hope,” and answer question raised by participants.
The main part of the program is presented through a very informative and entertaining PowerPoint slide show. In keeping with the “college” theme, the program opens to the sound of various college fight songs, and concludes with a “graduation” ceremony in which participants are awarded a “BS Degree” with a major in “DCM-ology.”
Saturday at 10:30am – noon
Moderator: Kristi H. (in the Cedar Room)
1) Fellowship Strengths
2) Fellowship Weaknesses
3) Fellowship Opportunities
4) Fellowship Threats
Moderator: Dan S. (in the Alder Room)
1) Party Reserve vs. Prudent Reserve
2) Why Sending Money to GSO is 12th Step Work
3) Group Treasurers and the 7th Tradition
4) History of Literature Sales in the Fellowship
Saturday at 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Moderator: Rodney B. (in the Alder Room)
1) Is the River Changing? The Future of Sponsorship
2) The Concrete: Being a Good Sponsor
3) Expansion Units: Are We Willing To Go To Any Length?
4) Being a Good Sponsee: Step Two
Moderator: Chris T. (in the Cedar Room)
1) “I can’t stop drinking” an Internet Search
2) “I can’t stop talking” the Pitfalls of Social Media
3) Are Public Service Announcements Really Commercials?
4) Promoting the Fellowship, Not the Fellow, with Social Media
Sunday at 9:00am – 10:30am
Moderator: Sharon F. (in the Cedar Room)
1) Safety vs. Secrets
2) Safety Starts with the Home Group
3) Is AA Above the Law?
4) Being Good Stewards: What Does That Mean?
Moderator: Jean S. (in the Alder Room)
1) Today’s Alcoholic
2) Do Labels Really Define Us?
3) Unconscious Intolerance and Insensitivity
4) We Are Responsible When Anyone, Anywhere Reaches Out
- Marinated Flat Iron Steak with au jus
- Chicken Caprese with Tomato, Fresh Mozzerella, Basil and Cherry Balsamic Glaze
Warm Rolls & Butter
Mixed Greens with Mandarin Oranges, Red Onions and Sun-dried Cranberries
Fried Chicken Salad
Asparagus & Carrots
Deserts: Chocolate Cake & Cheese Cake
Beverages: Iced Tea, Water and Starbucks Coffee
Area Feud – Games We Play
Saturday evening after the speaker meeting the four Ohio areas will compete for bragging rights for a year. The game format will be based on the popular TV show, Family Feud. Winners will be recognized Sunday morning.
Be sure to sign up for you area team at the registration desk.
Scavenger Hunt – Get Your Slip Signed
Everyone can participate in a hunt for things around the convention to pass on to the future AA members. Winners will be announced Sunday morning.
Pick up your scavenger hunt instructions at the registration desk.
Ice Cream in the Buckeye Room
Served by District 4 (Knox County Ohio) and District 26 (Gahanna Ohio)
10:00pm Friday & Saturday
Hospitality in the Buckeye Room
Presented by District 10 (Delaware County Ohio)
Opens at 2:00pm on Friday
Opens Saturday morning at 7:00am
Opens Sunday morning at 7:00am
closed during all speaker meetings
3:00pm OYPAA Panel: The Next 80 Years in the Cedar Room
Come join the young people as we get real about the “next 80 years” in a changing world with advancing technology and an increasingly growing fellowship. The panel of young people (see below) will discuss how the next generation intends to preserve the integrity of AA. Topics will include keeping with the steps, upholding traditions, maintaining anonymity and the Internet, and enlarging our spiritual growth.
Please join me for this panel, or meet me in the OYPAA room (Short North Room)
Melinda K., Area 54
Moderator for “OYPAA Panel: The Next 80 Years”
Ohio State Convention, July 29, Columbus Ohio
Derek D. (Youngstown, Ohio)
Mil B. (Akron, Ohio)
Travis C. (Columbus, Ohio)
Erica C. (Cleveland, Ohio)
OYPAA Fall Conference (hosted by Akron Young People of AA)
Date: Friday, September 1st, 2017 – Sunday, September 3rd, 2017
Location: Clarion Inn and Conference Center, 6625 Dean Memorial Parkway, Hudson, Ohio 44236
In 1979 The Ohio Conference Young People (OYPAA) was established in Mansfield, Ohio. Our purpose is tri-fold: The ultimate goal, the same as every AA group and every type of service work, is to carry the message to the still suffering alcoholic. Considering that our personal recovery depends on AA unity, our main concern is the unity of Ohio’s younger alcoholics within the fellowship of an Alcoholics Anonymous Conference (OYPAA). The direction, effectiveness, and the execution of the conference shall always emphasize the value of sobriety. The Ohio Young People’s Steering committee shall continually address problems and needs of the younger recovering alcoholics, therefore, the maintenance of a communication network is essential to our efficiency.
Strictest adherence to the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous, the Twelve Steps, The Twelve Traditions, and the Twelve Concepts of World Service shall forever be practiced in all of our affairs.
4:00pm Al-Anon Meeting in the Arena District Room
10:30am Discussion Topic: Alcoholism as a Family Disease in the Arena District Room
1:30pm Speaker: Cathy W. (Whitehall, Ohio) in the Main Ballroom
Cathy came to Al-Anon in 1987. She has served as home group representative and treasurer, outreach coordinator, and been on various committees. She believes the answers are found in the steps, traditions, and concepts, and continues to attend five or more meetings weekly. Her favorite slogans: “Let it begin with me.” and “What would I be doing if this had not happened?”
3:00pm Discussion Topic: “Double Winners” in the Arena District Room
9:00am Discussion Topic: Spirituality using Conference Approved Literature in the Arena District Room