Member Input Needed by October 25, 2020 With all the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, the Mini-Conference Planning Committee is seeking your input. Please answer the short survey below so that we can proceed with planning. The Area 53 Mini-Conference is scheduled for Friday, March 12 through Sunday, March 14, 2021. The Area is financially responsible … Read more
Due to concerns over the coronavirus, Deer Creek has cancelled our Mini-Conference scheduled this weekend, March 13-15. The Area Assembly will also be cancelled. Please pass this information on to those you know who were planning to attend this weekend. Following is a email from Deer Creek to Donna K., Mini-Conference Chairperson … Read more
From your Chairman for the Mini Conference-Donna K. Below is what was sent to me from Deer Creek, be assured they are taking every precaution for our Mini Conference at Deer Creek: From Deer Creek Staff: Here’s what the experts are telling us; extra cleaning, sanitization, and avoiding direct person-to-person contact can … Read more
Are you attending the 2020 Mini Conference? Area 53 Grapevine and Treatment Committees Present an AA Literature Drive, in cooperation with the 2020 Mini Conference. Please bring any AA Literature to be donated and collected throughout the Mini Conference. All donations will be distributed to local Area 53 alcoholics in need. Acceptable Donations Include … Read more
The next planning meeting for the Area Mini-Conference committee is December 19 at 6:30pm. Committee meetings are at 1530 S. High Street, Columbus Ohio 43207. If you are interested in helping plan the mini-conference or want to find out about volunteering at the mini-conference, please join us. Donna K., Mini-Conference Committee Chair Visit the Area … Read more
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
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.
Stephen S., Area 53 Mini-Conference Chair
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…