2020 International Convention Virtual Experience Beginning July 1, 2020

Announcement from the General Service Office

“There is good news as we now have an opportunity to bring together many of the
special components that make International Conventions memorable — by utilizing a
virtual platform. For this purpose, we are planning a 2020 International Convention digital
site. Throughout the month of July, the 2020 International Convention will come alive
online to provide a new experience that includes A.A. speakers; a digital “Carrying the
Message Pavilion”; sharing from nonalcoholic friends of A.A. and special guests linked to
our history; a presentation of the 40 millionth Big Book; a new Archives video on the
history of A.A.; an AA Grapevine video created for the Convention, and more.”
https://aa.org/pages/en_US/international-convention-2020



2020 International Convention Cancelled

2020 International Convention, July 2-5, Detroit, Michigan, is Canceled
Announcement by Michele Grinberg, Chair of the General Service Board of A.A.

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the cancellation of the 2020 International Convention in Detroit, July 2-5.

We know that this is a disappointment to our Fellowship, as every five years we look forward to celebrating sobriety, the Alcoholics Anonymous program of hope and recovery, and meeting dear friends, old and new, from around the world.

Planning for the International Convention started in 2008 when Detroit was chosen to host the 2020 event. From the moment the city was selected, local leaders extended a warm welcome to A.A., and the event was representative of Detroit’s own rebirth as a great convention city. The excitement shown by the A.A. community and the people of the greater Detroit area was seen throughout the 12-year planning process. We experienced a phenomenal response from local A.A. members ready to volunteer and welcome members from all over the world to the International Convention. The appreciation and welcome we received from the Detroit community, including their desire to share the city with the A.A. Fellowship, has been especially warm and overwhelming.

For many weeks, the General Service Board, directors, management team and planning partners for the International Convention have been monitoring the public health announcements in real time as daily life continues to change for every citizen of across the globe.

This is not a decision that is taken lightly. However, because of our numerous concerns related to the health and safety of our attendees, especially if 50,000 of us were to gather in Detroit in early July, we are confident it is the correct decision at this time. It has become clear that proceeding with a Convention of this magnitude in Michigan at that time is an unacceptable safety risk because of the uncertainty of the disease spread and containment. These are unprecedented times, impacting travel possibilities and requiring restrictions on large mass gatherings. For all of us, the health and well-being of our community comes first.

Due to the size and scale of the International Convention, the necessary contracts and work which must be started now, as well as travel arrangements, hotel availability, and Michigan’s Statewide shutdown creating more uncertainty and inability to move forward on convention production, we are called to make a decision now.

We want to share clearly that we have made this determination based on the facts available today and, most importantly, based on the sense of responsibility and genuine care we feel for all our attendees, as well as for the citizens of Detroit, Michigan and Windsor, Canada.

We have thought long and hard in these past few weeks, consulting in depth with our planning partners, staff and the Detroit community before making this decision. Our theme “Love and Tolerance is our Code” has never felt truer, nor more important in these times of uncertainty. We remain grateful for your love and support. We look forward to a large and happy gathering of our Fellowship in Vancouver, British Columbia in 2025.

While the decision to cancel our International Convention is a difficult one, it is important to remember that Alcoholics Anonymous is not a place or an event; it exists in the hearts, minds and help freely offered. A.A. groups and members across the globe continue to focus on our primary purpose of carrying a message of hope and recovery; and with our shared code of love and tolerance, may we continue for so long as we are needed.

Sincerely,

Michele Grinberg
Chair, General Service Board of Alcoholics Anonymous

Please click the following link for information regarding the 2020 International Convention registration cancellation process.



2020 Ottawa Spring Conference is Cancelled

Dear AA Members in the Ottawa Area,

After consultation with the Spring Conference Committee, and with the recommendation from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health of the immediate suspension of all large events and public gatherings of over 250 people due to COVID-19, we regret to announce that the Spring Conference, which was to have been held on May 2nd, is cancelled.

We did not come to this decision lightly. On behalf of the committee and myself, we would like to thank you for all your help in promoting this event and for your continued support.

Refunds will be available upon request from Intergroup, or can be applied towards a future event.

Please spread the word with your groups and fellow members. Our primary focus at the moment is the safety of our members. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we journey together through these challenging days.

Yours in Service,

Cindy
Chair – Spring Conference

and

Harry
Chair – Ottawa Area Intergroup



The Ontario Regional Conference (ORC) is Cancelled

On behalf of the 2020 ORC Chair and Committee, a decision has been made collaboratively with the advisory committee and Toronto Area Intergroup to cancel the 2020 Ontario Regional Conference due to COVID-19 concerns.

Please make any relevant updates on your website and event pages. Please forward this email to any appropriate people and emails or direct people to the ORC website: www.aaorc.ca for more information.

Please let your fellowship and friends know, and please announce at any meetings you attend.

This decision was made in consideration for the health and safety of all.

Refunds to registrants will be processed in due course.

Continue to check https://aaorc.ca/ for more information as it becomes available.

Sincerely,

The 2020 ORC Committee



Kingston Founders’ Day Round Up June-13-2020

Join us at the Seventh Annual Kingston Founders’ Day Round Up on Saturday June 13, 2020.

The event will be held at Crossroads United Church, 690 Sir John A. MacDonald Boulevard (between Princess & Bath, opposite Loblaws, parking behind the Church)

Click here for a printable poster and map to use for your home group announcements.

See you there!





District 62 Open House-Potluck & GSR Workshop – January 13, 2020

DISTRICT 62 OPEN HOUSE

POT LUCK MEET AND GREET / GSR WORKSHOP
JANUARY 13, 2020 6:30 PM
ALL SAINTS CHURCH
347 RICHMOND ROAD
WESTBORO

PARKING AT THE REAR OF THE CHURCH ON MADISON AVENUE
PLEASE BRING A SMALL DISH TO SHARE
THIS WILL BE FOLLOWED BY OUR ANNUAL GENERAL SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE
INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP AT 7:30 PM

WORKSHOP FACILITATOR – SUE B
ALL MEMBERS ARE WELCOME

Click here for a printable poster to use for your home group announcements.





2020 International Convention – Detroit – July 2nd-5th

The 2020 International Convention of Alcoholics Anonymous will be held July 2–5, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan with the theme “Love and Tolerance is our Code.” A.A. members and guests from around the world will celebrate A.A.’s 85th year at this event with big meetings held Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday morning in the Ford Field Stadium. Other meetings, scheduled or informal, will take place throughout the weekend in the COBO Center in downtown Detroit.

We know many are excited about the International Convention and eager for detailed information. As the time gets closer, additional information about the Convention and Detroit, our host city, will be provided.

This website will be updated as more information becomes available. Also watch for articles in our quarterly news bulletin, Box 4-5-9, which is mailed to the general service representative of every group in the U.S. and Canada listed with G.S.O. and is also posted on the website.

Advanced registration for the convention between September 9, 2019 and April 14, 2020 is $115.00 (USD) per attendee.  Registration after April 15, 2020 will be $140.00 (USD) per attendee.  For further information please see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) by following the link below.

We look forward to seeing you in Detroit!



Training Video for new TAS Remote Forwarding now available

Attention TAS Volunteers,

If you are already trained on the current remote forwarding system, updated instructions and a training video are now available in the Service Login area of the website.

Here is a direct link to the page: https://interactive.ottawaaa.org/support/ (use the existing volunteer password – it has not changed).

Please check out the instructions as soon as possible so you’re ready to answer calls from home when we change the system mid-June. Until then, keep using the current instructions also available for download on the support page.

If you have any questions, send an email to webmaster@ottawaaa.org. the exact date for the change will be communicated shortly.

Note to Intergroup Reps for regular shift commitments: Please pass this along to people in your group who are already trained on remote forwarding and ask them to please email webmaster@ottawaaa.org to be added to the internal TAS distribution list.

If you are trained and see an opening on the calendar please feel free to take the shift. Please email tas@ottawaaa.org to let our coordinator know and so they can add you to the calender.

You can view the calendar at https://interactive.ottawaaa.org/tas/ 

Thank you for your service!