Tuesday, April 30, 2013

First International Alcoholics Anonymous History Conference -- Portland, Maine, Sept 6 -7, 2013

The First International Alcoholics Anonymous History Conference


September 6-7, 2013

Portland, Maine

(Christian Endeavor—of which Dr. Bob was a member—was founded here on February 2, 1881)


Featuring A.A. Historian Dick B. of Maui, Hawaii,

and Special Guests


Conference Theme:

“Exploring A.A.’s Christian Beginnings in New England”


Meetings, Roundtables, Speakers, Research, and Workshops in Portland, Maine

(and possible A.A. history research tour of Dr. Bob’s birthplace, St. Johnsbury, VT, Sept. 8-10)


Conference Location


The First Baptist Church of Portland, Maine

360 Canco Road, Portland, Maine

(207) 773-3123



Conference Schedule and Other (Possible) Events



            Dick B. and Ken B. arrive in Portland, Maine


Friday, September 6


            10:00 AM to 3:00 PM:            Personal meetings available with Dick B. and Ken B.

              4:30 PM to 6:00 PM:            Roundtable meetings with Leaders and visitors

              7:00 PM to 9:00 PM:            Mtgs. with Dick B. & Ken B., or Celebrate Recovery mtg.




Saturday, September 7


              9:00 AM to   9:45 AM:         Registration, coffee and tea, hospitality

              9:45 AM to   9:50 AM:         Conference begins with prayer by Ken B.

              9:50 AM to 10:00 AM:         Welcome by Wally P.

            10:00 AM to 10:50 AM:         Session One: The 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous

            11:00 AM to 11:50 AM:         Session Two: A. A. Origins, History, Founders & Facts

            12:00 PM to    1:15 PM:         Lunch

              1:15 PM to    2:05 PM:         Session Three: Sponsorship Today

              2:15 PM to    3:05 PM:         Session Four: Orienting and Informing Newcomers

              3:35 PM to    4:15 PM:         Session Five: A.A. History Past, Present & Future

              4:15 PM to   ???                    Viewing of exhibits, networking, dinner (meetings)


Sunday, September 8:                         Morning church service, Dick B. personal testimony


Sun., Sept. 8, to Tues., Sept. 10:         Personal meetings with Dick B. & Ken B. in Portland; or

                                                            Possible trip to Dr. Bob’s birthplace, St. Johnsbury, VT


Wednesday, Sept. 11:                         Morn./afternoon: pers. mtgs. w/Dick & Ken B. in Portland

                                                            Evening: Dick B. speaking at regular A.A. mtg., Portland               

Thursday, September 12 (morning)


            Dick B. and Ken B. depart from Portland, Maine


Conference Planning, Needs, and Items


Overall vision: Introducing an accurate, and comprehensive picture of Alcoholics Anonymous history to members of 12 Step Fellowships—old-timers, speakers, sponsors, newcomers, garden variety drunks and addicts,, International Christian Recovery Coalition participants; physicians, clergy, recovery pastors, Christian recovery leaders and workers; and professionals working in the fields of intervention, detox, treatment, counseling, sober living, psychology, and psychiatry.


Donations may be sent to Dick B., PO Box 837, Kihei, HI 96753-0837 or sent through PayPal www.dickb.com. Donations will cover local meals, transportation, help for the needy


$3,000 has just been received from one benefactor who agreed to fund half of the estimated costs of conducting the conference.


$3,000 from other benefactors and donors, large or small, who wish to support by defraying the total needed, anticipated expenses


No registration fee. Open to all


Special small group meetings with Dick and Ken B.


            Dr. Bob’s wife Anne Smith and Quiet Time—Eleventh Step practices and resources


            Impaired physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, attorneys, and other licensed workers.


            Others suggested and worked up in advance of Conference time.







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