Saturday, June 29, 2013

Brief Program Flyer for Portland Maine September 6-7 First International Alcoholics Anoymous History Conerence


September 6-7, 2013

Portland, Maine

[A.A.’s Dr. Bob was a member of Christian Endeavor (Big Book, 172), founded here 2/2/1881]


Featuring A.A. Historian Dick B. of Maui, Hawaii, and Special Guests


Conference Theme:


“The History of Alcoholics Anonymous:

Another View Which Includes Its Christian Beginnings in New England”


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

[Plus:  (1) Possible A.A. history research tour of Dr. Bob’s birthplace, St. Johnsbury, VT, 9/8-10;

           (2) Free At Last Group A.A. meeting, Wed., 9/11; 5:30 pm potluck dinner; 7:00-8:30 pm

                speaker discussion meeting; guest speakers Dick B. and Ken B.]


Main Conference Location:


The First Baptist Church of Portland, Maine

360 Canco Rd., Portland, ME 04103;


Conference Schedule


Friday, September 6


              6:30 pm to 7:00 pm:              Conference registration: FREE, but Required           

  7:00 pm to 7:10 pm:              Prayer by Ken B., welcome, and conference introduction

  7:10 pm to 9:00 pm:              Conf. speaker presentations, or Celebrate Recovery mtg.


Saturday, September 7


              9:00 am to   9:45 am:            Conference registration (cont.), coffee and tea, hospitality

              9:45 am to   9:55 am:            Conference introduction and prayer by Ken B.

              9:55 am to 10:00 am:            Welcome by Wally C.

            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, and Facts

            12:00 pm to  1:15 pm:             Lunch Break: On your own

              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                                 Ken B. closes conf. w/prayer; networking, dinner (optional)


Conference Mission


The mission of this conference is to present an accurate and comprehensive picture of Alcoholics Anonymous history which includes the roles played by God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible in early A.A.’s astonishing successes.


Of alcoholics who came to A.A. and really tried, 50% got sober at once and remained that way; 25% sobered up after some relapses; and among the remainder, those who stayed on with A.A. showed improvement. [Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th ed., xx]


Records in Cleveland show that 93 percent of those who came to us never had a drink again. [DR. BOB and the Good Oldtimers, 261]


Your Heavenly Father will never let you down! [Dr. Bob in Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th ed., 181]


Bill [W.] looked across at my wife and said to her, “Henrietta, the Lord has been so wonderful to me, curing me of this terrible disease, that I just want to keep talking about it and telling people.” [AA # 3, Bill D., in Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th ed., 191]


When we [Bill W. and Dr. Bob] started in on Bill D., we had no Twelve Steps, either; we had no Traditions.

            But we were convinced that the answer to our problems was in the Good Book. [Dr. Bob in The Co-Founders of Alcoholics Anonymous: Biographical Sketches: Their Last Major Talks (item # P-53), 13]


Conference Audience


This conference is for members of 12 Step Fellowships (including old-timers, speakers, sponsors, newcomers, and garden variety drunks and addicts); other International Christian Recovery Coalition “participants”; physicians, clergy, recovery pastors, and other Christian leaders and workers in the recovery arena; and professionals working in the fields of intervention, detox, treatment, sober living, counseling, psychology, and psychiatry.


Conference Registration


Admission for the First International Alcoholics Anonymous History Conference is FREE! Registration is required. For more information about the conference please contact Ken B. by email at or by phone at 1-808-276-4945. To register for the conference, please send to Ken B. by email at (1) your name; (2) your postal mailing address; (3) your email address; and (4) your telephone number. Ken B. will send you by email a confirmation as to the acceptance of your registration.


If you would like to make a donation to help offset the costs involved in putting on this conference, please contact Ken B. by email at or by phone at 1-808-276-4945. Thank you!

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