The First International Alcoholics Anonymous History Conference
September 6-7, 2013
(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
“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)
The First Baptist Church of Portland, Maine
360 Canco Road, Portland, Maine
Conference Schedule and Other (Possible) Events
Thursday, September 5 (evening)
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 http://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.