The First International A.A. History Conference, Portland, ME, Sep 6-7

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

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 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.



About mauihistorian

Uses pen name Dick B.: Writer, Historian, Retired attorney, Bible student, CDAAC, and active and recovered A.A. member with over 25 years of continuous sobriety. Published 42 titles and over 650 articles on the history of Alcoholics Anonymous and the Christian Recovery Movement.
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