First International Alcoholics Anonymous History Conference – Maine – September – Program

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:

“The History of Alcoholics Anonymous:
Another View Which Includes Its 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)

Main Conference Location:

The First Baptist Church of Portland, Maine
360 Canco Rd., Portland, ME 04103;

Conference Schedule

Friday, September 6

10:00 AM to 3:00 PM: Pre-conf. pers. mtgs. available with Dick B. and Ken B.
4:30 PM to 5:30 PM: Pre-conf. roundtable mtgs. w/leaders and visitors
5:30 PM to 7:00 PM: Dinner
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: Conference registration, coffee and tea, hospitality
9:45 AM to 9:55 AM: Conference begins with 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 & 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 Ken B. closes conf. w/prayer, networking, dinner (optional)

The First International Alcoholics Anonymous History Conference

Other Meetings and Events with Dick B. and Ken B., September 8-11, 2013:

Sun., Sept. 8, to Tues., Sept. 10: Portland: Personal meetings with Dick B. & Ken B.; and/or
Possible trip to Dr. Bob’s birthplace, St. Johnsbury, VT

Wednesday, Sept. 11: Portland: Morn./afternoon: pers. mtgs. w/Dick & Ken B.;
Evening: Dick B. speaking at regular A.A. meeting

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 (75% claimed overall; 93% with no relapses in Cleveland).

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.

** Dick B. and Ken B. will be hosting personal and small group meetings during the morning and afternoon of Friday, September 6, and from Sunday afternoon, September 8, through Wednesday afternoon, September 11. These meetings will cover: (a) Dr. Bob’s wife, Anne Smith, and Quiet Time-Eleventh Step practices and resources, and other topics; and (b) working with impaired physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, attorneys, and other licensed workers. **

Conference Registration

Admission for the First International Alcoholics Anonymous History Conference is FREE! Registration is required. To register for the conference, please contact Ken B. by email at or by phone at 1-808-276-4945. If you would like to make a donation to help offset the costs involved in putting on this conference, please contact Dick B. by email at

Please join us in Portland September 6-7, 2013!


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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