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Annual National / International Native American Indian

Alcoholics Anonymous Convention

 

The NAI-AA Convention currently has four executive positions and numerous sub-committee volunteers to support the convention throughout the year.  The executive positions include Chairperson, Vice-Chair, Treasurer and Secretary. 

 

The sub-committees include the following:

  • Registration Chair
  • Hospitality Chair
  • Speaker Chair
  • Marathon Chair
  • Talking Circle Chair
  • PowWow Chair
  • Banquet Chair
  • Entertainment Chair
  • Flag Ceremony Chair
  • Public Information Chair
  • Al-Anon Chair

 

The convention committee may also elect or appoint co-chairs to any one of the sub-committees.

 

A bit more about the convention planning committee…

 

A traveling convention has many challenges, including selecting a  location, lining up speakers, and managing all the eager volunteers, just to name a few; therefore, the Executive Committee is responsible in making sure this AA convention continues to prosper.  As all participants and guests are aware, the volunteers may change each year as the Convention moves to a different location.   To all who have graciously volunteered in the past, and to our current volunteers, we want to let you know how very grateful we are for your past and current service work. We could not and cannot manage this convention without you.   For those who are thinking about volunteering for a role in this year’s convention, please consider “12th stepping” with us!  You will reap great rewards in your gift of 12th step service to this AA community.   The Annual NAI-AA Convention would not be possible if it were not for the support of local AA communities, including all our Native and non-Native AA members and newcomers to AA who keep coming back, and, keep this program of recovery alive and well for all of us.   Thank you for your support !  Please click on the Volunteer tab for available volunteer duties and sign-up info.  It's unforgettable fun! yes  laugh

 

The NAI-AA Convention Planning Committee strives to keep this convention within the guidelines of Alcoholics Anonymous because of "the tremendous fact [that]  everyone of us … [has] discovered a common solution [to our common problem].  We have a way out [of those common problems] on which we can absolutely agree, and upon which we can join in brotherly and harmonious action."*  Therefore, the intention of the committee is to stay in line with the traditions and principles of Alcoholics Anonymous.

 

A note about the fees: Convention fees and costs are set according to the total cost of the Convention which includes the meeting room rentals, round trip airline fees and lodging for AA speakers, printing / flyer costs, postage for all mailings, fiscal accounting, administration costs and maintenance of the NAI-AA Convention website, etc.  The actual total cost of the banquet includes the automatic 22% + service fees and applicable 9% state tax.  This year the goal is to sell roughly 200 banquet tickets to help pay for the Convention and the additional costs.  We encourage you to join us at this year's Convention Banquet.  When you participate in purchasing a banquet ticket you are helping the convention to become successful so that we can continue to carry the message.

 

(*reprinted from the Big Book, page 17 with permission of AAWS, Inc.)

(all website pictures that include the binder of the Fourth Edition of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous were granted permission to display on this website by AAWS, Inc.)

 

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