There are many AA conferences/conventions held around the world. One of the most common misconceptions of these gatherings is that they are AA meetings and since there are no dues or fees for AA membership, there should be no fees to attend. Conventions and conferences are special events – not regular meetings. They require months of planning, preparations and money to present. Since most events are held in hotels/ conference centers, there is a charge for the use of some facilities. Other expenses include travel and lodging for speakers, printing of fliers, schedules and programs, postage, supplies and entertainment. A large event requires a substantial amount of money.
The convention is self-supporting. No group monies are used to pay for the event. The cost of the event is paid through registration fees. No baskets are passed. Donations are encouraged to pay for any snacks provided in the hospitality room. The ideal of any committee is to break even; therefore, the registration fee is nominal compared to a weekend’s worth of entertainment anywhere else. Attendance is voluntary and as responsible AA members, we now “pay our own way.”
We hope you will keep coming back and enjoy this weekend of fellowship.