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Why Do I Have to Pay?

Why do I have to Pay?

One reason for holding a convention is that it is a natural thing to do. Almost any association likes to take time out now and then to observe some phase of it’s own development. But in AA, such an event is far more than a routine cause for celebration. A convention also sets up a useful opportunity to share the AA experience in a broader way.

There are many conferences and conventions around the midwest and one of the most common misconceptions of these gatherings is that they are AA meetings, that “There are no dues or fees for AA membership…” and therefore, there should be no fees to attend.

Conventions and conferences are special events, not regular AA meetings. They require months of planning, preparation and money to put on. Since most events are held in commercial businesses, like hotels or campgrounds (like this one), there is a charge for use of the facilities. Other expenses include travel and lodging for speakers, convention supplies, coffee, printed materials all year long, postage and web space (like this). An event like this requires a substantial amount of money.

Our M.M.A.A.C. Convention is Self-Supporting

Although our Pre-Convention Events generate seed money, the majority of the costs of this Convention are paid through registrations. No baskets are passed. The goal for any committee preparing for such an event is to break even. Excess funds after the completion of another year are donated to GSO, Area 20, District 70 and Rockford Area Intergroup.

Attendance is voluntary.

As responsible AA members we “Pay Our Own Way.”

Note:
Service Scholarships are available to those “in need”
Contact Registration or another committee member for more information