My first convention
I phoned the AA Telephone Helpline in May 1993Read our article
It’s interesting to note for any budding archivists out there, that for the first time ever there were two versions prepared of the monthly Roundabout magazine. The first one for that month – May 2020 – was composed before lockdown was announced while the one that made it to print was produced after AA members wrote in, describing their response to the sudden closure of meetings.
An element of Roundabout that was removed in the May 2020 issue was the Diary Pages. Those pages were really important for AA members in Scotland because key information was included: group closures; new groups opening; changes of address for meetings and group Twelve Step contacts’ details. Diligent secretaries of the five regions and 27 intergroups in Scotland would also send in the dates of their business meetings to encourage service participation. The final page of this section was always reserved for Conventions and Gatherings.
Many subscribers of Roundabout admit that this page was the one they would turn to first. Weekends away were planned for months ahead based on the information printed there. In Roundabout April 2020 there were six conventions included on the page. Paisley & District, Glasgow South, Dumbarton & District and Edinburgh & Midlothian were one day intergroup conventions while the 26th Caithness Gathering and 63rd All Ireland Convention were full weekend affairs. They were all cancelled due to Covid.
Normally held in May our Scottish National Convention has had to be cancelled for a second year and that is why this issue of Roundabout focuses on conventions. We hope the articles will help you
to fondly remember the friendships, the joy, the relief and comfort these AA events have given you over the years and who knows, after reading it, more of us may decide to become actively involved in the service of organising future conventions after realising how precious they are to our continued sobriety.
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4 Extracts From AA Literature
6 Letter From Bill W Taken From The Roundabout Archive 7 Sun, Sea And Sand
10 Living Sober
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13 The Roundabout Interview
15 Get Involved
17 Archive Article From The Grapevine 19 Looking Forward To An AA Blether 20 My First Convention
22 That Was The Week That Was
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