WHY DO I HAVE TO PAY?
Most associations like to hold conferences and conventions. In AA and Al-Anon, a conference/convention is an important opportunity to share our recovery experience in a broad way.
There are many AA and Al-Anon conferences around the world. One of the most common misconceptions of these gatherings is that they are AA/Al-Anon meetings, and since, "There are no dues or fees for AA or Al-Anon membership..." there should be no fees to attend. Conventions/conferences are special events, not regular meetings. They require months of planning and money to present. Since the event is held in a hotel/convention center, there are facility use charges, which include group purchase of food or coffee. Other convention/conference expenses include the travel and lodging costs for conference speakers, printing and postage costs and other supplies. A large event requires a substantial amount of money.
This conference is self-supporting; no group monies are used to pay for this event. The cost of the event is paid for through registration fees; no baskets are passed. The idea goal for any event 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/Al-Anon members, we pay our own way.
About the Big Island Bash
The mission of the Big Island Bash is to provide an annual venue for recovering alcoholics and al-anons to learn and carry the message of recovery so that the people attending will be enriched with good society and fellowship
Questions? Please reach out to our 2019 Big Island Bash Board Member Contact:
Dick T: 808-937-5830