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
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