May 25, 2010
(San Antonio, TX) There’s a countdown in the Lone Star State for a giant birthday party, and as each passing month brings the big day closer, as many as 5,000 Alcoholic Anonymous (A.A.) volunteer hosts are preparing to welcome tens of thousands of sober alcoholics from over 90 countries to San Antonio for A.A.’s 13th International Convention, July 1-4, 2010. San Antonio’s Host Committee is working nonstop to roll out the welcome mat, throw open the city gates, and say “howdy!” to a multitude of A.A.s and their guests.
In harmony with the theme of the 2010 International Convention, “A Vision for You,” the Host Committee aims “to reinforce the joy of sobriety at the 2010 International Convention.. . . by extending the hand of A.A. to all International Convention guests.” Host Committee chairperson Jim B. says, “We are very excited to host the celebration here in San Antonio. There has been a lot of interest in this Convention, from our membership here in the states, but also from some our emerging fellowships in Mexico and South America. It’s going to be a good time.”
Everything normally done at an A.A. meeting will be done at the Convention––but on a much larger scale. All who attend A.A.’s 75th birthday event will celebrate the joy of sobriety and the incredible gift of being able to not drink alcohol one day at a time.
A.A.s will find an exciting variety of activities to choose from in San Antonio including a Thursday night celebration outside the Convention Center in HemisFair Park and dancing at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio. Friday night everyone gathers in the Alamodome Stadium for the favored Flag Ceremony and Opening A.A. Meeting and Saturday night brings the ever-popular Oldtimers A.A. Meeting. There are dinner and dancing opportunities along the San Antonio River Walk after the Friday and Saturday night A.A. meetings.
The Convention will conclude on Sunday morning with the Closing A.A. Meeting. In between, attendees can expect meetings, workshops, and panels, including those in other languages, such as Spanish, French, Japanese, and ASL (American Sign Language). When not in meetings or workshops, A.A.s and their Al-Anon guests and families will be sampling all of that San Antonio has to offer, and celebrating every minute!
For general information on the International Convention “A Vision for You,” check out A.A.’s Web site at www.aa.org or call (212) 870-2990. For media information, contact the Public Information Coordinator at (212) 870-3119, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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