Regional and Local Forums

Regional Forum Video

Regional Forum Video

Regional and Local Forums provide unique opportunities for A.A. members across the U.S. and Canada to connect with people throughout the A.A. service structure. At forums, members can exchange information with representatives of the General Service Board, A.A.W.S., AA Grapevine and GSO.

Please Note: The Regional Forums Registration system will be undergoing maintenance on Saturday, July 8, 2023.

Regional Forums

Regional Forum events allow members throughout the service structure to exchange information. They bring together:

  • The General Service Board
  • A.A. World Services, Inc.
  • A.A. Grapevine, Inc.
  • The General Service Office and Grapevine staff
  • A.A. members
  • Newcomers to service
  • Trusted servants

Started in 1975, these unique gatherings happen four times a year. Each forum occurs in one of the eight regions of the U.S. or Canada that has extended an invitation. The regional trustee, area delegates and GSO decide on the location and agenda for Regional Forums. Together, the forums coordinator at GSO, the local A.A. host contact, and the regional trustee coordinate the details of the Forum.

See a sample Regional Forum agenda here.

There is no registration fee for A.A. members for Regional Forums. The General Service Board covers the expenses of meeting rooms. In some cases, trusted servants may have travel expenses covered by area committees, districts and groups.

Regional Map of U.S. and Canada

The U.S./Canada service structure has ninety-three areas that are part of one of eight regions. A Regional Forum is held in alternate years in each region on a rotating basis.

regional map
2023 Regional Forums
Date - 2023 Region Location
June 2-4 Northeast Boston Marriott Burlington Boston, MA
August 25-27 West Central Hilton Garden Inn Missoula, MT
September 29-October 1 Southwest Radisson El Paso Airport Hotel El Paso, TX
November 17-19 East Central The DoubleTree by Hilton Independence, OH
2024 Regional Forums
Date - 2024 Region Location
May 10-12 Western Canada Prestige Vernon Lodge Vernon, B.C., Canada
July 12-14 Pacific Westgate Resort & Casino Las Vegas, Nevada
August 23-25 Eastern Canada Delta Hotels by Marriott Ottawa, ON
December 6-8 Southeast Golden Nugget Biloxi, MS

2023 East Central Regional Forum Registration

Forum Dates: November 17-19, 2023

Location: The Doubletree by Hilton
6200 Quarry Lane
Independence, OH, 44131

Join us at a Regional Forum

We welcome and encourage first-time attendees to join. There is no registration fee for A.A. members to attend Regional Forums, which are typically held on weekends. Click here to read a letter from the Board Chair about the 2022 Regional Forums.

Local Forums

Local Forums, a scaled-down version of Regional Forums, are organized on the local level with help from GSO.

These smaller events support A.A. communities who can't attend regular Regional Forums. Local Forums provide a Forum experience to meet cultural, accessibility and population needs of A.A communities. Local Forums may take place in remote areas or in any underserved A.A. community. 

Any A.A. community or service entity may request a one-and-a-half or two-day Local Forum.

The Regional Forums coordinator at GSO works with the Local Forum organizing committee. Together they create an agenda that is responsive to local needs.

Unlike Regional Forums, the Local Forum Committee covers Forum expenses such as meeting room costs. The General Service Board displays literature at Board expense.

Forum Reports

All Forums are essentially sharing sessions in which members can ask questions, spark ideas, and discuss matters. No formal actions result from these Forums. Regional and Local Forums aim to improve communication at all levels within a region. The sharing at Forums is captured in Forum Final Reports, which are distributed to all attendees. You can find past Forum reports here.

The Regional Forums Desk at GSO

Along with regional trustees and delegates, GSO plans and coordinates Regional Forums. If you have questions about Regional Forums, please contact the Regional Forums Desk at GSO.