Early Inland Empire History 1981-1986. Inland Empire 30th Anniversary “Sunlight of the Spirit” at the Clarion Hotel Richland, WA April 30-May 2, 2010. First Inland Empire Roundup. May 15-17, 1981, Holiday Inn, Richland, WA Theme: The Love of Sobriety--Not the Fear of Drinking Offered:
Inland Empire 30th Anniversary
“Sunlight of the Spirit”
April 30-May 2, 2010
Thank you for your attention and please see me during this convention to share other memories of past Inland Empire Roundups.
(This presentation will be available from the Internet web site www.3citiesaa.org under the Service Committees Archives tab)
that need or answer to that question. I felt a part of AA and honored to be asked to serve. The old timers were always kind to me and made me feel welcome.
The others that I remember on that committee were Jan P which meant Ron and Jan P; Mike M (big Mike), and of course Shorty. The names that come to mind in the first years are Bill and Meryl from Prosser along with Carol from Prosser, Jerry and Maxine, then Annie H, Hal and Hilde,Roundup Remembrances
Shorty chaired the first roundup and Mike M was alternate and served as chair the second year; then Jan P and Bill the third year; myself and Jerry the fourth; and Hal the fifth year.
Guidelines for our roundups:
Most important: must be within
the guidelines of AA. Being self supporting was a key. Next get a place to hold the Roundup which meant you had to negotiate the coffee. That was the make or break of success, because if you didn’t lock them into the coffee price they could break the bank. The one thing AA can do is drink a lot of coffee. The second was to get a Saturday night speaker who would be a good draw. Wino Joe from Texas was our first speaker and I will alwaysRoundup Remembrances
The committee was small and met in our homes. There were not a lot of meetings throughout the year. We met initially to select the place and Shorty was in charge of getting speakers. We met in the fall to pick a theme and order cups. In recognition of being self supporting and each roundup being self supporting we operated off preregistration for funds.
Usually, on the Thursday following the roundup, we met at the hotel, had a year end dinner and voted on how to disperse all the money except $500 seed money. We also voted on who was to serve the following year as chairman, alternate chairman, secretary and treasurer. There were few planning meetings. The last month or so we started to set up the coffee, registration, alka-thon, volunteers, etc. With all the committees it was important to get newer people involved. During registration Jan and I wereRoundup Remembrances
Preregistration had to begin early to get the funds to buy the cups mail out the flyers etc. Flyers were mailed out in January or February, however,
Registration forms were available earlier than that, so we could have the funds to operate. Seating was done according to order of registration to encourage early registration. There were no reserve seats for committee members. We are always to be one among many. Speakers were assigned special seating as our guest.
One or two years we had local “dignitaries” to welcome the roundup to the area. (i.e. a local city official whose daughter was making valiant efforts to get sober.)Roundup Remembrances
At later roundup they started selling other items, but those were to be located in a hotel room away from the AA.
In order to keep the cost down we had a main speaker from outside the area for Saturday night and Sunday morning, an Alanon speaker from the local or Tri-State area, the Friday night panel was selected from the preregister members, there was an opening sharing meeting on Friday afternoon, and panels Saturday afternoon. We had tours of the “Area” set up with some of the peopleRoundup Remembrances
Sunday morning we would attempt to sell any remaining coffee cups at a bargain price. The pot was located in the pool bar area where there was also an ice cream bar where
members could purchase ice cream sundays etc. This allowed the hotel to make a profit on an “unnecessary” item while our members were provided the comforts of coffee and pop. We paid for the pop by the canister.
Dorothy was treasurer for the first two years and then Annie H became treasurer.
In support of the inexpensive weekend away, Whiskey Bill was our biggest advocate. He promoted the roundup on theRoundup Remembrances
Yours in service,