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Round Ups?




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Round Ups?

Postby eastcoastscott » Sat Feb 23, 2008 11:04 pm

Any of you folks have "Round Ups" where you live, Ours is on this whole weekend, I went today, took in several seminars and loved it. Got the skinny on Meditation, dying to practice what I learned.

Also, do all your meeting give out chips? Desire, 1,3,6,9 month. Kelly said the one she went to didn't mention anything, I thought that was odd. Surely this isn't a Canadian thing only,lol

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Postby Dallas » Sat Feb 23, 2008 11:36 pm

Hey Scott,

I'm a Round-up and Covention Junkie!!! I go to every one that I can!

Chips? Yes! We invented them. :lol: :lol:

However, not all of us are as kind and considerate as our Canadian brothers and sisters........ so, sometimes, newcomer's have to miss out on the chips until they go back to their Groups and tell them what they're doing up in Canada!!! And, the Group... not to be out-done by their Fellows in Canada... will run out and buy a bunch of chips to give out!

I made that up about the chips and the Canadians ... but, it could be true! :lol:

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Postby eastcoastscott » Sun Feb 24, 2008 12:14 am

Hahahahaha, too funny! Awesome to hear about the roundups, I will try to attend many from now on, they are indeed worthwhile going to. I wanted to buy a ring but they didn't have any my size. I can't find any locally either, may have to buy one from US and get it sent here.
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Postby Susan » Sun Feb 24, 2008 4:09 am

I believe we do have some round-ups, we just call it something different, 12 Step Retreat is used around here. There can last a day or a weekend. The other label is Seminar. Maybe someone could tell me just exactly what a Round-up is. Is it a gathering of like minds to share and celebrate? The chip thing varies around here from meeting to meeting. I have two home groups and we do not give out chips. Around here, there are not that many that give coins at all. The tradition here is that your sponsor gives you your coin. It sure is nice to share the differences in the journey, it keeps the spirit refreshed. :D
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Postby Dallas » Sun Feb 24, 2008 1:18 pm

Hi Finch,

Good to hear from you.

Round-ups are generally much larger than retreats, seminars and workshops. They will usually range with a few hundred to a few thousand sober alcoholics having a huge party with giant speaker meetings, dances, barbeques, buffets, dinners, golf or what have you. One of my favorite round-ups is the Tri-State Round-up in Nevada. It's on the Colorado river... with lots of boats, jet skis, and casinos! :lol: And, it's a huge sober party for three days with a few thousand A.A. members.

Then, there are Conferences and Conventions. Conferences can be small or large... and are generally larger than a retreat.

The next really huge Convention will be in Austin, Texas... for the International A.A. Convention. There will probably be somewhere near 60,000 or more A.A.'s that will be attending an International Convention. We had one of those up in Canada, a few years back.

There are also smaller conventions... that will range from a few hundred to about 8,000... going on all the time.

When I first landed in A.A., I was about 60 days sober, and went to the San Fernando Valley Convention, in Studio City, California. There was about 3,500 to 4,000 sober alcoholics there... and that was back in 1986! :lol:

I highly recommend that newcomers get to a large Convention or Conference or Round-up just as fast as they get to their first A.A. meeting! For me, seeing hundreds and thousands of sober member's of A.A. ... laughing, dancing, and having a wonderful time sober... is a spiritual awakening in itself! It was my first realization... that people "who might be like me" had found a way to be happy and have a good time ... while they were sober!

I look forward to every April, for the Springtime in the Ozarks Convention, in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The town is a small historic town with possibly a population of 300... but it has many hotels, lodges, a couple of convention centers and many cabins and bed-n-breakfasts.

It will last about 4 days... and there will be about 4,000 alcoholics up there having a huge round-the-clock sober party for four days! Great food, music, dancing, shows, sight-seeing, in a Victorian resort setting, with great A.A. fellowship, marathon meetings, and some great A.A. speakers from all over the United States will be speaking. Along with workshops and book studies... sober souvenier and gift shops... and about everything fun that you can imagine will be going on! Sober! :lol:

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Postby Susan » Sun Feb 24, 2008 2:41 pm

WOW!!! :D I get it. I remember when I went to Founders Day! I could not believe all the sober people from all walks of life having fun. It was great. I am on the same page now.
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Postby Dallas » Sun Feb 24, 2008 7:51 pm

Hi Finch,

Did you mean that you went to Founder's Day in Akron, Ohio?

If you did... that's awesome! That is a huge convention, round-up, conference, and everything else all rolled up into one!

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Postby Susan » Sun Feb 24, 2008 8:24 pm

Yes I did go to Founders Day in Akron, Ohio. You see I am originally from N.H. and now I live on the lake west of Cleveland. When I first went it was over the top!!! :D Today, My health limits me from doing any thing that big. I recommend everyone do it once though. The other thing I went to was the Spirit of The Pines Camp out, Holy Smokes! That was not for me. But I went once.
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Postby dahlgren » Mon Feb 25, 2008 1:30 pm

Hi Guys,

We have a roundup here im my city, Kansas City, as a matter of fact it was just this past weekend. Typically we draw from a 4 state area and it's held at a convention center with hotel attached, goes on all weekend and as the same types of meetings, dances, workshops and such like Dallas described above.

I agree with Dallas, if you ever get the chance to go to one of the International Conventions, do it! One of my most memorable experiences was attending the 50th Anniversary of AA held in Montreal back in '84 I believe it was. Sober alcoholics literally took over the city, every where you walked they were, from every part of the world too. It was very humbling to see so many of us together with one common goal in mind, to stay sober and have fun doing it. The closing meeting just sent chills up my spine, to have over 60,000 plus in a stadium all reciting the Serenity Prayer at one time, WOW!

Any excuse for getting a bunch of recovering drunks together is always god in my book.

In love and recovery,
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Postby Dallas » Mon Feb 25, 2008 1:45 pm

Hello Mike,

Had I known that convention was going on this weekend -- I probably wouldn't have pneumonia and would have made the drive up there to attend! :wink:

Keep me posted of the events going on in K.C. so that I can get them listed on the site... and also make plans to attend! The last one I did in KC was the Heartland of America Round-up, a few years back. Great bunch of alcoholics up there and lots of fun and sobriety!

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