Thanks for the reply. The term "area", means the locale. The Area of AA has nothing to do with this. The District really has nothing to do with this either. The groups actually donate money to keep it going. Groups are using 7th tradition money, and not a separate collection. A basket is passed to pay for the grove the following year. The group money is applied to help pay for sweet corn, hot dogs ect. Nobody is paid for anything. The picnic does feature a speaker, and a formal meeting.
This person who said this ran a dance, which she charged money for, and said it was really the same thing, and 7th tradition money could not be used for it. Two of us, who questioned her, also stated that, tradition 4 says we can do it as long as we don't hurt anybody else. All groups donating also had group conscience meetings before doing so. I think we are well within the traditions on this one. I happen to be the district secretary, and the other guy is ADCM. The woman who questioned it is actually the DCM. I by no means want to go back to the district meeting, and blow my horn, so to speak, but just want piece of mind that we are doing the "right" thing!
The dance, I understand, because you are charging admission, and you can not make a profit in AA. Only intergroups do that, but we were instructed to make a special fund, excluding district/group monies to run the dance. It was a covered dish affair, speaker meeting, but the hall and DJ were not free.
And thanks for the welcome. I've been looking for a forum like this. Hopefully I can add some experience, strength, and hope!