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Our Area, California Northern Interior Area 07, will host the Pacific Region Alcoholics Service Assembly (PRASSA) March 3-5 at the McClellan Service Center, Sacramento. Come join over 1000 excited AA members from all over the Pacific Region and be part of this unforgettable event!
Online registration at http://www.praasa.org/registration/
To volunteer, first register and check volunteer box on registration form. You will be contacted!
PRAASA website: www.praasa.org
PRAASA is the Pacific Region Alcoholics Anonymous Service Assembly. The purpose of PRAASA is to develop a greater unity among the members, groups and Areas of the Pacific Region, to encourage the exchange of ideas and experiences; and to provide an opportunity for members to discuss pertinent aspects of AA. The Assembly and the PRAASA committee should always foster the Recovery, Unity and Service legacies of A.A.
As early as 1955, California delegates were talking about the idea of a statewide conference. Bill W. was even in on the discussion. The event’s first general chairman Stan W., in his 1967 invitation letter to the Pacific Region Delegates, noted:
"I was in NY in August and had the pleasure of spending one day in General Service Headquarters. I visited with Bill (Bill W), [and others], and they all expressed great enthusiasm for this idea of a General Service Assembly of this magnitude."
By 1968 the idea became reality, and 300 members from northern CA, AZ, NV, and OR attended the first “Western General Service Assembly” from January 26th-28th in CNIA in Fresno.
We’ve been meeting annually since then. The event is now called PRAASA, and the Region now spans the entire west coast. We’ve had attendees from all over the world, including Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, and Japan.
Some have called PRAASA the University of General Service. The roundtables, first held during PRAASA 1987 in Sacramento, are just one of many highlights. This is where you get to share experiences with other trusted servants in similar positions. It also exposes you to the variety of ways in which we perform our service commitments. Another highlight is the Past Trustees sharing on Sunday Morning.
The Program always begins with an introduction of the Pacific Region Delegates, and the first year delegates get to practice their Area Highlights - preparation for doing the same at the upcoming General Service Conference (GSC). For the Pacific Region Delegates, it's where they receive valuable guidance from our Pacific Regional Trustee regarding the GSC.
Throughout the weekend we hear the panel presentations that help us digest the Final Agenda topics, and also to become familiar with other matters being discussed in our Fellowship. And the open microphones allow us to share our individual thoughts or to ask questions.
Like our Area Assemblies, PRAASA moves from one location to the next. During the weekend of March 3-5, CNIA will welcome ~1,500 members to McClellan Park in Sacramento for its 50th Anniversary. This is a 12th step visit to our Area, and it’s an honor to be part of this magnificent event. Because attendance in our own backyard is relatively affordable and convenient (compared to traveling out of state), this is a great opportunity to participate and to invite others to experience the magic of General Service.
Intergroup has published the February newsletter, which includes Intergroup meeting minutes, articles, guidelines and call for stories, birthday announcements and upcoming events.
H&I continues to need our financial support and urges us to pass the pink cans in meetings (learn more).
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through own own contributions.
AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes.
Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.
Reprinted with permission of the AA Grapevine, Inc.
The Western Slope consists of El Dorado County from its western boundary to Pollock Pines. The Sierra Nevada eastern slope — South Lake Tahoe — affiliates with the Northern Nevada fellowship.
Western Slope District 22 has 27 groups and is one of 28 districts in CNIA (California Northern Interior Area) Area 07.
Area 07 is one of 93 areas represented by a delegate to the General Service Conference. Every group with a General Service Representative (GSR) is represented at the General Service Conference and they, in turn, are accountable to every group.
District 22 develops and maintains this site in accordance with our district's purpose and AA principles, working closely with Intergroup and other AA committees serving the Western Slope. Our collective goal is to carry the AA message and to inform members and the public of AA meetings, events and services.