Al-Anon international

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2015 international AA logoRegistration Information for the 2015 International Convention

The following information about the registration and housing process is provided by the A.A. General Service Office; any questions about registration should be directed to that office.

You may register online starting September 3. The preregistration fee is $100 USD; after May 12, 2015, registration will be $110.00 USD. Your registration badge entitles you to attend all Convention events, including the Thursday night Party in the Park, the Stadium meetings on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in the Georgia Dome, and all of the marathons, panels, workshops, and topic, special interest and other meetings at the Georgia World Congress Center and nearby hotels.  Al-Anon and Alateen workshops will be held at the Marriott Marquis Atlanta hotel.

Housing reservation information, including the Housing Bureau’s contact information, will be included with your registration confirmation. Similar to the 2010 A.A.Convention, housing for the 2015 International Convention will be on a first-come, first-served basis. However, you must be registered for the Convention before you can make your reservations.

Once your registration form and payment have been received, you will receive housing information by the same method you sent in your registration. If online, a link to the Housing Reservation Web site will be sent to your e-mail address along with your registration confirmation. You will then be able to complete your hotel reservation online.

If you register by mail or fax, housing information will be sent to you by postal mail. Complete your housing and deposit information and send it to the address indicated on the Housing Reservation Form. Your hotel reservation will be processed and a confirmation mailed to you.

As at other International Conventions, many A.A.s will be accompanied by Al-Anons and Alateens (check appropriate badge box on form), and Al-Anon and Alateen have scheduled a variety of daytime activities, including meetings and workshops at the Marriott Marquis. Of course, Al-Anons and Alateens will join in the festivities at the Party in the Park, the Big Meetings and more.

 

Volunteering Questions

The following Information about Al-Anon’s participation is provided by the Al-Anon World Service Office.

Being of service at the Convention
How can I volunteer to help with Al-Anon’s participation at the Convention?
There are two ways Al-Anon members can volunteer to serve:

Al-Anon members from Georgia can volunteer to be part of the Al-Anon Host Committee and welcome members from around the globe by serving at the Al-Anon Information Booth at the Convention Center on Wednesday and Thursday or by serving on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at the Al-Anon hotel. This wonderful event will need an Al-Anon Host Committee of 300 to 400 local volunteers to welcome members from around the globe. Host Committee volunteers must be registered for the Convention before actual service; they can sign up for service prior to registering.

Al-Anon members from outside of Georgia who register for the Convention will be e-mailed or postal mailed (depending on how you registered) a Volunteer Form from the WSO about two to three weeks after their registration is processed by A.A. Registered Al-Anon members can volunteer to serve as a Moderator or Speaker for an Al-Anon workshop at the Marriott Marquis Atlanta hotel on Friday or Saturday. Selection of the Moderators and Speakers will begin in February and continue until the positions are filled.
Host Committee Opportunities for Al-Anon Members
from Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, and South Carolina.
Al-Anon members from Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, and South Carolina registered for the 2015 International Convention of Alcoholics Anonymous are invited to serve on the Georgia Al-Anon Host Committee. You will have a unique opportunity to extend southern hospitality to members in recovery from around the world.

Would be interested in volunteering to serve on the Host Committee by greeting attendees in the Marriott Marquis hotel lobby, hospitality room, information booth, or entrance to the Al-Anon meeting rooms? If so, the Host Committee would love to hear from you.

Please go to www.ga-al-anon.org/2015hostarea.html for all the information you need about volunteering. You may want to look over the program guide on that link to help you decide which meetings you want to attend and when you will be available to volunteer. If you are bilingual, please consider volunteering in one of the many Language Services positions.

If you sign-up to volunteer, you will be asked to provide your contact information. Future communications will be sent directly to you regarding updated information specifically for volunteers.

Thank you in advance for prayerfully considering volunteer service. We look forward to having you join the festivities in Atlanta!

Registration Questions

The following information about the registration and housing process is provided by the A.A. General Service Office; any questions about registration should be directed to that office.

Will I be able to register online?
Yes. Online registration will be available September 3, 2014. www.xpressreg.net/register/ICAA075/attendee/landing.asp
How can I get a printed registration form?
You can download and print out the registration form or contact the A.A. General Service Office for a form.
A.A. World Services, Inc.
PO Box 459
Grand Central Station
New York, NY 10163
What about on-site registration?
On-site registration will be set up in the Georgia World Congress Center and will open on Wednesday morning, July 1, 2015.
Must everyone register?
I thought I didn’t have to pay to go to an A.A. event.
Yes. Everyone must register. Attendance at this special celebration is voluntary and, as responsible members, “we pay our own way.” The International Convention is paid for by those who participate in it.
How much will registration cost?
For recent International Conventions, the registration was around $100 for this special self-supporting event.
Can travel agents register groups or individuals?
No. Payments from travel agencies to register groups or individuals will not be accepted
Housing Questions
When can I reserve my hotel room?
Once you have registered for the Convention, you will be able to sign up for housing.
Where are the main hotels?
In Atlanta, the A.A. Convention hotel block of over 10,000 rooms will be in three main areas: Downtown Atlanta, Midtown Atlanta and at the Atlanta Hartsfield Airport area. Of those 10,000 rooms, the majority are in downtown Atlanta, within walking distance of the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) and the Georgia Dome. MARTA is Atlanta’s public transit system and all of the hotels are within 1-2 blocks of MARTA, which has two stops at the GWCC and the Dome. Al-Anon and Alateen workshops will be held at the Marriott Marquis Atlanta hotel.
Can members contact hotels directly?
No. To make the process as fair as possible, all housing requests will be processed through the official Housing Bureau.
Can travel agents make room reservations?
Room reservations can only be made in individual people’s names. Rooms available through the Housing Bureau, at specially negotiated Convention rates, are not commissionable to travel agents.
Can we request a room in the same hotel
with friends?
Yes, you can reserve more than one room through the housing process so long as your friends have registered for the Convention. You will need to provide their name(s) and be prepared to pay additional deposits.
Transportation Questions
Will local transportation be available?
Many members will be within walking distance or a short ride on public transportation from their accommodations. All housing blocked for this event will be less than a 30-minute MARTA ride from the Georgia World Congress Center and the Georgia Dome.
What about special airline rates?
As at other International Conventions, there will be special fares available. That information will be available in the future at www.al-anoninternationalconvention.org.
Where can I find information about crossing the
border into the U.S. for this event?
For accurate, specific and up-to-date information about visas and travel into the U.S., visit the United States Department of State Web site: www.travel.state.gov/visa/visa_1750.html.

If you are coming from abroad you may need a visa. Most Canadian citizens, and many citizens of countries in the United States Visa Waiver Program (VWP), do not need a visa. However, you will need a machine-readable passport valid for at least 90 days past your date of departure.The VWP countries are: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaca, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and United Kingdom.

If you do not come from a VWP country you must obtain a nonimmigrant visa. Plan ahead; it may take 6 months to receive a nonimmigrant visa, depending on the demand in your country .