The rally theme was selected from a reading in the Alcoholics Anonymous book, Daily Reflections, a book of reflections by A.A. members for A.A. members:

This brought me to the good healthy realization that there were plenty of situations left in the world over which I had no personal power—that if I was so ready to admit that to be the case with alcohol, so I must make the same admission with respect to much else. I would have to be still and know that He, not I, was God. (As Bill Sees It, p. 114)

I am learning to practice acceptance in all circumstances of my life, so that I may enjoy peace of mind. At one time life was a constant battle because I felt I had to go through each day fighting myself, and everyone else. Eventually, this became a losing battle. I ended up getting drunk and crying over my misery. When I began to let go and let God take over my life I began to have peace of mind. Today, I am free. I do not have to fight anybody or anything anymore.

Daily Reflections was published with the help of over 1,300 submissions of personal reflections from the entire A.A. Fellowship.

rally reflections

Reprinted from the February 2010 issue of Pass It On, the newsletter of the Mid-Island Intergroup Society.

A packed crowd heard the keynote speaker caution against ‘meeting-based sobriety’ and encourage a strong focus on the AA steps.

Nanaimo’s 42nd annual Alcoholics Anonymous rally was held January 29th to 31st at Beban Park Centre. The sold-out event was a success.

A few new options were scheduled during the rally, including seminars on corrections work and treatment. A meeting designed for newcomers, and held on the first evening, was named and presented along the information in the AA-approved 44 Questions pamphlet. Room 21 was available for meetings at any time throughout the rally schedule.

John P from Victoria and Marie S from Nanoose Bay were the first two speakers (on behalf of Al-Anon and AA, respectively)—and they kicked off the rally at Friday’s opening session. Irene L from Chilliwack spoke at the Al-Anon speaker meeting Saturday afternoon. Katie P from Austin, Texas spoke after the banquet at the AA speaker meeting Saturday evening. Andy S from Nanaimo spoke at the spiritual speaker meeting on Sunday morning.

Katie P challenged the audience to deepen their involvement with the Big Book and the AA steps, cautioning against “meeting-based sobriety”, the tendency to go to meetings—sometimes many meetings for many years—without doing further work.

Katie has been the keynote speaker at many AA rallies over the years. This is her second visit to British Columbia.

AA meetings and seminars, at no charge, were held in smaller meeting rooms, such as the one above, where a meeting called 44 Questions for Newcomers—based on the AA pamphlet of the same name—was also held.

The 42nd annual rally committee, chaired by Daniel C and co-chaired by Kita P, will now round up its work with a meeting Sunday February 7th.

The 43rd annual rally committee will begin organizing during the summer. Rally committee work is a service opportunity and is open to any member of AA who is interested in contributing. Chairs and co-chairs are assigned responsibilities in areas such as catering, coffee bar, finance, hospitality, literature, media, meetings and speakers, registrations, and setup.

There are also more time-limited, focused service opportunities in roles during the rally weekend, such as working at the registration desk, acting as a greeter, sitting at the literature table, moving chairs, tables and supplies, and running the coffee bar.

If you are interested in working with the rally committee or have questions about how the rally is organized, you can visit the rally’s online location.