Our theme for 2013 is "The Keystone of Recovery"-the triumphal arch through which we walked to freedom (AA Big Book, p. 62). As we convene in the majesty of the Rocky Mountains, it is easy to see that we are not in charge; we had to quit playing God. "Most good ideas are simple." We are confident that Keystone can offer you a spiritual experience.
We plan to have a variety of types of AA meetings and topics to choose from with times and locations TBA. Of particular note will be EPIC sunrise meetings planned on the summit of Loveland Pass at 11,990 feet overlooking the Continental Divide.
The Al-Anon program will include meetings with a speaker/discussion format. Topics will include the twelve steps and recovery oriented information and issues. Opportunities will be available for AA/Al-Anon couples meetings which have been well attended in the past. They will be held daily as well as during Breakout meetings at night. This will allow flexibility for couples with children.
The Ala-teen program has been located on the south side of the Keystone Village Lake in the events center. This will provide the program autonomy as well as easy access. The teens will have the entire lower level of this building which provides availability to bike rentals, paddle boats and other recreational activities. It is a short walk to pizza, chocolates and a host of other 'healthy' temptations for teens.
This program has been created for many IDAA participants who have moved through the Ala-Teen years and wanted a program structured to their desires. They have developed a very interesting series of meetings.
FOOD AND FELLOWSHIP
Perhaps the highlight of IDAA conventions is the fellowship at the luncheons and banquets. Keystone Resort has many dining opportunities but is at least fifteen minutes from the nearest community with restaurants. Therefore, the 2013 LAC anticipates a larger participation in event related meals. Keeping that in mind, we have planned accordingly.
The usual Wednesday evening reception will include a Western sit down BBQ at the Keystone Ranch facilities. You may want to wear your boots and bring your hat for a true hoedown of a time. The resort will provide transportation to the stables so plan on arriving early.
The Newcomer's Banquet on Thursday evening is an important event as the hand of AA reaches out to those who are new to IDAA. Come prepared, in 1-2 minutes, to let us know a little about you.
Friday noon - The Al-Anon luncheon is an opportunity for all to hear current happenings with those in the Al-Anon program. Also it's an excellent chance to hear a peer selected speaker from the Teen program.
Saturday evening will be the formal banquet. This is a great time of fellowship and celebration as the mantle is passed to the 2014 LAC. The LAC has secured an EPIC speaker for this event-William Cope Moyers. You will not want to miss this strong advocate who carries the message of the disease of addition and recovery to many public venues.
The spiritual brunch on Sunday morning will be a chance to reflect on the Keystone of recovery and share our fellowship together. Having just graduated with a Masters of Divinity degree, our very own Chuck Stephens, D.O. has agreed to be our speaker.