I feel I should first answer the most frequently asked question I have received about our 2019 Ontario Regional Conference: “why are we at a different hotel for 2019?”
Good question. The short answer is because either God is everything or God is nothing…and also because there are mandatory renovations taking place at the Royal York Hotel that render them unable to host our conference in 2019.
Which leads me to the next bit of good news:
the 2019 Ontario Regional Conference will be hosted at the Sheraton Centre hotel in downtown Toronto.
This year’s theme comes from the chapter “A Vision for You”, which describes Bill and Bob’s encounter with the person who would become AA member number three. The Big Book describes that experience as follows:
Hopelessness was written large on the man’s face as he replied: “Oh, but that’s no use. Nothing would fix me. I’m a goner. The last three times I got drunk on the way home from here. I’m afraid to go out the door. I can’t understand it.”
For an hour, the two friends told him about their drinking experiences.
Over and over, he would say:
“That’s me. That’s me. I drink like that.”
Your 2019 ORC committee has been hard at work to bring you a conference that best reflects how simple and profound that statement can be for people like us. We hope to see you in 2019, March 1st – 3rd, where the question that loomed large in many a newly sober alcoholics’ mind of, “am I to be consigned to a life where I shall be stupid, boring, and glum or have you a sufficient substitute?” can be answered with a definitive “yes, we have such a substitute.”
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Yours in love and service,
Chair, 2019 ORC