Looking back — 1988 Convention

31 years ago, Evelyn N, in her annual report to the Fall 1988 issue of Al-A-Gram, reported that 1028 people attended the Convention, the largest attendance to date. The following is her full report. It’s an interesting “Look back” at our past. As I look back and...

Interview: Recovery Begins with One Step

We talked to Sandra R., this year’s Convention Chairperson, about the Convention and some of her personal perspectives on the theme and the workshops. We found her stories interesting and we wanted to share a few of them with you. Al-A-Gram: This year’s theme:...

My First Convention Surprised Me

Sandra R. shares her first Convention experience. She had recently moved to Philadelphia and though she had been in Al-Anon over two years, recovery was still elusive for her. She went to the Convention simply expecting to reconnect with old friends from Harrisburg...

Looking back — Deb R, Delegate, Panel 37, 1997-9

Over the last few months, I gave a lot of thought to our Conference theme and even sat down on a few occasions to jot down some ideas, but nothing seemed to “carry the message” I wanted to deliver. The problem was my thinking that I alone needed to cover...

The Gift of Newcomers

I am learning little by little what a gift newcomers are to me. After four years in the program, I am beginning to feel passionate about being intentionally welcoming and connecting with newcomers. I’ve learned that it is myself that I am seeing when they walk into...