We Had Our 21st Annual Okanogan Valley Winter Roundup
on March 22, 23 & 24, 2019
at the Sun Mountain Lodge
in Winthrop, WA
To those who joined us THANK YOU and, to those who could not be there, we hope to see you in 2020.
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If you didn't turn in a paper survey at the end of the Roundup, please take a moment to answer a few quick questions online now at SURVEY: I Went
to the 2019 Roundup
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for Roundup 2020 Information
This year's Organizing Committee began meeting in early summer, but we will need more people to make Roundup 2020 happen. We would love to have you on our team. Please email or write to let us know how you would like to help.
Our general e-address goes to our 2019 Chairperson, Debbie M.
Okanogan Valley Roundup
PO Box 3873
Omak, WA 98841
We will also try to post on our Facebook page about Committee Meetings.
Our 2019 Theme: Growing In Unity
Without unity, the heart of A.A. would cease to beat...."
from the book As Bill Sees It, p. 125
Without unity I would be unable to recover in A.A. on a daily basis. By practicing unity within my group, with other A.A. members and at all levels of this great Fellowship, I receive a pronounced feeling of knowing that I am a part of a miracle that was divinely inspired. The ability of Bill W. and Dr. Bob, working together and passing it on to other members, tells me that to give it away is to keep it. Unity is oneness and yet the whole Fellowship is for all of us.
from the book Daily Reflections, for October 25
Finally, after much consultation with members around the country Bill set down on paper the resulting guides, AA’s Twelve Traditions. ...[They] became the foundation for Al-Anon Family Groups, too. The Traditions safeguard the Fellowships and the group unity needed to give individuals opportunity for recovery through the Steps.
from the book Lois Remembers, p. 147
Our founders recognized that the first principle needed to maintain the smooth functioning of a meeting was unity. A member shares, “I really didn't understand what unity meant… I get confused by some of the Al-Anon principles, such as 'keep the focus on yourself.' How does that fit with 'our common welfare should come first' and the concept of unity? When I read about Tradition One in Paths to Recovery, I had a moment of clarity. Unity doesn't mean not keeping the focus on myself or that everyone has to be the same. Unity provides balance. We all share the responsibility of our common welfare, which may mean speaking up or letting others speak. I also learned the opposite of unity is control.”
from the NYC Al-Anon website
The unity of Alcoholics Anonymous is the most cherished quality our Society has.... We stay whole, or A.A. dies.
from the book 12 Steps and 12 Traditions, p. 129
Our Traditions are key elements in the ego deflation process necessary to achieve and maintain sobriety in Alcoholics Anonymous. The First Tradition reminds me not to take credit, or authority, for my recovery. Placing our common welfare first reminds me not to become a healer in this program; I am still one of the patients. Self-effacing elders built the ward. Without it, I doubt I would be alive. Without the group, few alcoholics would recover.
The active role in renewed surrender of will enables me to step aside from the need to dominate, the desire for recognition, both of which played so great a part in my active alcoholism. Deferring my personal desires for the greater good of group growth contributes toward A.A. unity that is central to all recovery. It helps me to remember that the whole is greater than the sum of all its parts.
from the book Daily Reflections, for January 31
It is said that Recovery is in the 12 Steps and Unity is in the 12 Traditions. Tradition One, in AA and in Al-Anon begins "Our common welfare should come first" ... unity within groups ... unity among groups ...
welcome to our 21st Winter Roundup.
(this page updated 3-24-19)