AA Chairperson's Message

Dear Family, Friends and Guests,

On behalf of the 2020 Convention Planning Committee, it is my pleasure to welcome you all to the 45th Annual San Fernando Valley Alcoholics Anonymous Convention.

Our theme this year – Spiritual Life is Not a Theory – has special meaning to me as I felt so lost in the early days of sobriety, not realizing what it actually meant to live a spiritual life.  I no longer had the comfort of alcohol and had yet to find the comfort of the program.  I am so grateful for the power of the men’s meetings in the San Fernando Valley, where, despite my skepticism, I was embraced by a strong yet loving community who showed me what it meant to live sober through the working of the Twelve Steps.  By their example, I found a Higher Power of my own understanding, and was able to begin living a spiritual life.

The members of our A.A. convention planning committee have done a phenomenal job this year, working closely with our Al-Anon, Alateen and Spanish committees to make sure you have a terrific weekend.  It has been my pleasure to work with my A.A. Co-Chair, Todd G., our Al-Anon Chair, Frankie Ann, our Alateen Chair, Jesse & Tashmeir and our A.A. Spanish Chair, Jose C and I’d like to thank each of them, as well as all of our respective committee members, for their service to this year’s convention.

We have many great events planned where the message of recovery can be heard.  You may find it in the marathon meetings, or the dances, or even over a cup of coffee in the hospitality room.  We are very proud of our recovery community here in the San Fernando Valley and can’t wait to share this weekend with you.

It is my honor to serve as your Chair this year, and I wish you all a wonderful (and spiritual!) weekend!

In love and service,
James J.
2020 SFVAAC Chair