Why Do We Have To Pay For A Conference?
There are many AA conferences held around the world and one of the most common misconceptions of these gatherings is that they are AA meetings. The statement supported by tradition 3: “There are no dues or fees for membership” would be contrary to the price charge required to put on events and conferences.
Conferences are special events, not regular meetings. They require months of planning, preparation, and money to present a large event that requires a substantial amount of money.
This Conference is self-supporting; no group monies are used to pay for the event. The cost of
the event is paid through registration fees. No baskets are passed.
A.A. Conferences are not trying to turn a profit. The ideal for any committee of such an event is to break even; therefore, the registration cost is nominal compared to a weekend’s worth of entertainment anywhere else. Attendance is voluntary and as responsible AA members,
“We pay our own Way.”