We had a moment of meditation and then a brainstorming session to select our theme.
Carollynne, our Program Chair, provided a theme of "Gifts of Recovery," suggested by her committee. Thoughts were shared by others:
Beth (Vice Chair): Grace, Gratitude, and Growth
Karla (Facilities Chair): Strength from Unity
Lisa (Treasurer): Trust Unity Support
Christine (Pre-Conference Registration): I am Enough
Bob (Chair): Let’s Grow DA! Survival to Serenity
Carol (Oregon Liaison): Any words that align with program
George (Vancouver BC Liaison), Phil (Secretary): Gifts of Recovery
Carollynne spoke about offering conference attendees three streams: "Strength, Support, Serenity." An attendee could follow a stream through the course of the conference.
During our brainstorming, a couple related details came up for discussion:
We took a unanimous group conscience to use only DA conference-approved literature, which would mean DA-Anon and other related but outside issues, would be outside the scope of the 2017 Northwest DA Conference.
Our proposed 2017 theme — “Gifts of Recovery — Strength, Support, Serenity” — passed unanimously. Yay, team!
Living in God’s World
(i.e. applying DA's
Steps and Tools)
One of the first orders of business for the Northwest DA Conference planning committee each year is to select a theme. Sometimes that takes hours, sometimes minutes. Here was our process on October 3, 2016:
Strength, Support, Serenity
Receiving God’s Promises
(i.e. how we approach our lives after the spiritual awakening promised in Step 12 has manifested)
GIFTs of RECOVERY
Seeking God’s Will
(i.e. personal vision work and working together to grow DA’s membership)