Why do we have to pay to attend? I thought I didn’t have to pay to go to an AA event.

One of the most common misconceptions of 12-Step related conferences is that they are AA meetings, and since “there are no dues or fees for AA membership,” no fees should be required to attend. 12-Step conferences are special events, attendance is voluntary and people pay to attend these – they are different than our local meetings.

AA World Service (WSO) recognizes this for their own conferences. For example, AA WSO doesn’t offer scholarships or sliding scale registration. All attendees must pay the full registration in order to attend; that includes attendance at the main AA speaker meetings. Quoted below is the registration policy from the 2010 International Convention of Alcoholics Anonymous:

“Attendance at this special celebration is voluntary and, as responsible A.A. members, ‘we pay our own way.’ The International Convention is paid for by those A.A.’s who participate in it.”

Like other conferences, San Diego Feeling Good is a special event. It takes a year of planning and preparation, it also requires a substantial amount of money to host. Feeling Good is self supporting through registration fees and fundraisers. The 7th Tradition reminds us “we pay our own way.”

Do San Diego Feeling Good committee members have to pay for registration?

Yes. Like all attendees, all committee members pay for their own registration.

Does San Diego Feeling Good keep any money from the 7th Tradition?

No. All monies collected from the 7th Tradition at the main AA speaker meetings are distributed to Alcoholics Anonymous. None of the money goes to Feeling Good. It does not pay for room rental or any other costs incurred by San Diego Feeling Good.

Is San Diego Feeling Good a non-profit?

Yes, San Diego Feeling Good, Inc is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit. The EIN ID number is: 33-0299188.

Are any of the positions with Feeling Good paid?

No, San Diego Feeling Good is completely supported by volunteers, including the Board of Directors. There are no paid staff members.