Because the host committee needs to pay for the venue and the translators before the event takes place.
According to Tradition 7, EURYPAA is a self-supporting event and our funds come mostly from registrations.
You can then email us (we speak Polish and English) and we’ll give you a refund. Or you can pass on your registration to a still suffering alcoholic who can’t afford it.
All the main meetings will be simultaneously translated to Polish. Additionally, there will be at least one Polish speaking meeting on each day of the convention.
No, there isn’t. We welcome absolutely everyone, regardless of their age, race, religion, and sexual orientation. According to EURYPAA bylaws, “a young person is everybody who is young at heart and wants to develop themselves spiritually by doing the 12 Steps programme.”
Absolutely. It’s organised by AA and for AA members, with Al-Anon participation though.
We do our best to make sure that the convention is organised in accordance with the 12 Traditions and 12 Concepts of AA.
We talked to the Polish Trustee Committee members back in December 2018, when holding EURYPAA in Poland was nothing but an idea and we got their approval. When bidding for hosting the convention in Barcelona in 2019 we presented the recommendation letter we’ve got from Polish GSO, you can have a look at it here: PolishGSOLetter
None of the above. The event is organised by EURYPAA Warsaw Host Committe.
We are all members of AA living in various countries (mostly the UK, but also Poland and the Czech Republic) who met at a previous EURYPAAs and decided it would be a fantastic opportunity for Polish AA if such an event could take place in Poland. So we formed first a Bidding Committee, then, after the EURYPAA Board decided they want the next convention to take place in Poland, we formed the Host Committe. We belong to different home groups.
Our main cost is renting the venue (18 000 pln) and paying the translators, but plase bear in mind we also had to pay for the leaflets and cover the currency conversion fees.
The main hall can accommodate up to 500 people.
All the financial surplus (if any) will be divided into two halves:
50% will go to EURYPAA Board to help organise next EURYPAA. Every convention needs “seed money” at the start, e,g. to pay thedeposit in order to book the venue. Another 50% will go to local AA structures (Polish GSO)