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Why Do I Have to Pay?


While there are no dues or fees for membership in AA, there are many conferences around the world and the most common misconception of these gatherings are that they are AA meetings, and “there are no dues or for AA membership.”  However, Conventions and Conferences are special events, not regular meetings, and not supported by Alcoholics Anonymous.


There are many expenses and months of planning for this event, which are all paid for through the cost of registration.  No baskets are passed.  As responsible AA members, we pay our own way.  Therefore, as a reminder, you MUST be a registered guest of the Convention to attend any meeting in addition to all ticketed events.

Those who are not registered for the convention may attend all Marathon meetings.   

What If I Can't Pay?


Scholarships are available, paid for by generous members of the AA community. To obtain a scholarship, please come to the convention and inquire at the registration desk. When you obtain a scholarship, you will be treated exactly the same as any other attendee, since your registration is fully paid.

Scholarship recipients will be asked to volunteer two hours of their time during the convention. This will be arranged at the registration desk.  Find out more about volunteering here.  


All the committee members and many others are volunteers, and also paid registrants. Committee members and other volunteers receive no special benefits at the convention.

The Sunshine of the Spirit - High Desert Convention was established in 1985.  Its purpose shall be to bring together members of Alcoholics Anonymous to promote fellowship and support the Victor Valley Intergroup.  We adhere to the 12 Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.  The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.  There are no due or fees for A.A. membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions.  A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes.  Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.
I am responsible…
When anyone, anywhere,
reaches out for help, I want
the hand of A.A. always to be there.
And for that: I am responsible.


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