2022 Convention FAQ

WHO ATTENDS?

Any member of Al-Anon, Alateen or AA. A full schedule of meetings and keynote speakers will be available for all attendees. All meetings are “open” to all registrants. There will be no separate Alateen sessions at this convention, but Alateens are welcome to attend.

WHY HAVE AN IN-PERSON ILLINOIS STATE AFG CONVENTION?

The Covid-19 pandemic created a new approach to gathering in groups. Many of us have experienced remote teaching, learning, and jobs. Zoom became the new buzzword as we zoomed meetings, events, school, conferences and more. Because of remote and zoom events, we were able to carry on with school, work, church, and our Al-Anon, Alateen and AA meetings through the most contagious surges of Covid. Zoom and other technologies that brought us together were a blessing.

But now in 2022, we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Restrictions are easing and people are resuming and enjoying life out of the protective bubble. It is time to get back together in person.

We are excited to announce that IL State AfG Convention in October is live and in-person. We know Zoom was a great option in the past, but in-person events have benefits that outweigh the social isolation of Zoom.

The benefits you will enjoy at an in-person conference are:

  • The ability to interpret nonverbal cues
  • Easy collaboration and discussions
  • Fewer technology issues
  • The chance to build new relationships
  • Participate in purposeful small talk
  • The ability to communicate effectively
  • Limited distractions
  • Increased engagement and participation
  • Physical contact, a handshake, hug, eye contact
  • And a sense of intimacy that can’t be replicated on video

We are looking forward to seeing you at an in-person IL State AFG Convention in October!

CAN I VOLUNTEER TO SERVE AT THE CONVENTION?

Of course, we would love to have you! We need volunteers for a variety of positions: 1) Greeter 2) Registration Table 3) Hospitality Room 4) Meeting leads 5) Literature 6) Basket/Quilt Raffle Room Monitor. Fill out the “Get Involved” form and a Volunteer Coordinator will contact you.

IF I HAVE QUESTIONS, WHO DO I CONTACT?

For general questions or for technical assistance, please email ILStateAFGCONV2022@yahoo.com.