Bill W. said in his 1960 talk called AA in an era of change at the 10th Annual GSC, “We live in an era of change. Our Twelve Steps probably won’t change; The Traditions, not at all likely. But our manner of communication, our manner of organizing ourselves for function, for service – let us hope that this goes on changing for the better, forever.”  … “We reference the past and its lessons for so long as those teachings work. When they don’t we re-adapt and we re-shift. That has been our history.”   

Online meetings: or check your local district website.

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 dues 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.

Area Handbook

Please review this draft of Handbook Appendix X regarding preparation for hosting a Pre-General Service conference and provide feedback to your GSR or DCM. to take affect spring 2021
APPENDIX X REVISED for Assembly review


 Upcoming Events

July 12 –Zoom–

Southern Illinois Area 21 Assembly
Hosted by District 11

Topic: Area 21 Assembly
Time: Jul 12, 2020 09:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

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July 2-5, 2020


International Convention of Alcoholics Anonymous
Detroit, Michigan

Registration forms will be mailed in August 2019 to all G.S.R.s, central offices, intergroups and international G.S.O.s. Online registration will be available September 9, 2019, on Advanced registration for the convention between September 9, 2019 and April 14, 2020 will be $115.00 (USD) per attendee. Registration after April 15, 2020 will be $140.00 (USD) per attendee.

August 14-16, 2020


Hosted by Area 19

Illinois State Conference
Hyatt Regency – Schaumburg
1800 E Golf Rd
Schaumburg, IL 60173


September 11-13, 2020

National AA Technology Workshop
Bellevue, WA


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September 13, 2020

Area Assembly 
Hosted by District 19
Springfield, IL 

November 13-15, 2020

National Corrections Conference
Hyatt Regency Schaumburg
1800 E Golf Road
Schaumburg, IL 60173

2020 corrections conference

December 13, 2020

Area Assembly 
Hosted by District 5
Quincy, IL 


P.O. Box 459
Grand Central Station
New York, NY 10163

Payable to: General Fund

Southern Illinois Area 21
P.O. Box 95
Makanda, IL 62958

Payable to: Southern Illinois Area 21