Business Convention: May 31 - June 2, 2019
50 Ferncroft Road, Danvers, MA 01923
THE DOUBLETREE HOTEL IS SOLD OUT: if you have a room you no longer need, please call the hotel at 978-777-2500 to release it so another FA member can reserve it
BOOK AT THE BEST WESTERN: we have reserved a block of rooms at the Best Western five minutes away--call 978-777-1700 and ask to book a room under the "FA Business Convention 2019" rate
Attend the Convention
The purpose of FA's annual World Service Business Convention (WSBC), as dictated by our bylaws, is to bring World Service Conference (WSC) members of individual meetings together as a representative body to govern the corporate entity of FA. The focus will be on World Service Inc. (WSI) business and service at the organizational level.
All are welcome to attend. In addition to elected WSC members, anyone who serves on a board or committee at any level--World Service, Intergroup, Chapter, or Local Service Group--is encouraged to attend. FA members who want to learn more about the fellowship, regardless of length of abstinence or time in program, are also welcome and encouraged to attend.
Online registration is closed, but you can register on-site for $55 ($40+late fee)
Refunds will be made on registration and meal plan fees if requested by email to the FA World Service Office (email@example.com) by March 30, 2019. We will require you to agree not to dispute the Convention charge with your credit card company for any reason, and to contact the FA World Service Office by email for resolution.
The Convention starts at 10:00am on Friday, May 31 with an FA meeting, followed by The Forum from 1:00pm-5:00pm, and ends at lunchtime on Sunday, June 2. Click here for a printable schedule.
Attend The Forum on Friday, May 31 from 1:00pm - 5:00pm
The Forum gives us all the opportunity to share what has worked and what has not worked in reaching the newcomer, starting and maintaining healthy meetings, and maintaining our own recovery from food addiction. It will include several break-out sessions, during which recovering food addicts with experience in service will share about a specific topic followed by an open discussion.
Past break-out session topics have included "Meetings Working Together to Reach the Newcomer: LSG-Driven Public Information," "A Day in the Life on the Frontier," "Demystifying the 12 Traditions of FA," and "The FA Solution: Why We Do What We Do"
Please note that there is no additional charge for The Forum, but to attend it you must register for the Business Convention. Please click here for descriptions of the 2019 2019 WSBC Forum Break-Out Sessions. For questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The FA rate for hotel rooms is $148 per night. Hotel reservations are not included in your FA Convention reservation--you must book your room separately.
The FA rate is applicable until our room block sells out, and it applies to the following dates: May 29 through June 4.
Rooms are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please book only one room for you and those who will be staying with you. Booking multiple rooms or room blocks lowers the total number of available rooms allotted for the Convention and prevents other FA members from booking rooms at the reduced FA rate.
The hotel is unable to accommodate mini-refrigerators in all FA guest rooms. A limited number of larger refrigerators will be available before, during, and after the Convention in the hotel Hospitality Suite for all registered Conference attendees.
CLICK HERE to book your hotel room.
Submit a Motion (CLOSED)
Deadline: February 23, 2019
As determined at the 2008 WSBC, motions can be submitted by Intergroups, Chapters, WSI Committees, or the WSI Board. Completed online forms are due on February 23, 2019 at midnight ET. Groups that would like to submit a motion should review the WSBC Motion Submission Procedure document.
Register as a World Service Conference Member (CLOSED)
Deadline: March 2, 2019
Meetings should elect a World Service Conference (WSC) member at their December or January business meeting. WSC members must have at least five years of abstinence and have completed at least one AWOL by March 2, 2019. If you’re interested in serving as a WSC member, please read Document 7: Service Positions-Description of Responsibilities and the World Service Conference (WSC) Member Manual.
FA meetings should not set aside funds to send WSC members to the Convention. If your meeting is collecting money for this purpose, please read Document 8: From a Traditions Perspective for WSI’s position regarding this practice.
A limited amount of needs-based, partial financial aid is available for WSC members who qualify. The application and other information is available by contacting your respective Intergroup.
Western Area Intergroup: email@example.com
Eastern Area Intergroup: firstname.lastname@example.org
Apply for a WSI Board Officer or Committee Chair Position (CLOSED)
Deadline: March 2, 2019
Each year at the WSBC, we hold elections for WSI Officers and Committee Chairs. Anyone who is interested and meets the qualifications is encouraged to apply by the deadline of March 2, 2019 at 12pm midnight ET. This year we are accepting nominations for the following positions: Secretary, Treasurer, Literature Chair, Public Information Chair, Service Group Support Chair, and 12th Step Chair. Please CLICK HERE to review the WSI Officer and Committee Chair Position Responsibilities.
For Convention questions, please contact: email@example.com
World Service Business Convention Documents
WSC Member and Motion Documents