Committees


In accordance with our purpose and intent, the following committees report to the Steering Committee through monthly general planning meetings and are responsible for the content and operation of the annual conference. For the official, detailed roster of duties for each committee, please refer to the Purpose and Intent Resolution.


AL-ANON FAMILY GROUP participates in the Living Sober Conference as an invited guest, creates Al-Anon conference workshops, obtains gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Al-Anon speakers and workshop leaders and provides Al-Anon outreach and publicity. Contact by email at alanon@livingsober.org


ARCHIVES provides a means of documenting the conference by collecting and storing all pertinent information, producing and annual historical display, maintaining a reference library, and assuring that collection, storage and usage of all information is performed in an anonymous manner in accordance with the Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous. Contact this committee at archives@livingsober.org. You can view the online archives by clicking here.


ART organizes the art exhibition, arts & crafts room and Def Sobriety Jam, as well as conducts the annual logo contest and coordinates the selection of the logo colors. The Art Committee works in cooperation with other subcommittees regarding appearance of all items bearing that year's logo. Contact this committee at art@livingsober.org


COMMEMORATIVES develops and implements the production and sale of commemorative items and staffs the Commemoratives Booth at the conference as well as the sales of surplus commemorative items from previous years at fundraising events and the conference. Contact members of this committee by email at commemoratives@livingsober.org


FUNDRAISING plans, prepares and presents all fundraising events for the year, as well as runs the raffle at the conference. The committee works with General Planning, Operations and the Steering Committee to ensure all permits, insurances, security, rentals, and logistics are in place and interfaces with all other relevant committees to ensure maximum participation in and promotion of the events. Contact members of this committee by email at fundraising@livingsober.org.


INFORMATION coordinates information from all relevant subcommittees, produces newsletters and press releases, and maintains the mailing list, the Yahoo Group and the website. In addition, the committee produces and distributes fliers for events (and other information as requested) and staffs the information booth during the conference, ensuring AA literature is available, as well as visitor information. Contact this committee at information@livingsober.org


MUSICAL produces a one-hour musical based on the Steps, Traditions and principles of Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon and is open to participation by all gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender members of AA and Al-Anon. Contact this committee at musical@livingsober.org


OPERATIONS coordinates the space, equipment and personnel required to run the conference, as well as all fundraising events prior to the conference. Operations contracts for security, lighting, sound, furnishings, equipment, banners, vendors, communications, and all related logistics required to mount the conference. Operations coordinates move in and move at the conference site, as well as volunteer night prior to opening day. Contact this committee at operations@livingsober.org.


PROGRAM plans the program, develops the overall conference schedule, and proposes the conference workshop roster, as well as determines the need for professional resources and professional resource workshops. Program coordinates printing the program booklet, and works with Operations on scheduling, room assignments, equipment needs, meeting logistics, workshop logistics, and all the other activitties happening during the conference (dances, karaoke, socials, etc.). Contact members of this committee at program@livingsober.org.


REGISTRATION is responsible conference participant registration, including all materials and processes required to register and acknowledge participant registration (i.e., forms, on-line registration, buttons, badges, receipt of funds, etc.). Contact this commitee at registration@livingsober.org


SPEAKER establishes protocols for main stage speaker selection and presents a roster of speakers to Steering and General Planning for approval (in that order). Steering also coordinates travel and accommodation for speakers and works with Operations to stage the main meetings at the conference. Speaker writes the script for the main stage meetings and hosts the Speaker's Luncheon. Contact this committee at speaker@livingsober.org.