I have something a little special today, this is the entire Friends In Recovery Roundup that was held in Durbin South Africa about a month ago (April 28-29 2023), this was an in-person and zoom event.

The roundup is presented here in the same order as it was there, featuring eleven speakers from all over the world. I have to admit a bit of bias here, Dante L, the chairperson of the group that hosted the event reached out to me months before it happened and told me the story of the group and I was routing for their success.

Bias aside they did a great job and I really think youll enjoy it, rather than break it up I am uploading it as one podcast. I also want to give a big "well done" to the folks that did the sound recording, impressive. Lastly Dante provided the description of the event below.

The theme for the Rally was "A Daily Reprieve" and our slogan was "FIRRR Real" (Friends in recovery Roundup Rally). This was the first in person event for FIR and all the speakers are home group members of FIR, we came together to celebrate our 3rd year of existence. The Group was born on zoom during Covid and a lot of the speakers got sober in FIR and on zoom. 

Speakers spoke on ESH. What comes through in some of the shares is the support one receives from your homegroup and how FIR got some of the speakers started on their Recovery journey. We included Al-Anon speakers also.

AA Speakers (listed by sobriety date not in the order you'll hear them)

Nina N - Johannesburg SA, Sir David - Austria and Dhiren H - Durban SA (6 to 12 months sober)
Charis B - Illinois USA, Charnette H - Cape Town SA and Vuyo I - Johannesburg SA (1 to 3 years sober)
Lady Gwyneth - George SA, Tina B - Rhode Island USA, Thami M - Johannesburg SA (15 years to 40 years)
Al-Anon Speakers - Nirvasha S - Durban SA and Eddy H - Cape Town SA


I just added a couple of items to the event list. The Northwest Fellowship of the Spirit Conference in Stanwood Washington toward the end of August. The AA International going on in 2025 up in Vancouver BC, you cant register yet, but heads up if you are thinking of going and you have a DUI in your past, look into being able to get into Canada, follow the links on the event page for more info. I live close to border in Bellingham WA and know folks that have been refused entry, depending on your history getting cleared can be a slow process.

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Next AA Event: If you are in Florida soon the Way of Life Conference is coming up June 10th at the Marriott Hotel in Palm Beach Gardens. Details: https://scast.us/wol

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If you have an AA roundup, retreat, convention or workshop coming up, we would be happy to give you a shout out here on the podcast and list the event on the Sober Cast website. Visit the link above and look for "Submit Your Event" in the blue box.

The Study Edition of The Big Book

studyeditionI have one of these and it is one of my favorite items, a really excellent and useful for book study meetings or as a gift to a newcomer who is going to be heading to one.

The First 164 pages of The Big Book with lined blank pages opposite each page of text for note taking.

  • Includes the original Foreword
  • The Doctor's Opinion
  • Dr. Bob's Story.
  • Bound in black bonded leather. 

Paragraph numbers along side the text for easy reference.  Entire Original Manuscript (about) including the stories. Easy to read retyped version. Includes paragraph numbers corresponding to the modern text for easy comparison.  

Footnotes explaining historical and obscure references in the text.  

Footnotes documenting all 79 differences between the modern text and the original 1st printing text of the 1st 164 pages (about). Yes, believe it or not, the basic text has been changed 79 times since it was first published.

Two place keeping ribbons.  Special "lay flat" binding.



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