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2020 International Convention - Additional Information

Greetings from the 2020 International Convention Volunteer Welcome Core Committee! We are excited as we begin plans for the convention and look forward to working with AA members throughout Area 33.

As you can imagine, the number of volunteers needed for a convention as large as the 2020 International is great. There are 14 subcommittees that will all be responsible for specific volunteers, as described below.

We invite you to notify us if you are interested in serving in the chair or co-chair capacity for any of the 14 committees by filling out the form below. The Core Committee will select chairs and co-chairs based on experience and skills, and interviews may be scheduled.

~ In dedicated service, your Volunteer Welcome Core Committee,

Carlyle W., Bob C., Christine H.

Subcommittee Descriptions:

Convention Center Greeters - Volunteers will welcome guests at the COBO Center as well as directing traffic within the Convention Center from Wednesday morning through Saturday evening.

Foreign Languages - Volunteers will staff a special booth from Wednesday morning through Sunday morning to help ensure the comfort and convenience of guests for whom English is not a native language. The booth is in the Convention Center, and will be accessible by phone.

Ford Field Greeters - Volunteers will greet visitors arriving for the three large meetings scheduled at the stadium Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday morning.

Guest Welcome and Volunteer Headquarters Room - Volunteers on this small committee will be staffing the volunteer headquarters at the Convention Center as well as attending to details of welcoming special guests (non-AA professional guests) as needed.

Hotel Lobby Greeters - Volunteers will staff information tables in hotel lobbies in downtown Detroit and in key suburban hotel sites from Thursday morning until Saturday evening.

Marathon Meetings - Volunteers will chair and host the various marathon meetings from Thursday evening to Sunday morning.

Registration - Some of these volunteers will staff the registration area in COBO Center. They may provide badge holders and information packets to those who are pre-registered. Others may staff the information tables for questions about the Convention. A third set of volunteers may assist the professional firm handling on-site registration.

Shuttle Bus Greeters - Volunteers will be stationed at convention shuttle bus service drop-off and pickup points at peak hours from Thursday morning to Sunday early afternoon to help all Convention attendees using Bus Services to and from convention hotels, the Convention Center and Ford Field.

Sidewalk Greeters and Thursday Night Event in the Park - Volunteers will be stationed at the Downtown Core and on sidewalks near the nexus of Convention activities from Thursday afternoon until Saturday evening.

Accessibilities - These volunteers will be a source of information for physically challenged and other individuals who feel the need for additional support. Their booth is in the Convention Center, and they will also be present at the Ford Field for the Big Speaker Meetings.

Topic Meeting Greeters & Counters - These volunteers will greet members as they attend the topic meetings during the day Friday and Saturday in the COBO Center, and provide estimated counts of the numbers of participants.

Transportation Hub Greeters - These volunteers will greet our visitors at the airport, train stations, and bus depots. They will guide them toward transportation to their local destinations.

Volunteer Kick-Off Meeting & Training Orientation - Volunteers will help set up and organize the official start of the 2020 International Convention Volunteer Welcome Committee activities. The goal of the Kick-Off Meeting is to provide information about the volunteer process and to sign up volunteers for the various subcommittees. The May Training is the orientation meeting for volunteers.

Central Office Liaison – The Welcome Core Committee assigns a liaison to the local central office. The liaison attends Welcome Committee meetings and keeps the Central Office up to date on International Convention activities.