Dearest Florida Roundup Family,
We hope you are safe and healthy.
The notion of freedom is mentioned over 30 times in the first 164 pages of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. The first reference invites us to journey “the high road to a new freedom”(BB Foreword to 2nd Edition, p.xxi). Sobriety is often referred to as a free gift in the practice of the Twelve Steps. We long forfreedom from fear and self-will. We aspire to gain, through humility, the “true freedom of the human spirit” (12&12 Step Seven, p.73).
Life today is unpredictable and we face a variety of challenges ahead of us. It’s easy to get weighed down, stuck in our heads and lose hope. Florida Roundup 2021 encourages our membership family to remain hopeful, commit to service and turn unmanageability over to a Higher Power so that we can relieve ourselves of the bondage of self and Break Free.
This year our path to Roundup is unfolding a bit differently than previous years as there are limits to meeting in person due to COVID-19. We accept this challenge and embrace the opportunity to adapt and try new things, including some excitingonline fundraising events. The variable nature of the effects of the pandemic requires our Acceptance and we’ll take these challenges/opportunities One Day at a Time.
The Florida Roundup is committed to the unity, health, spirit and wellbeing of our membership. With that in mind, we are working with our host hotel, Eden Roc, and Miami-DadeCounty to put a successful in-person conference together. The FRU 2021 Board of Directors, Committees and Volunteers are committed to delivering the same serene celebration, time of sober reflection and safe space for fellowship, workshops and meetings while staying mindful about the challenges we face.
As the result of valuable membership feedback the Board of Directors created a Diversity Ambassador position to advise our team and focus on outreach to women, people of color and our trans community. You can email any thoughts on diversity outreach and development to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for being an integral part of our recovery family. We look forward to seeing your beautiful faces again. United together, with perseverance, faith, willingness and humility, we are strong enough to face adversity and Break Free.
It’s an honor to be of service,
Billy G & Joffrey B
Cochairs Florida Roundup 2021