Celebrating 84 years of AA in the Upper Midwest​

Honoring AA Members with One Year of Sobriety

Saturday, November 30, 2024

Join us for a day of celebration, fellowship, and recovery at the 2024 Founder's Day event! Connect with fellow AA members and honor those with one year of sobriety as we mark 84 years of AA in the Upper Midwest.

A one day event celebrating fellowship, and recovery

Events start at 10am, Saturday, November 30, 2024 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Bloomington


Entrance Ticket

The one-day entrance ticket provides you ACCESS to:

• Hospitality Suite Breakfast Walkabout
• A.A. Open Speaker Meetings
• A.A. Step 1, 2, & 3 Call-Up Meetings
• Al-Anon Meetings
• YPAA Meetings (Young People in AA)

• Hospitality Suites
• Minnesota AA Archives
• Minnesota AA History Panel
• Three Speaker Meetings
• Dance & Hospitality

Elevate Your Experience

Banquet Registration

Meet friends, sponsees and newcomers at the annual Founder’s Day Banquet. Preferred seating.

Sponsor a
Banquet Table

Your home group, Alano Club or group of friends can get together and sponsor a table at the annual banquet

Hotel Rooms & Hospitality Rooms

Special Hotel Room Rates & Hospitality Suites Activities and Accommodations with early reservations.

Dr. Bob

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Bill W.

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Sample Day of Event Schedule


Registration open 8:30 am

Newcomer Welcome Breakfast Walkabout

8:30-noon in Poolside Suites – AA clubs and groups serving breakfast – come hungry!

10:00–11:30 - Grand Ballroom
AA Newcomers' Welcome - Open Meeting

Bring a newcomer – Celebrate up to one year of continuous sobriety
Speaker: AA - Lillie H., Portland, ME

11:30 - 12:30pm
Take-A-Step Meetings 1-2-3

Atrium 1, 2, & 3

11:30 - 12:30pm
Al-Anon Breakout Meeting

Atrium 8

11:30 - 12:30pm
What is YPAA? (all are welcome)

Atrium 6


12:45pm - Grand Ballroom
AA and Al-Anon History Panel

Veranda Rooms 1, 2 & 3

Take-A-Step Meetings 1-2-3

Atrium 1, 2, & 3

Al-Anon Breakout Meeting

Atrium 8

Speed Sponsorship
(all are welcome)

Atrium 6

3:15pm - Grand Ballroom
Al-Anon Open Speaker Meeting

Speaker: Al-Anon - Beverly B, Lewisville, TX

Take-A-Step Meetings 1-2-3

Atrium 1, 2, & 3

Al-Anon Breakout Meeting

Atrium 8

Young People in Service

Atrium 6


6:00–7:30pm - Grand Ballroom
Founder's Day Minnesota Banquet

Group Table Sponsorships

7:30-9:00pm - Grand Ballroom
Newcomer Sobriety Countdown and Open Speaker Meeting

Speaker: AA - Michael D, Sioux Falls, SD

9:00pm - Midnight
Dance and Fellowship

Edina Room

From last year

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Recovery Banquet is a foundational celebration of early recovery in Minnesota. It has been celebrated for decades as an event that honors and supports individuals in their early stages of recovery from addiction.

Answer: The event is open to anyone interested in supporting individuals in recovery and celebrating their progress. This includes individuals in recovery, their friends and families, and anyone interested in the cause.

Answer: Yes, we are committed to preserving the anonymity of our attendees. There are no cameras present during the event.  The photos on the website are stock photos representative of the meeting.

Answer: Yes, the Recovery Banquet is an event designed to celebrate recovery and raise awareness about the journey of recovery. Anyone who supports this cause can attend the banquet.