The 19th International Al‑Anon General Services Meeting (IAGSM) opened on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at the Holiday Inn in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Representatives from 16 structures were welcomed warmly by Rosie M., Chairperson of the International Coordination Committee. The attendees used their time together to address many challenges, including: the expanding influence of social media; the possibilities for increased participation in service meetings through the use of technology; and application of our spiritual principles in business, policy, and financial discussions. Through their active participation and open sharing, the Delegates made significant contributions to the future prosperity of Al‑Anon around the world. Some of the reflections the Delegates shared at the close of the IAGSM included:

  • “I thought our problems were unique to our Structure, but they are not. We are truly united in a worldwide fellowship.”
  • “The variety of topics was useful, and it renewed my enthusiasm and provided lots of information to share and new ways of sharing it.”
  • “I am going home with more experience and courage.”