Convention Service

Looking for a few good COSAs…

COSA’s Annual Convention is a time when many of us get a glimpse of COSA beyond our local group meetings. One way to get started early on forging new COSA connections and friendships is to lend a hand to help coordinate the event.

The Convention Committee for Oakland 2018 is comprised solely of volunteers and it takes a lot of us to coordinate and organize this event! Be part of this fun and diverse group while learning from, and working with, other COSAs from across the continent.

We’ve got all kinds of jobs – big and small. Even if:

You aren’t able to attend the convention? That’s OK! We have positions for you.

You can only commit to a small project? That’s OK! We have positions for you.

You can only spare time closer to the convention date? That’s OK! We have positions for you.

Several committees do not require you to attend the convention, but give you some of the convention experience by encouraging you to interact with COSAs from other cities. Please consider service in one or more of the following areas:

Two positions with the most pressing need to fill are:

Facilities Co-chair: Interacts with the hotel and the Convention Committee to make sure the needs of the convention are met. We already have a Facilities Chair; the Co-chair is needed to support that person and assist as the onsite liaison with the convention hotel during the convention itself.

Outer Circle Coordinator: Plans and coordinates activities that are fun and inclusive during the convention. Some of the activities we are planning include a recovery crafts table, yoga, and other fun possibilities. The Outer Circle Coordinator is part of our Program Committee.

Other areas of service available are:

Banquet Committee: This is a new committee. We need people to make our COSA banquet pleasurable and elegant. If you are a party-planner kind of person, this would be right up your alley.

Care and Support Committee: This team coordinates the Orientation Workshop, Meet and Greets, and mentorship program for the convention, as well as being available to any COSA needing care and support at the convention.

Facilities Committee: Interacts with the hotel to make sure the needs of the convention are met.

Finance Committee: Responsible for keeping track of the budget, expenses, and other financial matters related to the convention. We have a convention treasurer and we are looking for someone to assist her at the convention with the tracking of funds that come in and are spent.

Hospitality Suite Committee: Plans and coordinates the purchasing of food items for the hospitality suite and organizes the staffing and upkeep of the suite at the convention. Stocks up food, snacks, and beverages for our hospitality suite; makes sure supplies are replenished as needed throughout weekend; helps to manage the room and supervise volunteers periodically throughout the convention. We like to offer healthy food that is an alternative to expensive hotel fare as well as a welcoming place for COSA fellowship. We are looking for a chairperson as well as another person to share this service opportunity.

Media Committee: This team is responsible for creating the brochure, schedules, forms, and other documents needed for the convention. They also coordinate the submissions for the Balance newsletter. Computer and/or writing skills are particularly helpful for this committee.

Outer Circle Activity Committee: Plans and coordinates activities that are fun and inclusive during the convention. Some of the activities we are planning include a recovery crafts table, yoga, and other fun possibilities.

Program Committee: Help to interview prospective workshop presenters and speakers (using existing questionnaire) and help to determine how to arrange the program schedule of workshops, speakers, fellowship times, and Twelve Step meetings (using existing templates). We anticipate that the work of this committee will be done well in advance of the convention. This committee is a great place for anyone interested, regardless of whether you will be able to attend the convention or not.

Recording Secretary: Records minutes of our monthly telemeetings and uploads them to the convention online group.

Registration & Information Committee: This team is responsible for maintaining the list of registrants for the convention and delegate meetings, putting together registration packets, helping with roommate matches, and working with the other committees. Volunteers are needed for work at the convention.

Silent Auction and Serenity To-Go Store Committee: Obtains donations from COSA groups and individuals, creates fliers, and organizes the on-site bidding. The Silent Auction is the primary fundraiser for the seed money for the following year’s convention and the Convention Scholarship Fund.

Volunteer Committee: This committee coordinates our other volunteers! This committee is a great opportunity to reach out to other COSAs.

If you can volunteer or perform service in any minimal or large way, or if you would like more information, please email concom@cosa-recovery.org. We guarantee we will have a position that fits your skills and interests!

Thank you!

Convention Committee
International Service Organization of COSA

 

Questions about the Convention?

If you have any questions about this year's Convention,
please contact us at convention@cosa-recovery.org