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IAAWC NewsLetter

Quarterly IWC Newsletter No. 2, Fall 2000

-Hotel Information
-Touring Hawaii
-Special Needs
-Sobriety Quilt
A Message from our Co-Chairs:

Mark Your Calendars
Sobriety Quilt & Early Registration Deadline December 31, 2000

Meals Registration Deadline Postmarked by January 19, 2001

For registration information contact Susie S. at 808-487-9113 or e-mail at

Who's Excited About the IWC?
To follow are a few responses from women around the world.

"My first conference was in Kansas City '89. I said I would NEVER go to another, Hawaii will be my 10th. Can't wait!!" --Diane, Horsham, PA

"I am anxiously awaiting the month of February to join in the IAAWC. AA has helped me grow up. Today I am a woman, no longer a girl, lady or etc. I have nine years in recovery and they have been the greatest years of my 57 years. Thank you AA." --Barbara V., unknown

"This is the first time I ever wanted time to speed up!" --Melissa B., Ankeny, Iowa

"There is nothing quite so powerful as a group of sober women in one place engaging in a moment of silence to reflect on why we are there. I will hope to visit Hawaii for the very first time to participate in this experience. By the grace of God and many women who have walked before me, I've been blessed with 23 years sober. I hope to meet some of you in February. " --Ruth, Tacoma, WA

"I was so excited to get the newsletter in the mail -- what a great idea!! I've been going to IAAWC conferences for 7 or 8 years now, and this is the best idea yet!! And a Web page -- WOW!! I'm so looking forward to this year's Conference. I go to the bidding sessions every year, and I know how badly you ladies wanted this! It's going to be a blast! Congratulations!" --Debra H., Denville, NJ

"Attended the 35th IAAWC in San Jose, my home town, it was awesome! Never been to Hawaii, but am looking forward to it. The energy & strength, courage & hope found at a women's conference is unlike any other...It's because of the women in AA that I am still sober -- my deepest gratitude goes out to you all. Hope to meet you in February!" -- Margaret B, San Jose, CA

"I am 19 years sober and living my dreams. I thank GOD for AA and all the blessings I am receiving as a result of Keep Coming Back. Hawaii, living another dream, realizing the Joy of Living. I will be there and this will be my first Language of the Heart Conference. Thank you GOD, Thank you AA, Thank You!!!" --Joann C., Washington, DC

________ Our Co-Chairs: Betsy M. and Toni T.

As best as we can tell, you can't wait to get here and we're excited as we plan the plans and do the foot work, practicing diligently, the letting go part! You are in for a special delight when visiting Hawaii, from the moment you step off that plane to claim your luggage, you'll feel the aloha spirit. We trust you'll enjoy the hospitality that we have to offer as you soak up the sun and spirituality that are unique to these islands. Leave your cares behind and pack lightly. NO OVERCOATS allowed! A light sweater for the "air conditioned rooms" is all you'll need. This will be the final newsletter before the conference. Wasn't it fun to read about the goings' on here prior to arriving and didn't it make you feel connected all year? Mahalo (thank you) everyone for supporting us. We love you and wish you well, see you in February when The Language of the Heart is Spoken Here. Mahalo and A hui Hou! Love in the fellowship!

---- Meals

Don't forget to purchase your MEALS - they contribute greatly to reducing the rental costs of the Convention Center. It is quite expensive to put on a conference. The $25.00 registration fee is meager compared to some of the costs involved in this effort. We NEED to sell a minimum of 1,000 dinners Saturday night and you can see we have a sumptuous "ono" (delicious) dinner planned. The same is true for Friday night and Sunday morning, 500 meals each is the minimum required to eliminate additional rental fees! Your meal request with payment is needed to be postmarked by January 19, 2001. Please tell your friends to buy the meals too! The seating is "open".

--- Menus

The Friday Buffet Dinner will feature Caesar-Style Salad; Homemade Garlic Croutons, Parmesan Cheese, Tomatoes and Classic Dressing; Grilled Italian Vegetable and Pasta Basilico; Seasonal Fresh Fruit Salad; Chunky Potato Salad with Chives; Hawaiian Sweet Bread Rolls with Butter; Steamed Rice; Maunakea Market Vegetable Stir-Fry; Grilled Tarragon Chicken; Veronique Rouge; Veronique Rouge Sauce; Garnish of Pearl Onions and Mushrooms; Vegetable Biryani; Traditional Indian-Style Vegetable Curry; Steamed Mahi Mahi Fillet; Toasted Sesame, Ginger Threads, Scallion and Chinese Black Beans; Guava Chiffon Cake Squares; Warm Banana Bread Pudding; Vanilla Bean Sauce and Kona Coffee Service.

The Saturday Banquet features Island Confetti Salad; Spring Greens with a Confetti of Sweet Melons, Pipikaula and Spicy Sprouts; Balsamic Dressing; Pandesal Rolls and Macadamia Lavosh; Sweet Butter; Roast Breast of Duck; Passion Fruit and Maltaise Orange Sauce; Seared Atlantic Salmon Fillet; Sauce Raifort; Orange Blossom Rice Pilaf; Grilled Seasonal Vegetables; Tropical Passion Cheesecake; Honeyed Sour Cream Topping; Symphony of Exotic Fruits; and Kona Coffee Service. The Vegetarian Selection includes Grilled Vegetable Napolean; Roasted Garlic and Tomato Jus; and Orange Blossom Rice Pilaf Saute of Yellow Wax, Blue Lake and Butter Beans with Toasted Macadamia.

The Sunday Morning Breakfast will feature Yogurt and Granola Bar; Fresh Sliced Fruit; Assorted Gourmet Yogurts with Fresh Berries; Granola with Whole Grains, Nuts and Dried Fruit Served with Milk; Sunday's Best Bakery Scones, Coffeecakes, Taro Pan and Island Specialities; Homemade Island Preserves and Sweet Butter; Home-Cured Salmon Gravlax with Dill; Served with Bagel Bites, Crème Fraiche and Lemon; Garden Crudite -- An Elaborate Array of Fresh Vegetable Relishes and Herb and Olive Marinated Grilled Summer Vegetables; Sweet Pepper Aioli; Crepes with Grilled Chicken and Wild Mushrooms; Velvet Cream Sauce Place Vendome; Anuenue Toast Points Filled with Tropical Preserves; Warm Maple Syrup and Whipped Honey Butter; Island Hash Browns With Taro and Maui Onion; Classic Italian Frittata; Parmesan, Fresh Herbs and Cauliflower Buds; Plum Tomato Sauce; Chef's Petite Patisseries; Chilled Juices and Kona Coffee Service.


Oh, What to Do?

Are you ready to have some fun? Take advantage of a variety of entertaining activities while making new friends and learning new things. Then the 37th Annual International Women's Conference is for you!

In addition to the tours, the convention offers activities to suit every interest. For a minimal or no cost, you are invited to enjoy a sailboat ride, fun run and walk, golfing, scuba diving and surfing/boogie board lessons. Additional activities include hula lessons, Diamond Head hike and meeting (fee for bus ride), karaoke, lei making classes, volleyball and country line dancing.

Catamaran cruises will also be available. For more information on the cruises, please call Lydia D., 808-839-7158, or e-mail her at

For more information on these activities check out the activities table at the conference, or please e-mail Betsy M. at


Touring Hawaii

Spend some free time out and about on Oahu with sober women while enjoying some great landmarks and shopping.

There are three tour package options available (including transportation) as follows:

The Iolani Palace, tour the only royal palace on U.S. soil, $23; Arizona Memorial, visit Pearl Harbor and enjoy great bargains at the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet, $20; and Aloha Stadium Swap Meet only, $10. For more information on any of these tours, call Jennifer F. at 808-595-4573 or e-mail at

Great Rates for Airport Transportation.. VIP Transportation phone number at the airport is Blue & Gold upper left corner on the Visitors Information Board... Airport - Waikiki Shuttle..... Call 839-0911, or dial 51..... Thanks

Floral Help Needed

Any women interested in helping with the decorations committee are needed. Whether you have any design, flower shop or artsy crafty experience or not, your assistance would be appreciated. We will also be going on a picking party before the convention which is a fun way to get to know each other and see more of the island. Please let me know if you have foliage on your property we could use. Anybody's large yards need de-flowering??!! Also, any women who have friends of friends who have contacts for flowers, greenery , or any types of foliage. I would love to have more numbers to call to check up on this stuff. With February being a popular flower month, your assistance would be greatly appreciated. Please call Lindy B. at 808-261-9466, page at 808- 569-4164, or e-mail to


Children's Activities:

The IWC is unaffiliated with any childcare services. However, there are a multitude of childcare options available ranging from children's programs at local hotels to the option of a childcare service for conventioneers. If you are interested in childcare, please contact Lydia as soon as possible at 839-7158 or e-mail her at


Hotel Information

Thanks to your overwhelming response at the Ala Moana Hotel, we've exceeded our allotment of conference rate rooms. Full rates only are available starting at $125.00 Kona Tower. Call 1.800.367.6025 or 955.4811 on Oahu to inquire or make a reservation.

Here is the latest news from the Outrigger Hotels. The Hobron and Maile Sky Court still have rooms available for $60.00 per night. The Ala Wai Tower is SOLD OUT.

At your request, the Hobron has rooms with kitchenettes for $69.00, so book now! These hotels are located in varied locations in Waikiki around the convention center. We will have a map on the website soon. 1.800.325.7171 or 921.6870 on Oahu.

Deluxe rooms have been arranged at the Renaissance Ilikai Hotel (ocean front) just 10 minutes (walking) away from the Convention Center. City view $125.00, city view w/ kitchen $135 and ocean view w/ kitchen $145 - all rates are good for sgl/dbl occupancy per night plus tax. Call 1.800.245-4524 or 949.3811 on Oahu.

The Newest property that we've contracted special rates with is the Clarion Waikiki Hotel located at the top of Waikiki on Kalakaua Avenue (about a 20 minute walk to the convention center) situated across from Nike Town and just down the block from Planet Hollywood. These rooms are deluxe in comfort and economic on the pocket at just $80.00 per night plus tax, they offer wonderful views off your private lanai (balcony). Personally I love this property and its' location. Kamaaina rates are available, must show proof of residency upon check-in. Call 1.800.367.5004 or 955.6000 on Oahu.

We understand you'll be coming via "great lengths" to get here and we're here to help make it enjoyable. So call us, Betsy at or Toni at We look forward to seeing you, Aloha!


Great Rates on Airport Transportation

V.I.P. Transportation is offering a special discounted rate between the Honolulu International Airport and Waikiki on February 5 - 15, 2001, for the all the ladies attending the 37th Annual IWC. Arrival transfers from the airport to Waikiki will cost $6 one-way per person. Return transfers from Waikiki to the airport will cost $4 one-way per person.

For more information contact the airport greeter chairpersons, Marilyn V. at 808-623-4146 or or Betsy I. at 808-488-6530 or


Sobriety Quilt

We would like any women with sewing talents, to submit a quilt square (13" x 13") for the Sobriety Quilt which will be raffled to support the International Women's Conference. This is a fabulous way to support the conference and share your sewing gift.
Deadline for quilt squares is December 31, 2000. Please mail squares to 2288H Kalena Drive, Honolulu, Hawaii 96819.

For more information, call Linda D. R. at 808-845-0820 or page her toll-free at 1-800-670-7257.

Special Needs

Any women requiring any special assistance for the International Women's Conference, please contact Mary Jane S. at 808-685-4111 ASA

Thanks for all you do!
* * * Jeanean Yanish