2018 Capitol Jamboree Schedule

This is the current schedule for the 2017 Capitol Jamboree. If you have any questions regarding the schedule, please contact us for more information.

Descriptions of the individual workshops can be found below.


5:00 PMHotel Lobby
Jamboree Registration Opens
6:00 PMFir Ballroom
Silent Auction Display
7:00 PMFir Ballroom
Door Prize Drawing
7:15 PM – 9:00 PMFir Ballroom
AA Speaker Meeting:
Allison C., Santa Barbara, CA
FridayFir Ballroom
Information, Books, Merchandise, and  Tapes for sale.


6:30 AM
Doors open for Meditation
7:00 AM – 8:00 AMCedar Room
Meditation: Practicing Step 11
Tom R., member of Alcoholics Anonymous, published author, and workshop leader from Denver, CO, will discuss, demonstrate, and lead the group in the practice of Step 11 from the Big Book, Alcoholics Anonymous and the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions. Attending this workshop will give your prayer and meditation practice a real boost!
8:00 AMHotel Lobby
Jamboree Registration
8:30 AMCedar Room
Alcoholics Anonymous Archives
Open All Day
Archives provided by the Alcoholics Anonymous District Archivist.
8:00 AM – 6:00 PMHemlock Room
Silent Auction Display
8:00 AM – 6:00 PMFoyer
Information, Books, Merchandise, and  Tapes for sale.
9:00 AM – 10:00 AMOlympic Room
Panel: Turning Points: Moments of Grace
Most of us have stood at turning points in our recovery. It may be that moment we decide to take a walk on the bridge of faith to the side of belief or deciding to stay on the shore of unbelief. It may be yielding to temptation or keeping our promise. Sometimes we get what’s called “a moment of clarity,” when God’s grace intervenes and shows us the path for our greater good and the good of others. The panelists on this workshop will share their experience, strength, and hope on this topic.
9:00 AM – 10:00 AMPuget Room
Panel: Emotional Sobriety: Balance with Ourselves, Others and God
In sobriety, it sometimes becomes necessary to look at our own ideas of what we think we need to do in order to achieve a sense of harmony. For example, Bill Wilson described his need to let go of his dependencies on people, places, and things that he thought would provide him with the security and acceptance he wanted. This work shop will address the paths our panelists have taken to find true harmony with themselves, others, and God through working the Program of Alcoholics Anonymous.
9:00 AM – 10:00 AMRainier Room
Al-Anon Meeting: Living in the Present – Joe B.
10:30 AM – 11:30 AMFir Ballroom
Panel: Founder’s Day: A Look at Our History
Dr. Bob’s AA birthday is June 10, 1935. This date is celebrated as the anniversary of the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous. Our first panelist will describe some history about the beginnings of Alcoholics Anonymous in
Akron, OH. Our next two panelists are archivists with stories about A.A. in the Pacific Northwest, including the Olympia area. You can also see many examples of AA history in the Archives display, located next door in the
Hemlock Room.
10:30 AM – 11:30 AMOlympic Room
Panel: Carrying the Message into Correctional Facilities
Our primary purpose is to stay sober and carry the AA message to all those who suffer from alcoholism. It is paramount that we cooperate with those who are helping alcoholics on a daily basis and to also bring the message of hope to the places where alcoholics live. Among these places are correctional facilities.
10:30 AM – 11:30 AMRainier Room
Al-Anon Panel: The Gift of Sponsorship – Dorothy G.
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Lunch Break
1:00 PM – 2:00 PMOlympic Room
Panel: Twelve Traditions: Securing Our Future
Alcoholics Anonymous grows primarily through the process of learning from experience born from  persistent trial and error. AA’s Traditions have been described as an “…effective safeguard against the ravages of time and circumstances” (Grapevine, 1946). Most people in AA would say the Twelve Traditions are as relevant today as they were when first written. For this workshop, AA members will describe their experiences with the Traditions, particularly how they have seen AA maintain its integrity during difficult circumstances.
1:00 PM – 2:00 PMPuget Room
Panel: Spirituality at the Crossroads: Recommitting to the Spiritual Path
“It is easy to let up on the spiritual program of action …” (Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 85). Many of us have been guilty of “resting on our laurels.” Page 85 of the book, Alcoholics Anonymous, warns us that we are in danger if we do, for alcohol is a subtle foe. If we have stood at this turning point, what did we do to return to a spiritual path? Our panelists will share their experience, strength and hope on this topic.
1:00 PM – 2:00 PMRainier Room
Al-Anon Meeting: Trust – Annette M.
2:15 PMFir Ballroom
Door Prize Drawing
2:30 PM – 3:45 PMFir Ballroom
Al-Anon Speaker Meeting:
Larcine G., Hawthorne, CA
4:00 PM – 5:00 PMOlympic Room
Panel: Faith in Action: Responding to Challenges in Sobriety
Matching calamity with serenity – how do we do it? How do we keep our faith amid challenges, large and small? In sobriety, life keeps happening. When trouble comes, what do we do? How do we stay sober when we are in pain and possibly losing faith? Panelists will share their experiences with difficult life challenges and describe how they responded to them, using faith and the other tools of the program.
4:00 PM – 5:00 PMPuget Room
Panel: Using a Sponsor: Asking for Help
Sponsorship begins with one alcoholic talking with another alcoholic, sharing experience, strength, and hope. Once we begin our journey taking the Steps and learning about A.A., how do we ask our sponsor for help with our recovery from alcoholism? Panel members will describe their experiences with trust in sponsorship.
4:00 PM – 5:00 PMRainier Room
Al-Anon Meeting: Attraction, Not Promotion
5:15 PM – 6:15 PMOlympic Room
Panel: Emotional Sobriety: Dealing with Anger, Resentment, & Fear
It is often said that emotional sobriety is the “last frontier” in AA. We know resentment and anger actually have the power to kill us and fear is an evil and corroding thread. Our panelists will share what they do we do when emotional sobriety is wavering or missing.
5:15 PM – 6:15 PMPuget Room
Panel: Making Amends: A Path towards Forgiveness
There is only one way to begin to forgive others, to be free of self-condemnation, and to begin to live in peace and harmony with ourselves and others. The answer lies in working Steps 8 and 9 with a sponsor. Listen to the experiences of our panel members as they share their experiences with these powerful Steps.
5:45 PM
Silent Auction ends
6:15 PM – 7:15 PMPine Ballroom
Dinner: Ticket required, see Jamboree Registration for purchase.
7:15 PMFir Ballroom
50/50 Raffle Drawing
7:15 PMFir Ballroom
Door Prize Drawing
7:30 PM – 9:00 PMFir Ballroom
AA Speaker Meeting:
Rich B., Ocean City, MD
9:30 PM – 10:30 PMFir Ballroom
Fabulous Comedy Show:
Sam Miller – Emcee
Jeremiah Coughlan – Portland, OR
Julie Ramos – Portland, OR


6:30 AM
Doors open for Meditation
7:00 AM – 8:00 AMCedar Room
Guided Meditation
If you have never attended a guided meditation before, you are in for an amazing and powerful experience with Step 11. Bring a blanket or a pillow if you want to lie down. Beth H. is our leader.
8:00 AM – 8:45 AMPine Ballroom
Breakfast: Ticket required, see Jamboree Registration for purchase.
8:00 AM – 9:00 AMRainier Room
Al-Anon Meeting: Opening Our Hearts, Step 11– Leah W.
9:00 AM – 9:50 AMFir Ballroom
“Ask it Basket”
10:00 AM – 10:45 AMFir Ballroom
Sobriety Countdown
10:45 AMFir Ballroom
Door Prize Drawing
11:00 AM – 12:15 PMFir Ballroom
AA Speaker Meeting:
Don L., Bellingham, WA
12:15 PM
Jamboree Closes