The top priority for the Roundup committee in 2017 is to rebuild the finances, enthusiasm and committee so that we will be ready for a fantastic Roundup in 2018. Our plan is to enlist the help of our closest neighbors in Augusta Macon/Warner Robins, Savannah/St. Simons, Birmingham, Montgomery, Chattanooga, Asheville, Greenville, and of course, Greater Metro Atlanta. To do this we will need all of you. Because in the end the fellowship will be what brings and keeps us together. It’s what makes a successful event regardless of when or where it’s held.

The decision to postpone Roundup until a later date, while partially a financial decision, was also made to rebuild the enthusiasm that was once broadly embraced by our recovery community. It would be a disservice to not only the Atlanta community but also to the South as a whole to let Roundup go away. Recovery in Atlanta serves as a beacon of hope for the LGBTQ community in the Southeast (from central and coastal Georgia to the panhandle of Florida through Alabama, Tennessee and the Carolinas). With the inclusion of all fellowships regardless of how they identify, the South City Roundup set about to bring unity throughout the entire recovery community, while bridging the gap in the rooms with our straight allies.

You are going to meet these new friends in your own community. Near you, alcoholics are dying helplessly like people in a sinking ship. If you live in a large place, there are hundreds. High and low, rich and poor, these are future fellows of Alcoholics Anonymous. Among them you will make lifelong friends. You will be bound to them with new and wonderful ties, for you will escape disaster together and you will commence shoulder to shoulder your common journey. Then you will know what it means to give of yourself that others may survive and rediscover life. You will learn the full meaning of “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” – BB pg. 152

THIS is the heart of The South City Roundup.