WESTERN STATES ZONAL FORUM
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Dan F. - Washington Northern Idaho- RDA
Franny J. –Washington Northern Idaho (World Board)
Rueben A. –Southern California-RD
Ken Mason – Southern California- RDA
Jim W. – Rio Grande –RD
Laura B. - Rio Grande- RDA
Denise T. - Pacific Cascade- RD
Tauni M. - Pacific Cascade- RDA
Steve F. – Central California – RD
Richard B. - Central California- RDA
Vince G. – Arizona- RD
Jason S. - Arizona- RDA
Gregory B. – California Mid-State- RD
Danny M. – California Mid-State- RDA
D.W.D – San Diego Imperial – RD
George G. – San Diego Imperial- RDA
Lenny R. – Northern California- RD
Matt M. – Northern California- RDA
Mike M. – California Inland- RD
Gene B. –California Inland- RDA
Karen R. - Sierra Sage- RD
Robin P. – Sierra Sage- RDA
Ron M. - World Board
Steve R. – WSO
George L. – Meeting Facilitator
Paula B. – Recorder
Meeting was opened with a moment of silence
Introduction of facilitator –George L
Introduction of attendees
Approval of previous meeting record
Issue Discussion Topics
Relationships with Treatment Centers
Vacant Service Positions
Function of BOD without RSO
Coordination of Major Events
NAYC Youth Committees
Consolidation of Regions
Sponsorship Behind the Walls
Southern California Region
They told us that of their 1370 meetings that 151 are Spanish speaking, 4 are Armenian, 3 are Farsi, 1 is Hebrew and 3 are American Sign Language.
They are encouraging GSR’s and RCM’s to attend the World Service Conference and be apart of what happens. The Southern California Regional reported that the RD and the RDA have been traveling to various areas in their region answering
questions and introducing themselves. They have covered 16 to 20 areas in their region in what they call a Regional Tour. They brought a proposal to host WSZF in 2007.
Regional Service Office
The RSO is maintaining itself. They have fallen below their prudent reserve and are working on new marketing strategies to bring sales up. They currently have a full board. The RSO carries insurance for 20 areas as well as events.
Hospitals & Institutions
All 20 areas including Spanish speaking area attend H&I subcommittee meeting. The Region carries 57 Regional panels into different H&I facilities. The 19 areas including the Spanish speaking area carry approximately 618 panels. The subcommittee holds annual H&I Learning Day in May.
Is carrying presentation into the schools. The Website committee is working on guidelines to become a standing Regional subcommittee. One issue that has come up –Anonymity on the website. 85% accuracy on meeting information on the website. 14 of the 20 areas have their own website. They are going to work with NAWS and take a look at their database so they can function together in updating meeting information.
They put on 3 major events a year- The NA birthday, New Years Eve and the Regional Campout. They help with the H&I Learning Day and Regional Assembly Workshops. They provide a Regional Calendar so that all areas have Regional dates so that no area event conflicts with another area event. All area and regional events are posted on the website.
They are running 24 hour 7 day 800 number with live addicts to speak to. 7 areas participating. The Spanish speaking area is helping ma the Spanish speaking helpline.
No Literature Review- lack of participation.
It will be held over Thanksgiving weekend at Ontario Convention Center. They had a great convention last year and made a great donation to the region.
They will be having a 7 day cruise in October to the Mexican Rivera.
They didn’t have a very successful event again this year and were unable to make a regional donation. This small but active committee shows how diverse our region is.
Washington Northern Idaho
They have 20 areas with approximately 800 meetings within 74,000 square miles that include Washington State, Northern Idaho and a bit of north eastern Oregon.
This was the third time they held the post conference workshop at their annual convention. This has been a successful way to communicate information, it will continue. Over 100 attended post conference workshop.
They were grateful to have Ron H in attendance and his willingness to come on such short notice.
Their RD has implemented a quarterly report to the region. The Report summarizes NAWS News, NA Way Magazine, World Board reports and Western States Zonal Forum. The purpose is to increase communication in all levels of service to the groups. It is a one page report that is distributed to all groups.
They have held Issue Discussion Workshops and have forwarded that information to NAWS. Several areas have initiated work groups to review/input the proposed PR Handbook.
The only issue we have is a resistance to move away from CAR workshops and use the regional assembly as a communication mechanism.
Western Service Learning Days will be in Seattle,Washington November 3-5, 2006
Rio Grande Region
This Region is comprised of 8 areas that go from southern Colorado to Juarez, Mexico and the state of New Mexico from its east to its west borders. 200 meetings each week some are Spanish speaking.
Their Region uses Resource Coordinators for PI, H&I and Activities. We have never been successful in with keeping these positions filled or functional. This may be due to lack of definitions of positions, communication difficulties and/or the challenges of serving a very large geographical area. They have a Regional Convention Corporation, accountable to the region. They have a bilingual international region. They continue to experience challenges with translations and access to cross international borders for their members. At their last convention in Las Cruses, NM they had real time translation services on headsets for both the English and Spanish Main speaker meetings. It was put into their Convention Handbook that the Convention Committee will have a Translation Subcommittee and that all main speaker meetings will be translated. Workshops will be offered in both Spanish and English with onsite translators from the local fellowship.
A new area was formed this year called Area Bosque. It serves the mostly the outer lying communities south the city of Albuquerque also the Spanish speaking groups. It was a difficult transition. The split was born out a belief the existing area failed to serve the Spanish speaking members. The new area has an RCM and has created a H&I, PI and activities sub committee. Both the areas were affected when the new subcommittees were created and the resources were split. Ultimately and painfully the decision was made to share services. Both the areas continue to work for their mutual benefit striving to keep our Primary Purpose. The Region has supported the New Bosque area with Basic Texts in both Spanish and English. This fall the RD and the RDA will be conducting Basic Text Project workshops in both the northern and southern parts of the region and in the winter a combined Workshop to bring together all areas. They will also be having roundtable discussions on The New Discussion topics from this WSZF.
Pacific Cascades Region
Their region covers all of western Oregon, most of central eastern Oregon, a small part of northern California and little pockets on southern Washington. Their areas range in size from 7-10 meetings a week to 300 meetings a week.
The Portland area is still having growing pains. They think that one new area split off and that the rest of Portland is working on becoming a metro. Their RSC meets quarterly and rotates around the region. Areas host the one day event. Our region holds a winter and summer assembly each year. They have the assembly on Saturday and the RSC on Sunday.
They held an assemble 2 weeks ago in Bend. They introduced the Issue Discussion Topic to the attendees in a small group discussion session. They also successfully utilized the presentations so graciously provided to us by NAWS. Several areas requested a copy of the Meeting Count presentation. At all of their assemblies they use a feedback form that is very helpful in making any changes to the format. There were many comments on the inexperience of the computer operator in coordinating his equipment.
They also had a “You Pick the Topic” small group discussion. They handed out post-its and everyone put up their favorite issue to discuss. The RD team gathers this information and presents the most popular topics to the group. This continues
to be the favorite part of the assembly.
Their region will be hosting the PNW#29 in October 2006 in Eugene, Oregon. There will be a “Golf Event” to raise funds for the PNW (Flyers available).
They recently passed their website guidelines. There was some controversy around areas providing links to AA and treatment centers. Their Regional website is www.pcrna.org.
Their region was recently without insurance due to a mail mix up, however now they have a much better insurance company with lower rates. The policy covers all regional events at this time and they are researching covering all the areas, too.
The RD introduced her new RDA Tauni M from Grants Pass.
Their report will show that Arizona is alive and growing. This Region consists of 13 areas with a new area called the “The South Central Area” providing services to the Florence/Casa area of the state. They currently have 350 meetings a week.
They held their 20 Regional Convention in Phoenix this year. The last time ARCNA was in Phoenix was ARCNAII; the theme “Two Decades, One Promise”.
It was a very successful convention with approximately 800 registered attendees and over 1200 non-registered. They do not have exact figures but the CFO says it is around $20,000.00. It was a truly wonderful experience. Next Convention will be ARCNAXXl at The Doubletree Hotel at Reid Park.445 S. Alvernon Way Tucson, AZ May 25-27, 2007
Currently 63 panels are being taken in to institutions across their region including 4 Federal Bureau of Prison Facilities. These panels are provided by 115 H&I members. Many more jails and prisons around the state have requested panels but there are not enough volunteers.
No Literature review
$2,672.00 annually and that includes Director’s Indemnity Coverage
They will have a booth at “The Art of Recovery” which is a part of the US Department of Health and Human Services Recovery Month celebration. It is a nation wide traveling event. Look for it in your area. September is National Recovery Month.
Throughout their region various technologies are used to provide Helpline services.
From a complex Tri-area helpline computer system to a cell phone being passed from one addict to another. Their new Phone line Chair and the RD are researching a web based system to avoid the hardware/ software cost of an in house computer system. One area does not have a phone line and only has member’s numbers on meeting list. The Helpline is answered 24/7 365 days a year has approximately 130 volunteers.
12th Annual Blues Festival
October 29th, 2006 Hosted by East Valley Area, Kiwanis Park, All -American Way
San Diego Imperial Region
They have 400 meeting within their region weekly, some doing strong NA services some struggling to survive. Successes to report: Our website www.sandiegona.org
Is more modest manageable and supports the region by having a meeting directory
With the ability to be regularly updated. They have a 12 step sign up list, Phone
Line shift hours and available shift contacts, Convention news, Regional and area
Activities updates, Links to NAWS, Cleantime calculator, contact person email within the region, a more modest budget with greater fellowship support and respect, some truly dedicated trusted servant operating the website.
They are working on a Regional RSC Inventory. They are asking all trusted servants of the RSC and their subcommittees to participate in the inventory. It was created by 8+ addicts meeting 3 times; gathering data from a variety of fellowship sources and a little fine tuning….. He has copies available. Many positions go unfulfilled hence the purpose of the RSC Inventory. RSC Subcommittees and board; PI, H&I, Policy, Activities, Phone lines, Theatrical, Lit Review, Convention, Outreach, RSO CEO, Board of trustees, Website.
Convention was held Memorial Day Weekend. Some great fun but also trouble with the younger members of our fellowship staining our name. Security issues continue to plague us. What can be done? They make it difficult for us to be welcomed back the next year, each year struggling to find new location.
They want to have an event where attendees have to be 18 or older? Causing controversy..cons we are violating the 3rd and 5th traditions. They want to know what you think?
Spanish speaking Meetings
They had some success and support with SEBENA area. There were several Spanish speaking meetings going to the ASC. At this time no new info. They provided outreach material gathered at WSC from LA region, phone line cards,
New York Spanish Regional Guidelines and they distributed them throughout the region.
There is a large influx of courtslip babies at their meetings right now. Groups do not hold addicts hostage to court slips. Sign them and return to the wisdom of the day.
Post Conference Assembly
Conference Assembly will be held August 26, 2006. They knew this is late, but it couldn’t be helped.
As RD and RDA we attend regional ASC’s regularly. Some ASC’s are strong and others continue to lose 7th Tradition funds foolishly.
Northern California Region
They have 20 Areas and approximately 1400 meetings. The RCM meets monthly at the RSO in Fairfield, California, consisting of the RCM’s, H&I, PI, NCCNA (Convention) and an RSO Board (an incorporated entity).
All of their areas have functioning PI, H&I, Phone lines, monthly ASC’s, and Activities Committees. Some of their rural Areas have work to do and too few addicts to do it.
The Regional Web page is www.norcalna.org. They are in the process of redesigning their website. A Working Group (the RSC, PI, and NCCNA) was formed by the RSO Board of Directors to work with an outside vendor on the design and implementation of the site. The Website will make more information available to the fellowship; they are in discussion now over what that information will be. They will add 2 online shopping carts-one for RSO and one for the Convention Committee.
The RSO Board meets monthly at the RSO. The RSO supplies insurance for all the meetings in the Region and is paid for by the RSC.The RSO has 2 special workers one is full time employee. The struggling RSO is back on financial track this year. The RSC subsidizes the RSO $1000.00 per month to ensure stability.
Their 28th Annual Convention was held in San Jose this year. It was a success both spiritually and financially. First time 4,000 people were registered, due to online convention and hotel registration. Saturday Speakers Meeting had 8,000 addicts attending.
RSC completed an extensive updating of their Regional Guidelines. They now believe that their guidelines reflect the way business is being done at the RSC.
Preliminary talks about restructuring of regional H&I subcommittee have begun.
Although the successful restructuring of PI from a subcommittee to a sharing forum has happened there is resistance from H&I members to this happening with H&I.
The RD and RDA held 5 CAR Assemblies in 2006, with an average attendance of 40 addicts. They will be rethinking this process in 2008 to bring attendance up.
They continue to participate in the 12 Step Advisory Board; a committee facilitated by the California Department of Corrections and rehabilitations.Some of the issues under discussion are state wide clearance for 12 Step Meetings, literature distribution, and better 12 Step orientation of inmates and CDCR staff.
California Inland Region
They have 4 Areas, The Lower Desert Area, The Greater Mojave Area, The Southwest Area, and The Mountain Area. They have 183 meetings weekly.
They have a Regional meeting first Sunday of each month at the RSO in Banning, California at 1:00pm. In January 2007 they will have a Regional Learning Day, which will be used to go over the CAR on conference years and used for Issue Discussion Topics and other service related items on off cycle years. They hope that the event will grow into a Regional assembly over time. Instead of H&I, PI, and Outreach committees they have Regional Resourse Officers, who are a link between areas and hopefully a resource for questions that an area may have. Their area H&I subcommittees are active and strong. Areas are participating in Health Fairs, County Fairs and Public Information Booths. Their Region is making insurance available to all meetings if needed. Some meetings are finding that they can’t get meeting site without it.
Their Regional Convention happens the first weekend in July. The Hotel decided to shut down for remodeling at the last minute we had to cancel 2006 Convention and they are looking for a 2007 venue. The Convention was a major fund raiser It hurt them financially but because they put money aside for just such an occurrence They will be OK if they manage things frugally.
They are thinking about and looking for feedback about incorporation for either their Convention or their Region.
Sierra Sage Region
Their Region has 102 meetings in 5 Areas; 4 of which regularly attend RSC.RSC rotates Quarterly from Reno, Carson City/Minden, South Lake Tahoe, to North Lake Tahoe areas. The borders of their Region go from Oregon/Idaho border to the North, East to the Utah border, south to Tonopah and its latitude, and west to the Sierra Nevada Mountains. They now have an active Outreach Coordinator who has made many contacts in their outlying areas, especially Winnemucca, Battle Mountain and Elko. That Outreach coordinator is the New RDA. So The RD and The RDA will be a team outreach until they can find a new coordinator to fill the position. They have a difficult time filling position in their region. They have no Regional Chair right now. The local ASC Chair is acting Regional Chair right now for what ever area they rotate to. They felt it would give the local areas an opportunity to see other levels of service. The RCM’s agreed. They recently got a
very enthusiastic PI Coordinator. They have high hopes about him. No H&I Coordinator at this time.
The RSO Board meets quarterly prior to the RSC meeting. They chose this schedule to offer members the opportunity to find out more about the RSO and what it does. RSO pays area phone line bills, filing taxes with the IRS, Yearly regional insurance, Yearly Gratitude Dinner, and Oversees Annual Sierra Sage Convention. They have written an “Assumption of Risk” Form for Campouts and other events.
They have a website at www.sierrasagena.org – it is full of information, including an Activities Calendar, Convention info, phone line numbers, printable meeting schedule, and a Cleantime Calculator. They have a great Web Servant the only problem is getting the local addicts to use it. It is full of great information.
Their most recent issue is Phone lines. Due to the vastness of their region, area helplines are trying to find solutions to the long distance dilemma and the very high cost. Recently the Reno Area has changed to an 800 system that forwards to a sbc number. Addicts can call either the 800 number or the local number and receive meeting info, Activities information or talk to a live addict. They just did this so more will be revealed. Carson City/Minden has many areas included that are quite far from those cities. They feel disenfranchised. They have to call long distances to reach those areas helplines. There is talk about starting another area helpline for those areas or researching other alternatives.
Karen and Robin are planning to travel to as many ASC’s as they can including some of the outlying areas they reported about.
They talked about educating and giving incentive to areas to do the right thing. Not scheduling conflicting events in the name of unity. They also have hope of a new area forming from these outlying areas. They have a Convention that they want to have yearly but unfortunately could not secure a site for 2006. They will have a Convention at Circus Circus in Reno, November 2-4, 2007. They got a block of rooms in the tower and a Hospitality room, Merchandise and Marathon Meetings. They Hope everyone plans to attend Sierra Sage Regional Convention Xll.
Central California Region
Central California Region has 5 Areas that include Ventura, Kern, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties. There are 300 meetings a week, less than 5 are Spanish speaking. They meet on the odd numbered months in the Gold Coast Area office in Ventura, CA. They utilize CBDM, except for elections.
H&I subcommittees are carrying 100 panels per month. The H&I sub chairs meet quarterly and rotate that meeting among the 5 chairs.
Sponsorship behind the walls ad-hoc has grown recently to becoming a standing committee with 2 or 3 current sponsor/sponsee relationships and more to come. They purchase The Basic Text, It Works: How and Why and The Step Working Guide directly from NAWS and have it shipped directly to the inmate. Their guidelines are available through Steve F or Richard B.
The Website www.ccrna.org is running well. They are formulating guidelines; discussing content issues and anonymity concerns. Each Area has there own phone lines subcommittee running well. The 2006 Convention was a huge success.
The following is a compilation of the input given by the Zonal Forum Participants on the discussion topic.
Vacant Service Positions
Non –English Speaking Meeting
World Board Update since 2006
What has transpired since the conference:
NA Youth Committees
NAWS IDT Sessions
Building Strong Home Groups
Question 1: What do you personally see as the difference between a home group, a group and a meeting? Is there a difference in your responsibility or behavior with each of these?
2) Stable involvement on a deeper level
3) Develop ownership-my home group
4) Family tradition
5) Learn participation become part of
6) Be a giver instead of a taker
Question 2: What are the benefits of a strong Home Group (to you, to newcomers and to other members)?
Question 3: In what ways do strong home groups contribute to our common welfare?
Question 4: How does participation in Home groups help you to be of service in NA? How do home groups provide and encourage a foundation of for leadership?
1) Having a position shows how to show up and commitment
2) Introduce themselves as members
4) Counting on another member’s responsibility.
5) An empathy and compassion for others. A sense of community.
7) Not unique-feel a part of.
8) Communication; Obligation
9) Had a job; felt important
1) Encourage participation; newcomers also
2) Made to feel welcome
3) Learn to disagree
4) Safety to teach and learn
5) Participate at group level business
6) Round table discussion
7) Family Feel
8) Learn to speak up
9) People care whether you are there or not
10) No condemnation
Question 5: How do we build strong home groups and what do we need to do to encourage members to join a home group?
Question 6: What are things you can do to keep meetings open, attractive and welcoming? Does your group welcome this responsibility? If so, How?
Question 7: How does the spiritual principle of “You have to give it away to keep it” apply to your personal contributions?
Who is missing from our meetings and Why?
Before we went into this question we did a experiment in human conditioning that was geared to make us think…. In or out?
We all counted off according to tables of six we were seated at. We all broke down into two groups according to what numbers we were. The “In” group and the “out” group.
The “in” group was asked, “What does it mean to be “In”?”
IN #1 What does it mean to be “IN”?
B. Recognition when you arrive.
C. Participate by having trusted servant’s position if there is a need.
D. Pass on information about outside NA events that members might be interested in
E. Take responsibility to introduce self and make new people to the group feel welcome
IN #2 How do you feel toward those who are “OUT”?
C. Ask if I would be able to provide a message that they can relate to.
(In language, cultural terminology they might understand)
D. Decide if I can submit resources to support (e.g. Spanish meeting)
IN #3: How can we attract the “Outs” to become “IN”?
B. Create special interest groups for certain type of potential members (professionals, Spanish, Native American, gay, etc)
C. Have meetings in facilities accessible to the Handicapped-along public bus route etc; access
OUT #1: How does it feel to be “OUT”?
OUT #2: How do you feel about those that are “IN”?
Out #3: What might attract you to be one of the “IN’s”?
Who is missing from our meetings and why?
Question 8: Does you group identify who is missing from your meetings and discuss its responsibility to carry the message?
Question9: How can groups help keep both newcomers and experienced members fully participating in meetings and engaged in the NA program?
10) Invite them back
Question 10: What actions can be taken to ensure the member sand potential members know that our meetings exist? How can we improve these efforts?
Question11: How can groups and Areas work together to helping these efforts? How can local service efforts be targeted to reach those missing from our meetings?
Our Service System
Question #13: How can our current service system better allow for new ideas and creative approaches? In what ways can we improve relationships and communication with other service bodies (Committee to committee, area to area, area to region, region to area, zone or world services, etc)?
Question#14: What some ways we can evaluate our service work? What value is there on following up on these efforts? How can we improve our follow-up efforts?
Question#15: What aspects of the system may need changing? What steps can be taken to help build a more productive and responsive service structure?
B) Have clearly defined positions
Question #16: Who is missing from our service structure? How can we better cultivate, support and encourage leadership within the service structure? How can we help to get people the information, tools and support they need to be successful n their service efforts?
Question# 17: How can NA communities expand their resources (members, tools, and finances) and better use those resources? How do your group contributions help to carry the message at all levels of the service structure?
Question# 18: How can we make service more interesting, stimulating and rewarding? And perhaps even fun?
The end of World Services Presentation- Back to Issue discussion Topics
Two New Areas overlap > shared services. Model appears in
Guide to local services page 81
Phone line Technologies
Created by an ad hoc group in his Region from 3 different sources (NA group regional zone inventory, area service inventory and the 12 concepts of NA) Their RSC and subcommittees are currently taking this inventory. He made a copy available to anyone who wanted via email at the Zonal Forum
Moving Western States Zonal Forum to 2008
Some addicts would have access –word of mouth. It would be constantly changing. Confusion. Some area have done it successfully.
Consolidation of Regions
would bring us into greater equality with the World Wide Fellowship.
Naws presentation-Infrastructure of Service
That is how long you will have the groups’ attention.
The group that is miles away could have one meeting a month where they invite a speaker to come from the city and plan a pot-luck around it.
Goodbyes to Steve F, Franny and Rueben A. Thanks for all your good service here “Thought from outgoing RD’s- They come from different places all to do the same thing; continue to focus on a vision of purpose-(Equal, mentoring ,gratitude.)