Susan M. was nominated for RCM. She has willingness to serve, four and half years clean, participates in her home group, and has a sponsor and sponsees.
Shane H. was nominated for Alternate RCM. He has the willingness to serve, one year clean time; he is interested in learning more about the service structure of the Fellowship. He also has a sponsor and sponsees, and home group.
Vanessa M. was nominated for Hospital & Institutions Chair. She has the willingness to serve. She has two and half years clean; a home group, and a sponsor and sponsee.
Public Relations remain open.
GSRs take these nominations to your home groups for consideration. Continue to seek a Public Relation Chair.
A Gathering of Men and Women: Next home group meeting: November 11th. Donation: none. The group is going well. We have four or more people a week.
Common Desires: Next home group meeting: TBD Donation: $10.00. Attendance is low. We have no other business. We meet Thursday and Saturday in Essexville at St Luke’s Church.
Common Welfare:Next home group meeting: November 15thDonation: $10.00
Conscience Contact: Next home group meeting: Sunday before Area, November 11th. Donation: $15.00. Our group continues to meet as an Eleventh Step meeting. We have 15 minute mediation every Sunday. Come, join us.
H.O.W.: Next home group meeting: Monday following the 11 a.m. meeting before Area, November 12th. Donation: none. We bought literature. We are saving for our next picnic. We are still meeting three times a week; Monday’s and Friday’s at 11 a.m.; Tuesday at 7 p.m.
How It Works: Next home group meeting: Monday before Area, November 12th. Donation: $30.00. Attendance is down but steady, donations are steady; coffee and other supplies are good; literature supplies are good and the rent is paid. We are in the process of selecting a new GSR.
If You Want What We Have:Next home group meeting: November 10th. Donation: none at this time. Attendance is steady, donations are up! Excited to see that we have just been able to resupply the refreshments, also we redid our reading sheets and literature. Participation is still down, and I only got a couple of the inventory sheets returned to me.
In The Solution: Next home group meeting: Friday, November 16th. Donation: $13.26. Group meetings during week; Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday; are small. We are seeing a few newcomers. Friday night meeting is seeing attendance of 25-30. Donations are steady. We have two new home group members. Adam H. was elected Alternate GSR at the October business meeting.
It Works, How & Why:Next home group meeting: Thursday, November 15th. Donation: none. We are experiencing low attendance since another meeting has started at the same time. We have very low donation. We have no funds to buy key tags or literature.
Learning to Live: Next home group meeting: Thursday before Area, November 15th. Donation: $6.00. Attendance is great! We discuss the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions. We now have all the positions in the home group filled. The rent is paid. Home group members increased from 3 to 9. We are thankful.
Let Go, Let God: Next home group meeting: Friday, November 16th. Donation: $10.00. Our home group is doing well. We plan to have an NA function on December 1st. I will bring flyers to the next Area meeting.
New Awakenings:Next home group meeting: Saturday, November 10th after the meeting. Donation: $56.00.
No Fear: Next home group meeting: Wednesday, November 14th at noon. Donation: $25.00. Our home group averages 20-25 members a meeting. Four home group members participated in our October “Group Conscience” meeting.
We decided to continue our meeting format of hosting an “open” meeting each Wednesday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. that rotates through the 12 Steps of NA by reading from the It Works: How & Why.
Our GSR resigned after the August Area Service committee meeting. Willard Y. will serve as the Alternate GSR and will mentor Tim D. to be our GSR. We have no nominations for the open position.
No Matter What: Next home group meeting: the Friday before the next Area, November 16th. Donation: $20.00. The Friday meeting at 6 p.m. attendance and donations are steady. The Sunday meeting is struggling. We could use support. The time is changing from 4:30 to 12:30 p.m. on October 20th. We are hoping this time change will help attendance.
PB&J Lunch Bunch: Next home group meeting: Monday, November 12th. Donation: none. We are still plugging along with few home group members. We would appreciate support. We have no donation at this time.
Primary Purpose: Next home group meeting: Wednesday, November 14th. Donation: $20.00. Our meting attendance has been steady. We still having a problem getting members involved in service. We have three regular home group members doing service work. We have gone back to a candle light format.
Step It Up: Next home group meeting: Thursday before Area, November 15th. Donation: $10.00. We meet Thursdays at 7 p.m. at the 1016 Treatment Center. Meeting attendance has been good. There are a lot of new comers in the Midland area. Donations are steady. We are still growing. We request our meeting be added to the next meeting list.
Survival: Next home group meeting: Tuesday, November 13th. Donation: $10.00. Once a month, there is a mediation meeting. Because of the size, we break off into two meetings mostly. We have a donation of $10.00. Donations are down. Eight home group members attended the last group “conscience meeting”. The second Tuesday of the month is an open meeting.
Unity: Next home group meeting: Monday, November 12th at 8:15 p.m. after the meeting. Donation: $60.00. We have no new projects or problems/issues. Our meeting attendance is up, as well as, our 7th tradition. We have a new home group member; Margaret F. came back October 15th.
We Are Not Unique: Next home group meeting: TBD. Donation: $20.00. Currently our meeting attendance has remained good although we did see a slight drop at the end of summer.
Willing to Make the Effort:Next home group meeting: Friday, November 16th. Donation: none. Our group is doing well. We have decided to split the meeting into parts (two are open discussion and one is Basic Text study). This is to ensure each member has a chance to share. We have recently bought literature and will not be making a donation at this time.
Trusted Servant Reports:
Chair-The co-chair gave a brief verbal report. He explained the chair was on a work assignment and he was filling in.
RCM—Willard had hand outs of Regional information:
Jimmy k once said that he believed NA would be in every corner and nook in the world. Many of us have seen this vision turn into reality. Just recently a fellowship development team from NAWS and the APF consisting of NA members from Iran went to Afghanistan to carry the message. Here is their report.Salam Hi all:
We're back from our Afghanistan trip safe and sound! I thank god and also you guys for giving me the opportunity to do FD service in Afghanistan.
I can't possibly find the right words to express the effects of this service on my entire being. I feel some twenty years younger. I think the above had a similar impact on Javad as well.
Anyway, the idea of NAWS and APF cooperating in respect of financial and human resources is extremely attractive. I thank all of you from the bottom of my heart.
Afghanistan has a total population of around 35M who have lived in a conflict zone for many years. The effects of the past wars can be clearly seen throughout the country. That said, Afghanistan has a more chronic problem in the form of addiction to narcotics. One of the Afghani government officials advised us that the official rate of addiction in the country is around 1.5M. Please note that the Iranian Government also declares the same figure in respect of Iran!, who knows hey????!!!
NA meetings started in Afghanistan around two and a half years ago by two members who had found NA in Iran. In 2011 in an FD effort organized by APF Saeed and Akbar from Iran travelled to Afghanistan. At the time there were some 180 members in two towns i.e. Kabul and Harat. Some 45 members attended workshops that had been organized by the above. The good news is that during our recent trip we noted that there are now around 400 members who attend meetings in four cities namely Kabul, Harat, Mazar Sharif and Ghaz-neyn. Ninety members attended our recent workshops.
On our arrival we had a meeting with the Afghani host committee and decided to dedicate our first workshop to mixing the various members in the above four cities and asking them about their challenges, problems and needs.
On the first day of our workshops, they were split into six small groups and asked to brain storm their groups' problems and needs. They came up with twelve issues which formed the basis of our workshops for the following three days. These workshops were held in the small groups format, brain storming, speaker panels, Q&A and sharing. The topics of the workshops were:
Informing the local communities (neighbors, families and landlords)
Finally, amidst the sound of sobbing the serenity prayer was read out by all and the session concluded.
Our PI efforts:
1. Had a meeting with the landlord of the workshop venue who is an influential clergy and sat through our twelve steps speaker panel.
2. Carrying the message of recovery to the still suffering addicts in a place known as "the Burnt Bridge" where we provided the addicts with Bread, Cigarettes and the who's an addict pamphlet, and also meeting lists.
(Note: We paid for bread and Cigarettes and NA paid for the pamphlets and meeting lists). This was well received by the addicts who normally live under the above bridge.
3. We visited a government run rehab center in Kabul and as well as holding discussions with the management of the center, held an H&I panel for the residents thereof.
4. The landlord of the workshop venue invited us to lunch and also asked three of his clergy colleagues to come along and meet us. We also explained our program to the above who then advised that they could see no contradictions between our twelve steps and the verses of the Quran. They then promised to let us have written evidence from the Quran that would support all of our twelve steps. (We spoke extensively about steps four
and five as well).
5. We visited the offices of UNODC and met three of their officials explained the nature of our program and NA's presence throughout the world. Fortunately the above have a good relationship with the Afghani government and promised their full support and cooperation. It was agreed there and then that liaison meetings would be held between INODC and members of Afghani PR subcommittee. It was further more agreed that NA meetings would be held inside six rehab centers that are currently supervised by UNODC. It goes without saying that our sixth tradition would be fully respected there.
6. On our last day and three hours before our return flight, whilst we had our suitcases with us, we went to a government run psychiatric hospital whose manager was an influential doctor who was also a government employee, and had a meeting with him. He was familiar with NA and welcomed us warmly. We thanked him and got him to agree to supporting the local NA community as much as possible.
Note: In all the above efforts we introduced ourselves as trusted servants from NAWS and APF with Iranian nationalities.
We returned to Iran but our hearts stayed back in Afghanistan.
Note: This article was cut & pasted from a Facebook posting on 10/16/2012 in which Ron Hofius shared Tom McCall's status update re: Afghanistan PI.