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									                                      WHAT A WAY TO START A DAY
                                         BUSINESS MEETING
                                              MINUTES


                              DATE OF MEETING: Saturday, July 30, 2011



Phone line opened at 6:00pm
Meeting was called to order by Mike V. at 6:15pm with a moment of silence followed by the Serenity Prayer.
Purpose was read by Shannon B.
Twelve Traditions of NA was ready by K K.;
Twelve Steps of NA was ready by K K.

ROLL CALL
                                                                               Voting
Executive Board & Subcommittees                             Attendance        Eligibility
Mike V.              Chairperson                                Present          n/a
                     Vice-Chairperson                           Vacant           n/a
Shannon B.           Treasurer                                  Present          yes
Jessie C.            Secretary                                  Absent           n/a
Nannette H.          Alternate Secretary                        Absent           n/a
Errol J.             Welcome Subcommittee Chair                 Absent           n/a
Karen W.             P & P Chairperson                          Present          yes
Pamela M.            Moderator                                  Absent           n/a
KK.                  Co-Moderator                               Present          yes
Lucius B.            Speaker Coordinator                        Absent           n/a
                     Speaker Coordinator                        Vacant           n/a
Katie D.             Webservant                                 Absent           n/a
                     GSR                                        Vacant           n/a
                     GSR-Alternate                              Vacant           n/a

                                  Voting
MEMBERS in Attendance            Eligibility
1 Raynette M                        yes
2 Kerry W.                          yes
3 Joseph B.                         yes
4 Carole C.                         yes
5 Carl N.                           yes
6 Dwight H.                          no
7 Jerald W.                         yes
8 Debra T.                          yes

Total @ Meeting                     12
Total Eligible to Vote              10
Established Quorum                   8



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OFFICER’S REPORTS

Chairperson’s Report                                                                                 Mike V.

This will be my last report as Chairperson. I would like to thank the Group for allowing me to serve. I think
that as a Group, our primary focus should be on getting speakers.

Secretary’s Report     –                                                                               Jessie C.

No written report submitted.

Treasurer’s Report                                                                                 Shannon B.
                               TREASURE CLOSE OUT REPORT – Shannon B.
                                            JULY 2011

PO BOX OPENED ------- 12 – 20-2010
BANK ACCOUNT OPENED ------------ REGIONS BANK - JACKSON, TENNESSEE – 2-28-2011
BANK ACCOUNT CLOSED ---------- REGIONS BANK- JACKSON, TNENNESSEE – 4-29-2011
PO BOX CHARGE AND KEY FEE- $37.00
Opened Bank Account - $210.00
Deposit - $35.00
Pay Pal Verified deposits - $.14, $.05
Monthly Fee - $5.00
Closed Account - Withdraw $240.19 – ending balance in bank
Donations - $75.00
Total Balance July 2011 ___________ $315.19

Beginning Balance $315.19
Mailed - $152.00 to new Treasurer Debra T.
-$52.00 New PO Box
-$100.00 Opening new bank account

Money order charges
-$79.20 $52.00 + $25.00 from group to open bank account
-$51.10 – donation to New Orleans Area

$315.19
-$79.20 – PO Box & $25.00 towards bank account
$235.99
-$75.00 checks and money orders from group members for bank account opening
$160.99
-$51.10 – donation to New Orleans Area
$109.89
+$35.00 member donations
$144.89
$       - money order remaining balance
$               ending balance mailed to new treasurer
Remaining balance has been mailed to upcoming treasurer Debra T, Geismar, LA, July 2011.
In Loving Service, Shannon B. Treasurer 2010-2011
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SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS

Moderator’s Report                                                                                    Pamela M.

No written report submitted. K gave verbal report.

Welcoming Subcommittee Report                                                                             Errol J.

No written report submitted. Shannon B. summarized the subcommittee meeting.

Speaker Coordinator Subcommittee Report                                                                   Vacant

No written report submitted.

Website Subcommittee Report                                                                              Katie D.

At this time we are waiting for the $100.00 funds that the group conscious had agreed to send us so that we can
set up our account with Yola web, and move forward with apps and a web address that we can use to help other
addicts find our web site.
Also the group is considering adding names and phone numbers on the web from our home group list. At this
time I wish to submit an email that was sent to us from NA World from a concerned addict, dated 01/23/2011,
so that each person can make an educated decision as to whether they would like their personal information
posted.

Hello - thank you for writing. With the continually increasing rise in the popularity of the Internet and the
questions it raises about anonymity in NA, questions such as yours have become quite common. We are happy
to offer some thoughts in response to your question.

When it comes to the Internet, it seems that our guiding principles are still our best resource on this matter,
even if they were written before the Internet existed. After all, the Twelve Traditions were formulated before
television existed, and yet the language of the Eleventh Tradition was flexible enough to adapt that change
without need for revision. It would seem that the same approach should apply in the case of the Internet.
Generally, most members would agree that the Internet falls into the category of "press, radio, and films" as
mentioned in the Eleventh Tradition.

With that in mind, websites listing personally-identifying information about NA group members, e.g. full names,
addresses, phone numbers, and/or photos, might be in conflict with our Eleventh Tradition. We at NA World
Services would not pursue individuals for matters related to our traditions; however, individual members are
free to attempt to raise others' awareness of our traditions. If that proves unsuccessful in affecting members'
individual behaviors, it seems there is little else that can be done.

When it comes to the use of Internet technology in support of our service efforts, we would encourage members
to read the Eleventh Tradition essay from It Works: How and Why, in addition to the chapter in the Public
Relations Handbook that you reference below.
We hope that information proves useful to you. Feel free to contact us again with any further questions or
concerns.
In fellowship,
Colin Sevareid
Public Relations, NA World Services+1 818 773 9999 x 141
colin@na.org
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Tradition Eleven states, “Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need
always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, and films”. Tradition eleven also states in the
Basic Text, page 72, fifth tradition, third paragraph it states “This is to protect the membership and the
reputation of Narcotics Anonymous. We do not give our last names nor appear in the Medias as a member of
Narcotics Anonymous. No individual inside or outside the Fellowship represents Narcotics Anonymous”.

Even though it was discussed in the past that we wanted our city and state posted with our names on the web,
the web committee felt that we should post “Intent to inform”. This will fulfill a purpose to insure that the
addicts are informed of our traditions and that they due affect the fellowship as a whole and they need to be
made aware of this. It was decided that we will be posting the information at the bottom of the home group
page as we represents Narcotics Anonymous.
I would like to continue to work with the Web Committee and if no one is interested in the Chair position, I
would like to be considered for the Web Master for another term.

We continue to update the site as the information comes in. Any other information pertaining to the web you
can email me at whatawaytostartadayjft@yahoo.com or Linderjan@yahoo.com, my home number is 804-580-
2560 or cell is 804-450-4235.
In Loving Service,
Katie D.
Web Master

GSR Report                                                                                           Wanda M.

No written report was submitted. Verbal report from the New Orleans Area was given by Shannon B.

Policy & Procedure Subcommittee                                                                        Karen W.
        I have updated the Guidelines to the best of my ability. I have not yet received all the motions to
incorporate the necessary policy changes into the Guidelines. I have sent the Guidelines to Mike V. so that he
can note any changes that I didn’t have motions for.
        I am willing to continue as acting Chairperson of P & P until someone steps up to serve as Policy
Chairperson and continue working on revising the Guideline and making changes as I receive the information.
 In Loving Service, Karen

OLD BUSINESS

ELECTIONS: Secretary, Shannon B. (Resigned from group after meeting; position re-opened)

POSITIONS STILL VACANT
Co-Moderator                         Policy & Procedure Chairperson Alternate GSR
Female Speaker Coordinator           Male Speaker Coordinator       Webservant
Secretary                            Alternate Secretary

CURRENT AGENDA ITEMS/DISCUSSION TOPICS
    Group discussed the need for speakers and people to step up to do service work
    Group discussed the cancellation of Newcomers Monday. Shannon said it didn’t have to be cancelled,
    but it was cancelled because she was celebrating her anniversary and no one had reviewed the Just for
    Today to pick a particular Monday for newcomers
    It was pointed out by Debra T., the incoming Treasurer, after Treasurer’s Report that the balance is
    $237.59

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NEW BUSINESS
     Shannon discussed the Group planning a retreat in 2012 and having an Ad Hoc Committee formed. No
     one opposed the idea, but the general consensus was that we needed to deal with the priority of getting
     speakers. Shannon made a motion and then withdrew the motion.

NO NEW COMPLETED MOTIONS

                                          ANNOUNCEMENTS
                                 See website for flyers and upcoming events

                                           [June 2011 Elections]
      CONGRATULATIONS TO THE NEWLY ELECTED TRUSTED SERVANTS
                               AND
              THANK YOU FOR BEING WILLING TO SERVE
                                          Kerry W., Chairperson
                                         K. K., Vice-Chairperson
                                          Carole C., Moderator
                                           Debra T., Treasurer
                                         Karen W., Co-Treasurer
                               Mike V.,Welcoming Subcommittee Chairperson
                                            Arnita S.C. - GSR

                                      MEETING ADJOURNED

                       NEXT BUSINESS MEETING SCHEDULED FOR
                            AUGUST 27, 2011 @ 7:00PM (CST)




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