Eastern New York Region
July 12, 2008
The following information is from the June
2008 NAWS News issue, which can be downloaded for
free at www.na.org.
The "For Young Addicts by Young Addicts" IP will be
available July 1, 2008 for .26 along with the "For
the Parents or Guardians of Young People in NA" for
.26 also. The 6th Edition Basic Text will be
available for $11.00 on October 1, 2008. Also,
there will be a Basic Text Commemorative Edition
for sale on October 1, 2008 celebrating the 25th
Anniversary of the Basic Text for $25.00. The Roman
numeral medallions will be available October 1,
2008 for $2.75. Also, the specialty medallions will
be available the same date for $12.13.
Price increases for items are in the June 2008 NAWS
News, along with the discontinued items.
We also have two new employees at the World Service
Office (WSO) in California.
The priority ranking of the workgroups that we
prioritized at the WSC in this year are the
Business Plan Workgroup, Fellowship Issue
Discussions, PR, which will have a focus group with
professionals, the Service System project, which is
a two conference cycle project, Targeted
Literature, which will be involved in the revising
of the "In Times Of Illness IP, Workshops, the
"Living Clean" book, which is a two conference
cycle project, prioritized literature surveys from
what members go though clean will be what this
project is focusing on, Leadership Orientation
Material, Self Support Pamphlets, which will be two
pamphlets to replace our current self support
pamphlets and Service Material, which they might
not get to this conference cycle, they are
beginning to work on service topics covered in
current and discontinued handbooks in NA.
World Unity Day 2008 will take place on August 31,
2008. This is when we say the serenity prayer
together at the same time. If you want to
participate in World Unity Day in NY just have a
moment of silence and say the serenity prayer at
8am wherever you are. This year is 25 years since
the 1st edition of the Basic Text came out and it
is NA's 55th year anniversary. I will email out the
flyer to you all for World Unity Day. You can also
download the flyer at www.na.org.
You can also download the 2008-2010 Guide to World
Services at na.org or you can buy it from World
Northeast Zonal Forum (NEZF) June 20-22, 2008
Friday June 20, 2008.
At 9:40pm we opened the NEZF by reading the NEZF
We the went around the room and introduced
ourselves Jim G NEZF Chair, Elliot Regional
Delegate (RD) ABCD, Leroy Regional Delegate
Alternate (RDA) ABCD, Judy NEZF Secretary, Bob RD
Western New York (WNYR), ED B RD Mid Atlantic
(MAR), Richie S from our Region, Chris R Northern
New England (NNE) RD, Melinda RDA Connecticut, Jeff
RDA2 Greater New York (GNY), Bill RDA GNY, Dave M
RD GNY, Cedric WNYR, Paul RDA Mountain Valley (MV),
Rock from Northern New Jersey(NNJ), Bobby NNJ RDA,
Laura Z RD New Jersey (NJ), Andrew New England (NE)
RDA, Bill RD NE, Jeremy NEZF Vice Chair, Lauren
Vice Chair Nassau Area, Carol Treasurer of Northern
New York (NNY).
Ed B, Judy, Dave M, Cedric, Richie S all shared
there experience at there first NEZF.
Jeremy F went over the ground rules for the NEZF.
Jim G went over the NEZF History and the Agenda for
the weekend. We started discussing the agenda for
the weekend. There was discussion on discussing the
World Service Conference (WSC) and the upcoming
Zone Wide Workshop (ZWW) next summer, which I
brought up. We did a straw poll and the body was in
favor of discussing the WSC and tweaking the
agenda. We decided to keep the agenda as it is.
After having a discussion on this we all decided
that we can talk about the WSC and the ZWW in the
session on where is the NEZF going.
There was also discussion on using the time on
Saturday night for the NEZF if we need to.
We closed at 11:30pm.
NEZF Saturday June 21, 2008
We started at 9:05am and Jim G read the NEZF
We had roll call of the Regions called by Judy our
NEZF Secretary. 11 Regions were present.
We than had introductions around the room.
We than reviewed the minutes of the last NEZF.
There were know changes that had to be made. Elliot
brought up that there are changes in the NEZF
Guidelines that we passed at our Zone that needs to
be put into our guidelines. $18.34 was the cost of
Ed B gave Regional Input on the topic of "Where is
the NEZF going". Mountain Valley and Mid Atlantic
talked about how there Regions fell about having
RD/RDA's having positions on the NEZF so the other
Regions in our Zone do not have to fund the
"voluntary unfunded trusted servants of the NEZF".
We started discussing our topic at this NEZF "Where
is the NEZF going". Elliot Z from the ABCD
discussed the moratorium, which was passed at the
WSC about the seating of Regions who came by a
Regional split. They don't want to be another level
of service and they are opposed of having Zonal
representation. Bob from WNY discussed that we are
going in the right direction. Laura Z NJ RD
discussed how her Region does not want to become
another level of service as a Zone. Chris R the RD
NNE Region discussed that we might be headed to
another level of service. Ed B does not want the
NEZF to be another level of service. Richie S
thinks we should discuss problems and solutions,
how are we spending NA funds, ZWW, having an open
forum from 9am-6pm on Saturday, where are we going,
educate members on what we are and is the Website a
way to report.
We took a break at 9:55am.
At 10:10am we started back by having a moment
silence followed by the serenity prayer. We
continued with the agenda. Melinda the RDA from
Connecticut shared that she is new here at the
NEZF. I discussed the following about Conference
Development, Zonal Delegates in the future as far
as strategic planning goes, and the moratorium on
the seating of Regions, our NEZF Website, ZWW and
our problems and our solutions with our Regions in
the NEZF. More on what I discussed is in this
report in regard to Zones and Regions around the
world in NA. Dave M discussed are we going to be
proactive or reactive. Bill the RDA from the GNYR
discussed rotation of service and what other zones
are doing. Paul MV RDA discussed how we can we
bring back all the information from World Service
(WS) to our Regions, doing workshops and discussing
our Regions problems and our solutions.
We took a break at 10:50am.
We started back at 11:10am. Dwayne B from NNJ RD
discussed he felt that the World Board (WB) had a
lot of influence at the WSC, that not one Group,
Area or Region contributed to Northern New Jersey
for there $36,000 debt and that our Zone did not
nominate anyone for the WB and Dwayne feels like we
should have. Well as a Zone do not do this. Bobby
the RDA from NNJ discussed that we should talk
about our problems and our solutions and maybe we
can discuss the Service Pamphlet’s (SP’s) here.
Andrew RDA for NE shared that this is his 2nd Zone
and that he is new at this and he discussed his
first NEZF that they had GSR and RCM packets as
well as for different service bodies, Andrew
discussed the triplelication of services in NA.
Bill the RD from NE discussed how we can build
consensus; we should discuss any new business
motions that any of our Regions are going to make
at the WSC before the WSC as a Zone. Jeremy F the
NEZF Chair shared that he is here to facilitate the
meeting. Leroy the RDA for ABCD discussed how can
we as a Zone bring information back to our Regions,
Area's, Groups etc, Cedric from WNY discussed how
can we serve, unity through service, reaching out
to the other zones, problems and solutions. Beth
from the NNY Region from the galley discussed how
there Region is struggling. Carletta a RCM from the
Greater Paterson Area discussed she would like to
here about our problems and our solutions.
We broke for lunch at 12:10am.
We resumed at 1:40pm.
Judy our NEZF Secretary passed around the NEZF
contact list for all of us to check and sign.
Ed B MAR wanted discussion on the voluntary
unfunded trusted servants of the NEZF. I shared
that if people want to serve the NEZF they know
that those positions are not funded and if the
Regions in the Zone want to fund them they can.
Elliot shared about the Human Resource Panel (HRP)
process, the fund flow, the Leadership project for
this conference cycle etc. Richie S shared some of
my ideas I shared before about where the NEZF is
going. Laura Z the RD from NJ discussed utilizing
the time at the WSC to discuss where the Zone is
going instead of the candidate profiles.
Dave M the RD from the GNYR discussed that we
should work as a block as a Zone and he was also in
favor of my idea as far as each of our Regions
RD/RDA’s in the Zone each pick a Zone to gather
information from and report back to our Zone with
as far as what is going on in the Regions in each
Zone. Chris R the RD from the NNE discussed how we
should discuss new business motions at the WSC from
Regions in our Zone that made those motions instead
of the candidate profile forms; also we can use the
Area Planning Tool (APT) to help us. Dwayne the RD
from NNJ discussed communications in our Zone. Paul
the RDA from MV discussed is this another level of
service our Zone? Bill the GNYR RD discussed what
should the groups ask for; we can maybe come up
with our own Issue Discussion Topics (IDT’s). Jeff
the RDA2 from the GNYR discussed using the Zone as
a block of information to the WSC, which was along
the lines of my ideas. Laura Z the RD from NJ
discussed that she believes that the groups do know
what they need, however they just don't care. Paul
the RDA from MV discussed that we need to make
service fun. Cedric from WNY shared we need to
communicate better and make service more attractive
for members to get involved.
We took a break at 3pm.
We resumed at 3:25pm with a moment of silence
followed by the serenity prayer.
Richie S from our Region discussed mentoring our
current service people and using the NEZF Website
to communicate. Jeff K the RDA2 from the GNYR
discussed about having consensus on where we want
to go as a Zone.
Open Forum 3:30pm
Dave M wanted to here about the SP regarding
Medication and what the RD/RDA's felt about the
motions that South Florida made pertaining to this.
Trudy from NNY and seating in the galley shared
about maybe calling the ZWW not a workshop. Lauren
from Nassau shared how we should have old timers
still involved and let's make service attractive.
Laura Z the RD for NJ discussed medication. Bill
the NE RD discussed medication. Andrew the RDA from
NE discussed the SP's. Leroy the RDA from the ABCD
Region discussed medication and our translations in
NA. Bill the RDA for the GNYR shared about
communications in NA and discussed the word clean.
I wanted to know any ideas that the NEZF members
have about the ZWW, I also discussed communications
in NA, medication and the SP's. Rock from NNJ
shared about how we can make service attractive.
Paul the RDA from the MV Region discussed
medication. Bobby the RDA from NNJ shared about
medication. Richie S from our Region shared about
renegade H and I meetings and renegade NA meetings
and he also discussed many of the concerns that I
We broke at 5:00pm.
We resumed at 5:20pm with a moment of silence
followed by the serenity prayer.
Elliot Z the RD from the ABCD Region discussed
Translations, Contributions and Leadership. PI Fred
our former NEZF Secretary shared about medication
and gave us minutes on a CD going back to 1992.
Lauren J from Nassau shared about a same experience
with renegade H and I meetings and medication.
Trudy shared about contributions, Renegade H and I
meetings and people bringing pets into meetings.
Bob the RD for the WNY discussed translations and
the WSC. Bill the RD from NE shared about the SP's
and what Regions are doing with the SP's as far as
review and input, which is due by the end of July,
literature in NA, representation at the WSC and he
also discussed that the WSO contacted him about
doing a World Wide Workshop in the NE Region in
March or April of 2009. Dwayne the RD for the NNJ
Region shared about medication and renegade H and I
meetings. Carletta from NNJ shared about
medication, encouraged us to go back to our
Regions, Areas and Groups about what should we do
at the ZWW, she also asked questions about adopting
a Zone, dealing with people on medication in there
meetings and proposals that are getting brought up
We closed at 6:10pm for dinner with a moment of
silence followed by the serenity prayer.
NEZF Sunday June 22nd, 2008
We opened at 9:10am with a moment of silence
followed by the serenity prayer.
We than read the NEZF Purpose Statement.
We than did roll call and we still have 11 Regions
Jeremy gave the voluntary unfunded trusted servant
contributions by the Regions of the NEZF report.
This information along with everything that was
said this weekend will be in the NEZF minutes,
which should be out in the next 30 days.
There was discussion on the NEZF money management
proposal that got tabled at the last Zone regarding
a NEZF bank account. This proposal was tabled to
the next NEZF.
We as a Region will vote on this proposal and bring
our Regional vote to the next NEZF.
Richie S discussed the NEZF Website.
Proposal#3 was read, which is to create a Trusted
Servant position to responsibly manage the newly
authorized NEZF website.
We took a break at 10:25am.
We resumed at 11:00am with a moment of silence
followed by the serenity prayer. The Administrative
Committee of the NEZF proposed to have the NEZF Ad
Hoc Web servant another six month's and ask our
Region's should the Web servant be present at the
Zone after they are voted in to the position or
Jeremy gave a report on the ZWW meeting we had at
the Zone yesterday over lunch. Here is what the
June 22, 2008
Ad Hoc Committee Report
For the Zone Wide Workshop
The Ad Hoc Committee met Saturday, June 21, 2008,
at the NEZF during lunch time. Present: Ed B,
chair; Jeremy F, vice chair; James R, RDA ENY,
Richie S from ENY, Lauren from ENY, Jim G NEZF
We covered a number of items.
The ZWW will be held at the summer NEZF in ENY. As
hosting RDA, James was eager to get the ball
rolling. He is thinking of holding the forum in a
large hotel, either near LaGuardia (LGA) or JFK
airport. These are also near major highways and
easy to get to. Based on similar events, we think
that perhaps 25 – 40 members of the local
fellowship may attend. These will be in addition to
the 25 or so usual NEZF attendees. We will need a
space that will be able to accommodate all these
people at round tables. James feels that this will
be financially manageable for his region.
James has some ideas about how to learn what topics
the local fellowship is interested in. We will have
at least one session of one of these topics. We
also are thinking of having a topic from this
conference cycle’s issue discussion topics.
Facilitating brainstorming in small groups and
large groups is a learned skill, so we considered
who from ENY have that skill. Both James and Richie
do. We discussed approaching people from regions
that neighbor ENY who have the needed skills (not
necessarily people who currently attend the NEZF.)
A number of names came up and we will approach
those people. In addition, we are looking for
people with this experience who are current zonal
By the end of the next 30 days, we hope to have two
workgroups formed, one to deal with hosting and the
other to deal with programming, In the next six
months we will work on planning and developing the
ZWW and come back in January with a report on our
work to NEZF.
Ed Bremme, Chair ZWW Ad Hoc
Home (570)327-8166 Cell (570) 916-1304
Jeremy Freeman, Vice Chair ZWW Ad Hoc
Home (207) 774-3969 Cell (978) 697-8032
Here is the proposal for the Zone Wide Workshop
(ZWW) that was passed at the January 2008 NEZF.
#1 NEZF Zone Wide Workshop Proposal
Maker: Ed B., (Mid-Atlantic RD), ZWW Ad Hoc Chair
To bring together the local fellowship of the hosting region and the zonal forum
members in a day of brainstorming NA service topics.
Where and When
Summer 2009, location to be determined by the NEZF hosting rotation.
Since the purpose of the Zone Wide Workshop (ZWW) is to foster discussion
between the local fellowship and the delegates, the ZWW committee will consult with
the RD of the hosting region, who will know best what engages the local fellowship. If
the hosting region has no clear preference, topic will be chosen from WSC 2008
Issue Discussion Topics. ZWW Committee will develop a brainstorming program
based on the topic (or topics) and facilitate the program at the Zone Wide Workshop.
Wall-size Post-its (two pads) $ 50.00
Extra-large meeting space 200.00 (may not be necessary)
Flyers + 100.00
Cost to be divided equally among our 13 participating regions, that is, $27.44 a
Currently the zonal forum has no treasurer. If that changes, that person would
receive, disburse, and account for the money. If that does not change, the NEZF will
elect a ZWW treasurer for this one-time event. This treasurer will receive and
disburse all money relating to the ZWW. He/she will be accountable for the money
and will report to the zonal forum on all moneys received and disbursed.
In regard to the Zone Wide Workshop (ZWW)
that our Region will be hosting, when we all
met up for lunch we all discussed our ideas.
The last Zonal Forum’s that the ENY and GNY
Regions have done both took place in Queens,
NY at the Marriot Hotel by LGA Airport. I
believe this will be the best location for
the ZWW being that many RD/RDA’s in our Zone
will be flying or driving by here to get to
our Region for a ZWW. Also, most of the
NEZF’s are by Airports of the hosting
Regions in Hotel’s.
When Jeremy presented this report to the
NEZF not one Region was opposed to having
the ZWW in this location and the body was
okay with what we discussed.
So the question comes up what is a Zone Wide
Workshop (ZWW)? Well a World Wide Workshop
(WWW) is when World Services conducts a
workshop in a Region of NA and one of the
topics is what a local area of that Region
where the workshop is being held wants to
have discussed and everyone participates who
is there. So we are doing the same as World
Services does for a World Wide Workshop,
however we as the NEZF will be doing it as a
Zone Wide Workshop (ZWW).
Our agenda as the NEZF will stay the same
for the weekend the only difference will be
the topic we as a Zone usually discusses on
Saturday at our Zone will be the ZWW agenda.
If the ENYR is all in agreement of having
the ZWW at a hotel by LGA Airport perhaps
the Marriot just like when the NEZF was
hosted by our Region and the GNYR several
years ago then the Western Queens Area will
be the Area that our Zone will ask them for
a topic that there Area would want to see
discussed at the ZWW. If our Region is okay
with this then based on turnout’s of NA
members in the Western Queens Area for
service events we can expect around 25-40
members from the Western Queens Area at this
workshop on top of our usual 25 or so Zonal
participants. Also, being that this workshop
might be taking place in a city environment
we might get more members from the
surrounding Area’s and Regions attending
being we are so close. I am anticipating a
little over 100 people will be in
attendance. So with the tables for small
group discussions I think a room that can
hold 150 with tables should be good. We also
need to get a price on rooms from a Hotel
for the NEZF participants and a flyer for
the event out soon. We have supplies such as
marker’s post it boards etc for this
workshop. The hosting Region usually
supplies coffee and bagels etc for the
morning’s of Saturday and Sunday at the
NEZF’s and in the afternoon Saturday. The
Hotel might have coffee and continental
breakfast for the NEZF participants when you
book a room there. This is a question to ask
when we are going to get a venue.
This is not by any means written in stone.
If any Area in our Region wants to be the
Area where the ZZW will be held then what I
would suggest is we can all discuss this at
the RSC meeting, talk over the phone, text
or email each other within the month.
A proposal was read that the Chair and Vice Chair
of the NEZF be from the Hosting Region. This was
presented by Ed B the RD from Mid Atlantic. There
was discussion on this proposal. This proposal will
be brought back at the next Zone by the maker.
Judy our current secretary was nominated for
secretary. There was know objection. Judy is still
our Secretary. Elliot Z the RD for the ABCD Region
was nominated for Vice Chair, which was 2nd. Richie
S nominated him self as Vice Chair of the Zone.
Elliot Z got elected Vice Chair of the NEZF. Jeremy
F got nominated and 2nd. Dave M was nominated and
he did not accept. Richie S was nominated for Chair
and accepted. Richie S got elected as Chair of the
Melinda the RDA for Connecticut Region gave out the
flyer for the next NEZF, which is hosted by her
Region. January 23, 24 & 25 2009 are the dates for
the next NEZF. I will email out the flyer when I
get an electronic copy of it to you all.
June 26-28, 2009 is the dates for the ZWW. That our
Region will be hosting.
January 29, 30 and 31st, 2010 are the dates of the
NEZF in the GNYR.
We all came up with topics to discuss at the next
NEZF. Each Region had to pick two. The topic for
the next NEZF is the Zonal Planning Tool.
Our Region also received a thank you letter for our
contribution for the trusted servants of the NEZF
who are not funded. I will bring this letter to our
next RSC meeting.
We ended at 12:50pm with a moment of silence
followed by the serenity prayer.
I would also like to inform you all that I received
a call from Bob Jordan who was our former WB Chair,
who is now working at the WSO as a Project
Coordinator. He informed me that I was selected on
the Living Clean – The Journey Continues Workgroup for this
This project is a book length piece of recovery literature that focuses on
our experiences in living the daily life as recovering addicts. This will
include many topics that have been forwarded over the years, such as:
relationships, parenting, illness, sponsorship, grief, age and aging in
recovery, spirituality, service, race, etc. The project will go from
September 2008 till September 2010.
There are two board members assigned to the project, one of whom will
act as the point person/administrator of the group.
We are estimated to have 10 workgroup meetings over that time frame,
essentially a meeting each quarter to be held at the WSO in Chatsworth,
California. There will be about 8 or 9 members on this workgroup in
addition to the two WB members assigned to this workgroup.
The NAWS Staff assigned to this project is the following: Bob Jordan –
Project Coordinator; Andrea Lapin – Contract Writer and Elaine
Wickham – Admin Support.
If anyone has any ideas for the Living Clean-The Journey Continues
Book Project, please email your ideas to World Services.
If anyone has any questions on this report please
email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on my cell
In Loving Service, James R ENYR RDA.