Eastern New York Region
North East Zonal Forum (NEZF)
I attached the flyer for the next NEZF in Rochester NY, which will
take place from July 27-29 of this year. The workshop topic for the next
NEZF is “insurance”. Being that our Region has insurance I believe that we
as a Region can bring experience to the table. A copy of the NEZF Ad Hoc
Web Site Committee Report is attached as well. Our Region will have to
decide by the next NEZF in July if we want a NEZF Website. There are
suggested web servant guidelines and some proposals for prices of websites
attached to this report. These will all be voted on at the next NEZF. In
addition, the Greater New York Region made a proposal that was seconded
by New England Region at the NEZF. The proposal states “For the Zone
Wide Workshop (ZWW) ad-hoc committee to submit a proposal for a one
time ZWW. The proposal will include specifics concerning funding,
location, and all logistics. This passed at the NEZF 11-0-0. RCM’s please
bring back to your Area GSR’s and groups the ad hoc website committee
guidelines/proposals. At the July 2007 RSC meeting, our Region will need
to have the votes for the ad hoc website committee guidelines/proposals. So
we can bring our Regional decision to the next NEZF in July 2007. The
minutes for this NEZF are attached to this report, which includes everything
that was done and said at the NEZF.
Mid Atlantic Learning Confenference Narcotics Anonymous
At 9pm on Friday night the World Board (WB) members introduced
themselves. Tom Mc, Ron H, Craig R, Arne, H from the WB were present
along with Travis from the WSO.
The agenda for Saturday was
8:30am-10am (Building strong home groups) IDT.
10am-12 noon (Who is missing from our meetings and why)
Lunch 12-1:30 (Lunch)
1:30-5pm Area Planning Tool (APT)
Ron H shared on our vision statement and about the growth of our
fellowship because of the basic text. Arne H shared about the Canadian
fellowship and the European Delegates Meeting (EDM). Some countries that
have exploded with growth are Canada, Iran, Costa Rica, Russia, and South
Africa. Indian reservation meetings are growing in numbers. At some
workshops in Eastern Europe members from all over Europe attended. IP #1
is now in 4 languages in Africa. Because of World Health Organizations
around the world for substance abuse, millions of addicts know about NA. In
Siberia 300 members have a Guide to local service in NA (GTLSNA). Tom
Mc talked about the Asia Pacific Forum (APF). Tom Mc talked about his
trip to Iran. Iran has a Metro Service Committee (MSC) that works. There
are 10 Area’s in Iran. They are also about to have legal Non Government
Organization (NGO) status. Iran has are developing a service structure for
women. Last year 25% of all the Basic Text sold were in Farsi. WSC does
not want to seat any other Regions at the next World Service Conference
(WSC). They discussed the Basic Text project and we ended at 11:15pm.
Building Strong Home Groups
Attached is a copy of a guideline on a different approach on how to do
a small group discussion on the Issue Discussion Topic’s (IDT) in this
conference cycle. The Building Strong Home Groups (IDT) came from the
Atmosphere of Recovery (IDT) in the last conference cycle. Each group
started by picking a facilitator and a recorder and going around the table
introducing ourselves. We workshoped this (IDT) and the paperwork for this
IDT are attached to this report. Our answers that we came up our recorder
wrote down and gave it to the World Board (WB).
Who is missing from our meetings and why
We workshoped this (IDT) and some of the categories we came up
with in the large group discussion are old-timers, young people,
trusted servants, Asians, deaf, blind, professionals, Hispanics,
immigrants, native Americans, elderly, single parents,
The two most liked categories when we prioritized were young
people and experienced members. We than split the room in half.
One side answered questions on young members and the other side answered
questions on experienced members in small group discussions.
The questions that we answered that the World Board came up with
were the following.
1) What PR gaps can our service bodies work to resolve?
2) What outreach work can we do to reach potential
3) What personal efforts can we make to reach different
types of people?
4) What group level changes can we make to be sure all
Our group answered the questions on younger members. Some of
our answers were. PI/PR , showing kindness, outreach, greeters,
sponsorship, meeting list with phone numbers, targeting young people
hangouts, juvenile facilities, school counselors, substance abuse
counselors, literature in the community, Public Service
Announcements (PSA’s) on radio stations that young people listen to,
young people meetings.
I also attached the new IDT’s material which the World Board just
put out. You can also download this information at www.na.org.
Area Planning Tool (APT)
The Area Planning Tool (APT) is for the most part a 4th step
inventory that an Area, Region, Zone, Group, Service Body, etc can
use for there benefit. There are 7 steps in the process which are
1) Gather information
2) Develop a list of issues to address
3) Identify goals
4) Prioritize goals
5) Develop approaches
6) Prioritize approaches
7) Develop an action plan
The information that the World Board gathered and some
issues to address are the following. Training & Mentoring,
Resource Issues, Community Relations and Fellowship
Relations. This is for a make belief Area. What an Area can do for
this exercise is gather information on issues in there Area that they
want to address and use the APT from there. This is how you start.
All of the information is writing on post it boards for all the
steps of the APT. We then check the most liked answers with markers
in the steps to come. You can also do this exercise in a large group
I am willing to workshop the APT in any Area in our Region.
Just contact me and I will set up a date to workshop this tool in any
Area of our Region. Also, any other NA members who have
experience in workshoping the APT who would like to help out as far
as workshoping this in the Area’s in our Region just let me know. My
contact information is at the bottom of this report.
Step# 3 Identified Goals
Training & Mentoring
So with these goals each group formed groups of 8-10 members
(small group discussions) and pretended that they were an Area
Service Committee (ASC). The purpose of this exercise was how we
can better our (ASC) with these goals.
Step#4 Prioritize Goals
Training & Mentoring warm bodies rather then qualified trusted
servants; matching talents to tasks, reinventing the wheel, not carrying
forward past decisions, reacting properly when trusted servants (drop
the ball), not knowing what or how to serve.
Community Relations large meetings creating ill will with
communities, no communications between H&I and NA, too many
meetings in facilities, losing meeting spaces.
Resource Issues Trusted servants (TS) not showing up to serve,
misappropriation of NA funds, not stepping up to the plate to fill the
position, meetings not self supporting.
Fellowship Relations lack of communications among
subcommittees, inner city not supporting meetings elsewhere, larger
groups supporting smaller ones, competition, issues with community
We picked the most liked answers of this step known as
prioritizing to develop approaches in the next step. This was done in a
large group discussion.
Step#5 Develop Approaches
Training & Mentoring All trusted servants positions filled with
trained members is our goal for training and mentoring.
Community Relations Ongoing open communications with NA
and Institutions were we have NA meetings.
Resource Issues Trusted servants (TS) not showing up to serve.
Creating and teaching a learning environment in our service structure.
Fellowship Relations lack of communications among
Then each group took 5 minutes for each develop approach
step. We all wrote down ideas as a group then we went to one section
and checked the one idea that each person in the group liked the best.
The most liked answers were the prioritize approaches in the next
Step#6 Prioritize Approaches
Training & Mentoring Area Policy
Fellowship Relations subcommittee chairs meetings even if there
is know committee.
Resource Issues buddy system
Community Relations Quarterly meetings between liaisons
(fellowship & community).
The answers to the prioritize approaches step is what we use for
the last and finale step for the action plan.
Step#7 Action Plan
1) Tasks that need to be done back to the groups.
2) Time frame for accomplishing tasks 90 days.
3) Trusted servants responsible for completing tasks
4) What resources do we need people willing to train and
5) Completion 90 days, 6-12 months then ongoing.
World Service News
Narcotics Anonymous World Services (NAWS) has just published the
guide to World Services for conference cycle 2006-2008. You can download
it at www.na.org. Included are some dates that will be coming up soon.
Regional Motion Deadline (motions must be received by August 1
and be in Conference Agenda Report (CAR)-ready form by 22nd
August, 2007). August 29, 2007 is the deadline.
Deadline for World Pool Information Form (WPIF) submission to
be considered for the World Service Conference (WSC) 2008. Human
Resource Panel (HRP) nomination. August 31, 2007 is the deadline.
World Convention NA (WCNA) 32 August 30- September 2, 2007
in San Antonio, Texas.
Deadline for Region, Zone, and World Board (WB) candidate
submissions to the HRP. October 31, 2007 is the deadline.
English (CAR) is available on November 26, 2007.
Translated (CAR) is available on December 26, 2007.
Also included in the (GTWSNA) are the ideas for world service
projects submission form, which can also be downloaded at the NA
website. This form is for any member of NA who has an idea for a
project for World Services.
Available now at www.na.org you can download the Basic Text, IP #s
1-25, the group readings and booklets such as the little white book,
Concepts, behind the walls, NA a resource in your community, the group
booklet, the introductory guide to NA revised and in times of illness.
NAWS Annual Report from dates July 1 2005- June 30 2006. You
can download the report by going to www.na.org. The Annual Report
includes the following names of the WB, HRP and WSC Co facilitator
names, when they were elected, when their term ends and where they are
from. There are 15 WB members 4 HRP members and one Co facilitator.
Project updates such as the basic text, public relations efforts, issue
discussions, World Wide Workshops (WWW), fellowship services,
publications and communications are also included. As of June 30, 2006
there are 1064 Areas and 136 Regions in NA Worldwide. Included to are the
names and positions of the employees of the World Service Office (WSO) in
California. Financial Reports such as where does our money come from,
where does our money go, book distribution from 1983-2006, book
distribution 2005-2006, booklet distribution 2005-2006, IP distribution
2005-2006, medallion distribution 2005-2006, chip & key tag distribution
2005-2006 are all included. Income statements, auditor report, cash flows
and year end expenses statements are all in there as well. In addition,
operating and capital lease information as well as investments is also
included. Last and not lease the Donation by Region list is included in the
Annual Report to. That list shows what Groups, Areas, Regions etc donated
to World Services.
The World Board (WB) has a new bulletin out. It is bulletin #33 on
USA Liability Insurance. Our Region does have insurance. “As a matter of
fact” one of the two insurance companies that are listed on this bulletin that
many service bodies in NA uses is the Philadelphia Insurance Company who
we use. I attached the bulletin to this report. This bulletin has a great deal of
helpful information on questions regarding this subject. You can download it
by going to www.na.org.
World Wide Workshop
There will be a World Wide Workshop (WWW) in Lincoln, Nebraska
from May 11-13 of this year. Building Strong Home Groups, Who is
Missing from Our Meetings and Why and Our Service System are the Issue
Discussion Topics (IDT’s) in this conference cycle. The IDT’s and the Area
Planning Tool (APT) will be workshoped at this gathering. World Services
will also be discussing what is happening in NAWS and around the world.
The focus for this workshop is recovery and service issues. Discussions will
include solutions to local and global issues in our fellowship. All members
are highly encouraged to attend. Registration is free and you can register at
www.na.org, fax at 818-700-0700, or mail form to NAWS Worldwide
Workshop 19737 Nordhoff Place Chatsworth, CA 91311. For more
information call 818-773-9999 ext 116 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The flyer
with the registration form is attached to this report. Room rates are $99 plus
tax, per night. To make reservations call 800-793-7474. This workshop will
take place at the Cornhusker Marriott 333 South 13th Street Lincoln, NE
2007 NAWS Literature Distribution & Convention
On November 10-11, 2007 in Woodland Hills, CA NAWS is having
Workshops for Literature Distribution and Conventions from Friday
mourning to Saturday evening. The literature distribution workshop is for
Areas, Regions, or Service Offices involved in the Literature Distribution
operating process. This is an opportunity to interact with the people at
NAWS who process your literature orders. They will also have a joint
session on legal issues and accountability, along with upcoming product and
The Convention Workshop is for committees involved in planning
Conventions. They will discuss a wide range of topics and issues affecting
the planning, execution, and accountability of Conventions and there
committees. This workshop will also have a joint session on legal issues and
accountability. In addition to that there will be a special interactive session
with national representatives of major hotel chains.
Registration is free and you can register online @ www.na.org by fax
@ 818-700-0700, or by mailing to NAWS Literature & Convention
Workshop 19737 Nordhoff Place Chatsworth, CA 91311. For more
information you can call the WSO at 818-773-9999 ext 116 or email
email@example.com. Room rates are $101 + 14% tax rate per night. You can
make reservations by calling the Warner Center Marriott @ 818-887-4800.
For a discount on airline reservations you can call Montrose Travel, group
division @ 800-301-9673. American Airlines will give you a 5% discount
when you call Montrose Travel, just mention you are with NAWS. Shuttle
discounts for transportation to and from the airport and hotel will be
provided prior to the event for workshop registrants. The flyer for this event
is attached to this report with the registration form.
Youth IP’s (Review & Input)
There are two new IP’s out now for review & input for our fellowship.
One is a revised IP of our current youth & recovery IP. This IP or small
booklet is 19 pages long and the other is an IP for parents who have young
addicts in NA which is 6 pages. The deadline for the review & input for
these two IP’s is May 31, 2007. You can get the material by going to
www.na.org and school down to youth IP project to sign up to get the
information emailed to you. You can also call the WSO at 818-773-9999,
fax the WSO @ 818-700-0700 or write them at NAWS PO Box 9999, Van
Nuys, CA 91409. There are 5 questions to be answered on this project in the
session profile. Literature Review Committees on Area and Regional levels
can review the material, as well as groups and individuals. After your input
is finalized you can send it to firstname.lastname@example.org, http://
www.na.org/conference/youth/ or send by mail to World Board, 19737,
Nordhoff Place, Chatsworth, CA 91311 USA.
Youth Convention NA (YCNA)
Last weekend I attended the only Youth NA Convention in Laval
Quebec, Canada. There had to be more or a little less than 1,000 addicts in
attendance. Jim B a World Board (WB) member and Pierrot G the RD from
Quebec were present.
On Saturday we had a workshop on the Youth IP, which I participated
in. We broke into two rooms. One was for the French and the other was for
English. In these rooms we read the Youth IP out load going around the
room reading a section each. After that we came back to the main room and
broke up in small group discussions of tables with anywhere from 8-10
people per table for about 45 minutes, to answer the 5 questions in the
session profile. We all had post it’s on the tables and each group had a
recorder to write down the thoughts on the post it’s and a facilitator. Then
each group’s facilitator read off our answers in a large group discussion.
This took some time because the majority of the people present spoke
French, so everything had to be interpreted. This was a great experience for
me being able to do service in another country where English is not the main
It was a privilege to serve with Pierrot G and Jim B in Canada. In
addition, there were three WSO employees present who were Colin S, Portia
M and Chris. Also Rachel S who was on the Youth IP workgroup was there
with us in Canada as well. They all participated in the workshop to.
I was bringing up the fact that there seems not to be a section in the
IP about inner city members/ inner city minority youth members. Members
in New York, Canada and California etc were thinking along the same lines.
Also those inner city minority youth members seem not to be in our
meetings. Chris from the WSO emailed me and would like us young
members or people who got clean young to write a section for inner city
youth minority members, which we are glad to do. We are on it and when
we are done we will email it to the WSO. Who knows it could be in the next
Youth IP draft. If anyone knows any minority inner city youth members who
are young or who have got clean at a young age please contact me. My
contact information is at the end of this report. This is why it is important to
review and input this material. Some things get left out.
I am willing to workshop this project in any of the areas of our
Region. Just contact me if your area wants to workshop this project in your
area. The GNYR Literature Review Committee NA will be workshoping this
project. If anyone has any questions please feel free to contact me.
We also workshoped the IDT “Who is missing from our meetings and
why” for an hour and a half. As I discussed before in this report there is new
material out on the IDT’s attached to this report, which we used in Canada
for the first time. What I found interesting in Quebec was that in this Region
most of the members are young. In Quebec they lack older members.
Youth in Recovery NA Meeting
I attached a flyer to this report on a new NA meeting in Manhattan. It
is a Youth in Recovery meeting which meets on Wednesdays @ 8:30pm-
9:45pm. The address is LaSalle Academy on the 2nd floor at 2nd Avenue &
2nd Street. All addicts are welcome. It is an open meeting. The meeting has a
Youth & Recovery IP read/speaker
Step of the month out of the Basic Text/speaker
Just for Today (candlelight)
All of the commitments are full. The group has a policy, meeting
format and responsibilities and requirements for trusted servants. Please
spread the word to the young NA members about this meeting. The name of
the meeting is called “Our Whole Lives Ahead of Us”. This group also plans
on reviewing the Youth IP’s which are out now for review & input to the
fellowship and sending the input into the World Board as a group.
History of NA in New York Book
The GNYR Literature Review Committee is starting a committee to
write a book on the History of NA in New York. New Zealand and the
Florida Regions have both done this project in there Regions. I contacted the
New Zealand RD who contacted one of the members who helped write there
history book who then contacted me. He then sent me information on how
they did there book. If there are any members in our Region who were
around from 1981-1985 who would like to be interviewed or a part of this
project please let me know. My contact information is at the bottom of my
report. Anyone who would like to get involved please let me know.
If anyone has any questions on this report, or any issues in NA that
you may want to discuss, please contact me by calling me on my cell phone
at (917)-376-0021 or by emailing me at email@example.com. Also, if any
Area’s in our Region would like me to come down to there Area Service
Committee (ASC) meeting to meet me and to ask any questions on what is
going on in World Services please let me know. I would be more than happy
to come down to any of our Area’s in the Region.
In Loving Service,