NORTHERN AREA SERVICE COMMITTEEE. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS Minutes of ASC held in Shaftsbury Square Hospital 14 October 2007 In Attendance: Gary T (Chair) Tommy P Steve W Vincent O Emer G Heather B Jeanne R Ian M Sarah Mc Peter Mac Ryan R John Mc Tony C Apologies: Paula S Brian D Previous Minutes: Passed Traditions: Heather GROUP REPORTS: Monday Clonard NO REPORT Monday Downshire See Newcastle Tuesday City Church NO REPORT Tuesday Sr Concillio’s (Newry) 2 service positions filled. Secretary & Treasurer. Meeting going well, attendance around 8 people. Good atmosphere – carrying a good message of recovery. The group to discuss the purchase of a heater for the meeting. Starting balance £49.80 Rent paid Literature adequate supplies Closing Balance £49.80 & €7 Tuesday Creggan NO REPORT Wednesday City Church 3 service positions filled. Needs a Tea person. Meeting going well, average attendance: 12-14. Good message of recovery. Would appreciate more support. Starting balance minus £4.88 Rent £20.00 Closing balance £12.09 Wednesday University Street NO REPORT Wednesday Letterkenny NO REPORT Thursday Ballynafiegh 2 service positions filled. Needs a GSR & Treasurer. Average attendance: 11. Needs support. Literature available Rent paid up for 3 months Thursday Downshire See Newcastle Friday University Street 2 service positions filled. Needs GSR & Treasurer Average attendance: 20. Needs support. Many newcomers. Literature available Rent paid in advance Friday Coleraine All service positions filled. Group doing great, numbers up to 5-8. visitors welcome. Starting balance £121.00 & €10.50 Rent £20.00 Literature £50.00 Donation to Area £20.00 Expenses £10.00 Closing Balance £21.00 & €10.50 Friday Newcastle All meetings going well. Detailed reports on each meeting lodged with the NASC Secretary. Starting balance £441.85 Rent £100.00 Literature £200.00 Donation to Area £100.00 Tea & Coffee £41.85 Closing Balance £00.00 Saturday Newcastle See Newcastle (Friday) Saturday University Street All service positions filled. ‘Just for Today’ (literature) based meeting. Average attendance 10 - 15 and newcomers attending. Strong message of recovery carried. Donations each week are down so folks dig deep to help cover rent and any possible donations to the ASC. Starting balance £3.71 Rent £20.00 Closing Balance £22.21 Saturday Shaftsbury Square All service positions filled. Average attendance: 8. Needs support. Literature to be ordered Rent to be paid Sunday Shaftsbury Square 3 service positions filled. Needs a Treasurer Average attendance: 14, including many newcomers. Needs support. Literature to be ordered Rent to be paid Sunday Derry 2 service positions filled Needs a GSR & Teaperson Meeting going well, good attendance (12 average) hard to get members for service. Starting balance £160.00 Rent £20.00 Literature £19.00 Donation to Area £120.00 Closing Balance £30.00 Phone line report: October 2007 Michelle took over the help line this month, our thanks to Paul T. for several months of duty. It was a very strange month for calls….only one, and it was someone that didn’t get around to talking. This had us a bit worried that there was something wrong with the phone itself or the reception or something. However, after several days of leaving messages, calling the number and so on, we’ve decided that it is working, there were just no calls. Perhaps this isn’t a time of year for getting clean. Vincent has put his name forward as a twelve stepper for any calls from Holywell Hospital, after the meeting there folded due to lack of participation, etc. We wanted to leave the hospital with a way for patients to reach out to N.A. if they want to. The hospital has agreed to call the help line if they have any one wanting to reach us, and Vincent will go up, as needed to talk to anyone who reaches us through the Helpline. That’s all for this month. Literature report: Stock total: £662.66 (€946.65) Cash total: £417.50 £1080.16 See full stock list for November 07 and separate stock order form in appendix of these minutes. Website report: October 2007 Access Statistics During September out site had 8073 unique visitors and so far October has had 2948. Contact During the past month I've received a few emails: one promoting an upcoming convention in the states; another from a couple of addicts who'll be attending the convention in Cork later this month and needed some information about hotels and a third email from the family of a suffering addict looking for help. As always copies of these emails and my replies are available on request. Billing I've recently been invoiced to the sum of £63.38 which covers hosting of the site for the next six months. Development I'm currently in the process of redeveloping the site. My time available for this is limited however I hope to have a progress report soon. In Service, Steve W. PR report: Sept – Oct Yellow pages- all forms we signed and returned to yellow pages, the p.o.box was change to our website address and the new book is out in November. P.S.A- the ad for kiss fm is completed and should be aired for the first time next week I can email anyone a copy if they wish to hear it. Jail- the meeting in the jail is running well with an average attendance of 7-9. I am in the process of organizing a p.i. presentation to all the staff with in the prison which they have requested. As I do not have enough experience dealing with the correctional facilities I have been in touch with eastern area H&I. Paul O who was heavily evolved in getting the mount joy meeting of the ground has agreed to do this presentation along with brownie from new York who also has a lot of experience in doing these kind of presentations this has been arranged for the 30 oct. I do not need any literature as I still have some from earlier P.I. meetings. I will keep area informed of all progress. Expenses- I have covered 250 miles this month to do with the jail alone not to mention any other P&I stuff that I have done this has been very costly for me this month. I have asked about and been guided to ask for expenses for which I am out of pocket. The civil service pays 49p per mile I get 35p per mile from Tec after discussing this with other addicts I think 25p per mile is a reasonable request I hope you agree. I travel from Newcastle to Belfast then to the prison then back to Belfast then home this month I had to go to Newry before Belfast as you can see this is a lot of miles. At 25p this works out at £62 I have took £60 from the Newcastle literature order to cover this please pass this money on to the literature sectary. I would be happy with a monthly travel allowance of £30 I hope you can agree to this. I am now officially standing down from the service position of P.I. chair I would like to thank all who made it possible to be of service. I will continue to make the meeting with in the jail my main priority and will continue to send in monthly reports. In fellowship Brian D Treasurer report: September 2007 Last months total was ACCOUNT £320.95. FLOAT £29.00. 25 EUROS. DONATIONS EXPENSES Coleraine: £20.00 Area Literature £81.48 Newcastle: £100.00 Brian D £60.00 Foyle: £120.00 Website £63.48 New Balance for October 2007 Bank £241.95 & Float £39.54. ACCOUNT £381.49. Treasurer Peter Mac AOB PR: Emer has taken up the PR position on the NASC and will be supported by the committee. Secretary: Ian M has taken up the secretary’s position on the NASC Newry Meeting: Saturday night 7.30 to 9.00pm. 5 Edward Street. Our EDM Summer report is in the appendix. See individual meeting reports for service positions available. Groups: Please provide reports on finances and meeting attendance for inclusion in ASC minutes. NEXT MEETING: 11th November 2007 GSR Group Report to Area Service Committee Group ______________________ Date _____________________ Positions Secretary ________________________ GSR ________________________ Treasurer ________________________ Tea Person ________________________ Treasurer’s Report Starting Balance £ ____________________ Rent £ ____________________ Literature £ ____________________ Expenses £ ____________________ Donation to Area £ ____________________ Closing Balance £ ____________________ Any Other Business N.A.S.C. Literature Order Form Item No Description Price € Price £ Quantity TOTAL € TOTAL £ BOOKS 1101 NA Basic Text €12.00 £8.40 €0.00 £0.00 8801 Basic Text on Audio Tape (Set of 3) €12.00 £8.40 €0.00 £0.00 Basic Text 20th Ann Ed €30.00 £21.00 €0.00 £0.00 1112 Just For Today €11.00 £7.70 €0.00 £0.00 Just For Today Gift Ed Hard Cover €18.00 £12.60 €0.00 £0.00 1140 It Works: How and Why €11.00 £7.70 €0.00 £0.00 Basic Journal €10.00 £7.00 €0.00 £0.00 The NA Step Working Guide €11.00 £7.70 €0.00 £0.00 Sponsorship Experience Basic Text €10.00 £7.00 €0.00 £0.00 BOOKLETS ETC 1200 Introductory Guide €2.80 £1.96 €0.00 £0.00 1164 12 Concepts of NA Service €2.10 £1.47 €0.00 £0.00 1500 Small White Book €1.10 £0.77 €0.00 £0.00 1600 The Group Booklet €1.10 £0.77 €0.00 £0.00 1601 Behind The Walls €1.10 £0.77 €0.00 £0.00 1603 In Times of Illness €1.10 £0.77 €0.00 £0.00 1604 NA A Resource In Your Community €0.50 £0.35 €0.00 £0.00 3102 IP2 - The Group €0.45 £0.32 €0.00 £0.00 3117 IP17 - For Those In Treatment €0.45 £0.32 €0.00 £0.00 3121 IP21 - The Loner - Staying Clean in Isolation €0.45 £0.32 €0.00 £0.00 3110 IP10 - Working Step 4 In NA €1.10 £0.77 €0.00 £0.00 About Narcotics Anonymous (New PI Pamphlet) €0.50 £0.35 €0.00 £0.00 INFORMATION PAMPHLETS 3101 IP1 - Who What How & Why €0.33 £0.23 €0.00 £0.00 3105 IP5 - Another Look €0.33 £0.23 €0.00 £0.00 3106 IP6 - Recovery & Relapse €0.33 £0.23 €0.00 £0.00 3107 IP7 - Am I An Adict €0.33 £0.23 €0.00 £0.00 3108 IP8 - Just For Today €0.33 £0.23 €0.00 £0.00 3109 IP9 - Living the Program €0.33 £0.23 €0.00 £0.00 3111 IP11 - Sponsorship €0.33 £0.23 €0.00 £0.00 3112 IP12 - The Triangle of Self Obsession €0.33 £0.23 €0.00 £0.00 3113 IP13 - Youth & Recovery €0.33 £0.23 €0.00 £0.00 3114 IP14 - One Adicts Experience of Recovery €0.33 £0.23 €0.00 £0.00 3115 IP15 - Public Information & The NA Member €0.33 £0.23 €0.00 £0.00 3116 IP16 - For The Newcomer €0.33 £0.23 €0.00 £0.00 3119 IP19 - Self Acceptance €0.33 £0.23 €0.00 £0.00 3120 IP20 - Hospitals, Institutions & The NA Member €0.33 £0.23 €0.00 £0.00 3122 IP22 - Welcome to NA €0.33 £0.23 €0.00 £0.00 3123 IP23 - Staying Clean on the Outside €0.33 £0.23 €0.00 £0.00 3124 IP24 - Hey Whats The Basket For? €0.33 £0.23 €0.00 £0.00 POSTERS LARGE 12 Steps & 12 Traditions (Set) €9.00 £6.30 €0.00 £0.00 SMALL Serenity Prayer €1.40 £0.98 €0.00 £0.00 SMALL 3 Step Prayer €1.40 £0.98 €0.00 £0.00 SMALL Just For Today €1.40 £0.98 €0.00 £0.00 SMALL My Gratitude Speaks €1.40 £0.98 €0.00 £0.00 ANNIVERSARY KEYRINGS Welcome (Just For Today) €0.55 £0.39 €0.00 £0.00 30 Days €0.55 £0.39 €0.00 £0.00 60 Days €0.55 £0.39 €0.00 £0.00 90 Days €0.55 £0.39 €0.00 £0.00 6 Months €0.55 £0.39 €0.00 £0.00 9 Months €0.55 £0.39 €0.00 £0.00 1 Year €0.55 £0.39 €0.00 £0.00 18 Months €0.55 £0.39 €0.00 £0.00 Multiple Years €0.55 £0.39 €0.00 £0.00 ANNIVERSARY MEDALLIONS 1 - Infinity €3.50 £2.45 €0.00 £0.00 4 Years £0.00 €0.00 £0.00 5 Years £0.00 €0.00 £0.00 6 Years £0.00 €0.00 £0.00 7 Years £0.00 €0.00 £0.00 8 Years £0.00 €0.00 £0.00 10 Years £0.00 €0.00 £0.00 SET OF READINGS 7 NOT SOLD SEPERATLY €7.00 £4.90 €0.00 £0.00 5 LOOSE HANDBOOKS & GUIDES A Guide to Local Sernices In NA €8.00 £5.60 €0.00 £0.00 Hospitals & Institutions Handbook (With Tape) €10.00 £7.00 €0.00 £0.00 A Guide to Public Information €5.50 £3.85 €0.00 £0.00 A Guide to World Services In NA €5.00 £3.50 €0.00 £0.00 Literature Committee Handbook €4.00 £2.80 €0.00 £0.00 Handbook for NA Newsletters €3.00 £2.10 €0.00 £0.00 A Guide to Phoneline Service €5.00 £3.50 €0.00 £0.00 Convention Guidelines €5.00 £3.50 €0.00 £0.00 Treasurers Handbook €3.00 £2.10 €0.00 £0.00 Group Treasurers Workbook €3.00 £2.10 €0.00 £0.00 Group Treasurers Record Pad (For 13 Months) €1.00 £0.70 €0.00 £0.00 Outreach Resource Information €4.00 £2.80 €0.00 £0.00 Additional Needs Resource Information €4.00 £2.80 €0.00 £0.00 Institutional Group Guide €5.00 £3.50 €0.00 £0.00 Basic MUG €10.00 £7.00 €0.00 £0.00 NA Wallet Cards (10) With all Readings €1.00 £0.70 €0.00 £0.00 £0.00 £0.00 Literature Secretary’s report 11/09/2007 Description Price € Price £ Quantity TOTAL € TOTAL £ NA Basic Text €12.00 £8.40 14 €168.00 £117.60 Basic Text on Audio Tape (Set of 3) €12.00 £8.40 1 €12.00 £8.40 Basic Text 20th Ann Ed €30.00 £21.00 0 €0.00 £0.00 Just For Today €11.00 £7.70 10 €110.00 £77.00 Just For Today Gift Ed Hard Cover €18.00 £12.60 0 €0.00 £0.00 It Works: How and Why €11.00 £7.70 7 €77.00 £53.90 Basic Journal €10.00 £7.00 0 €0.00 £0.00 The NA Step Working Guide €11.00 £7.70 13 €143.00 £100.10 Sponsorship Experience Basic Text €10.00 £7.00 3 €30.00 £21.00 Introductory Guide €2.80 £1.96 0 €0.00 £0.00 12 Concepts of NA Service €2.10 £1.47 6 €12.60 £8.82 Small White Book €1.10 £0.77 0 €0.00 £0.00 The Group Booklet €1.10 £0.77 4 €4.40 £3.08 Behind The Walls €1.10 £0.77 0 €0.00 £0.00 In Times of Illness €1.10 £0.77 3 €3.30 £2.31 NA A Resource In Your Community €0.50 £0.35 2 €1.00 £0.70 IP2 - The Group €0.45 £0.32 2 €0.90 £0.63 IP17 - For Those In Treatment €0.45 £0.32 0 €0.00 £0.00 IP21 - The Loner - Staying Clean in Isolation €0.45 £0.32 10 €4.50 £3.15 IP10 - Working Step 4 In NA €1.10 £0.77 10 €11.00 £7.70 About Narcotics Anonymous (New PI Pamphlet) €0.50 £0.35 10 €5.00 £3.50 IP1 - Who What How & Why €0.33 £0.23 10 €3.30 £2.31 IP5 - Another Look €0.33 £0.23 10 €3.30 £2.31 IP6 - Recovery & Relapse €0.33 £0.23 20 €6.60 £4.62 IP7 - Am I An Adict €0.33 £0.23 0 €0.00 £0.00 IP8 - Just For Today €0.33 £0.23 19 €6.27 £4.39 IP9 - Living the Program €0.33 £0.23 20 €6.60 £4.62 IP11 - Sponsorship €0.33 £0.23 3 €0.99 £0.69 IP12 - The Triangle of Self Obsession €0.33 £0.23 6 €1.98 £1.39 IP13 - Youth & Recovery €0.33 £0.23 36 €11.88 £8.32 IP14 - One Adicts Experience of Recovery €0.33 £0.23 24 €7.92 £5.54 IP15 - Public Information & The NA Member €0.33 £0.23 13 €4.29 £3.00 IP16 - For The Newcomer €0.33 £0.23 0 €0.00 £0.00 IP19 - Self Acceptance €0.33 £0.23 18 €5.94 £4.16 IP20 - Hospitals, Institutions & The NA Member €0.33 £0.23 24 €7.92 £5.54 IP22 - Welcome to NA €0.33 £0.23 0 €0.00 £0.00 IP23 - Staying Clean on the Outside €0.33 £0.23 50 €16.50 £11.55 IP24 - Hey Whats The Basket For? €0.33 £0.23 17 €5.61 £3.93 12 Steps & 12 Traditions (Set) €9.00 £6.30 2 €18.00 £12.60 Serenity Prayer €1.40 £0.98 0 €0.00 £0.00 3 Step Prayer €1.40 £0.98 0 €0.00 £0.00 Just For Today €1.40 £0.98 0 €0.00 £0.00 My Gratitude Speaks €1.40 £0.98 0 €0.00 £0.00 Welcome (Just For Today) €0.55 £0.39 59 €32.45 £22.72 30 Days €0.55 £0.39 54 €29.70 £20.79 60 Days €0.55 £0.39 33 €18.15 £12.71 90 Days €0.55 £0.39 32 €17.60 £12.32 6 Months €0.55 £0.39 38 €20.90 £14.63 9 Months €0.55 £0.39 44 €24.20 £16.94 1 Year €0.55 £0.39 7 €3.85 £2.70 18 Months €0.55 £0.39 13 €7.15 £5.01 Multiple Years €0.55 £0.39 7 €3.85 £2.70 1 - Infinity €3.50 £2.45 18 €63.00 £44.10 4 Years £0.00 3 €0.00 £0.00 5 Years £0.00 2 €0.00 £0.00 6 Years £0.00 3 €0.00 £0.00 7 Years £0.00 4 €0.00 £0.00 8 Years £0.00 4 €0.00 £0.00 10 Years £0.00 1 €0.00 £0.00 12 years 1 €0.00 NOT SOLD SEPERATLY €7.00 £4.90 0 €0.00 £0.00 5 LOOSE A Guide to Local Sernices In NA €8.00 £5.60 0 €0.00 £0.00 Hospitals & Institutions Handbook (With Tape) €10.00 £7.00 0 €0.00 £0.00 A Guide to Public Information €5.50 £3.85 0 €0.00 £0.00 A Guide to World Services In NA €5.00 £3.50 0 €0.00 £0.00 Literature Committee Handbook €4.00 £2.80 0 €0.00 £0.00 Handbook for NA Newsletters €3.00 £2.10 0 €0.00 £0.00 A Guide to Phoneline Service €5.00 £3.50 0 €0.00 £0.00 Convention Guidelines €5.00 £3.50 0 €0.00 £0.00 Treasurers Handbook €3.00 £2.10 9 €27.00 £18.90 Group Treasurers Workbook €3.00 £2.10 0 €0.00 £0.00 Group Treasurers Record Pad (For 13 Months) €1.00 £0.70 0 €0.00 £0.00 Outreach Resource Information €4.00 £2.80 0 €0.00 £0.00 Additional Needs Resource Information €4.00 £2.80 1 €4.00 £2.80 Institutional Group Guide €5.00 £3.50 1 €5.00 £3.50 Basic MUG €10.00 £7.00 0 €0.00 £0.00 NA Wallet Cards (10) With all Readings €1.00 £0.70 0 €0.00 £0.00 £946.65 £662.66 £417.50 cash RD REPORT TO THE IRISH REGION, SEPTEMBER 2007 RD Activity Since Last report RD and RDALT attended the ECCNA24 and Summer EDM (see below). RD received the five draft WSO pamphlets which I am distributing and requesting feedback be sent to email@example.com, which I will correlate and send to WSO. RD is part of an EDM workgroup with UK and Swedish delegates to look at ways to nominate European members to the World Board. RD and RDALT facilitated the Eastern Area Committee Inventory workshop on September 15. About 25 people came. Well received. We held a three hour workshop, and emphasised mentoring, several members of the Eastern Area helped facilitate. A special meeting will be held in the Eastern Area to commence to implement the findings. Irish World Unity Day was held in Kilkenny by the South Eastern Area in conjunction with the Irish Region and was a success. Many members from throughout the Irish Region attended and a live phone link was established to the World Convention in Texas. (We have been requested to and will be facilitating workshops in this area, including Area PlannngTool and Building Stronger Home Groups, in November and January). Strategic Planning I have researched information on conducting a strategic plan and have looked at venues. We still look at the first Saturday in December. I would like to request to the Regional Convention that I be allow to speak on this at the Convention for five minutes perhaps? To see who is interested in coming? I think it‟s all of NAs business. The Strategic Planning Subcommittee so far consists of Joe H., Dave W. Dermot, Niall S., Irene C. We have not yet met; hope to meet after this meeting for half an hour if possible? RD Funding This was not pre-requested but I needed Niall at the EASC for training purposes, as I’ll be steadily handing over to him this year. Therefore we request his travel expenses from Cork which are as follows: Travel- €12 Total €12 Budget Summer EDM - ECCNA24. Wales, August 2 – 5, 2007 Expense Estimate Actual Owe to/ from REGIONAL DELEGATE Regional Delegate per diem (5 days x 200 200 40) Hotel x 1 X £46 (74 euros appox) 370 74 Hotel x 4 x £30 (euros appox) 192 Transfers from Manchester to Llandudno 24 30 Transfers Airport- house (niall) 11 11 Received 614 Total actual cost 507 Delegate owes region 107 ALTERNATE DELEGATE Alt. Delegate per diem 200 200 Hotel x 5 X £46 (74 euros appox) 370 370 RD Alt transfer from Mallow 55 55 Airfare Dublin – Manchester x 2 140.38 140.38 Transfers from Manchester to Llandudno 24 30 Parking Dublin Airport 51 Taxi City Centre (Cork) to Kent Stn. 5.60 Taxi Heuston Stn/Glasnevin/Heuston Stn 18.50 RECEIVED 789.38 SPENT 870.48 Alt RD IS OWED 81.10 EDM Summer Meeting and ECCNA 24, Llandudno, Wales, 2007 We had a very successful and productive meeting. The RD and RD Alt thank the Irish Region for allowing us to be of service. . Decisions Taken During the Weekend Minutes of the last meeting approved Website Coordinator gave us a demonstration of the new EDM website being developed- Input welcomed- firstname.lastname@example.org Questions and feedback: - to have a page for NA events or a calendar/ to have a page on how to make donations to EDM, bank details, etc./ Don’t use abbreviations. Put Fellowship Development instead of FD/ change England to UK/ to have a closed message board. This would however have to be moderated by someone, this would not be the webservants job/ The website is open to the public, including the language pages of the “About us” Hungary and Malta bid for Winter EDM 2008 – Hungary was successful. Do we as EDM body wish give or support nominations for World Service positions (World Board, Human Resource Panel, Conference Co-facilitator)? Consensus Suggestion on how to make an nomination for World Board position at this EDM: The potential candidates could present themselves during the last session on Sunday. The candidates then leave the room and a simple and secret vote would take place, voting yes or no for each candidate. This would not be a competition, we can have several nominations. Consensus. Consensus to adopt the EDM Funding guidelines and add them to the Orientation Pack. Proposal is to set aside towards EDM in summer 2009 about 1.000 Euro of this budget. Consensus Consensus: to ask for bids for summer EDM 2009 as usual, but without bid for ECCNA. Decision to give a Zonal nomination for World Board position to Paul F., Peter H. and Simon J. A working group will look into different possibilities of how best to do Zonal Nominations and present the options at the winter EDM. Elections: FD chair – Miko (Israel). FD vicechair – Joao (Portugal), alt. Secretary – Jim D. (UK) Community Reports Represented at this session were: Egypt, Finland, France, French Speaking Switzerland, German Speaking Region, Malta, Poland, Sweden, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, UK, World Board, WSO, Western Russia, Denmark, Lithuania . Guests from Malta, Germany, Russia, Denmark, France, Holland, United Kingdom and other parts of the World Delegate from Holland expressed the wish that the Dutch Region wish to be represented at future EDM. Baltic States Convention is in September. Request for one or two members from EDM to participate with workshop on Sponsorship. NA in Malta is growing. Malta is a tiny country with many addicts. We have 30 hard core members, two groups with four meetings. Fortnightly H+I groups in 3 institutions. 6 members from Malta are present at ECCNA. Donation of 100 Euros to EDM. Portugal Several meetings closing down in the last two years. In 2007, 30 meetings closed and only 3 new. Poland There are many groups that are not united to the region or to an area. We are planning a group assembly. Hungary NA is stable. New groups started in the north-east of Hungary, others have closed. UK There are 150 children welcome meeting and 16 crèche meetings in the UK. 3 weekly online meetings. There has been discussion about the benefit of message boards: are they useful or are they too public and create a negative image of NA? France- Workshops with NAWS held in Paris, very helpful experience. More people got interested in Service. NA outside Paris is growing. There is a very small meeting in Tahiti. Ireland- Need experience on how to use the area planning tool and build a strategic plan for the region? Dave (UK) – we have a 5 year plan only for the PI-committee. Quebec fellowship does this. We state all the different goals and budgets. It helps to have a plan to follow. Joao (Portugal) – the area planning tool is new, we don’t have experience on this yet. We are starting to use it now. Sisko (Sweden) – we have some experience on strategic planning in our report. Nick (NAWS) – when we gather information for our inventory, we try also to look at outside influences. We also ask members of the WSO staff, Board members etc. on their perception. Fellowship Development Report “Fellowship Development has become one of the central activities of EDM, offering support to emerging NA communities to help them build their service structures and deal with local issues. Fellowship Development activities comprise visits to communities, the organisation of specific service and recovery workshops at service conferences and local conventions, communications and responding to different types of requests throughout the EDM Zone.” - from the EDM Orientation Pack Since our meeting in Geneva, there has been much activity by the EDM members, including communities carrying out FD work with each other, and, for the first time, partnership between NAWS and the EDM in carrying out FD work. There has been FD work in Hungary, Malta, Copenhagen, Istanbul and Pitrea, and we have a attached a separate, long, and interesting report in case anyone want to read it. This may encourage Irish members to become more involved in FD. NAWS Report Mary B. (World Board) – information from the World Service Office- Mike Polin at the office has been diagnosed with serious cancer. He is celebrating 21 years clean. Another member from WSO, Jeff, is also gravely ill. That’s why Becky chose to not come to EDM this time. One focus of our work was on rebuilding relationships internally and externally by Public Information and building a Public Relations office within the WSO. This was very successful. We have increasing requests. We don’t have the resources to fill all these requests. We have partnered with local resources, delegates and committees to fill requests. We need a lot of support from the fellowship. The World Service Office has 60 staff members, there are 15 World Board members Business plan workgroup are producing a plan focussed on educating members about funds and resources needed to carry out these services. We also need personal contributions, not only as donations. Basic Text Project went out for review and input. We sent out about 7000 texts and got about 700 pieces of input back. The input was various, some liked certain stories and hated others, and the other way round. Some stories were found to be missing. The approval draft will look different. 10 stories were added and 10 stories were cut. The approval draft will be available end of August, from na.org as download. Paper copies will cost 8 $. The stories now represent a large variety of language and culture. Language groups can still decide to include their own specific stories in their translated versions. PR Handbook Addendum contains a collection of various different materials collected from the fellowship. This can be downloaded from na.org or as paper copy for 3,50 $. Additional resources are constantly added over the website. A copy of the PR Handbook is handed to every region at the table. The PR handbook and the area planning tool are also used and constantly reviewed by PR focus groups. If you do workshops on these materials, please send feedback to NAWS. “Board approved service materials” is material which does not go through conference approval process but is reviewed and worked on by the World Board. Three draft of this new material are passed around for information: IP “Group Business Meetings”, IP “Group Trusted Servants – Roles and Responsibilities” and “An Introduction to NA meetings”. Targeted literature – the youth IP went out for review and input. It was intensely workshopped especially by young people. It appears to be too long and a little heavy. The workgroup is reworking it. There is also a piece to parents and care-givers. This will go out for approval in the Conference Agenda Report (CAR). Discussion topics – information about them in the NAWS News January 2007 issue. Our workshop tomorrow on “Atmosphere in recovery” will focus on the atmosphere in service meetings. The other topic is “Who is missing from our meetings and why”. Please send us any reports and experiences with these workshop Dave (UK) – we found these worksheets very complicated. I can’t see people engaging in such a complex workshop. Could there be a more basic and simple worksheets? Nick (NAWS) – if you feel the need to simplify the session, please do it, as works best in your community. Service events and World Wide workshops took place in Nebraska, Paris, Egypt, the middle East. We work with communities to help them get their legal registration as non- governmental organizations (NGO) Conference Agenda Report (CAR) will be sent out in English around end of November, the translated versions by end of December 2007. Finances at WSO are stable. Our goal is to have one year’s operating expenses. Currently the prudent reserve is 70 days. Website – Online Literature: Basic Text is now available online, also all IPs. Communities can upload and share their service materials and guidelines in the FTP- download area. There is a new Bulletin Board for conference participants. Please use this resource. World Pool information form has been simplified, a new 2-page form, as download from the website. Advocates for NA – doctors, lawyers, professionals who have experienced recovering addicts and can speak on behalf of NA in public. We encourage these relationships and are starting to make use of them. If you know of anyone like this in your community, please let us know about them Seating at World Service Conference – at the last conference three American regions were not seated. There are more applications for seating this year (Egypt, Poland, a new Brasil region). After this year, the World Board will suggest a moratorium on seating regions which were created as a split from existing regions. Priority should be for regions that up to now had no voice at the conference. JD (Frenchspeaking Switzerland) – how do we deal with anonymity in PR activities in the media? Is it ok for members to appear on TV, voices that can be recognized. Mary B. (World Board) – The tradition about “anonymity on the level of press, radio and film” is still important and valid. Anonymity is not about the level of people who already know us. It is towards the media that they cannot use the information about individuals and publicize it. Example if a big star exposes himself as addict and as NA member, he will be seen as representing NA by the public. If he relapses, the headline might be “NA doesn’t work”. If we want that or not. So it is still important to be mindful of that. It is an ongoing discussion how this relates to the development of the internet. Workshops RD and RD Alt participated in the “Building Stronger Home Groups”, “Who is Missing from Our Meetings”, and “Planning Fellowship Development” Workshops. The RD and RDALT have gained experience on “Area Planning Tool” and “Building Stronger Home Groups”. We also have the material for the workshops we have run in the past “Public Image” “Infrastructure‟ and „Leadership in NA”. We would like to again propose to the area to host these workshops/learning days - they are very beneficial. PLEASE BRING THIS INFORMATION BACK TO YOUR AREA. Conventions/Conferences The ECCNA24 in Wales was a great success. Over 800 registered, many newcomers attended both off the streets and from treatment centres, and 10,000 euros was made in profit. The EDM and ECCNA25 Summer 2008 will be in Helsinki, Finland (25th-27th July 2008) The venue that was chosen is Paasi, The venue is quite central, good transportation from airport and train station. Bus from the airport to the venue. Treasury The Irish Region made a 4,000 euro donation at the Summer EDM. This was much needed and appreciated. RD NOTES/POINTS OF INTEREST Both Malta and Switzerland were enquiring about Ireland becoming their sponsor? Portugal has their own NA Newsletter (Serenity) – 4 editions per year UK are gathering personal stories for their own HI Pamphlet UK has a prison sponsorship programme Swedish do huge internal FD and spend all their financial resources doing this. They have a very large annual Service Workshops bigger than our conventions. Something to look at German speaking region have created a guide for convention committees, with strict rules on handling of treasury The UK Regional meeting goes on for two days The Portuguese Region meeting every three months, it also goes on for two days Spain holds meetings every six months, with internet meeting in between Request for discussion in AOB a. I strongly suggest we do as other fellowships are doing and start putting up all our reports, of all the subcommittee, on the website, and encourage GSRs and Areas to do the same, this information isn‟t getting to the greater fellowship. The Polish have got a good solution to this. b. UK have a Parents and Carers Committee which organises things like meetings with creche, I would like to say a few words Thank you. In service, Irene C. RD Niall S. RD ALT - APPENDIX FOR INTEREST FELLOWSHIP DEVELOPMENT REPORTS FD activities at the winter 2007 EDM in Geneva. We included presentations on FD visits to Greece and Poland in the FD Report session, followed by question/answer time. We held 2 workshops during the 4 days of the EDM: “Following up FD” which highlighted the EDM‟s need to build on FD work as an ongoing process and looked at ways of ensuring that we make best use of our resources. The second workshop continued the theme of “Sponsoring Communities” which was introduced in Porto, and focussed on practical ways that we can help each other develop our communities and carry our message. Ongoing FD activities. We are continually reviewing & updating the EDM resource pool. Please ensure that you complete the Resource Pool form, which you will find in this mailing, and pass it on to us if you have not already done so. We communicate mainly through emails and have increasingly used internet telephone calls as more delegates use this service.; we have also had an on-line MSN messenger meeting with the steering committee, to assist with planning for the upcoming EDM. We have incurred no expenses to date, other than our expenses to attend the Winter EDM meeting in Geneva, which are published in the treasury report. The FD Vice-chair has updated the EDM Resource pool form, and this will be available online on the EDM website. Report from FD-trip to Hungary May 24-27 2007 Sisco & Joao In March Sisko and Joao were selected by the FD Committee to carry out the request for an FD-trip to the Hungarian fellowship, they also informed the Hungarian delegates that we were to be the team. After travel arrangements were settled, communication could focus on finding out the details of the request. The Hungarian fellowship had already settled an agenda for work-shops in connection with the Pecs Area VIIth convention. We were to hold three work-shops in as many days on three different topics: Public Relations, Our Service Structure and Our Recovery Message. The PR work-shop was to be followed by a “live” presentation to media and professionals. Thursday May 24th We arrived at the Budapest airport and were met by three members holding a NA sign. Gabi was one of them and it was a happy moment to see her again. She was one of our interpreters throughout the convention since many of the Hungarian members do not speak any English. We drove the 200 kilometres to Pecs and were in this way able to see some of the lovely country. It took approximately four hours to reach our destination. The weather was beautiful, the temperature around 30 degrees Celsius. In Pecs we checked in to the art deco hotel Palatinus and went out for dinner after which we had a short meeting to discuss the content of the work-shops. Friday May 25th The following morning we walked over to the convention site and registered. At 11 o‟clock the first work-shop on Public Relations started. There were approximately 35 members present, spread around four tables. We talked about what the members wanted to do with the presentation in the after noon, whom they expected to attend and what their goals with the presentation were. The small group discussions focused on two questions: Who do we want to reach with the presentation? What do we want to tell the professionals and media about NA? There was a lot of discussion on these issues and all related questions. The Hungarian fellowship is small but very enthusiastic and very eager to carry the message to suffering addicts. One of the goals with holding a presentation for professionals and media was to reach the addict on the street. As things are now many members come to NA via the three treatment centres that are located around Pecs and the members feel that, although this is good, there are many more addicts that could benefit from our message. We spent quite a lot of time discussing how a presentation needs to focus on the core principles presented in the Public Relations Handbook. For example members discussed the practical implication of the principle anonymity. Other principles were attraction, cooperation not affiliation, responsibility & accountability and communication. Since we knew that a local television company was coming for the presentation and wanted to have some footage of the convention one member was selected to instruct the cameraman on what was okay to film. The television company had also requested to record a personal story and one member was selected to tell his story and we discussed different ways of accomplishing this without breaking his anonymity. The fellowship had invited professionals from various treatment and health facilities and media, they had sent out invitations by letter, made phone calls and sent e-mails. They had not received confirmation on exactly how many would come. We had brought a power point presentation with facts about NA that could be relevant for professionals and Gabi set to translate this for the more formal presentation that we agreed would be held for all that came to the presentation. Five members were selected to lead this presentation at three o‟clock, and as it turned out two television companies and one professional from a local treatment centre showed up. The personal story interview went well and was shown a couple of hours later on local TV. The translation of the presentation material did not work out well, something with the computer, and the members ended up talking to the TV crews and the attending professional without pictures. This also felt like a good experience for the members and they will keep working on translating the material for future use. On the Friday evening meeting, Joao was one of the speakers on the topic Freedom in recovery. Saturday May 26th The weather continued to be fine. At 11 o‟clock the work-shop on Our Service Structure commenced. Again there were approximately 35 members present at the same four tables. At this time many members from around the country had arrived and we started by everyone present marking their home group (with a heart if they wished) on a map drawn by one of the artists in the fellowship. Members also wrote down what service position they were currently holding. This gave us a good view of how the Hungarian fellowship is made up geographically. Most of the groups are centred around Pecs with Budapest as a close second. There are a few solitary groups in a couple of other towns. The total number of groups is seventeen. There is actually only one NA area, that in Pecs which was now celebrating its seventh year. The Budapest groups have attempted to form an area, but this has yet to materialize. There is a great need for staying in touch as a fellowship and as a result representatives from all groups have met regularly, or almost regularly, in what could constitute a regional meeting. As we talked about this and showed slides on how the NA service structure often is structured, we concluded that what they actually do is to hold a Group Assembly. There was one held in the evening where we also listened in and, (although we didn‟t understand a word) the atmosphere was fantastic and the enthusiasm great! The issues discussed in small groups were: What kind of structure do we have now? What would we like to build? The first issue led to many questions and reflections of how things are done at this time. There are many individuals involved in offering services; there is a twenty four hour phone answering service conducted by one member, there are H&I meetings held in four facilities by local groups, there are PI efforts being carried out at group level and convention committees are regularly formed for the annual convention as well as the Pecs area convention. The fellowship is very eager to develop the structure, but are not sure on how to proceed. The feeling is that whenever they ask for guidance from NA as a whole the answer they get is that they have to work it out for them selves. Which is exactly the answer Joao and I were able to give. We shared our experience on how the service structure has developed in our regions and could relate to the frustration that many felt about the slowness of the process. And yet, the best we could come up with was to suggest they continue to read and translate both recovery and service literature, stay in contact with other geographically close NA fellowships and keep working locally to find the most suitable structure to build on. The most important solution that came up during small group discussions was based on the need for regular communication and good information flow. It was agreed that there should be a chairperson or coordinator who is responsible for inviting groups to regularly held service meetings and also preparing an agenda based on the wishes of those groups; there should be a secretary that makes sure everyone gets written records of what goes on at the meetings and also assists in following up on decided action points. This was something everyone thought would bring stability to the current service efforts that are mostly carried our by individuals or single groups. It would also be a constructive way of supporting isolated groups and members. The long day was then followed by a speakers meeting (on the topic Service in recovery, where Sisko was one of the speakers), a countdown and an auction. Most members stayed up dancing the night away, but I must say that I certainly am (and perhaps also Joao) too old for that special kind of celebration, so we were quite pleased with a quiet dinner and a good nights sleep. Sunday May 27th The work-shop was not as crowded on Sunday, partly perhaps because of the dancing, but probably also because we had to reschedule the time to one hour earlier in order for us to get to the airport in time. There was that four-hour drive up north… On the topic of Our Recovery Message, we decided to have a large group discussion interwoven with Q&A. Since we are all recovering members of Narcotics Anonymous, we did not feel our experience would differ much from the members in the local fellowship. It was good to sit in a circle and just share experience, strength and hope with each other. The topics that came up were ones we recognized: How do we deal with members using drug-replacement substances? What do we do when a member relapses and steals funds? How do protect newcomers from becoming victims of predatory behaviour? How do we deal with members that practice predatory behaviour? How do we encourage members to take responsibility for setting up, holding and cleaning up after a meeting? How do we create an atmosphere of recovery at our meetings? Joao and I could share some experience on these issues and referred to different literature with more experience from NA as a whole. It was a constructive, relaxed and rewarding discussion, where the number of participants increased as the hours went by. Finally, we thanked the local fellowship for their wonderful hospitality and asked to stay in touch so we can be part of further development, and hopefully, be of assistance if needed. And then we got into the airport shuttle ready for a new adventure, which it was, but that is a whole different story… Personal reflections, Sisko: I was very excited about going to Hungary and thought of it as a tremendous challenge. I have held many workshops and felt that I knew enough of the issues to be able to share something useful, but that this would be a challenge in terms of language and communication skills. I do think things went well considering the prerequisites and the timeframe, but I know I have learnt more about what is needed in order to prepare and carry out FD-work in the future. In our discussions, Joao and I came up with a number of suggestions on how to prepare for FD-trips so that the work can be more effective and more suited to local needs. I feel the Hungarian fellowship is so eager and hungry for development, there is tremendous willingness to carry our message of recovery and it was a true pleasure to experience that energy. I was overwhelmed by the thirst for knowledge and felt I could have talked forever without exhausting a given topic; it was as if everything said just opened up new issues and larger areas of discussion. And this is probably true of every NA context I have been in; there is just no end to issues, ideas, dreams, plans and desires. It is a process, always… In this way, I was also made aware of my own shortcomings and my usual way of dealing with reality, only proving to me again the need of daily program of recovery from the disease of addiction. This is what always impresses me when I do service with members with a lot of clean time (such as Joao); their absolute devotion to a rigorous daily program. For me that is attraction and what makes me want to continue serving NA, there is always more to gain and learn just by following those that go before me… So, I felt tired and drained, but also curiously energized and inspired. I saw the typical frustration of addicts not getting what they want right now, and I also saw the practical application of open mindedness, willingness and faith. This gives me great hope and strength and courage to continue working towards our vision: that one day every addict should be able to find recovery in his or her own language and culture. NA works and we have a Higher Power to guide us! The suggestions: FD-committee makes a plan for the trips to be carried out during the coming year, preferably one year in advance. FD-committee establishes more in detail what kind of help the requesting fellowship wishes to have. FD-committee selects those to go on a trip in good time, say minimum six months ahead of time. FD-committee schedules face-to-face meetings for members from requesting fellowship and/or selected delegates at the EDM-meeting before the trip. FD-committee advises those who will carry out the trip on possible resources needed and where they can be found. FD-committee assists actively in the follow up of the trip. FD-committee keeps systematic records of all FD-trips. Personal reflections, Joao: To go on a FD trip to Hungary with Sisko was both a privilege and an exciting experience. This is my last EDM as RD so I will not be able to attend next WSC, otherwise this would be my recent Aha!! Moment. I am used to talk with and for addicts, and organize and coordinate work-shops is part of what I do for a living, so I like to believe that I am prepared for any kind of scenarios. Nevertheless I have to say I was overwhelmed by the energy, enthusiasm and creativeness of the Hungarian Fellowship. That was a great and inspiring experience and, on a personal level, I have grown a little more as a person and as a recovering addict. I thank you for enabling me to have this spiritual experience. Most of my “personal reflections” goes the same directions as Sisko‟s. I am not going to repeat Sisko thoughts. I have to say how comfortable I was forming a team with Sisko. I really think we were a good team and we were able to work together, dealing with our differences and complementing each other‟s personal shortcomings. Again, what a fantastic experience. What attracted me to the Fellowship, among other things, from the very beginning was the marriage between the Spiritual and the practical. We were able to achieve that, me and Sisko. However, I have some concerns, nothing new and as Sisko said, we can find them in every NA context, and it is part of the growing process. Their energy and willingness make the Hungarian Fellowship want to do too many things at the same time. The Hungarian Fellowship are doing great “carrying the message actions”, but on a group level, without the back up and support of a service structure, based on individual efforts: i.e. the phone line is carried by one single member 24hours a day that is also a member of a local TC staff. Most of the more active members are also employees at the local TCs so the boundaries can become mixed up. The language barrier was a frustration to me personally, because I felt some times I was not able to give away my experience that was so similar, in many aspects, to what they are going through at this moment. Sisko and I came up with some suggestions for the FD subcommittee. I have to say I was surprised with the lack of information on what we are going to find in Hungary: all the research work about the Local Fellowship and their needs were made by us, and I believe that this is something that needs to be thought through. In loving Fellowship Joao and Sisko ============================================================= Report To the EDM from a FD trip To Copenhagen 2007-05-26 A workshop on EDM was held at the Copenhagen convention & conference. Veronica from Sweden and me participated with the chair of the Danish region. Unfortunately there was a lack of participation from the Danish fellowship, just a handful of members showed up, together with a handful of members from the Swedish fellowship. I was sharing about EDM from a historical view, having had the opportunity to participate from the beginning – how it came about, the changes that has taken place, the intent of the body, and how Norway has benefited from participating at the EDM. Veronica shared about EDM of today –its functions, and how Sweden has benefited. After the presentation a very lively and fruitful discussion took place, where a few dedicated members participated. A couple of the members of the Danish fellowship strongly feel that it isn‟t the right time for participating in the EDM, because of lack of trusted servants, unity and a feeling of mistrust within the Danish fellowship. It was suggested that maybe that was a reason why they needed help from the outside, and it was also suggested that they ask for help from NAWS to come and hold a workshop. I believe it would be a great benefit to the Danish fellowship – a forum that could reach as many addicts as possible, so unity, trust and willingness to do service again would prevail. This suggestion was met with enthusiasm from some of the members. A positive thing is that the regional chair and another trusted servant are going to participate in the EDM in Wales, so we have to take it from there. Another suggestion was also to continue with a FD participation at a service conference early next year, where more service oriented members could be reached. My conclusion is that I believe it is important to acknowledge that the Danish fellowship is asking for outside help and that help is being provided in one form or another. I am very grateful for the opportunity to participate in this event, and I willingly offer my services another time if they are needed. In loving service Monica ============================================================== Report from a FD trip to Pitea 2007-06-01 Monica I was asked by Sisco to make a trip to Pitea in northern Sweden, where they were planning a FD trip to Murmansk in north west Russia.The NA fellowship in Pitea had previously been visited by members of the fellowship in Murmansk whom were impressed by the Swedish fellowship, and wanted them to come to Murmansk to help them and support them. I was to share my experience from a FD trip, EDM participation and also enthusiasm for carrying the message. Prior to the journey I contacted the EDM FD committee, and received some good suggestions and advice from them. A questionnaire was sent to the fellowship in Murmansk – to make it easier to identify the needs of that fellowship I was received at the airport by members of the fellowship, and the hospitality shown from the beginning to the end was just fantastic. The northern area of Sweden – which covers a very large geographical distance – were having an area meeting that week-end, and it opened Friday evening with me sharing about my experience from doing FD, EDM, doing developing service in Norway, travelling etc. A question and answer session followed and the members participating were very eager and enthusiastic about the trip they were to make to Murmansk. The next day, after the area meeting, I organized small group discussions where the topics were: Why do service and How to carry the message The fellowship again showed great enthusiasm, and came up with interesting results. After the workshop we again had a Q&A session, where info and experience were shared around the table. The area has not yet received an answer to the questionnaire that was sent, and I shared with them my experience with communication with developing fellowship with language barriers, and that patience and continuity were keywords here. I also suggested that they could ask NAWS for the possibility of getting literature free of charge to bring to Murmansk. This trip has set thing in a different perspective for me. We‟re talking about NA members who drives 9 hours in a bus to get to an area meeting, and whom are willing to drive 900 km across borders to carry the message This trip has left me in awe, and again with a grateful heart for the opportunity to be of service In loving service Monica ============================================================== NA MALTA Convention 16.2.2007 Wolfgang Till the 16th of February 2007 Malta was only an island in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Sicily and north of Africa. The Island, where the Maltese-Knights formed the first European- Knights- Meeting, the Order of St. John. Now, after the 16.02.07 Malta is the place where 25 clean NA friends held their first NA convention with more then 120 professionals from all areas of treatment- and social-cultural backgrounds plus 50 friends and family members attending. It was truly amazing. The convention was a 2 hours- open-meeting-PI-H&I- recovery -Q&A "let's celebrate and have fun with good food"- convention.I was proud and confused being asked to be one of the speakers. The winter -EDM, the SC and the FD- friends gave me the backup to "just do it". Duncan was the first speaker. 19 years old, he shared so honestly that people held their breath.. Then came Martin, the guy that more or less started NA meetings 5 years ago. When he shared, the room was full of energy. His statement was himself. Malta is a small island with lots of people on it. Everyone knows everyone somehow. The treatment facilities are strong and doing a good job. But they allow their clients to drink alcohol at the halfway- level. Lots of them relapse after treatment. And now here was Martin and 25 other addicts that went through the same treatment but stayed on the NA way of total abstinence and they are clean! This was the strongest message for the professionals. They knew Martin and they knew that he was just as bad an addict as everyone else. And here he was now: a responsible adult, organising, sharing, feeling addict, NOT institutionalised and still clean. There was a Big silence in the room before a not ending applause. When I shared it was easy to talk about my love to NA and the worldwide fellowship, the recovery that was given to me and the trust we have in each other. It was easy to share because it was all around me. On each side where friends that I would trust with my life. At my side was Simon, a friend, which managed with calm professionalism the event. I was so proud to be part of that upright rock of NA in the middle of "treatment -psychology- church-depending -mafia style organized "we help the poor addict" surrounding". Yes, I am proud that we are a self-help-program and try to be self-supporting. WE were the hosts in Malta. In a fancy hotel WE shared our banquet tables with "normal" guests from the hotel and had "small talk with the professionals that were OUR guests. Some politician kept addressing me as "Dr. Wolfgang" because he couldn't handle to talk to an average drug addicts on the same level. All the guests, doctors, counsellors, parents, priests and politicians even the police was proud of "their NA- addicts". They still had difficulties treating them as equals but you could feel how much they tried to change it. A follow up letter was written by Malta NA and sent to all the attendants: Staff and residents from San Blas Rehabilitation Centre Staff and residents from Oasi Foundation The Assistant Commissioner of Police and members from the Drug Squad Doctors and Staff from Detox Centre Probation officers Staff from the Dual Diagnosis Unit at Mount Carmel Hospital Staff from Sedqa Councillors and psychologists Two days later, we held a wrap -up- service- meeting with a small- group-discussion-workshop. Most of the Malta NA was present and as a result NA Malta will form a regional service committee and try to bring a bid to the next EDM, to host one of the upcoming Winter EDMs. Another result of the Workshop was, that Malta NA wants to be connected to all of NA and therefore will try to send a delegate to the EDM. Very important was also to realize, that woman are underrepresented and that a special effort will be made to make women feel welcome in NA- meetings. Lots of energy was set free. Some of it might not channel into the desired results, but all of it will help addicts in Malta find a stronger and proud NA fellowship. Thank you for letting me do this service Wolfgang W. Berlin ============================================================== Workshop Istanbul 12/13 May 2007 Paul F. FD Chair This 2 day event was planned as a follow-up to previous EDM FD events in Turkey. It was attended by 20+ members of the Turkish fellowship, 7 members from Iran, and myself from the EDM. A team of 4 members from Iran and myself were funded by NAWS to facilitate the workshops, which I organised in conjunction with the preceding ECAD conference in Istanbul (see separate report). The request from the Turkish fellowship centered on Public Information, and helping NA to grow in Turkey. We were very fortunate to have the Iranian chair and vice chair of Public Information, who shared their experience of achieving rapid growth and the consequent challenges that this can present. Initially, after introductions, experiences of Public Information and the new Public relations Handbook were shared. Local members had organised the translation of a Powerpoint Presentation based on “NA – a community resource “ which had been shown to good effect at ECAD2007 in Vilnius and I demonstrated it‟s use during PI presentations to professionals. On the first day, the small group discussions concentrated on raising awareness of public information and challenges in carrying the message. The input of the Iranian members was very valuable in sharing practices that they have found most effective in their society, which have some parallels in Turkish society. Connections were made between members to carry forward the work started. The focus of the second day was to establish a plan of action for the new Turkish Public information committee to be established at the next ASC. It was agreed that the plan would need to be realistic, achievable, measurable and fit within a timeframe. With these parameters in mind, the rest of the day was spent in small groups and feedback sessions. Much intense work resulted in a plan being formulated and agreed on before the end of the workshop. This plan set timescales for the formation of the committee, election of trusted servants, training needs, translation of service materials and budgeting. The Iranian PI committee are invited to attend the Turkish convention in October, where a review of the Turkish PI plan will take place. It was agreed that the event had been very successful and had achieved its aim, and that. the challenge of simultaneously working in 3 very different languages was not a barrier to working together and sharing with each other. In conclusion, I feel that this was a very positive experience for all concerned. This was the first time that NAWS had collaborated with the EDM to bring two neighbouring communities together for fellowship development, and I was very happy to be a part of this. This joint venture demonstrates that co-operation of this sort can enable communities to have their needs met and help each other, in a way that we have been discussing at the EDM for some time. I hope that this is the first of many such collaborative events. In loving service, Paul.