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FINAL DAY of WSC RD blog, Apr30, 2016

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Day7: Apr30, 2016

Last day of the Conference started at 10am, which was much needed since we broke after 1am earlier that day. We met in the risers for our “Moving Forward” session which took just under 3hrs to present and encompasses how we are going to do just that: move forward to 2018 and beyond. NA is not unlike a very big and slow moving ocean liner that requires lotsa time to turn it.

We were presented with all the results of the FIPT Post-It® in a 3pg print-out, with all Conference Participant input marked on them and annotated with how many times it was chosen by a CP.   The results were broken down into Illicit Text: What more can NAWS do? and further into subsections of:

                >Educate & Inform 147

                >Dialogue/mediation 53

                >Legal Action 51

                >Other 42

Then the category Registering Groups Using Illicit Literature? which broke into these subsets:

                >Educate/clarify/inform: 131

                >Don’t Register/remove: 104

                >Revise Literature/Create New Literature: 58

                >Register: 20

                >Other: 14

We straw polled whether to continue using current NA literature in our meetings. 71Y/39N/6Abs/5PNV

We then straw polled whether former editions of approved Basic Text different from the illicit literature being circulated? 93Y*/12N/7Abs/6PNV

Lastly was ASC/RSC websites and what to do with ones that post free literature in .pdf form on them:

                >Ask first then take further action: 131

                >Educate/inform: 103

                >Ask, but don’t take action that might remove meeting info: 25

                >Work with other local service bodies: 27

                >Other: 46

We then straw polled whether or not we want an additional official FIPT statement from WSC2016?  


We then straw polled the future of the Conference Participant Discussion Board since it was approved to continue during New Biz: whether or not to continue with it closed to CP’s only? 75Y/27N/6Abs/9PNV*

Next up were the Issue Discussion Topics from our Literature Survey taken during the CAR process with:

                >”An Atmosphere of recovery in service” receiving the most 24.3% from regions & 14.6% from individuals.

                >”Applying our principles to technology & social media” received 19.5% from regions & 15.7% from individuals.

                >”How to use Guiding Principles (covering any tradition) received 11.9% regionally & 9.7% individually.

So it would appear that we have our next set of IDT’s…cannot wait to workshop these!

A list of possible Workgroups formed by the World Board for this Conference Cycle was projected on the screen:

                >WSC Seating

                >Delegate Sharing

                >Service Tools for group, area, & events: focus & scopes to be determined

                >Future of WSC



                                >Use of time between WSC’s

Anyone interested in serving on a workgroup is encouraged to email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and also fill out a World Pool Info Form at www.NA.org as well.

We then broke for our closing lunch where we were presented with certificates for participating in WSC2016.

But the fun wasn’t over just yet! There were 7proposals yet to be dispensed with from earlier yesterday morning. We met back in the risers at 2:30pm to do just that. We took a straw poll to see how to dispense with the proposals:

                >Do nothing (Call it a day and the end of WSC2016): 6

                >Relaunch each proposal with full discussion: 46*

                >Straw Poll each proposal only. NO DISCUSSION: 59

So we read each remaining proposal and took one straw poll to indicate support for it or not:

                AZ: We suggest to develop a multilingual service network which would reflect our core service structure.

INTENT: We feel this network would be a practical service aid that helps to improve our communications, establish better connections with remote groups and regions and make our worldwide fellowship more accessible. MAKER: Western Russia Region. 67Y*/35N/5Abs/8PNV Support.

                AQ: That the 2nd bullet of Our Vision Statement-Every Member inspired by the gift of recovery, experiences spiritual growth and fulfillment through service – which encompasses among other things, the topic of Atmosphere of Recovery in NA service be adopted as one of the IDT for this coming cycle. INTENT: To create a prioritized IDT on service & spiritual growth. MAKER: Quebec Region. It was determined that since the winning IDT was Atmosphere of recovery in service that this should be included along with it.

                BH: Begin a dialog among seated regions regarding how nominations should be made for election to the World Board through the 2016-2018 cycle. INTENT: To begin a discussion to continue throughout the cycle until 2018. MAKER: California Mid-State Region. 44Y/61N*/8Abs/3PNV: NOT in support.

                AJ: Fellowship IDT’s will be selected based on the following process: By Aug1 following the WSC, NAWS will create a section on NA.org for IDT submissions. Any member, group, area, region or zone will be able to add an item to the poll. Beginning Feb1 in the year before WSC the process of voting on the poll will start. Any member, group, area, region, or zone will be able to vote on the choices in the poll. The poll will close on the final day as set by the GTWSNA for regional motion submissions. The top six IDT’s in the poll will be placed in the CAR and voted on in OB @ WSC w/ the top three being the IDT’s for that next conference cycle. INTENT: to have a more direct & specifically defined fellowship involvement in the creation & selection of Fellowship IDT’s. MAKER: South Florida Region. 59Y*/51N/4Abs/3PNV. Support.

                L: To direct the WB to create a project plan to be included in the 2018 CAT to study sustainability of WCNA in the future. INTENT: To increase sustainability of the WCNA. MAKER: German Speaking Region. 59Y*/55N/1Abs/2PNV. Support.

                AB: Establish a rotation schedule for WCNA that holds WCNA outside of the US every third convention. INTENT: Make WCNA more sustainable. MAKER: Costa Rica Region. 49Y*/61N/1Abs/5PNV. NOT in support.

                BN: To create a workgroup who shall develop a methodology to assess the progress of NAWS since the creation of a single unified board as a result of World Services Inventory conducted in the mid-late 1990’s. INTENT: As a worldwide fellowship, we need to occasionally examine the performance of NAWS in order for the relationship of the worldwide fellowship and NAWS to remain focused and on course. This performance appraisal to be made by the worldwide fellowship appears to be overdue. This project will undoubtedly honor the them of WSC2016: Honesty, Trust, & Goodwill, thereby fostering unity & our common welfare which is in keeping with values & ideals alluded to our First Tradition. MAKER: Wisconsin Region. 56Y*/55N/3Abs/2PNV: Lack of support.

We then circled up to close with our Third Step Prayer. The 33rd WSC of NA is now for the books.

*Indicates how WNIR’s RD team voted.


Day6: Apr29, 2016 WSC RD Blog

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Day6: April29, 2016


Sorry for the late posting for this blog but yesterday was a very long day.  We started at 9:00am and went until about 1:15am this morning.  Trying to recap everything that happened would be almost impossible but there were highlights that are worth blogging about here.

The most powerful thing that happened yesterday was the seating of three new Brazil Regions: Grand Sao Paulo, HOW Region and Rio de Janeiro.  These motions passed all with overwhelming support of more than 110 regions voting in the affirmative.  There were no regions who spoke against the seating of these regions.

The other business that happened successfully yesterday was the overwhelming approval of the project plans for Recovery Literature, Service Tools, Collaboration in Service, The Future of the WSC, Fellowship Development and Public Relations, and Social Media as a PR Tool.  These all passed with more than 116 votes in the affirmative. We also approved the budget for the upcoming Fiscal cycle.

Zonal Seating and the Future of the WSC was a HUGE topic of conversation and there was a motion by the Greece Region that passed 79 yes, 40 No, 2 Abstain, and 5 Present Not Voting for all of us to go back to our regions to discuss through workshop the questions: “What does your region think and feel about zonal representation?”  This will be one of the topics Bonner and I will be discussing with Washington Northern Idaho in the upcoming cycle.  Our Zone is Western States that spans from Alaska to New Mexico.

The other items that got affirmative support from the Conference Participants all had to do with processes.  There were 5 separate motions that essentially did same or similar things.  One was made by your delegate team.  These motions had overwhelming support in principle and were “bundled” together to be considered by the World Board.  What the purpose of them is to do away with an old, antiquated way of doing business that essential requires the body to consider business like CAR motions and Budget motions twice: once in a discussion session utilizing Consensus Based Decision Making and then again in a session that uses Robert Rules of Order (RRO). During these sessions those with a swift understanding of how to abuse RRO can take control of the body and hold up the work of the business. The conference is changing to a much more deliberative and discussion based body that has out grown the use of RRO for “Formal” business, much in the same way that our region WNIR out grew this 14 years ago.

The last thing that happened last night also had to do with RRO. We still had 11 motions left to discuss at 1:15am when the Wisconsin Delegate made a “Motion to Adjourn” thinking that wording would bring us back to business this morning to finish up.  Unfortunately, a motion to adjourn (which passed by simple majority) means that business is COMPLETE and the business session was adjourned. There will be some very surprised delegates this morning and More Will Be Revealed.


George B-H, AD WNIR

Bonner S., RD WNIR


WSC RD Blog Day5: Apr28

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Day5: April28, 2016

Day started at 9am in Break-Out Sessions where your RD & AD (RDA) were separated into different rooms. We focused first on Round2 of the Future of WSC. We sat in the section corresponding with our answer on Wednesday: No change? Zonal Seating? A change other than Zonal Representation?   I sat in Zonal Seating. We listed different ideas on how to move forward. The most popular one at my table was to use existing Zones for delegates at WSC, but divide the US into 4 zonal forums: NE/NW/SW/SE. Each Zone would have 5 delegates to the WSC. This would take regional splits/new regions into account and not have them affect the outcome. We then took sticky dots and placed them on our individual favorites. I voted for that one & another one created 7-10zones world-wide with delegates assigned per meeting population within the individual zonal forums.

That meeting ran about 15minutes longer than the 90minutes planned. Our between session break was cut short to start the next one Fellowship Development & Public Relations on time. This session was in the risers. Some notes from it:

Public Relations and Fellowship Development:

Basic Text is available in 29 Languages
New: Danish, Icelandic, Portuguese, Brazil, and Thai
IP# 1 is available in 49 languages
New: Amharic, Estonian, Kannada, and Ukrainian

Ukraine has been on fire and has 6 new IP’s
In 2015 the BT is 242, 789 English, 133218, Farsi, 20247 Portuguese,
67,000 meetings worldwide
NA 64% growing, 2% shrinking, 34% staying the same

Communication, connection, and collaboration it is what needed for effective FD
The better we are known by the public, the more likely recovering addicts are to find us

We are all part of Fellowship Development

We participated in the national Drug Court convention which is by far the biggest growing organization of its kind
Reaching Out
E-subs 13379
Paper subs: 12807
Just celebrated 30 years

It took Japan 30 years to get into institutions they have a publication called Message of Love

Japan and Brazil translate Reaching Out

We are at the American Society Addiction Medicine
80% of the doctors wanted up to change from total abstinence and we said no, and they said we will send them to AA, and now AA is pushing back
The plus were we were invited to the 12 Step committee meeting for the first time

International Federation Non-Government Office –They are now considering treatment for drug addicts finally

We met 2 doctors in Vietnam in Japan and they asked if we could come over. We had meetings and learned the culture. They don’t let addicts congregate, but they are trying to stem an IV epidemic. There is a NA meeting? At Methadone Clinic. Many are getting drug free, and many are on methadone. We translated some literature into Vietnamese to get them started and plan follow up visit,

PR Fellowship events

Events in Chile, Tanzania, Illinois, Ukraine, South Africa, St Louis, Missouri, Connecticut, Free State Region, Oklahoma
Cooperation with governments really important especially outside the USA
Putting helpline number at ATM’s are effective
If you do a professional day you want to be able to hand out Continuing Education Training

2015 Membership Survey

41% female 59% male
Over 60-14%
51-60 29%
41-50 24%
31-40 21%
21-30 11%
Under 21 1%

Opiates are 1 drugs of choice

Relapse 62% no 38% yes

Years Drug Free
Less than a year 8%
1-5 years 27%
6-10 18%
11-15 12%
16-20 10%
20+ 25%

NAWS is committed to ongoing FD relationship with developing communities including Africa, Russia, India, and the Middle East

The worldwide workshops in Russia a few years ago have spurned unbelievable growth

Countries are doing much more FD themselves.

We all have a role in FD

We have found that attending Service Symposiums are very helpful and learning for all.

Neighboring communities have a big role in FD, an example is Cuba

Brazil has gone from 1 region to 9

If you still have your visa the Brazilian Convention is in a couple weeks

200 people showed up for a NAWS workshop in Bangladesh, lots of work on collaboration, translations, getting more meetings, literature, and much more

When Nepal does the 7th tradition they touch the head, the lips, and the heart in respect for.

When I go to the Middle East as woman from the US, I realize I have no problems.
They have to go to drastic steps to get women in meetings.

It’s inspirational and sad all at the same time.

25 years of NA in Russia

Social Media big topic in Russia
They have a virtual service committee
The have a Russian meeting in South Florida, Chicago, and New York
The European Delegate Meeting has 30 regions not seated.

When they had their Learning Days they has 100 people waiting at the door to get in.

The African Zonal Forum has had a hard time getting going.

NAWS used to fund all the Zonal Forums outside the US, but not anymore, but they do fund the African Zonal Forum.

South Africa has a great fellowship, but they can’t fund the whole continent.
NAWS will be carrying the first native language BT there in 2 weeks
There have been people flooding this area with Baby Blue, and 2nd edition BT’s in this area and has caused many problems including that they were translated badly. They have asked them to stop

It’s sad that that we have taken our petty battles over to emerging communities that really have no idea what the message is.

During lunch the LGBT & A contingency of the Conference Participants met across the street at PF Chang’s. Eighteen of us showed up. Good times ensued for the 90min lunch break.

Next up: ELECTIONS at 2:15. We voted on World Board members, Human Resource Panel members, & future WSC Co-Facilitators. Our C&E chair Jack H, was nominated by our region & the WB for an open position. He was elected to a six year term! CONGRATULATIONS, Jack! We know that it you give a fraction of all that you’ve given to RSC service that you’re gonna be awesome! MWBR as to the other elections results.

We then discussed the budget for an hour until 4:30. Then we broke out again into our previous break-out rooms for another session on FIPT & NA Literature. Some highlighted notes from it:

FIPT Discussion

NAWS Efforts
Look Ahead Together

Illicit Texts: Ideas on what we could do to stop this? I suggested a NAWS Rapid Response Team dedicated to quickly respond to questions/issues involving FIPT violations. Taking legal action against those producing/manufacturing illicit literature was another suggestion.

Registering groups at NAWS that use non NA approved literature? This received about 75% support during Wednseday’s session. Ideas on how to go about this were produced.

And finally we discussed whether or not to have NA websites that post .pdf versions of literature for free on them shut down as a last resort to make them comply with copyright law.

During the 90minute supper break, I made a run to the local Rite-Aid for cold medication, where I ran into Franney & former WB member & new HRP member, Jim B who were buying the same thing. Apparently there’s a cold bug going around. I then retired to my room to eat left-over lasagna from two nights before. Ahhhh. Talk about comfort food.

The final session of the day started at 8pm in Breakout Sessions on the Future of WSC Round3! We focused on how to frame the ideas from this morning’s session so that RD teams can hopefully bring them back to regions where they can be easily discussed by the local Fellowship. We answered questions of “How to best come to consensus?”, “What must we ask our local Fellowship about the future of the WSC?”, and finally “How to frame discussion to make it easily understood by the Fellowship back home?”

We let out at 9:30pm but Lisa C, the RD from Pacific Cascade Region AKA Oregon proposed a late night discussion group of RD teams to go over the long list of New Business proposals and hopefully dispense with some and figure out how we want to address them during New Business Discussion & Formal New Business all day Friday. We were able to dispense w/ several similar proposals and discussion ensued on how to proceed with about 5other of the 60-some proposals to be discussed. Aye yi yi. MWBR.

Good night & blessings all!

Bonner S, RD

George B-H, RDA


WSC RD blog Day4: Apr27

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Day4: Apr27, 2016

Being a bit more rested this morning proved to be a great thing today. Since one entire day was eliminated and we have a very full schedule we were playing catch up. More will be revealed about Thursday’s schedule. We first met in the risers for the first of hopefully three entire sessions devoted to the Future of the WSC. World Board member Mary B started the presentation.

Some notes from it:

Future of the WSC:

Been discussion seating for 30 years. CAR has highlights of last 20, but the history goes back further
We want to be more functioning, inclusive conference. This presentation is 24 hours late, because we took days doing Old Business, and that seems wrong. (Pictures (Jimmy K) from 1983, and a story about Texas showing up and getting to get to vote) Ireland the same way. Texas was angry, because they weren’t even a region yet, so they formed in 6 month, and were back in 1984 and asked to be seated. Now there are 5 regions from Texas. That was the last conference Jimmy K addressed the Conference (1983) It was a small conference 40-50 people, in a small room in Santa Monica. We were self-funded and had effective communication. Some committee’s chairs couldn’t make it, because of money.

The funding was protected by separated entities. Mary B is presenting conference and she was a committee chair in those days somewhat due to that she could fund herself. In 1985 was the first time we had delegates from outside the USA, Japan, Germany, Ireland, Canada, England, maybe others. It was wonderful as we got a global perspective.

One of the issues in the 1985 was from UK and Ireland was they had problems with the English version of the Basic Text.

How can we help financing worldwide participation was an issue in 1985, and continues to be. We always have struggled with finances. We want them here, but can we afford them Mary was the chair for the International Committee. They split up the world and tried to represent. The conference has made many decisions rom the heart and didn’t consider the finances. We seem to be a victim of our success. Personally, I believe we have we missed looking at changes. I believe it’s time for the regions to look if they still have the same representation. They are Regions here that may only represent only a few meetings. We could use those funds that we spend here at the conference to help local fellow development. Some Regions have very limited services. I live in a region that needs some review. The regions need to inventory themselves to see if maybe they could recombine or merge. We had several meetings last conferences about having more effective processes. The last two days have been a disaster (my word). Last cycle we had many who thought zonal or some type of zonal seating may work. Some thought they were led to that type of thinking.

All of us need to come together and provide to input to be coming to decisions to become more effective. We need to look at options for change. We will poll and have breakout sessions, to help us take ideas back to our regions. This all will be discussion, we will not be making decisions here at the conference. Back in early days we had 45 seated regions and 6 outside of the US, and today we have 112 and 45 outside the US

Arnie WB member speaking now. As we looks at the pictures from 1983 his thoughts go from the gratitude of the people who set this all up for this to how far we all have come. He wonders how they did that. I wonder what the WSC will look like in 30 years. Lives are hanging the balance of what we do here. We have been talking about this for decades, all of us.

The greatest challenges of an organizations don’t come from their failures, but from their successes. We have no strategy to how to process what we have no and of course then we have none for when we keep growing.

At the last conference we had 194 AD/RD’s and today 232 and with the WB that makes 250,
We need to have broad, deep discussion, we have done over the last 2 days is an example of the challenge.
It’s not possible to have discussion, make decisions, or even hear from everyone in a group this size, and that’s why we will have breakout sessions. The conference cost $500,000 and more and more resources, and the more money we spend here, the less we have to carry the message for NA. We are trying to cut costs with staff and one board meeting less, only 7 over 2 years instead of 8. In 2014 Discussed options for a possibilities of a sustainable effective conference.
We look at needs No decisions made, but common ideas surfaced towards some kind of Zonal Seating.
Planning Our Future workgroup studied the issue and information from WSC 2014.
It may have been a surprise, and even a bigger surprise for those back home, and communicating the ideas would be very tough. We realeased info on the Roles of Zones, The future of the WSC, and visual aides They came up with 3 questions. Do you agree with the WSC discussion results that seemed to favor some form of Zonal Seating?
Would another form of seating be better—State/Nation/Province? Something else?
What can we do to ensure an effective and sustainable WSC in the future?
The Delegates will make these decisions and one may to do nothing
Straw Poll# 1 who has had these conversations with their region?
Press# 1 if you have
Press# # 2 if you have not

82 for #1 -29 for #2. I pressed #1 since we did the Future of WSC videos during the CAR workshops.

Straw Poll # 2 Which option seems most appealing to your region or you?
1. No change—20—18%
2. No change in representation—22—20%
3. Zonal Seating—45—41%
4. Some other basis for change in representation—22—20%

I voted 3 based on discussions in CAR workshops. We will have breakout sessions based on how you voted.
We may combine 2 and 3 somehow
These all will be discussion, no decisions will be made.
Session 2: Tables designed for each option receiving 20% or more support. Sit with others who chose the same option. Results from discussions will be posted for gallery work
Session 3: Shaped by discussions in session 2. Saturday’s Moving Forward Session will provide the opportunity to debrief and provide some direction for the cycle ahead.

We then had a short break before a presentation on the Fellowship Intellectual Property Trust (FIPT) which started @ 11am and went until 1pm.

Some notes from it:

Fellowship Intellectual Property Trust & Literature Discussion

Illicit literature/gray books
Registering group’s w/ NAWS that use non NA approved literature
Area/regions posting recovery literature

Offer background
Consider a few questions
Frame a foundation

Illicit Literature

3rd Edition revised = language from 2nd
Places NA service structure outside of NA
Never approved

Guidance from the FIPT

Production@ use of such versions
Conflicts with Fellowship’s conscience Violates the Fellowship’s copyright

Personal use of NA literature by members include
Modifying SWG questions for personal use bringing an old edition to a step study

There has been much pain in the fellowship on this issue including a lawsuit

Communication with the fellowship
Two Bulletins available at NA.org/FIPT
Asked for help from the fellowship to end this behavior

This will only stop with help from members without any kind of violence or anything close
We don’t feel a lawsuit will serve any purpose
No cease or desist letter, lawsuit or threat of has done anything only the members can stop
Not suggesting that any member should be threatened verbally or physically, but there has to be something that the fellowship can stop.
WSC 2008: Approved 6th Edition
The 6th Edition of the BT is the only edition approved for NAWS production

Standing by the Fellowship’s Conscience
Conscience has been consistent with the FIPT
There continue to be those who defy the guidance of the FIPT
Such actions are in direct conflict with

Group Registration & Gray Form
NAWS encourages, but does not require groups to register
With or without registration, NA groups may use NA’s intellectual property
Inclusion the meeting directory motivates many to register their groups
On average, we process 170 group registrations each month
The Gray Group and others have specifically noted they intend to use the Gray book when registering.
One of the base criteria for being an NA group is to use NA literature.
There are 3 Gray Group meetings registrations that have been help until we get guidance form the fellowship
The WSC has been clear on the FIPT, but we want to get clarification

ASC/RSC posting recovery literature
Duplication—paper of digital—not permitted
We routinely ask ASC’s and RSC to remove posted literature
Some ignored
We don’t want to be in a position of shutting down fellowship websites
We need to know if you want us to shut them down.
One example—treatment center use
Book length pieces
The dilemma posed by legal recourse



#1: Do we believe that the Fellowship still affirms the rules we have agreed on in the FIPT?

96-5-we answered yes

#2: Should we register and list on the meeting locator, NA groups that clearly intend to use material that is not NA fellowship approved?

28-78-I was personally torn here but voted no after getting with AD

#3: Should we take action to remove NA recovery literature from ASC/RSC sites, even if it means shutting down the site (this may require ongoing action if a new site is created)

75-31-we voted yes, but in the hope they would open them back up without the literature.

These polls were not to build a foundation for binding action, but to build a framework for future discussion.

As is traditional at the WSC one afternoon is spent fellowshipping/breaking bread/getting to know one another better. In the past we all would be bussed to a nearby “ranch” where we were treated to a family style lunch then ice cream, futbol for the Latin American delegates & volleyball for others as well. This was estimated to co$t NAWS $22K for this. Alternate Delegates had to pay go which I did in 2014 which set me back $26. THIS YEAR, however, since the co$t of transporting us went up astronomically NAWS opted to do a day in the public park immediately behind the Marriott hotel, with 5food trucks which were all self-pay. I had a turkey tomato mozzarella crepe & a dulce de leche crepe: $15.

Good food. Good company. Good times, indeed. <3

We reconvened at 6pm in the risers once again for the NAWS report. Here are some notes from it as well:

NAWS Report: Foundational Principles: The basic purpose of our WS is communication, coordination, and guidance

The reality is that NAWS is a global enterprise, it can’t be exactly like a region

We ask for memorabilia from events to be placed at WSO. Please send more from big events, and more pictures. We use them for videos.

Goal: To ensure a reliable flow of literature

Navigate customs, duties, and politics, requires a variety of local agreements

We take resources and apply them to things that don’t make business sense to carry the message.

Roughly 35% of NA literature is distributed through RSO’s. We regularly review literature distribution

We evaluate the data and continuously seek to improve our system. The circumstances and needs of each
community are unique. We go the extra mile and do what we have to do to get literature to addicts who need it

Tradition 9: Applies to RSO’s even if they are incorporated. No such thing as an autonomous service corporation

A legal document from a government doesn’t relieve you from a spiritual responsibility to NA. We may create a pamphlet to deal with this issue. We all are accountable to somebody.

Distribution Centers in Canada, Belgium, Iran(they distribute as much literature as the rest combines), and India

We support the regions and zones

At some point NAWS realized they couldn’t do everything and be everywhere, and the fellowship started to cooperate with us to do that, we have attended most of the zonal forums

We have worked to help with strategic planning. IP#1 is very important all over the world.

Doing PR in Argentina or H & I in Brazil for the first time.

We gave a standing ovation to the staff of NA

NA Way magazine
Reaching Out

WSC related publications
Conference Report

Trying to move all periodicals towards electronic books and make that more attractive and more smart phone Apps

We ask people to re-subscribe to get paper to make sure that’s really what they want and that they are still receiving


NAWS News-26, 454
NA WAY-13546
Reaching Out-22251

BT 14601
Living Clean 6594
It works 7826

Smart Phone Apps
NA meeting search 300,000
NA recovery Companion 2174
Auto call Sponsor

IT technology
Support the Conference
Publication Company
We are not state of the art, we try and remain pretty conservative to not be the test of beta.

We are in a total review of all software including accounting.

New virtual shopping cart also

Web Meetings
Virtual Work Groups

We ask for suggestions to improve

Translations needs and resources are way up

IP#1 in Zulu and Cree
BT in Swahili published in Feb 2016
Intro Guide in Chinese
Original stories from South Africa submitted

Literature Translations made up of committed members who are native speakers

New items in Polish, Lithuanian, Farsi, Norwegian, Icelandic, Korean

IP#1 Estonian, Amharic

People are all over world celebrate when they get the literature in their language. Very few have all the literature.

WCNA 36 Rio De Janero, Brazil

The Brazilian support team was one of the hardest working teams in a difficult situation and if not a bad financial situation would have been much worst

We had 3 companies not do what they promised, the economy went way down before the convention. We will be careful

The convention lost $ 384, 710

Implications for WCNA 38 in 2021

Logistical planning is very complicated

Impossible to predict geo-politics
Economic forecast offer no assurances
International events with a degree of uncertainty

We hope to make WCNA 38 accessible to Iran

Contingency plans may help avoid surprises.

We are looking for alternatives, because of the political situation and will have to make a decision soon.

Business Plan Work Group

A resource to the Executive Management & WB

Focuses on the business activities of NAWS

There are slowing revenue in certain areas that are trending

Finances are a balancing act

We have to keep reserves high because of all the uncertainty so we can keep providing services during those times

Some of our fellowship has sent literature into developing countries, and they have asked them to stop, because they are trying to be self-supporting

Global Context

Exchange rates and other economic realities

Rupees, Reals, and Euros
Don’t go as far when the US Dollar is strong (40% higher in some cases)

One example is that 1 dollar is currently worth 131 Reals and just a little while ago it was worth 9000

Well established NA communities help make recovery possible where resources are scarce.

$ 158.01 Dollars needed from each meeting US/Canada to cover the cost of fellowship services, solely from contributions. $ 30.49 Actual dollars received per meeting in US/Canada

Contributions last year $ 1,038, 625

Projects, Workgroups. & IDT’s

2010—project plan ask to be developed
2011-Literature survey showed Traditions book highly desired
2012—project plan adopted
2012-2014—Front end Input gathered(wriiten input, recordings, work sheets, 20 + US states and 13+ countries)
2014-2016—review and input

Service System
Implementers Shared experience through web meetings
Gathered input on current application
Held webinars to introduce SSP

Work Groups (most virtually)

WSC Decision Making
Planning Our Future
Delegates Sharing
WSC Seating

Some wanted face to face, sometimes electronic that are over 2 hours long not as effective as face to face

Wanted to thank those who worked so hard on work groups

The promise and peril of technology today

Perceived cost savings is extremely appealing
May appear to save resources, but often take much administrative time
Web meetings are no substitute for face to face

WB Internal Workshops

WCNA Program
WB Values
Framing Seating Discussions

Fellowship IDT’s

Welcoming all Members
Group Support
Role of Zones

Strategic and Project Plans

We want partner with regions for a collaborative approach to Strategic Planning

The WB and WSC are a partnership

A plan developed together
Results that inspires

The WSC supplies the place

Strategic Planning process

Early 2017 environmental scan—RD’s input the scan

Late 2017—RD input on plan draft

RBZ Candidates

Diverse final state reflects serious deliberations

Needed skills & abilities
Business acumen
Geographic diversity

This roster does NOT represent

The results of a popularity contest
A list of only qualified member
A statement about other nominees

We want to see if this is a good process.

We want to see if the blind process is something that flies in the face of what we are trying to do.

The RBZ process was developed to identify needs and find people to fit those needs,

We asked the regions to create a process they would like to have to share with us.

Conference Participant Discussion Board

Concerns, discussions, Car Motion
Consideration of view ability
Low participating rates
Ground rules—unity, mutual respect

The CAR survey for literature development has been passed out

Book length recovery material

There seems to be a difference between the regional and membership response
We seem to want meditation books om a spiritual principle a day and another on living clean

On booklet-pamphlet material

Right along with motion 3 that seems to indicate a Mental Health

Service Materials

Group service Tools
Local/Area tools/tool box

Atmosphere of recovery in Service
How to use “Guiding Principles”
Applying our principles to technology and social

We appreciate the Japanese Fellowship for help in periodical development.

We broke from the NAWS report following a Q&A session at 9:30. THEN we had our Zonal Forum meetings. Ours, the Western States Zonal Forum consisting of 13regions in the Western US, met in a conference room on the 2nd floor of the hotel. We met until 11pm. Main item on topic: Our WSZF mtg next February in Phoenix, initial itinerary, hotel & costs of it, and NAWS participation in it.   MWBR. Other topics included an update on the California Regions Collaboration efforts, WSZF guidelines, & the future of our Zonal Forum.

Tomorrow, now today, promises to be full from 9am until 9pm at least. I submitted my New Business proposal about updating the Living Clean: The Journey Continues with a subject and a spiritual principle index. The deadlines for New Business proposals was @ 6pm last night.

Good night & blessings all.

In loving Service:

Bonner S, RD

George B-H, AD


WSC Regional Delegate Blog Day3

Regional Delegate World Conference Blog

Day3: April26, 2016

The day started at 9am sharp with most of the Delegate teams & Conference Participants dragging their tootsies from the long night before. We moved straight into Formal Old Business which should have taken 1 1/2hrs (Formal OB in 2014) but several motions hadnt been dispensed with the day prior yet in Old Business Discussion. So we slogged through them all UNTIL 5:30pm. We missed the entire day of planned presentations/workshops today due to not completing Formal OB on Monday. We were able to have our Human Resource Panel Report tonight after supper.

We immediately hit hurdles in approving Motions 15-17 which had to do with WSC Rules of Order. But eventually approved all three of those.

Motion18 to approve the WSC2014 minutes went smoothly with 108Y/0N/2Abs/2PNV.

Motion1 to approve the new book: Guiding Principles: The Spirit of Our Traditions needed 2/3 approval which passed easily 110Y/1N/1Abs/0PNV. We have a new Fellowship Approved piece of book-length literature! yippy. If past approval processes are any indication we should have the Traditions Book for sale by/at PNWCNA.

Motion2 had the three intents split into 3 separate motions. All passed w/ 2/3 approval since they all dealt with policy changes. Motion 2A: 104/8N/0Abs/0PNV, 2B: 106Y/6N/0Abs/0PNV, and 2C: 112Y/0N/0Abs/0PNV. (See, we can agree on some things!)

Motion3 required merely a simple majority yet raked in 80%+ support 93Y/17N/1Abs/0PNV. We will have a project plan to vote on at WSC2018 for a new IP on Mental Health & Recovery.

Motion4 pertaining to posting World Board minutes online: 29Y/79N/0Abs/2PNV

Motion5 pertaining to World Convention financial reporting line item vs. summary: 34Y/76N/1Abs/0PNV.

Motion6 about the World Board meetings open to members failed: 51Y/58N/0Abs/2PNV.

Motion7 about having the WSC Participants Discussion Board open to all to view was not brought forward by its maker due to lack of support during OB Discussion the day prior. Yet, another Region wished to introduce it as their own, which they were permitted to do. Parliamentary process & procedure bogged us down for about 2hrs on this motion.  We finally agreed to dispense with any further discussion during Formal OB to hasten the process. Ultimately, it failed 59Y/50N/1Abs/1PNV.

Motion8 pertaining to a cheap English version Basic Text failed w/ only 14Y/95N/1Abs/1PNV.

Motions9 & 10 both failed to move to a vote due to not being seconded on the WSC floor.

Motion11 became somewhat contentious, though, since parliamentary process & procedure ruled here as well.  It initially failed. It was then amended to allow on a trial basis for one Conference in 2018. Our region instructed us to vote against this measure which we initially did.  It failed again. Then discussion was somehow re-introduced into the mix to allow a re-vote after an appeal by the RD from Greece. Since, this motion was significantly changed we opted to use our vote of confidence to change our region'€™s conscience on this & voted to approve the motion. It passed with 2/3 majority 72Y/29N/2Abs/4PNV. So in 2018 a Zonal Forum may pay to have one delegate seated at the WSC as a non-voting participant.

Motion12 pertained to the new "What is NA Service?" meeting reading card. It failed to meet its 2/3majority with 30Y/79N/1Abs/0PNV.

Motion13 about limiting World Board to having only one collective vote in New Business also failed to meet 2/3majority: 47Y/58N/3Abs/2PNV.

And finally, Motion14 which would have restricted the World Board from making motions/proposals at the WSC also failed 2/3majority: 16Y/91N/0Abs/1PNV.

We then broke for supper and reconvened at 7:30 for the Human Resources Panel Report.

Some notes from it:

Human Resource Panel Report

World Pool
HRP Blind Scoring
HRP Interview + Reference
Final HRP nominees
577 members in pool
Do you have a NA sponsor?
Go to meetings?
Those with 8 years clean
353 eligible
44 were interested in being considered
Then Blind Scoring used
The highest scores move forward
11 members came forward
Then Interviews
The Region Boards Zones candidates are brought forward and the same scoring process happens and then interview

No one interviews sponsors or life partners
Conducted 36 interviews and 2 reference checks for each candidate
Best candidates have global perspective
Complete, focused, and succinct responses to questions are important
Evaluations are based on
1. Skill
2. NA World experience
3. Overall NA recovery
4. Many others
Our job is to identify most qualified and consider diversity when all other factors are even.
Must get 60% to be elected to WB, and over 50% for other positions
Voting at the WSC
Many factors affect the elections outcome, including:
The nominee to seat ratio
The number of votes each CP gets

The WB was filled for the only time in 2012
Three separate Ballots
Human Resource Panel

You can vote for as many you like, you can reject as many as you like, and if you do not vote at all then that is a no vote
The World Pool has gone from 1000 members down to around 500 members
The HRP feels the process needs to be reviewed including the World Pool

A rather lengthy Q&A session ensued. Bonner asked whether the HRP had a review process in mind & whether or not it had been committed to a time frame. No to both questions.

Stay tuned as MWBR tomorrow!

Yours in loving Service:

Bonner S, RD

George B-H, AD

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