Members Present: 58
Location: Rosen Center
Opened the meeting with a moment of silence followed by the Serenity Prayer. The 12 Traditions were read.
Greater Orlando Area Service Committee of Narcotics
Anonymous RCM Report for August 13,2023
The next Regional weekend will be held Setember 15-17,2023 @Rosen Center Hotel @ 9840 International Drive, Orlando FL.
Old Business: No old business
This following information begins the new fiscal year, on June 1, 2023, the opening bank balance was $37,226.50. After deposits of $4,220.84 and expenses of $(280.35) on June 30, 2023, the ending book balance was $41,727.69.
After deducting $10,000.00 withheld for the next RSC, the Prudent Reserve of $11,000.00, a Women in Service Donation of $75.00, the GSR Assembly Reserve of $1,000.00, and the Florida Service Symposium Reserve of $27,000.00 the available balance was $(7,908.01).
As of RSC held on July 16, 2023, we received $1,462.90 in income and had $6,829.07 in expenses. Additionally, we allocated the monthly reserve of $500.00 for the GSR Assembly & $1,000.00 the Florida Service Symposium. Therefore, after RSC business the available balance was ($14,774.18).
We participated in the PR Week Event and had support from many Florida Region trusted servants.
We would like to Thank all who supported and participated in person and virtually.
We brought some of the PR members from the Daytona Area, the Sun Coast Area and Orlando Area together for SEZF PR week event to do presentations on rebuilding our fellowship and some ways of doing that through social media and virtual meetings. Our ongoing task to bring the Area PR chairs together, so they can share what they are doing in their Area PR Committees, discuss challenges and solutions as well as share resources with each other.
We are now meeting every other month virtually with Area PR committees. Our next meeting will be held, Monday, September 11 @ 7pm.
Technology Resource Coordinator Report
Calendar - For ease of use, there is a “submit an event” form on the events page. It allows anyone to submit an event through a form on the website. https://naflorida.org/events/
Even with a potential replacement, the Technology Alternate Resource Coordinator position would still be open. RCMs, please bring this back to your areas and inquire with your local tech gals/guys. Tell them to go to https://www.naflorida.org/tech/ for more info.
I’m also looking forward to the Tech Resource Panel discussion that will happen during FD at the September RSC. Whether it’s through a panel that's added into the Guide or a longstanding workgroup doesn’t matter to me, just hoping it’ll happen as I believe this will not only be a huge benefit for the Region,
Corrections Resource Coordinator Report
Please be aware that working with the DOC does not mesh well with the spirit of rotation and does not sync up with the spirit of anonymity. These top-level projects are, Behind the Walls, Inmate Step Working Guide, Bridging the Gap, Hope Rises, and Between the Walls.
Behind the Walls: taking meetings into and building home groups that exist behind the walls of state and federal correctional institutions. This includes literature delivery to institutions to support this effort. The end game for this project is to have the addicts behind the walls running their own meetings. Depending on the institution, there are varying levels of this occurring. The Inmate Step working guide group is alive and well and anonymously working steps through the mail with those behind the walls. This group is based out of the Gold Coast area. The last numbers I received in October was that around 30 addicts were working steps anonymously with this group. *The Bridging the Gap program is alive and well and addicts are being scheduled to meet those who are getting released at a meeting. Please bring up at your H&I areas if you would like to share your contact list with us for your area for this effort. The Between the walls program is moving forward. "Between the Walls" means you will be able to chair a Zoom meeting from the comfort of your couch where all the participants are behind the walls at a Florida institution. *" The Corrections workgroup meets every other Thursday from 8-9p over Zoom. The next meeting is Thursday, July 27th.
The Zoom info is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89524891377?pwd=VnJDRS85LzE1b0gzQXh6SFJJam9pdz09
Meeting ID: 895 2489 1377 Passcode: 935507
Please join the workgroup if you want to serve but not sure how. We have a secretary! Ashby S. from the. The next meeting is this Thursday at 8p.
VIRTUAL MEETINGS After years of discussion on the topic, the conference passed a motion: To acknowledge that an NA meeting that meets regularly in person or virtually can choose to be an NA group if they meet the criteria described in The Group Booklet, including the six points for an NA group, and are consistent with NA philosophy as expressed in our Traditions. Service bodies have always been able to recognize virtual groups if they wished to, but this decision reflects a Fellowship wide consensus. Footnotes will be added to The Group Booklet and A Guide to Local Services reflecting the decision of the WSC and referencing Virtual Meeting Basics as a possible resource. Virtual Service Basics has been selected as one of the focuses for the service tools project.
NEW LITERATURE: Rather than drafting a new IP, the WSC decided to begin exploring a revision of The NA Step Working Guides. An edit, or simplification of the SWG could satisfy three of the ideas that were prioritized in the CAR survey:
• Step working guide aimed at members not new to working the Steps
• Step working booklet focused mainly on Steps 1–3, aimed primarily at new members and those in treatment and drug courts
• Revise and simplify the Step Working Guides
The board will survey the Fellowship this cycle about what members would like to see in a step working guide.
- WCNA 39:
- World Convention will be returning to Washington, DC, 29 August – 1 September 2024
- The theme is The Power of Love.
- We are not sure when we will go on sale, but it won’t be before the last quarter of this calendar year.
- NA subscriptions.
There are publications you can receive such as: There are publications you can receive such as:
NAWS News, Just for Today, NA Way, SPAD, and others. Go to www.na.org/subscribe
Miscellaneous Stuff • NAWS: Instagram channel: www.instagram.com/narcoticsanonymous
Fellowship Development Leader Report
• Disruptive behavior
o Ramon (Alternate Delegate) stated new discussion this coming weekend 7/23 with WB on this topic
o We are responsible as Trusted Servants to hold each other accountable
o Our Regional website has information on this from a Work Group. Resources Page
o Create Ground rules at beginning and repeat. Ask for mutual respect.
Solutions to Home Groups not participating in Area Service Committee and not contributing their Seventh (7th) Tradition to ASC
Disunity in Area between Groups
o Rotate ASC between groups locations.
o Have common events equidistant.
o Find and focus on the common goal.
o Speaker meetings and look for diverse speakers.
o Ask new people to speak.
Potential Project Idea to create or revise literature that reiterates that
On July 15th HRP interviewed two candidates, one for alternative secretary and technology coordinator. The candidate who interviewed for the alternative secretary received the confidence from HRP will be presented for nomination at the July RSC. Due technical difficulties, An update from the admin meeting regarding the work group addressing the three-year term The new workgroup leader is Carlos N. If you are interested in a position, please complete the HRP Volunteer form or send an email to the HRP Leader at HRP_leader@naflorida.org. Elections for the Corrections Resources Coordinator, H&I Coordinator, Technology Coordinator, Technology Co Coordinator, and HRP positions will take place in September.
FRC Board Report
Checking Account Balance $27,728.26 FRCNA 41 Surviving Against All Odds:FRCNA 41 Attendance Total attendance 1,938 Since 2007 FRCNA has donated to the RSC $113,261.97. In 2008, FRCNA did not donate to the RSC. $91,000 of the 113,000 was donated since the current officers were brought onto the board by the RSC. This year we are donating $13,000
The Service Hero service banner this year goes to the Bay Area. The Bay area volunteered a total of 102 total hours of service. Runners-up were Suncoast with 62 hours and Heartland with 61.5 hours. Total hours of service provided by 24 different areas and states was 404.5 hours. We cannot do this without all of you!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
FRCNA 42 “When at the End of the Road”
Registration for FRCNA 42 started immediately after the Saturday night speaker meeting. So if you want that special pre-registration item go to www.frcna.com and pre-register. We expect a slightly smaller crowd due to WCNA being held in Washington, DC next year, so we will be at Rosen Plaza. It is smaller than Centre or Shingle Creek. Obviously, we saw that Shingle Creek is just a little too big for us, the halls seemed empty this year. Because Rosen Plaza is a smaller venue we will only sell 300 banquet seats this year. As you noted in the CFO report 217 have already been sold so get your tickets asap.
Rosen Plaza 9700 International Drive Orlando, FL. Double occupancy rooms are $142/night. $20 charge for additional guests above two per room. Self-parking will be $8 with in/out access. A link to book rooms is available on frcna.com.
RSO Board Report
June P & L approximately $4,ooo loss. $11,ooo loss YTD. Working with Regional Treasurer to get their statements for our tax preparation services. Inventory assets being adjusted from retail to cost for accurate assessment of profits or losses. Inventory now shown at $135,000 to $101,250. CDs at $22,000.Posting an AD on Indeed for a part-time worker.
Office manager report. Reviewed employee handbook.
Requested and approved FRCNA to add to the FRCNA web site a section for volunteers to sign up for service slots for the convention. Board business: Access to bank reports for read-only purposes. To enhance security steps for transparency and Adding to the bank account ANY demand/request for payment needs approval from 2 board members.
• Intent in September to record board minutes approving signers on bank accounts. With that entry we will go to the bank to make that happen
Proposal Number 2023-07-01 Maker: Tampa Fun Coast
Proposal: Under Florida Regional Convention Guidelines/policies Florida
Regional Convention Inc and Regional Service Office Inc Guidelines/policies under the Elections section Add “all Board Members/ Directors shall serve no more than six (6) consecutive years.”
Spiritual Impact: Spirit of rotation Financial Impact: possibly
Guide to Florida Regional Service Change: no FRCNA and RSO
Outcome of proposal to Table to Admin and FRC/RSO Boards
13 assent, 1 stand aside, 0 assent with reservation, 0 block
Maker: Technology Resource Coordinator
Proposal: To change portions of the Guide under “Technology Resource Coordinator” to better reflect the scope of the position and to remove unnecessary content to the Technology Resource Coordinator’s Best Practices document. Intent: Due to the lack of a Best Practices document for the Technology Resource Coordinator, a lot of unnecessary material has ended up in the Guide under the Technology Resource Coordinator section.
There was also some outdated content. The intent of this proposal is to clean up this section in the Guide so that it more closely matches the current format for the other resource coordinators and to make sure all the responsibilities and duties of the position are covered while simultaneously not getting too specific on how those duties are fulfilled (as those methods are subject to frequent change as tech progresses).
Spiritual Impact: Third Concept - The NA groups delegate to the service structure the authority
necessary to fulfill the responsibilities assigned to it.
Fifth Concept - For each responsibility assigned to the service structure, a single point of decision and accountability should be clearly defined.
Financial Impact: None.
Guide to Florida Regional Service Change: See attached. Outcome: Passed
14 assent, 0 assent with reservation, 0 stand aside, 0 block
Maker: Technology Resource Coordinator
Proposal: To add a section to the Guide on page 30 after the “Technology Resource Co-Coordinator” section that would create a Technology Resource Panel.
Intent: The realm of “technology” is vast and continually expanding, providing us more efficient ways to carry the message and be of service. This is a wonderful opportunity to continue to grow and evolve but also requires a wide range of skill sets and surplus time to manage it all; much more than is realistic to expect from just two trusted servants. The intent of this proposal is to add a section to the Guide which will allow for the creation of a “Technology Resource Panel.”
The members of this panel would be able to support the Technology Resource Coordinator and Co-Coordinator by bringing their experience, skills, and time to the table. The Tech Resource Coordinator positions tend to be difficult to fill as they require a specific aptitude and can be intimidating. The creation of this panel makes the Tech Resource position less about knowledge of every area of “tech” and more about delegation, which makes it far more accessible to members who may be tech savvy but wouldn’t feel comfortable taking on the position as it currently stands (without a panel).
There are also many members who have tech skills but are not able to take on the Tech Resource commitment due to the demanding nature of their jobs and this panel would allow a way for them to be of service. Spiritual Impact: Third Concept - The NA groups delegate to the service structure the authority necessary to fulfill the responsibilities assigned to it.
Financial Impact: The cost of one hotel room for two nights during the GSR Assembly or FSS each year. Around $350/yearly. This would allow the Tech Resource coordinators to have assistance at these tech heavy and labor intensive events.
Guide to Florida Regional Service Change: See attached.
Outcome to table to FD: 14 assent, 0 assent with reservation, 0 stand aside, 0 block
- Alternate Secretary acclimation to Secretary: Ezra K Outcome: Acclimated
- Cofacilitator acclimation to Facilitator: Ernest E Outcome: Acclimated
- FD Coleader acclimation to FD Leader: Belinda N Outcome: Acclimated
- Alternate Treasurer acclimation to Treasurer: Marie A Outcome: Acclimated
- Alternate Delegate acclimation to Regional Delegate: Ramon R
Note: Ramon stated he had the willingness to serve a 3-year term to be in line with the temporary WSC 3-year cycles over the next 6 years. No change to the GTFRS will be made at this time.
- Alternate Delegate Election: Carlos N
Note: Carlos stated he had the willingness to serve two 3-year terms to be in line with the temporary WSC 3-year cycles over the next 6 years. No change to the GTFRS will be made at this time. Nominated by: Bay Area
Seconded by: Uncoast
- HRP Panel Member Election: Kristi-Beth F Nominated by: Coquina Coast Seconded by: Suncoast
- Outcome: Elected
- RSO Board Member (RSC Elect): Guido Nominated by: Heartland Seconded by:
Joel B nominated by Tampa , seconded by Chain Of Lakes Michelle C nominated by Bay , seconded by Heartland Outcome: Michelle C elected
Anna C nominated by Tampa , seconded by SunCoast Outcome: Elected
Michael C nominated by Forest , seconded by Uncoast Outcome: Elected
HRP Panel Member:
Allen R nominated by First Coast, seconded by Nature Coast Outcome: Elected
RSO Board - RSC elect:
Lisa C Nominated by: Uncoast seconded by Coquina Coast Outcome: RSO Board - RSC elect:
Joel Nominated by: Heartland seconded by Bay Outcome: Elected
FRC Board - RSC elect:
Willie Nominated by: Heartland seconded by Bay Outcome: Elected
FRC Board - RSC elect:
Shawn C Nominated by: Heartland seconded by Bay Outcome: Elected
FRC Board - RSC elect:
Cindy C Nominated by: Heartland seconded by Bay Outcome: Elected
FRC Board - RSC elect:
Ron M Nominated by: Bay seconded by Uncoast Outcome: Elected
On May 20th, HRP interviewed three candidates, two for HRP and one RSO RSC elect, all candidates received confidence. HRP will work with the FD team to staff to the two workgroups that came out the afternoon session of Fellowship Development.
Just a friendly reminder, elections for co-leader fellowship development, co-facilitator, alternative secretary, alternative treasurer, and HRP will take place in July. If you are interested in a position, please complete the HRP Volunteer form or send an email to the HRP Leader at HRP_leader@naflorida.org. Elections for the Corrections Resources Coordinator and H&I Coordinator position will take place in September.
If you are new to service at Florida Region or have not completed a HRP Volunteer form in the past two years,
please visit https://naflorida.org/hrpform/.
Corrections Resource Coordinator H&I Resource Coordinator Co-Leader Fellowship
Alternative Treasurer 2 HRP members RSO.
All forms older than two years will be purged from the system on July 31,
FRSC meetings will be in a Hybrid format indefinitely. If you would like to attend virtually on Zoom, please see information below, or visit naflorida.org/rsc for Zoom Links.
Saturday GSR Assembly: naflorida.org/virtualfd or Zoom Meeting 843 0454 1072 Time: September 17,2023 9:00am
Sunday FRSC Business Meeting: naflorida.org/virtualrsc or Zoom Meeting 845 9148 0010 Time: September17,2023 9:00am
ILS, Your RCM Team, Biff K. and Gladys S.
Concerns or Needs
In Loving Service,
Biff K & Gladys S