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NAWS Update WCNA 37

Hello everyone,

We have just posted a survey about WCNA 37, and we encourage you all to take some time to fill it out. The survey is posted here www.na.org/survey. It will be online through the end of November.

This convention was the biggest World Convention ever, with 21,400 people registered and 1,100 newcomer badges given out. We tried a number of new things including a new electronic registration system, a new system to sign up to volunteer, and a mobile app for the Convention.

There were more than 80 workshops at the convention as well as seven main meetings, six World Board forums, eight Keep Giving Back workshops, and four public relations forums. For the second time, we offered a free link to the audio of the main meetings and had thousands of those connections, plus more than 80 Zoom connections to the Unity Day meeting on Sunday.

We hope you’ll let us know what you think went well and what we need to work on for next time.

Many of you have asked whether we will have merchandise from the Convention available, and we are still taking inventory and making a determination. We will email you if we do make some merchandise available for sale.

Audio recordings of the convention are for sale. You can find the link at www.na.org/wcna. We hire a company to provide this service, so please purchase the recordings you want rather than obtaining them in some other way. If members don’t pay for the recordings, it will be increasingly difficult for us to find a willing vendor.

If you’re looking for more ways to relive the WCNA experience, keep your eyes open for the next issue of The NA Way Magazine, which will be a special edition devoted to the convention.

Thank you to all who helped make this convention a success. It didn’t happen by magic, but through the hard work of hundreds of volunteers. Thank you!

Yours in service,
World Board

 

IDTs – Membership Survey – Book Project

From the Narcotics Anonymous World Board:

Hello everyone,

We are writing with lots of news and announcements.

Issue Discussion Topics

Issue Discussion Topics (IDTs) are subjects that encourage us to think more deeply about relevant topics and help build unity within our groups and service bodies. The IDTs for this cycle are Carrying the NA Message and Making NA Attractive, Attracting Members to Service, and Drug Replacement Therapy (DRT) and Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT) and NA. Workshop material including Session outlines, PowerPoints, and handouts have been posted at www.na.org/idt. That page also has a section with general discussion/workshop tools. Please send the results of your workshops to worldboard@na.org. You can type up the responses and send them in or just send in pictures of the note sheets.

Membership Survey

Every three years, we conduct a membership survey to gather information about our Fellowship, in order to strengthen our public relations efforts and learn more about how and where we carry our message of recovery. The survey will be posted at www.na.org/survey until the end of the year. Please consider filling out the survey—which is anonymous—and forwarding the link to other members.

Spiritual Principle a Day Book Project

We need your help letting everyone know about our current book project. The book will explore a spiritual principle each day, in a similar style to the Just for Today daily meditation book. We just posted online forms as well as workshop materials for members to submit their writing. Check it out at www.na.org/spad and spread the word. Thank you for your service!

Yours in service,

World Board

April 2018 electronic NA Way Magazine

Welcome to the April 2018 electronic NA Way Magazine,

NA’s worldwide recovery journal.

In this issue:

Electronic Enhancements

Don’t Miss

Contribute a story, artwork, photo, or other material!

Visit www.naway.org or email us at naway@na.org

www.na.org/subscribe

Your electronic version of The NA Way Magazine is provided in PDF format, which allows you to view the magazine as it appears in print form (plus it’s in color instead of black and white). PDF files are large, so you may want to download it to your local hard drive and then open the file.

2018 CAR Literature Literature, Service Material, and IDT Survey

Aloha,

Here is your chance to tell NA World Services what you want to see worked on in the next conference cycle in regards to recovery literature, service material and issue discussion topics.

The deadline is MARCH 15!

Every member of NA is welcome to give input.

So please use the link below to reach the survey and give your input.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/car18surv

Mahalo,

Erik R
Regional Delegate
Hawaii Region

New Webstore at NAWS Website

We have some good news to share with you.  After a very lengthy wait, we are ready to launch our new web store on 1 March 2018 at 9:00 am, Pacific Standard Time.  We hope it will be a very positive shopping/ordering experience for you, and we thank you for your patience while we worked out all of the details.

The existing shopping cart will be turned off at 12 noon PST on 23 February, and we will not be accepting any new orders after that until we launch the new web store.  This includes orders received via other means as well, such as those submitted by postal mail, phone, or fax.  During this downtime, we’ll clear up all orders received prior to the transition, and make sure that all pertinent data can be migrated to the new environment.  If you have any orders that need to be filled quickly, please send them in as soon as possible.”

Your World Board

Conference Approval Track Materials

Hello,

This morning we posted the Conference Approval Track Material (CAT), as well as Regional Ideas for WSC consideration and the most-recent report from the Human Resource Panel.  This material will be mailed to all of you early next week.

Your World Board

https://www.na.org/admin/include/spaw2/uploads/pdf/conference/CAT/2018CAT_WEB.pdf

NAWS: CAR workshops and Meeting Finder App

Hello and happy December,

We wanted to let you know that we have posted five PowerPoints with accompanying scripts to help you workshop the Conference Agenda Report. These materials are posted at the CAR videos link from the Conference page: www.na.org/conference. The PowerPoints and scripts summarize main points in the CAR, but are not meant to be a substitute for the CAR. We are working on video versions of the same information and will post them as soon as they are available.

We also want to remind you about the latest improvements to the NA Meeting Finder app. There is now a link to NAWS News and to the daily Just for Today meditation from the front page of the meeting finder app. The app is available in iOS and Android. Check it out.

As always, do not hesitate to contact World Services if you have any questions about the CAR or the app.

Your World Board

FIPT Inspection Request from the South Florida Region

To: World Service Conference Participants
From: World Board
Date: 29 August 2017
Re: FIPT Inspection Request from the South Florida Region

Hello Conference Participants,

As you may know, the Operational Rules of the Fellowship Intellectual Property Trust (FIPT) describe a process whereby a regional service committee can request to inspect the records and operations of the Trust. Following this cover memo are three documents related to such a request we received from a regional delegate on behalf of his region. These documents are the request from the South Florida Region dated 17 April 2017; our response dated 29 August 2017; and an Addendum, which responds directly to each of the ten Concerns listed in the request. We are forwarding these documents to all Conference participants to keep you updated on this matter and because this is an issue we expect to discuss at the 2018 World Service Conference—both this particular request and the process for making and responding to these types of requests.

We apologize for the legal tone of our response and the Addendum. We would prefer never to have to consult attorneys when responding to members or service bodies. We would much rather resolve issues and concerns within the Fellowship rather than resort to legal means, but when a request involving legal matters is made of World Services, a legal response is both prudent and appropriate.

As the documents that follow explain, after consulting with both our corporate and copyright attorneys, we do not believe all of the Concerns described in the request fall within the purview of a FIPT inspection. We are also awaiting confirmation from the requesting region about their specific concerns. We expect to have more to report before the 2018 World Service Conference, and we will request the guidance of the WSC. We see our role as Trustee not just as a set of legal duties, but fundamentally in terms of spiritual principles. We have been charged with a legal “fiduciary” responsibility, which, simply put, means a position of trust, and we strive to honor that spiritual ideal. Clear reporting and communication are consistent with our commitment to accountability and integrity.

We would also like to have a more general conversation with the Conference about the process for requesting an inspection of the Trust. The FIPT was drafted and approved in 1993, before the restructuring of World Services. When the FIPT was approved, the budget of the World Service Office was separate from that of the World Service Conference, and not under the control of the WSC. The financial structure adopted by the Conference during the restructuring of World Services does not lend

itself to a quick and easy Trust inspection. We do not segregate Trust property in this way; we organize our financials according to the policies adopted by the Conference and as described in A Guide to World Services in NA.

As the FIPT is currently written, a single region can request an inspection of the records and operations of the Trust, and such an inspection can be both time‐consuming and costly. We are not sure this part of the Operational Rules reflects the Conference’s current thinking. A policy that allows a single region to make a decision involving the allocation of so many resources seems contrary to our evolution toward a consensus‐based Conference. This is one of those policies that we have known was outdated and unclear for some time, but have not wanted to drag the Fellowship through a detailed review. The recent inspection request, however, has made it clear we may be overdue to have this conversation. 

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