Face-To-Face & Virtual NA Meetings
June 6, 2020 – Slowly we are transitioning back to physical, face-to-face NA meetings from online virtual meetings.
We currently list the face-to-face meetings here: Face-To-Face NA Meetings
We currently list the virtual meetings here: A List of Virtual Meetings in Hawaii
These lists will continue to change over the coming weeks. As restrictions are lifted on physical meetings more physical meetings will reactivate. Hence the associated virtual meetings will close. From Fellowship feedback it is obvious that virtual meetings are here to stay.
Website Issues – The BMLT Database and Printed Schedules
June 6, 2020 – For the website we have a dilemma on how to list these meetings through the BMLT database (Basic Meeting List Toolbox).
When the emergency started and there were no physical meetings available NA transitioned to online meetings. However the BMLT database and associated applications are predicated to physical locations, not virtual locations.
The software developers saw the immediate need for updating the BMLT database software and implemented some quick changes which allowed us to deal with the emergency better – including an acceptable display of virtual meetings.
The normal before the emergency in searching our website for a meeting was either (1) download a PDF file (generated by our BMLT database) for printing, or (2) use the BMLT search interface to find a meeting.
Because of the delay in software upgrades and a variety of input issues, we have a database that needs to be changed to reflect the new normal. In fact the software used has been updated again since this all started to repurpose the software to show both virtual and physical meetings more harmoniously. This has increased the web-servants’ learning curve on adjusting to the new normal.
Our current problem however is providing a PDF file for printing the meetings from our database. Most members and the public are comfortable in getting information with a smart device or computer that some may not need or see the need for a printed schedule. However we still need to print a schedule for public relations and for institutional settings. We hope to resolve this issue soon.
– Web Page Workgroup