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Brisbane Inner City – Group Support Forum – May 2019

Host: Tuesday Night – Living Clean – West End – 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm
Location: Sands Building505 Bowen Terrace, New Farm, Queensland 4005
Date: Sunday, 19th May  2019
Time: 2:00 am – 4:00 pm
Attendees: Farsi Spring Hill: SamSpiritual Concepts: Mandy and Lydia and Haley and Pete

West End Wednesday night: Jenny W

West End Tuesday night: Pete K and David S

Rainbow Recovery Wednesday night: Sonya

Spring Hill Steps and Traditions: Gabby

Monday Night QAC Newstead:  Bruce G and Sally R

Men’s Meeting – Thursday Night New Farm:  Jason T

Saturday Morning New Farm: Jason T

Paddington Thursday Night: Renee K and Rachael

New Farm Lunchies’: Mandy

Sunday Women’s Meeting: Sally R

Apologies: New Farm Saturday Night Id

Monday Night Mitchelton Meditation

Paddington Sunday morning

Friday Night Literature New Farm

Open

Open with the Serenity prayer in the plural, and the service prayer was read out.

God, grant us the serenity to accept the things that we cannot change

The courage to change the things that we can

And the wisdom to know the difference.

 

God grant us the knowledge that we may work according to your great divine precepts.

Install in us a sense of your purpose.

Make us servants of your will and grant us a bond of selflessness, that no addict anywhere need die from the horrors of addiction.

Previous GSF Topics

1.  Christmas BBQ

  • The group is still unsure if Janice has been repaid.
  • Will check with Janice and see if there is anything outstanding and address at the next GSF.
  • Update: Monday, 15th April 2019 – Janice has confirmed that she has been paid in full.
  • Closed

2.  GSF Attendance

  • Update added after GSF by BICR.
  • Contact details for the Secretaries of most of the Brisbane Inner City meetings are held. Still require:
    • Living Clean – Tuesday Night West End;
    • Women’s Meeting – Sunday Night New Farm;
    • Thursday Night Padding Topic Meeting.
  • Closed

3.  Regional Service Committee (RSC) Speaker Jam

  • No further update.

4.  Proposal for a New Women’s Meeting

  • Venue is secured.
  • First meeting scheduled for 31st May 2019.
  • Continue to announce.
  • Closed

5.  Lunchies

  • A few members have experienced a few issues at the lunchies.
  • Perhaps an induction of how to chair a meeting would be beneficial.
  • It may be valuable to ask non-home group members to co-chair meetings to provide experience in chairing a meeting.
  • The group agreed to an NA related announcement that Lunchies need support from older cleaner members.
  • Closed

6.  Local Service Conference / Board Update

  • Should be scheduled for August 2019
  • Closed

7.  Home group and sponsorship workgroup

  • The unity weekend will be hosting a Group Support
  • Closed

Group Report Backs

1.  Spiritual Concepts – Sunday Afternoon New Farm

  • Doing really well in terms of attendance and financials.
  • Need to fund flow.
  • All service positions are filled.
  • Excellent atmosphere of recovery.

2.  Tuesday Night Spring Hill Steps and Traditions

  • Is doing very well.
  • Attendance is roughly 25 members a week.
  • Group is financial and paid up in rent.
  • All service positions are filled.
  • Has a really good atmosphere of recovery.
  • Good attendance.
  • There is a couple hundred dollars in the kitty.
  • Group will be having a group conscience soon in order to determine how much to fund flow.

3.  Wednesday Night Rainbow Recovery New Farm

  • Has an attendance of roughly 40 members per week.
  • A great atmosphere of recovery.
  • Group is financial:
    • Rent is paid until the end of May 2019.
    • Literature purchase of $220.
    • Fund flowed $100 this month.
    • $65 prudent reserve.
  • Has a large number of home group members, with a core group of 10 – 15 attending each week.
  • All service positions are filled:
    • This month a number of members stepped out of service positions as there was a lack of support.
    • Five (5) positions were filled and support / mentor roles were attached to the key service positions of Secretary; Treasurer and GSR.
  • The home group has a really good atmosphere of recovery.
    • Mitigation strategies implemented since the last GSF were very effective.
    • External feedback was raised:
      • There was talk that non-LGBTIQA members are not welcome at the meeting.
      • Tradition is called out specifically in the preamble to dispell this.
      • However, the group will take this feedback to the group.
  • At the end of May 2019 when the Community Centre is unavailable (renovations), the venue will change to the 860 Brunswick Street venue provided by Communify.
  • Looking at changing the time to 6:30 pm at the same time as the venue change to minimise disruption.

4.  Tuesday Night West End

  • Consistent attendance with an average of 14 people per week.
  • Has a core group of four (4) home group members.
  • Group is financial and paid up in rent.
    • Rent is expensive (at approximately $140 a month) but up to date.
    • No prudent reserve.
    • Not fund flowing.

5.  Wednesday Night West End

  • Solid core group members.
  • Group is financial and paid up in rent and is fund flowing regularly.
  • Attendance is up and down depending on whether the rehab is attending.

6.  Farsi / Persian Meeting – Wednesday Spring Hill

7.  Monday Night Newstead Waltz

  • Has a new venue at 30 Helen Street Newstead.
    • Parking seems to be a minor issue.
    • Meeting is undertaking risk mitigation strategies:
      • Smoking is impacting the neighbours so smokers are directed across the round.
      • A member had a fall down the stairs.
      • Will be managing seating a little more carefully.
  • Has a core group of home group members.
  • Group is financial and paid up in rent.
    • Opening balance of $141
    • Collected $78.50
    • Closing $220.21
      • This is the prudent reserve amount so there is no funds available for fund flow.
  • All service positions are filled.
  • Has a really good atmosphere of recovery.
  • Consistent attendance.

8.  Thursday Night Paddington

  • On the off week when the rehab does not attend the group could use some support.
  • Group is financial, with rent paid and funds available to fund flow.
  • Group requires some support for fund flowing.
  • The group has the best biscuits in the inner city meetings.

9.  Thursday Night Men’s Meeting New Farm

  • Fellowship and meetings have been regularly strong and supportive
  • Especially when the rehab comes as the newcomers are connecting with the ocms.
  • Do weekly dinners pre-meeting which strengthens the recovery in the room.

10.  Saturday Morning Just for Today – New Farm

  • Nothing to report.

11.  Sunday Women’s Meeting – New Farm

  • Meeting is looking for support and for some of the service positions to be filled.
  • Every second weekend members meeting at Cafe 63.
    • Members that are able to support can attend this fortnightly gathering or directly at the meeting.

New GSF Topics

1.  Brisbane Unity Weekend

  • Brisbane Unity Weekend is next weekend.
  • The announcements have been fantastic in rallying support.
  • However, we still need members with two (2) years clean time to help take cash.
  • Members with two (2) years clean time need to step up to help man tills.
  • We will have a raffle ticket system to help with cash for meals.
  • Unity weekend announcements need to highlight the eventbrite website for registrations.
  • Trying to organise the facility to take Credit Card payments using Square.
  • Discussed the possibility of using PayPal as an alternative payment method.
  • Bank transfer is another alternative payment method.
    • Members can use the Fund flow account to make payments
  • Announcements should also mention that members should bring cash.
  • The final program is available.
  • Coffee Masheen [sic]
    • The coffee cart will be delivered on Thursday.
    • It will be open the entire weekend … but only a skeleton staff will operate during specified meetings.
  • The services available at the Unity Weekend have been priced for unity rather than positive cashflow.
  • Most services are aimed to break even.
  • We will be sharing the venue with a small number of bowlers on Saturday afternoon.
  • Closed.

2.  Group Support Forum / BIC Contact List

  • Discussed that a manual contact list is onerous and manual, and often obsolete.
    • But this method is the most effective for information dissemination.
  • Subscription to this website is effective and the attendees to the GSF subscribed in meeting.
    • But this communication method does not work for all members; or those that are not at this GSF.
  • Closed

3.  Board Updates

  • Victoria has adopted the new service structure.
  • Discussion around the fact that the NA logo must be accompanied by the registered trademark.
  • Phone has moved to the new system
  • PR Week
    • It is PR week in the first week of June.
    • Promoting NA globally; there is an opportunity to take a local role in PR by putting up the posters
    • PR message is about attraction not promotion – just providing information.
  • The issue of gender specific language has raised it’s head so there may be discussion forthcoming .
    • CAR will determine if the issue has legs.
  • Board has noted that groups do not seem to be fund flowing.
    • Discussion on fund flowing below.
  • Closed.

4.  Fund flowing

  • The Greater Queensland Area is struggling as groups do not seem to be fund flowing.
  • The message from Regions is that we are not fund flowing.
  • The seventh (7th) tradition prose seems to not always be presented in meeting.
  • Discussed the fact that increasing rents have been impacting fund flows.
  • To be discussed again at the next GSF.

5.  Next Group Support Forum

  • The next GSF will be hosted by Spring Hill Steps and Traditions.
  • Sunday, 16th June 2019; 2:00 pm at the Sands Building, 505 Bowen Terrace, New Farm.

Close

Serenity prayer in the plural.

God, grant us the serenity to accept the things that we cannot change

The courage to change the things that we can

And the wisdom to know the difference.

 

RSC Brief report

BRIEF REPORT FROM ARSC MARCH 2019 TO QLD BOARD.

Points of interest.

Victoria, which is using the new service system, has adopted that each GSF operate their own bank account.

NA symbols used in printing must have the R (registered trademark) included. If we don’t use it we could lose it.

Delay with literature from FSO a few months ago was due to a shipment stuck in Australian customs for an inordinately lengthy period. Apologies from FSO all good now though.

Phone line… Due to a cost blowout (caused by the popularity of texting postcode rather than using 1300 number)

The cost became 50c not 10 c per call. The mobile number was designed mainly for newcomers with no data. As a result, currently when you text postcode you receive a link to the meetings data, which creates a cost cut for our phone line. In the near future, however the old system will reapply but with the closest 3 meetings not 5.

There is also Work in progress to remove the postcode box, leaving suburb/city & state/territory, which apparently will make the searches more accurate. Seems there has been a few glitches lately. Phone line is great tool but a big job for the IT committee…. Go IT.!!

Much discussion again re a virtual ARSC platform.

With many variations. We can’t swap to a total virtual presence immediately, but it is being seriously investigated. Primarily as a cost cutting exercise. If we did just one of the 3 meetings virtually. We could save about 10K.

How to stay productive and effective in your own home online is another issue though. Stay tuned for more info in July.

NA Today requires feedback from groups, re how many hard copies are really needed. This needs to go to GSF’s then to

groups. How many old copies sit in your box? Would the online copy suffice? Obviously H&I still need hard copies. It’s a job to nail down how to make it as waste free as possible.

All members can subscribe to NA today (as well as notification of any new items/blogs) through our website na.org.au

During RCM discussion Sydney North, south and west were interested in our service system. Seeking further information.

The basic text donation scheme, which was highlighted by Danielle P at our last board meeting, does work both ways. We can donate and any H&I needs of basic texts can access the scheme. I was advised by the FSO rep at region “to just call Tony at FSO.”

IT committee has released new phone line training and guidelines for phone line volunteers. Too many to go into in my brief report to board, but will be released as soon as they arrive.

IT has also been allocated extra funds to change our web data content from page 10 to page 1 or 2 whenever a search online for (drugs, recovery, addiction, etc) takes place. Term is YOST. SEO OPTIMISATION. Great way to carry the message. Well we think so anyway.

PR. New CSA’s are due for release soon.

Don’t forget PR WEEK. A global week of PR presence, first week in June 2019.

The gender specific language and god as represented in our literature has again reared its head at ARSC. Watch this spot.

Much discussion as to the best way to manage the proposal to be presented to CAR in August 2019.

Hopefully by next ARSC we’ll be in a more informed position.

Closing balance for ARSC account was $26,566.00

Leaving prudent reserve of $15000. IT $6000. And PR $4000. Leaving a surplus of $1566.12

An extra $1500 went to PR for PR week program. $100 went to Indigenous sub committee for a new pull up banner.

Leaving ARSC $ 33.88 in arrears. The prudent reserve is to ensure next meeting in Brisbane can proceed.

It was announced that across the region there is a quarantining of 7th tradition funds. This impacts our ability to carry the message.

This impacts not only ARSC but the APF as well. Australia has the largest fund flow to our Asia Pacific brothers and sisters. So it’s worth a discussion with your group. Just a conversation … It’s not any individuals or groups money. It belongs to NA and to be used to carry the message. I understand there are groups who feel that 7th trad. funds could be used more efficiently… So let us know how you think it could happen.

POSITIONS VACANT at ARSC.

Assistant secretary. Current Secretary has full term to run still.

All Admin chairs and subcommittee chairs roll off during the July 2019 ARSC.

If you’re interested, now’s the time.

As Always.

YIS

Tony S.

RCM Greater Qld Area.