Northern Australia PR minutes 12/9/21

OPEN
Chair’s welcome
Service prayer
MEETING AGENDA – Public Relations – 12/9/21
God, grant us the knowledge that we may act according to your divine precepts. Instil in us a sense of your purpose. Make us servants of your will and grant us a bondage of selflessness, that this may truly be your work, not ours – in order that no addict, anywhere, need die from the horrors of addiction
ID of those present: John, Krissy, Alan
Apologies: Peter B(Strathpine)
AGENDA
1. Brief introduction on the principles of PR
2. Inventory of current PR in Northern Australia area.
3. What can be done to attract members to PR in the GSFs?
4. What can be achieved long term generally?
5. Connection to Australian Region?
6. Date of next meeting?
7. What can be achieved prior to the next meeting?
8. Evaluation
9. Serenity Prayer in the plural

Items
1. PR principles/goals
The Narcotics Anonymous message is “that an addict, any addict, can stop using drugs, lose the desire to use and find a new way to live.” Our relations with the public enable us to share this message broadly so that those who might benefit from our program of recovery can find us. We perform public relations service to increase the awareness and credibility of the NA program. We share our message openly with the public at large, with prospective members, and with professionals. Maintaining an open, attractive attitude in these efforts helps us to create and improve relationships with those outside the fellowship. Establishing and maintaining a commitment to these relationships, can help us to further our primary purpose.
The spiritual principles of our steps, traditions, and concepts guide us in pursuing our public relations aims and our efforts to enhance NA’s public image and reputation. These principles apply to our community and service efforts as well as to the personal behavior and attitude of individual NA members.
2.
Inventory of current PR in Northern Australia area.
Phoneline:
• NDIS provider from Gladstone enquired about her client wanting a sponsor. She was directed to a meeting in Gladstone and the Outreach program in NA.
• Micah Projects from Roma House enquired about possible NA presentations on a weekly basis. I rang back but have not made contact with the coordinator as yet. John to follow up
NA information in organisations (NA currency on websites):
The following organisations have NA currency on their websites as at July 2021
• Qld Health
• ADIS (part of Biala)
• Lifeline
• Lions Club – preferred to have our postal address, so that they could notify us if
the need arose

South Brisbane
Members: Dan, Beth, Nicola, Emily, Gretel, Liam
Group meets at the end of each month and reports to the GSF

Continue with poster runs eg police stations, doctors surgeries, pharmacies Ongoing contact with the CFMMEU – Dan and Peter B (GC) are coordinating
Dan is talking with “Mates in Construction”, a group within the CFMMEU. They are very receptive to an NA presentation.
Peter M talked to the PR group on how to present a PR presentation
The group is looking at local bus shelters and the Logan tattoo show in October to have a presence and pass out business cards etc.
Krissy advised that her term is up next month so there is an opportunity for someone to coordinate
Inner Brisbane OPEN
Chair’s welcome
Service prayer
MEETING AGENDA – Public Relations – 12/9/21
God, grant us the knowledge that we may act according to your divine precepts. Instil in us a sense of your purpose. Make us servants of your will and grant us a bondage of selflessness, that this may truly be your work, not ours – in order that no addict, anywhere, need die from the horrors of addiction
ID of those present: John, Krissy, Alan
Apologies: Peter B(Strathpine)
AGENDA
1. Brief introduction on the principles of PR
2. Inventory of current PR in Northern Australia area.
3. What can be done to attract members to PR in the GSFs?
4. What can be achieved long term generally?
5. Connection to Australian Region?
6. Date of next meeting?
7. What can be achieved prior to the next meeting?
8. Evaluation
9. Serenity Prayer in the plural

Items
1. PR principles/goals
The Narcotics Anonymous message is “that an addict, any addict, can stop using drugs, lose the desire to use and find a new way to live.” Our relations with the public enable us to share this message broadly so that those who might benefit from our program of recovery can find us. We perform public relations service to increase the awareness and credibility of the NA program. We share our message openly with the public at large, with prospective members, and with professionals. Maintaining an open, attractive attitude in these efforts helps us to create and improve relationships with those outside the fellowship. Establishing and maintaining a commitment to these relationships, can help us to further our primary purpose.
The spiritual principles of our steps, traditions, and concepts guide us in pursuing our public relations aims and our efforts to enhance NA’s public image and reputation. These principles apply to our community and service efforts as well as to the personal behavior and attitude of individual NA members.
2.
Inventory of current PR in Northern Australia area. Phoneline:
• NDIS provider from Gladstone enquired about her client wanting a sponsor. She was directed to a meeting in Gladstone and the Outreach program in NA.
• Micah Projects from Roma House enquired about possible NA presentations on a weekly basis. I rang back but have not made contact with the coordinator as yet. John to follow up
NA information in organisations (NA currency on websites):
The following organisations have NA currency on their websites as at July 2021
• Qld Health
• ADIS (part of Biala)
• Lifeline
• Lions Club – preferred to have our postal address, so that they could notify us if
the need arose

South Brisbane
Members: Dan, Beth, Nicola, Emily, Gretel, Liam
Group meets at the end of each month and reports to the GSF

Continue with poster runs eg police stations, doctors surgeries, pharmacies Ongoing contact with the CFMMEU – Dan and Peter B (GC) are coordinating
Dan is talking with “Mates in Construction”, a group within the CFMMEU. They are very receptive to an NA presentation.
Peter M talked to the PR group on how to present a PR presentation
The group is looking at local bus shelters and the Logan tattoo show in October to have a presence and pass out business cards etc.
Krissy advised that her term is up next month so there is an opportunity for someone to coordinate

Inner Brisbane
– Have had a meeting and are looking at visiting police stations, pharmacies etc
– Have visited Biala
– Early days
– As at September 2021, this group has folded. Leah has resigned as Coordinator

Brisbane North

– First meeting on August 16 , 2021.
– 7 members attended and have sought to do one visit prior to the next meeting on Sept 28th
– Places approached:
Redcliffe Police Station, Ken Lai Pharmacy (did not accept), Probation and Parole Caboolture, Lives Lived Well Caboolture, Salvos Caboolture Men’s Shed, Ferny Grove Police Station
Follow up: – PCYC (Redcliffe and Caboolture), Caboolture Neighbourhood Centre, YMCA, Shopping Centre Noticeboards, Youth Centre Skate Park Redcliffe
Alan to follow up Caboolture Police Station
John to follow up on Courts

Posters/pamphlets
Two posters – NA – A resource in your community and PR Basics were sent to Hervey Bay, Townsville, Darwin and Alice Springs
The FSO is low on the first pamphlet so we could only get 20 copies.

3. What can be done to attract members to PR in the GSFs?
A few points were made:

– Announcing activities at meetings
– Reminder that this is voluntary
– Personal recruitment is effective
– Hold meeting around GSF time
– A group needs about 3/5 people to get things done
– Messenger group is also another means of communication to foster a group
cohesiveness

4. Long term goals
– Refer to previous minutes (don’t wish to lose sight of previous discussions)
– Live concerts (when they come back on line)
– Possibility of posters in Telstra phone booths
– Presentation to CFMMEU

5. Connection to Aust. Region
John to follow up on contact details for PR in Victoria, South Australia, WA, Tasmania, ACT
Discussion at ARSC on development of PR

6. Next meeting
Sunday 24th October, 9 – 11am on Zoom

7. Actions before next meeting
– Ordering of posters (big blue ones + woman+ Indigenous) – large and 1⁄2 size – John (A4/5). Quote – Approx. $180
– Funding for Nicole – Leah and John
– Find contact details for: Cairns, Vic, SA, WA, Tas, ACT, Inner City Brisbane
– Check with Telstra
– Zoom details for next meeting
– Advertise PR at meetings

8. Evaluation
Short, concise meeting
Value of smaller working groups
Pleasing to acknowledge small successes in working groups Sectors could be targeted (eg doctors)
Service connects people
Problem with people getting involved in PR

PR needs a push at meetings

9. Serenity Prayer in plural

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