NA Northern Australia Service Board Meeting minutes from 29/08/2022

NA Northern Australia Service Board Meeting minutes

Location:  Virtual Zoom
Meeting ID: 487 569 8440
Pass code 865364
Meeting Link
Date:  29/08/2022
Time:  6:30 pm
Facilitator:  Brad
Minutes: Sami
Attendees: Brad; Sami; Jason; Nate; Matt;
Apologies: Meredith; John C;

1.1. Chair’s welcome.
1.2. Service prayer:
God, grant us the knowledge that we may act according to your divine precepts. Instill 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.
1.3. Acknowledgement of Country
Today we stand in footsteps millennia old. May we acknowledge the traditional owners whose cultures and customs have nurtured, and continue to nurture, this land, since men and women awoke from the great dream. We honour the presence of these ancestors who reside in the imagination of this land and whose irrepressible spirituality flows through all creation.
1.4. ID of those present
1.5. Apologies.

2.1. RCM
2.1.1. Region is being held this weekend in Sydney
2.1.2. Proposal is being put forward to remove personal phone numbers and addresses from the White Pages and have them replaced with the 1300 number

2.2. Treasurer
2.2.1. Reports are posted on the web
2.2.2. It was agreed to close the old FSO account structure at Westpac

2.3. H & I Hub
2.3.1. Covering uber costs for an H&I member (Sami has details); it was agreed to hold this over until more members of the board were present;
2.3.2. Toowoomba – John Griffith from Sunshine Way rehab rang asking if a member or two can run a steps meeting either during the day or at night and he would be interested if it could be on a weekly basis; the board has concerns over this being against our traditions, more information is required eg: are they wanting us to run a meeting at the facility or do they want our help in setting up the meeting; Sami to forward John’s email to Meredith and follow up with a phone call for direction on what to do (i.e. is it appropriate for H&I to follow it up) Nate will follow up at the Tuesday night meeting for clarification
2.3.3. Wunya – Asha has withdrawn from doing the roster and John C. has taken it over;

2.4. LSC Tasks and Planning
2.4.1. Feedback from service workshop – Meredith has proposed that the board meet for an hour outside of the normal board meetings to discuss the next steps; This has been tentatively agreed upon Sunday 18th September at 11am; Sami to email Meredith and check that it suits her
2.4.2. Recognition of the expertise and effort from Jason and Meredith in organizing the speaker jam on Sunday 21st August (as put forward by John)
2.4.3. $165.20 was collected in 7th Tradition and the expenses were $90.55 (receipt provided); Jason requested to be reimbursed $90 and the balance of $75.20 be fund flowed to NANASA fund flow account; the group conscious agreed to this

2.5. PR
2.5.1. Nine starter packs handed out on the Speaker Jam day, August 21st Brisbane North continuing to meet and do service in this area; A shared co-ordinator approach is being taken (2 people)

2.6. Website / Outreach
2.6.1. Some progress has been made but it is not yet finished;

2.7. Board enquiries and contacts – email/ mail / etc.
2.7.1. Emails:

From: Re:
John C. Samuel Hodges
John C. ARSC report info
Michael B. Monday Night Townsville account
Web Servant Possible spam
Chair (ARSC) Newcomer banners
Australia Post x 7 Mail awaiting collection
Northern Australia (RCM) Newcomer banners
Web Servant GSR report rainbow
Northern Aust. RCM RCM end of term
John C. Apologies for board meeting
John C. Items for agenda for board meeting
Bonnie June 2022 ARSC meeting minutes
Jason Testing mail system
Jason Items for agenda for board meeting

2.7.2. Mail: letter from an inmate from a correctional facility; Brad to forward to Meredith

2.8. New Items
2.8.1. Bonnie has given advance notice of her intention to resign from the board once her term as RCM ends in early November
2.8.2. Darwin Saturday group sent an email to Michael requesting a sub-account;
2.8.3. Nate expressed interest in becoming a board member; Sami to place this as an agenda item for the next board meeting


Item to be actioned Person Responsible Due Date Status
Website update Jason & Sami TBA Ongoing
Chase up with Bonnie about the newcomer banner Meredith Next board meeting In progress
PowerPoint used at Cairns Unity Day to be emailed to board members Sami ASAP Closed
Newcomer banners Sami on behalf of Meredith Next Board Meeting In progress
Availability of our literature on audio Brad Region Ongoing
Zoom meetings for PR Sami   Closed
Need for a literature coordinator Meredith TBA Ongoing
Recruit more board members Everyone TBA Ongoing

4.1. Next meeting 26th September, 2022 at 6.30pm
4.2. Serenity prayer in the plural:
God, grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change. The courage to change the things we can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

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