Welcome to the Western North Carolina Area Service Committee[ASC]. Your task at hand is most important! You are THE PRIMARY LINK between the members of YOUR Homegroup and your ASC.
As such it is your responsibility to:
- Carry your group’s voice and vote on the ASC and regional proposals/motions, representing your homegroups’ collective conscience.
- Convey information from ASC, Region, and World back to your homegroup
- Keeping notes at ASC
- Read the minutes from ASC
- Bring the monthly Announcement sheet back to your homegroup
- Ask your group secretary, group chair to make the announcements.
- Or you can make the announcements.
- Bring the latest meeting lists or cards back to your homegroup
- Inform Area of any change regarding your homegroup
- Complete a meeting form for all changes
- This includes but may not be limited to
- GSR change: make sure that the secretary gets a copy of the meeting form as soon as possible, It can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com , or if filled out on line it will automatically be forwarded.
- Meeting location, time, format, or name change
- It is important for the ASC to have contact information for all GSRs to include email and phone numbers.
- Bring your homegroup donations to ASC or
- Your group can donate through our Zelle Account firstname.lastname@example.org
- Check or money Order donations can be made out to WNCANA and mailed to WNCANA, P.O. Box 2066, Asheville 28802
- Bring homegroup concerns to ASC
To best fulfill your role as a GSR at the ASC meeting, these suggestions are recommended to help you represent your homegroup with responsibility and respect to the ASC as a whole.
- Our ASC meeting begins at 10:00 am. Please arrive no later than 9:50 am & get settled.
- Turn in your donation to the Area Treasurer who will, in turn, give you a receipt to take back to the treasurer of your homegroup. Do this ASAP upon arrival so that the ASC meeting can begin promptly at 10:00 am.
- Throughout the ASC meeting, take general notes of the happenings in our area, Region and NAWS so as to be able to return to your homegroup with a set of notes regarding the discussions and proposals presented at the ASC. You will be emailed the minutes from the meeting, but your notes and impressions will help. The minutes are general information to help you remember the proposals, but your notes will better help you remember the details.
We should always strive to carry accurate information back to our home groups, not our opinions. We practice basic Consensus-Based Decision Making during the ASC. A general description of what this entails can be found in WNCANA Policy Manual.
At the Western North Carolina Area of Narcotics Anonymous , we use Consensus Based Decision Making to determine our actions except in matters pertaining to finances.
Here’s how it works:
- A committee member presents a proposal .
- It is discussed and clarified as needed. Questions are asked.
- Its merits are then discussed and it is brought back to the groups for their conscience.
- At the next area service meeting it is brought up for a vote.
- The GSR will then vote to approve, stand aside, or block the proposal.
- The proposal will be approved as long as at least one member votes to approve it and no member votes to block the proposal. Stand aside votes simply do not count. A vote to block must be based upon the proposal violating the 12 Traditions, 12 Concepts, or existing area policy.
- If a member votes to block, they will get an opportunity to explain how the proposal is a violation. The maker of the proposal and the committee as a whole can then discuss, modify, or withdraw the proposal in order to resolve the issue causing the violation. The member voting to block may then change their vote to approve of or stand aside to the proposal as modified, in which case it will pass.
- If the proposal cannot be modified so as to resolve the violation to the blocking member’s satisfaction, the proposal will fail.
- The same proposal can be discussed, possibly modified, and re-introduced in a subsequent committee meeting for another vote.
- Together we can accomplish what we can not do alone.
This is just a small introduction to your area service commitment. You will get more information that can help you if you read the suggested reading material that is listed in this packet or go online to www.wncna.org.
Homegroup Literature can be purchased from:
Again, Welcome to the Western North Carolina Area Service Committee. Sit back, take notes and enjoy your recovery!
If you have any further questions please ask the Vice-Chair, Chair, Secretary, or any other member of the Western North Carolina Area Service Committee.
Thank You For Your Service!