LifeLine Newsletter

2019 October Lifeline

THIS IS A STORY ABOUT 4 PEOPLE, NAMED EVERYBODY, SOMEBODY, ANYBODY AND NOBODY. THERE WAS AN IMPORTANT JOB TO BE DONE AND EVERYBODY WAS SURE SOMEBODY WOULD DO IT. ANYBODY COULD HAVE DONE IT BUT NOBODY DID IT. SOMEBODY GOT ANGRY ABOUT THAT , BECAUSE IT WAS EVERYBODY’S JOB. EVERYBODY THOUGHT ANYBODY COULD DO IT, BUT NOBODY REALIZED THAT ANYBODY WOULDN’T DO IT. IT ENDED UP THAT EVERYBODY BLAMED SOMEBODY AND NOBODY DID WHAT ANYBODY COULD HAVE DONE.

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Regional Convention Impossible Dream 1

I write this report with a smile on my face and in my heart. I am grateful to have been asked to come on board as convention chair and to be part of something so much greater than myself. this first regional convention in over 12 years was a smashing success. and while I look to the many members of each committee that labored tirelessly, I must take this time to thank the fellowship for their support. not just from this region but from around this country and the world. Keeping the momentum is a must and it is my hope that this convention has sparked the flame in the hearts of other members to get involved. this has been an awakening of the spirit. We had members from such distant places such as: Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Finland, Sweden, Colombia, Germany, Norway, Philippines, Denmark, Wales, Bahrain, Spain, Netherlands, and Greece. Over 1100 members preregistered, and I believe on site best that number.

Our cultural can sometimes be a little bit of a startle to earthlings; however, I found that our members were on their best behavior. I received no complaints from hotel staff and a few guests remarked when they became aware of who we were and what we were celebrating, it amazed them. As always, from time to time there will always be a fly in the ointment, those that will challenge the simplicity of the 7th tradition. They will lie, cheat and steal. And by the way, not registering at a convention and attending the convention is stealing from your fellowship; The fellowship that gave you back your life.

It has been my pleasure to have had the opportunity to work with a group of remarkable people. Some who have never been on this side of the convention table before. It is a lot of hard work and takes a lot of personal time and effort. It can also put us at odds with each other. None of these things will destroy us or our primary purpose to carry this message to the addict who still suffers in and out of the rooms of NA.

The Impossible Dream is not Impossible at all. The Dream Is Real.
Yours in Service
Alphonso T. Chair, Impossible Dream 1

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A Rap From Vickie

My Name is addict and recovery is my thing
Not looking for excuses, cuz that don’t have no sling
The drugs had me feeling like the walking dead
Then I picked up step work and stop living in my head
My life got better just like they said it would
I started doing shit that I never thought I could
My past is over !!
Made some serious amends
Got a God of forgiveness and some real forever friends
I stay on my game…all they promise was one day
I don’t do it solo….Got the woman of NA!
I don’t live in fear and no longer need to scream
I am an addict in recovery, I am the Impossible Dream.

Performed at The Impossible Dream Convention. Women’s Rap

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Group Service Representative
Excerpts from a guide to local services:
Each group elects one GSR. GSRs bear great responsibility. They are selected by their groups to serve as active members of the ASC. As such they are responsible to act in the best interests of NA as a whole, not solely as advocates of their own groups’ priorities.

As participants in the Area Service Committee, GSRs need to be as well informed as they can be concerning the affairs of the committee. They study the reports of the ASCs officers and subcommittee chairpersons. They should read the various handbooks published by NA on each area of service. After carefully considering their own conscience and what they know about how their group members feel, they take active, critical roles in the discussions which form the group conscience of the entire committee.
GSRs link their groups with the rest of the NA service structure, particularly through the information conveyed in their reports to and from the ASC. At group business meetings, the GSR report provides a summary of ASC activities, often sparking discussions among group members that provide the GSR with a feel for how the area can better serve the group’s needs. In group recovery meetings, GSRs make available fliers announcing area and regional activities.

At ASC meetings, GSR reports provide perspectives on group growth vital to the committee’s work. If a group is having problems, its GSR can share those problems with the ASC in his or her reports. The ASC will do anything in its power to help in any way it can. Group Responsibilities Call and chair group business meetings Provide the group with fliers, announcements, meeting lists and newsletters from the ASC Announce at group meetings, Area events, sub-committees and groups needing support Attend the ASC and bring the groups conscience Learn the responsibilities of the various liaison positions to sub-committees Attend sub-committees in the absence of group liaison Responsibilities to the ASC Bring group reports to the ASC Participate in discussion and bring group conscience Bring forth, discuss and vote on motions before the ASC Carry motions, fliers, announcements, reports and forms back to the groups The Group Service Representative position is perhaps the most important position in the service structure.

It is right next to the top of the inverted pyramid, the group and the individual member. The GSR has many responsibilities. The GSR must be aware of the groups needs and to be able to bring those needs to the attention of the ASC. The GSR needs to know the function of the various sub-committee liaison positions so that they may attend the committee in place of the liaison. The GSR needs to keep themselves informed of all aspects of the NA service structure. It is not a position that should be taken lightly. Communication is the most important aspect of the GSR position. The only way that the ASC can operate to its full potential is for the GSR to effectively carry information to the groups and to bring the groups conscience back to the ASC

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2019 October Lifeline
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