Wednesday, February 29, 2012

"Leap" into your recovery

For many members of the GTO Area of NA, this is our first February 29th in recovery. Consider celebrating by attending one (or both) of the two meetings in greater Huntington today.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Don't forget: literature study tonight at Hope Turns to Faith Group

Per their new format, the Hope Turns to Faith Group will be having a literature study tonight, as they will the last Tuesday of the month from now on. They meet at 7PM at the 26th Street Baptist Church Gymnasium.

Click here for directions.

Monday, February 27, 2012

GTO Area CAR workshop scheduled for March 10

The GTO Area of NA will be hosting a Conference Agenda Report workshop from 12-5PM on Saturday, March 10 at the Cabell County Public Library (5th Ave & 9th St) in Huntington, WV. The workshop will allow individual members the opportunity to learn more about the proposals being made at the upcoming World Service Conference and give them a chance to provide input on the proposals that can then be carried into the service structure by representatives of the area and regional bodies.

To download a copy of the CAR, visit http://na.org/?ID=conference-index.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Don't forget: speaker meeting tonight at No Pain, No Gain

There will be a speaker meeting on Sunday, February 26 at the No Pain, No Gain Group at 7PM at the Campus Christian Center on the Marshall University campus. The speaker will be discussing the 7th & 8th Traditions. Click here for directions.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Never too early...

...to start brainstorming ideas for where to have this summer's GTO camp out. Out Wayne? A state park? National forest? A nice private campground?

At this point, there are no bad ideas...

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Upcoming traditions speaker meeting at No Pain, No Gain Group

There will be a speaker meeting on Sunday, February 26 at the No Pain, No Gain Group at 7PM at the Campus Christian Center on the Marshall University campus. The speaker will be discussing the 7th & 8th Traditions. Click here for directions.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Area CAR workshop planned

At the February ASC, an ad hoc subcommittee was established to plan a Conference Agenda Report workshop for the GTO Area. If you are interested in taking on this service commitment, please contact the Area Chair for more information (if you are unsure who this is, ask around at your homegroup or with any experienced member). This workshop will be separate from and in addition to the one planned by the MRSCNA in Ripley.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Format changes for the Hope Turns to Faith Group

The Hope Turns to Faith Group that meets Tuesdays at 7PM at the 26th Street Baptist Church Gymnasium will now be hosting a speaker meeting every 2nd Tuesday of the month and a literature study on the last Tuesday of the month.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Does your homegroup need to make a lit order but can't find a form?

Check out the Products page on the NA World Service site. They have a full-color catalog, several order forms, and a price list for our shopping needs.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Reminder: GTO's QR code

This QR code can be scanned by special apps available for smartphones and take people directly to the new website for Narcotics Anonymous in the Huntington area, www.gtoana.org.

The above image can be added to schedules and fliers to enhance GTOANA's visibility as a resource for the community

If you have a QR reader on your phone, give it a try!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Don't forget: ASC tomorrow

ASC will be tomorrow (Sunday, February 19th) at the main branch of the Cabell County Public Library (5th Ave & 9th St in Huntington). The schedule is as follows:
  • 1 PM---Public Relations subcommittee
  • 2 PM---Activities Subcommittee
  • 3PM---Area Service Committee
For last month's ASC minutes, click here.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Activities Subcommittee topics

The Activities Subcommittee will meet at 2PM on Sunday, February 19th at the main branch of the Cabell County Public Library (5th Ave & 9th St in Huntington). The meeting will discuss the recent In Loving Service event and will begin the process of transitioning the service positions to new Subcommittee officers in preparation for GTO's summer camp out.

Public Relations Subcommittee topics

The Public Relations Subcommittee will meet at 1PM on Sunday, February 19 at the main branch of the Cabell County Public Library (5th Ave & 9th St in Huntington). Topics that may be considered are:
  • Letter to professionals: The first wave of letters about NA services to mental health, legal, political, and religious professionals/leaders is about ready to be mailed. The PR Subcommittee will be organizing the final steps in this effort.
  • Public Service Announcement: Further planning of the upcoming radio PSA.
  • Website: The PR Subcommittee will discuss the current status of GTO's efforts at digital outreach to the community. The current focus on search engine optimization and blogging will be discussed. Input from members will be solicited.
  • Flyer day: Pre-planning for a future flyer day may be brought up.
  • Other topics may include: loved ones group, community requests, acquisition of a rubber stamp for literature, etc.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Regional Conference Agenda Workshop on March 3rd

CONFERENCE AGENDA WORKSHOP

Hosted by the Mountaineer Region of NA
SATURDAY, March 3, 2012
Cedar Lakes Conference Center Ripley, WV 25271
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm Conference Agenda Report
And 6:30 to ? Conference Approval Track

Everyone welcome to participate……… GSRs, RCMs, and ASRs are encouraged to attend!

Participating Areas in the Mountaineer Region:
AFANA, FANA, GTO, JAFA, Metro, MANA,
NANA, NCA, SCURA, UPA

Interested members can download the CAR at: http://na.org/?ID=conference-index

— AGENDA —
Read Traditions and Concepts
Introductions & Overview
Service System Project
CAR Resolutions
WB Straw Polls
WB Motions
Regional Proposals
Conference Aproval Track (CAT) Review

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

ASC on Sunday, February 19

ASC will be Sunday, February 19th at the main branch of the Cabell County Public Library (5th Ave & 9th St in Huntington). The schedule is as follows:
  • 1 PM---Public Relations subcommittee
  • 2 PM---Activities Subcommittee
  • 3PM---Area Service Committee

Monday, February 13, 2012

New feature: subscribe by email

You can now get daily updates from the GTOANA blog right in your email inbox. Check out the "Follow by Email" box (below "About Me") on the right side of the screen. Enter your email address and any new post(s) will be sent to you once per day. This feature will be particularly useful for folks with smartphones or limited access to broadband.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Group business meeting topics from ASC

According to the January minutes, ASC needs homegroups to address two specific concerns:
  • The Conference Agenda Report is now available for download. Groups need to discuss whether or not the GTO Area wants to have a CAR workshop.
  • The RCM and RCM Alt are currently given $120 for travel expenses to MRSCNA meetings. Groups need to discuss if this is an appropriate amount and how these funds should be dispersed.
These topics are in addition to any matters that members and homegroups wish to have addressed.

Don't forget: three-year celebration with speaker tonight at No Pain, No Gain Group

There will be a three-year celebration and speaker meeting tonight at 7PM at the No Pain, No Gain Group tonight at the Marshall University Campus Christian Center. Click here for directions.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

GTOASCNA Jan 2012 Minutes


GTOASCNA
January 2012 Minutes
1-15-12

Opened with Serenity Prayer.   **** read the 12 Traditions and **** read the 12 Concepts.

Attendance:
Sun
Living in the Solution: N
No Pain, No Gain: Y
Mon
Another Way: N
Together We Can: Y
Tues
Clean Possibilities: N
Hope Turns to Faith: Y
Wed
Hope without Dope: N
Progress not Perfection: Y
Thurs
Hope Through Surrender: N
God’s Will Candlelight:  N
Grateful to Serve: N
Fri
High on Life: Y
Sat
Serenityville: Y
Trust the Process: Y
7 out of 14 active groups represented, quorum established

Last month’s minutes read and accepted.

Treasurer’s Report
GTOASCNA Treasurer’s Report
1-15-12
Activity recorded 12-18-11 through 1-15-12


Regular Account

Beginning Balance                                                                                                                                                +138.65

Income
12-18-11               Progress Not Perfection Group donation       20.00
12-18-11          Hope Thru Surrender Group donation          25.00
12-18-11          God’s Will Candlelight Group donation       25.00
12-18-11          High on Life Group donation                        10.00
12-18-11          Serenityville Group donation                        20.00
12-18-11          Living in the Solution Group donation         20.00



                                Total Income                                                                                                                       +   120.00

Expenses                                                                                                                                                                           
12-18-11           **** – RCM Expenses                          -  120.00 (ch.# 370) 
01-15-12           CC Library Rent ASC for Jan.                 -   15.00 (ch. # 372)
01-15-12           H&I Rent Barnett for Jan.                        -   10.00 (ch. # 373)
12-18-11           Moved to PR Reserve                              -    18.65
                                Total Expenses                                                                                                   -   163.65

Ending Balance                                                                                                               $  95.00




Public Relations Reserve                   Beginning Balance                                         $ 143.68
                                                            Transferred from Reg Acct                                +18.65
                                                             Ending Balance                                             $ 162.33
                                                    


         
Prudent Reserve                 Remains unchanged at                                                    $ 100.00



Activities Reserve                               Beginning Balance                                                   $ 400.00
                                                 Ck # 371 to **** for Feb Activities                     -  400.00
                                                         Ending Balance                                                         0 
      

                                                                                    Ending Balance            $357.33


 As of  01-15-12 the total of all accounts is $ 357.33, obtained by totaling the four accounts above.      **** – ASC Treasurer

RCM Report
Next Region is January 7th and 8th.  Report to follow in February.  ILS, ****

H&I Subcommittee Report
H&I Minutes
January 13, 2012

             Opened with prayer.
             **** read 12 Traditions and **** read 12 Concepts.

Group Reports
Pinecrest Monday- Meetings have been going in as scheduled.  However I struggled to find the willingness of other addicts to go in.  Last week only myself and one other member attended.  Just wanted to thank this subcommittee for allowing me to be of service and wish the new panel leaders lots of love.  In loving service, ****
Pinecrest Thursday- Meeting is going well.  Very grateful to everyone who has been going in.  Grateful to serve, ****
RiverPark Long TermRiverPark Short Term- All is well. With the message of recovery being shared. The residents are receptive and seem to be grateful that we are coming in.I am grateful for those who have had the willingness to help share the message.  GRATEFUL TO SERVE.  ****
River Park Long-term - Meetings going great and good message is being carried I had a lot of support even through the holiday season! Grateful to serve! ****
Women’s Regional Jail-  I apologize for being unable to attend H&I subcommittee this month.  We did have a meeting at the jail on 12/22/11. We were able to share the message of recovery with approx 12 women. We need updated meeting schedules also please. Thanks to those who were able to support the meeting this past month. We will meet on 01/26/12 @7pm if anyone has willingness please let me know! Grateful to serve  ****
Shell Center- No report.

Old Business
Nominations:  All passed.

New Business
             **** is stepping down as chair for the H&I Subcommittee.  **** will step up as the new chair and **** was voted in as new Vice Chair. 
             Next H&I Workshop is at In Loving Service on Feb. 11.
             We discussed updating H&I policy, we will set a date next month.

Open Discussion
Please send panel leader report to the H&I Secretary via text or email.

In Loving Service,
****
H&I Secretary

PR Subcommittee Report
The PR committee reviewed plans for the upcoming letters to professionals.  We are still planning on having an envelope stuffing party during the upcoming In Loving Service function on February 11, 2012.  In addition we reviewed the concern that the committee is spending too much money in carrying out our service.  While we STRONGLY disagree with this position, it did not fall on deaf ears.  As a result we have decided to cut the materials included in the upcoming mailing.  Below is a breakdown of the cost, as you can see we have reduced the cost significantly from the last proposal.
Letter Printing
$20.00
NA: A Resource in our Community
$64.00
Shipping for literature order
$9.60
Envelopes
$5.00
Address Labels
$8.00
Postage
$88.00
Total
$194.60
Cost Per Mailing
$0.973

As noted we have reduced the cost, the old cost per mailing was $1.272, the new is $0.973.  We have reduced the cost per mailing by $0.299, an overall saving of $59.80 on this mailing alone.  We feel that the mailing will be just as effective with the new plan, while saving area funds at the same time. 
The next Loved One’s Group is currently scheduled for February 14th, but is likely going to be changed.  Anyone interested in helping us carry the message to this group can contact **** or me. 
We are requesting the funds from the PR reserve to fulfill the mailing, and will need additional funds (probably next month) to purchase the postage.  Total need at this time is $106.60; the remaining $88.00 will be needed for postage in the near future. 
Any announcements for the website or blog should be sent to gtowebservant@gmail.com.
IN LOVING SERVICE,
                ****

Activities Sub Committee
We are scheduled for In Loving Service at 26th street Baptist Church on Saturday, Feb 11th, 2011
We will be meeting at my house to make spaghetti sauce early Weds evening (Feb 8th) BEFORE the 8pm home group meeting.  
We need volunteers to help cook.  And as always, we will need help decorating and cleaning up the day of the event. 
Grateful to Serve
****

Group Reports
Sunday
Living in the Solution –No Report
No Pain No Gain - The meeting is going good. The doors are open and the message of recovery is being shared. Rent has been paid and literature is on the table. We have had an average attendance of about 40 addicts per week. **** will be speaking on January 29th, sharing her experience, strength, and hope. We will be having a home group member (****) celebrate 3 years on February 12th, this will also be a speaker meeting. The speaker is still to be determined. We have no donation to area at this time, in large part because of the amount of recent celebrations with still more to come soon.  Grateful to Serve, ****

Monday
Another Way –  No report
Together We Can –The Together We Can group of NA is meeting on time at 7pm at the Barnett Center every Monday night with coffee ready and literature displayed.  We have had recent changes in our service structure as follows:  **** is now both Treasurer and GSR.  **** just rejoined our group.  Meeting attendance is at around 30 per meeting and the message of recovery is being relayed regularly.  We are in need of more homegroup members although our current members are doing a good job.  We will be having a home group member celebrate 1 year on the 23rd of January and **** will be sharing his ES&H.  We have no donation for Area Service at this time.  In Loving Service, ****

Tuesday
Clean Possibilities -  Hello everybody! Things are going well at Clean Possibilities. Our rent is paid, doors are open, coffee is made, literature on the table, and recovery is being shared. Avg. attendance is 20. We want to welcome ****., and **** to our HG!  Thanks,  Clean Possibilities (**** sent via email)
Hope Turns to Faith – Everything is well at Hope Turns To Faith home group of Narcotics Anonymous. Doors are open, coffee made, and literature on the table. We have an average of 40 addicts in attendance. There was 1 new home group member, **** We have made a few changes to the format. We have speaker 2nd Tuesday of each month, literature study meeting last Tuesday of each month, and taking introducing ourselves out of format at beginning of meeting. We are having 2 home group members celebrate 1yr clean, **** and ****, on January 31 with the 1st literature study meeting. Home group is going to pay $25 to area and $25 rent for the month of January. In Loving Service,  ***
Wednesday
Hope Without Dope-  no report.
Progress Not Perfection – Everything is going well. Meetings are open on time w/ a message of recovery being shared.  Attendance has been about 40-45 addicts.  We have a home group member celebrating 5 years on Feb 8, ****.  Our home group has voted to add the NA identity statement to our format to help carry a clear message of Narcotics Anonymous.  We voted to change our home group business meeting to 7pm on the Wednesday before Area Service every month in hopes to get more involvement from home group members.  We have a $20 donation to Area.  In Loving Service, ****

Thursday
Hope Through Surrender – All is well at the Hope Through Surrender Group with the Message of recovery being shared.  We Have no donation to area this month and our average attendance is 15-20.  And we made a $25 donation to the facility.  I apologize for my absence this month However I believe **** will attend in my absence.  Grateful to serve, ****
God’s Will Candlelight No Report
Grateful to Serve - Nothing new to report.  Doors are open and literature on table. Recovery is being shared.  No donation at this time.  Grateful to Serve, ****

Friday
High on Life – Nothing new to report at the High on Life Group.  The doors continue to be open on time and recovery is being shared.  Rent is paid, literature and coffee is being made.  Our attendance is staying strong at about 50 addicts.  We don’t have a donation to area at this time.  As a reminder, **** will be celebrating this Friday, January 20th, and Shane R will be sharing his ES&H.  Grateful to Serve, ****

Saturday
Serenityville –Meeting is going well.  Rent is paid.  Literature is on the table.  Average meeting attendance is between 8 and 12 addicts.  We currently have 3 active home group members and hold monthly business meetings the Saturday preceding area.  Serenityville has a $30 donation to area this month.  Grateful to Serve, ****
Trust the Process – The Saturday night Trust the Process group is going well. Doors are open, coffee in the pot, and literature is on the table. We are averaging 30 addicts. We held our monthly business meeting on 1/14/12. We have a $50 donation for area.  Grateful to serve.   ****

Old Business
None

New Business
The CAR report is now available.  Home group members please discuss whether or not to have a CAR Workshop. 
RCM and RCM Alt are given $120 to pay for expenses when traveling to Region.  Home groups please discuss how we disburse those funds, and if that is a proper amount.
Motion to move remaining $35 in account to PR Reserve.  Passed.

Open Forum
GTO Secretary would like to thank all the GSR and Chairs who sent their reports in via email or text.

In Loving Service,
GTO Area Secretary

Don't forget: In Loving Service tonight!




 

In Loving Service


Saturday February 11th, 2012

26th St. BAPTIST CHURCH GYMNASIUM
                                                   26th Street & Lincoln Ave.
                                      

Phone Line Workshop          4:00-5:30pm
H & I Workshop                     5:45-7:00pm
                    Dinner/Auction                         7:15pm    
                    Speaker Meeting                       8:30pm



Dinner will be provided….
Donations of drinks, desserts, and NA auction items appreciated!


Friday, February 10, 2012

Don't forget: H&I Subcommittee meets tonight at 7PM

The Hospitals & Institutions Subcommittee will meet at 7PM tonight (Friday, February 10) before the High on Life Group meeting at the Barnett Center. If you are interested in carrying the message of Narcotics Anonymous into rehab centers, mental health hospitals, or correct facilities, this is an excellent way to serve.


Click here for directions.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Don't forget: five-year celebration tonight at Progress not Perfection Group

There will be a five-year celebration at 8PM tonight at the Progress not Perfection Group at Highlawn Presbyterian Church. Click here for directions.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

H&I Subcommittee meets Friday, February 10

The Hospitals & Institutions Subcommittee will meet at 7PM on Friday, February 10 before the High on Life Group meeting at the Barnett Center. If you are interested in carrying the message of Narcotics Anonymous into rehab centers, mental health hospitals, or correct facilities, this is an excellent way to serve.


Click here for directions.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Upcoming celebrations

  • At 8PM on Wednesday, February 8 the Progress not Perfection Group will be having five-year celebration at Highlawn Presbyterian Church. Click here for directions.
  • At 7PM on Sunday, February 12 the No Pain, No Gain Group will be having a three-year celebration at the Marshall University Campus Christian Center. Click here for directions.

Friday, February 3, 2012

In Loving Service on February 11!!!!




 

In Loving Service


Saturday February 11th, 2012

26th St. BAPTIST CHURCH GYMNASIUM
                                                   26th Street & Lincoln Ave.
                                      

Phone Line Workshop          4:00-5:30pm
H & I Workshop                     5:45-7:00pm
                    Dinner/Auction                         7:15pm    
                    Speaker Meeting                       8:30pm



Dinner will be provided….
Donations of drinks, desserts, and NA auction items appreciated!


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

GTO's website: mobile-friendly

GTOANA's website has been optimized for mobile web applications. By default, the site will load in a mobile-friendly format on smartphones. You can, however, switch to the desktop view at any time.