Clean By The Sea Group Of Narcotics Anonymous - Group Conscience Minutes - August 2020August 5, 2020
Welcome everybody, invite a HP to help us, take a moment of silence
Read 2nd tradition
Read last minutes
Any Matters arising – any inaccuracies in the minutes – if its ok – propose and second the minutes: Tom corrected my notes that he asked that we read the 2nd tradition in each GC, not a new tradition for each month.
Anyone joining the group: G asked to join.
Secretary: MR reports that he is grateful to be here and that we are doing regular business meetings.
Treasurer: MR reports that we thanks to a couple of donations and it seems like we are getting in a little bit more money in 7th tradition our prudent reserve is back to a little more comfortable 4-500$
GSR: KU reports They had the second assembly this month, New treasurer needed in foag due to a scandal. English speaking HI is being discussed.
KU inquired about doing an English HI workshop. Otherwise they discussed Budget and usual basic stuff for a assembly.
(Last month’s new business, nothing needed to discuss further?)
MR proposed that we update the meeting format with correct information and consider to remove the burning desire part. Group Agreed on a sub-committee consisting of TVD, TH and G get together and shorten it down after a discussion on what the group members wanted to take out and keep.
Take out: Clarity statement was voted to take away with a majority vote, but since there was several that wanted to keep it we decided that the committee would make a suggestion with a shortened/improved version of it for next GC together with suggestions for new format. Voted to also take out the burning desire part.
Keep/add: Agreed on doing the serenity prayer we version at the beginning and the third step prayer at the end of each meeting, and to keep the no cross-talk part
TH suggest that we make a group policy for different policies in the form of a committee when we.. JB mentioned that she does not like sub-committees and homework outside of group conscience, we will come back to this after the meeting format is finished and see if we can do something more with this in a groups setting or with committee.
G is working to get free literature sent from California, might need money for transport/extra suitcase on plane, will come back with more specific information about possible cost.
Rotation of service commitments August
TVD does Wednesday meetings (Living Clean) AM does Fridays (Basic Text) JB does Sundays (New speaker meeting)
TVD had 6 months on the 3rd
Are we welcoming the new comer? How are we working as a group? Is there anything to improve the group?
We take good care of the newcomer as a group with newcomer format and individuals reaching out and being welcoming etc, also we are good at welcoming visitors and old-timers which also is Important was mentioned
A little more restless meetings now with more people and a looser attitude perhaps, crosstalk etc the last few months was mention, people getting up and commenting/cross talking was mentioned. Bringing this topic to next GC as it might be more effective to talk about it here then for instance having it in the format
TH suggest that we start each group conscience with question 1 and go around the room so everyone can comment on that, we voted unanimously to do 1 question in the beginning: “How are we carrying the message and working as a group?”
- MR – Secretary/Treasurer
- KU – GSR
- JB – Alternate secretary (not present)
- M – Coffee maker/opening the doors / Literature handout
Closed with the Serenity Prayer we version
Next GC 2/09/2020
In loving service – MR
Clean By The Sea Group Of Narcotics Anonymous - Group Conscience Minutes - July 2020July 1, 2020
Welcome everybody, we start with a moment of silence to invite a HP to assist us in service.
Read 12 traditions front page/service prayer
Read last minutes
Any Matters arising – any inaccuracies in the minutes – if its ok, move on.
Anyone joining the group? JS asked to join the group, very accepted.
Positions Available: Keytag person, BF was nominated by TH, and unanimously voted in.
Secretary: MR reports that minutes were typed up and distributed by JS and got good help with the format from him, grateful to be doing service he has been resistant and closed minded about doing up until now.
Treasurer: MR reports that we just today received a very generous and uch needed donation from a homegroup member living in another country at the moment of 200 000 colones, with that our prudent reserve that was going lower then ever made a strong recovery. Also happy that KF is the alternate treasurer and hopefully soon can take over some of the duties as treasurer.
GSR: KU reported from the area meeting that they are creating a new and expanded area that we can consider joining, the report in Spanish for the area of NA in Costa Rica that we geographically belongs to: FOAG Pacifico, and the suggested COVID protocols are sent out with this report. The Area is also making big online meetings in Spanish 3 times a week.
( Last month’s new business, nothing needed to discuss further)
TH have almost all the minutes from old GC meetings and suggest that we can post them on the website for historical purposes and for official publication with names etc taken out.
TH suggest for the GC that we can read the second tradition in it's entireity each GC, instead of all of them, the short version.
KU suggest that we follow the guidelines from the ministry of health, 8 different protocols that are as follows roughly translated from Spanish on the fly by JJ.
- Close 1 hour before 9pm
- Spray down/clean the desk and chairs etc before the meeting. New commitment?
- Sink and alcohol/paper, we are good.
- Sign about how to wash the hands
- Sign about how to sneeze
- For the food/drinks area, yellow tape around is suggested/demanded?
- Any snacks, drinks or food paraphernalia needs to be put away
- Whoever comes to open the room have to clean everything, but can only come 5 minutes before the opening of the doors
yellow tape to mark the distancing. Capacity of 50% only, 2 meters between each Anyone have fever or symptoms, please syay/go home? Only one at the time in the bathroom No sharing of vapes or liquids No physical contact We cannot greet each other in any physical way Protocol for ending the meeting, no staying after the meeting Ask everyone to leave immediately one by one
Group discussed these things and it seems to be a consensus that we will try to follow some of these and make an effort to that and move the alcohol/cleaning supplies close to the door, clear out the room to maximize the capacity of the room by allowing people to sit spread out by the walls and be individually responsible to protect the group.
JS propose that the group make a rotation for the chair person and other commitments. Rotation of service commitments determined to try out with 1 month commitments at the time from today.
- M does Wednesday meetings for July (Living Clean)
- BE takes Fridays (Basic Text)
- JS takes Sundays (New speaker meeting)
*KU suggested that we study the guiding principles tradition book as a group that brought us to a discussion and vote on this topic.
Sunday meeting format votes:
- KU & TH votes for guiding principles book
- JS speaker
- JJ guiding principles
- MR speaker
- M speaker
- BE guiding principles
- K Speaker 4/4
TH changed his vote to speaker, so Sunday will be a speaker meeting where the chair person for each meeting pick a speaker 10-15 minutes maximum.
BE Friday July 1 7th = 6 months YAY!!
No time for group inventory, motion to close was made after a long and productive GC
Group Inventory (If we have time): Are we welcoming the new comer? How are we working as a group? Is there anything to improve the group?
- MR – Secretary/Treasurer
- KU – GSR
- JB – Alternate secretary (not present)
- KF – Alternate treasurer
- M – Coffee maker/opening the doors / Literature handout
Closed with the Serenity Prayer
Next GC 5/08/2020
Clean By The Sea Group Of Narcotics Anonymous - Group Conscience Minutes - June 2020June 10, 2020
- MR – Secretary and Treasurer
- JB - Alternate Secretary
- KU - GSR
- M – Coffee Maker
- KF - Alternate Treasurer
Service Prayer KF read minutes JS acted as Secretary
KU proposed for the group to have a Spanish speaking GSR.
KU proposed to have the Jaco Group shut its doors for a non-specified length of time. The group voted to keep the doors open with 8 aye, 1 no, 1 no vote.
KU handed back his position as secretary and was thanked for his service by the group.
The group decided to change the date for the business meetings to first Wednesday of each month. Available service positions.
Positions Taken M nominated to make coffee – unanimous aye MR nominated Secretary – unanimous aye JB nominated alternate Secretary – unanimous aye KF nominated as alternate Treasurer - unanimous aye
Next Group Conscience is on Wednesday 01/07/2020
Closed with the Serenity prayer.
Clean By The Sea Group Of Narcotics Anonymous - Group Conscience Minutes - May 2019 - Follow Up On Newcomer FormatMay 10, 2019
AT - Most important person is new comer.
They might not understand what's going on in some meetings.
TH - Newcomers may not want to be singled at
JB - Motion: do it on a trial basis
“All this would mean is to change the topic, it would be chairperson's call, will do it on a trial basis and revisit in a few months. Definitely not a cross talk meeting, no one giving direct advice. Chairperson just discreetly changes the topic and that's it..”
All are in favor
Service Positions + Things for bathroom
- Coffee - @5pm - CC
- Phonelist - TVD
- Organize box - Jorge
- Sunday Chairperson AT if DW is cool with it
Chairperson commitment term - 3 months
Clean By The Sea Group Of Narcotics Anonymous - Group Conscience Minutes - May 2019May 8, 2019
Attendance: JB, CC, SC, KU, AT, TH
Opened by reading service prayer and second tradition.
How is the group carrying the message?
JB: Fucking great.
CC: Members are sharing their experiences and giving good example of practicing the steps, and individual members of the group are benefiting from recovery.
SC: People who have visited the group from outside the area still bring it up in conversation, visitors have gratitude that the group is here, keep the doors open, we're doing something that works, keep doing it.
KU: Good, but there is no format for when there is a newcomer at the meeting. Maybe when there is a newcomer we can change the format on that day to read 3rd tradition and Who Is An Addict chapter from the Basic Text.
AT: Group is small, but consistent and effective, when people come from outside the area the group leaves an impression on them, homegroup members are reliable, it's good that we're making coffee.
TH: Good, agree with KU, the group is seeing more newcomers and more new people are getting involved in the homegroup, it's time for the group to start changing to help more new members, maybe we need more service positions.
We decided at previous group conscience to read prose sections of The Step Working Guides on Wednesdays once we finished reading Living Clean. We finished Living Clean a three Wednesdays ago and have been reading the flat book for the past two Wednesdays.
JB: “Don't create policy that impacts other groups”. e.g. we cannot decide to throwaway an old coffee maker that doesn't belong to us, we cannot significantly re-organize the room, etc.
Proposed new business topics:
- Newcomer format
- More service positions
- Discuss when it's time to assign new chairperson positions
- Lamps or candles for when the power goes out
- Basic group policy that states service positions, responsibilities for each position, time commitment for each, and clean time requirements, etc.
Some responsibilities that service positions can cover:
- Clean room
- Stock bathroom
- Inventory room supplies
- Organize group box
- Fold a few phone lists each meeting and make sure newcomers get a phone list
- Give newcomers a starter packet with phone list, pamphlet, white book or baby blue.
- What else?
TH: “Motion to hold a follow up group conscience on Friday after the meeting that will start with this meeting's new business.” - Seconded, carried.
TH: “Motion to close.” - Seconded, carried.
Clean By The Sea Group Of Narcotics Anonymous - Group Conscience Minutes - June 2018June 5, 2018
- rent is paid for June
- We could donate to Spanish NA?
- We could buy more literature
- We could buy white booklets to give away
- We could pay rent several months ahead
- Donating to Spanish NA might be 7th tradition issue
- We could pay more rent
- Gave Away one Basic Text to a newcomer
What should the Prudent reserve be? Prudent reserve $300
Motion passed $100 on literature key target, which books, pamphlets
Empty chair on Wednesday
- MR will take over Wednesday chair
- KU still has Friday
- DW still has Sunday
Clean By The Sea Group Of Narcotics Anonymous - Group Conscience Minutes - May 2018May 4, 2018
- We don't currently have a clean time requirement for chair person
- F will talk with chair persons before meetings to get oriented
- Motion: Should we create a new position to help keep the room clean.
English NA maintenance position 5 for, 1 abstain
Motion: Budget $10/month for cleaning supplies 6 for
Update the Group Format with changes that have been written in
On the table: define burning desire in format?
Add Announcements to format
Rent is paid for May + June
¢153,000 so far counted in coins
On the table: Discuss prudent reserve limit
Clean By The Sea Group Of Narcotics Anonymous - Group Conscience Minutes - April 2018April 1, 2018
NOTE: I don't know when this meeting took place exactly, the minutes in the bound notebook occur direclty before the May 2018 minutes.
How is Group Carrying Message?
KU - solid, people travelling, lit share might not be working out, good with his commitment nothing day with GSR so far
JB - it's lit, wish were more people, more bitches, no PI committee or outreach - but there are some guidelines on how to do it, and benefits, willing to go to other meetings, oh with changing format, BE (AA) has JB's living clean
MR - very good on group level + focus on important things, not many new comers, oh for changing formats, interested in doing more service, HI with Carlos, etc.
DW - looked up how to outreach, groupchat, we can always do better at being more attractive, would like a sign, come early to meetings, make coffee,
TH - agree, more engagement with each other, more engagement with outside
Sunday - JFT Wednesday - Living Clean Friday - Basic Text
Each person needs 1-2 paragraphs and chairperson stops the reading at a logical point
TH + DW start PI subcommittee
Clean By The Sea Group Of Narcotics Anonymous - Group Conscience Minutes - May 2017May 3, 2017
Service Prayer 2nd Tradition
Sunday Meeting - DW Wednesday Meeting - MR - JO will cover for MR while in Norway Friday - KU
JB treasurer will give money to BE (AA) Whats App is working fine
Treasurer Group Chat on Whats App
JB is willing to give up Treasurer if someone wants it
TH - Might be good to document service sos items + timelines
MR - Should we keep reading clarity statement?
Motion: add “Don't mention specific days by name” - 2 abstention and the rest against
Clean By The Sea Group Of Narcotics Anonymous - Group Conscience Minutes - April 2017April 30, 2017
Service Prayer + 2nd Tradition
- Timer is good
- JB paid $60 rent on April 1st
Rent due tomorrow and we're $170 behind
E was treasurer for Spanish NA
E says he tried to pay a couple times but couldn't reach Roberto
J is the new Spanish treasurer was sick, he says he has all the money
TJ makes motion: We should what we can to keep the room. Dustin 2nds chairman's agreement.
TH make Motion: We should send 2 people to meet with rep other groups to coordinate on rent + utilities once per month and collect all the money. - agreed
LR is willing to be person on lease, and have money deposited
TH will meet with LR and BE (AA treasurer) to make sure everything gets done tomorrow.
Another meeting on Wednesday to go on what's next and how everything is resolve
JB gave $60 rent to LR
TH made website
Clean By The Sea Group Of Narcotics Anonymous - Group Conscience Minutes - March 2017March 5, 2017
March 5th, 2017
MR contacted Juan Carlos and he updated the website
Prudent reserve is too high
KU and JB switch Wednewsday and Friday chair commitments
Sunday - DW Wednesday - MR Friday - KU
Time Limit: Add to the format the chairperson will reward the sleep when 5 min is up.
Discussion: we need to start paying rent
KU: $60/month sounds good JC: Autonomy + 7th tradition very important DW: $60 + $40 utilities sounds good MR: If we all give about $1/meeting JO: Who do we pay to? TH: We could split between two groups JB: We could pay Roberto directly.
Motion: JB will contact Roberto and pay $60/month
Clean By The Sea Group Of Narcotics Anonymous - Group Conscience Minutes - January 2017January 1, 2017
- KU spoke to GSR at vigilance he's on Whats App with GSR people
- MR spoke with A, no area meeting in January, will get schedule
- LR says service terms just finished, next assembly - planning assembly - is in March. Regional Committee meets this coming Sunday
- TH registered domain name
- Still need to register with other NA websites:
- firstname.lastname@example.org - Latin American guy
- Juan Carlos is alt regional delegate can update regional website
- TH will email na.org
- MR will chat with Juan Carlos
- Basic Texts (coordinate with Spanish group about anniversary party in early March)
- JO bringing as Basic Texts as possible
- Consider opportunity for public information, talk to PI
- Tom will call lit office on tuesday 2256 8190 - 1-5PM lit office
- $200 cash and lots of change utilities bills are back to normal panels already exist
How are we doing carrying the message?
- KU: we gave away our only Basic Text so we're good
- JB: need more Basic Texts - literature so we should do better, need- key tags. more outreach? more visible and available
- MR: website got setup, so that is good
- JO: Thumbs up (bring speakers from other groups)
- LR: need to connect with other groups
- TH: we're here for newcomers
Clean By The Sea Group Of Narcotics Anonymous - Group Conscience Minutes - December 2016December 3, 2016
Group Conscience 1st Sunday of the month
- Service Prayer
- 2nd Tradition
- Reviewed last month's minutes
- put up website
- register with world services
- LR approached MR about us sending a GSR to Area
- What does Vigilance group do?
- KU will contact Vigilance about GSR.
Talk with Vigilance
Figure out how to send in representatives
For now: GSR is 1 year commitment with Alt moving up
Bill was hella high last month, up to 25 mil, but JP gave us 20 mil from his AA step-working group (they don't pay rent or anything). Spanish covered their rent no problem.
Clean By The Sea Group Of Narcotics Anonymous - Group Conscience Minutes - October 2016October 5, 2016
- Service Prayer
- 2nd Tradition
Register group with world service
If Spanish reaches out we'll donate 1 time.
Write up proposal about having real business meetings.
17 mil for electric bill A lot of change - hundreds of $ in change
Electric bill seems higher than normal
Order books for AR to bring from the States
2 Basic Texts, some pamphlets
Living Clean, $60
MR takes Sunday night chair
Clean By The Sea Group Of Narcotics Anonymous - Group Conscience Minutes - January 2016January 1, 2016
NOTE: This wasn't our first group conscience and I'm not sure exactly when it took place, but these are the oldest minutes I can find, the meeting could've been in 2015 or early 2016. I started only typing the minutes at one point and then lost them (for now).
autonomy, cell phone, share 5 min, smoke downstairs
NA Message 5th Tradition
Electricity, Trash bags, toilet paper
How much would rent be?
Talk to treasurers from both Spanish NA and English AA.
Literature Sharing formats -> Read then Share
Get on the regional meeting list.
Simple website with meeting time.
Look for other sites that list meetings.
JC open Sundays and chair
KU open and chair on Wednesday
JB open and chair on Friday
Secretary, Treasurer - TH
Literature, key tags - get from San Jose
Group Founded - February 3, 2015February 3, 2015
The group was actually getting started a few days before this date.
English-speaking NA had been on and off in Jaco for a couple years. JO and Z from Colorado held meetings for a bit, with mostly just the two of them showing up.
TH and JB started an English NA meeting at 10AM on Monday, Wednesday, Friday for the two months they were in Jaco in the spring of 2014.
In January 2015, M from Delaware was attending Spanish NA (which was meeting 7 nights a week at that time) with JC and KU and others translating for him.
M from Delaware, JC and KU started a Sunday night English-speaking the week before TH and JB returned to Jaco. The meeting took place at 5:30, which was early enough to close before Spanish started at 7PM, but late enough that M and JC could get back from fishing.
Members and visitors have complained more than once that meeting from 5:30 to 6:30 means they have to miss the beautiful Costa Rican sunset while they make the meeting, and have asked us to change the time. The group conscience so far has been “stability of the meeting is more important, changing the time is too disruptive and risky” and “you didn't care about missing sunsets when you were using”.
For the 5 year anniversay, KU decided to use February 3, 2015 as the start date for the group because we didn't have any date written down and that is the date in TH and JB's passports for arriving back in Jaco.