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.