California Inland Region of NA

Regional Delegate Updates

Information, reports and announcements from the CIRNA Regional Delegate team.

RD Update – January 2023

What’s Happening at World

The Conference Agenda Report (CAR) and more information about it is available at www.cirna.org/CAR

The CAR is a compilation of motions that have been brought before Narcotics Anonymous at the world level. Just as we have motions and business meetings at group, area, and regional levels we also have them at the world level. They are voted on at the World Service Conference (WSC) once every two years by delegates from regions and zones around the world. The CAR is made in preparation for the World Service Conference (WSC).

Motions can be made by Regions or the World Board. Motions made by regions often involve issues important to the region, while World Board motions concern the worldwide fellowship as a whole. These motions affect NA as a whole and impact NA members all around the world.

There are 25 motions in this year’s CAR.

Please announce the February 18th Regional Assembly and CAR Review

This will be the only workshop on the CAR presented this cycle and with 25 motions to review, we have less than 9 minutes per motion. I will record the presentation and post a link on the regional web site, but this is our best opportunity to inform the fellowship regarding this year’s business.

RD Update – November 2022

I will not be at the December RSC meeting and will see you in January of 2023.

What’s Happening at World

The CAR is due to be released by November 30 and will be available at www.na.org/conference

December 14 – 6:30pm to 9pm – Initial CAR Review and Discussion on Zoom – Open to everyone

I will host an initial review of the CAR motions with discussion. This will be an opportunity to ask questions that can be forwarded to the World Board if we don’t know the answers.

Meeting ID: 841 1808 2385    Password: 1953

WSC. I have registered as RD for the World Service Conference from April 29 to May 7, 2023. Rooms are $91.94/night per person, and, in the absence of an AD, I requested a roommate be assigned (rather than be responsible for the full $183.88/night if we don’t elect an AD). I did note that we are actively seeking an AD and can still request to be assigned together if an AD is elected soon. Based on CIRNA’s vote in September, I indicated that we would be funding both RD and AD if one attends.

CIRNA’s CAR Motion. I contacted our World Board (WB) member and had some extensive discussion regarding the placement of our motion in the CAR. I requested that, at the least, our motion be placed before motions to create new literature. Ultimately, we will see when the CAR is released at the end of the month.

CAR Motion Discussion – If you’re interested in a preview of the motions coming up in the 2023 CAR, you can visit www.na-car-guide.com   There will be at least 11-12 motions from the World Board this cycle.

RD Update – October 2022

What’s Happening at World

Spiritual Principle a Day Book – The book is out and orders are being delivered from NAWS. You can subscribe to receive daily entries for SPAD or JFT at na.org/subscribe

Another non-binding ePoll was taken this month. Our vote is recorded below.

  1. The World Board intends to offer a motion in the 2023 to revise the Operational Rules of the FIPT, including the inspection clause. This motion is an updated version of the motion in the 2020 CAR. What percentage should be required to make that decision?
[  ] 2/3s as with all other WSC decisions    [  ] A simple majority – 50% plus one
[  ] 1/3rd              [ x ] (write-in) 3 Regions

Delegates funding for WSC 2023 – This body voted in September to fund both the RD and AD for 2023.

CAR Motion Discussion – If you’re interested in a preview of the motions coming up in the 2023 CAR, you can visit www.na-car-guide.com   There will be at least 11-12 motions from the World Board this cycle.

RD Update – September 2022

What’s Happening at World

World Unity Day – I’m including this since I’m sending my report out early.
Saturday, September 3 is World Unity Day. 10:00am in California.
It is suggested that you take a moment of silence and then say the Serenity Prayer at 10am Saturday.

World Convention – WCNA 39 will be in Washington DC, August 29 to September 1, 2024 – Site is confirmed

A non-binding ePoll was taken after the last Conference Participant Web Meeting

  1. Should the World Board offer a motion in the 2023 CAR to revise A Vision for NA Service to be more inclusive to all members: specifically, changing the phrase “his or her own language and culture” to the phrase “their own language and culture.” If that change were made, the first bullet point of the vision would read “every addict in the world has a chance to experience our message in their own language and culture.’
    Voted NO. There are regions working on broader motions.
  2. The World Board intends to offer a motion in the 2023 to revise the Operational Rules of the FIPT, including the inspection clause. This motion is an updated version of the motion in the 2020 CAR. WSC 2018 had consensus support that an inspection of the trustee activities should be a decision made by the WSC and not just one region. What percentage should be required to make that decision?
    ABSTAINED. (There wasn’t a NO option. Contacted the WB and requested that they add a NO option and an option for requiring 3 regions to make the request. Told they were unable to modify.)
  3. If we upgraded to a different platform, would you use a CP Discussion Board provided by NA World Services?
    Voted NO. There are plenty of communication channels available and in use. No need to spend money and resources on another discussion forum.

The Loner IP is up for revision. A survey may be available at na.org/survey but it will close soon.

Spiritual Principle a Day Book (SPAD) is expected to be available by the end of the year, but NAWS is experiencing shipping delays on literature.

Funding for Delegates for WSC 2023 will still be available, but they are putting a little more emphasis on asking Regions to fund their Delegates if they are able. In the past, CIRNA has let World fund the Delegate and paid for Alternate to attend. Does this body have any direction for me?

RD Update – August 2022

Don’t Wait. An AD is needed NOW!

This is my last term and I will be absent from the December meeting. I hope the information above makes it clear how important it is to have an Alternate Delegate (AD) in place to start mentoring and making plans for the upcoming WSC year. There will be lots of work to do in a short amount of time.

Beyond electing a new AD immediately, I encourage this body to start planning for the upcoming conference cycle. One thing is almost certain, there will be a lot of information to process and distribute to the fellowship.

RD Update – June 2022

CIRNA Needs a Dedicated Alternate Delegate

We need an Alternate Delegate (AD). This is my 4th year as Delegate – wrapping up my second term. I want to mentor and do what I can to train someone for this position, but it takes time. AD is a position meant to be held for 2-4 years so the Alternate can step into the Delegate position and be ready to go.

One of the biggest challenges of this commitment for me was not having the time to train and learn with the previous Delegate. We have what may be a massive CAR and WSC coming up in 2023, and it is imperative that we have a Delegate Team (Delegate + AD) who can understand and workshop these motions with our Areas and carry the votes of our groups.

CIRNA’s 2023 CAR Motion

Based on previous direction from this body, our CAR motion was confirmed for inclusion in the 2023 CAR:

Motion: To place an 8 year moratorium on the creation of new recovery literature after WSC 2022, excluding all translations or literature projects currently in development.

Intent: To suspend the creation of new literature for an 8 year period and free up NA resources to better focus on carrying the message rather than continual literature development.

Rationale: A moratorium would give our fellowship an opportunity to work more fully with the literature we currently have published and allow international NA communities time to complete translations. 

NA has a greater body of literature available than ever before. While this has some advantages, the abundance of literature can also create confusion for newcomers.

Our fellowship needs time to work with and fully appreciate our current literature.

RD Update – May 2022

World Service Conference

I received a total of 5 tally sheets by April 17. Thank you to everyone who participated. I will be in the air, flying back from Atlanta and will miss the meeting. I will see you all in June. Here are my notes from the WSC.

Session 1 – Friday Morning

Anthony, Director of NAWS gave financial report

  • Wants to explain the unfortunate reality we are confronted with
  • Since time the budget was drafted – cost of almost everything has changed
  • Decided NAWS must raise prices, but not until beginning of 2023
  • Keep prices same of materials give away most frequently, chips and Ips
  • There will be 12% increase on books and bronze medallions
  • 2021 annual report at NA.org/ar

Report from World Board Chair

  • 60th anniversary white book will be available very soon
  • Will be bigger than JFT – about 6 months from approval barring supply chain issues
  • Draft of virtual meeting basics is posted for 90 day delegate review at NA.org/toolbox
  • Loner IP survey at NA.org/survey about revision to IP until end of August
  • DRT/MAT survey will be posted next month in furtherance of IP voted on in 2020

Session 2 – Friday Afternoon

Motions

123 regions voting (of 136 possible) / 6 zones / 13 WB members (142 possible votes)

  • Motion 6: adopt WSC 2022 proposed Rules – voted Yes – passed
  • Motion 2: extended terms for HRP and facilitators – voted Yes – passed
  • Motion 3: extended WB terms – voted Yes – passed
  • Motion 4: Spiritual Principle a Day Book – voted Yes – passed
  • Motion 1: FIPT Inspection Moratorium – (business slowed to a crawl over a procedural issue)

Session 3 – Saturday Morning

  • Motion 1 – voted Yes – passed
  • Motion 5: budget – voted Yes – passed
  • Motions Closed
  • Discussion and poll about YouTube stream of 2023 WSC live
  • Discussion about better working relationship between WB and regions

I will have limited attendance at the next 2 Sessions for April 29-30. These will focus on discussion of WSC of the Future and an additional topic decided by the delegates. I lodged a complaint with the World Board that this WSC was voted to be only essential business, and that these discussions, while important, were not what we agreed to.

RD Update – April 2022

World Service Conference & World

The Virtual Interim WSC will be Friday-Saturday two weekends in a row, April 22-23 and April 29-30

My ability to participate on the weekend of the 29th and 30th may be limited as I will be in Georgia. I had previously arranged to have Carl attend as RD for this weekend as an opportunity for him to participate more fully, but that may not be an option. I trust that more will be revealed.

Thank you to anyone who attended the CAR workshop this morning. I hope it was helpful.

I will continue to accept CAR votes through the 17th of April, but need direction from this body as to how they would like me to represent CIRNA’s votes at the WSC.

RD Update – March 2022

I will be asking what vote, if any, CIRNA wants us to carry at WSC at our April 3rd meeting. 

World Service Conference & World

  1. The CAR/CAT/SPAD is available for review at www.na.org/conferenceA “tape-bound” SPAD will be available for purchase from NAWS for $10.
  2. How to Attract Members to Service Webinar – March 19, 11am – Zoom ID 826 9114 3020    PW: 1953
  3. The Virtual Interim WSC will be Friday-Saturday two weekends in a row, April 22-23 and April 29-30

RD Update February 2022

World

  1. The CAR/CAT/SPAD is available for review at www.na.org/conferenceA “tape-bound” SPAD will be available for purchase from NAWS for $10.
  2. If the RCMs would like us to workshop the CAR motions, virtually, or in person, you need to let us know what you want. Otherwise, we’ll be looking for your groups’ votes at the April RSC.
  3. The Virtual Interim WSC will be Friday-Saturday two weekends in a row, April 22-23 and April 29-30

WSZF

The Zonal Forum was held in Phoenix from Jan 27-30th. I have attached a copy of our report to the WSZF.

I am including some of my notes for information that I feel is most pertinent. Hopefully between myself and Carl we will capture the major highlights.