NA MUMBAI AREA SERVICE COMMITTEE STRUCTURE

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The Area Service Committee (ASC)

The purpose of the ASC is to respond to the needs of the fellowship as they arise, as well as administer and coordinate Narcotics Anonymous business and activities common to the various groups comprising its' membership. It does so in accordance with the Twelve Traditions of NA and the Twelve Concepts for NA Service, so that "no addict seeking recovery need ever die."

 

The Twelve Traditions of NA are the ties that bind the groups together. The Twelve Concepts for NA Service are our guiding principles for our service structure. It is the responsibility of the ASC members to consider whether our actions are consistent with our Traditions and Concepts. When we conduct business, we ought to focus on the spiritual principles embodied in the Traditions (unity, service, and carrying the message to the addict who still suffers), and embodied in the Concepts (ensuring that we remain devoted to service, not government).

 

  • The ASC is composed of Group Service Representative (GSR's).

  • The ASC Administrative Officers: Chairperson, Vice Chairperson. Secretary, Treasurer

  • The ASC is supported by various Subcommittees and the Regional Committee Members.

  • The Area Committee elects its own Officers, Subcommittee Chairpersons and Regional Committee Members.

Mumbai Area Service Committee (ASC) business meeting is held on the 4th Sunday of every month at 4:00pm at Victoria Church, Mahim, Mumbai. Due to Covid-19 ASC is held its meeting online on zoom platform. 

THE ASC ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS

ASC Chairperson

The ASC Chairperson is responsible for conducting ASC committee meetings, preparing the agenda and various other administrative duties. The chairperson primary tools are a firm hand, a calm spirit and a clear mind.

 

ASC Vice Chairperson

He/she is primarily responsible for coordination of area subcommittees. Keeps in touch with Subcommittees chairperson, stay informed of their projects and problems, attending subcommittee meetings whenever possible. Helps find solutions on disputes those may arrive within subcommittee or between subcommittees. Also assists the ASC chairperson in conducting ASC meetings.

 

ASC Secretary

Area secretary handles all the paperwork. Their first responsibility is to take clear accurate minutes of the area committee meetings and distribute those minutes to all committee participants. They also maintain and update a log of area policies and contact information of participants.

 

ASC Treasurer

Responsible of handling money associated with service. It is recommended that the area selects people who are financially secure to this service position. The treasurer receives contributions from the groups, administers the areas, checking account, pays the rent for the committee meeting hall, and reimburses officers and subcommittee chairs for their budgeted expenses, keeps careful records of all transactions and reports on financial condition of the area committee at each of its meeting. The treasurer is also responsible to prepare an annual budget for the area committee.

GSRs

Group Service Representatives link their groups to the rest of Narcotics Anonymous. Most groups elect an alternate GSR who can fill in for the group representative when needed. GSR's on their group behalf convey a sense of their groups wishes to the service structure & bring back information on what's happening in the larger world of NA. GSR's are delegated the authority to serve in their own right at ASC & regional assembly participants, exercising their own conscience & best judgment in the best interest of NA as a whole.

ASC’S SUBCOMMITTEES

PR - Public Relation Subcommittee

PR activity is geared to spread awareness to people outside our fellowship and includes people who come in contact with addicts and can help addicts to find NA.

Know more information on Public Relations

H & I - Hospitals & Institutions Subcommittees

The purpose of an H&l meeting is to carry the NA message of recovery to addicts who do not have full access to regular Narcotics Anonymous meetings. H&l meetings and presentations, except for those in longer term facilities, are intended to simply introduce those attending to some of the basics of the NA program.

 

Hospitals & Institutions – Service and the NA Member

NA Handbook – Hospitals & Institutions

Contact H&I: hni@namumbai.org

Event, Activity & Convention Subcommittee

NA Conventions and events are held by members of Narcotics Anonymous to bring our membership together in the celebration of recovery meetings, workshops and other activities are scheduled to encourage unity and fellowship among our members.

 

Translation Subcommittee

This subcommittee ensures that the written NA message is available in the language spoken by local members. Translation subcommittee also assists in translating service-related correspondence & periodicals so that members of their NA communities can take a fuller part in the life of the worldwide NA fellowship.

 

Literature Supply Subcommittee

This subcommittee maintains a stock of NA books & pamphlets that can be purchased by local groups. Some NA pamphlets are also made available free of cost. The subcommittee is responsible to help organize the job of processing group orders, tracking inventory and reordering depleted items, contact the Regional or World Service Office for available resources. They maintain accountability for all literature purchase & sale funds.

 

Newsletter Subcommittee

Publish local newsletters listing area and regional events, members recovery experience and local service activities.

 

Web Service Subcommittee

Responsible for managing and maintaining Website that hosts NA related information for members and well wishers. A website also raises the possibility of NAs recovery message to be found by someone not aware of NAs existence and is struggling to seek help.

THE REGIONAL SERVICE COMMITTEE

Area Service Representative

Each ASC is represented by an ASR at the Regional Service Committee (RSC) forum where matter from all areas in that region (India) is discussed. In India ASR's gather at the SOSONA (Society of Service of Narcotics Anonymous) meeting held at different places all over India from time to time.

 

Regional Committee

Regional Committee is a body that coordinates service forums throughout the region. It serves as contact point between NA Local & World Service. In India the regional body is SOSONA (Society of Service of Narcotics Anonymous).