MINUTES - November 19, 2017

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA INTERGROUP OF NICOTINE ANONYMOUS

INTRODUCTIONS:  Angie B. called the meeting to order at 10:17 am with the Serenity Prayer followed by introductions.

WAS YOUR MEETING REPRESENTED? A quorum was met with 7 attendees. The following meetings were represented:  Costa Mesa 076, Fullerton 084, Sherman Oaks 185, Long Beach 231, Bellflower 250, and San Diego 284.

TRADITIONS: Tradition #11, “Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, television, and films.” was read.

TREASURER REPORT:  Our beginning balance was $1,033.85.  Income: Donations:  $200 from meeting #1 West Hollywood; $50 from meeting #84 Fullerton; $30 from meeting #76 Costa Mesa.  A deposit transfer from PayPal was made to our checking account in the amount of $57.78, representing donations from San Diego Meeting #284 and a private individual. Note that meeting #284 made a $50 donation, but we received $48.60 after PayPal took their cut. A 7th tradition of $32 was collected at the September SCINA picnic meeting and there was no 7th tradition at October’s SCINA mtg. (Total incoming:  $369.78)  Expenses: $3 Bank fee Oct and $3 Bank fee Nov; Secretary expenses $19.78 for Oct and $20.24 for Nov; Registrar expenses $31.09 Oct and $27.97 Nov; Grasshopper phone charges: $31.64 Oct and $31.84 Nov; P.O. Box quarterly renewal $50; Donation to Nicotine Anonymous World Service (NAWS) $250; Picnic expenses $129.30  (park rental fee $31, food and drinks $98.30); Joshua Tree 2018 deposit $380 (Total outgoing $977.86).   Ending balance $425.77. (We have an additional $3,000 in our checking account that Stephen donated to avoid the $18/mo. BOA bank fee. We also have $500.08 in savings account as prudent reserve.)

REGISTRAR REPORT:  No changes were made to Administration List.  Meeting # 001, West Hollywood: Monday 6:30 pm, Location and Secretary information updated. No Meetings were added, and no Meetings went dark.  All Meetings have USPS contact through their Secretary, their Representative, or e-mail.  No H&I Listings were added, updated, or deleted.  200 Directories and 44 envelopes were addressed.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

HOSPITALS AND INSTITUTIONS:  Angela P. is now the Chair of H&I.

COMMUNICATIONS:  The phone lines now have a mailbox for San Diego.  When callers call the hotline, they will be directed to either press “0” for the LA/OC/SB areas or to press “1” for the San Diego area.  Mike U. will be handling the calls for San Diego.  Thanks for your help, Mike and George!

LITERATURE:  No report, this position is available. Literature will be available at the December meeting but not after if no one steps up to be of service for this position.

WORLD SERVICES:  Attached is a flyer and comments on a proposed update of Our Promises. This was presented by Checko at the VONR marathon meeting last Sunday.

EVENTS:  The annual SCINA Gratitude Marathon Meetings were held yesterday at Calvary Baptist Church in Bellflower.  A HUGE Thank You to Joseph and the entire Bellflower meeting for hosting this great event.  Mark Your Calendar: We have paid our first deposit for the 2018 SCINA Joshua Tree Retreat, and reserved the weekend of June 8th-10th (Friday thru Sunday). We will send a flyer out early next year.  Regarding Carry The Message month in January, last year we provided $10 of pamphlets for any Intergroup Rep that attended the December meeting.  Angela made a motion that we again give any Intergroup Rep who attends the December meeting $10 of pamphlets and we will raffle off 5 red books. Bill seconded and the motion passed.

NEW MEETINGS:  Gary reported he has not been contacted during the past month about any new meetings.

PUBLIC OUTREACH:  JudiAh. and John are now Co-Chairs of Public Outreach. JudiAh will take over posting the shares from the West Hollywood meeting, and any other shares that are recorded in our area.  John sent a press advisory about the marathon meetings to ABC and KTLA.  If you have a Facebook account or a Twitter account, please follow our accounts @NicASoCal.

SPEAKERS LIST: Invite a speaker to your meeting. Call for a list (949) 302-8465.

BYLAWS:  Joyce D. of San Diego said she is willing to take over bylaws.

SAN DIEGO OUTREACH AD HOC COMMITTEE:  This committee met on 11/7/17 and discussed various things and they include:  (1) possibly creating www.quitnowSD.com; (2) SD group has reached out to Kaiser and Sharp and other health providers in the city, SD group to provide contact info to Secretary; (3) will broadcast SD events and meetings on our social media; (4) encourage SD group to attend local events like a health fair, etc; (5) and, make Youtube flyer for all of SCINA.

WORLD CONFERENCE AD HOC COMMITTEE:  This committee met immediately after the SCINA meeting.  Updates to come in the minutes for next month.

Director of Web Operations:  No report.

OLD BUSINESS:  Gary was unable to open an account at US bank without the SCINA articles of incorporation, which we believe was kept by the original treasurer Joe S. who has long since passed. Bill went to Bank of America and was told they shredded all of our old documents, so the best solution for now is to add Gary to the BoA account. Bill and Gary went to BoA, but were told they could not add Gary to the account without the other new Officers present (Angie & John).

NEW BUSINESS:   No new business.

BIRTHDAYS:  Gary M. (19 years), Greg S. (8 years), Lisa S. (1 year) and Jane H. (19 years) celebrate anniversaries this month.

SECRETARY REPORT:  Mike U. nominated and made a motion that John D. be Secretary of SCINA and it was seconded by Bill H. and the affirmative vote was unanimous.  The November report was read and approved as we did have a quorum.

CLOSING PRAYER:  Angela led us in the Serenity Prayer at 11:52 AM.

MINUTES - October 15, 2017

Formal Minutes were not taken as a quorum was not met.

The Registrar's (Rick W.) notes follow:

John called Bill in the morning, stating he was ill and for that reason was unable to attend the Meeting.

The Meeting was not formally opened, nor was the agenda followed.

There were only 4 attendees: Bill H., Treasurer Emeritus, Gary M., Treasurer, Judi Ah., and Rick W., Registrar.

We did not meet a quorum.

Meetings Represented: Sherman Oaks 185 and Studio City 273

With so few people, the time was used to orient Gary to the way Bill does the Treasurer position.  Discussed was the opening of a new account which will eliminate the need for the $3,000.00 buffer to avoid monthly charges.  It was agreed that Gary would get $500.00 from the old account to open the new account, and that the old account would be closed and the rest of the money transferred as soon as all expenses had been paid and all outstanding checks had cleared.  

Vacant positions were also discussed, and Judi Ah. is considering filling in one of the vacant positions.  She will probably have made up her mind by next Meeting.

We ended the informal Meeting with the Serenity Prayer, at about 11:50.
 

MINUTES - September 17, 2017

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA INTERGROUP OF NICOTINE ANONYMOUS

INTRODUCTIONS:  John called the meeting to order at 10:02 am with the Serenity Prayer followed by introductions.

WAS YOUR MEETING REPRESENTED? A quorum was met with 14 attendees. The following meetings were represented:  Costa Mesa 076, Sherman Oaks 185, Long Beach 231, Bellflower 250, and San Diego 284.

TRADITIONS: Tradition #9. “Nicotine Anonymous, as such, ought never be organized, but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.” was read. 

TREASURER REPORT:  Our beginning balance was $1,238.39.  Income: $15 from meeting #76 Costa Mesa. Thank You! $13 was collected for 7th tradition at the August SCINA meeting. (Total incoming:  $28)  Expenses: $3 Bank fee; Secretary expenses $22.51; Registrar expenses $29.93; Grasshopper phone charges: $31.93; Yearly GoDaddy.org domain renewal $20.17; Check sent to reserve room for November Marathon Meeting in Bellflower (Calvary Baptist Church) $125.00 (Total outgoing $232.54) Ending balance $1033.85. Bill made a motion to donate $250 to Nicotine Anonymous World Services (NAWS) and it was passed unanimously. (We have an additional $3,000 in our checking account that Stephen donated to avoid the $18/mo. BOA bank fee.) 

REGISTRAR REPORT:  No changes were made to Administration List.  Meeting # 231: Saturday 9:00 am Long Beach, Representative information updated. No Meetings were added.  Meeting 274, Duarte, has gone dark.  All Meetings have USPS contact through their Secretary, their Representative, or e-mail.  No H&I Listings were added, updated, or deleted.  200 Directories and 43 envelopes were addressed.


COMMITTEE REPORTS:

HOSPITALS AND INSTITUTIONS:  No reports, this position is available.

COMMUNICATIONS:  Communications are running smoothly.  There are no concerns at this time.

LITERATURE:  Halli says there is $1,061.92 in the bank at this time.  He would really like someone else to take over this position if someone is willing to be of service.

WORLD SERVICES:  Gary reports there will be a board meeting next month and the flyer is available for the Conference next year.  It is available on the www.nicotine-anonymous.org website.

EVENTS:  Our annual picnic is being held today and will surely be a great event!  We have reserved the usual room at Calvary Baptist Church in Bellflower for the Marathon Meeting on November 18th.  Please contact Joseph if your meeting would like to reserve a slot, which are filling up fast.

NEW MEETINGS:  Gary reported he has been contacted for the first time in a very long time about a new meeting and he directed them to the NAWS website so they can download a meeting starter kit.

PUBLIC OUTREACH:  Intergroup created the “Southern California Intergroup of Nicotine Anonymous” Facebook page, and it’s now live.  We are adding some content, and making sure it’s anonymous.  John D. attended the Nicotine Anonymous World Services (NAWS) Public Outreach meeting on 9/13/17.  NAWS is looking for input on their draft outreach guide.  If you want to be involved in this effort, please email nawsoutreach@gmail.com.  The next NAWS Public Outreach Committee meeting is 11/11/17 which is a conference call.  We will have a report next month about an order of business cards for outreach in January.

SPEAKERS LIST: Invite a speaker to your meeting. Call for a list (949) 302-8465. 

BY-LAWS:  No update.

WORLD CONFERENCE AD HOC COMMITTEE:  Ad hoc committee meeting to discuss the possibility of hosting the Nicotine Anonymous World Service (NAWS) Conference in Southern California in 2019 or 2020 will be held immediately following this Intergroup meeting, and an update will be posted next month.   If you would like to be a member of this ad hoc committee, please contact John at (818) 618-1501. 

Director of Web Operations:  No report.

OLD BUSINESS:  NAWS has a WebEx account that they often use for meetings.  John D. contacted NAWS to ask for permission to use their account.  They said yes, and also mentioned that the New York City area Intergroup uses WebEx now for their meetings.  Intergroup will need to be trained on this before we start using it.  If anyone is interested in this training, please contact the Chair of Intergroup at chairperson@scina.org.

Discussion was made regarding purchasing a computer to have possible live video/conference call meetings.  People are researching and will share what they find next month.  Please ask your higher power if this is the year for you to step up and be of service at the Intergroup level.

Bill H. will continue to look at creating an organizational account in order to move our checking account to another bank to eliminate fees. 

ELECTION OF OFFICERS:  Angie B. was nominated and elected as Chair of Intergroup, John D. was nominated for Secretary and is considering it.  Gary was nominated and elected as Treasurer.  We would like to thank John D. for his 4 years of service as Chair of Intergroup and Bill H. for his 6 years of service as Treasurer.

NEW BUSINESS:   John made a motion to start an Ad Hoc Committee to investigate outreach in San Diego and it was seconded by Angie. Please call John D. if you are willing to help (818) 618-1501.

BIRTHDAYS:  George R., Joyce D., Joseph W. and Larry P. celebrate anniversaries this month.

SECRETARY REPORT:  The September report was read and approved as we did have a quorum.

CLOSING PRAYER:  Halli led us in the Serenity Prayer at 11:44 AM.

MINUTES - August 21, 2017

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA INTERGROUP OF NICOTINE ANONYMOUS

INTRODUCTIONS:  John called the meeting to order at 10:29 am with the Serenity Prayer followed by introductions.

WAS YOUR MEETING REPRESENTED? A quorum was met with 7 attendees. The following meetings were represented:  Costa Mesa 076, Fullerton 085, Sherman Oaks 185, Silverlake 229, Long Beach 231, Bellflower 250. 

TRADITIONS: Tradition #8. “Nicotine Anonymous should remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ special workers.” was read.

TREASURER REPORT:  Our beginning balance was $890.97.  Income: $150 from meeting #12 Long Beach, $115 from meeting #76 Costa Mesa. Thank You! $32 was collected for 7th Tradition at the July SCINA meeting; $17.88 transferred from PayPal donations (minus fees); $3 bank imaging fee in May was incorrectly debited since we had no checks deposited that month. In Feb. Treasurer report, I deducted $380 deposit to Joshua Tree Retreat Center.  I would like to report we paid JTRC a balance of $1,520 in June; caterer paid $1900; misc. expenses of $100 paid to Jane H. and $10 paid to Bill H.  Total retreat expenses were $3910; total retreat income was $3910. To balance books, adding $380 back to SCINA income. (Total incoming:  $697.88)  Expenses: $3 bank imaging fee; $64 to order more checks*; Secretary expenses $22.51; Registrar expenses $29.93; Grasshopper phone charges: $32.02; Parking fee for literature person $7 (at July meeting); $192 annual Squarespace website fee. (Total outgoing $350.46)  Ending balance $1238.39 (plus additional $3,000 in our checking account donated by Stephen to avoid the $18/mo. BOA bank fee.)  Bill suggests next month, after paying expenses for picnic and Nov. marathon meetings, that we make a donation to NAWS. Bill H. called US Bank and it sounds like we can open an account there and avoid $18/mo. fee for checking accounts with less than $3,000. To open account, we need Articles of Incorporation and IRS letter of exemption. After checking with known past and current Officers, no one knows where these documents are located. Bill searched Calif. Sec. of State and IRS websites using our tax ID and could not find our entity. *Since we just ran out of BOA checks, I ordered more as it sounds like it may take a while to locate these documents.

REGISTRAR REPORT:  No changes were made to Administration List.  Meeting #1: Phone Contact and Secretary Information updated. No Meetings were added or deleted.  All Meetings have USPS contact through their Secretary, their Representative, or e-mail.  No H&I Listings were added, updated, or deleted.  200 Directories and 43 envelopes were addressed.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

HOSPITALS AND INSTITUTIONS:  No report.  This position is available.

COMMUNICATIONS:  Communications are running smoothly.  There are no concerns at this time.

LITERATURE:  No report.  Please contact Halli for orders prior to the meeting atHalliK@sbcglobal.net.  Please contact Halli if you would like to be of service for this position as he would be glad if someone could take it over for him.

WORLD SERVICES:  Nothing of consequence to report. Board is meeting later this month.

EVENTS:  Our picnic will be held on Sunday, 9/17/17, the Intergroup meeting and election of Officers will start at 10:00 am, with the Pot Luck Picnic following.  Please bring a dish to share.  Flyer attached with more info. Call Angela at (949) 302-8465 if you have questions.  We asked to reserve the room in Bellflower for the Marathon Meeting in November.

NEW MEETINGS:  Gary reported he has not been contacted about any new meetings.

PUBLIC OUTREACH:  NAWS wants to do a national outreach campaign during November.  This ties in with SCINA’s annual “Marathon Meetings” event.  SCINA will work with NAWS on this, and possibly do a press release/advisory for this event and/or the Great American Smoke Out.  The next NAWS Public Outreach Committee meeting is on 9/13/17.

SPEAKERS LIST: Invite a speaker to your meeting. Call for a list (949) 302-8465.

BY-LAWS:  Conversation is listed in New business.

WORLD CONFERENCE AD HOC COMMITTEE:  Ad hoc committee to discuss the possibility of hosting the Nicotine Anonymous World Service (NAWS) Conference in Southern California in 2019 or 2020 did not meet this month.  NAWS 2016 Conference leaders did email their logistics and income statements. Bill noticed they held their conference at a Days Inn, and saw there is one in Glendale within the same room rate price range that has airport shuttle service. We will investigate other locations, including Burbank, Palm Springs, San Diego and Long Beach.  If you would like to be a member of this ad hoc committee, please contact John at (818) 618-1501. Next meeting will be held at the picnic after our regular business meeting.

Director of Web Operations:  Website activity on the Scina.org  and quitnowla.com website

We have both of these domain names - they point to the same website -

Website usage:

  • Year To Date: 1279 Unique Visitors, 1767 visits, 3451 Page views
  • Last year: 1518 Unique visitors, 1974 visits, 3202 Page views
  • Last Month: 193 Unique visitors, 245 visits, 415 Page views
  • Month to Date: 168 Unique visitors, 213 visits, 327 Page views

There was an issue that came up regarding the hosted audio files from meeting 001 - The Original Meeting of Nicotine Anonymous.  For several months our website was hosting audio files - from speaker shares.  An app developer was downloading and using the audio shares in a for-profit app. They were contacted and agreed to remove all apps with nicotine anonymous references and to remove the shares.

They had been removed from the website pending a conversation regarding having them posted. People were concerned about the unauthorized use of the audio shares and requested that they be removed.  The conversation was that once an audio file is on the internet,  it is hard to regulate what happens to it - the best we can do is to monitor and send a “cease and desist” letter, to stop unauthorized use and go forward.  The original meeting wants to have the shares hosted on our website, as these speaker shares are a valuable tool for people who want to stop using nicotine.  The audio files have been made available again.

To help combat unauthorized use to the speaker shares on our website, one suggestion is to add audio to the recordings letting the listeners know where the recordings are from and directing them back to the Website and introduce the listener to Nicotine Anonymous. A motion was made to add recorded audio to the speakers shares on the SCINA website that would provide information about Nicotine Anonymous and combat unauthorized use of the Speaker Shares by third parties.  The motion was seconded and passed.

OLD BUSINESS:  No old business.

NEW BUSINESS:   Discussion was made regarding purchasing a computer to have possible live video/conference call meetings.  People are researching and will share what they find next month.  Please ask your higher power if this is the year for you to step up and be of service at the Intergroup level.  Our Officers and Committee Chairs and Members have served longer than the By-Laws suggest.

BIRTHDAYS:  Bill H is celebrating 18 years in August!

SECRETARY REPORT:  The August report was read and approved as we did have a quorum.

CLOSING PRAYER:  Bill H. led us in the Serenity Prayer at 12:19 PM.

MINUTES - July 16, 2017

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA INTERGROUP OF NICOTINE ANONYMOUS

INTRODUCTIONS:  Angela called the meeting to order at 10:01 am with the Serenity Prayer followed by introductions.
 
WAS YOUR MEETING REPRESENTED? A quorum was met with 9 attendees. The following meetings were represented: West Hollywood 001, Costa Mesa 076, Sherman Oaks 185, Silverlake 229, Long Beach 231, Bellflower 250, and San Diego 284.  
 
TRADITIONS: Tradition #7. “Every Nicotine Anonymous group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.” was read.  

TREASURER REPORT:  Our beginning balance was $867.25.  Income: $100 from meeting #1 West Hollywood; $80 from meeting #231 Long Beach; $15 from meeting #76 Costa Mesa. Thank you! No 7th tradition was collected at the June SCINA meeting (via phone). (Total incoming:  $195)  Expenses: $3 Bank fee; Secretary expenses $18.40; Registrar expenses $31.30; Grasshopper phone charges: $31.72; GoDaddy website automatic annual renewal $86.86. (Total outgoing $171.28)  Ending balance $890.97.  An additional $3,000 in checking account that Stephen’s family donated to avoid the $18/mo. BOA bank fee.  The Joshua Tree Retreat broke even. Bank statement not received until late yesterday so no time to reconcile - will have complete report next month. If anyone is thinking of taking over the Treasury commitment this September, please let Bill know ASAP (818) 800-3449. We are almost out of checks and now is a good time to change to a bank near you that won't have the $18/mo. fee.  In the meantime, Bill will look into moving the checking account.

REGISTRAR REPORT:  No changes were made to Administration List.  No Meetings were updated, added or deleted.  All Meetings have USPS contact through their Secretary, their Representative, or e-mail.  No H&I Listings were added or deleted.  Kaiser Downey contact information updated.  200 Directories and 43 envelopes were printed.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

HOSPITALS AND INSTITUTIONS:  No report.  This position is available.

COMMUNICATIONS:  Communications are running smoothly.  There are no concerns at this time.

LITERATURE:  No report.  Please contact Halli for orders prior to the meeting at  HalliK@sbcglobal.net.  Please contact Halli if you would like to be of service for this position as he would be glad if someone could take it over for him.
 
WORLD SERVICES:  There should be a board meeting near the end of the month. Members are always welcome to sign up for "Nica News," just go to the NicA website and on the home page you will see "what’s new" and click on the spot where it says NicA News and it will take you to a spot to sign up. John attended the July Public Outreach meeting and Intergroups across the country updated NAWS on their activities and there’s an increase in social media presence from Intergroups.

EVENTS:  Our picnic will be held on Sunday, 9/17/17, the Intergroup meeting and election of Officers will start at 10:00 am, with the Pot Luck Picnic following.  Please bring a dish to share.  Flyer attached with more info. Call Angela at (949) 302-8465 if you have questions.  We asked to reserve the room in Bellflower for the Marathon Meeting in November.

NEW MEETINGS:  Gary reported he has not been contacted about any new meetings.

PUBLIC OUTREACH:  John D. is working with Jeff M. on creating a Facebook page for NAWS, SCINA, and other Intergroups.

SPEAKERS LIST: Invite a speaker to your meeting. Call for a list (949) 302-8465. 

BY-LAWS:  No report.

WORLD CONFERENCE AD HOC COMMITTEE:  This is a new committee and will discuss the possibility of bringing the Nicotine Anonymous World Conference back to Southern California in 2019 or 2020.  NAWS 2016 Conference leaders will email their logistics and income statements so our team can look at feasibility of hosting in Southern California. We will investigate several locations, including Burbank, Palm Springs, San Diego and Long Beach.  If you would like to be a member of this ad hoc committee, please contact John at (818) 618-1501.

Director of Web Operations:  No report.
 
OLD BUSINESS:  

NEW BUSINESS:  We discussed having more phone meetings. Meetings that are far away from Boyle Heights where the Intergroup meeting is held would like to be able to attend via a conference call.  John D. will look into adding a phone call to our current meetings.  

BIRTHDAYS:  Halli celebrated 10 years in June.

SECRETARY REPORT:  The July report was read and approved as we did have a quorum.
 
CLOSING PRAYER:  Halli led us in the Serenity Prayer at 11:18 AM.

MINUTES - June 18, 2017

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA INTERGROUP OF NICOTINE ANONYMOUS

INTRODUCTIONS:  John called the meeting to order at 10:01 am with the Serenity Prayer followed by introductions.
 
WAS YOUR MEETING REPRESENTED? A quorum was met. The following meetings were represented: Costa Mesa 076, Sherman Oaks 185, Joshua Tree 266, Studio City 273, and San Diego 284.  A motion was made to pass the Minutes from the May 21, 2017 meeting and was passed.
 
TRADITIONS: Tradition #6. “A Nicotine Anonymous group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the Nicotine Anonymous name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.” was read.

TREASURER REPORT:  Our beginning balance was $940.77.  Income: $15 donation from meeting #76 Costa Mesa. Thank you! A 7th tradition of $16 was collected at the May SCINA meeting. (Total incoming:  $31).  Expenses: $3 Bank fee; Secretary expenses $19.78; No Registrar expenses this month; Grasshopper phone charges: $31.74; PO Box quarterly renewal $50. (Total outgoing $104.52)  Ending balance $867.25. (We have an additional $3,000 in our checking account that Stephen donated to avoid the $18/mo. bank fee which we really can't touch.)

REGISTRAR REPORT:  No changes were made to Administration List.  No Meetings were added. Meeting 001, West Hollywood:  Secretary email corrected. Meeting 059, Moreno Valley:  Meeting location updated. Meeting 076 Costa Mesa, Secretary and Representative USPS Address updated. No meetings were deleted.  All Meetings have USPS contact through their Secretary, their Representative, or e-mail.  No H&I Listings were added, deleted or updated.  No Directories or envelopes were printed, due to June SCINA Meeting being conference call.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

HOSPITALS AND INSTITUTIONS:  No report.  This position is available.

COMMUNICATIONS:  Communications are running smoothly.  There are no concerns at this time.

LITERATURE:  Halli ordered books and will have literature available when he returns from Iceland.  Please contact Halli for orders prior to the meeting at  HalliK@sbcglobal.net.  Please contact Halli if you would like to be of service for this position as he would be glad if someone could take it over for him.
 
WORLD SERVICES:  (1) Subscribe to NicA News on NicA site and look under “what’s new” on the home page, scroll down to “subscribe to NicA News” to be added to our mailing list.  (2) There is a Spanish speaking VONR meeting on Paltalk on Thursdays at 9pm EST.  (3) There are service positions open, email chairperson@nicotine-anonymous.org and ask what’s available. (4) NicA is always looking for new meditations. Submit to DailyMeditations@nicotine-anonymous.org   (5) Public Outreach meetings are 2nd Wednesday of each month at 8pm EST (218) 339-4978, and access code 1471471#.  (6) Gift of Gratitude. Give $10 a month and receive a hardcopy of Seven Minutes in the mail. (7)  If interested–go to the home page of NicA and you can see all the new meetings that have started.

Jeff added that the Fellowship is not represented very well by Delegates at the Conference.  People have been trying to establish World Service areas so that every group in NicA can have a representative at the Conference.  

EVENTS:  The SCINA 18th Annual Joshua Tree Retreat is this coming weekend, June 23-25, starting at 1 pm Friday (first meeting at 2 pm) and ending Sunday at 2 pm.  Current Joshua Tree Finance Report: Estimated expenses $4100, received so far $2805, promised + $555, current shortfall $740.  We need at least 4 more people to come! There is plenty of room.  Please call Jane (442-324-2373) or Bill (818-800-3449) immediately.  Any donations are very welcome.

NEW MEETINGS:  Gary reported he has not been contacted about any new meetings.

PUBLIC OUTREACH:  SCINA continues to post things on Twitter and Instagram.

SPEAKERS LIST: Invite a speaker to your meeting. Call for a list (949) 302-8465. 

BY-LAWS:  John wants to place an item on the agenda to discuss and possibly change what is required for a quorum.  Jeff moved that we change the definition of a quorum for SCINA business. Joyce seconded it.  There was discussion and the vote was not passed. Jeff wants to know what would it take to get groups to participate in the Intergroup meetings.

Director of Web Operations:  No report.
 
OLD BUSINESS:  John suggested we have an adhoc committee meeting about hosting the World Services Conference in 2019 or 2020.  Jeff made a motion that we create a World Conference Ad Hoc Committee for SCINA and it was seconded and passed.  John (818) 618-1501 for details.

NEW BUSINESS:  Chad from Minnesota, the Chair Elect for NAWS reported on World Services that he is working with Jeff including reorganizing service structure, media and social outreach.  We’re also working very heavily in the international community trying to grow translations of literature.  Also discussing more possibilities around H&I, jails and hospitals throughout the country.

BIRTHDAYS:  No birthdays were reported for this month.

SECRETARY REPORT:  The June report was read and approved as we did have a quorum.
 
CLOSING PRAYER:  John led us in the Serenity Prayer at 11:55 AM.

MINUTES - May 21, 2017

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA INTERGROUP OF NICOTINE ANONYMOUS

INTRODUCTIONS:  John called the meeting to order at 10:16 am with the Serenity Prayer followed by introductions.

WAS YOUR MEETING REPRESENTED? A quorum was not met. The following meetings were represented: Costa Mesa 076, Sherman Oaks 185, and Silverlake 229.

TRADITIONS: Tradition #5. “Each group has but one primary purpose - to carry its message to the nicotine addict who still suffers.” was read.

TREASURER REPORT:  Our beginning balance was $838.60.  Income: Donations: $80 from Meeting #250 Bellflower; $60 from Meeting #231 Long Beach, and $15 from Meeting #76 Costa Mesa. No 7th tradition was collected at the April SCINA phone meeting.  I am adding back in the Culver City park rental fee $31 for Sept. picnic, since our event chair wants us to wait until then to pay him. (Total incoming:  $186)  Expenses: $3 Bank fee; Secretary expenses $18.60; Registrar expenses of $30.63; Grasshopper phone charges: $31.60; (Total outgoing $83.83).  Ending balance $940.77. (We have an additional $3,000 in our checking account that Stephen donated to avoid the $18/mo. bank fee which we really can't touch.).

REGISTRAR REPORT:  No changes were made to Administration List.  No Meeting updates were made.  Meeting 284, San Diego, Tuesday 7:00 pm, at St. Paul’s Cathedral, was added. No meetings were deleted.  All Meetings have USPS contact through their Secretary, their Representative, or e-mail.  No H&I Listings were added, deleted or updated.  200 Directories and 43 envelopes were printed.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

HOSPITALS AND INSTITUTIONS:  No report.

COMMUNICATIONS:  Communications are running smoothly.  There are no concerns at this time.

LITERATURE:  No report.  Please contact Halli for orders prior to the meeting.  HalliK@sbcglobal.net.  Please contact Halli if you would like to be of service for this position as he would be glad if someone could take it over for him.

WORLD SERVICES:  Gary reports 5 out of 6 of the By-Laws amendments were passed at the Conference.  Sign up for Constant Contact on the NAWS website for details.

EVENTS:  There is an updated flyer for Joshua Tree Retreat (June 23-25) with Jane’s new phone number.  We also removed the deadline, so you can register as long as space is available.  But please let us know ASAP if you want to come so we can get a headcount. If you are interested in leading a meeting or workshop, please contact Jane. Checks should be made payable to “SCINA” and mailed to Bill H.  Bill will be attending the 5/29 Weho NicA meeting #1 if you want to bring cash.

NEW MEETINGS:  Gary reported he has not been contacted about any new meetings.

PUBLIC OUTREACH:  Judi and Angela of the Tuesday Costa Mesa meeting hosted a table at the Orange Coast College Health Fair on 4/26/17 and it was a pleasant day and a complete success in getting the word out about our program.  They handed out pamphlets and business cards as well as answered questions from the students who were all interested on behalf of a loved one who uses.  SCINA continues to post things on Twitter and Instagram.  Lastly, we created a flyer to distribute to our groups to ask for members to volunteer.  (see attached)

SPEAKERS LIST: Invite a speaker to your meeting. Call for a list (949) 302-8465.

BY-LAWS:  No report.

Director of Web Operations:  New addition to the website. We have a new section, The Original Meeting (Group 001) speaker shares available as downloads or streaming. They took a group conscience so speaker shares are recorded (with permission) and made available on the website as another resource to hear NicA members speak about their experience, strength, and hope.

OLD BUSINESS:  John suggested we have an adhoc committee meeting about hosting the World Services Conference in 2019 or 2020.  (818) 618-1501 for details.

NEW BUSINESS:  No new business.

BIRTHDAYS:   No one reported having a birthday/anniversary in May.

SECRETARY REPORT:  The May report was read and not approved as we did not have a quorum.

CLOSING PRAYER:   John led us in the Serenity Prayer at 11:07 AM.

MINUTES - April 16, 2017

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA INTERGROUP OF NICOTINE ANONYMOUS

INTRODUCTIONS:  John called the meeting to order at 10:00 am with the Serenity Prayer followed by introductions.

WAS YOUR MEETING REPRESENTED? A quorum was met. The following meetings were represented: Costa Mesa 076, Sherman Oaks 185, Joshua Tree 266, and San Diego 284.

TRADITIONS: Tradition #4. “Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or Nicotine Anonymous as a whole.” was read.

TREASURER REPORT:  Our beginning balance was $147.75.  Income: Donations: $200 from Meeting #220 Silverlake; $50 from Meeting #84 Fullerton; $45 from Meeting #76 Costa Mesa. A 7th tradition of $17 was collected at the March SCINA meeting.  Also, we transferred $501 from our savings account to our checking account, so that our savings account prudent reserve would be $500 (in line with our bylaws) (Total incoming:  $813)  Expenses: $3 Bank fee; $7 parking fee paid at March meeting for literature chair; Secretary expenses $19.07; Registrar expenses of $30.27 for March and $0 for April; Grasshopper phone charges: $31.81; Culver City park rental fee $31 for Sept. picnic (Total outgoing $122.15)  Ending balance $838.60. (We have an additional $3,000 in our checking account that Stephen donated to avoid the $18/mo. bank fee which we really can't touch.)   The report was moved and approved.

REGISTRAR REPORT:  No changes were made to Administration List.  Meeting 197, Secretary phone and email address added.  No meetings were added, and no meetings were deleted.  All Meetings have USPS contact through their Secretary, their Representative, or e-mail.  No H&I Listings were added, deleted or updated.  No Directories or envelopes printed, due to conference call meeting.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

HOSPITALS AND INSTITUTIONS:  No report.

COMMUNICATIONS:  Communications are running smoothly.  There are no concerns at this time.

LITERATURE:  No report.  Please contact Halli for orders prior to the meeting.  HalliK@sbcglobal.net.  Please contact Halli if you would like to be of service for this position as he would be glad if someone could take it over for him.

WORLD SERVICES:   Two workshops this year will be to look at service structure of World Services and also an outreach workshop covering the use of social media and develop contacts for that.  Jeff M. will be attending as our Delegate this year.  Jeff brought up the fact that we haven’t hosted the World Services Conference in several years and we should consider hosting.

EVENTS:  The Joshua Tree Retreat has only received 4 registrations so far. Please RSVP ASAP. If you are interested in leading a workshop, yoga, or meditation class at the retreat, please contact Bill or Jane (phone numbers on flyer).   SHARE! 6666 Green Valley Circle, Culver City, CA 90230 is having a Recovery Day Saturday, 4/29/17 and have invited Nicotine Anonymous to have a meeting. Please call Bill (818) 800-3449 if you are interested in attending.  We have not yet reserved a room and time.

NEW MEETINGS:  No report.

PUBLIC OUTREACH:  Fullerton College Health Services invited Nicotine Anonymous to have a table at their Wed., 3/29/17 Spring Health Fair to educate their students.  John and Angela attended from 10am to 1pm and handed out pamphlets and business cards as well as answered questions from the students.  Nicotine Anonymous members will also be attending a Health Fair on 4/26/17 at Orange Coast College.

SPEAKERS LIST: Invite a speaker to your meeting. Call for a list (949) 302-8465.

BY-LAWS:  No report.

Director of Web Operations:  New addition to the website. We have a new section, The Original Meeting (Group 001) speaker shares available as downloads or streaming. They took a group conscience so speaker shares are recorded (with permission) and made available on the website as another resource to hear NicA members speak about their experience, strength, and hope. There are talks about Expanding the Recordings to be a “meeting on demand” to expand the value of the recordings.

OLD BUSINESS:  A new letter was sent to the NAWS Secretary informing her of our 2 representatives attending the Conference in Ohio in April.

NEW BUSINESS:  Officer elections will take place at the Intergroup prior to the picnic in September.  Please think about offering to be of service as an Officer for Intergroup.  Come to the Intergroup meetings and see what is involved.

BIRTHDAYS:   Jeff - 8 years, George - 15 years.  Congratulations!

SECRETARY REPORT:  The April report was read and approved as we did have a quorum.

CLOSING PRAYER:   Jeff M. led us in the Serenity Prayer at 10:59 AM.

MINUTES - March 19, 2017

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA INTERGROUP OF NICOTINE ANONYMOUS

INTRODUCTIONS:  John called the meeting to order at 10:02 am with the Serenity Prayer followed by introductions.

WAS YOUR MEETING REPRESENTED? A quorum was met. The following meetings were represented:  West Hollywood 001, Costa Mesa 076, Fullerton 084, Silverlake 229, Long Beach 231, Bellflower 250, Studio City 273, and San Diego 284.

TRADITIONS: Tradition #3. “The only requirement for Nicotine Anonymous membership is a desire to stop using nicotine.” was read.

TREASURER REPORT:  Our beginning balance was $156.10.  Income: Donations: $60 from Meeting #1 West Hollywood, $15 from Meeting #76 Costa Mesa. Thank You. A 7th tradition of $27 was collected at the February SCINA meeting.  (Total incoming:  $102)  Expenses: $3 Bank fee; $7 parking fee for literature person; Secretary expenses $19.53; Registrar expenses will be reported next month; Grasshopper phone charges: $30.82; PO Box renewal $50. (Total outgoing $110.35)  Ending balance $147.75. This balance is in addition to the $1,001 in our savings account. Someone just noticed the bylaws state that we maintain a prudent reserve of only $500, so we will be transferring $501 from savings into our checking account to comply.  We have an additional $3,000 in our checking account that Stephen donated to avoid the $18/mo. bank fee which we really can't touch.  Someone recommended we switch banks, but it was decided to forgo that until a new treasurer takes over in September. The report was moved and approved. 

REGISTRAR REPORT:  No changes were made to Administration List.  Meeting 282, phone contact and secretary contact information updated.  No meetings were added.  Meeting 281 was deleted.  All Meetings have USPS contact through their Secretary, their Representative, or e-mail.  No H&I Listings were added.  VA Loma Linda Ambulatory Care Center address updated and e‑mail address added.  Kaiser Woodland Hills was removed: returned mail.  200 Directories and 41 envelopes were printed.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

HOSPITALS AND INSTITUTIONS:  No report.

COMMUNICATIONS:  Communications are running smoothly.  There are no concerns at this time.

LITERATURE:  Halli picked up a literature order.  We have $682.84 in our account.  Please contact Halli for orders prior to the meeting.  HalliK@sbcglobal.net.  Please contact Halli if you would like to be of service for this position as he would be glad if someone could take it over for him.

WORLD SERVICES:   No report.

EVENTS:  The 18th Annual NicA Retreat in Joshua Tree will be held Friday, June 23rd thru Sunday, June 25th, 2017. If you are interested in leading a workshop, yoga, or meditation class at the retreat, please contact Bill or Jane (see flyer for their phone numbers).  A deposit of $380 has been paid, but we need to make a second deposit soon, so if you are able, please mail check ASAP.

NEW MEETINGS:  Gary hasn’t had any calls for new meeting material.

PUBLIC OUTREACH:  No report.

SPEAKERS LIST: Invite a speaker to your meeting. Call for a list (949) 302-8465.

BY-LAWS: No report.

Director of Web Operations:  New addition to the website. We have a new section, The Original Meeting (Group 001) speaker shares available as downloads or streaming. They took a group conscience so speaker shares are recorded (with permission) and made available on the website as another resource to hear NicA members speak about their experience, strength, and hope.

OLD BUSINESS:  Angela was reminded by Jeff via email after the February Intergroup meeting we needed to vote for him to be a delegate representing the entire Intergroup at the Conference in April.  An email was sent out to all of the attendees of the meeting and the following responded in favor: Angela, Gary, Halli, Bill, Jane, Richard, Susan and Rick.  A letter was sent to the NAWS Secretary informing her we will have 1 delegate, Jeff M. of Joshua Tree representing us at the Conference.  Joyce D. of San Diego offered to be a delegate as well and a motion was made, seconded, and approved and she will be our second delegate.  A new letter will be sent to NAWS.

NEW BUSINESS: Two attendees from a San Diego meeting came to the meeting and have joined our Intergroup, Mike U. will be their Intergroup Representative.  Welcome to SCINA.

BIRTHDAYS:   Angela celebrates 13 years and John D. celebrates 4 years.

SECRETARY REPORT:  The March report was read and approved as we did have a quorum.

CLOSING PRAYER:   Joyce led us in the Serenity Prayer at 11:11 AM.

MINUTES - February 19, 2017

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA INTERGROUP OF NICOTINE ANONYMOUS

INTRODUCTIONS:  Angela called the meeting to order at 10:02 am with the Serenity Prayer followed by introductions.

WAS YOUR MEETING REPRESENTED? A quorum was met. The following meetings were represented:  West Hollywood 001, Costa Mesa 076, Sherman Oaks 185, Silverlake 229, Carson 264, and Studio City 273.

TRADITIONS: Tradition #2. “For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority - a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.” was read.

TREASURER REPORT:  Our beginning balance was $589.10.   Income:  Donations: Meeting #76 Costa Mesa donated $15 this month.  Thank You.  A 7th tradition of $17 was collected at the January SCINA meeting.   (Total incoming:  $32)   Expenses:  $3 Bank fee; Secretary expenses $20; Registrar expenses of $31.12; Grasshopper phone charges: $30.88. A deposit of $380 was paid to the Joshua Tree Retreat Center (Total outgoing $465.00) Ending balance $156.10. The report was moved and approved.

REGISTRAR REPORT:  No changes were made to Administration List.  Meetings 197, 281, and 282, phone contact and secretary information updated.  No meetings were added and no meetings were deleted.  All Meetings except 281 and 282 have USPS contact through their Secretary, their Representative, or e-mail.  No H&I Listings were added or removed.  Breathe LA contact Ruth Flores was removed by her request, and replacement contact is being sought.  200 Directories and 42 envelopes were printed.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

HOSPITALS AND INSTITUTIONS:  No report. We still need a volunteer to take over this role.  Please think about being of service in the Intergroup.  We have a need for Intergroup Reps from each group to attend the Intergroup meeting once a month and be a voice for your group.  Please, at the very least, make sure your group is apprised of what is in these Minutes.  Richard W. suggests you follow up with the Institution where your meeting is held to push our program.

COMMUNICATIONS:  Communications are running smoothly.  There are no concerns at this time.

LITERATURE:  Halli picked up a literature order.  Please contact Halli for orders prior to the meeting.  HalliK@sbcglobal.net .  Please contact John (818) 618-1501 if you would like to be of service for this position as Halli would be glad if someone could take it over for him.

WORLD SERVICES:   Gary and Jeff both reported this month for World Services.  NAWS is working on a new piece of literature “Challenged Nicotine Users” and hope to have a draft for a vote at this year’s Conference.  They also want to make amendments referencing delegates registering earlier so it is easier to inform them prior to the Conference.  Please consider signing up for Gift of Gratitude monthly donation and receive a free Seven Minutes newsletter in the mail.

Jeff M. who is the World Services Outreach Coordinator and By-Laws Coordinator reported that he would be attending the Conference in Cleveland this year.  Please contact Angela if you want to attend the Conference as a Delegate representing SCINA (949) 302-8465.  Please contact Jeff (760) 401-6503 if you have questions about the online membership survey, or comments regarding the NicA By-Laws Amendments being voted on this year.  Please let us know if anyone is interested in attending the World Services Conference meetings via conference call or internet conferencing.  We would like to take a list of names and the meetings they attend to the Conference and let them know that there is an interest for this.   Any thoughts on hosting another World Service Conference in 2019? 

EVENTS:  Our next scheduled event will be the 18th Annual NicA Retreat in Joshua Tree. We are confirmed for Friday June 23rd thru Sunday June 25th, 2017.  If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact Bill H at (818) 800-3449. We will have a flyer ready by next month.

NEW MEETINGS:  Gary hasn’t had any calls for new meeting material.

PUBLIC OUTREACH:  No report.

SPEAKERS LIST: Invite a speaker to your meeting. Call for a list (949) 302-8465.

BY-LAWS: No report.

Director of Web Operations:  No report.

OLD BUSINESS:  A motion was made for the April and June Intergroup meetings being a conference call only and was passed. We would not physically meet at White Memorial on those dates.  Literature and chip sales would be skipped those months.  Please feel free to join us on 4/16 17 Easter Sunday and 6/18/17 Father’s Day by calling the Conference Access Number: (218) 895-0786 and then, when asked for the access code, enter 1471471#.  Please see flyer attached with more information.

There was some discussion about changing banks again due to our bank adding a fee to checking accounts that don’t keep a daily balance over $3,000, we received a donation from a member in November 2014 to cover this.  There was also some discussion about raising our prudent reserve in the By-Laws to 3 months of our expenses which is estimated to be $750 at this time and we have $1,000 in our Savings account.

NEW BUSINESS:  John and Angela discussed visiting the various meetings over the coming months.

BIRTHDAYS:  R.J. celebrates 19 years and Sparky celebrates 12 years in February, both from the Costa Mesa meetings.  Also, Rick W. is commemorating 19 years this month, and Richard W. of Carson is celebrating 7 years today!  Congratulations.

SECRETARY REPORT:  The February report was read and approved as we did have a quorum.

CLOSING PRAYER:   Richard W. led us in the Serenity Prayer at 11:30 AM.

MINUTES - January 15, 2017

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA INTERGROUP OF NICOTINE ANONYMOUS

INTRODUCTIONS:  Angela P. called the meeting to order at 10:08 am with the Serenity Prayer followed by introductions.

WAS YOUR MEETING REPRESENTED?  A quorum was met.  The following meetings were represented:  Costa Mesa 076, Sherman Oaks 185, Silverlake 229, Carson 264, and Joshua Tree 266.

TRADITIONS: Tradition #12. “Our common welfare should come first: personal recovery depends upon Nicotine Anonymous unity” was read.

TREASURER REPORT:  Our beginning balance was $688.99.  Income:  Donations: Meeting #76 Costa Mesa donated $15 this month.  Thank You.  A 7th tradition of$20 was collected at the December SCINA meeting.  (Total incoming:  $35)  Expenses:  $3 Bank fee; Secretary expenses $20; Registrar expenses of $30.91; Grasshopper phone charges: $30.98; and $50 was paid out of treasury to the literature account to pay for Carry the Message raffle prize literature(Total outgoing $134.89)  Ending balance $589.10. The report was moved and approved.

REGISTRAR REPORT:  No changes were made to Administration List.  No Meeting Listings were added, updated or removed.  All Meetings have USPS contact through their Secretary, their Representative, or e-mail.  No H&I Listings were added, updated, or removed.  200 Directories and 43 envelopes were printed.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

HOSPITALS AND INSTITUTIONS:  No report. We still need a volunteer to take over this role.

COMMUNICATIONS:  We are looking for a Spanish speaker for occasional translations on the phone lines.  If available, please contact George O. at 562-310-0874.

LITERATURE:  Halli $682.84 currently in the bank and he will be replenishing literature soon.  Please contact Halli for orders prior to the meeting.  HalliK@sbcglobal.net .  Please contact John (818) 618-1501 if you would like to be of service for this position as Halli would be glad if someone could take it over for him.

WORLD SERVICES:  Gary reported there was a board meeting Tuesday regarding By-Law changes in reference to Delegates. He was not able to attend but emailed Chick and she wrote back that a document will be sent to Intergroups and Delegates as soon as possible.  A number of changes will be presented at the Conference for Delegate approval.  These should be received 90 days before the Conference.  There will be a NAWS board meeting on January 28. It’s online and Gary thinks he will attend and report to us what is going on.

EVENTS:  Our next scheduled event will be the Retreat.  Please let us know if your meeting is willing to sponsor a new event, for example, the Pot Luck held 2 years ago on Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend in May.  Or in years past, the Wednesday evening Post-Holiday dinner with Nicotine Anonymous speakers hosted by the Fullerton meetings in January.  If your group is willing to set up an event, Intergroup would be glad to pass the details along to the rest of the Fellowship.

NEW MEETINGS:  Gary hasn’t had any calls for new meeting material.

PUBLIC OUTREACH:  No report from John who handles Public Outreach for Intergroup. Jeff, who handles Public Outreach for World Services invites everyone to attend the Public Outreach meeting on the 3rd Saturday of every month on a conference call.  Call Jeff for the details at (760) 401-6503.

SPEAKERS LIST: Invite a speaker to your meeting. Call for a list (949) 302-8465.

BY-LAWS: No report.

Director of Web Operations:  No report.

OLD BUSINESS:  Bill H. is working with Jane H. to pre-plan next year’s Joshua Tree Retreat.  We would like to have it two nights (tentatively last weekend of June, Friday afternoon/night through Sunday noon). If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact Bill at (818) 800-3449 or whca111@gmail.com.

NEW BUSINESS:  There was some discussion about changing our prudent reserve in the By-Laws to cover a certain number of months of our expenses rather than a dollar amount.  Jeff talked about the membership survey on the NAWS website.  Jeff also talked about this meeting being a conference call every few months instead of a physical meeting at the hospital so other members could attend.  We will check the By-Laws if that might cause a problem and have more discussion next month.  We would like to do a trial run in June for the Intergroup meeting as a conference call.  Jeff received no response from anyone about anything they would like to see in the electronic newsletter.  Please contact Jeff if you are interested (760) 401-6503.

BIRTHDAYS:  Ian celebrates 14 years smober, JudiAh D., Linda and Fran 15 years, Estelle 8 years this month.  Congratulations!

SECRETARY REPORT:  Letters will be going out soon to thank the meetings that were able to send donations to Intergroup in 2016 so we could continue to support the Fellowship.  Thank you for your continued support and please let us know your ideas.    The January report was read and approved as we did have a quorum.

CLOSING PRAYER:  Halli led us in the Serenity Prayer at 11:33 AM.

MINUTES - December 18, 2016

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA INTERGROUP OF NICOTINE ANONYMOUS

INTRODUCTIONS:  Angela P. called the meeting to order at 10:02 am with the Serenity Prayer followed by introductions.

WAS YOUR MEETING REPRESENTED? A quorum was met. The following meetings were represented:  Costa Mesa 076, Sherman Oaks 185, Long Beach 231, Glendale 241, and Bellflower 250.

TRADITIONS: Tradition #12. “Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.” was read.

TREASURER REPORT:   Our beginning balance was $514.70.   Income:  Donations:  The November Marathon Meeting participants donated a total of $153* - The fellowship is grateful to every one of you, and a special thanks again to Joseph, Geoffrey, and Tracy for not only organizing the meeting but also for staying all day/night.  As if that wasn't enough, Hosts Bellflower #250 donated an additional $50 PLUS donated snacks/decorations worth $88.74.  Additional donations for which we are grateful: $60 from Meeting #84 Fullerton; $30 from Meeting #1 West Hollywood, $80 from Meeting #76 Costa Mesa, $20 from meeting #185 Sherman Oaks, $70 from Laguna Beach #257, and $10 from Meeting #23 Costa Mesa.  Thank You!  A 7th tradition of $10 was collected at the November SCINA meeting.   (Total incoming:  $483)   Expenses:  $3 Bank fee; Secretary expenses $20; Registrar expenses of $30.98; Grasshopper phone charges: $31.18; PO Box renewal $45. Our annual check in the amount of $120 was mailed to White Memorial Hospital for 2016 SCINA meeting space rent; $58.55 for 5 copies of Nicotine Anonymous: The Book (for CTM giveaway) (Total outgoing $308.71) Ending balance $688.99.   *The following amounts were donated at the Marathon meeting: $20 Bellflower #250 ; $15 Moreno Valley #059; $15 Long Beach #231; $12 Costa Mesa #76; $10 Glendale #241; $13 Carson #264; $11 Duarte #274; $11 “open 4 pm slot”; $10 Long Beach #12; $16 Fullerton #84; $20 Sherman Oaks #185. The report was moved and approved.

REGISTRAR REPORT:  No changes were made to Administration List.  Meeting 283, Palm Springs, Meeting Location and Day Updated. No Meetings were added.   Meeting #023, Sunday Costa Mesa, has been closed due to lack of members. All Meetings have USPS contact through their Secretary, their Representative, or e-mail.  Eipryl Tello, Tobacco Education Program Coordinator, DHHS Long Beach, was added to e-mail distribution list.  No H&I Listings updated or removed. 200 Directories and 43 envelopes were printed.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

HOSPITALS AND INSTITUTIONS:  No report. We still need a volunteer to take over this role.

COMMUNICATIONS:  Communications are running smoothly.  There are no concerns at this time.

LITERATURE:  Halli says $632.84 in the bank and he will be replenishing literature soon.  Please contact Halli for orders prior to the meeting.  HalliK@sbcglobal.net .  Please contact John (818) 618-1501 if you would like to be of service for this position as Halli would be glad if someone could take it over for him.

WORLD SERVICES:   Gary reported there is a NAWS board meeting on January 28. It’s online and he thinks he will attend and report to us what is going on.

EVENTS:  Tradition 5: Each group has but one primary purpose – to carry its message to the nicotine addict who still suffers.  Since so many try to quit on the New Year, the end of December is super important to get the word out about our program.  Please start a conversation in your meeting about this. (See flyer attached). Intergroup gave away $10 worth of pamphlets for Carry The Message month to Susan C., Halli K., Bill H., Angela P., and Buck E. as well as a copy of Nicotine Anonymous: The Book on that day as well.  A check for $50 for the pamphlets was given to Halli.  Bill H. had already paid for the 5 books given away.

NEW MEETINGS:  Gary hasn’t had any calls for new meeting material.

PUBLIC OUTREACH:  No report.

SPEAKERS LIST: Invite a speaker to your meeting. Call for a list (949) 302-8465.

BY-LAWS: No report.

Director of Web Operations:  No report.

OLD BUSINESS:  Bill H. is working with Jane H. to pre-plan next year’s Joshua Tree Retreat.  We would like to have it two nights (tentatively last weekend of June, Friday afternoon/night through Sunday noon). If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact Bill at (818) 800-3449 or whca111@gmail.com.

NEW BUSINESS:  There was some discussion about changing banks again due to our bank adding a fee to checking accounts that don’t keep a daily balance over $3,000, we received a donation from a member in November 2014 to cover this.  There was also some discussion about raising our prudent reserve in the By-Laws to $1,000.

BIRTHDAYS:  No birthdays were reported this month.

SECRETARY REPORT: The November and December reports were read and approved as we did have a quorum.

CLOSING PRAYER:   George O. led us in the Serenity Prayer at 11:06 AM.

MINUTES - November 20, 2016

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA INTERGROUP OF NICOTINE ANONYMOUS

INTRODUCTIONS:  John D. called the meeting to order at 10:12 am with the Serenity Prayer followed by introductions.

WAS YOUR MEETING REPRESENTED? A quorum was not met. The following meetings were represented: West Hollywood 001, Costa Mesa 023, Costa Mesa 076, and Sherman Oaks 185.

TRADITIONS: Tradition #11. “Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, TV, and films.” was read.

TREASURER REPORT:   Our beginning balance was $439.18.   Income:  Donations:  $100 from Meeting #12 Long Beach; $20 from Meeting #185 Sherman Oaks; $15 from Meeting #76 Costa Mesa, and $10 from Meeting #23 Costa Mesa.  Thank You!  A 7th tradition of $18 was collected at the October SCINA meeting.   (Total incoming:  $163)   Expenses:  $3 Bank fee; Secretary expense $22.32; Grasshopper phone charges: $31.25; Registrar expense $30.91.  (Total outgoing $87.48)  Ending balance $514.70.   There was not a quorum for approving this report.

REGISTRAR REPORT:  No changes were made to Administration List.  No changes were made to Meeting Listings. No Meetings were added and no meetings were removed. All Meetings have USPS contact through their Secretary, their Representative, or e-mail.  No H&I Listings were added, updated or removed. 200 Directories and 43 envelopes were printed.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

HOSPITALS AND INSTITUTIONS:  No report. We still need a volunteer to take over this role.

COMMUNICATIONS:  Communications are running smoothly.  There are no concerns at this time.

LITERATURE:  Halli is out of town and doesn’t have a grand total for the bank account.  Please contact Halli for orders prior to the meeting.  HalliK@sbcglobal.net .  Please contact John (818) 618-1501 if you would like to be of service for this position as Halli would be glad if someone could take it over for him.

WORLD SERVICES:   Gary reported if you are signed up for Two-Way Talk with NAWS, you received an email asking you to take a survey. The email said you can find a link on the NicA site but he looked all over and couldn’t find it. An email was sent to info@nicotine-anonymous.org letting them know the link was not up on the page yet.  Gary says he took the survey from the link in the email and there was a place for comments, but he had to stop and come back later, and it took him one page beyond where he had left off, so he couldn't back-track and comment.

EVENTS:  Yesterday was the Marathon Meeting in Bellflower.  Thanks to Joseph, Gregory and Tracy from the Bellflower meeting for organizing and staying the whole day.  Participants donated a total of $153 to SCINA and our Treasurer will have a full report next month. Carry The Message month in January is just around the corner. Please start a conversation in your meeting about this. (See flyer attached). Intergroup will give away $10 worth of pamphlets for Carry The Message day to any Intergroup Rep that shows up at the December SCINA meeting and we will raffle off five Nicotine Anonymous: The Book on that day as well.

NEW MEETINGS:  Gary hasn’t had any calls for new meeting material.

PUBLIC OUTREACH:  Carry The Message flyer is included with the Minutes.  Please come to our December meeting where we will have a raffle to give away free literature to our groups.  The Monday meeting in West Hollywood started recording speakers at every meeting.  We will start posting this to our YouTube account, and hopefully our SCINA website soon.

SPEAKERS LIST: Invite a speaker to your meeting. Call for a list (949) 302-8465.

BY-LAWS: No report.

Director of Web Operations:  No report.

OLD BUSINESS:  Bill H. is working with Jane H. to pre-plan next year’s Joshua Tree Retreat.  We would like to have it two nights (tentatively last weekend of June, Friday afternoon/night through Sunday noon). If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact Bill at (818) 800-3449 or whca111@gmail.com.

NEW BUSINESS:  There was some discussion about purchasing a basic computer for the Secretary.  More discussion is needed.

BIRTHDAYS:  Greg. S. celebrates 7 years; Jane H. celebrates 18 years; Bill celebrates 25 years; Gary M. celebrates 18 years.

SECRETARY REPORT: The November report was read and not approved as we did not have a quorum.

CLOSING PRAYER:   Gary led us in the Serenity Prayer at 11:02 AM.

MINUTES - October 16, 2016

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA INTERGROUP OF NICOTINE ANONYMOUS

 

INTRODUCTIONS:  John D. called the meeting to order at 10:16 am with the Serenity Prayer followed by introductions.

WAS YOUR MEETING REPRESENTED? A quorum was met. The following meetings were represented: West Hollywood 001, Costa Mesa 023, Costa Mesa 076, Sherman Oaks 185, and Silverlake 229.

TRADITIONS: Tradition #10. “Nicotine Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the Nicotine Anonymous name ought never be drawn into public controversy.” was read.

TREASURER REPORT:  Our beginning balance was $528.08.   Income:  Donations:  $100 from Meeting #84 Fullerton; $33 from Meeting #1 West Hollywood; $20 from Meeting #185 Sherman Oaks; $15 from Meeting #76 Costa Mesa, and $10 from Meeting #23 Costa Mesa.  Thank You!  No 7th Tradition was collected at the picnic because I wasn't there and everyone else forgot.   (Total incoming:  $178)   Expenses:  $3 Bank fee; Secretary Expenses $20.46; Grasshopper phone charges: $31.34; Registrar expenses $30.98 for September and $31.12 for October; $150 picnic expenses [$50 to park; $100 for food & drinks].  (Total outgoing $266.90)  Ending balance $439.18.   The report was moved and approved.

REGISTRAR REPORT:  No changes were made to Administration List.  Meeting 185, Thursday, Sherman Oaks, Meeting time updated.  Meeting 231, Saturday, Long Beach, Representative information updated.  Meeting 283, Tuesday, Palm Springs, was added. No meetings were removed. All Meetings have USPS contact through their Secretary, their Representative, or e-mail.  No H&I Listings were added or updated. JPL Medical Services, Pasadena, was removed due to returned mail.  200 Directories and 43 envelopes were printed.

 COMMITTEE REPORTS:

HOSPITALS AND INSTITUTIONS:  We had a request for a panel at Health Right 360 and Halli called Mario and left a message trying to set something up but hasn’t heard back.  Please contact Halli if you can be of service on a panel at this location.  We still need someone to take over this role.  Patty from the Silverlake meeting said she would go with Halli.  We now have two people who can cover this.  We just need to set a date.

COMMUNICATIONS:  Communications are running smoothly.  There are no concerns at this time. 

LITERATURE:  No report.  Please contact Halli for orders prior to the meeting.  HalliK@sbcglobal.net

WORLD SERVICES:  Regarding World Services, I want to mention the Voices of Nicotine Recovery (VONR) marathon meeting is celebrating 12th years in existence. The online meetings have an important place in our fellowship. There are a lot of handicap people who attend these meetings.  We have about 10 states with no face-to-face (FTF) meetings and some states with only one or two FTF meetings. I'm involved with VONR and have been for years. If anyone needs help navigating on the site, they can feel free to contact me and I can guide them. Gary (310) 755-5582

EVENTS:  Please join us for the marathon meeting in Bellflower on Saturday, November 19 two days after the Great American Smokeout.  Your story can be of great help to those who have recently quit using nicotine. (See flyer attached.)  Carry The Message month in January is just around the corner. Please start a conversation in your meeting about this. (See flyer attached). A motion was made to give away $10 worth of pamphlets for Carry The Message day to any Intergroup Rep that shows up at the December SCINA meeting and we will raffle off five Nicotine Anonymous The Book on that day as well. The motion was carried. 

NEW MEETINGS:  Gary hasn’t had any calls for new meeting material but there was a new meeting that started in Palm Springs. 

PUBLIC OUTREACH:  SCINA opened an Instagram and You Tube account.  We have eight followers on our Twitter account.  We will have a flyer next month for Carry The Message Month in January.  SCINA would also like to suggest your meeting start a Public Outreach commitment and tell us about it.  John D. has produced a press release for the Marathon Meetings (attached). Please distribute to local media.

SPEAKERS LIST: Invite a speaker to your meeting. Call Angela for a copy of the list (949) 302-8465. 

BY-LAWS: No report. 

Director of Web Operations:  No report.

OLD BUSINESS:  The celebration of life for Stephen Fisher was held on Saturday, October 1st at 2:00 pm at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 370 Junipero, Long Beach, CA.  Several of us were able to attend.  His family has requested donations to Nicotine Anonymous in lieu of flowers. 

NEW BUSINESS:  Bill H. is asking permission to form a Subcommittee to start planning next year’s Joshua Tree Retreat because we would like to have it two nights and give a deposit early in January. If you would like to be part of the Committee please contact Bill at whca111@gmail.com.

BIRTHDAYS:  Jasmine celebrates 2 years.  Robin celebrates 2 years.

SECRETARY REPORT: The October report was read and approved as we did have a quorum.

 

CLOSING PRAYER:   Angela led us in the Serenity Prayer at 11:25 AM.

MINUTES - September 18, 2016

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA INTERGROUP OF NICOTINE ANONYMOUS

INTRODUCTIONS:  Angela P. called the meeting to order at 10:03 am with the Serenity Prayer followed by introductions.

WAS YOUR MEETING REPRESENTED? A quorum was met. The following meetings were represented: Bellflower 250, Long Beach 231, West Hollywood 001, Costa Mesa 023, Costa Mesa 076.

TRADITIONS: Tradition #9. “Nicotine Anonymous, as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.” was read.

TREASURER REPORT: Our beginning balance was $681.02.   Income:  Donations:  $50 from Meeting #1 West Hollywood; $15 from Meeting #76 Costa Mesa; $10 from Meeting #23 Costa Mesa.  Thank You! A 7th tradition of $20 collected at the August SCINA meeting.   (Total incoming:  $95.00)   Expenses:  $3 Bank fee; Secretary expenses $22.98; Grasshopper phone charges: $31.79;  .org domain renewal $20.17; PO Box renewal $45; Check to Calvary Baptist Church for Marathon Meetings in November $125.  (Total outgoing $247.94)  Ending balance $528.08.  

I have verified that the Joshua Tree Retreat income and expenses were both $2,775 ...  thanks to everyone who threw a few bucks into the tip jar so we could thank our caterer plus break even!

REGISTRAR REPORT:  No changes were made to Administration List. Meeting 001, Monday, West Hollywood, Secretary and Representative information updated.  Meeting 264, Tuesday, Carson, Phone contact and Representative information updated.  No Meetings were added, and no meetings were removed. All Meetings have USPS contact through their Secretary, their Representative, or e-mail.  No H&I Listings were added. Max Schneider, MD was removed, due to his passing.  Loma Linda Jerry L. Pettis, VA Hospital name and contact information updated. 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

HOSPITALS AND INSTITUTIONS: No report. We need someone to take over this role.

COMMUNICATIONS: There are no communications concerns at this time.

LITERATURE:  While Halli was not able to make the meeting, the chips and literature were here for distribution.  Please contact him for orders prior to the meeting.  HalliK@sbcglobal.net

WORLD SERVICES:  No report.

EVENTS: The retreat held in Joshua Tree 8/20-21/16 was enjoyed by many. We did break even on costs. The picnic was held on this date at Rush Park in Rossmoor, CA on Sunday, 9/18/2016 with the Intergroup Meeting at 10:00 am and the potluck immediately following.  Costs were $150 for Intergroup.  Thank you to George R. Gregory B. and Joseph W. for setting up and bringing the drinks.

NEW MEETINGS: Gary reports there haven’t been any requests for new meeting material. Is there any way to get the word out and start some new meetings?

PUBLIC OUTREACH:  SCINA twitter account is open and tweeting. Please follow!  Facebook account will be open soon.  World Services is also working on their own Facebook page.  The YouTube account is not set up yet.  The Monday night West Hollywood meeting voted to start recording the speakers and that will be used on the SCINA website, YouTube account and other means. We will have a flyer next month for Carry The Message Month in January.  SCINA would also like to suggest your meeting start a Public Outreach commitment at your meeting and tell us about it.

SPEAKERS LIST: No report.  Please call Angela if you want a copy of the list (949) 302-8465.

BY-LAWS: No report.

Director of Web Operations: No report.

OLD BUSINESS:  Elections were held for SCINA Officers. John D. was re-elected Chairperson, Angela was re-elected Secretary, and Bill H. was re-elected Treasurer. Thank you to all 3 for their service in the past year and the coming year.

NEW BUSINESS:  The celebration of life for Stephen Fisher will be held on Saturday, October 1st at 2:00 pm at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 370 Junipero, Long Beach. His family has requested donations to Nicotine Anonymous in lieu of flowers.

BIRTHDAYS:  George R. celebrates 10 years this month, Joseph W. celebrates 14 years. Sandy W. celebrates 15 years. Larry celebrates 15 years. Congratulations.

SECRETARY REPORT: The September report was read and approved as we did have a quorum.

CLOSING PRAYER:   George R. led us in the Serenity Prayer at 11:15 AM.

MINUTES - August 21, 2016

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA INTERGROUP OF NICOTINE ANONYMOUS

INTRODUCTIONS:  John D. called the meeting to order at 9:06 AM with the Serenity Prayer followed by introductions.

WAS YOUR MEETING REPRESENTED? A quorum was met. The following meetings were represented: West Hollywood 001, Long Beach 012, Costa Mesa 023, Costa Mesa 076, Sherman Oaks 185, Silver Lake 229.

TRADITIONS: Tradition #8. “Nicotine Anonymous should remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ special workers.” was read.

CHAIRPERSON REPORT:  Please note:  SCINA’s August meeting was at the 17th Annual Retreat this year on Sunday, August 21, in Joshua Tree. Thank you Jane and Alan.

TREASURER REPORT: Our beginning balance was $684.87.   Income:  Donations:  $100 from Meeting #231 Long Beach.  Thank you! A 7th tradition of $17 was collected at the July SCINA meeting.   (Total incoming:  $117)   Expenses:  $3 Bank fee; Secretary expenses $21.39; Grasshopper phone charges: $31.81 for June and $31.55 for July; Registrar expenses: $33.10 for July and August.  (Total outgoing $120.85)  Ending balance $681.02.   We will have a complete tally of Joshua Tree income & expenses in our next report.  The report was moved and approved. 

REGISTRAR REPORT:  No changes were made to Administration List. Meeting 001, Monday, West Hollywood, Secretary and Representative information updated.  Meeting 264, Tuesday, Carson, Phone contact and Representative information updated.  No Meetings were added, and no meetings were removed. All Meetings have USPS contact through their Secretary, their Representative, or e-mail.  No H&I Listings were added. Max Schneider, MD was removed, due to his passing.  Loma Linda Jerry L. Pettis, VA Hospital name and contact information updated.  44 envelopes were printed and delivered last month, due to scheduled Registrar absence at August Meeting. 

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

HOSPITALS AND INSTITUTIONS: No report. We need someone to take over this role.

COMMUNICATIONS: The phone lines are running smoothly. There are no concerns at this time.

LITERATURE:  Halli and George have gotten signed on at the bank account for literature at Union Bank but still need to get the statements mailed to them.  Halli has placed an order for literature.  Please contact him for orders prior to the meeting.  HalliK@sbcglobal.net

WORLD SERVICES:  Gary reported NAWS might make a By-Laws change regarding registering as a delegate for conferences. Also discussing changing the definition of a group in the By-Laws. More info after the October board meeting. Sign up for Two-Way- Talk by going to www.nicotine-anonymous.org and click ‘What’s New/Events” and sign up with the “Subscribe” button.  Read past issues of “Seven Minutes Newsletters.”  View updated Internet and Social Media Guidelines.  Please consider signing up for the Gift of Gratitude.  If you sign up to donate $10 monthly to NAWS, you can receive a free hard copy of Seven Minutes quarterly.  New meditations book in process, send to dailymeditations@nicotine-anonymous.org for inclusion.  Still working on a new pamphlet for mentally-challenged members of Nicotine Anonymous. Contributions should be sent to treasurer@nicotine-anonymous.org to be discussed and voted on for inclusion at the next World Services Conference.

EVENTS: The retreat held in Joshua Tree 8/20-21/16 was enjoyed by many. We did break even on costs. The picnic will be held at Rush Park in Rossmoor, CA on Sunday, 9/18/2016 with the Intergroup Meeting at 10:00 am and the potluck immediately following.  Please mark your calendars.  Flyer attached.

NEW MEETINGS: Gary reports there haven’t been any requests for new meeting material. Is there any way to get the word out and start some new meetings?

PUBLIC OUTREACH:  SCINA twitter account is open and tweeting. Please follow!  We are working on a Facebook account.  There might possibly be a YouTube account set up by SCINA.  We need to start planning for Carry The Message Month in January.  SCINA would also like to suggest your meeting start a Public Outreach commitment at your meeting and tell us about it. 

SPEAKERS LIST: No report.  Please call Angela if you want a copy of the list (949) 302-8465.

BY-LAWS: No report.

Director of Web Operations: No report.

OLD BUSINESS:  Elections will be held for SCINA Officers at the SCINA meeting before the picnic in September. Many of the Officers have been performing their roles for several years now.  In the spirit of rotation, please seek guidance with your Higher Power to see if perhaps this is the time for you to step up and take a commitment.  Jeff reported he has a sample put together of a newsletter for the Fellowship.  Examples include announcing new meetings, a step of the month, a tradition of the month, a main article, a short story, announcing any events like the retreat. Smober anniversaries, their home group location. Announcements pertaining to SCINA or World Services, maybe information about things on our website, meeting lists, world service calendar.  Please submit items to Jeff at jeffinjt@gmail.com .

NEW BUSINESS:  No new business.

BIRTHDAYS:  Bill H. celebrates 17 years this month. Joseph W. celebrates 14 years. Congratulations!

SECRETARY REPORT: The August report was read and approved as we did have a quorum.

CLOSING PRAYER:   John D. led us in the Serenity Prayer at 10:15 AM.

MINUTES - July 17, 2016

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA INTERGROUP OF NICOTINE ANONYMOUS

INTRODUCTIONS: John D. called the meeting to order at 10:01 AM with the Serenity Prayer followed by introductions.

WAS YOUR MEETING REPRESENTED? A quorum was met. The following meetings were represented: West Hollywood 001, Costa Mesa 023, Costa Mesa 076, Fullerton 084, Silverlake 229, Glendale 241, and Carson 264.

 TRADITIONS: Tradition #7. “Every Nicotine Anonymous group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.” was read.

CHAIRPERSON REPORT: Please note: SCINA’s August meeting will be at the retreat this year which is on Sunday, August 21, in Joshua Tree. See our meeting directory for more details.

TREASURER REPORT: Our beginning balance was $719.68. Income: Donations: $10 from Meeting #23 Costa Mesa; $10 from Meeting #76 Costa Mesa; and $75 from #250 Bellflower. A 7th tradition of $11 collected at the June SCINA meeting. (Total incoming: $106) Expenses: $3 Bank fee; Secretary expenses $20.93; $45 P.O. Box Renewal; $71.88 for yearly email service [this equals $5.99 per month]. Since I am not able to attend the meeting this time, I was not able to get invoices for Grasshopper phone service or Registrar, so will report on those next time. (Total outgoing $140.81) Ending balance $684.87. As reported last month, we paid a $360 deposit for Joshua Tree and Jane reports she has deposited $500 so far. More to come as many (including this Treasurer) have not yet paid. The report was moved and approved.

REGISTRAR REPORT: Administration List: Secretary and Speaker Bureau Chair address updated, and H&I chair made vacant. 5 e-mails edited in as authorized at last Meeting. Meeting 012: Monday Long Beach, Phone Contact information updated. Meeting 023: Sunday, Costa Mesa, Secretary street address updated. Meeting 076: Tuesday, Costa Mesa, Secretary and Representative street address updated. Meeting 273: Sunday, Studio City, Phone Contact information updated. No Meetings were added. Meeting 280 was removed. All Meetings have USPS contact through their Secretary, their Representative, or e-mail. No H&I Listings were added, removed or updated. 200 Directories and 46 envelopes were printed.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

HOSPITALS AND INSTITUTIONS: No report. We need someone to take over this role.

COMMUNICATIONS: The phone lines are running smoothly. There are no concerns at this time.

LITERATURE: Halli is going to clean up and arrange the orders that came in when he was out of town. He would like to receive emails of orders so he has an idea of what is needed. He is going to be ordering more literature as we are out of red books. HalliK@sbcglobal.net

WORLD SERVICES: Gary reported that NAWS is looking for new meditations for another book. Please send them to dailymeditations@nicotine-anonymous.org for inclusion if you can.  Also, they are working on a new pamphlet for mentally challenged members of Nicotine Anonymous. If you have anything you can contribute, please write it and send it to treasurer@nicotine-anonymous.org to be discussed and voted on for inclusion at the next World Services Conference. A set of Spanish-speaking telephone meetings is in the works. If things go as planned, it might begin in August.

EVENTS: The retreat in Joshua Tree is scheduled for 8/20-21. Flyer attached. All checks must be received prior to August 1st. A reminder that the August Intergroup meeting will be held at the Joshua Tree retreat center on Sunday at 9:00 am. Chips and Literature will be available for sale at the meeting. A motion was made to donate $15 of pamphlets to the Retreat and any chips needed for the 11:00 am meetings on Saturday and Sunday. The motion was passed. The picnic will be held at Rush Park in Rossmoor, CA on Sunday, 9/18/2016 with the Intergroup Meeting at 10:00 am and the potluck immediately following. Please mark your calendars. Flyer attached.

NEW MEETINGS: Gary reports there haven’t been any requests for new meeting material.

PUBLIC OUTREACH: We are activating our new SCINA email addresses. This should be completed in the next couple weeks. World Services and SCINA are making a PSA for the City of Los Angeles channel in the next couple weeks as well.

SPEAKERS LIST: No report.

BY-LAWS: No report.

Director of Web Operations: No report.

OLD BUSINESS: No old business.

NEW BUSINESS: We will be electing new Officers at the SCINA meeting before the picnic in September. Many of the Officers have been performing their roles for several years now. In the spirit of rotation, please seek guidance with your Higher Power to see if perhaps this is the time for you to step up and take a commitment.

BIRTHDAYS: No July birthdays to our knowledge. Please let us know if you have one in August.

SECRETARY REPORT: The July report was read and approved as we did have a quorum.

CLOSING PRAYER: George O. led us in the Serenity Prayer at 10:54 AM.

MINUTES - June 19, 2016

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA INTERGROUP OF NICOTINE ANONYMOUS

INTRODUCTIONS:  John D. called the meeting to order at 10:11 AM with the Serenity Prayer followed by introductions.

WAS YOUR MEETING REPRESENTED? A quorum was met. The following meetings were represented: West Hollywood 001, Costa Mesa 023, Costa Mesa 076, Sherman Oaks 185, Silverlake 229, Long Beach 231, Bellflower 250, and Joshua Tree 266.

TRADITIONS: Tradition #6. “A Nicotine Anonymous group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the Nicotine Anonymous name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.” was read.

CHAIRPERSON REPORT:  Happy Father’s Day!

TREASURER REPORT: Our beginning balance was $608.77.   Income:  Donations:  Meeting #280 Irvine closed, and left us with a $62 donation.  Other donations: $50 from Meeting #250 Bellflower; $50 from Meeting #76 Costa Mesa; $10 from Meeting # 23 Costa Mesa.  A 7th tradition of $28 collected at the May SCINA meeting.   (Total incoming:  $200)   Expenses:  $3 Bank imaging fee; Secretary expenses $23.24; Registrar expenses $31.27; Grasshopper phone service $31.58. (Total outgoing $89.09)  Ending balance $719.68.    A deposit of $360 has been paid to Joshua Tree Retreat Center and we have not yet received any money from any participants, so please send your checks in to Jane! The report was moved and approved.

REGISTRAR REPORT: No changes made to Administration List.  Meeting 185: Room and Parking Directions were updated.  Meeting 197: Phone Contact and Secretary information updated. Meetings 281 and 282 were added.  Both meet at the UnUrban Coffee Shop in Santa Monica at 6:00 pm.  281 meets on Tuesday, and 282 meets on Wednesday.  No Meetings were removed.  All Meetings have USPS contact through their Secretary, their Representative, or e-mail. No H&I Listings were added, removed or updated. 200 Directories and 45 envelopes were printed.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

HOSPITALS AND INSTITUTIONS: George O. attended the Coalition for Smoke-Free Long Beach. The new 21 and over law to purchase nicotine products is in effect Statewide and George offered Nicotine Anonymous as a resource.

COMMUNICATIONS: The phone lines are running smoothly. There are no concerns at this time.

LITERATURE:  Halli reports he has purchased literature for a total of $553.91.  The income which was in the literature account from previous literature person has not been tabulated.

WORLD SERVICES:  Jeff who is Chair of World Services Public Outreach was able to report there is a new Worldwide List Meeting Coordinator, Joyce, who has started a new meeting in Carlsbad and would like to be included on our meeting list.  Public Outreach has a teleconference meeting every month on the 3rd Saturday of the month.  If you want to attend, call John D. at (818) 618-1501.  The Outreach committee is looking at a national campaign for outreach in November. Checko is the new Board Chair so a lot is getting done and people are excited about being of service.

EVENTS: The retreat in Joshua Tree is scheduled for August 20-21. We have included a flyer with these minutes. Since we’ve heard from no one so far, please call Jane ASAP and let her know if you will be attending. All checks must be received prior to August 10th. A motion was made to move the August Intergroup meeting to the Joshua Tree retreat center on Sunday at 9:00 am and it was passed. Chips and Literature will be available for sale at the meeting.  The picnic will be held at Rush Park in Rossmoor, CA on Sunday, September 18, with the Intergroup Meeting at 10:00 am and the potluck immediately following.  Please mark your calendars.  A flyer for the picnic will go out starting next month.

NEW MEETINGS: Gary reports there haven’t been any requests for new meeting material.

PUBLIC OUTREACH:  (1) A motion was made and passed to approve spending $5.99/month to obtain the following five email addresses with our domain names:  chairperson@scina.org, info@scina.org, registrar@scina.org, communications@scina.org, and literature@scina.org.  (2) PSA from SCINA is going to be created for the City of Los Angeles’ city channel soon.

SPEAKERS LIST: No report.

BY-LAWS: No report.

Director of Web Operations: No report.

OLD BUSINESS:  The August Intergroup meeting has been moved to the Joshua Retreat Center (see Events section).

NEW BUSINESS:  Jeff from Joshua Tree wants to start a monthly email-only newsletter including a Step of the month and Tradition of the month, upcoming events, announcements, short stories, and anniversaries.  He’s hoping he can start sending it out in July.  Sign up with Jeff at jeffinjt@gmail.com.

BIRTHDAYS: Shea R. celebrates 11 years and Patty celebrates 4 years this month. Congratulations. 

SECRETARY REPORT: The April, May and June reports were read and approved as we did have a quorum.

CLOSING PRAYER: Jeff led us in the Serenity Prayer at 11:43 AM.

MINUTES - May 15, 2016

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA INTERGROUP OF NICOTINE ANONYMOUS

INTRODUCTIONS:  John D. called the meeting to order at 10:19 AM with the Serenity Prayer followed by introductions.

WAS YOUR MEETING REPRESENTED? A quorum was not met. The following meetings were represented: West Hollywood 001, Costa Mesa 023, Costa Mesa 076, Sherman Oaks 185, Culver City 197 and Irvine 280.

TRADITIONS: Tradition #5. “Each group has but one primary purpose - to carry its message to the nicotine addict who still suffers.” was read.

CHAIRPERSON REPORT:  SCINA is about to start a public outreach campaign with Public Service Announcements, ads, Facebook, Twitter, possible Nextdoor, and other types of outreach.  Please remember to do your own outreach when you can by passing out SCINA business cards and putting your meeting on Craigslist, along with other means.  Please let me or anyone at SCINA know if you have any questions or concerns.

TREASURER REPORT: Our beginning balance was $706.08.  Income:  Donations:  $10 from Meeting #23 Costa Mesa and $10 from Meeting #76 Costa Mesa.  No 7th tradition was collected at the April SCINA meeting.  (Total incoming:  $20)  Expenses:  $3 Bank imaging fee; Secretary expenses $20.93; Registrar expenses (April and May) $62.05; Grasshopper phone service $31.33. (Total outgoing $117.31)  Ending balance $608.77.  The report was not approved due to lack of quorum.

Revision to April’s report:  Our beginning balance was $712.57.   Income:  Donations:  $10 from Meeting #23 Costa Mesa and $10 from Meeting #76 Costa Mesa.  Thanks to both meetings for being a great example that a small amount each month really adds up!  A 7th tradition of $30 was collected at the March SCINA meeting.  (Total incoming:  $50.)  Expenses:  $3 Bank imaging fee; Secretary expenses $22.31; Registrar expenses -- will report next month; Grasshopper phone service $31.18. (Total outgoing $56.49)  Ending balance $706.08.

REGISTRAR REPORT: No changes made to Administration List.  No Meeting updates were received.  No Meetings were added.  No Meetings went dark.  All Meetings except possibly 197 have USPS contact through their Secretary, their Representative, or e-mail.  45 envelopes were addressed, and 200 Directories were printed. 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

HOSPITALS AND INSTITUTIONS: No report.

COMMUNICATIONS: The phone lines are running smoothly. There are no other concerns at this time.

LITERATURE: George O reported he and Halli met at Union Bank on May 4 to update the signature list and change the address on the account but their computer system was out for the day.  They spoke with manager Christopher about changes to the account who wanted to run it by their legal department and called back to say they needed all Officers to sign the minutes and the minutes need to be worded as follows for the changes to be made:  Mary P., Marty W., Michael S., and Susan C. are no longer authorized signers on the Union Bank account and need to be removed.  George O. is still an authorized signer. Halli K. is the new Literature Chair and is to be added as an authorized signer.
Bill H. will look into opening a new account at Bank of America instead.

WORLD SERVICES:  Gary reports this from the workshops at the Conference. (1) There is a work in progress to find a Spanish coordinator for Spanish meetings either for telephone meetings or online meetings.  (2) The prospective mental health pamphlet has been tabled until next year; there were a lot of ideas presented. It might be titled “Challenged Nicotine Addicts.” (3) We are looking for new meditations to put in another meditation book. (4) There was talk about a possible new pamphlet in the future on sponsoring:  how to be one and what to look for in a sponsor.

EVENTS: The retreat in Joshua Tree is scheduled for August 20-21. We have included a flyer with these minutes. The picnic will be held at Rush Park in Rossmoor, CA on Sunday, September 18, with the Intergroup Meeting at 10:00 am and the potluck immediately following.  Please mark your calendars.

NEW MEETINGS: Gary reports there haven’t been any requests for new meeting material.

PUBLIC OUTREACH: SCINA email addresses - We must pay for our domain name email address or we can use free email addresses from gmail, yahoo, etc, and make up names like publicoutreachscina@gmail.com. It costs $5.99/month for five email addresses that end @scina.org or @QuitNowLA.com, and $5 for each one after that.  We will know soon if we are able to use @QuitNowLA.com, but we aren’t sure yet.  Action: Quorum wasn’t met so a vote to pay $5.99/month to authorize SCINA to obtain five email addresses with our domain name will take place next month.

SPEAKERS LIST: No report.

BY-LAWS: No report.

Director of Web Operations: No report.

OLD BUSINESS:  No old business.

NEW BUSINESS:  There was discussion about moving the August Intergroup meeting to the Joshua Tree Retreat since it overlaps.  Due to lack of quorum no vote could be taken.

SAD NEWS:  Long-time, good-standing friend and member of Nicotine Anonymous Long Beach Mtg. 012 Stephen Fisher passed away May 6.  In accordance with family wishes, a service for him will be held in September. Prayers for his family are appreciated.  He was an invaluable servant to Nicotine Anonymous Intergroup, his regular Monday night Long Beach Meeting #012 and a great friend.  

BIRTHDAYS: Judi M. celebrates 5 years and William celebrates 33 years in May. Congratulations. 

SECRETARY REPORT: The May report was read and not approved as we did not have a quorum.

CLOSING PRAYER: Jack R. led us in the Serenity Prayer at 11:34 AM.

Missing Minutes (51 months)

The Secretary's copies of the following Minutes have been misplaced. Please send us a copy if you happen to have any of the following:

1991-September, October and December

1992-Any month except May

1993-Any month except June, October, and November

1994-Any month except October

1995-April, November and December

1996-Any month except May

1997-January, February, or March

 

16 months of minutes found and added May, 2016. Thank you William G. of Huntington Beach.

Please contact Angela at (949) 302-8465 or angela.socal9@gmail.com if you find a copy of these minutes. We would love to get a copy from you.