MINUTES of SCINA Meeting - Sunday, March 17, 2019

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA INTERGROUP OF NICOTINE ANONYMOUS (SCINA)


INTRODUCTIONS:  George O. called the meeting to order at 10:11 am with the Serenity Prayer followed by introductions.

WAS YOUR MEETING REPRESENTED?  Quorum was met with 8 members in attendance.  The following meetings were represented:  Costa Mesa 76, Fullerton 84, Studio City 273, Long Beach 231 and Laguna Beach 257.

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

Chairperson’s report:  SCINA will use the 7th tradition to provide food as long as we are having World Conference Committee meetings.

TREASURER REPORT:  

REGISTRAR REPORT: No changes were made to the Administration List.  No meetings were added, updated, or removed.   All Meetings have USPS contact through their Secretary, their Representative, or email. No H&I Listings were added, updated or removed.    40 envelopes were addressed, and 100 Directories were printed.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

HOSPITALS AND INSTITUTIONS:  No one has contacted us asking for a panel.  I haven’t received any new contacts to add to our H&I list.  If you have any hospitals or institutions we can add to our monthly email please let us know.  For more information, or to be of service, please call Angela P. at (949) 302-8465 or email angela.socal9@gmail.com.

COMMUNICATIONS:  The phone lines are running smoothly.  No concerns at this time.   For more information, or to be of service, please call George O. at (562) 310-0874.  City of Hope called and wanted to do an event in June and include Nicotine Anonymous.  It’s an event about promoting quitting smoking.

LITERATURE:  The current balance in the literature account is $670.54.  We are looking for someone to take over the literature commitment.  If interested, please contact George O. (562) 310-0874 or come to one of our intergroup meetings to learn more about the position.  We have a full inventory of all chips and literature now available at the SCINA meetings every month.

WORLD SERVICES:  No report.

EVENTS:  The World Conference will be May 3-5, 2019.  To register, please visit:  http://nicawsc.homestead.com/.  Please let one of us know if you can be of service at or before the Conference in some way, and/or you want to be a delegate at the conference.  Commitment cards have been sent out and a few people contacted us who are willing to be of service.  We still need many more to help volunteer.  Contact John D. at (818) 618-1501 if you can help.  The 2019 SCINA Joshua Tree Retreat will be July 12-14, 2019.  “Serenity Under The Stars” is the theme - contact Bill or Jane if you would like to lead a workshop.

NEW MEETINGS:  No new meetings.

PUBLIC OUTREACH:  If anyone is willing to take on or share the Public Outreach position, please contact John D. at (818) 618-1501.  We need more help with outreach.  The World Services Outreach Committee meets on the phone on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 5 pm Pacific Time.  Contact Jeff M. for details at (760) 401-6503 or jeffinjt@gmail.com

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

BY LAWS:  No changes at this time.

Director of Web Operations:   No report.  Still looking for someone to take over for Brian K.  If interested, contact George O. at 562-310-0874

WORLD CONFERENCE AD HOC COMMITTEE:  Registration is now open!  Sign up before April 1st to get discounted rate.  Please see Minutes from World Service Ad Hoc Committee meeting (attached) that was held on Sunday, March 17th.  The committee meets at 11:30 am on the 3rd Sunday every month immediately following SCINA’s Regular Monthly Meeting.  We need your help in planning the World Conference.  Please contact the Chair of the World Conference Ad Hoc Committee, John D., at conferenceinfo2019@gmail.com or by phone at (818) 618-1501.  We need volunteers!  The Conference will be held May 3-5, 2019.

OLD BUSINESS:  We discussed moving the SCINA meeting to Sunday, July 14 at the Retreat in Joshua Tree instead of July 21st; decision was made to not move the meeting date.  John D. offered to bring chips and literature to sell at the retreat.  

NEW BUSINESS:  It was moved and approved to change the Intergroup meeting in April to the 2nd Sunday (Palm Sunday), April 14th due to the 3rd Sunday being Easter.  Motion was made and approved that the following delegates represent SCINA at the World Conference:  Michael U., George O., Angela P., Bill H., Mary P., Jeff M., and John D.  John D. will send letter to Secretary of NAWS confirming this.

BIRTHDAYS:  Angela P. 15 years.  John D. 6 years.  Robb 8 years.  Congratulations!

SECRETARY REPORT:  Motion was made and approved to accept the Minutes for the February and March SCINA meetings.

CLOSING PRAYER:   Angela P. led us in the Serenity Prayer at 11:35 am.

MINUTES - December 16, 2018

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA INTERGROUP OF NICOTINE ANONYMOUS (SCINA)

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

WAS YOUR MEETING REPRESENTED?  Quorum was met with 8 members in attendance.  The following meetings were represented (some members might represent more than one meeting):  Costa Mesa 76, Joshua Tree 266, Studio City 273, and Long Beach 231.

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

Chairperson’s report:  No Report

TREASURER REPORT: 

Beginning balance $4,304.74

(Stephen Donation) -$3,000.00 $1,304.74

Business Cards -$116.35 $1,188.39

Grasshopper -$31.96 $1,156.43

2018 Marathon Meeting $142.00 $1,298.43

Nov. 7th tradition $12.00 $1,310.43

Registrar Expenses -$20.00 $1,290.43

Ending Balance $1,310.43

REGISTRAR REPORT: No changes were made to the Administration List.  No meetings were added or updated. Meeting 185, Thursday, Sherman Oaks, has gone dark.  All Meetings have USPS contact through their Secretary, their Representative, or email. No H&I Listings were added, updated or removed.    40 envelopes were addressed, and 100 Directories were printed.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

HOSPITALS AND INSTITUTIONS:  If you have any hospitals or institutions we can add to our monthly email please let us know.  For more information, or to be of service, please call Angela P. at (949) 302-8465.

COMMUNICATIONS:  The phone lines are running smoothly.  No concerns at this time.  A greeting will be added to notify callers about the upcoming World Conference.  For more information, or to be of service, please call George O. at (562) 310-0874.

LITERATURE:  Checks and cash were deposited from recent purchases.  Chips and literature will now be available at the SCINA meetings.  We need someone to take over this responsibility.  Please consult your higher power.

WORLD SERVICES:  NAWS Service Structure Committee met last week, and they talked about having the World Conference once every three years.  They are vetting this at their meetings.  They are also discussing the agendas for the conference, because there’s not enough time to get things done at the conference.  Also, every delegate would be part of a committee during the conference and beforehand.  The Service Structure Committee meets on the 1st Monday of the Month at 8 pm Eastern Time.  Call Jeff for details (760) 401-6503.

EVENTS:  World Services Conference is just around the corner in early May.  Please let one of us know if you can be of service at or before the Conference in some way.  We are sending each meeting a set of commitment cards.  Contact John D. at (818) 618-1501 if you can help.  Save the Date:  The 2019 SCINA Joshua Tree Retreat will be July 12-14, 2019.  Flyers to be distributed early next year.

NEW MEETINGS:  No new meetings.

PUBLIC OUTREACH:  Long Beach Public Health agency wants our input for their program on how to address stopping the use of nicotine, and what information we can provide to help.  That will be in January or February.  There might be a focus group of numerous individuals and organizations that will help.  NAWS has been working on a list of public agencies that they could send information about new meetings, and other things, but it’s moving slow.  They have six agencies so far.  NAWS will send them something once per month.  NAWS needs help with this.  Orange Coast College invited Nicotine Anonymous to their Health Fair on short notice.  John D. and Angela P. were able to attend and spoke to about 50 students and teachers about the program and distributed meeting lists, business cards, and some of the pamphlets from Angela’s meeting.  Motion was made and approved to reimburse meeting #76 (Costa Mesa) for $10 worth of pamphlets.  They donated their own pamphlets to be able to have them at Orange Coast College.   If anyone is willing to take on or share the Public Outreach position, please contact John D. at (818) 618-1501.  We need more help with outreach.  Follow us at www.facebook\Southern_California_Intergroup_of_Nicotine_Anonymous and on Twitter @QuitNowLA.

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

BY LAWS:  Nothing important has changed.

Director of Web Operations:   Brian K. has been our web czar for several years. Ideally, website operations could be handled by a small committee,  to allow a smooth, eventual Transition  and to maintain continuity in the web operations. We are looking for someone with web experience to learn and help out with this role.  Any experts out there (or at least more computer web savvy than us) willing to be of service?  Please contact George O. at (562) 310-0874.

WORLD CONFERENCE AD HOC COMMITTEE:  Please see Minutes from World Service Ad Hoc Committee (attached) meeting that was held on Sunday November 18th.  The committee meets at 11:30 am on the 3rd Sunday every month immediately following SCINA’s Regular Monthly Meeting.  We need your help in planning the World Conference.  Please contact the Chair of the World Conference Ad Hoc Committee, John D., at johndarnell8@gmail.com or by phone at (818) 618-1501.  We need volunteers!  The Conference will be held May 3-5, 2019.

OLD BUSINESS:  No old business.

NEW BUSINESS:  No new business.

BIRTHDAYS:  Chad H. 5 years, and Alan C. 18 years. Congratulations!

SECRETARY REPORT:  Motion was made and approved to accept this month’s Minutes as read.

CLOSING PRAYER:  Angela P. led us in the Serenity Prayer at 11:22 am.

MINUTES - November 18, 2018

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA INTERGROUP OF NICOTINE ANONYMOUS (SCINA)

INTRODUCTIONS:  George O. called the meeting to order at 10:13 AM with the Serenity Prayer followed by introductions.

WAS YOUR MEETING REPRESENTED?  Quorum was met with 11 members in attendance.  The following meetings were represented (some members might represent more than one meeting):  Costa Mesa 076, Fullerton 84, Sherman Oaks 185, and Long Beach 231.

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.

Chairperson’s report:  This will be added to the agenda every month starting with the December meeting.

TREASURER REPORT:  Beginning Balance $1243.32 plus incoming of $110.00 ($50 donation from meeting Fullerton meeting, $50 from 7th tradition at Annual Picnic, and $10 from 7th tradition at SCINA’s October meeting).  This makes the total balance $1353.32.  Expenses: registrar expense $16.79 and Grasshopper phone service of $31.79 for total of $48.58 which leaves us with a new beginning balance of $1304.74.  Also included is the former $3000 donation from Stephen and that gives us an ending balance of $4304.74.  We have a savings account of $500.21. Stephen’s one-time donation of $3000 is used to save a monthly charge of $18 from Bank of America.  Reimbursements for picnic will be done soon.  George, Angie, and John will visit Bank of America to do the paperwork to give access to the new SCINA officers.

REGISTRAR REPORT:  On the Administration List, George O. is now Chair, and Angie B. is Treasurer.  No meetings were added, updated, or removed.  All Meetings have USPS contact through their Secretary, their Representative, or email. No H&I Listings were added, updated or removed.  40 envelopes were addressed, and 100 Directories were printed.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

HOSPITALS AND INSTITUTIONS:  If you have any hospitals or institutions we can add to our monthly email please let us know.  For more information, or to be of service, please call Angela P. at (949) 302-8465.

COMMUNICATIONS:  The phone lines are running smoothly.  No concerns at this time.  For more information, or to be of service, please call George O. at (562) 310-0874.

LITERATURE: Chips and literature will now be stored at the SCINA meetings.  We need someone to take over this responsibility.  Angela went ahead with a new order for business cards and used the Nicotine Anonymous logo instead of the ‘no smoking’ logo which is a logo used by another company.  The cost was $116.35 and a Motion was made by George and seconded by Angie to reimburse Angela for the purchase.  The vote was unanimous for yes.  Income is $176 cash and $69.50 in checks for a total of $245.50.  This money will be deposited in our literature bank account.

WORLD SERVICES:  No report.

EVENTS:  The annual Marathon Meetings event was held yesterday Saturday, November 17.  Thank you Joseph for getting the location and being the lead on setting this up again.  The Great American Smokeout was November 15, 2018.  Joseph reported that two meetings that had committed to participate were no-shows.  The event ended at 8 pm because of lack of participation.  Let’s think about shortening the amount of hours the Marathon Meetings are held for next year.  This will be further discussed after the World Conference.  NAWS Public Outreach Committee has designated November as Gratitude Month. 

NEW MEETINGS:  No new meetings.

PUBLIC OUTREACH:  If anyone is willing to take on, or share this position, please contact John D. at (818) 618-1501.  We need more help with outreach.  Follow us on Facebook at Southern California Intergroup of Nicotine Anonymous.

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

BY LAWS:  Nothing important has changed.

SAN DIEGO OUTREACH AD HOC COMMITTEE:  Motion was made and approved to dissolve this committee.

WORLD CONFERENCE AD HOC COMMITTEE:  At the last meeting, the rates were approved for those who want to attend.  They are $95 for all meals and registration if someone pays before April 1, 2019, and $105 if someone pays after April 1, 2019.  The two meals consist of a Saturday dinner and Sunday brunch.  If someone wants to pay for registration and meals separately, then the rates before April 1, 2019 are $35 registration, $40 Saturday dinner, and $30 Sunday brunch.  If paid after April 1, 2019, then they are $40 registration, $45 Saturday dinner, and $35 Sunday brunch.  Thank you to the committee and those outside the committee for all your hard work planning this conference.   The committee meets at 11:30 am on the 3rd Sunday every month immediately following SCINA’s Regular Monthly Meeting.  We need your help in planning the Conference.  Please contact the Chair of the World Conference Ad Hoc Committee, John D., at johndarnell8@gmail.com or by phone at (818) 618-1501.  We will need volunteers.  The Conference will be held May 3-5, 2019.

Director of Web Operations:   Brian K. has been our web czar for several years.  He would like to step down.  We are looking for someone with web experience to take over this role.  We decided to keep using PayPal at least until the World Conference is over.  Any experts out there (or at least more computer web savvy than us) willing to be of service?  Please contact George O. at (562) 310-0874.

OLD BUSINESS:  At the October 2018 SCINA meeting, the group voted to move “Carry The Message Month” to November each year instead of January, because November is Gratitude Month from World Services.  We will not celebrate Carry The Message month in January 2019, and instead we will focus on planning the World Conference in May 2019 since that takes a lot of our time to plan.

NEW BUSINESS:  Due to lack of attendance, the secretary of the Sherman Oaks meeting told us he might close the meeting and move it to Sunland on a different night.  Chairperson’s report has been reinstated on the agenda for the SCINA meetings.

BIRTHDAYS:  Gary M. on 11/21/18 (20 years), Greg S. (9 years), Liz G. on 11/5/18 (5 years).

SECRETARY REPORT:  Motion was made and approved for this month’s Minutes.

CLOSING PRAYER:  George O. led us in the Serenity Prayer at 11:51 am.

MINUTES - October 21, 2018

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA INTERGROUP OF NICOTINE ANONYMOUS (SCINA)

INTRODUCTIONS:  John D. called the meeting to order at 10:09 AM with the Serenity Prayer followed by introductions.

WAS YOUR MEETING REPRESENTED?  Quorum was met with 10 members in attendance.  The following meetings were represented (some members might represent more than one meeting):  Costa Mesa 076, Fullerton 84, Sherman Oaks 185, San Diego 284, Joshua Tree 266, and Long Beach 231.

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:

Beginning balance $1345.83 plus incoming of $15.00 --Total Incoming $1360.83--Expenses.  Grasshopper-telephone exp. $31.77, Mailbox Express $50.00, Secretary Expense $20.00 and Registrar expense $15.74--Total expense is $117.51 which leaves us with a new beginning balance       of $ 1243.32-----Also included is the former $3000 donation from Steve and that gives us a total of $4243.32.  Also, there is ur $500.20 in our Savings acct.

REGISTRAR REPORT:  No changes were made on the Administration List.  Meeting 286, Friday, 5:30 pm, Palm Desert, was added at the last minute., No Meetings were updated or removed.  All Meetings have USPS contact through their Secretary, their Representative, or email. No H&I Listings were added, updated or removed.  40 envelopes were addressed, and 100 Directories were printed..

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

HOSPITALS AND INSTITUTIONS:  If you have any hospitals or institutions we can add to our monthly email please let us know.  For more information, or to be of service, please call Angela P. at (949) 302-8465.

COMMUNICATIONS:  The phone lines are running smoothly.  No concerns at this time.  For more information, or to be of service, please call George O. at (562) 310-0874.

LITERATURE:  No report.  For more information, or to order chips and literature, please email Brian K. at BrianKavanaugh@gmail.com

WORLD SERVICES:  There is a possibility of members watching and participating especially delegates while being at home through a teleconference medium.  There will be a test run next May at the world conference.  Jeff M. and Chad are working on Conference recording and the audio.  November is still Gratitude Month and we are looking for members to do something in Outreach.  There will be an Outreach Workshop on the Nov 3rd.  Contact Jeff M. @ (760) 401-6503.

EVENTS:  The annual Marathon Meetings event will be Saturday, November 17, 2018, in Bellflower, CA.  The Great American Smokeout is November 15, 2018.  For more information about the Marathon Meetings event, or to reserve a meeting time slot, please call Joseph W. at (562) 644-5225.  NAWS Public Outreach Committee has designated November as Gratitude Month.  Flyers for both events have been mailed and emailed to those who signed up for SCINA’s mailing service.

NEW MEETINGS:  No new meetings.Thanks,

PUBLIC OUTREACH:  People visit our Facebook page one or two times per month.  If anyone is willing to take on, or share this position, please contact John D. at (818) 618-1501.  We need more help with outreach.  George O. was contacted by the Long Beach P.D. about them sending us people who are cited for smoking in the City.  The Police are going to come by at 11:15 am this Tuesday to discuss with George O. what they can do.

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

BY LAWS:  Nothing important has changed.

SAN DIEGO OUTREACH AD HOC COMMITTEE:  No report.

WORLD CONFERENCE AD HOC COMMITTEE:  The committee meets at 11:30 am on the 3rd Sunday every month immediately following SCINA’s Regular Monthly Meeting.  We need your help in planning the Conference.  Please contact the Chair of the World Conference Ad Hoc Committee, John D., at johndarnell8@gmail.com or by phone at (818) 618-1501.  We will need volunteers.  The Conference will be held May 3-5, 2019.

Director of Web Operations:   Brian K. has been our web czar for several years.  He would like to step down.  We are looking for someone with web experience to take over this role.  It would be nice to move away from PayPal, which charges us a fee each time we transfer money out, and also to modernize our website.  Any experts out there (or at least more computer web savvy than us) willing to be of service?  Please contact George O. (562) 310-0874.

OLD BUSINESS:  Gary asked about SCINA 7th Tradition collection from last month and John gave it to him. Gary also asked about the expenses for the picnic.  Bill H. asked about the Joshua Tree Retreat and asking about planning the dates for 2019.  Bill suggested having the Retreat immediately following the Conference so that people from out of town could attend the Retreat as well.

NEW BUSINESS:  John D. and Jeff M. nominated George O. to be Chairperson and George O. accepted. Rick  W. moved to appoint George O as Chair for the remainder of the 2018-2019 term.  Angie B. was nominated and approved to be Treasurer.  Jeff M. suggested and we agreed to plan the Carry The Message month for November (Gratitude Month) in 2019.

BIRTHDAYS:  Joyce D. of San Diego celebrated 21 years in September. Jim G. of San Diego celebrated 12 years, Jim M. of the Joshua Tree has 12 years. Congratulations!

SECRETARY REPORT:  Motion was made and approved for this month’s Minutes.

CLOSING PRAYER:  Angela led us in the Serenity Prayer at 11:39 am.

MINUTES - September 16, 2018

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA INTERGROUP OF NICOTINE ANONYMOUS (SCINA)

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

WAS YOUR MEETING REPRESENTED?  Quorum was met with 10 members in attendance.  The following meetings were represented (some members might represent more than one meeting):  Fullerton 84, Joshua Tree 266, Costa Mesa 76, Long Beach 231, and Bellflower 250.

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:

Beginning Balance $1,198.64.  Donations of #76 Costa Mesa $15.00 and #1 West Hollywood $200.00 equal total donations of $215.00.  Expenses are Grasshopper phone line $31.90, Rick Wood Registrar expenses $15.74, and Go Daddy.com $20.17, which equals $67.81.  Total incoming is $215.00 and total expenses are $67.81.  The new bank account balance is $1,345.83.  With Stephen’s donation of $3,000, balance is $4,345.83.  We have $500.19 in our savings account.

REGISTRAR REPORT:  No changes were made on the Administration List.  No meetings were added, updated, or removed.  All Meetings have USPS contact through their Secretary, their Representative, or email. No H&I Listings were added, updated or removed.  40 envelopes were addressed, and 100 Directories were printed.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

HOSPITALS AND INSTITUTIONS:  If you have any hospitals or institutions we can add to our monthly email please let us know.  For more information, or to be of service, please call Angela P. at (949) 302-8465.

COMMUNICATIONS:  The phone lines are running smoothly.  No concerns at this time.  For more information, or to be of service, please call George O. at (562) 310-0874.

LITERATURE:  No report.  For more information, or to order chips and literature, please call John D. at (818) 618-1501.

WORLD SERVICES:  I was reading the July minutes of NAWS. It says that Iran is given a link to Nic A and they have about a dozen meetings. The Year of Miracles has been translated into Russian. Same with literature.  Italy has a translation of The Book-Nicotine Anonymous. Word is getting out slowly but surely. NAWS looking for members to sign up for "The Gift of Gratitude" More and more members have been signing up since its inception.  Approximately 35 people are signed up across the fellowship as of now.  Pamphlets on Sponsorship are still in the works as well as making a pamphlet dealing with the E-cigarettes.  Though it's on a controversial stalemate.  If anyone wants a copy of the July minutes, Gary can forward them to you.

The Service Structure Committee meeting was Monday, September 11.  Next month, remote participation will be set up in preparation for the World Conference in 2019.  There will be a small registration fee for remote participants and this will support the cost of remoting conferencing.  Zoom will most likely be the service used instead of WebEx.  Zoom is being tested now.  The NAWS Outreach Committee was Wednesday, September 13.  A major item on this agenda was Gratitude Month in November.

EVENTS:  The picnic was awesome!  Thank you to George, Joseph and Gregory for setting up this year’s picnic with the food, drinks, permits for the park, and equipment.  The annual Marathon Meetings event will be Saturday, November 17, 2018, in Bellflower, CA.  The location is Calvary Baptist Church at 14722 Clark Avenue, Bellflower, CA.  It’s in Conference Room A, which is upstairs.  Elevator access is available.  The Great American Smokeout is November 15, 2018.  For more information about the Marathon Meetings event, or to reserve a meeting time slot, please call Joseph W. at (562) 644-5225.  NAWS has designated November as Gratitude Month.

NEW MEETINGS:  SCINA received a call from a newcomer.  He was interested in taking over the Torrance meeting, but he couldn't get in contact with the secretary.  He went to the meeting and found that it was closed.  SCINA provided him with info on how to get a meeting started.  He was discouraged about the meeting being closed, and we told him his best bet is to go to meetings, and see what we are all about.  He has never been to a Nic A meeting.  We haven't heard back from him. 

PUBLIC OUTREACH:  No report.  If anyone is willing to take on, or share this position, please contact John D. at (818) 618-1501.  We need more help with outreach.

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

BYLAWS:  Nothing important has changed.

SAN DIEGO OUTREACH AD HOC COMMITTEE:  No report.

WORLD CONFERENCE AD HOC COMMITTEE:  The committee has selected the Howard Johnson in Fullerton for the 2019 World Service Conference.  The committee meets at 11:30 am on the 3rd Sunday every month immediately following SCINA’s Regular Monthly Meeting.  We need your help in planning the Conference.  Please contact the Chair of the World Conference Ad Hoc Committee, John D., at johndarnell8@gmail.com or by phone at (818) 618-1501.  We will need volunteers.  The Conference will be held May 3-5, 2019.

Director of Web Operations:   No report.

OLD BUSINESS:  Michael will contact NAWS to discuss how to either use WebEx or his own video conference program.  We hope to have this available at our October meeting so members can call or video conference into the SCINA meeting.

NEW BUSINESS:  White Memorial Hospital cannot host our Intergroup meeting anymore.  We will find a new location and report back to the membership.  For now, the October SCINA meeting will be held at DG Boxing #2 745 Pine Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90813 starting at 10 am.  Meters are free for street parking on Sunday.  The fall meeting for the Coalition for a Smoke Free Long Beach is being held on September 26, 2018 from 3pm-5pm at the Miller Family Health Education Center 3820 Cherry Ave. Long Beach, CA  90807.  If you are interested in attending this meeting, please contact George O 562-310-0874.

BIRTHDAYS:  Joseph (16 years), George (12 years).  Congratulations!

ELECTION OF OFFICERS:  Congratulations to Angie B. being relelected as Chair, Gary being reelected as Treasurer, and John D. being reelected as Secretary.

SECRETARY REPORT:  Motion was made and approved for this month’s Minutes.

CLOSING PRAYER:  George O. led us in the Serenity Prayer at 11:05 AM.

MINUTES - July 15, 2018

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA INTERGROUP OF NICOTINE ANONYMOUS (SCINA)

INTRODUCTIONS:  Angie B. called the meeting to order at 10:00 AM with the Serenity Prayer followed by introductions.

WAS YOUR MEETING REPRESENTED?  Quorum was met with 8 members in attendance.  The following meetings were represented (some members might represent more than one meeting):  Costa Mesa 76, Fullerton 84, Sherman Oaks 185, Silver Lake 229, and Long Beach 231.

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

TREASURER REPORT:  Beginning Balance for June/July is $55.34—(incoming) (retreat funds $4065) (Misc. donations $66.01 John D and Michael U) (West Hollywood #1 $300) (Costa Mesa #76 June/July $30) (Fullerton #84 $50) (Long Beach #231 $80) (Scina June/July) $29)—Total incoming plus beginning balance is $4675.35.  Total income from the retreat is $4065 and expenditures were $3925 which left a profit of $140.  Outgoing—Retreat-(Kathleen Chase, catering $1400) (Institute of Mental Physics $1645) (Parking for Literature person $5) (P.O. mailbox rental fee $50) (Grasshopper June/July $ 63.11) (Secretary Expense $20) (Website email renewal fees $134.85) (Go Daddy Hosting fees $216.60) Total expenses outgoing $3534.56).  Incoming $4675.35 minus expenses $3534.56—Aug beginning balance of $1140.79 Unknown error. Bank of America shows an ending balance of $964. We show an ending balance of $1140.79 a difference of $176.79---Don't know where error arrives from.

REGISTRAR REPORT:  No changes were made on the Administration List.  Meeting 12, Monday, Long Beach, Phone Contact updated. No meetings were added.   Meeting 285, Saturday, Altadena, closed and removed.  All Meetings have USPS contact through their Secretary, their Representative, or email. No H&I Listings were updated or removed.  No H&I Listings were added or removed.  41 envelopes were addressed, and 100 Directories were printed.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

HOSPITALS AND INSTITUTIONS:  If you have any doctor or dentist contacts we can add to our monthly email please let us know.  For more information or to be of service, please call Angela P. at (949) 302-8465.

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

LITERATURE:  No report.

WORLD SERVICES:   No report.

EVENTS:  The annual Nicotine Anonymous Picnic in the Park event is Sunday, September 16 at Rush Park, 3001 Blume Drive, Rossmoor, CA 90720.  The Intergroup meeting will be at 10:00 am and the picnic will start at 11:00 am.  The Marathon Meeting will be Saturday, November 17, 2018.

NEW MEETINGS:  There are no new meetings.

PUBLIC OUTREACH:  No report.

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

BYLAWS:  No report.

SAN DIEGO OUTREACH AD HOC COMMITTEE:  No report.

WORLD CONFERENCE AD HOC COMMITTEE:  The committee did not select a hotel yet.  This will be discussed at our July meeting.  The committee meets at 11:30 am on the 3rd Sunday every month immediately following SCINA’s Regular Monthly Meeting.  We need your help in planning the Conference.  Please contact the Chair of the World Conference Ad Hoc Committee, John D., at johndarnell8@gmail.com or by phone at (818) 618-1501.  We will need volunteers.  The Conference will be held May 3-5, 2019.

Director of Web Operations:   No report.

OLD BUSINESS:  John D and Chad from NAWS had a meeting to go over how to use WebEx for SCINA meetings.  We hope to have this available at either our August or September meeting.

NEW BUSINESS:  SCINA will look at different ways to distribute chips and literature to its members.

BIRTHDAYS:  Stuart M. (1 year).  Congratulations!

SECRETARY REPORT:  Motion was made and approved for this month’s Minutes.

CLOSING PRAYER:  Bill H. led us in the Serenity Prayer at 11:23 AM.

MINUTES - June 17, 2018

MINUTES of SCINA Meeting - June 17, 2018

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA INTERGROUP OF NICOTINE ANONYMOUS (SCINA)

INTRODUCTIONS:  Angie B. called the meeting to order at 10:07 AM with the Serenity Prayer followed by introductions.

WAS YOUR MEETING REPRESENTED? Quorum was met with 7 members in attendance.  The following meetings were represented (some members might represent more than one meeting):  Costa Mesa 76, Fullerton 84, Sherman Oaks 185, Silverlake 229, and Long Beach 231.

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:  No report. Gary M. was unable to attend the meeting. 

REGISTRAR REPORT:   No changes were made on the Administration List.  No Meeting information was updated, and no meetings were added or removed.  All Meetings have USPS contact through their Secretary, their Representative, or email. No H&I Listings were updated or removed.  3 email H&I Listings were added: Sharp Rees-Stealy Center for Health Management was added with two contacts, and Kaiser Permanente San Diego was added with one contact.  42 envelopes were addressed, and 100 Directories were printed.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

HOSPITALS AND INSTITUTIONS:  Angela P. still only has 2 people who have offered to help with panel requests.  For more information or to be of service, please call Angela P. at (949) 302-8465.

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

LITERATURE:  Board of Directors authorizes Brian Kavanaugh to be added to the Union Bank account for Southern California Nicotine Anonymous.

WORLD SERVICES:   Gary M. was unable to attend the meeting. No report.

EVENTS:  The 19th Annual SCINA-sponsored Nicotine Anonymous Retreat was held last week in Joshua Tree with 25 members in attendance.  The weekend included many hikes, workshops, meetings, food, fellowship, and pool time. According to Event Co-Chair, Bill H.’s records, our income was $4,065 with expenses of $3,925 for a modest profit of $140! Treasurer Gary M. still needs to verify these results and will report next month.   The annual picnic is Sunday, September 16 in Rush Park, in Rossmoor. The Intergroup meeting will be at 10:00 am and the picnic will start at 11:00 am.

NEW MEETINGS:  There are no new meetings.

PUBLIC OUTREACH:  Angie B. was given some information on a Conference for medical professionals who work with young adults in hopes we could offer information on our program, She thinks it was the end of July and is going to be held in Malibu.  Please contact Angie B. if you can help. (562) 505-9911.

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

BYLAWS:  No report.

SAN DIEGO OUTREACH AD HOC COMMITTEE:  No report.

WORLD CONFERENCE AD HOC COMMITTEE:  The committee did not select a hotel yet.  This will be discussed at our June meeting.  The committee meets at 11:30 am on the 3rd Sunday every month immediately following SCINA’s Regular Monthly Meeting.  We need your help in planning the Conference.  Please contact the Chair of the World Conference Ad Hoc Committee, John D., at johndarnell8@gmail.com or by phone at (818) 618-1501.  We will be needing volunteers.  The Conference will be held May 3-5, 2019.

Director of Web Operations:   No report.

OLD BUSINESS:  John D and Chad from NAWS had a meeting to go over how to use WebEx for SCINA meetings.  This will be discussed next month, because John D. was not able to attend today’s meeting.

NEW BUSINESS:  No new business.

BIRTHDAYS:  Let us know if anyone in your meeting is celebrating and we will post it in our Minutes!

SECRETARY REPORT:  Motion was made and approved for this month’s Minutes.

CLOSING PRAYER:  Mauricio G. led us in the Serenity Prayer at 10:50 AM.

 

 

 

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Chairperson, Angie Bolton

 

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Secretary, John Darnel

MINUTES - May 20, 2018

MINUTES of SCINA Meeting - May 20, 2018

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA INTERGROUP OF NICOTINE ANONYMOUS (SCINA)

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

WAS YOUR MEETING REPRESENTED? Quorum was met with 9 members in attendance.  The following meetings were represented (some members might represent more than one meeting):  Costa Mesa 76, Fullerton 84, Sherman Oaks 185, Silverlake 229, Long Beach 231, and San Diego 284.

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:  Beginning balance $617.50, plus incoming 7th tradition to SCINA $16.00 equals $633.50.  Also received checks for retreat (Angela $185.00 and Bill H $285.00 equals $470.00).  This is set aside for the Retreat.  May Expenses: $500 Retreat deposit for the caterer, Grasshopper $32.34 and Registrar expense of $15.82 and Secretary expense of $30.00 is a total expense of $578.16. The Balance of $633.50 minus expenses of $578.16 equals $55.34 which is our beginning balance into June (our actual balance is $3,055.34, which includes $3,000 that Stephen donated to avoid the $18/month bank fee). 

REGISTRAR REPORT:   No changes were made on the Administration List.  No Meeting information was updated, and no meetings were added or removed.  All Meetings have USPS contact through their Secretary, their Representative, or email. No H&I Listings were updated, or removed.  American Cancer Society, Pasadena, was removed due to undeliverable address.  42 envelopes were addressed, and 100 Directories were printed.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

HOSPITALS AND INSTITUTIONS:  Angela P. reports 2 people have offered to help with panel requests.  For more information or to be of service, please call Angela P. at (949) 302-8465.  Lucero Marquez of Long Beach Dept of Health & Human Services, Tobacco Education Program contacted me about adding the SCINA website and phone number to their flyers.  A motion was made, and approved unanimously, to donate monthly $4 of our literature (8 ea. of Introducing Nicotine Anonymous and Facing the Fatal Attraction) to them to be delivered by George O. who kindly agreed.

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

LITERATURE:  Brian K will meet with Halli this week to transfer the name on the Union Bank account.  The Northern California Intergroup has offered to sell chips to any member of Nicotine Anonymous.  For more information, please visit their website at:  http://www.nica-norcal.org/.  Their order form is with this link:  http://www.nica-norcal.org/chips-order-form.pdf.

WORLD SERVICES:   At the Nicotine Anonymous World Conference last month, there was a vote to continue the item to make changes to The Promises, so no changes have been made.  Allowing all members and delegates to vote was discussed.  This would require a change to the bylaws to make the change.  The NAWS Board is looking at how to open the conference remotely via computer (Web Ex or similar).  Grati-Grams were used as a fundraiser at the World Conference.

EVENTS:  The 19th annual SCINA Joshua Tree Retreat is in two weeks: June 8-10, 2018.  Nine people have paid, seven have RSVPed with a promise to pay.  We need at least nine more people to break even. Reminder: If you pay with credit card via PayPal, add $5 to cover the fee and email us as the system does not auto-notify.  We are hoping to deposit all checks before that weekend, as Bill is no longer treasurer. See flyer for details. Questions? Call Jane H. (442) 324-2373 or Bill H. (818) 800-3449.   George R. reserved Rush Park in Rossmore for our annual Picnic in September.  The annual picnic is Sunday, September 16.

NEW MEETINGS:  There are no new meetings.

PUBLIC OUTREACH:  No updates.

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

BYLAWS:  No report.

SAN DIEGO OUTREACH AD HOC COMMITTEE:  San Diego has one meeting.  About 8 people usually attend.  This group has reached out to Kaiser and Sharp Second Breath to help do outreach for our program.  They have a San Diego hotline, and it’s been in existence for 15 years.  They receive a few calls every month.  The San Diego group also gets a few requests for information from SCINA’s 800 number every month.

WORLD CONFERENCE AD HOC COMMITTEE:  Save The Date flyer was created and brought to the World Conference.  Angie B., our current Chair of SCINA, was elected Secretary-Elect of NAWS.  Congratulations, Angie!  It was brought to our attention that the 2019 World Conference might have to be in early May, possibly May 3-5, 2019.  Passover is the last weekend in April, and this might make it so some members can’t attend.  We want to be as inclusive as possible.  This committee meets at 11:30 am on the 3rd Sunday every month immediately following SCINA’s Regular Monthly Meeting.  We need your help in planning the conference.  Please contact the Chair of the World Conference Ad Hoc Committee, John D., at johndarnell8@gmail.com or by phone at (818) 618-1501.

Director of Web Operations:   No report. 

OLD BUSINESS:  Chad from NAWS offered to host a Web Ex training for SCINA.  He is available next weekend, but we need to find a date and time where all interested can meet at the same time.  The webmaster presented to the intergroup some information on if we might want to update the website to a different host (wordpress.com) or at least transferring the domain hosting to the same host as our website - at Squarespace.

NEW BUSINESS:  No new business.

BIRTHDAYS:  William (35 years), Judi M. (7 years).

SECRETARY REPORT:  Motion was made and approved for this month’s minutes.

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

MINUTES - April 15, 2018

MINUTES of SCINA Meeting - April 15, 2018

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA INTERGROUP OF NICOTINE ANONYMOUS (SCINA)

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

WAS YOUR MEETING REPRESENTED? Quorum was met with 9 members in attendance.  The following meetings were represented (some members might represent more than one meeting):  Costa Mesa 76, Sherman Oaks 185, Los Angeles (Silverlake) 229, and Joshua Tree 266.

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

TREASURER REPORT:  Beginning balance is $766.53.  INCOMING donations from Costa Mesa #76 $90, and 7th tradition donations for SCINA’s March meeting was $11.00.  Total incoming is $101.00. EXPENSES are Grasshopper telephone service $31.81, P.O. Box Rent $50, Registrar expense $26.36, GoDaddy.com website expenses are $75.85, and Secretary’s Expense $21.50.  TOTAL EXPENSES are $205.52. So with the $3000 that Stephen donated to avoid the $18 bank fee our true balance is $3617.50. Our savings account has a balance of $500.13.

REGISTRAR REPORT:   No changes were made on the Administration List.  No Meeting information was updated, and no meetings were added or removed.  All Meetings have USPS contact through their Secretary, their Representative, or email. No H&I Listings were updated, added, or removed.  43 envelopes were addressed, and 175 Directories were printed.


COMMITTEE REPORTS:

HOSPITALS AND INSTITUTIONS:  Angela P. reports she’s had no response from the fellowship on her request for volunteers for panels.  To be of service, please call Angela P. at (949) 302-8465.

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

LITERATURE:  No report.  Brian K will meet with Halli soon to go over duties and go to bank to transfer name on account.

WORLD SERVICES:   The World Conference is April 20-22nd.  There is talk of making it possible for members attend the NAWS board meetings and World Conferences via conference calling.  The new revision of The Promises pamphlet will possibly be voted on this year. Sign up for Nic A News and get up to date information via email alerts.  NAWS hosts their monthly Outreach Committee meeting the second Wednesday every month. Public Outreach and Bylaws Coordinator positions are vacant at NAWS.  New Intergroup in Minnesota is doing a lot of outreach, and will be part of a nicotine dependence conference soon with over 200 doctors from across the country (no date yet).  There is an effort through NAWS to have meetings that are not part of an Intergroup be represented by either an Intergroup or NAWS - possibly creating Service Areas across the U.S. and Canada.  There will be a workshop at this year’s World Conference to discuss this.

EVENTS:  The annual SCINA Joshua Tree Retreat will be held June 8-10, 2018. SCINA has paid a $380 deposit. So far we have received one full registration ($185) and one “event only” (no lodging) registration ($100) for a total of $285.  A deposit to the caterer is due soon, so please send in your registration now if you can. Details on attached flyer. Reminder that if you pay with credit card via PayPal, to please notify Jane H. or Bill H. via email as the system does not auto-notify them.  If you want to go but can’t pay now, let Jane H. know so we can reserve you a spot. George R. reserved Rush Park in Rossmore for our annual Picnic in September. The annual picnic is Saturday, September 16.

NEW MEETINGS:  There are no new meetings.

PUBLIC OUTREACH:  SHARE Recovery Center in Culver City is hosting a full day of marathon meetings for various fellowships on April 28th.  There are currently no Nic A meetings scheduled. If you are interested in hosting a 1-hour meeting that day, please contact Claudia at Claudia@shareselfhelp.org or 310.305.8878.  It is an opportunity to circulate the Nic A fellowship and expand awareness of our meetings.

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

BYLAWS:  No report.

SAN DIEGO OUTREACH AD HOC COMMITTEE:  No report.

WORLD CONFERENCE AD HOC COMMITTEE:  Save The Date flyer was created and will be brought to the World Conference.  This committee meets at 11:30 am on the 3rd Sunday every month immediately following SCINA’s Regular Monthly Meeting.  We need your help in planning the conference. Please contact the Chair of the World Conference Ad Hoc Committee, John D., at johndarnell8@gmail.com or by phone at (818) 618-1501.

Director of Web Operations:   SCINA renewed the domain name with godaddy.com for five years.  Last month we had 191 unique visitors to the website - that was a 9.8% increase from the previous month, with 321 unique page views. Our most popular page last month was the Meeting list page. Last month we had at least one visit on every page of the website.  The webpage is a good source of outreach and information for members and those looking for information on quitting nicotine. The Website - which is separate from the domain - is due to renew on June 20, 2018. The Renewal Rate for that for one year is $192.00.    

OLD BUSINESS:  SCINA will contact NAWS to set up ability to use their WebEx.

NEW BUSINESS:  The webmaster presented to the intergroup some information on if we might want to update the website to a different host (wordpress.com) or at least transferring the domain hosting to the same host as our website - at Squarespace.

BIRTHDAYS:  Jeff M. (9 years),  Belated for Brian K (10 years in Feb.), George O. (16 years), Robert (19 years), Kay M. (9 years)

SECRETARY REPORT:  Motion was made and approved for this month’s minutes.

CLOSING PRAYER:  George O. led us in the Serenity Prayer at 11:17 AM.

 

MINUTES - March 18, 2018

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA INTERGROUP OF NICOTINE ANONYMOUS (SCINA)

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

WAS YOUR MEETING REPRESENTED? Quorum was met with 7 members in attendance.  The following meetings were represented (some members might represent more than one meeting):  Costa Mesa 76, Fullerton 84, Long Beach 12, Long Beach 231, Bellflower 250, Glendale 241.

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

TREASURER REPORT:  Beginning balance is $366.53.  INCOMING donations from Long Beach #12 $150.00, Long Beach #231 $80.00, Costa Mesa #76 $15, Bellflower #250 $100.00.  7th tradition for SCINA’s February’s meeting was $40.00.  Total incoming is $385.00.  When added to our beginning balance, the new balance is $751.53.  EXPENSES are Grasshopper telephone service $31.91, bank fee $3.00, Registrar expense $26.38, and Secretary’s Expense $17.33.  TOTAL EXPENSES are $79.02.  $751.53 balance minus expenses of $79.02 equals an ending balance of $672.51.  This report is correct but is not balancing.  Has to do with checks deposited and reporting monthly checks incorrectly. The bank balance shows us with a balance of $792.63 and that will be our beginning balance for next month. There is a discrepancy in our favor of $108.76.  So with the $3000 that Stephen donated to avoid the $18 bank fee our true balance is $3766.27.  Our savings account has a balance of $500.13.

REGISTRAR REPORT:   On the Administration List, Brian K. (not our Director of Web Operations)  has accepted the Literature and Chips Chair.  No Meeting information was updated, and no meetings were added or removed.  All Meetings have USPS contact through their Secretary, their Representative, or email. No H&I Listings were updated, added, or removed.  43 envelopes were addressed, and 175 Directories were printed.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

HOSPITALS AND INSTITUTIONS:  Angela P. reports no response from the fellowship on her request for volunteers for panels.  For more information, please call Angela P. at (949) 302-8465.

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

LITERATURE:  No report, but chips and literature will be available at every meeting unless the Literature person has an unexpected absence.

WORLD SERVICES:  The Nicotine Anonymous World Conference will be held in New York from April 20-22, 2018.  See our website for more information:  www.scina.org.  The following delegates to represent SCINA at the world conference are:  Angie B., JudiAh D., Rodger F., George O., Bill H., and Jeff M.  We are allowed to have up to seven delegates to represent SCINA at the world conference.  There is room for one more delegate.  If you are attending, and would like to be a delegate, please let Gary M. know at garynica@att.net.

Gift of Gratitude - Give $10 a month to Nicotine Anonymous World Services and get a free Seven minutes subscription in the mail.  Your funds will also help World Services with their expenses.  The proposed revision of Our Promises will be presented at this year’s World Conference and there might be a vote to approve them.  The Spanish Version of Nicotine Anonymous’, The Book, is now available to purchase online.  Seven minutes is looking for articles from members about sponsorship.  NAWS is looking for someone to take over as Outreach Coordinator.

EVENTS:  The annual Joshua Tree Retreat will be held June 8-10, 2018.  Bill H. and Jane H. are the event co-chairs.  Flyer was emailed and mailed with last month’s minutes.  Please RSVP soon.  Every year, there are a few members who RSVP and pay at the last minute.  This makes it very difficult for the event planners to set up the event.

NEW MEETINGS:  There are no new meetings.

PUBLIC OUTREACH:  No update.

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

BYLAWS:  No report.

SAN DIEGO OUTREACH AD HOC COMMITTEE:  No report.

WORLD CONFERENCE AD HOC COMMITTEE:  This committee held an in-person meeting on Sunday, February 18.  Our committee is working on a “Save The Date” flyer and looking for a hotel location.  The theme of the 2019 World Conference will be “Surfing Into Serenity”.  The committee always meets at 11:30 am on the 3rd Sunday every month immediately following SCINA’s Regular Monthly Meeting.  We need your help in planning the conference.  Please contact the Chair of the World Conference Ad Hoc Committee, John D., at johndarnell8@gmail.com or by phone at (818) 618-1501.

Director of Web Operations:  No report.

OLD BUSINESS:  No old business.

NEW BUSINESS:  SCINA would like to have the ability for members to call in to SCINA’s Regular Meeting every month.  We will do research on the cost of a conference call phone, and VOIP phone service (internet phone service), so we can have the ability of members to call in case they cannot attend in-person.  We do not get cell reception in the room where we have our meetings at White Memorial Medical Center so we must use VOIP phone service.  Motion was made to approve the purchase of a conference call phone for up to $100.  It did not pass.

BIRTHDAYS:  John D. (5 years), Angela P. (14 years), Robb T. (7 years).

SECRETARY REPORT:  Motion was made and approved for this month’s minutes.

CLOSING PRAYER:  George O. led us in the Serenity Prayer at 11:17 AM.

MINUTES - February 18, 2018

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA INTERGROUP OF NICOTINE ANONYMOUS (SCINA)

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

WAS YOUR MEETING REPRESENTED? Quorum was met with 9 members in attendance.  The following meetings were represented (some members might represent more than one meeting):  Costa Mesa 76, Fullerton 84, Silver Lake 229, Sherman Oaks 185, Carson 264, Long Beach 12, Long Beach 231, Bellflower 250.

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:  Beginning Balance is $439.14.  Incoming: Costa Mesa #76 $15, Fullerton #84 $50, Glendale #241 $50.  Intergroup 7th Tradition is $15.00, and total donations are $130, plus beginning balance $439.14 equals a balance of $569.14.  Outgoing:  Staples ($41.55), check fee ($3.00), Grasshopper ($31.70), Registrar Expenses ($26.36), No Secretary expense.  Total outgoing is $102.61.  The balance of $569.14 minus $102.61 leaves a closing balance of $466.53.  (We have an additional $3,000 in our checking account that Stephen donated to avoid the $18/month B of A bank fee.) We also have $500.12 in our savings account as a prudent reserve.

REGISTRAR REPORT:  No Changes were made to the Administration List.  No Meeting information was updated, and no meetings were added or removed.  All Meetings have USPS contact through their Secretary, their Representative, or email. No H&I Listings were updated, added, or removed.  43 envelopes were addressed, and 175 Directories were printed.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

HOSPITALS AND INSTITUTIONS:  Angela P. reports no response from the fellowship on her request for volunteers for panels (949) 302-8465.

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

LITERATURE:  Brian K. has now taken this position.  Thanks, Brian!  Chips and literature will now be available again at SCINA meetings starting in March 2018.

WORLD SERVICES:  The Nicotine Anonymous World Conference will be held in New York, April 20-22, 2018.  See our website for more information:  www.scina.org.  Motion was made, and unanimously approved for the following delegates to represent SCINA at the world conference.  They are:  Angie B., JudiAh D., Rodger F., George O., Bill H., and Jeff M.  We are allowed to have up to seven delegates to represent SCINA at the world conference.  If you are attending, and would like to be a delegate, please let Gary M. know at garynica@att.net.

EVENTS:  The annual Joshua Tree Retreat will be June 8-10, 2018.  Bill H. and Jane H. are the event co-chairs.  Flyer will be emailed and mailed with this month’s minutes.  Please RSVP soon.  Every year, there are a few members who RSVP and pay at the last minute.  This makes it very difficult for the event planners to set up the event.

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

PUBLIC OUTREACH:  No update.

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

BYLAWS:  No report.

SAN DIEGO OUTREACH AD HOC COMMITTEE:  No update.

WORLD CONFERENCE AD HOC COMMITTEE:  This committee held an in-person meeting on Sunday, January 21.  A few days after this committee meeting, Nicotine Anonymous World Services voted to approve SCINA’s proposal to host the 2019 World Conference.  The next SCINA World Conference Ad Hoc Committee will have discussion on creating a flyer for the event, event theme, discussion on duties of planning the world conference, and report on potential hotels to host.  We need your help in planning the conference.  Please contact the Chair of the World Conference Ad Hoc Committee, John D., at johndarnell8@gmail.com or by phone at (818) 618-1501.

Director of Web Operations:  No report.

OLD BUSINESS:  No old business.

NEW BUSINESS:  SCINA would like to have the ability for members to call in to SCINA’s Regular Meeting every month.  We will do research on the cost of a conference call phone, and VOIP phone service (internet phone service), so we can have the ability of members to call in case they cannot attend in-person.  We do not get cell reception in the room where we have our meetings at White Memorial Medical Center so we must use VOIP phone service.

BIRTHDAYS:  Rick W. (8 years), Audrey (1 year), Rick W. (20 years), Angie B. (1 year), Gregory B. (12 years), Ardis (20 years).

SECRETARY REPORT:  Motion was made to approve the minutes.  It was approved.

CLOSING PRAYER: Richard W. led us in the Serenity Prayer at 11:22 AM.

MINUTES - January 21, 2018

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA INTERGROUP OF NICOTINE ANONYMOUS (SCINA)

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

WAS YOUR MEETING REPRESENTED? Quorum was met. Following meetings were represented:  Costa Mesa 76, Fullerton 84, Sherman Oaks 185, Long Beach 231, Bellflower 250.

TRADITIONS: Tradition #1, “Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon Nicotine Anonymous unity.” was read.

TREASURER REPORT:  Beginning balance is $699.83.  Incoming:  Costa Mesa #76 donated $85, Laguna Beach #257 donated $25.  7th tradition was $11 for a total incoming of $121.  Outgoing:  bank fee of $3, parking fee $7, public outreach $115 (literature and chips given out to groups for free at the December meeting), Mailbox rent $50, grasshopper phone service $31.28, Secretary’s Expense $24.50, Registrar expense $30.91, and White Memorial Hospital donation to cardiac division for 2018 is $120.  Total outgoing $381.69.  Beginning balance was $699.83, plus incoming of $121, and $381.69 outgoing makes a balance of $439.14 (we have an additional $3,000 in our checking account that Stephen donated to help us avoid the $18/month BofA fee).  We have $500.11 in our savings account for our prudent reserve.

REGISTRAR REPORT:  Joyce D. is added as Bylaws Chair.  No Meetings were added or updated.  Meeting 282 was removed.  All Meetings have USPS contact through their Secretary, their Representative, or email. No H&I Listings were added, updated, or removed.  200 Directories were printed and 43 envelopes were addressed.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

HOSPITALS AND INSTITUTIONS:  Angela P. reports no response from the letters sent out to the Institutions we had lost our contact at.  Please call her if you can volunteer for a panel (949) 302-8465.

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

LITERATURE:  This position is vacant.  We need someone to be of service and fill this role.  Please consult your higher power.  Literature will not be available at future meetings unless someone takes the position.

WORLD SERVICES:  Our Red book can now be purchased in Spanish which is the same price as the one in English for $10.50.  Nicotine Anonymous World Service (NAWS) is looking for new meditations for a new book.  Send your meditations and/or ideas to DailyMeditations@nicotine-anonymous.org.  NAWS is looking for members to donate to the Gift of Gratitude on a monthly basis and receive a mail copy of the Seven MinutesThe 2018 Nicotine Anonymous World Conference will be held in NY on April 20-22, 2018.  The theme is “Recovery - State of Mind”.  You can register by going online, and please consider being a delegate for SCINA.

EVENTS:  SCINA gave $10 worth of pamphlets to 6 Intergroup Reps, and 5 red books at its December meeting for Carry The Message Month which is in January every year, totalling $115.  The annual Joshua Tree Retreat will be June 8-10, 2018.  Bill H. and Jane H. are the event co-chairs.  Flyer will be available soon.

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

PUBLIC OUTREACH:  No report.

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

BYLAWS:  No report.

SAN DIEGO OUTREACH AD HOC COMMITTEE:  No report.

WORLD CONFERENCE AD HOC COMMITTEE:  This committee held an in-person meeting on Sunday, December 17th.  The committee voted to recommended that the regular SCINA meeting vote at its January meeting to approve hosting the 2019 Nicotine Anonymous World Conference.  A motion was made and approved to host the 2019 Nicotine Anonymous World Conference.

Director of Web Operations:  No report.

OLD BUSINESS:  Motion was made and passed to approve the minutes for the December 2017 SCINA meeting.   Motion was made and passed to have a conference call SCINA meeting instead of a face-to-face meeting for our June SCINA meeting which is on June 17th.

NEW BUSINESS:   No new business.

BIRTHDAYS:  Ian M. (15 years), Linda, Fran, JudiAh D. (all 16 years), Estelle (9 years),  and Kendall A. (1 year). Congratulations!

SECRETARY REPORT:  The Secretary report was read and approved.

CLOSING PRAYER:  Angela led us in the Serenity Prayer at 11:36 AM.

MINUTES - December 17, 2017

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA INTERGROUP OF NICOTINE ANONYMOUS

INTRODUCTIONS:  Angie B. called the meeting to order at 10:05 am with the Serenity Prayer followed by introductions.

WAS YOUR MEETING REPRESENTED? A quorum was not met since we only had 6 attendees. The following meetings were represented:  Costa Mesa 076, Fullerton 084, Sherman Oaks 185, Long Beach 231, 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 $427.55.  Income: Marathon meeting $144.00, Donations: SCINA 7th tradition from October and November was $19.00, Group 247 ($15), Group 257 ($60), Group 231 ($100), total incoming $358.00.  Outgoing expenses: Grasshopper $31.68, Secretary expenses $23.00, Registrar expense $31.02 - Total outgoing $85.72.  Ending Balance: $699.83  (We have an additional $3,000 in our checking account that Stephen donated to avoid the $18/month Bank of America bank fee.) We also have $500.10 in our savings account as the prudent reserve.

REGISTRAR REPORT:  John D. is Secretary and Angela P. has taken the H&I Chair position for SCINA.  The 1st and 2nd Phone Contacts were added for Meeting 284. No Meetings were added, and no Meetings went dark. All Meetings have USPS contact through their Secretary, their Intergroup Representative, and/or e-mail. No H&I Listings were added, updated, or removed.  200 Directories and 44 envelopes were printed.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

HOSPITALS AND INSTITUTIONS:  Angela P. reports she was given an updated list of contacts that have dropped off of our mailing list over the years by Rick (Thank you Rick) and sent out a letter to the 6 asking them for a contact to send our meeting list to.

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

LITERATURE:  This position is vacant.  We need someone to be of service and fill this role.  Literature was available at this meeting, but will not be available at future meetings unless someone takes the 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 (This was left out of last month’s mailing inadvertently).  There is up-to-date internet guidelines posted online at the NicA site as well as an updated outreach booklet dealing with online social media, etc.  There are service positions available for World Services. Particularly in need are volunteers to head a committee to catalog our Archives. Also, the Outreach Coordinator position will be available next month.  There is a new NicA web servant who has replaced Sarah B just recently and her name is Jeannette S from the NY intergroup.  Sign up for NicA News to receive the NAWS board minutes. You can sign up on the NicA Website.  World Service is still looking for new meditations for a new book. Send them to DailyMeditations@nicotine-anonymous.org.

EVENTS:  SCINA gave $10 worth of pamphlets to 6 Intergroup Reps, and 5 red books for Carry The Message in January, totalling $115.  The annual Joshua Tree Retreat will be June 8-10, 2018.  The 2018 Nicotine Anonymous World Services Conference will be held in New York April 20-22, 2018.

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

PUBLIC OUTREACH:  No report.

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

BYLAWS:  No report.

SAN DIEGO OUTREACH AD HOC COMMITTEE:  No report.

WORLD CONFERENCE AD HOC COMMITTEE:  This committee held a phone meeting on November 26th.  The committee is researching three locations (Long Beach - where the 2013 conference was held, Glendale, and one hotel near LAX).  We are waiting to get quotes from each hotel.

Director of Web Operations:  No report.

OLD BUSINESS:  Gary M, John D, and Angie B went to Bank of America to have their names be assigned to the SCINA checking account since they are the three officers from SCINA.  Thank you Angela being the Secretary for 5 years!

NEW BUSINESS:   No new business.

BIRTHDAYS:  Alan C. (17 years), Chad H. (4 years), and Emil (28 years).

SECRETARY REPORT:  The SCINA meetings for April 2018 and June 2018 might be conference call meetings.  A quorum was not met since we only had 6 members attend.

CLOSING PRAYER:Gary led us in the Serenity Prayer at 11:10 AM

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.