GSF Topic-Participation at Group Business Meetings

Group Business Meeting Participation – Notes, Issues and Solutions

    • Mentorship for service positions
      • Giving responsibility, mentoring and supporting new service members is one of the ways we can keep our positions filled with members that are confident and competent in their service duties. This helps with continuity.
    • Regular elections / length of term for service positions
      • Holding regular elections for a groups service positions helps to let other members know that a position is open, reminds the position holder that they need to find a replacement and should be mentoring and alternate or a new member
      • Gives the opportunity for new people to step up and participate
      • Rotation is important so that no one member gets stuck doing something for too long, and;
      • that a member does not hang on to a position too long because they don’t trust someone else to do it.
    • Inconsistency / commitment
      • Consistency is an important part of a service commitment and an important part of the duties of a group’s service positions and structure.
      • Members need to be held accountable for fulfilling their commitments while being supported by the group through clear policies, procedures and instructions, a member needs to know what duties they are supposed to “actually” be doing and then consistently doing them.
      • Members need to take their positions seriously and learn how to do what is required.
      • Mentorship helps with consistency.
    • Support for Home Group Service Members
      • Other members of a group should be encouraged to be supportive of fellow members, helping them to perform their service when needed.
      • Don’t send members to do service without experience or support. For example sending a new GSR to area without a buddy, support or reviewing the GSR orientation, etc.
      • Don’t send GSRs or other service members out to service functions without the guidance of a group conscience.
    • Support and engage with our fellow Home Group members
      • Members could stay in regular contact with other members of their group.
      • Calling each other between meetings to let each other know that they will or will not be attending a meeting for example.
      • If a fellow home group member doesn’t show up at your home group do you call them?
      • Use a group email i.e. group@torontona.org (these are available for area groups) to communicate regularly with group members.
    • What does it mean to be a Home Group Member
      • Members should attend their business meetings when possible
      • Members could also try to be aware of group policies about things like what positions there are and the duties of such positions, any requirements for medallion participation, who buys the cake, who washes the dishes or puts away chairs, who chairs a meeting.
      • Participation in developing the groups Conscience is important to being a home group member.
    • Knowing What a Home Group’s business meeting is
      • Members should learn and be taught what happens at a business meeting, how it is run and how to participate.
      • Clearly state at a business meeting what the purpose of the meeting is
    • Group Inventory
      • The group as a whole should look at how well they are carrying the message and how they can do better if needed and share the positive stuff that is working.
    • Do not assume an idea is new just because you just thought of it now
      • Get to know the history of your home group and the issues it has already dealt with before offering new ideas about stuff that may have been talked about many times over the years.
      • There may already be a policy or procedure in place to deal with it. Your idea may be one that was proven not to work well many years before.
      • However, group conscience can always change, and that the members reasoning is worth being heard, so perhaps a change is needed.
    • Group Conscience
      • Group Conscience needs to be strived for within the Home Group. Every effort should be made to hear the opinions and feelings of all members (new, old, quiet or outspoken) before making decisions affecting the group.
      • Asking for the help of a higher power.
    • Bringing Our Personal Dysfunction into the Home Group
      • We can try to be aware of our what personal baggage, issues and dysfunction we may be bringing with us into a group.
      • We are learning to change our behaviours for the better within our new surroundings and groupings in the NA fellowship.
    • Practice Spiritual Principles in our business meetings such as:
      • Commitment
      • Unity
      • Selflessness
      • Sharing
      • Trust
      • Faith
      • Compassion
      • Patience
      • Open-mindedness
      • Humility

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