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(Actually: Not. But we do get things done! Much of the time.

Come on—pay us a visit and check us out.

We meet at the Santa Fe Friendship Club on the first Saturday of every month, right after the 8-9 am OA meeting.)

[Scroll down for full report on this and previous months' Intergroup meetings.]

October 5, 2019

 

CHAIR: Kat   SECRETARY: Barbara A.   ATTENDANCE (6): Kat [Chair], Barbara A. [Secretary], Chris, Elena, Elle [Treasurer], and Lindsay.

Meeting opened by: reciting the Serenity Prayer and Lindsay reading the Twelfth Concept of Service.

Minutes read from last [September] meeting. Corrections: None, as the Secretary was the only person in attendance at [that meeting].

 

Reports

Treasurer's Report provided by: Elle. Last deposit of $73.04 was made on October 05, 2019. Current balance is: $1,298.09. Elle has expressed a concern about whether any other member of OA has the authority and ability to write checks from this account, because it decreases every month despite her monthly deposits and no checks written by her, our authorized Treasurer. The last check that she has recorded as being written was on September 02, 2019 for $106.28, at that time the balance was $1,320.04. Math: $1,320.04- $1,298.09 = $ 21.95 [unaccounted for].  Discussion: There are two or three other OA members approved on the bank account records. The bank had just started charging a monthly fee for the account prior to the change over from the previous Treasurer to the current Treasurer. Elle will speak with the Bank to see if they will consider removing the monthly charge and look into other alternatives if necessary. Motion to Approve the Treasurer’s Report as presented: 1st Approval: Chris2nd Approval: Lindsay.  Motion passed.

 

Outreach & Public Information Report: None.

World Service Report: None.

Region 3 Report: None, the position is still open.

Newsletter Report: [Newsletter] suspended until further interest.

Website Report: None.

 

Special Events Committee Report:  provided by Kat. The Special Events Body Image Workshop had 6 in attendance.

 

 

Old Business

 

1. Fund Raising Possibility: The following suggestions were brought up in the past for possible fund raising for NNMIG:

 

  • Walk-A-Thon

  • Yard Sale

  • Raffles

  • Craft and Service Sale

 

Discussion: Research into OA’s Tradition of not accepting outside contributions and the extent and implications of the Tradition in affecting how to do a fund-raising activity, is very specific that NO outside contributions are acceptable. The donations for raffle or sale need to be provided by OA members [only].

 

Other Fund Raising Possibles that were stated in the meeting (most from "OA Guidelines on Fund-raising and Prudent Reserve" [OA.com]):

 

  • Anniversary Celebrations

  • Dances

  • Games and Activities

  • Merchandise Sales (T-shirts, mugs, book bags, and other items)

  • Auctions

  • Boutique Items

  • Talent Shows

  • Gratitude Pledges

  • Contribution Jars for Pocket Change: [for general use or] ... targeted for specific fund such as sending a representative to the World Service Business Conference. This item was tabled with no resolution due to pending locating a Fundraising Chair Coordinator. The members at the meeting were unable to meet this commitment.

  • Workshops

  • “No Bake” sales [put in the basket what you used to spend on treats]

 

2. [In the] July 2019 business meeting, Northern New Mexico Intergroup approved a motion to request all group consciences to consider passing the NNMIG [donation] box at every meeting. Discussion: Barbara A. attended the OA 8am Group Conscience and presented the Intergroup budget and need for more funds. The OA 8am Group Conscience agreed to pass the Intergroup basket on both Wednesday am and Saturday am.

 

3. Radio Outreach [noted in the minutes of the May 2019 Intergroup meeting]. Discussion: Mary Jo and Rand are working on the wording for the advertisement.

 

4. Spanish Brochures for OA. Discussion: Mary Jo agreed to take over the conversation with the WSO to follow-up on the details that needed to happen to allow the NNMIG to provide Spanish literature.

 

 

New Business

 

New OA Meeting Schedule: 

Motion: [made by Elle]: To rewrite the current OA meeting schedule [for the Santa Fe Recovery Fair]. [Motion approved by Lindsay]. Discussion: The OA schedule written to be handed out at the Santa Fe Recovery Fair needs to be updated. Problems with the one being handed out included: Grammar, disconnected phone number, incomplete meeting schedules (places and times), out of date or missing contact people. Also included in the discussion was what should be included on the pamphlet. Revised Motion: To revise the Schedule Pamphlet. 1st Approval: Chris. 2nd Approval: Elle. Approved. Discussion: Rather than design something from scratch, consideration was given to the idea that the one being handed out might be revised and updated. This seemed a more reasonable solution to starting from the beginning. Elle agreed to check with Rand to see if he had the original in a computer format for revision.

 

Motion to Close the Meeting: 1st Approval: Chris. 2nd Approval: Elena. Meeting closed with the Serenity Prayer.

 

August 16, 2019

 

CHAIR: Estrella   SECRETARY: Barbara A.   ATTENDANCE (10): Audrey, Chris, Elena, Elle, Jason, Patricia, Rand, Terry.

 

Attendance: Chris, Elle, Jason, Joan, Kat, Lindsay, Rand, Rebecca, Terra.

(Total attendees = 11)

 

Meeting opened by: reciting the Serenity Prayer and the group reading the Twelfth Concept of Service.

 

Minutes Read from last meeting. Corrections: None.

 

Motion: To approve the minutes as read.

 

1st: Rand 2nd: Terra Approved

 

Treasurer's Report provided by: Elle.

 

Verbal report of activity: Made three deposits of approximately $100.00 each. The checking balance is near to $1,100.00

 

Discussion:

  • Question of room rent to Friendship club of $12.00 per month for NNMIG meeting. Prosoon the manager suspended the rent until the group is able to pay. Would like it to be reinstated in next years budget, before if possible.

  • Percentage payment or flat donation to Region III and WSO? It is a percentage payment that is paid either quarterly or half year (need to check), but at the moment, NNMIG does not have a prudent reserve to pay either group our share of the expenses.

  • Should The Reporter be paid for the ad? No. It was voted to discontinue the ad.

  • Where does NNMIG funds come from? A percentage collected from the 8 am meeting, the round box that is passed around at the Saturday 8am meeting, Workshops, fund-raisers, and in the past, most of it came from running the Silent Retreat that we passed over to the Albuquerque Intergroup two years ago.

 

Motion: To approve the Treasure’s Report as presented.

 

1st: Kat 2nd: Terra Approved

 

Outreach & Public Information Report provided by: Mary Jo.

 

She signed NNMIG up to have a table at the Santa Fe City’s Recovery Rally in September. She will start collecting volunteers in a few weeks to work the fair.

 

Mary Jo and Elena went to the Womans Transitional Living Program, Sangre De Cristo House for an outreach meeting in early June. Mary Jo is working on scheduling the next outreach for late August.

 

 

NNMIG was given permission to make copies of OA materials for outreach. This will allow the group to expand it’s outreach program at a greatly reduced cost. Mary Jo and Rand were scheduled for this coming month to put together a packet and also explore recovery centers where the packets could be distributed.

 

Discussion: The group had many suggestions where OA outreach literature could be distributed.

Jason, Kat, Rand and Terra volunteered to assist with the distribution of literature once collected.

Rebecca stated that at the WSBC they suggested the use of book marks for distribution.

 

Possible locations for OA Literature:

  • Christis St. Vincents Hospital ER

  • La Familia Medical Center [North & South]

  • La Familia Dental Center

  • Life Link (Terra)

  • Presbyterian Medical Center, St. Michaels

  • Presbyterian Hospital ER

  • Santa Fe Community College Counseling Center (Terra - School starts August 19, 2019)

  • Santa Fe Community Guidance (Rand)

  • Sky Center (Terra)

  • Southwestern School [Counseling school & practice]

  • Solace

General Places:

  • Licensed Therapy Clinics

  • Churches

  • Bathroom Stalls

  • Dentists [Adult & Children]

  • Collect a list of participants at the City of Santa Fe’s Recovery Fair

 

World Service Report:: Rebecca.

 

Rebecca meets once a month in a telephone conference with the Committee for Diversity. She joined this group at the WSBC. They are working on ways to include more people specifically with Mental Illness, to have them feel welcome. The Committee is made up of individuals from as far as New Zealand and Oakland, CA.

 

Discussion: Have the committee contact mental health professionals for how to approach people that have mental health issues. Rebecca stated that the topic was on their next conference call and she would ensure that it was addressed.

 

Region 3 Report provided by: Terry B. has stepped down from the position. It is still open.

 

Newsletter Report: Suspended until further interest.

 

Website Report: Rand.

 

Rand examined the website and eliminated out of date information. He contacted individuals secretariat

different groups and obtained permission to list them on the web page as a contact with a phone number.

 

Special Events Committee Report provided by: None.

 

The Special Events Committee has not met.

 

 

Old Business:

 

1. Fund Raising Possibility

 

Discussion: The following suggestions were brought up in the past for possible fund raising for NNMIG:

 

  • Walk-A-Thon

  • Yard Sale

  • Raffles

  • Craft and Service Sale

 

Discussion: Research into OA’s Tradition of not accepting outside contributions and the extent and implications of the Tradition in affecting how to do a fund-raising activity, is very specific that NO outside contributions are acceptable. The donations for raffle or sale need to be provided by OA members themselves.

 

Other Possibles that were stated in the meeting (most from OA Guidelines on Fund-raising and Prudent Reserve:

 

  • Anniversary Celebrations

  • Dances

  • Games and Activities

  • Merchandise Sales (T-shirts, mugs, book bags, and other items)

  • Auctions

  • Boutique Items

  • Talent Shows

  • Gratitude Pledges

  • Contribution Jars

  • “No Bake” sales [put in the basket what you used to spend on treats]

  • Jar for Pocket Change [one suggested for this to be targeted for specific fund such as sending a representative to the WSBC]

 

This item was tabled with no resolution due to pending locating a Fund-raising Chair Coordinator. The members at the meeting were unable to meet this commitment.

 

2. Labor Day Yard Sale.

 

Discussion: Jason will collect items and hold them for the yard sale. He will be holding a separate sale for his items at the same time and location. Rand will make the fliers for the yard sale. Mary Jo will distribute the fliers around town.

 

Motion: To have a yard sale on Labor Day weekend at Jason’s house (near Santa Fe High).

 

1st: Mary Jo 2nd: Rebecca Approved

 

New Business: None.

 

Motion to Close the Meeting:

 

1st: Kat 2nd: Rand Approved

 

Meeting closed with the Serenity Prayer in the plural.

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 6, 2019

 

CHAIR: Estrella   SECRETARY: Barbara A.   ATTENDANCE (10): Audrey, Chris, Elena, Elle, Jason, Patricia, Rand, Terry.

 

Meeting opened by: reciting the Serenity Prayer and Audrey reading the Twelfth Concept of Service.

 

Minutes Read from last meeting. Corrections [spelling errors]: "inner" changed to "inter" (group) and "conscious" to "conscience". There were three occurrences of each error.  Terry moved to approve corrected minutes; Rand seconded. Minutes approved as amended

 

Treasurer's Report provided by: Rand for Elle. Last payment May 1st, $108.44,for ad in Reporter. Two deposits from 8am meeting [reported by Karen] on June 24, 2019, totaling $141.15.

 

Outreach & Public Information Report provided by: None. World Service Report: None. Region 3 Report: None. Newsletter Report: Newsletter and newsletter reports suspended until further notice.

 

Website Report: Rand. Rand is still not receiving any feedback on the website. He will examine the site this afternoon to remove any out of date information. Barbara A. reported that she had received 2 e-mail conversations from the web page. One was from a therapist looking for a therapist who specializes in eating disorders for one of her clients. Barbara reported back that she was not aware of any in the Santa Fe area, and provided an explanation of OA and a personal history. The second contact was from an individual who was concerned about being in a 12-step program because of the sensitivity of her job and a fit with OA. Barbara explained the program and explained her personal history. The individual stated they would probably come.

 

Special Events Committee Report provided by: None. The Special Events Committee has not met.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

1. Fund Raising Possibility (approved motion from last month): NNMIG to request all Group Consciences to consider passing the NNMIG box at every meeting, not just the Saturday 8am meeting. Discussion: Terry will bring it up at the 8am group conscience next Saturday. Jason will bring it up at the Saturday 10:30am group conscience. The Monday evening meditation group in Santa Fe is not currently able to meet their rent obligation. There were no Eldorado group attendees to ask to bring the request to their next group conscience.

 

2. Region III Representative Position Open: Terry volunteered to be the Region III Representative for NNMIG. The next Region III conference takes place in the fall in Las Vegas, NV. Motion: To have Terry B. as the official Region III Representative for NNMOAIG effective now. 1st: Estrella; 2nd: Elena. Approved!

 

NEW BUSINESS:

Fund Raising Possibilities: The following suggestions were brought up for possible fund raising for NNMIG:

• Walk-A-Thon

• Yard Sale

• Raffles

• Craft and Service Sale

Discussion included the possibilities of each concept and the difficulties, such as the issue of OA’s Tradition of not accepting outside contributions, and the extent and implications of the Tradition in affecting how to do a fund-raising activity. This item was tabled with no resolution due to pending locating a Fundraising Chair Coordinator. The members at the meeting were unable to meet this commitment.

Motion to Close the Meeting: Made by Terry, seconded by Rand. Approved. Meeting closed with the Serenity Prayer.