2012 Conference Agenda Report (CAR)

‘HUGS’ – HELPING US GROW STRONGER
NAR-­‐ANON WORLD SERVICE CONFERENCE 2012

GREETINGS FROM THE NAR-ANON 2012 WORLD SERVICE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE,

We are sending this report to all registered regions, delegates, alternate delegates, world service committees and the board of trustees of Nar-Anon Family Groups in preparation for “HUGS – Helping Us Grow Stronger,” the 2012 Nar-Anon World Service Conference (WSC) to be held from April 20 through April 23 at the Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor Hotel in San Pedro, California, USA. This Conference Agenda Report (CAR) will only be available in English, but registered non-English speaking Regions may translate it into their own language.

The WSC is the time when the WSO staff, board of trustees, world service committee members, regional delegates, alternate delegates, and any other interested Nar-Anon members join together to pursue our fellowship’s growth. As we continue to grow and develop in our fellowship, our primary purpose “to offer support to friends and families of addicts” and to listen to the group conscience of the Nar-Anon Family Groups will remain unchanged.

Our first “official” WSC was held in 2006. WSC 2006 was attended by delegates and alternate delegates from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Japan, members of the board of trustees (BOT), and other Nar-Anon members. The accomplishments of the WSC 2006 included development of the Nar-Anon Preamble, Mission and Vision Statements; conference approval of “SESH”; approval of the Nar-Anon Guidelines for Assembly, Region and World Service Conference Delegate; and approval of the Bylaws of Nar-Anon Family Groups. We also elected six (6) new Trustees and the conference participants joined World Service committees to further the work begun at the 2006 conference.

The next WSC was held in 2008, with representation expanded to include Colombia and additional regions of the USA. In 2008, we streamlined conference procedures; appointed an independent conference chair; continued to approve new recovery literature; created a new committee for fundraising; adopted a new logo; elected a new trustee; and adopted moratoriums on changes to existing conference approved literature and repeat non-literature related motions.

At the WSC 2010, a pre-conference orientation was held to assist incoming Delegates. The WSC 2010 brought increased order and efficiency through the use of new technologies. The conference considered 39 motions from Regions around the world including a motion from Iran that lead to the creation of the World Service Narateen Committee. The Nar-Anon Family Groups’ Guide to Local Services as well as several pieces of service and recovery literature were approved. Eleven motions were approved by the conference, one motion was tabled, and the remaining motions either failed or were withdrawn. Informational workshops on motions, literature review and the service structure were provided. A motion from the BOT modified the corporation’s bylaws to give control of the minimum and maximum number of board members to the WSC.

The CAR is a tool by which we are able to communicate the issues that we will address at the WSC. We ask that each Region distribute the CAR, not only to their Areas, but also to each Nar-Anon Family Group, so that every member of our fellowship worldwide may review it and have their voice heard at the group level. Our hope is that each group’s conscience will then be carried to the Area and to the Region, so that every Regional Delegate or Alternate Delegate will be able to fully represent their Region. The Regional Delegate and/or Alternate Delegate will then attend the WSC 2012 and vote on behalf of their Region. If a Region does not have a Regional Delegate or Alternate Delegate, they may send a Representative who will have a voice but no vote. Only Regional Delegates (and Alternate Delegates while serving in place of their Delegates) and Trustees will have a vote at the conference.

Our deadline for receiving motions was October 6, 2011. The motions received from the Regions and World Service Committees appear at the end of this report.

GOALS OF THE WSC 2012

The theme “HUGS – Helping Us Grow Stronger” was adopted and approved at the WSC 2010 to reflect our desire to strengthen the service structure of the fellowship, to clarify the message of recovery, to continue moving forward in the spirit of unity, to carry Nar-Anon’s message back to our Regions, and help to further educate the Nar-Anon community and ourselves. At the WSC 2012, we hope to continue developing our service structure and approve new recovery and service literature.

REPORTS

Each Region, whether represented at the WSC 2012 or not, is asked to prepare a Regional Report and submit it to the WSC 2012 Committee at wscconference@nar-anon.org, no later than February 20, 2012. This will enable us to compile the Regional Reports for presentation with the WSO and Board of Trustees Reports, World Service Committee Reports, Budgets, and Agenda. The Regional Report is to be no longer than one page and should offer information regarding the number of groups, how many meetings are held, Region structure, and events each Region has participated in since the last conference in 2010. Wherever possible, please submit reports as a word or text document. Sharing your report with the WSC, even if your Region is not attending, will provide important information about Regions around the world and allow us to better serve our fellowship.

PROPOSED CONFERENCE RULES OF ORDER

The intent of using rules of order is to provide an orderly way to conduct business, to protect each member’s rights, to protect the WSC’s rights, and to protect the free exercise of debate. If we understand the principles and use the procedures appropriately, the use of parliamentary procedure will enhance, not hinder, the accomplishment of the business of the WSC. 

At the opening of the WSC, all regional delegates, alternate delegates, and representatives will be polled to establish that those present have submitted the proper minutes necessary to be recognized at the WSC.

Our WSC will strive to be an issue and discussion based event. After adequate discussions have occurred, the conference formalizes its consensus by taking a vote. The consensus of the WSC is determined by a majority vote, except for those decisions that require a 2/3 vote as defined in these Rules of Order. All activities of the WSC strive to achieve the spirit of consensus-based decision making.

To conduct business, the conference utilizes the following WSC Standing Rules of Order, adapted from the latest edition of Robert’s Rules of Order (Robert’s), in conjunction with the following Floor Motion Criteria. The WSC Standing Rules of Order have been found to meet the general needs of the conference in the process of conducting the business of the biennial meeting when they are not in conflict with other conference policies, the principles of Nar-Anon or the Twelve Concepts of Nar-Anon Service.

In cases where the WSC Standing Rules of Order are not comprehensive enough, the latest edition of Robert’s is used. This use is solely in cases where we have not written our own rules of order. If there is a conflict or discrepancy, WSC procedures will take precedence over Robert’s.

WSC STANDING RULES OF ORDER

1. Each WSC delegate and trustee will have a voice and a vote. Alternate delegates and representatives will have a voice. An alternate delegate has a vote in the absence of their regional delegate. Representatives have no vote. World service committee chairs have voice limited to their committee report and questions regarding their committee’s activities. The WSO Executive Director has a voice limited to her report and questions regarding WSO activities.

2. No member may speak on a motion more than once unless others desiring to speak on the motion have exercised their opportunity. A region’s delegate and alternate delegate are considered to be the same member when speaking on a motion.

3. There is a time limit on debate by any member. No member may speak longer than three minutes on a motion each time they are recognized by the Chair. However, the Chair may exercise discretion to extend the time limit when, in the Chair’s opinion, such action is warranted. To otherwise extend debate, a motion from the floor to do so must be adopted.

4. There is a limit on the number of speakers on any motion. No more than three members may speak in favor of (pro) and no more than three members may speak in opposition to (con) any motion. Debate may be extended, when a motion from the floor to extend debate is made and adopted.

5. Every main motion from the floor must be presented in writing on a WSC motion form and contain the names and positions of the members proposing and seconding the motion. A region’s delegate and alternate delegate are considered to be the same member when making or seconding motions. Motions presented by the BOT do not require a second. Motions should be worded in the positive to provide clarity on the effect of the motion. A motion should be clear, concise, comprehensive, and have its intent visibly reflected, as the members will be voting on the actual wording of the motion, not the maker’s intent of its effects. Motions must be turned in to the motions table before the Chair will recognize the maker. All motions are displayed in writing before debate or voting. After a motion is made and seconded, the Chair restates the motion clearly to the conference. The motion is now pending and before the conference; it is only at this point that the motion belongs to the conference and must be disposed of in some manner.

6. Every amendment to a main motion must be presented in writing on a WSC motion form and contain the names and positions of the members proposing and seconding the amendment. A region’s delegate and alternate delegate are considered to be the same member when making or seconding amendments. Any second merely indicates that another member wishes the matter to come before the conference; it does not necessarily mean that the member who seconds the motion is in favor of the motion. Amendments presented by the BOT do not require a second. Amendments must be turned in to the motions table before the Chair will recognize the maker. All amendments are displayed in writing before debate or voting.

7. Debate follows (if the motion is debatable), and/or the making of an amendment to the motion (if the motion is amendable). Debate addresses the motion or the amendment, not the member making it. Motives should never be questioned. Members should address each other through the presiding Chair. The Chair addresses members by name. Discussion (debate) is not between two members but through the Chair.

8. When ready, the conference votes to adopt (carry) or reject (fail) the motion or amendment. This is also known as the Chair putting the question. The member who is chairing the conference, conducting a vote, or officially counting a vote does not have a vote while serving in this capacity. Voting shall be by a voice vote while standing. All in favor of the item are asked by the Chair to stand and remain standing for a count of the vote. Those in favor are then seated, and the process is repeated for those opposed and in abstention to the item in question.

9. A majority vote (simple majority) is a vote of more than one-half of the votes cast.

10. Every motion to make or amend policies and guidelines must be carried by 2/3 of the voting body as polled in each session.

11. Any motion submitted in the CAR for the current conference and approved at the conference becomes effective at the conclusion of the conference, unless otherwise specified in the motion.

12. These standing rules of the conference are applied in conjunction with Robert’s Rules of Order.

FLOOR MOTION CRITERIA

The agenda for the World Service Conference (WSC) includes several sessions where the conference participants address different types of business.

The Old Business session addresses the motions that were presented to the Nar-Anon Family Groups in the Conference Agenda Report (CAR). The fellowship has had an opportunity to consider and evaluate these motions. Regions have held assemblies to discuss the CAR so their regional delegates can come to the WSC with an awareness of the group conscience of their regions. During the Old Business session, any motions which arise that were not contained in the CAR must fall into specific categories in order to be considered.

Acceptable motions from the floor during the Old Business session would include amendments to or withdrawals of motions in the current CAR and motions regarding the daily conference agenda, conference rules of order or general operations of the current conference, such as motions to adjourn or motions to accept minutes of the prior day’s business.

During the Old Business session, the WSC Chair will rule out of order any motions from the floor of the conference that substantially change the intent of a motion presented in the CAR; attempt to change the Twelve Steps, Twelve Traditions or Twelve Concepts of Service; or attempt to change Nar-Anon’s name, nature or purpose. Motions of this nature require review by the fellowship and will be dealt with under new business.

The WSC cannot approve new recovery literature or changes to existing conference approved recovery literature unless the new literature or changes to existing literature have been presented to the fellowship with the CAR. Recovery literature is simply defined as the conference approved literature that groups use in their meetings to work on recovery. This would include step and tradition books, daily readers, pamphlets on recovery topics, the Blue Booklet, step workbooks, etc. Changes to conference approved recovery literature require fellowship approval. Motions from the floor which attempt to change conference approved recovery literature will be dealt with under New Business.

The WSC also hears region reports and world service committee reports. Any motions which arise as a result of these reports will fall under New Business.

The New Business session of the WSC deals with budgets, projects planned for the next cycle, approval of service material presented within the conference approval track material time-frame, and the evaluation of new ideas which have come about during the current conference, including changes to conference approved recovery literature as mentioned above. After discussion of ideas which have come about during the current conference, the WSC decides whether these ideas or proposals will be included in the CAR for the next conference cycle or whether no action will be taken.

MOTIONS

In addition to motions originating from or tabled at WSC 2010, we have received twelve (12) motions from Regions around the world and eight (8) from World Service Committees to be considered at the WSC 2012. These motions are presented in no specific order. At the conference the motions will be dealt with as time permits. Although all motions are important - especially to the Regions that submitted them - time to complete each motion could be an issue, therefore we would like to accomplish this in as fair and equal a manner as possible.

Motions that have been ruled “Out of Order” are included in the CAR so that the decision of the chair may be appealed at the conference. All delegates should be prepared to vote on the ruling of the chair and the motion in question, in the event that the ruling of the chair is overturned.

New Business Motion from WSC 2010 that passed and requires ratification by the Fellowship:

Motion 1 (WSC 2010 Floor Motion 1): WSO develop a comprehensive database for regions around the world. The database for regions to include first and last name, phone number, address and email address for the following regional positions:
• Regional Chair
• Regional Vice Chair
• Regional Secretary
• Regional Treasurer
• Delegate
• Alternate Delegate
• Other Regional committee chairs such as HI/PI, events etc.

Maker: WSC 2010 Committee

Intent: The database is to be categorized in distribution lists under regional positions. This database is to be easily accessible by World Service Committees so that they may contact and disseminate information to the corresponding regional committees via their World Service email accounts.

Board of Trustees Recommendation: To ratify.
This motion was passed unanimously at the WSC 2010 and needs to be ratified by the fellowship.

Tabled Motion from WSC 2010:

Motion 2 (WSC 2010 Motion 23): To remove the voting rights of Trustees on Motions contained in the CAR report.

Maker: Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia Region, Region Motion # 1

Intent: The Trustees should not have voting rights concerning Motions in the CAR report because they are not carrying votes from the fellowship and are only carrying their vote which is not representative of the whole of Nar-Anon. The purpose of the CAR Report, which includes all Motions presented to World for inclusion at the World Service Conference for approval by its members, as well as the election of the Delegates to represent the family groups in the election process is being circumvented by allowing the Trustees to vote their individual ideas and/or thoughts. Therefore, no Trustee should have a single vote. The Delegates should be the only authorized vote because the Delegate represents the Group and fellowship as a whole.

Board of Trustees Recommendation: To not adopt.
The Board feels that there is a misunderstanding by some members of our fellowship surrounding what the Board does and who we represent. As members of the Board of Trustees, we do not represent ourselves individually nor do we represent our regions. The Board of Trustees represents the Nar-Anon Family Groups as a whole, taking all Nar-Anon members around the world into consideration when making decisions.

The Board of Trustees has the responsibility of protecting Nar-Anon’s Twelve Traditions and Twelve Concepts of Service. Restricting voting rights of the Trustees at the WSC would be at cross-purposes to Concept Seven which states, “All members of a service body bear substantial responsibility for that body’s decisions and should be allowed to fully participate in its decision-making processes.” As active members of the World Service Conference, members of the Board must be allowed to fully participate in its decision-making processes. To restrict the voting rights of any group of conference participants would be restricting their participation in the decision-making process.

The WSC 2012 will be Nar-Anon’s fourth conference. In 2006, 15 delegates and 3 trustees were voting. In 2008, 16 delegates and 10 trustees were voting, yet only 3 delegates represented regions outside of the USA. In 2010, 15 delegates, 1 alternate delegate, and 10 trustees were voting. The current number of delegates participating at the WSC does not adequately represent the worldwide fellowship, as there are nearly 1,000 international groups. On a world level, our fellowship’s service structure is still in the early stages of its development.

Although the number of delegates will increase, the number of trustees will remain fixed between 7 and 15. A motion from the board requiring a vote of the WSC in order to amend the minimum or maximum number of trustees was passed at WSC 2010.

It has been brought up that NA’s trustees do not vote on the motions in the CAR at their WSC. The Board feels that using NA’s current voting process for comparison does not take the present developmental stage of our own WSC into consideration. NA’s decision to restrict their World Board from voting on old business was not reached until 1995, their 20th conference.

Regional Motions:

Motion 3: That an online version control document be maintained to reflect all changes to our Nar-Anon literature.

Maker: Ontario Region, Region Motion #1

Rationale: To have a reference document which can be used to easily ascertain what changes have been made in each version of our various pieces of literature.

The new edition of the SESH book contains a notation in the preface, indicating that it is the second edition, the revision date, and a high-level summary of the changes. Instead of just having this information available in the actual pieces of literature, it would be helpful to have a central document for all version control information.

Board of Trustees Recommendation: To not adopt.
The magnitude of maintaining a list of all changes made to every piece of literature is prohibitive. As Nar-Anon literature is updated, it goes out to the fellowship for review before approval at the WSC. In this way, the fellowship has the opportunity to review the changes being made to each piece of literature. The control date of each piece of literature will be listed on the WSO website and literature order forms.

Motion 4: That the World Service newsletter, currently mailed out to paid subscribers, be made available for free, online at the World Service website.

Maker: Ontario Region, Region Motion #2

Rationale: The newsletter’s main purpose should be to communicate to the fellowship and this is hindered by limited distribution. Its value in communicating to members is far more than the funds it collects, so we propose that an electronic version be available on the website or even emailed directly to online subscribers. This would allow World Service to effectively communicate to all members.

Board of Trustees Recommendation: To not adopt.
The board affirms the intent of this motion. However, we prefer the broader scope of Motion #16 from the World Service Newsletter Committee.

Motion 5: During the next review and revisions of the bluebook, change the language in the blue book to be gender neutral i.e. he/she or they, them, themselves etc.

Maker: Ontario Region, Region Motion #3

Rationale: Gender neutral language would be much more inclusive for members and new members.

WSC 2012 Chair: This motion is ruled “Out of Order”. The motion violates the moratorium on changes to conference approved literature for 2 complete conference cycles. The Blue Book was revised at WSC 2008 by 5 separate motions.

Board of Trustees Recommendation: To not adopt.
We agree with the WSC 2012 Chair’s ruling that this motion is out of order.

Motion 6: To request that the Nar-Anon Fellowship create a project to develop a three dimensional version of the existing Nar-Anon logo. The logo represents the concepts of Nar-anon, the tools used for growth and ultimately the goal of the program. This is suggested by invisible lines projecting upward from the intersecting lines and circular portions of the logo. They eventually meet and form a common goal of the program.

Maker: Western Pennsylvania, Region Motion Number 1

Rationale: Please note that other 12 step fellowships also use a similar format. We have submitted 2 sketches to convey this idea. Serenity is the goal of the Nar-Anon Program. The paraphrase listed is taken from the Blue Book, Newcomers Welcome. In version 1, the lines are limited to one word descriptions, with explanations of growth concepts in parenthesis. Version 2 is taken from The Principles We Practice Companion Workbook to the Nar-anon Twelve Step Program, review edition II (Nov. 2004)



Board of Trustees Recommendation: To not adopt.
We find that implementing a project plan for a three dimensional logo is not feasible at this time. Due to limited human resources, our world service committees are still working on completing the project plans approved at WSC 2010.

Motion 7: In order to provide literature for institutions and recovery facilities only, the WSO will produce 9½”x11” color card-stock with the following items printed from the Nar-Anon Blue Book: The Twelve Steps, The Twelve Traditions, Changing Ourselves, Preamble, and The Family.

Maker: Northern California Region, Region Motion #1

Rationale: To provide literature that is more cost effective and is easily transported into institutions and meetings held in recovery facilities.

Board of Trustees Recommendation: To not adopt.
The board affirms the intent of this motion. We have already implemented the production of laminated 8 ½ x 11 cards with readings from the Nar-Anon blue booklet, which will be available for sale from WSO. We feel that these cards will meet the needs requested in this motion.

Motion 8: Any new literature developed and approved at Conference shall have only “Higher Power” used, not using the word God, He, or Him.

Maker: Northern California Region, Region Motion #2

Rationale: We have many members from other cultures and beliefs and we do not want to offend them. Our program is inclusive and is working to become truly worldwide. We recommend using "Higher Power," as it is identified with all beliefs.

Board of Trustees Recommendation: To not adopt.
A similar motion, Motion 13 from Northern California, failed at WSC 2006: 3 for, 14 opposed, 1 abstention: The Northern California Area moves that the WSC approve the substitution of the words “Higher Power” used in place of “He, She, Him, Her, God or Our Father” throughout Nar- Anon writings.

The World Service Literature Committee has strived to reduce the use of the word God in new literature, replacing it with Higher Power. Because the words “God, He, Him, His, and Himself” are in our steps and traditions, we cannot eliminate these words unless we want to change the steps and traditions. As well, when members share and choose to refer to their Higher Power as God, we should allow them to express themselves in their own words.

Literature in foreign languages may be translated to conform to the spirit and meaning of the original English versions, provided they have a duly executed contract with NFGH, Inc. to translate, print and distribute CAL. This allows foreign speaking countries that may have different cultures and beliefs to change the words to be appropriate to their cultures and beliefs in their own language.

Motion 9: WSO will research and develop cost analysis of a plan which will allow countries (except in US, Canada, and Mexico) to have their verified regional delegate participate in WSC remotely via web conferencing.

Maker: Northern California Region, Region Motion #4

Rationale: This would allow more representation at WSC by other countries which would otherwise be cost prohibitive due to travel expenses. The amount paid by countries attending remotely will be determined by WSO.

Board of Trustees Recommendation: To affirm.

Motion 10: The Nar-Anon Newsletter should be placed on the Nar-Anon Website www.nar-anon.org so that it can be downloaded free for the fellowship. Those wishing the newsletter to be mailed to them will continue to pay for the cost of copying, shipping and handling as a subscription.

Maker: Northern California Region, Region Motion #7

Rationale: This would allow worldwide fellowship exposure of Nar-Anon information and news.

Board of Trustees Recommendation: To not adopt.
The board affirms the intent of this motion. However, we prefer the broader scope of Motion #16 from the World Service Newsletter Committee.

Motion 11: To approve the use of the Unity Prayer in Nar-Anon meetings and literature. The prayer is: “I put my hand in yours and together we can do what we could never do alone. No longer is there a sense of hopelessness. No longer must we depend upon our own unsteady willpower. We are all together now, reaching out our hands, for a power and strength greater than our own. And as we join hands, we find love and understanding beyond our wildest dreams.”

Maker: Florida Region, Region Motion #1

Rationale: Since many Nar-Anon groups are already using the Unity Prayer in their openings or closings, it is appropriate to formally accept this practice.

Previously this motion was not accepted largely because of the fear that it may have been copyrighted material. Our research found that though it appears to have originated in Overeaters Anonymous (OA), it has wide distribution and usage. The only religious reference was by the Unitarian Church but since there are no specific references to any specific understanding of God or religious doctrine, this should be usable by the general fellowship. If approved by the fellowship, permission could be sought from OA.

The wording is entirely consistent with our message of recovery. There are two versions being used but our discussion concluded that the version listed in the motion to be the clearest and most consistent.

WSC 2012 Chair: This motion is ruled “Out of Order”.
The motion violates the moratorium on repeat motions for 2 complete conference cycles because this motion is substantially the same as a motion that failed at the WSC 2010.

Board of Trustees Recommendation: To not adopt.
We agree that this motion is out of order. A similar motion, Motion #1 from the WSC 2008, failed at WSC 2010: 10 for, 15 opposed, 1 abstention: To give conference approval to the following “Unity Prayer”: I put my hand in yours, and together we can do what we could never do alone. No longer is there a sense of hopelessness, no longer must we each depend upon our own
unsteady willpower. We are all together now, reaching out our hands for power and strength greater than ours, and as we join hands, we find love and understanding beyond our wildest dreams.

Motion 12: To amend wording in pamphlet “What happens after treatment”. The location of the proposed change is on the front page. It is the third sentence of the paragraph directly below the Nar-Anon Logo. The current wording is: “We as family and friends also have to take action to fight the family disease of addiction.” We propose that the sentence wording change to: “We as family and friends also have to take action to recover from the affects of the disease of addiction.

Maker: South Africa Region, Region Motion #1

Rationale: In Nar-Anon Step One we learn that we are powerless over addiction; therefore we cannot win a fight against the disease of addiction.

We learn that there is hope for recovery from the affects of the disease of addiction.

Therefore, we feel that it is more meaningful to say that we as family and friends also have to take action to recover from the affects of the disease of addiction.

Motion 13: To approve the book “As Doze Tradições do Nar-Anon” (The Twelve Traditions of Nar-Anon) edited by Brazilian Nar-Anon as a CAL.

Maker: Brazil Region, Region Motion #1

Rationale: Grupos Familiares Nar-Anon do Brasil, respecting the Unity of our principles want this piece, approved by our General Services Conference, to be approved by the World Conference Service.

Board of Trustees Recommendation:
At the time of release of the CAR, the board of trustees has not had the opportunity to review the Traditions document.

Motion 14: To approve the book “Os Lemas do Nar-Anon” (The Slogans of Nar-Anon) edited by Brazilian Nar-Anon as a CAL.

Maker: Brazil Region, Region Motion #2

Rationale: Grupos Familiares Nar-Anon do Brasil, respecting the Unity of our principles want this piece, approved by our General Services Conference, to be approved by the World Conference Service.

Board of Trustees Recommendation:
At the time of release of the CAR, the board of trustees has not received a translated version of the Slogans document to review.

World Service Committee Motions:

Motion 15: Remove the following paragraph from the Guide to Local Services located on page 8-2, under Fund Raising. “Nar-Anon WSO does not stock or offer program related jewelry, trinkets or t-shirts for sale because that could divert it from its primary purpose and endanger its tax-exempt status.”

Maker: World Service Resource Development Committee, Committee Motion #1

Rationale: To allow the WSO to stock items Nar-Anon Family Groups request to be available for purchase that many groups are purchasing from other sources. For example, literature racks, newcomer chips or medallions and chips recognizing years of recovery.

Board of Trustees Recommendation: To affirm.
Article 2.1 of our Bylaws states: “A specific purpose of the Corporation shall be to sell and distribute Nar-Anon WSC-approved literature, other approved material and merchandise.”

Motion 16: To make electronic versions of the Nar-Anon newsletter available free of charge. This includes - past and current newsletters being downloadable from the WSO website and current newsletters available via e-mail subscription. Mailed newsletters would remain available for purchase by those wishing to receive a printed copy.

Maker: World Service Newsletter Committee, Committee Motion #1

Rationale: The newsletter is a service tool by which current news and information is disseminated to the fellowship. It can also be used for outreach material and topics in meetings. The committee feels that the newsletter would better serve the fellowship by reaching more members through free availability.

Board of Trustees Recommendation: To affirm.

Motion 17: To amend a previously adopted motion, Moratorium motion #1 from the WSC 2008 which reads as follows:

“Create a moratorium on non-literature related repeat motions for two complete conference cycles.”

Amend this motion to read:

“A moratorium shall exist on motions submitted to the WSC which are substantially the same as motions included in a CAR that failed at either of the two preceding conferences.”

This motion shall take effect upon approval by the conference.

Maker: 2012 World Service Conference Committee, Committee Motion #2

Rationale: To clarify and make specific the conditions under which a moratorium shall exist on repeat motions presented in a CAR that failed at the conference.

Board of Trustees Recommendation: To affirm.

Motion 18: To amend a previously adopted motion, Moratorium motion #2 from the WSC 2008 which reads as follows:

“Create a moratorium on motions to change existing CAL for two complete conference cycles.”

Amend this motion to read:

“Upon conference approval of an alteration, or alterations, to an existing conference approved recovery literature document, a moratorium of two complete conference cycles on motions for further changes shall take effect. The moratorium shall not apply in the event of changes required to eliminate plagiarism.”

This motion shall take effect upon approval by the conference.

Maker: 2012 World Service Conference Committee, Committee Motion #3

Rationale: To clarify and make specific the conditions under which a moratorium shall exist on changes to Conference Approved Recovery Literature.

Board of Trustees Recommendation: To affirm.

Motion 19: All Nar-Anon conference approved service literature be downloadable for free from the WSO website.

Maker: World Service Literature Committee, Committee Motion #1

Rationale: To provide the widest possible distribution of service literature to the fellowship at large by making it available for free downloads from the WSO website. This will provide instant access to service literature by the worldwide fellowship. Hard copies will remain available for a charge from WSO.

Board of Trustees Recommendation: To affirm.

Motion 20: Approve the Introduction and Steps One, Two and Three of The Nar-Anon Thirty-Six, to be used by the fellowship until it is incorporated into the Twelve Step volume of The Nar-Anon Thirty-Six. A moratorium on motions to change the Introduction, Steps One, Two, and Three does not apply until the complete Twelve Step volume of The Nar-Anon Thirty-Six has been altered for the first time by the conference.

Maker: World Service Literature Committee, Committee Motion #2

Rationale: To make this section available to the fellowship while work is continuing on the remainder of the Twelve Step volume of The Nar-Anon Thirty-Six.

Motion 21: Approve the revised Information for the Newcomer pamphlet.

Maker: World Service Literature Committee, Committee Motion #3

Rationale: Due to the large number of changes made to the original pamphlet, the World Service Literature Committee felt this pamphlet required another review and vote by the fellowship.

Motion 22: To formally approve 5 logo styles which were derived from the logo change approved at the WSC 2008 and have been in use since that time on our literature and our website.

Maker: World Service Website Committee, Committee Motion #1

Rationale: This would be a clarification for the fellowship as WSC 2006 and WSC 2008 minutes were vague and missing important examples of the logos and symbols.


Logos with text, from left to right: Black & White, Blue & White, and Gray & Blue Gradient
Logos without text, from left to right: Black, Blue

Board of Trustees Recommendation: To affirm.

LITERATURE INCLUDED WITH THE CAR:

Recovery Literature:

1. The Twelve Traditions of Nar-Anon (booklet)
2. The Slogans (in Portuguese, booklet)
3. Information for the Newcomer (pamphlet)
4. The Nar-Anon Thirty-Six:
a. Introduction
b. Step One
c. Step Two
d. Step Three

Service Literature:

1. The Nar-Anon Family Groups’ Guide to World Services (GWS)

Regions may submit motions to amend the GWS under new business at the WSC 2012. Motions to amend the GWS that are approved at the WSC 2012 will be placed in the Conference Agenda Report (CAR) for WSC 2014, for fellowship review and approval at the WSC 2014. Motions to amend the GWS may also be submitted by Regions after the WSC 2012 for inclusion in the WSC 2014 CAR.
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