Area Service Committee (ASC)
The area committee is the primary means by which the services of a local NA community are administered. The area committee is composed of group service representatives, administrative officers (chairperson, vice chairperson, secretary, treasurer), subcommittee chairpersons, and the area's regional committee members. The area committee elects its own officers, subcommittee chairpersons, and RCMs.
Group Service Representative (GSR) / Alternate
Group service representatives link their groups to the rest of Narcotics Anonymous. Most groups also elect an alternate GSR who can fill in for the group representative when needed. GSRs serve a dual role. As our fellowship’s Second Concept for Service indicates, GSRs take part on their groups’ behalf in the area committee and the regional assembly, conveying a sense of their groups’ wishes to the service structure and bringing back information on what’s happening in the larger world of NA.
Chairperson / Vice Chairperson
The area committee chairperson is responsible for conducting committee meetings, preparing the agenda, and various administrative duties. The primary responsibility of the area committee vice chairperson is the coordination of the area subcommittees. The vice chairperson is also responsible to assist the chairperson in conducting area committee meetings and to conduct ASC meetings him or herself in the chairperson’s absence.
Meeting List Distribution Officer (MDO)
The MDO is responsible for production and formatting of the Southwest Area Meeting Directory and for maintaining an alternate version of the directory for PI & PL and H&I use.
Treasurer / Vice Treasurer
The area treasurer’s job is critical to the committee’s work. Because of the added responsibility of handling money associated with service as treasurer, it’s especially important that area committees select their treasurers with care. The treasurer receives contributions from the groups, administers the area’s checking account, pays the rent for the committee’s meeting hall, reimburses officers and subcommittee chairs for their budgeted expenses, keeps careful records of all transactions, and reports on the financial condition of the area committee at each of its meetings.
7th Tradition Donations
Make money orders payable and addressed as follows:
PO Box 519
Hemet, CA 92546
Literature Distribution Officer (LDO) / Alternate
The Literature Distribution Officer (LDO) receives and fulfills literature orders made by GSRs, then distributes them the following month at ASC.
Hospitals & Institutions (H&I)
Hospitals and institutions subcommittees conduct panels that carry the NA message to addicts who often have no other way of hearing our message. Treatment panels are conducted for patients at addiction treatment centers, mental health facilities, and therapeutic communities. Correctional panels are held for inmates at jails, prisons, and forensic hospitals.
Food - Fun - Fellowship!
The purpose of the events hosted by the Activities Committee is for recovering addicts to come together in the spirit of unity and experience fun in recovery.
Dances, picnics, camp-outs, special speaker meetings—these events are put on by area activities subcommittees. Activities like these can provide a greater sense of community for the local NA Fellowship and produce additional area income.
Public Relations (PR)
The general mission of your area public relations subcommittee is to inform addicts and others in the community of the availability of recovery in Narcotics Anonymous. Services provided by PR subcommittees vary widely from area to area. The simplest kind of PR project is the production and distribution of fliers throughout the community announcing that NA is available and that more information can be had either by calling the local NA information phoneline or by attending an NA meeting.
Regional Committee Member (RCM) / Alternate
Regional committee members are just that: They serve as the core of the regional service committee, a body which coordinates service forums throughout the region, is responsible for the regional convention, and conducts the regional assembly. RCMs keep their areas in touch with the larger world of NA by providing information on activities in neighboring areas, functions being sponsored by the regional committee, reports relevant to subcommittee affairs, and important issues being discussed at various levels of service.
Outreach subcommittees serve as the outstretched hand of an established NA community to isolated groups and addicts, particularly in large rural areas. By phone, by mail, and by car they make sure that no group and no addict has to go through it alone if at all possible. The subcommittee helps keep geographically isolated groups and addicts in touch with the mainstream of the NA Fellowship.
Convention Committee Representative
Organizing regional activities can be very taxing, especially for smaller regional committees. The task of organizing a regional convention, in particular, is a major undertaking. Most regions conducting annual conventions create a standing subcommittee to handle the job.
Definitions of trusted service positions outlined in "A Guide to Local Services", NAWS; 2002 version, and from the SWANA ASC Guidelines