Guidelines

BOULDER AREA SERVICE COMMITTEE OF NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS
GUIDELINES

05/11/2010

Article I:  Name

The name of this service committee is the Boulder Area Service Committee.
Hereafter to be referred to as B.A.S.C. for convenience.

Article II:  Purpose

The purpose of the B.A.S.C. is to serve its Member-Groups and their primary
purpose by helping groups address their day to day situations and needs.  Whenever
a group has a specific need which it has not been able to resolve it may use the B.A.
S.C. for counsel.  The B.A.S.C.’s primary function is to serve the Member-Groups;
it is not a governing body for its Member Groups or Narcotics Anonymous; it is
directly responsible to its Member Groups.

An N.A. Group is any meeting which meets regularly at the same time and place
and follows the guidelines set forth in A Guide to Local Services in Narcotics
Anonymous.  The primary purpose of each group should be to carry the message of
recovery to the addict who still suffers.  Any new group must meet for three months
before it can be added to the Area meeting list.

Article III:  Meetings

The regular meeting of the B.A.S.C. is held on the first Sunday of each month at a
predetermined location.  Literature Orders and Treasury Monies are to be turned in
at 12:30 with Business Meeting starting at 1:00pm.  Special meetings may be
requested by motion at A.S.C.

Article IV:  Proposals and Consensus Based Decision Making

“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.”

Proposals

All proposals are decided through Consensus-Based Decision Making.  Any NA
member is welcome to attend the B.A.S.C., introduce proposals and participate in
discussion.  Proposals are to be submitted on the form provided, and shall be
decided by a consensus of the Decision Making members of the B.A.S.C. present.

Consensus-Based Decision Making

Though the use of Consensus-Based Decision making admittedly takes longer to
achieve an outcome, the results are understood by all in attendance at a more
significant level.  In addition, any proposal can be easily modified as discussion
progresses.  Making a motion, requiring a second and so forth are no longer needed.
Decision Makers become a single point of accountability to those that they
represent (see 12 Concepts of NA Service).

Consensus-Based Decision Making Process

1.        Bring proposals to the B.A.S.C. that are formulated in advance with as much
collaboration as possible to facilitate the consensus decision process.
2.         Maker of the proposal speaks first to the intent.
3.         Open up the floor for clarifying questions about the proposal (not a debate
on the merits but a brief session to be sure everyone understands the proposal).
4.         Facilitator asks whether anyone has reservations about the proposal. These
are heard and they may be answered or the proposal may be modified.
5.         Once all reservations have been heard and answered in this way, Facilitator
asks, “Do we have consensus?”  Participants respond in one of four ways:
a.         Assent.  This means that the Decision Maker supports the proposal.  The
Decision Maker has heard the discussion, has had a chance to participate in the
process of finalizing the proposal and is in agreement with every aspect.
b.         Assent with Reservations.  Done by the Decision Maker raising their hand
and simply saying, “Assent with Reservations.”  The Decision Maker is simply
noting that they can support the proposal and continue to have these reservations.
c.         Stand Aside.  A statement that the Decision Maker does not support the
proposal, but the Decision Maker’s objection is not of the severity to warrant a
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or more, this will indicate a consensus too weak to adopt the proposal.  The
proposal is then either dropped or delegated to the maker of the proposal or an Ad-
hock Committee for reworking.
d.         Block.  Given that a proposal can be defeated by a sufficient number of
Stand Asides, the Block should be an extremely rare step taken only when a
participant honestly believes that one of the Traditions or Concepts is directly
violated by this proposal.  A Decision Maker who blocks must be able to articulate
which Tradition or Concept or Spiritual principle fundamental to NA is violated by
the specific proposal.

Article V:  Elections

Elections shall be held annually at the B.A.S.C. meeting for the month of March. All
trusted servants are elected by a vote of Decision Making B.A.S.C. members. Any
member of NA can be nominated but the nomination must be seconded by a voting
participant of the B.A.S.C.   Any nominee for a B.A.S.C. position must be present
in order to state their qualifications.  Participants will be given the opportunity to
ask questions and/or voice their objections (if any) concerning any nominee while
the nominee is present.

Voting:
1.        A vote will be taken for all elected positions regardless of the number of
nominees.
2.        If there is only one nominee for a position after nominations have been
closed, the election is known as a vote of acclamation and will be indicated as such
by the Chairperson. The nominee must then receive 2/3rds of the participating votes
to be elected. If the nominee fails to receive 2/3rds then nominations will be
reopened.
3.        While the voting process is taking place the nominees should leave the room.
4.        All Decision Making members in attendance may cast one vote.
5.        The Chairperson will ask who is in favor of the first candidate nominated,
then the second, and so on. All votes for a candidate will be counted before moving
on to the next one.
6.        The only votes that will be tallied are those in favor of the candidate.
7.        The Chairperson will vote only when a vote total is tied.
8.        The final vote totals will NOT be reflected in the minutes.

Article VI:  Trusted Servants

The Fourth Concept states “Effective leadership is highly valued in Narcotics
Anonymous.  Leadership qualities should be carefully considered when selecting
trusted servants.”  With that in mind, the following list of qualifications is suggested
for all BASC Administrative members:

1.         Willingness to serve.
2.         Time and resources to fulfill the commitment.
3.         A working knowledge of the Twelve Steps, Twelve Traditions, and Twelve
Concepts of Narcotics Anonymous.
4.         Prior NA service experience.
5.         Active participant of Narcotics Anonymous fellowship.

Specific qualifications, duties and responsibilities of each B.A.S.C. Administrative
Committee position can be found in the following sections.

Trusted servants are to serve a maximum of two (2) consecutive years in any one
position.  Relapse constitutes automatic removal from any elected position.
Additionally, trusted servants may be removed for:

1.        Non-fulfillment of the duties of their position.
2.        Absence at three (3) or more consecutive meetings, unless an alternate
and/or report is sent in their stead.

CHAIRPERSON:  Suggested clean time is two (2) years.  Length of commitment is
one (1) year. Duties of the chairperson include:

1.        Open the meeting on time.
2.        Recognize those who are entitled to the floor.
3.        Read proposal and facilitate proposal process.
4.        Enforce the rules relating to debate, order and decorum within the committee.
5.        Expedite business in every way compatible with the rights of the members
and observers.
6.        Decide all questions of order, unless the chairperson prefers to submit the
question to the committee for decision.
7.        Respond to all inquiries of members relating to consensus based decision
making or factual information bearing on the business of the committee.
8.        Authenticate by signature, when necessary, all acts, proposals, and
proceedings of the B.A.S.C.
9.        Co-sign the B.A.S.C. bank account.
10.        Arrange the agenda for each meeting.
11.        Appoint Ad-hock Committee Chairpersons.
12.        Conduct the meeting with impartiality and fairness.
13.        Adjourn the meeting.

VICE-CHAIRPERSON:  Suggested clean time is two (2) years.  Length of
commitment is one (1) year.  Duties of the vice-chairperson include:

1.        To serve as chairperson in the absence of the chairperson.
2.        Fill in for and assume responsibility for chairperson, treasurer, and secretary
as needed.
3.        Fill in for and assume responsibility for any vacant subcommittee
chairperson positions until such position is filled by election.

SECRETARY:  Suggested clean time is one (1) year.  Length of commitment is one
(1) year. Duties of the secretary include:

1.        Take minutes at B.A.S.C. meeting.
2.        Distribute minutes to all B.A.S.C. Members no later than ten (10) days
following the B.A.S.C. meeting.
3.        Maintain and update archives, making them easily accessible.
4.        Amend and maintain B.A.S.C. Guidelines as needed.

TREASURER:  Suggested clean time is two (2) years and a job. Length of
commitment is one (1) year.  Duties of the treasurer include:

1.        Be the custodian of the B.A.S.C. funds.
2.        Be a co-signer of the B.A.S.C.’s bank account.
3.        Report receipts and disbursements at each meeting, and submit an excel
spreadsheet to be added to the minutes.
4.        Disburse funds as directed by the B.A.S.C.
5.        Keep receipts for all contributions and disbursements.
6.        Disbursements other than budget priorities must be voted on by B.A.S.C.
Budget priorities are as follows:
a. Phone Line – Pay answering service bill and other expenses as needed.
b. Public Information – Pay expenses as needed. (meeting schedules)
c. Hospitals & Institutions – Pay expenses as needed.
d. Rent
e. Literature – Pay expenses as needed.
f. Activities – Pay expenses as needed.
g. Donation to Colorado Region
7.        Wherever possible checks will be written directly to the businesses
providing services to the B.A.S.C.
8.        All members/groups/committees utilizing or requesting any B.A.S.C. funds
will be required to provide the treasurer with an itemized budget request and
financial report including all receipts.
9.        The Treasurer shall keep an archive of the past month’s bank account
statements, including canceled checks, deposit slips and all receipts.
10.        Must have access to a computer.

VICE-TREASURER:  Suggested clean time is two (2) years and a job. Length of
commitment is one (1) year.  Duties of the  vice-treasurer include:

1.        To serve as treasurer in absence of treasurer.
2.        Be the custodian of B.A.S.C. funds
3.        Be a co-signer of the B.A.S.C.’s bank account.
4.        Report receipts and disbursements at each meeting, and submit an excel
spreadsheet to be added to the minutes.
5.        Disburse funds as directed by the B.A.S.C.
6.        Keep receipts for all contributions and disbursements.
7.        Disbursements other than budget priorities must be voted on by B.A.S.C.
Budget priorities are as follows:
a. Phone Line – Pay answering service bill and other expenses as needed.
b. Public Information – Pay expenses as needed. (meeting schedules)
c. Hospitals & Institutions – Pay expenses as needed.
d. Rent
e. Literature – Pay expenses as needed.
f. Activities – Pay expenses as needed.
g. Donation to Colorado Region
8.        Wherever possible checks will be written directly to the businesses
providing services to the B.A.S.C.
9.        All members/groups/committees utilizing or requesting any B.A.S.C. funds
will be required to provide the treasurer with an itemized budget request and
financial report including any and all receipts.
10.        The Treasurer shall keep an archive of the past month’s bank account
statements, including canceled checks, deposit slips and all receipts.
11.        Must have access to a computer

REGIONAL COMMITTEE MEMBERS (RCM):  Suggested clean time is two (2)
years.  Length of commitment is one (1) year.  The RCM(s) will carry the
conscience of the B.A.S.C. to the Region and the Regional Assembly.  They will
also report back to the B.A.S.C. Regional and World activities of N.A. Please refer
to A Guide to Local Services in Narcotics Anonymous, page 52 for more
information.  Duties of the RCM include:

1.        Submit a written report of monthly activities and a copy of information
submitted to the R.S.C. at each B.A.S.C. meeting.
2.        Attend the Colorado Regional meetings of Narcotics Anonymous.
3.        Attend the Colorado Regional Assembly of Narcotics Anonymous.
4.        Represent the interest of the B.A.S.C. at the R.S.C. and to carry the Area’s
conscience.
5.        The longest serving Regional Committee Member serves as the B.A.S.C.
Chair in the absence of the B.A.S.C. Chair and B.A.S.C. Vice Chair.

PHONE LINE CHAIRPERSON:  Suggested clean time is two (2) years as well as
six (6) months of prior N.A. Phone line experience.  Length of commitment is one
(1) year.  Duties of the Phone line Chairperson include:

1.        Being directly responsible to the B.A.S.C.
2.        Elect or appoint other committee members or officers as necessary.
3.        Provide a written report of all monthly activities at each B.A.S.C. meeting.
4.        Hold regularly scheduled and announced quarterly meetings or as necessary.
5.        Function under directions contained in this document and any Guidelines
offered by the World Service Office of Narcotics Anonymous.
6.        Will also function within the principles of any World Service handbook,
guideline or guide unless stated in writing by the Sub-Committee or B.A.S.C. as a
group.
7.        Maintain list of current phone line volunteers.
8.        Conduct business with answering service.
9.        Conduct and organize learning days as necessary.
10.         Develop and/or maintain guidelines for Phone line Sub-Committee.

PUBLIC INFORMATION CHAIRPERSON:  Suggested clean time is two (2)
years.  Length of commitment is one (1) year.  The purpose of the Public
information Sub-Committee (PI) is to provide conference approved literature and
information to the public.  This Sub-Committee serves as a resource of information
about N.A. in the Boulder Area.  This Sub-Committee will abide by the Twelve
Steps, Traditions, Concepts and the Public Relations Handbook.  Duties of the
Public Information Chairperson include:

1.        Being directly responsible to the B.A.S.C.
2.        Elect or appoint other committee members or officers as necessary.
3.         Provide a written report of all monthly activities at each B.A.S.C. meeting.
4.         Hold regularly scheduled and announced monthly meetings or as necessary.
5.         Function under directions contained in this document and any Guidelines
offered by the World Service Office of Narcotics Anonymous.
6.         Will also function within the principles of any World Service handbook,
guideline or guide unless stated in writing by the Sub-Committee or B.A.S.C. as a
group.
7.        Amend, maintain stock of and distribute current meeting lists at the B.A.S.C.
and related facilities.
8.        Develop and/or maintain guidelines for P.I. Sub-Committee.
9.        Attend Colorado Regional Public Information Committee meetings.
10.        Maintain a list of PI Rack Locations and the status of their Accessibility.

ACTIVITIES CHAIRPERSON:  Suggested clean time is two (2) years and a job.
Length of commitment is one (1) year.  The purpose of the Activities Sub-
Committee is to provide the Fellowship in the Boulder Area with recovery-oriented
activities and merchandise.  Funds generated through this Sub-Committee belong to
the B.A.S.C. and are to be used to support the Area’s needs.  Duties of the
Activities Chairperson include:

1.        Being directly responsible to the B.A.S.C.
2.        Elect or appoint other committee members or officers as necessary.
3.        Provide a written report of all monthly activities at each B.A.S.C. meeting.
4.        Hold regularly scheduled and announced monthly meetings or as necessary.
5.        Function under directions contained in this document and any Guidelines
offered by the World Service Office of Narcotics Anonymous.
6.        Will also function within the principles of any World Service handbook,
guideline or guide unless stated in writing by the Sub-Committee or B.A.S.C. as a
group.
7.        Any activity must be presented to the B.A.S.C. with a detailed budget and
description (flier) for approval prior to the event.
8.        Two (2) people are required to count funds after a given event.
9.        All proceeds from an activity go directly to the Treasurer as soon as
possible and belong to the B.A.S.C.
10.        Develop and/or maintain guidelines for Activities Sub-Committee.

HOSPITALS AND INSTITUTIONS CHAIRPERSON:  Suggested clean time is two
(2) years as well as six (6) months of prior H&I experience.  Length of commitment
is one (1) year.  The purpose of the Hospitals and Institutions Sub-Committee (H&I)
is to carry the message of recovery to those facilities whose clients are unable to
regularly attend N.A. meetings in the Boulder Area.  Duties of H&I Chairperson
include:

1.        Being directly responsible to the B.A.S.C.
2.        Elect or appoint other committee members or officers as necessary.
3.        Provide a written report of all monthly activities at each B.A.S.C. meeting.
4.        Hold regularly scheduled and announced monthly meetings or as necessary.
5.        Function under directions contained in this document and any Guidelines
offered by the World Service Office of Narcotics Anonymous.
6.        Will also function within the principles of any World Service handbook,
guideline or guide unless stated in writing by the Sub-Committee or B.A.S.C. as a
group.
7.        Develop and/or maintain guidelines for H&I Sub-Committee.

LITERATURE CHAIRPERSON:  Suggested clean time is two (2) years and a job.
Length of commitment is one (1) year.  The purpose of the Literature Sub-
Committee is to provide for members in the Boulder Area an opportunity to review
or approve/disapprove current N.A. literature proposed for conference approval and
to make literature available for Area groups.  This Sub-Committee also can develop
original materials to be submitted to the World Literature Committee.  Duties of the
Literature Chairperson include:

1.        Being directly responsible to the B.A.S.C.
2.        Elect or appoint other committee members or officers as necessary.
3.        Provide a written report of all monthly activities at each B.A.S.C. meeting.
4.        Hold meetings as necessary.
5.        Function under directions contained in this document and any Guidelines
offered by the World Service Office of Narcotics Anonymous.
6.        Will also function within the principles of any World Service handbook,
guideline or guide unless stated in writing by the Sub-Committee or B.A.S.C. as a
group.
7.        Order literature every month as needed.
8.        Account for all funds received from literature sales to groups. All funds
must be accounted for with receipts and copy of order form. Itemized report will be
submitted as part of lit. committee monthly report.
9.        Literature is to be sold at the B.A.S.C. for all groups and subcommittees.
10.  Attempt to meet minimum order requirements for free shipping.
11.        Facilitate literature review as suggested by Conference Agenda Report.

C.R.C.N.A. LIAISON:  Suggested clean time is one (1) year.  Length of
commitment is one (1) year running concurrently with the C.R.C.N.A. sub-
committee term.  Duties include:

1.        Attend C.R.C.N.A. subcommittee meetings and vote B.A.S.C. conscience.
2.        Submit written report monthly to B.A.S.C.

B.A.S.C. WEBMASTER:  Suggested clean time is one (1) year.  Length of
commitment is one (1) year.  Duties include:

1.        Create and maintain Boulder Area website.
2.        All material must be approved by BASC prior to being posted on Regional
website.
3.        Updates the web version of the meeting list as needed.
4.        Attends or has an alternate attend the monthly B.A.S.C. meetings.
5.        Communicates B.A.S.C. Meeting list changes to the Colorado Regional
Service Committee.
6.        This Subcommittee meets on a by-request basis. Any group, member or
committee can request a meeting to address issues or requests.
7.        The Subcommittee will host an annual meeting to inventory the functions of
the website.
8.        Must be familiar with web protocols
9.        Must have the ability to maintain HTML code.
10.  Must have a reliable connection to the Internet.
11.  Must have a FTP client and suitable code editing tools.
12.        Is accountable to the B.A.S.C.

Article VII:  Amendments to Guidelines

These guidelines may be amended by the Consensus Based Decision Process.  The
proposed amendment’s exact wording should be submitted on the form provided.

Article VIII:  Monthly Automatic Disbursements and Prudent Reserve

The B.A.S.C. shall maintain a Prudent Reserve of $250.00.
The B.A.S.C. Post Office Box shall be paid on an annual basis.
The B.A.S.C. website shall be paid automatically on a monthly basis using the B.A.
S.C. Debit Card.

Article IX:  Bounced Check Policy

When any check written to the B.A.S.C. is returned for insufficient funds, the
Treasurer informs the writer at the next Area meeting.  The amount of the returned
check plus any and all bank fees needs to be reimbursed to the Area either in cash
or with a money order.  The BASC will accept no further checks from the maker of
the check.  Literature orders and Group donations will still be accepted in the form
of a money order or cash.

Article X:  Definitions

GSR:  Group Service Representative.

BUDGET:  An itemized estimate of expected income and expenditures; plan of
operations.

CONSENSUS:  A position reached by a group as a whole.

DECISION MAKER:  A Decision Maker shall be one (1) GSR per group, Chairs of
Subcommittees and the Administrative Committee.  The Chairperson has no vote
except to break a tie in an election.

FACILITATOR:  Person who guides the group through the consensus-based
decision making process (area chair)

RECORDER:  Person who is responsible for recording the concerns and final
disposition of all proposals (secretary).

STANDASIDE:  Member who has concerns but will allow the proposal to move
forward.

BLOCK:  Proposal is blocked based on a tradition or concept of Narcotics
Anonymous.