“What is our message? The message is than an addict, any addict, can stop using drugs, lose the desire to use, and find a new way to live. Our message is hope and the promise of freedom. When all is said and done, our primary purpose can only be to carry the message to the addict who still suffers because that is all we have to give.”
Lane County Area Service Committee
PO Box 262, Eugene, Oregon 97440
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many meetings are closed or limited. As of May 15, 2020, Governor Brown’s Phase 1 reopening guidelines set out specific stipulations that apply to homegroups in Lane County. These guidelines include adherence to physical distancing measures and limiting all meetings to 25 people. Before reopening their meeting, each homegroup should read the order and hold a business meeting in order to complete the reopening checklist provided by NA World Services before requesting to have the details about their reopened meeting be added to the meeting calendar on our area website. After reviewing the checklist and determining the model going forward for your homegroup meetings, you will then need to email firstname.lastname@example.org to request that your individual plan be published on the area website. The fourth tradition states that groups are autonomous, so the decision to safely reopen in-person meetings, keep meetings virtual, or establish a hybrid meeting model (including both in-person and virtual elements) is up to each group. Your homegroup should ask yourselves these four questions:
- Has your group reviewed and discussed the reopening checklist provided by NA World Services?
- Has your group visited the websites with COVID-19 guidelines of the CDC , state, and local authorities to be sure your group is in compliance with them? (It’s important to remember that NA World Services urges compliance with all federal, state, and local laws.)
- Has your group reviewed and discussed your facilities guidelines for reopening to be sure you are in compliance with them?
- What specific measures is your group taking to ensure addicts’ safety while attending your in-person meeting? Is your group still holding the virtual meetings listed on our area website or has that information changed? If that information has changed, please include that information in your email to email@example.com.
GSR’s, virtual secretaries, and home-group members are advised to attend an emergency area meeting via Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89279496918 this coming Saturday, 5/23 at 10:00 a.m. to further discuss guidelines around reopening in-person and hybrid meetings.
Scroll down below to view a calendar of local virtual and in-person meetings. You can also reach our phone hotline at 541-729-0080.
Zoom Dial-in By Phone Numbers: (669) 900-9128
Meetings in red are in-person. Meetings in green are virtual.
More on virtual meetings and meeting reopenings:
The National Digital Inclusion Alliance has just launched a new, national listing of free and low-cost internet plans. Many NA groups, including the executive committee of Lane County NA, have been holding virtual meetings by purchasing a Pro membership from a company called Zoom. For more information on how to prevent Zoombombing visit this page from NA World Services. Other members have chosen to hold virtual meetings using Skype, GotoMeeting, and many more options. To sign up for one of these services, we suggest you use a home group email address so your group wouldn’t be reliant on one person being available to get the meeting up and running every time. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are reopening your in-person meeting and are ready for that information to be added to the above calendar. We hope you will share additional information when you email us if you are taking specific measures to ensure addicts safety when they attend your in-person meeting. We plan include that information in the above calendar to help addicts looking to make safer choices when considering attending in-person meetings.
NA World Services has a webpage with resources related to virtual meetings. If you have any related resources that others might find useful, send them to email@example.com and they will add them to that page.