Participants:
Agnes & Dave  (Co-Secretary, chair)
Nikki & Stu
Dave & Noni (left before old business)
David 
Keith & Cara (Treasurer Couple
Shawna & Gunter
Robin & Donna

Meeting called to order at 20:35 CET

Serenity prayer 

Invocation of Safety Guidelines

Request for unanimous consent to set meeting length at 30 minutes
Granted


Review and approval of minutes from the last business meeting

Minutes corrected -> Spelling of names
Motion to approve: Don
Second: Nikki
Motion carries. 10 in favor, o opposed, 1 abstain


Treasurer report

February 27 to March 26, 2022

Opening balance: $619.27
Fees: $ 6.37
Total Debit: $6.37
7th Tradition: $ 73.00
Closing Balance: $685.90

In Loving Service
Keith & Cara

Motion to approve Treasurer report

Dave.    Seconded by Don

Motion Carries. 11 in favor, 0 opposed


Appointment of spiritual timekeeper for 1-minute comments on business items

Agnes

 

>> Old Business <<

Motion from Nikki & Stu

Delay start of business meeting on the last Sunday to allow up to 10 minutes to accommodate fellowship for newcomers.

seconded by Don

Motion Carries 9 in favor, 0 opposed

 

>> New business <<

Motion from David
Add language to the script: We encourage everyone to stay for the business meeting today. Please help us keep our group working well!

add: The business meeting will begin at 40 past the hour, allowing up to 10 minutes of fellowship to welcome newcomers.

seconded by Nikki

Motion carries 9 in favor, o opposed

 

Contact List Update: Stu & Nikki

Several couples who are regular attendees have not verified their intention to remain on the contact list.  Stu will reach out to them individually to confirm their intention.

>> Business tabled for next business meeting <<
n/a

 

Serenity Prayer

 

Motion to adjourn the meeting: Dave
Motion carries. 9-0

Meeting Adjourned at 20.57       

Participants:
Agnes & Dave  (Co-Secretary, chair)
Tom & Floortje (Co-Secretary, minutes)
Nikki & Stu
Dave & Noni (Treasurer Couple)
David & Kapiko
Yanky & Rivki
Keith S
Martha & Paul
Robin & Donna
Jared & Julia

Meeting called to order at 20:38 CET

Serenity prayer

Request for unanimous consent to set meeting length at 30 minutes
Granted


Review and approval of minutes from the last business meeting

Minutes corrected -> 7th Tradition for December was $389
Motion to approve: David
Second: Stu
Motion carries


Treasurer report

January 30 to February 26 2022

Opening balance: $1189.22
Fees: $ 6.95
WSO contribution: $639.00
Total Debit: $645.95
7th Tradition: $ 76.00
Closing Balance: $619.27

In Loving Service
Dave and Noni


Appointment of spiritual timekeeper for 1-minute comments on business items

Rivki

Service Positions
New Treasurer Couple voted in -> Keith & Cara
All in favor

The announcement that we look for a new Treasurer Couple can be removed

Motion to extend the meeting by 10 minutes: Dave
Motion carries

>> New business <<

Motion from Tom & Floortje
Set the length to max 20 and extend it with max 10 minutes
Amended: Set the default length to 30 min and extend it with max 10 minutes
4 in favor, 6 opposed.
Motion does not carry


>> Business tabled for next business meeting <<
Making sure newcomers can still get questions answered – start 10 minutes later.

Motion to adjourn the meeting: Dave
Motion carries

Meeting Adjourned at 21.07       


Serenity Prayer

Participants:
Tom & Floortje  co-secretary couple (chair)
Rivky & Yanky
Agnes & Dave  co-secretary couple (minutes)
Shawna
Noni
Nikki & Stu

Meeting called to order  20:35 CET

Serenity prayer
Request for unanimous consent to set meeting length at 30 minutes
Granted
 
Review and approval of minutes from the last business meeting

Motion to approve: Nikki     Second: Dave
Motion carried
 
Treasurer report

28 Nov, 2021 – 25 Dec, 2021    (corrected)

Opening Balance:      $ 766.07
Fees:                               $ -20.12
Purchase:                     $ -27.17 (N.C packet, Inmotion Hosting)
Total Debit:                 $ -47.29
7th Tradition:             $  389.00
Closing Balance:        $ 1107.78

26 Dec, 2021 – 29 Jan 2022

Opening Balance: $1107.78
Fees:                          $    -9.20
Literature:              $   -18.36
Total Debit:            $    -27.56
7 th Tradition:       $   109.00
Closing Balance:   $ 1189.22

Motion to approve Treasurer Report: Dave    Second: Yanky

Motion Carried

 
Appointment of spiritual timekeeper for 1-minute comments on business items
Noni
 
Service Positions
Treasurer Position remains unfilled.

Noni and Dave will continue to serve until another couple comes forward
 
Old business:
Stu and NIkki Proposal to edit the RCA Trailblazers contact list by requiring an opt-in. Everyone on the list will receive an email at their address of record and asked to opt-in to remain on the list.  This will be sent out 3 times. Anyone opting out or not responding will be removed from the list.

Motion to Approve: Noni   Second: Agnes

Motion Carried

New Business:

Proposal by Tom and Floortje to remove the language from the 7th tradition  Remember when it is your turn to donate: “3 to survive, and 5 to thrive.”  

Motion to approve: Dave   Second: Stu

Motion Carried

 

Announcements – Noni will send text of announcement re: WSO annual meeting for inclusion in announcements

 

Tabled:

Discussion of items on announcements that may no longer be relevant

 

Motion to adjourn: Tom   Second: Stu

Serenity Prayer

Meeting adjourned 21:05 CET

Participants:
David
Jared & Julia
Agnes & Dave
Donna & Robin
Anatoly
Nikki & Stu
Tom & Floortje
Paul & Martha
 
Meeting called to order

Serenity prayer
Request for unanimous consent to set meeting length at 30 minutes
Granted
 
Review and approval of minutes from the last business meeting
Motion approved
 
Treasurer report
Treasurers are not present, we do not have a current update ready.
Treasurer report tabled.
 
Appointment of spiritual timekeeper for 1-minute comments on business items
Agnes
 
Service Positions
Treasurer Position remains unfilled.

Paul expresses interest, he will look into that and let us know.
 
Unfinished business (tabled from last business meeting)
From David and Kopiko: 
WSO Announcement re: Special Ballot, Call for Proposals: 2022 WSO Business Meeting

First proposal:
Adopt the voting process used in the 2021 virtual ABM to be used in normal in-person ABMs by amending the RCA Standing Rules for the Annual Meetings (see link)

Proposal approved unanimous

Second proposal:
Amend the World Service Organization (WSO) Bylaws by adding amending paragraph 4.1.7 adding new subsection 4.1.7 b as follows: (see link)
Julia: we have to extend trust to our trustees to do what is best for RCA
Stu: The proposal is unclear as to when it may/should be invoked
Paul: Don’t fix it if it isn’t broken

Vote taken on WSO special ballot proposal #2
3 in favor
5 opposed
1 abstain

Our group votes “No” on WSO special ballot proposal # 2

Old business:
Tabled:
Stu and NIkki Proposal to edit the RCA Trailblazers contact list by requiring an opt-in – by group conscience at the November business meeting, this will be brought to the membership at least 3 times by placing in announcements prior to vote. This item will be placed on the January agenda.

New Business: Proposal by Tom and Floortje to remove the language from the 7th tradition “remember 3 to survive and 5 to thrive”. This item tabled as the couple had to leave the meeting and were not present.

Motion to adjourn David
Second: Julia

Serenity Prayer

Meeting adjourned 21:24 CET

RCA Trailblazers Business Meeting, Nov 30, 2021

Minutes by: Agnes & Dave

Participants:

Bea & Theodor

David  (no Kopiko)

Shawna & Gunther

Dave & Noni

Rebecca & Barton

Jared & Julia

Debbie & Ruth

Agnes & Dave

Don & Robin

Coreen & Daniela

Nikki & Stu

Tom & Floortje

 

Meeting called to order at 20:33

Serenity prayer

Request for unanimous consent to set meeting length at 30 minutes

Granted

 

 Review and approval of minutes from the last business meeting

Nikki observed a typo in the treasury report.  Offered a correction.

Motion to approve correction: Robin

Second: Bea

Motion Carries

Motion to approve minutes: Nikki

Second: Bea

Motion carries

 

Treasurer report

Dave & Noni presents the report, Oct 31/21-Nov 30/21

Trailblazers Treasurers Report

Oct 31/21-Nov 30/21

 

Opening Balance         $ 669.38

Fees                             $  –  8.31

7th Tradition               $ 105.00

Closing Balance          $766.07

 

Motion to approve: Stu

Second: Debbie & Ruth

Motion carries

 

Appointment of spiritual timekeeper for 1-minute comments on business items

Don

 

Service Positions

Treasurer position remains unfilled.  Position description was read out by Ruth & Debbie.

No volunteers have come forward.

Dave & Noni offered to continue in this role until it is filled

 

Motion to announce this vacancy at each meeting until it is filled:  Nikki

 

Second: Don

 

Motion Carries

 

Unfinished business (tabled from last business meeting)

Proposal of creating a position of business meeting chair – Dave & Noni

After discussion in which it was observed that there are co-secretary couples to share this duty, there was no second

Motion abolished
 

>> New business

 

 Scripts:  Nikki & Stu observed that the script for download and the html script on the website have variances/discrepancies from each other.  David observed that the online version is correct and the download version had not been updated.  Secretary will prepare an updated version for download to match the script online.

Motion to extend the meeting by 15 minutes: Nikki

Second: David

Motion carries

Appointment of spiritual timekeeper for 1-minute comments on business items (Don leaves)

Ruth

 

Contact List Organization: 

Nikki & Stu propose alphabetizing list which is now organized by order of addition to the list

Dave suggests that Contact List Couple can just do that as their prerogative

Motion to alphabetize:  Floortje

Second: Shawna

Motion Carries

 

Contact List Distribution:

Nikki & Stu propose sending out the contact list to membership whenever a new couple is added to the list rather than monthly.

Motion to send contact list each time a couple is added:  Floorje

Second: Shawna

Motion Carries

 

Business tabled for next business meeting.

Motion to extend the meeting by 5 minutes: Nikki

Second: Agnes

Motion carries

Contact List Maintenance:

Nikki & Stu proposed that the membership be contacted to opt-in to remain on the contact list, as there are several couples who have not attended a meeting for a long time.

After discussion, Ruth and Debbie suggest bringing this issue to the membership 3 times, announcing it at each meeting by adding to announcements

From David and Kopiko:

WSO Announcement re:  Special Ballot, Call for Proposals: 2022 WSO Business Meeting

Secretary will add this  to announcements to be read out at each meeting prior to the end of the month of December.

 

Motion to adjourn the meeting:  Tom

Second: Shawna

Motion carries

 

Meeting Adjourned at 21:27       

        

Serenity Prayer

 

Minutes by: Theodor & Beatrice

 

Participants:

Bea & Theodor

David & Kapiko

Shawna & Gunther

Dave & Noni

Quin & Lance

Jared & Julia

Eleanne

Agnes & Dave

Don & Robin

Katy & Anatoly

Nikki & Stu

Tom & Floortje

Tim & Nicki

 

Meeting called to order at 20:32

Serenity prayer

Request for unanimous consent to set meeting length at 30 minutes

Granted

 

Review and approval of minutes from the last business meeting

Motion to approve: Don

Second: Quinn

Motion carries

 

Treasurer report

Dave & Noni presents the report, Sept 26/21-Oct 30/21:

Opening balance $ 708.70
Fee’s                          $ 10.82
Expense                  $179.50 (Zoom)
7th Tradition         $151.00

Closing Balance    $669,38

Motion to approve: Stu

Second: Tom

Motion carries

 

Appointment of spiritual timekeeper for 1-minute comments on business items

Tom

 

Rotation of Service Positions

  • Co-Secretary Couples (two positions)
    Nominations: Agnes & Dave, Tom & Floortje
    Motion to approve: Quin
    Second: Beatrice
    Motion carries

 

  • Welcome Couple
    Nominations: Jared & Julia
    Motion to approve: David
    Second: Nikki
    Motion carries

 

  • Contact List Couple
    Nominations: Stu & Nikki
    Motion to approve: Quin
    Second: Eleanne
    Motion carries

 

  • Treasury Couple
    No volunteers. Service position will be open again at the next business meeting.
  • Webmaster Couple
    Nominations: Shawna & Gunther
    Motion to approve: Stu
    Second: Katy
    Motion carries

 

Motion to extend the meeting by 15 minutes: Nikki

Second: Robin

Motion carries

 

Unfinished business (tabled from last business meeting)
Necessary changes in the script,
During the last business meeting necessary changes in the script were discussed and a process was set up. As nothing has been done the topic will be picked up again in the next business meeting.

Motion to let Stu contact Paul to hear if any progress had been made and to table the question until we hear from Paul: Robin

Second: David

Motion carries

 

New business
From David and Noni:
To add to the description of ” Secretary Couple” To have a deadline for the minutes to be written and posted to the RCA Trailblazers website blog within a reasonable time (ie; 2 weeks before next business meeting.) This will ensure members have an opportunity to read over and check for errors or omissions.

Amendment by David: With duties of the secretary couple aspire to have the minutes written and posted in a timely fashion in a reasonable time prior to the business meeting.

Second: Bea

Motion carries

Nikki abstains

Anatoly abstains

 

Business tabled for next business meeting.

To have a new position added as “Business meeting chairperson” Selection of person(s) that has the ability to conduct the business with a sense of neutrality, staying on point and knowledge of Steps, Traditions and Concepts. An understanding of Roberts Rules and making sure the minority voice is heard.

 

Motion to adjourn the meeting: Katy

Second: Tom

Motion carries

Meeting Adjourned at 21.15       

        

Serenity Prayer

 

Minutes by: Katy and Anatoly

 

Participants:

Robin & Donna

David & Kapiko

Dave & Noni

Nikki

Katy & Anatoly

Quin & Lance

 

Meeting called to order

Serenity Prayer

Request for unanimous consent to set meeting length at 30 minutes

Granted

 

Request for approval of minutes from August 2021: Anatoly

Second : Robin

Abstaining: Noni

Motion carries

 

Treasurer report

Dave & Noni present the report, Aug 29/21 -Sept 25/21:

Beginning –      $631.38

7th Tradition – $86.00

Fee’s –               $8.68

End-                  $708.70

Motion to approve the numbers in the treasurer’s report: David

Second: Tim

Motion carries

 

No other reports

 

Old business:

 

Secretary couple is going to update announcement about rotation of service positions in the October business meeting, and is going to send out an email to everyone in the group informing about it, and offering to answer questions.

The update for the treasurer position should be sent for an update to Quin.

Robin: motion to change announcements, inform fellows per email also per chat during the meeting every week.

David: second

Motion carries

 

New business:

 

Dave suggests mentoring other couples who take on new positions. Discussion takes place, different viewpoints are presented. No motion needed.

 

There will be a time change on Oct 31 European time.

We should remind ahead of time in the announcements that the meeting always takes place at 7 pm Copenhagen time.

David reminds that there is some information about the time change in the script.  

 

During the last business meeting necessary changes in the script were discussed and a process was set up. As nothing has been done the topic will be picked up again in the next business meeting.

 

Motion by Katy to adjourn.

Second: Don

Motion carries.

 

Serenity prayer

Minutes by: Katy and Anatoly

 

Participants:

Robin & Donna

Bea & Theodor

Paul & Martha

Katy & Anatoly

 

Meeting called to order

Serenity Prayer

Request for unanimous consent to set meeting length at 30 minutes

Granted

 

Request for approval of minutes from July 2021: Katy

Second : Theo

Motion carries

 

Treasurer report

Received from David and Noni via email is screenshared:

Opening Balance $1402.36
7th tradition           $88
Fee’s                        $(6.62)
WSO                        $ 852.36
Closing Balance    $ 631.38

Anatoly: Motion to approve the numbers in the treasurer’s report

Second: Theo

Motion carries

 

No other reports

 

Old business:

 

3 items:

 

The phone number on WSO orders

Discussion: Old treasurer couple put their phone number there. Tracking of orders will go via email, so phone number is not so relevant. Orders from Europe Shawna irw Günter who order for Europe use their

Motion: To put in treasurers position that they list their phone number in orders from WSO

Paul: second

Motion carries.

 

Modifying inconsistent script

There are some points like who is the reader, and who is reading what in the script.

Also, there are two versions of the script, print script is not updated (PDF on website).

Take version from screen and turn it into PDF. Only 5th Sunday is different.

Motion: Paul goes through script and sends it to Katy who updates script.

Amendment to motion by Anatoly: and to review the new scripts in next business meeting, and ask webmaster.

Motion: current webversion gets turned into a pdf and put in place where its downloadable, then Paul and everyone who wants reviews script send necessary changes to secretary couple, and script gets updates. Updated script gets approved by group and then updated on website and pdf.

Second: Anatoly

Motion carried

 

Are we open to polyamorous couples?

Question by fellows was shared with WSO, and their response is screenshared.

Discussion: Group wants to check if RCA Blue book says it’s for committed monogamous couples. On page 79 the book says RCA is open to all monogamous couples.

Motion: Reinstate that we follow the blue book.

Second: Bea

Motion carries.

 

Motion by Anatoly: To approve 15 additional minutes for the meeting:

Second by: Katy

Motion carries

 

New business:

 

To publish in the announcements that service positions are about to rotate and this will be treated in the following business meeting.

 

Motion by Anatoly to adjourn.

Second: Katy

Motion carries.

 

Serenity prayer

Minutes by Anatoly & Katy

 

Participants:

 

Theo & Bea

Barton & Rebecca

Anatoly & Katy

Dave & Noni

David

Robin & Don

Jannis

Tim & Nicki

Nikki & Stu

Gunter & Shawna

 

Meeting called to order

Serenity prayer

Request for unanimous consent to set meeting length at 30 minutes

Time keeper: Gunter

Granted

 

Review and approval of minutes of February 2021 business meeting

Motion to approve minutes: Anatoly

Second: Katy

Motion carries

 

Treasurer report

Dave verbally shared treasurer’s report as follows:

Opening balance:                    $1,353.27

7th Tradition:                                  53.00

Fees                                                -3.91

Closing balance:                     $1,402.36

David: motion to approve

Barton second

Motion carries

 

Unfinished business

 

Regarding the question of how much money to send to the WSO, Theo reminded the meeting that the group previously had agreed to a prudent reserve and that the Treasurer Couple send excess money to WSO (above $550).  By group conscience, no further action need be taken on the previous motion.

 

How to deal with participants who have their cameras off

Nikki: motion to proceed with no change to the script at this time

Don: second

Motion carries

 

Whose phone number to include on orders for literature for newcomers?

There was discussion about whether the Treasurer Couple’s phone number or the Welcome Couple’s phone number should be listed on orders made to the RCA WSO for literature for newcomers.  It was agreed, for now, that the Welcome Couple’s phone number may be listed.

 

David motion: add 10 min to the meeting length

The motion was seconded

Motion carries

 

David motion: take an issue out of order – ballot measure for two motions brought to the WSO

Bea second

Motion carries

 

David motion: New business item to be taken out of order due to urgency.

The motion was seconded

Motion carries

 

David explained the WSO motions.

Two ballots sent via email.  How we should vote?

First – A motion proposed by RCA Fagersta, Sweden to amend Tradition 11 to allow for the tradition to apply to social and other media, as well as press, radio, TV and films.

Show of hands/group conscience – yes

 

Second – A motion to increase the maximum amount of reimbursement from $500 to $1000 for documented, allowable travel expenses by RCA WSO board members to attend the annual business meeting

Group conscience by show of hands – yes

 

As delegate couple to the 2021 RCA International Convention, David and Kapiko will vote on behalf of RCA Trailblazers to approve the two motions.

 

Table the following three topics:

  1. The phone number on WSO orders
  2. Modifying inconsistent script
  3. Open to polyamorous couples?

 

Motion to adjourn by Bea

Second Rebecca

Motion carries

 

Serenity prayer

 

Report to the RCA Trailblazers fellowship regarding
the 2021 RCA Annual Convention

(Presented by the RCA Trailblazers Delegate Couple, Kapiko and David)

 

Call for RCA members to take on service positions at the WSO level

Many enriching service opportunities are available to RCA members. The RCA World Service Office (WSO) is looking for members who are willing to serve on the WSO Board of Trustees and on the RCA committees.

Any member may serve on a WSO committee, and it is not necessary to serve as a couple. There is no requirement for committee membership other than a desire to be of service to your fellowship.

Committees include: Annual Convention Committee, Communications Committee, Concepts and Traditions Committee, Growing the Fellowship Committee, Literature Committee, Merchandise Services Committee, Outreach Committee, Recruitment Committee, Structure Committee, Technology and Website Committee, Ad Hoc Committee on Trademarks and Copyrights and Translation Committee.

You can learn more about committee service by going to this link: https://recovering-couples.org/tools/rca-service/. Then click on the committee that might interest you. For more information, you can write to recruitment.committee.chair@rca-wso.info.

To serve on the WSO Board of Trustees, you must have been an RCA member for at least 3 years, have completed Step Five and be working actively with a sponsor couple or co-sponsor couple. The term of service is two consecutive RCA annual conventions, with the option to continue for one additional convention.

Don’t worry about your lack of experience. Those who have gone before you will be happy to share their expertise with you. For some perspectives from past and present Board members, please go to: https://rcawsoabm.freeforums.net/thread/22/rca-service-board-trustees-committee

 

Annual Business Meeting

We attended the 2021 annual business meeting (ABM) of the Recovering Couples Anonymous WSO on Friday, July 30, 2021. We are reporting back to the RCA Trailblazers fellowship the highlights of the ABM.

The ABM was held entirely on Zoom and was led by the chair of the Board of Trustees of the WSO, Vicki R.

The Board’s Structure Committee certified a quorum, consisting of 12 delegates plus one proxy. A quorum is present when delegates and proxies representing at least 10% of the total number of RCA groups are present. There are 90 verified RCA groups.

The Board’s 2021 annual report includes detailed reports of the chair, vice-chair, treasurer and secretary, as well as detailed reports of the various committees of the Board. It also contains financial statements for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021. You are invited to read the report, which can be accessed by going to the following webpage: https://recovering-couples.org/2021-rca-wso-annual-report/ and then clicking the “DOWNLOAD” button. The Board makes an effort to publish the annual report online by mid-July of each year.

A question was raised as to how the Board determines the number of active RCA groups. This task is assigned to the Outreach Committee, whose members are responsible for various regions of the United States, for Canada and for all countries outside of North America. The Outreach Committee members reach out to the contact couples for each of the groups that ever have been listed with the WSO to confirm whether they continue to meet as an active group. This is done shortly before the RCA International Convention.

Although RCA had operated at a deficit for many years, in recent years it has been operating in the black. The Treasurer reported contributions for FY 2021 of $22,849, an increase of $6,422 over 2020. Groups contributed 44% and individuals contributed 56%. The Treasurer reported cash in operating accounts of $96,565. Significant future expenses are anticipated for literature, starting live meetings and growing the fellowship, among others. Many committees did not operate during the pandemic, resulting in lower expenditures and increased cash for FY 2021. The Board anticipates that it will produce a budget by September or October and will take up the question of setting a prudent reserve.

The delegate from Walnut Creek suggested that RCA give 7th Tradition receipts to all groups and individuals who donate to the WSO to provide a record that amounts collected were, in fact, received by the WSO. The Board will consider this.

The next session of the ABM was devoted to debate on the two written ballot proposals which were submitted to the fellowship this year.

The first ballot proposal is to change RCA’s 11th Tradition as follows: “Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, TV, and films, and other media.” There was no debate on this proposal.

The second ballot proposal is to increase the limit on expense reimbursements paid by RCA to members of the Board of Trustees for their travel expenses incurred in attending the ABM from $500 to $1,000. There were requests for clarification regarding the implementation of this proposal, which the Board will address.

Delegates will vote on these ballot proposals by electronic voting, which will close on August 8, 2021, i.e., one week after the close of the convention.

A question was raised as to how many votes are required for a ballot proposal to carry. This depends on the nature of the proposal. Proposals to amend the by-laws require a 75% majority. Proposals to amend the Standing Rules for Annual Meetings require a 2/3 majority. All other proposals require a simple majority.

Because the 12 Traditions are part of RCA’s by-laws, the first ballot proposal requires a 75% majority to pass. The second ballot proposal does not amend the by-laws or the Standing Rules for Annual Meetings, so only a simple majority is required for passage.

The Vice-Chair, Jonas, led the next session of the ABM. The chair of the Annual Convention Committee, Jim K., gave a report which updated and partly superseded his report in the Annual Report of the Board. Because of the continuing COVID pandemic, the Northern Virginia group is withdrawing from hosting a live annual convention in Reston, Virginia, in 2022. The 2022 annual convention will be virtual. The committee is working with the Calgary, Alberta group regarding the possibility of hosting the virtual convention, but nothing has been concluded. The Northern Virginia group is open to the possibility of hosting an in-person convention in 2023, but no decision has been made.

Mark R. pointed out that RCA has experience with hybrid (in-person/Zoom) meetings, as the ABM has been held in a hybrid format for 8 or 9 years. A hybrid annual convention is technologically feasible.

The Annual Convention Committee makes sure that a local group puts on a convention each year. The group recruits and appoints its own convention committee, which coordinates with the RCA WSO Annual Convention Committee but remains largely autonomous in planning, funding and operating the annual convention. The WSO maintains a dedicated fund of seed money which it can make available to groups hosting a convention to advance expenses such as hotel bookings which must be paid before members start registering and paying to attend the convention.

In 2020, in lieu of an annual convention. RCA hosted a virtual day of recovery. Attended by approximately 260 couples, this event had the highest attendance in the history of RCA.

The chair of the Communications Committee, Kate M., explained the mission of the committee. For more than a decade, RCA has employed the same independent contractor whose duty is to field and respond to questions submitted to the RCA website. Most questions are routine and answered by the contractor. On rare occasions, the contractor requires input from RCA, and the members of the Communication Committee provide that input. The primary task of the committee members is to read the e-mails submitted to RCA together with the responses. There are only a few phone/Zoom meetings, perhaps 2 per year. The incoming chair is John R. of New York.

The Merchandise Services Committee is responsible for all RCA-approved merchandise, including literature and time-in-program medallions (“chips”). The committee chair, Dan O., provided a highly detailed description of the business of the committee, which may be found in the Annual Report. After many years of service, the chair is retiring. He appealed for volunteers to serve on this committee. He has advocated that RCA engage the services of an independent contractor to handle most of the work now done by the committee.

The chair of the Structure Committee, David H., explained some of the committee’s functions, including serving as a rules committee. It had to create special rules to deal with the COVID pandemic and it put out a special ballot to adopt these rules. The chair also requested volunteers to serve on the committee.

In the fourth and final session of the ABM, the Structure Committee chair brought up an item of new business, relating to the manner of voting on ballot proposals brought before the fellowship. Since 2007 it was possible for delegates to vote by e-mail or by live attendance at the ABM. As a result, members who attended live could hear debate on ballot proposals, but those who voted by e-mail could not. In the past, proposals were made to eliminate e-mail voting or to provide only for mail-in ballots. All such proposals failed. Because of the pandemic, special rules were adopted which provide that all voting be electronic, and this has been implemented this year.

The chair then made a motion to refer this issue to the Board of Directors for resolution. The motion was seconded, and following discussion, it was approved with 12 delegates voting aye, 1 voting nay and 2 abstaining.

The delegate from the Yucaipa group raised the issues of inclusivity and diversity and the need to include an inclusion statement on the RCA webpage. The chair of the Board responded regarding the many statements of inclusion in existing literature but noted that the Literature Committee will be tasked with reviewing all literature for inclusion. The delegate was invited to participate as a committee member.

The ABM then was adjourned.

 

Annual Convention

The 2021 RCA Annual Convention was an extraordinary success. Hosted by RCA Tucson, this was the first virtual annual convention for our fellowship. Tremendous technical preparation was necessary to mount a convention entirely on Zoom, and the result was a flawless experience for all of the participants. The Tucson convention committee was supported by a large number of volunteers, including many Zoom hosts.

Many RCA Trailblazers members were in attendance, including those who led workshops and gentleness breaks.

Because of the virtual format, this convention was able to operate around the clock for almost 26 hours, enabling members in all time zones to participate in some or all of the convention activities, which included:

∘ Three speaker couples: Beth and Gary K., Tucson, Arizona; Chris E. and James C., Tucson; Linda P. and Brian R., Walnut Creek, California

∘ 23 workshops, including:

∘ Deepening Your Recovery through Sponsorship (Sherry and Steve, Walnut Creek, California)

∘ The Couples Dialogue (Annie and Russ, Calgary, Alberta, Canada)

∘ Resolving Issues with Healthy Agreements (Vicki and Dick M., Palm Desert, California)

∘ How to Create and Use Agreements to Build a Stronger Partnership (Michele W. and Julian R., Nevada City, California)

∘ Love in Recovery: What’s Love Got to Do with It? (Joanne and Gary G., Tucson, Arizona)

∘ Writing Your Own “Couple Map” (Linda and Jim K., Charlottesville, Virginia)

∘ Let’s Not Talk About It: Health Issues, Aging, and the Recovering Couple (Felicita and Richard, Davis, California)

∘ Fighting for Non-Fighters (Megan and Sara, Tucson, Arizona)

∘ The RCA Tools (Jade and Gladys, Eugene, Oregon)

∘ The Impact of “Family of Origin” on the Coupleship (Sonia and Danny, Alexandria, Virginia)

∘ Ballroom Splendor Begins with 1-2-3 Waltz (Chris A.C. and Cheyenne C., Santa Clara, California)

∘ Inviting the Spirit into Our Sexuality (Beatrice and Theodor, Sweden; and David and Kapiko, Burbank, California)

∘ 10th Stepping the Extended Safety Guidelines, Darlene and Brent, Ocean View, Hawaii)

∘ Building Trust Before You Step Forward Together (Fred and Eva, Yucaipa, California)

∘ You Want a Contract About What? (Robin and Jason, Tucson, Arizona)

∘ Breaking Through Denial (Christiane and Roberto, International)

∘ Step Three: The Spiritual “Switch” (Günter and Shawna, Überlingen, Germany)

∘ Falling in Love Again Through Healthy Sexuality (Sami and Paul, San Diego, California)

∘ How to Repair Your Broken Relationship: Dixie and David, Longwood, Florida)

∘ Triggers and Conflicts: A Blessing or a Curse? (Helen and Simon, London, United Kingdom)

∘ RCA Issues for LGBTQI People (Chris and James, Starr and Linda, Tucson, Arizona)

∘ Our Discovery with the Tools of RCA (Rebecca and Barton, Santa Barbara, California)

∘ Working the RCA Steps in One Year (Donna and Gary, Fairfax, Virginia)

∘ Three Twelve Step meetings, including:

∘ Twelve Step meeting (general) (Facilitators: Melanie and Ron, Dayton, Virginia)

∘ Twelve Step meeting (Rainbow Healing: A Safe Space for Queer and LGBTQ Couples) (Facilitators: Sydney and Kate, Sacramento, California)

∘ Twelve Step meeting (Steps 10, 11 and 12) (Facilitators: Vicki and Dick M., Palm Desert, California)

∘ Five gentleness breaks, with yoga and meditation, between workshop sessions

 

Voting

Prior to the ABM, the two ballot proposals were discussed at our RCA Trailblazers meeting. As your delegate couple, we were directed to vote in favor of both proposals. We submitted our electronic ballot in advance of the ABM.

Three couples volunteered at the annual convention to serve on the Board of Trustees of the RCA WSO. These nominee couples are –

Dan and Mila T., Walnut Creek, California
Joe and Catherine E., Minneapolis Friday Night RCA, Minnesota
David and Valerie M., Walnut Creek, California

As your delegate couple, we voted for all three of these couples, who will fill vacant positions on the Board of Trustees.