RASC Subcommittees

Service Prayer

GOD, grant us knowledge that we may work according to Your Divine
precepts. Instill in us a sense of Your purpose. Make us servants of
Your will and grant us a bond of selflessness, that this may truly be
Your work, not ours – in order that no addict, anywhere, need die from
the horrors of addiction.

Everything that occurs in the course of NA Service must be motivated
by the desire to more successfully carry the message of recovery to the
addict who still suffers. It was for this reason that we began this
work. We must always remember that as individual members, groups and
service committees, we are not and should never be in competition with
each other.

We work separately and together to help the newcomer and for our
common good. We have learned, painfully, that internal strife cripples
our Fellowship; and prevents us from providing the services necessary
for growth.

To provide the fellowship of Narcotics Anonymous with Celebrations of Recovery.


The H&I Subcommittee of the Rochester Area Service Committee are a group of men and women,
members of Narcotics Anonymous, who believe in the concept, “To assure that no addict is a hospital
or institution seeking recovery need die without having had a chance to find a better way of life. From
this day forward may we provide the necessary services.”

This concept should always be our primary concern. This will ensure that when an addict who is
housed in a correctional facility, hospital, or recovery house reaches out for recovery, Narcotics
Anonymous will be there.

This committee is a subcommittee of the Rochester Area Service Committee, and is directly
responsible to that committee.

A. To carry the message, and to distribute literature to all facilities through our H&I panels.
B. To conduct a monthly business meeting.
C. To have an annual learning day in conjunction with the Activities Subcommittee of the RASC.

Definition and Purpose of the Subcommittee:
The Recovery Is Possible Area Literature Subcommittee is a volunteer group of the fellowship of Narcotics Anonymous.  The primary purpose of the Subcommittee is to maintain an adequate supply of Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Literature and have it available at the RASC business meeting.  The Subcommittee facilitates the evaluation process for any NA literature from the fellowship.  In all its proceedings the Subcommittee shall adhere to The Twelve Traditions, Twelve Concepts of Service of NA, the resources of A Guide to Local Services and the Handbook for NA Literature Committee.

Functions of the Subcommittee:

  • Maintains an adequate supply of NA literature to meet the needs of the RASC.
  • Stocks and makes available review and approval-form literature.
  • Serves as a communication link in all matters of literature between the groups, RASC, Northern New York Region, and the World Service Committee.
  • Provides the forum and atmosphere where members may contribute to the development and creation of NA literature.
  • Holds scheduled Subcommittee meetings.
  • Communicates and disburses all information to and from volunteers.
  • Distributes Literature to all groups via RASC meetings.
  • Provides representation and participation in the RASC.
  • Elects and/or appoints members to fulfill the needs of the Subcommittee.
  • Maintains an archive of all Subcommittee minutes.


To inform the public, with special emphasis on the addict who still suffers, of the existence, location and the purpose of Narcotics Anonymous, under the direction of the Area Service Committee and within the guidelines of the Twelve
Traditions and the Public Relations Guidelines.

Functions and Responsibilities

A. To open and maintain lines of communication and cooperation.
1. Between N.A. and the public.
2. Between the Area and the Regional PI subcommittee.
3. Between the PR committee and all other Rochester Area Facilities that desire contact with  N.A…

B. To maintain, distribute and update meeting lists on a regular basis.
1. Adequate number of meeting lists will be printed monthly and made available at the Area meeting.
2. The Meeting List Coordinator will make arrangements to find the most cost effective printer to print the meeting lists and it will be paid for by the area.
3. It will be the responsibility of the homegroups to provide the meeting list coordinator with the most up to date information or changes (see addendum).
4. No new meetings will be added to the meeting list until the PR committee has done a presentation.

C. To maintain a telephone helpline where members of the public can get information about N.A..
1. To respond to telephone calls from the helpline number.
2. To maintain a group of trained 12 Step volunteers.
3. To train phone line volunteers when needed.

D. To maintain the Rochester Area website.
1. To put online the Area meeting minutes and maintain previous minutes.
2. To put online the Area Bylaws.
3. To put online flyers for upcoming events
4. To put online the Area meeting lists and update it with information.
5. To put online the Area Newsletter when available.
6. To put online anything directed by the Area.

E. To create an Area Newsletter
1. To allow a forum for addicts to discuss issues, express ideas, or present points of view in  printed format.

F. To provide for Area printing needs
1. Maintain Area printer.
2. Keep paper stocked.
3. Maintain “Printer Policies & Procedures” document.
4. Ensure Area printer needs are met.

The RASC Steering Subcommittee will be a standing committee composed of a chairperson, vice-chairperson, secretary, Group Service Representatives and other volunteers.

The duties of this committee will be:

1. To be responsible for maintenance and suggested revisions of RASC Bylaws and Standing Motions.
2. To address issues affecting the Area, as delegated by the RASC.  Additionally, the Steering Subcommittee may work on issues of concern that are perceived as problems by this Committee. Issues delegated by the RASC shall have priority over Committee concerns.

The Steering Subcommittee will discuss and seek solutions and bring these to the RASC in the form of suggestions or motions.