Agenda for Mini-PRAASA

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​​Hosted by District 22 Placerville, Ca

​​​October 17th-19th 2014

Friday, October 17th

4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Registration Opens

7:00 – 7:15 p.m. Call to Order

12 Traditions

12 Concepts

GSR Preamble

Introductions

Housekeeping

Roll Call

7:15 – 7:30 p.m. Weekend Overview  “The Area Takes its Inventory”  Lela M

7:30 – 7:45 p.m. Approval of Post-Conference Assembly Minutes

​​     Assembly reports:

2015 Winter Assembly

2015 Pre-Conference Assembly

2015 Post Conference Assembly

7:45 – 8:15 p.m. Liaisons, Appointed Chair, and Officerreports

8:15 – 9:00 p.m. Panel #1 Communicating our Legacies: Vital in a Changing World

Recovery: ​  Practicing Principles in all our Affairs. ​​Mike S GSR D27

Unity: ​​  The Home Group. ​​​​Frank R GSR D36

Service: ​  Lighting up Dark Groups. Matthew L AREA Registrar

9:00 – 10:00 p.m. Roundtables *GSRS*   *DCMS*    *AREA OFFICERS and APPOINTED CHAIRS*

 

Saturday, October 18th

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Registration Opens

9:00 – 9:15 a.m. Call to Order

Announcements, Introductions, Housekeeping

9:15 -10:00 a.m. Discussion and Approval of 2015 Spending Plan

10:00 -11:30 a.m.

Old Business

YPAA Liaison Position motion

Communication with the Linguistic Districts​​

New Business

Mental Illness Pamphlet Agenda item

Written Translations appointed Chair position

7th Tradition

11:30 –12:30 p.m. Delegate’s Report

12:30- 1:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30 – 5:30 p.m. CNIA Inventory

5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Dinner

7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Speaker Meeting: Ken M CNCA 06 Past Delegate Panel 61

8:00 – 8:30 p.m. ICE CREAM SOCIAL

8:30 – 9:30 p.m. Roundtables *GSRS*  *DCMS* *AREA OFFICERS and APPOINTED CHAIRS*

ROUND TABLE TOPICS

Our Common Welfare through Gratitude in Action

  • Diversity in AA Our Heritage of Inclusion
  • Safety and Respect-Practicing Principles Begins in Our Home Group
  • Safeguarding our Traditions through the Evolution of Technology
  • Inventory-Looking Back to Move Ahead

 

Sunday, October 19th

9:00 a.m. Assembly Reconvenes

9:00-9:30 a.m.  Roundtable Report backs-from Friday and Saturday nights

9:30 -10:45 a.m. DCM Reports

10:45 -11:45 a.m. Panel #2 Communicating our Legacies: Vital in a Changing World

Recovery: Emotional Sobriety. Susan K   GSR D43

Sponsorship: What’s missing today? What are we doing right? Victoria A GSR D47

Unity: Spirituality-Is AA all Inclusive?​​ Nancy K   GSR D25

Service: THE 6 WARRANTIES: How do they Apply in our Groups ? Gary B     GSR D15

11:45 –12:00 p.m.  Ask-it Basket  &  What’s On Your Mind

12:00 p.m. Assembly closes

Reminder about Recovery Roundup Saturday

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Red Bluff Recovery Roundup

Veterans Memorial Hall
735 Oak Street
Red Bluff, CA 96080

Click for map.

 “But for the grace of God”

  June 21, 2014  Registration opens 8:00 AM Marathon Meetings Run all Day

  • 9:00am – 10:00am Panel
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  • 10:30am- 12:00pm Bob F from Reno, NV
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch
  • 1:30pm- 3:00pm Teresa J from Paradise, CA
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  • 3:30pm- 5:00pm Bill P from Dove Canyon, CA
  • 5:00pm – 6:00pm Dinner
  • 6:00pm – 7:00pm Panel
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  • 7:30pm- 9:00pm Lyle P from Stockbridge, GA
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  • Free drawing
  • 10:00pm-12:00am Recovery Roundup Karaoke

 Pre-Registration has expired. $15 at the door. Some meal tickets are still available.  

 

ACYPAA Events for Saturday

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Main Speaker Meeting

7pm-9pm – Civic Auditorium, Main Stage
Includes Sobriety Countdown. Speakers from Redwood Falls, MN and Santa Monica.

Panels & Workshops

9:00 AM Morning Meditation – Prayer & Meditation Room
10:00 AM Native American Panel – Siskiyou Room, Red Lion
10:00 AM Parenting in Sobriety – Bill W. Room, Civic Auditorium
11:00 AM Young at Heart: Too Old for YPAA? – Bill W. Room, Civic Auditorium
11:00 AM Mesa de Habla Hispana – Siskiyou Room, Red Lion
12:00 PM LGBTQ Panel – Bill W. Room, Civic Auditorium
12:00 PM Traditions Workshop with Q&A – Siskiyou Room, Red Lion
1:00 PM God Could and Would If He Were Sought: 3rd Step Panel – Siskiyou Room, Red Lion; ASL Interpreted
1:00 PM Never Had a Legal Drink – Bill W. Room, Civic Auditorium
2:00 PM Lopsided Triangle: Too Much Service? – Siskiyou Room, Red Lion
2:00 PM (We Don’t Drink) No Matter What – Bill W. Room, Civic Auditorium
3:00 PM Old Timers Panel – Bill W. Room, Civic Auditorium
3:00 PM Alateen Workshop with Q&A – Siskiyou Room, Red Lion
4:00 PM 11th Tradition and Technology – Bill W. Room, Civic Auditorium
4:00 PM We Will Comprehend the Word Serenity: Emotional Sobriety – Siskiyou Room, Red Lion
5:00 PM We Will Not Regret the Past – Bill W. Room, Civic Auditorium

Entertainment

7:00-8:00 AM – 5K RUN – Sacramento River Trail  Runners will meet in front of the Red Lion @ 7am.
8:00-10:00 AM – SATURDAY MORNING CARTOONS – Red Lion, Sundial Room  All your favorite cartoons and breakfast cereals. Roll out in your jammies.
10:00-4:00 PM – BODY PAINTING – Civic Auditorium, Front/Lobby
11:00 AM -Noon – YOGA – Red Lion, Sundial Room
12:00-4:00 PM – PHOTO BOOTH – Civic Auditorium, Front/Lobby
1:00-4:00 PM – LAWN PARTY! – Civic Auditorium, Front/Lobby;  Epic lawn party, part deux.
3:00-5:00 PM – MC BATTLE – Civic Auditorium, Main Stage; It’s a rapper’s delight
5:45-6:15 PM – FIRE DANCERS – Civic Auditorium, Front/Lobby; Don’t miss this special surprise outside by the fountain.
10:00-1:00 AM – MAIN-STREAM MASH-UP – Civic Auditorium, Main Stage
10:00 PM-11:30 PM – DRAG SHOW – Red Lion, Ballroom/Sierra Room  The Adventures of Aurora Forté.
12:00-3:00 AM – THE HOUSE OF HIGHER POWER – Red Lion, Ballroom/Sierra Room EDM After Party Dance

ACYPAA Events for Friday

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Main Speaker Meeting

7pm-9pm – Civic Auditorium, Main Stage
Includes County Countdown. Speakers from Santa Rosa and Toronto.

Panels & Workshops

9:00 AM Morning Meditation – Prayer & Meditation Room
10:00 AM Nothing Counted but Thoroughness and Honesty: 4th Step Panel – Bill W. Room, Civic Auditorium
11:00 AM No Way Separate from AA as a Whole: Service Panel – Bill W. Room, Civic Auditorium
12:00 PM If We Are Painstaking About This Phase of Our Development: 9th Step Panel – Bill W. Room, Civic Auditorium
1:00 PM In the Sunlight at Last: Spiritual Journey – Bill W. Room, Civic Auditorium Leader:
1:00 PM Group Inventory Workshop with Q&A – Siskiyou Room, Red Lion
2:00 PM Sponsorship Workshop with Q&A – Bill W. Room, Civic Auditorium
3:00 PM The Family Afterward – Bill W. Room, Civic Auditorium
4:00 PM Controversy in Your YPAA with Q&A – Siskiyou Room, Red Lion;
4:00 PM Boy Meets Girl on AA Campus – Bill W. Room, Civic Auditorium
5:00 PM From the Joint, to Everlasting Freedom: Prison Panel – Bill W. Room, Civic Auditorium

Entertainment

11:00 AM-Noon – YOGA – Red Lion, Sundial Room
1:30 PM=2:30 PM – WALKING MEDITATION – Arboretum, Turtle Bay – The walk will start near registration at the Civic Auditorium
1:00 PM-3:00 PM – REGGAE LOUNGE & GAMES – Red Lion, Sundial Room
1:00-4:00 PM – LAWN PARTY! – Civic Auditorium, Front/Lobby Shhh. Big surprises await you at the lawn party.
9:00 PM-1:00 AM – PHOTO BOOTH – Civic Auditorium, Front/Lobby
9:15-9:45 PM – BELLY DANCERS – Civic Auditorium, Front/Lobby These belly dancers are here to distract you while we get set-up for the dance.
10:00 PM -1:00 AM – ROCKETED TO THE 4th DIMENSION – Civic Auditorium, Main Stage  Glowstick Dance
10:00 -11:30 PM – COMEDY SHOW – Red Lion, Ballroom/Sierra Room
12:00 2:00 AM – MAFIA – Red Lion, Sundial Room
12:00-3:00 AM– AFTER PARTY DANCE – Red Lion, Ballroom/Sierra Room

2014 Abridged Agenda Items

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It was suggested that these be posted.

2014 GSC Committees Abridged Agenda Items

II.      Cooperation With the Professional Community

A.     Consider changes to the section, “Referrals from Court and Treatment Facilities” in
the pamphlet, “If You Are a Professional…” Note: On Proof of Attendance have any A.A. member sign. On Referrals, add internet and change to most telephone directories.

III.     Corrections

A.     Consider request for revisions to the section “What A.A. does NOT do” in the pamphlet
“A Message to Corrections Professionals” to be consistent with similar text in C.P.C.
literature. Note: Just what it says, “…be consistent with similar (existing approved) text…”

B.     Consider the development of a new video to replace “It Sure Beats Sitting in a Cell”
(DV-08). Note: Estimated cost is $70,000. The committee noted that the video was produced over 25 years ago and is outdated.

V.     Grapevine

D.    Consider the list of suggested Grapevine book topics for 2015 and later. Note: Four proposed, taking stories previously published in Grapevine or AAGrapevine.org;
The 12 Traditions
Our Experience (working title—Members share their experience with each of our 12 A.A. Traditions),
Cartoon Book II (working title—
A collection of cartoons by A.A. members),
Special Needs (working title—Stories by members who are wheelchair-bound, blind, deaf, ill or with other special needs. How A.A. reaches out to everyone.),
People of Color (working title—A.A. members of color share their own stories of getting sober).

 

E.               Reconsider publishing the “Alcoholism at Large” section of the Grapevine. Note: An on-again/off-again/on-again section going by many names that reflects medical news and more about alcoholism (articles have/may not follow A.A. suggested recovery and some feel it is an outside issue). Some blame the drop in subscriptions to this. On the other side is this point of view by Bill W. in 1946 and incorporated in Grapevine’s Statement of Purpose in 1992, “Within the bounds of friendliness and good taste, the Grapevine will enjoy perfect freedom of speech on all matters directly pertaining to Alcoholics Anonymous.”

VI.    Literature

C.     Discuss suggested change to the pamphlet “The Twelve Concepts for World Service
Illustrated.” Note: This does not change the Concepts, but allows the illustrated version to reflect what the General Service Manual states.

D.     Discuss suggested changes to the pamphlet “Questions & Answers on Sponsorship.” Note: Four revisions to sections of the Pamphlet, “What does a Sponsor do or not do” and “When newcomers resist “the spiritual” side of the program, what can sponsors do?” For changes, see VI Literature D, Doc. 2 (pg 1 & 2).

E.     Discuss suggested changes to Living Sober. Note: Remove text that had added to confusion regarding A.A.’s Singleness of Purpose.

F.     Consider the use of the circle and triangle as an unofficial A.A. service mark on
Conference-approved literature. Note: Includes the words Recovery/Unity/Service; it was Trademarked in 1956.

G.     Consider a request to create a pamphlet for alcoholics with mental illness. Note: While mental illness is partially addressed in other pamphlets, a pamphlet specifically for mental illness would reach those not being treated with drugs or consider their needs special.

H.   Consider a request to add “Non-alcoholics are welcome to attend open meetings as observers” to the end of the Primary Purpose (Blue) card. Note: Self explanatory.

VIII. Public Information

B.      Consider report from the trustees’ P.I. Committee regarding G.S.O.’s A.A. Web
site. Note: Continues to give the A.A.W.S. Board responsibility for Management, Maintenance, Reports.

C.      Consider that the 2014 A.A. Membership Survey be conducted by area on a
random basis as was done in the 2011 A.A. Membership Survey. Note: A triennial survey that goes to randomly selected groups. In 2011 a District 11 group in Trinity County was selected; anonymous and results are available to Professionals and the Public as a brochure.

E.      Consider revisions to the Anonymity Card (F-20). Note: A past proposal that is being resurrected/revised that incorporates further wording about inadvertently breaking the anonymity of others, and the impact of anonymity breaks on A.A. as a whole.

For downloadable PDF version, click here.

Agenda Items: Tips and Hints

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GSRs and Conference Agenda Items: What Next?

From our Panel 64 Delegate for California Northern Interior Area 07

The 2014 General Service Conference (GSC) Agenda Items and background information is now available for General Service Representatives (GSR) to discuss with their Home Groups. At our Pre-Conference Assembly on April 12 in Woodland, we encourage every GSR to come to the microphone and share their group conscience on Agenda Items with the California Northern Interior Area (CNIA) Delegate. This spiritual experience is the foundation of our Area’s Conference process.

As GSR, you are the link in the chain of communication between your Group and the General Service Conference which operates all year round. Why do we need a Conference? See S20 in the A.A. Service Manual for a superb answer. The short answer is so we can better help the alcoholic who is still suffering.

The General Service Conference Annual Meeting will be held April 27-May 3 in New York. Our theme is “Communicating Our Legacies—Vital in a Changing World”. As the CNIA Delegate, I will represent our Area at the Conference and need your help to send me to New York as a well informed Delegate for our Area.

Confused already? You are not alone. As a first year GSR, the Conference process can seem very confusing and intimidating. There are dozens of Agenda Items — so how should you go about choosing which Items to discuss with your Home Group and what format should you use to discuss the Agenda items so you can get the group’s conscience?

The Confidential Agenda and Background information, available from your District Committee Member (DCM), gives a detailed explanation of each Item. Remember this information is Confidential (full names of members are used) and for A.A. Members only. Please do not allow anyone to post this on bulletin boards or place on websites or social media. Please help us protect the anonymity and confidentiality of our members.

When looking at the GSC Agenda Items decide what your group has a passion for; Grapevine magazine? Public Information? Cooperation with the Professional Community? Literature? Finance? Corrections? There are interesting Agenda items covering all of these areas including an Item to approve a correction to inaccurate text in the Big Book!

How do groups participate in the Agenda process? Many groups hold a GSC Agenda items meeting separate from their regularly scheduled recovery and business meetings to discuss the Agenda Items. Some groups have a pizza party or go to a coffee shop after the meeting to discuss the items. Other GSRs make the entire list of Agenda Items available to the group and ask members to share their opinions or take a survey. Each group is autonomous, so any way that you and your group decide to participate is the right way for you.

If your group has never done this before, ask for suggestions from your DCM or someone who attended PRAASA or a Pre-Conference Workshop. You might consider only discussing two or three Items at first while providing the entire list to anyone interested. By focusing the discussion on a couple of Items you can get your Home Group members involved.

Don’t worry about always having to come to a consensus among your group. Please take notes on majority and minority opinions, and then attend the Pre-Conference Assembly and share them with me. Please let me know WHY your home group members feel a certain way about the Items (not just a score card of who’s for it and who’s against). I’m looking for your group’s conscience, opinions, ideas and experience on these Agenda Items.

Most importantly, have fun and enjoy the process. There are amazing opportunities for growth on this spiritual journey we are on together. Thank you for your Service!

Preliminary Items for 2014

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January 2014

2014 General Service Conference Committees

Preliminary Agenda Items

Below are the preliminary agenda items for the 64th Conference committees. During the February meetings of the trustees’ committees, additional items received by the January 15th deadline may be assigned to appropriate Conference committees. Please keep in mind that this is a preliminary list and agenda items may be added or subject to change by the trustees’ committees at the February board weekend.

I.       Agenda

  • Review suggestions for the theme of the 2015 General Service Conference.
  • Discuss presentation/discussion topic ideas for the 2015 General Service Conference.
  • Review the General Service Conference Evaluation Form.

II.      Cooperation With the Professional Community

  • Review suggested changes to pamphlet, “If You Are a Professional…”
  • Review suggested changes to pamphlet “A.A. as a Resource for the Health Care Professional.”
  • Discuss ways of stimulating interest in C.P.C. service work.
  • Review contents of C.P.C. Kit and Workbook.

III.     Corrections

  • Consider request for revisions to the section “What A.A. does NOT do” in the pamphlet “A Message to Corrections Professionals” to be consistent with similar text in C.P.C. literature.
  • Review contents of Corrections Kit and Workbook.

IV.    Finance

V.      Grapevine

  • Review Audio Strategy status update.
  • Review GV Board proposal to the 2014 Conference Committee on the Grapevine to significantly reduce the La Vina deficit.
  • Report from AA Grapevine Board on feasibility of producing one book in American Sign Language (ASL).
  • Consider the list of suggested Grapevine book topics for 2015 or later.
  • Review Grapevine Workbook.

VI.     Literature

  • Consider a request to remove a sentence of text from page 5 of Living Sober.
  • Consider a request to add text in the section on Concept XII of the pamphlet “Twelve Concepts for World Service Illustrated.”
  • Review draft pamphlet or progress report on literature that focuses on spirituality.
  • Review the revised draft pamphlet or progress report on “Circles of Love and Service.”

VII.   Policy/Admissions

  • Review dates for the 2017 General Service Conference.
  • Consider a request that an anonymous electronic voting system be utilized on all non-election votes for a trial period.

VIII.   Public Information

  • Review 2013 annual report from the trustees’ P.I. Committee regarding G.S.O.’s A.A. Web site.
  • Consider that the 2014 A.A. Membership Survey be conducted by area on a random basis as was done in the 2011 A.A. Membership Survey.
  • Public Service Announcements (P.S.A.s):
    1. Review report from trustees’ P.I. Committee on A.A. Video P.S.A.s.
    2. Review current video P.S.A.s for relevance and usefulness.
    3. Consider production of new video P.S.A.s.
    4. Review final report on the centralized distribution, tracking and evaluation of the video P.S.A. for the Spanish-speaking community, “Tengo Esperanza”
  •  Review contents of P.I. Kit and Workbook

IX.     Report and Charter

  • The A.A. Service Manual, 2014-2015 Edition: 1.     Review list of editorial updates.
  • Discuss A.A. Directories (Canada, Western U.S., and Eastern U.S.).
  • Discuss General Service Conference Final Report.

X.      Treatment/Special Needs-Accessibilities

  • Review contents of Treatment Committee Kit and Workbook.
  • Review contents of Special Needs/Accessibilities Kit and Workbook.

XI.      Trustees

  • Review resumes of candidates for:
    1. Pacific Regional trustee
    2. Eastern Canada Regional trustee
  • Review slates of trustees and officers of the General Service Board of Alcoholics Anonymous, Inc.
  • Review slate of directors of A.A. World Services, Inc.
  • Review slate of directors of A.A. Grapevine, Inc.

XII.   Archives

  • Review revised draft video Markings on the Journey.
  • Review Archives Workbook.

XIII.     International Conventions/Regional Forums

  •  Discuss ways to encourage interest in Regional Forums and attract first-time attendees.

To download Preliminary Items as PDF, click here.

Agenda for Winter Assembly…Confirmed

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WINTER ASSEMBLY — AGENDA — JANUARY 18, 2014

SATURDAY, JANUARY 18, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Registration
12:00 p.m. (Noon) Assembly Convenes
12:00 p.m. – 12:15 p.m. Traditions, Concepts,
Roll Call
Housekeeping
12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Weekend Overview, Why do we need a conference? Woody R. past Delegate panel 50
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Consideration of Minutes
7thTradition
Liaison Reports
Appointed Chair reports
Officer reports
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Delegate Report, Kelly M
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. DCM Reports
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. General Service Representative (GSR) School
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Q&A and New GSR Introductions
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Panel: GSR & DCM Experience, Strength and Hope
Titia A PAST DCM D30 ; Margie Alt-DCM D27 panel 64; Becky Dist 22; Miguel Past DCM D53
5:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Dinner
6:45 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Panel:  Delegates Experience Strength and Hope; Inez Y, Mariann H, Lee W, Melody T, Lela M
7:30 p.m. – ? Roundtables, 7 groups
Topics for discussion:
Recovery, Unity, and Service-Our responsibility
Passing it on through Sponsorship
Participating in our common welfare through contributions
Inventory- a Guiding tool to our future

SUNDAY, JANUARY 19, 2014
9:00 a.m Assembly Reconvenes
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Roundtable Reports
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m Old Business-Young Peoples Liaison Position-standing motion discussion
10:30 a.m – 11:00 a.m. New Business
11: 00 a.m. – Noon “Ask It” Basket & What’s on Your Mind
Noon Assembly Closing

Probable Agenda for Winter Assembly in Modesto

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This is the probable agenda for the Winter Assembly**

WINTER ASSEMBLY — AGENDA — JANUARY 18, 2014

SATURDAY, JANUARY 18, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Registration
12:00 p.m. (Noon) Assembly Convenes
12:00 p.m. – 12:15 p.m. Traditions, Concepts,
Roll Call
Housekeeping
12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Weekend Overview, (Past Delegate)
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Liaison Reports
Appointed Chair Reports
Officer Reports
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Delegate Report, Kelly M
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. DCM Reports
2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. General Service Representative (GSR) School
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Panel: General Service Conference Agenda
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Dinner
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Panel: Literature and PI / CPC
7:30 p.m. – ? Roundtables
SUNDAY, JANUARY 19, 2014
9:00 a.m Assembly Reconvenes
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Roundtable Reports
9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m Old Business
10:00 a.m – 11:00 a.m. New Business
11: 00 a.m. – Noon “Ask It” Basket & What’s on Your Mind
Noon Assembly Closing

**For planning purposes only. Topics may change, but times are accurate. For the GSR School, it is the practice of CNIA 07 to have it the first assembly of a new panel.