From: (Name removed by request)
Sent: Saturday, June 07, 2003 10:50 AM
Subject: LMHANA HISTORY
Here goes, with love
A LITTLE LMHANA HISTORY & GRATITUDE
Eight Years Ago:
Six NA groups in Johnstown & Somerset came together and formed an Area Service Committee Called "CSASCNA" Cambria/Somerset Area Service Committee of NA.
The Logo below " The Journey Continues" was the first Tee Shirt we sold to raise funds for the CSASCNA Helpline.
We had a Picnic called " UNITY DAY PICNIC" it's primary purpose was to carry the NA message of recovery by raising money to start the CSASCNA Helpline. The design was drawn on a napkin in Eat&Park, located in Westmont Boro in Johnstown. John from the old Thursday night NA group "It Works How & Why" at Hiram G Andrews school, did the drawing. He was a student there and we haven't seen him since he went back to Harrisburg.
This also started a series of fundraisers to get the money to start our Area NA literature Stock pile, $300.00 worth of literature. The Area Vice Chair at the time of the Helpline/Literature fundraisers stole some $586.00 dollars of the Area money, we haven't seen her since then either. Never the Less, WE got our Helpline and literature up and running, and WE as an Area became stronger because of it
During the next two years the NA Groups of Altoona & Indiana joined the ASC and WE changed or name to "LMHANA" Laurel Mountain Highlands Area of NA, and we moved the ASC from Johnstown to Ebensburg so the ASC meeting sat in the center of our Area.
Also, of course one year after, the Unity Day Picnic it became the "LMHANA UNITY RETREAT- The Journey Continues" a three day event. (we love to be grandiose)
LOOK AT US NOW:
LMHANA, eight years latter WE have:
32-Thirty Two NA Groups in 8 Counties meeting weekly
A 1-800 NA Helpline answering approx 120 calls a month
H&I (Hospitals & Institutions) going into 6 faculties with an other 2 coming up.
PI reaching out to the public telling them where to find us, and listing our Helpline # in the phone books.
An Area NA meeting list updated regularly
A three day event - "The Unity Retreat -The Journey Continues"
A NA Literature Stock Pile that sells approx $600 to $800 dollars of literature monthly to our NA groups.
I for one have been here from the beginning and I know how it feels sometimes,
We think it's all to over whelming, WE procrastinate, complain, gossip, resent, and feel like it's of no use.
WE SEEMED TO BE INCAPABLE OF FACING LIFE ON LIFE'S TERM!
The fact is we are capable of great stuff. We are a link in the unbreakable NA chain of recovery and service.
WE have come together to give away what has so freely been given to us.
This all helps us work these Steps and Traditions into our lives.
As before WE will become stronger!
To Those Who Have Came Before, and Now:
Those who come after us may never know our names or who we are inside, . . . . . or will they?
THANK YOU FOR SERVING,
Allowing me to be of service.
Thank you for helping me touch time and reality.
Thank You for giving me the chance to have the newcomer save my life.
As at the start,
In Loving service,
(Name removed by request)