How Do I Start a Meeting?
All it takes to start
a meeting is a time, a place, and a few people willing to commit to the
meeting for the first 6 months. The reason for a few people is that healthy
service is shared. The best way to start a meeting with a real sense of
community is to have a group for group conscience and comittment from
the beginning. It is wise to choose a time that is convenient to a large
number of people. Possible meeting places include:
A church, synagogue,
A public library's room
A city, county or other public service/community room
A beach, park, pavilion, etc.
A hospital, treatment center or mental health facility
A 12 step clubhouse
Any other facility with space and willingness
Get a Meeting Starter
Packet (it's free) from CoRe or download it from the web site.
Then register your
meeting (form in starter packet). By registering your meeting you insure you are connected with
CoDA as a whole. That way you become aware of CoDA groups in your vicinity,
seminars, workshops, retreats, conferences and conventions...all of which
are opportunities to learn. Your meeting will also be included in the
list of meeting available on the national and state website.
The state contact
list is also a way to connect with other people interested in starting
a meeting in a specific city/area of a state. Click on the link
to state person contact list.
Other valuable information may be found in the CoDA Service Manual.