ASC Meets April 10 in Harrisonburg

BRANA ASC LogoThe Blue Ridge Area Service Committee will meet on Thursday, April 10, 2014.

This month’s ASC meeting will begin with open forum at 6:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 17 N. Court Sq., Harrisonburg, VA.

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Game Day and Pot Luck on March 29th


Blue Ridge Area
Narcotics Anonymous

The BRANA Special Events Committee is hosting a Board/Card Game and Pot Luck Day on Saturday, March 29th from 1:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The event will be held at First Presbyterian Church, Court Square, Harrisonburg. Bring your favorite game and a pot luck dish. There will be a corn hole tournament at 2:00 p.m. and a meeting at 8:30 P.m.

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Memorial Service Set for Judith

judith colemanA memorial service for Judith C. will be held on Saturday, March 15, 2014.

The service will begin at 6 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1489 Laskin Road in Virginia Beach. Everyone is welcome. This will be an opportunity to share memories of Judith and to celebrate her life and contributions to Narcotics Anonymous.

Judith died Sunday, February 23, 2014. A Narcotics Anonymous member for more than 33 years, Judith helped start the Blue Ridge Area and never missed the BRANA Campout. She sponsored many NA women and provided inspiration and guidance to countless women and men. A resident of Norfolk, she was 72 years old.

Her clean date was September 21, 1981. Since NA meetings in rural areas were scarce in those days, Judith started her recovery in Alcoholics Anonymous. Then, with the late Larry N. and the late Richard S., she helped establish the fellowship of Narcotics Anonymous in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

Her definition of spirituality: “Doing something so great that we can’t do it unaided.”

As the featured speaker at BRANA X in 1991, Judith shared about writing to NA World Services for help in setting up a meeting in Waynesboro.

“Larry had given me one of these little white booklets and it had the World Services address, so I wrote and asked how to get a meeting started,” she said. “A couple of weeks later I got this phone call and it was Larry. And he said ‘Okay, let’s get a meeting started.’”

She started another NA meeting in Harrisonburg about a month later. That was late 1981. At the time, the Blue Ridge Area included most of the state west of Richmond. About eight meetings were scattered between Winchester, Charlottesville, Roanoke and the central-valley localities of Waynesboro, Staunton and Harrisonburg.

“I’ve seen BRANA come and go through a lot of agonizing periods,” Judith added. “We keep coming back and the love is still here.”

If you heard Judith speak at an NA event, you learned how dangerously crazy she was in her active addiction; then if you saw firsthand how the 12 Steps of NA had transformed her into a loving, kind and joyful person you would understand – if you don’t already – that miracles happen in Narcotics Anonymous.

Judith earned her Masters degree from James Madison University in Harrisonburg. She was a teacher as well as a lifelong learner. She lived with dignity, touched people’s lives and brought a special grace to Narcotics Anonymous.

It was a privilege to know her.

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Lexington Group Starts New Saturday Meeting


Blue Ridge Area
Narcotics Anonymous

The Keep it Simple Group has started a new meeting on Saturdays from 8 p.m. – 9 p.m. The meeting is held at Robert E. Lee Episcopal Church,123 W. Washington St. Lexington, VA, in the Parish building, on the second floor in the library. it is an open-discussion meeting, non-smoking, & is not handicapped accessible.

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ASC Meets March 13 in Staunton


Blue Ridge Area
Narcotics Anonymous

The Blue Ridge Area Service Committee will meet Thursday, March 13, 2014.

This month’s ASC meeting will begin with Open Forum at 6:30 p.m. at Valley Mission, 1513 W. Beverley St. in Staunton, VA.

This is the location for the regular NA meetings of the Just For Today, Step By Step and Triumph Over Tragedy groups of Narcotics Anonymous.

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Lexington Group Hosts Speaker Jam & Chicken Soup Cook-Off

A Speaker Jam and Chicken Soup Cook-Off will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at Robert E. Lee Episcopal Church, 123 W. Washington St. in Lexington, VA.
The event will begin at 1 p.m. Bring chicken soup or anything else you wish to contribute. Best chicken soup wins a $10 first prize.
§  1:15 p.m: First Speaker
§  2 p.m: Chicken Soup Cook-Off
§  2:30 p.m: Second Speaker
§  3:15 p.m: Third Speaker
§  4 p.m: Fellowship, Dessert and 50/50 Raffle
This special event is hosted by the Keep It Simple Group of Blue Ridge Area Narcotics Anonymous.

Blue Ridge Area
Narcotics Anonymous

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ASC Meeting Re-scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 20

Due to snow storm on February 13, the Blue Ridge Area Service Committee meeting was rescheduled. It will be held on Thursday, February Feb. 20, 2014 at Valley Mission, 1513 W. Beverly Street in Staunton, VA.


Blue Ridge Area
Narcotics Anonymous


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CAR Workshop Set for March 23 in Staunton

carworkshopA Conference Agenda Report Workshop will be held on Sunday, March 23, 2014. This CAR workshop is scheduled for 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Valley Mission, 1513 W. Beverley Street in Staunton VA.
All Group Service Representatives are encouraged to attend. Everyone is welcome. Lunch will be provided to all participants.
The Conference Agenda Report is a 70-page document available for free download.
Hosted by the Central Atlantic Region of Narcotics Anonymous, the workshop seeks to clarify the motions and proposals that will be considered at the World Service Conference in April 2014 in Woodland Hills, CA.
Donna Lee P. 804-869-7025
Eddie W. 434-420-2725
Kim A. 860-309-1404
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SHEVANA Hosts Bowling Day Feb. 23, 2014

Microsoft Word - AVCNA XXXII PRE-REGISTRATION FLYER.docA day of fun and fellowship is in store for NA members with Bowling Day, set for Sunday, February 23, 2014. 
The event is scheduled for 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Northside Lanes, 6 Richards Avenue in Winchester, VA.
Cost is $4.50 per game with free use of bowling shoes.
Hosted by the Special Events Committee of the Shenandoah Valley Area of Narcotics Anonymous.
Page C.  540-303-1247
Elisa D.  540-532-0425
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RSC Meets Feb. 15 in Charlottesville

Narcotics Anonymous

NA Service Symbol

The 166th Central Atlantic Regional Service Conference will meet on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

The RSC will begin with Open Forum at 11 a.m. at University of Virginia Main Hospital, 1215 Lee St. in Charlottesville, VA.

Parking is available in the Lee Street Parking Garage. Go into the main entrance; the meeting space on just left of the cafeteria.

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