The Multi-Zonal Service Symposium offers an opportunity for the exchange of experience, strength, and hope between members of NA service. This event, with its broad diversity of our fellowship, fosters the magic of service that happens when members gather from greater distances to share best practices in serving the suffering addict and fulﬁlling our primary purpose. Through NA zones working together in a spirit of unity and cooperation to support the groups in carrying our message of recovery, the symposium’s purpose is to inspire and instill in participants the joy of service by mentoring and learning collaboration.
The Multi-Zonal Service Symposium Workgroup was created in February 2013 at the Plains States Zonal Forum business meeting. Those members, along with members from the Southern Zone, were tasked to investigate what would be needed for a multi-zonal service learning conference. Over the years, members and all types of service bodies have experienced beneﬁts from participating in workshop weekends, such as NAWS Worldwide Workshops, Western Service Learning Days, the Florida Service Symposium, as well as countless workshops held on a smaller scale by zones, regions, areas, and groups. NA did not currently have a weekend event of this type and scale anywhere in the middle section of the United States. Having a service symposium closer to home would enable more recovering addicts an opportunity to attend and beneﬁt from this type of event. A proposal was presented to 25 Regions in the middle United States in June 2013. The proposal passed in November 2013 with over 90% approving the workgroup’s proposal.