In other news, we now have the full complement of Regional Representatives. Huge shout out to all of you who volunteered for this work and those of you who were driving organizing forces to pull this off by our target date of January 31, 2018. You made it happen!!!

Region I | Alaska, British Columbia, California, Idaho, Oregon, Washington

Representatives Stacy Bierma, Jeff Camozzi, Molly Rice, Gary Sanders

Region II | Alberta, Manitoba, Montana, Saskatchewan, Wyoming

Representative Erin Gail

Region III | Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah

Representative Ray Rosales

Region IV | Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas

Representatives Cullen Roth and Rowland Shepard

Region V | Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota

Representative Jim Joedicke

Region VI | Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin

Representatives Marge Redmond, Avi Asher

Region VII | Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee

Representatives Taunia Kellerby, George Beecher, Beau Patrick Coulon

Region VIII | Labrador, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec

Representative Louise Goodman

Region IX | Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont

Representative John Burns, Joel Osterman

Region X | Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington DC, West Virginia

Representative Bryon Kent, Matt Owen

Region XI | International

Representative Jerry Sulonen

Region XII | Online (e.g., In the Rooms, Women’s Recovery and Refuge Online)

Representatives Kris Roehling, Erin Dunn

Region I

(AK, BC, CA, HI, ID, OR, WA)

Region I had a videoconference on November 5th and here’s what went down:
– Affirmed: prior vote that Zoom is an acceptable platform to elect a regional representative and that those RR members who attend are eligible to vote

– 11 Yes, 1 Abstention: regional reps will ideally have 2 years of renunciation. Open Issues: definition of renunciation (process addictions inclusive) and how to word renunciation (clean time, sobriety, following 5th precept, etc)

– Split vote, 1 abstention: regional reps will ideally have demonstrated active engagement with the RR program for a period of 1 year or 2 years. Open Issue: split vote, 6 votes for 2 years, 6 votes for 1 year, 1 abstention.

– 9 Yes, 1 abstention: regional reps will ideally have been actively engaged in RR related service and will demonstrate this with a written submittal for review prior to voting.

– 13 Yes, 1 abstention: regional reps will ideally have experience with leadership, organization, and communication.

– No vote, but general agreement: position requirements and expectations of regional representatives (time commitments, financial commitments) will be presented along with position qualifications.

Region IX

Our next meeting is scheduled for 11/19/2017 at 1 pm eastern. All members of Refuge Recovery within Region IX (the New England states) are welcome to attend and participate.

Call-in info for the meeting:

Or Telephone:
Dial:1 669 900 6833 (US Toll)
or +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll)
Meeting ID: 245 824 949

Region XI

Our International Sangha has a newly elected representative, Jerry Sulonen from Lund, Sweden. Thank you, Jerry!!!


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Regional Development Announcements

Region I

Pacific Rim is in full swing designing their Regional Representative election process. Members convened using zoom conference calling and made great headway into discovering how to run a nominations and election process using virtual meeting space. Nomination announcements and criteria will be made available to the public through digital and analog means, and it’s the greatest hope you have interest in participating.
Please share this information with your groups!

Region I will be holding elections for our Regional Representatives in January, 2018 by video conference. Exact date is yet to be determined.

An audio recording of most of the meeting that was held on 9/30/17, as well as the meeting minutes, can be found here.

Our next video conference meeting to continue the discussion on how to elect our regional reps will be held @ 10 a.m-11:30 a.m. Pacific time on 11/5/2017. All members of Refuge Recovery within Region I (Alaska, British Columbia, California, Hawaii, Idaho,Oregon, Washington) are welcome to attend and participate.

Call-in info for the meeting:
Or Telephone:
Dial: +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll)
or +1 646 876 9923 (US Toll)
Meeting ID: 452 722 548

International numbers available.

For questions regarding the upcoming service meetings, we can be reached at:

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Region IX

(Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island)

Had a meeting of 9 people from throughout the region. Every state except CT and RI was represented. Most connected remotely by videoconference, but 4 individuals met in person in lovely Holyoke, MA. We agreed to continue to meet as a body with voluntary membership, accepting group reps as well as individuals interested in service. We agreed to continue to seek to have the most inclusive and democratic process we could manage.
We agreed to meet in October and further discuss group structure and electing regional reps. The doodle poll is still open for the next meeting date, and interested individuals are encouraged to connect through the Facebook page or the Google group. Follow this link to view Region IX’s Google Group

Interested in using zoom as a platform tool for your regional communications? Refuge Recovery HQ has graciously set up a paid account to be shared for free. For account setup and more info email:

Is your commitee wishing to have a regional event listed in the RR newsletter? Send your info to: