Voices of Nicotine Recovery (VONR) formed October 15, 2004. One of our founding members, John R (oldhippydude), shares the “History of VONR” at our 7th Anniversary Marathon in these audio files: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3.
A Brief History of Nicotine Anonymous (PDF) was written by another founding member, Gary M.
VONR’s primary purpose is to offer support to those who are trying to gain freedom from nicotine. We use several online platforms for our weekly meetings, for communication between members and to house our group’s assets, such as our hundreds of speaker shares.
VONR is registered with NicA as an “Internet Meeting Intergroup,” which sends delegates to the NicA World Services Conference every year to vote on important matters that affect the fellowship. Our Group Rep acts as liaison with NicA World Services, may attend quarterly NicA World Services Board meetings and reports back to the group.
About Our Meetings
Online meetings are run much like a face-to-face meeting. We have a chairperson, a format, and a topic for discussion. We gather to support each other and to learn about 12-Step recovery. You are welcome to join a meeting and just listen.
It is not necessary for you to have quit smoking to come to our meetings. Our 3rd Tradition states: the ONLY requirement for membership is a DESIRE to stop using nicotine. We encourage you to participate. All are welcome.
Group Conscience / Business Meetings
We welcome everyone to our VONR’s monthly Group Conscience meetings (what we call our business meetings), which occur on the 4th Sunday of every month, at 1pm Eastern in our Zoom meeting room. These 1-2 hour meetings include reports from trusted servants, elections of trusted servants and decision-making for the group. We use the Twelve Traditions as a foundation of our group, and encourage all of our members to attend our Group Conscious meetings. To put an item on the agenda, by Wednesday before the meeting, please email your item to firstname.lastname@example.org.