- Venues and Locations –
Chapters will conduct their meetings in a safe
and protective meeting location accessible to
all and in compliance with the ADA. The venue
may be a public or private facility such as
a school, church, hospital, community room,
government building, medical clinic or a member’s
home as long as it does not compromise confidentiality
- Schedule of Meetings –
Each chapter will determine their schedule.
It is recommended that a meeting be held on
a weekly basis with each meeting lasting 60
to 120 minutes upon the discretion of the group.
The meeting schedule is to be resolved by each
chapter upon commencement of operation. However,
it is important to note that the meetings start
Each chapter that would like to establish itself
will need to make a resolution about the meeting
conduct including location, frequency and duration.
- Quorum Requirements –
There are no quorum requirements. Any two members
or more will satisfy the quorum requirement.
- Types of Meetings –
Each KTR chapter could hold one of the following
type of meetings:
a) Closed Meeting – only members (children
12 and under allowed (unless otherwise stated
in the meeting schedule), but not encouraged)
b) Open Session – besides members, the
chairperson can invite any interested parties,
including reporters, officials, clinicians,
c) Keys Meeting – closed meeting dedicated
to the 15 keys to recovery (herein after paragraph
- Meeting Agenda – Any
member is allowed to propose items for discussion
for the group meeting. Final decisions will
be vested by the chair. However, no foreign,
outside topic of irrelevant issues will be included
in the agenda.
- Resolutions – The only
resolutions are in regards to day-to-day operations
(i.e. the agenda and meeting conduct). No resolution,
opinion or statement letter will be issued to
outside individuals or entities.
- Appearance and Attire –
Cleanliness and hygiene are mandatory, including:
a) Those individuals infected with diseases
that carry the possibility of having adverse
effects on others are not allowed.
b) Special accommodation will be made for individuals
who are homeless, ill or handicapped.
- Attendance Sheets –
The participant in each group will sign an attendance
sheet at the beginning of each meeting. Enclosed
is the attendance sheet form for use by all
chapters (see Appendix Section I: Forms).
- Proof of Participation –
Despite provisions in the Code of Ethics, Keys
To Recovery© accepts the provision of the
Proof Of Participation for its members who may
be required to show proof.
A chairperson or any other member of the group
may sign and stamp the Proof Of Participation
form. The authorization form is enclosed (see
Appendix Section I: Forms). There will be one
standard form authorized or acceptable for all
- Conduct of Meetings –
All meetings will be conducted as scheduled
and will commence within fifteen minutes of
the announced time and be completed within fifteen
minutes of the scheduled time.
a) It is recommended that the meeting begins
or ends with a moment of silence and inspirations
b) Everyone must raise his/her hand.
c) Members may not speak for more than 5 minutes
at a time.
d) All members must comply with the dress code
in each meeting.
e) Animals/pets may not be brought to the meeting,
with the exception of a seeing-eye dog.
f) No smoking is allowed.
g) No taunts or foul language is allowed.
h) No racial and/or derogatory language is allowed.
i) No physical violence is allowed.
j) One faith will not be favored over any other.
k) Children (12 and under) are allowed, but
l) The group will leave the venue clean and
in good order following each meeting.
- Recommended Schedule and Meeting Format
a) Arrival to meeting venue fifteen minutes
prior to the start of the meeting, setting up
the room, help others with beverages and light
b) Signing of the attendance sheet.
c) Making a decision on, or electing a chairperson,
secretary and treasurer for the meeting.
d) Issuance and stamping (authorized stamp only)
of receipts for contributions / donations (if
any) will be completed by the chairperson and
treasurer. All funds will be held by the treasurer.
e) The chairperson delivers an opening statement
using the following text:
“Welcome to our Keys To Recovery
meeting. This meeting is open to all KTR members
and other individuals who would like to join
our organization. My name is _____________
and I am in Keys To Recovery. I would like
to welcome the new members (each new member
will take this time to introduce themselves
by name). Now, please join me for a moment
of silence on behalf of the recovering addict
a) Following the moment of silence the members
will join the chairman in the recital of the
“God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.”
b) Upon the completion of the Serenity Prayer
the chairperson will propose, to participating
members who are interested in making a pledge
to Keys To Recovery, the recital of the following:
THE KEYS TO RECOVERY PLEDGE
“My name is ______________ and
I am a recovering addict. I admit to myself,
and others, that I am unable to overcome
my addiction without support from others.
I have come to believe that progress, and
not perfection is a central key to my recovery
and that the help we can give one another
is invaluable. I resolve to continuously
develop my relationship with other recovering
addicts so that we may all experience true
It is recommended that members will make
the above pledge at least once within their
first 90 days of participation in Keys To
Recovery. No sanctions will be placed on any
members who choose to abstain from reciting
the KTR Pledge.
c) The chairperson will propose a meeting
type that is accepted or denied by the members.
Members need to reach a consensus, demonstrating
maturity, unselfishness and a willingness
d) The chairperson will propose an agenda
for the meeting, other members will propose
additional topics (if any).
e) Meeting begins, with a recommended length
of 60 to 120 minutes.
f) The Chairperson closes the meeting within
the expected scheduled time, he/she will also
consider extension of the meeting upon consensus.
g) Issuance and stamping of Proof Of Participation
Form will be completed by both the chairperson
h) All paperwork (including the attendance
sheet, receipt books, proof of attendance
book, stamp) and other materials will be collected
by the secretary and kept in his trust in
a secure location.
i) All donated and contributed funds will
be held in trust by the treasurer in a secure
location and/or deposited into a bank account
under the name of Keys To Recovery. In the
case the chapter does not have a secure place
to store funds or materials, they are allowed
to make a request to the Aegis Clinic manager
to hold their materials in trust for them.
j) The members will clean the room and return
it to its original condition to end the meeting.