COS History


History

 

The Circle of Sisters (COS) Women’s Convention of Narcotics Anonymous was created by  and for the women of Narcotics Anonymous who had a vision of an annual convention for the women of our fellowship in Portland, Oregon.

The first convention held in February 1998 was named the Pacific Northwest Women’s Convention of Narcotics Anonymous #1, because the organizers anticipated the convention would be an ongoing tradition in the Pacific Northwest. However, COS quickly outgrew its origins, in the second year and the words ‘Pacific Northwest’ were deleted. In its third year, COS ventured far from its roots, all the way to Houston, Texas.

The COS Advisory Committee was established at COS III to provide continuity as Circle of Sisters grew and traveled further from its roots.

COS IV evolved into an international NA convention when it moved to Vancouver, Canada.

The first version of the Guidelines was approved at COS IV. In 2016, the COS Advisory voted to be the executive body of Circle of Sister to ensure the consistency of COS guidelines remain intact

No addict will be turned away from any NA meeting in accordance with our Third Tradition. However, convention activities are restricted to women only.


Event

Dates

Location

Hosting NA, service body

Theme

COS I

Feb. 20-22, 1998

Portland, Oregon

Portland Area Service Committee

Unity and Diversity Through Recovery

COS II

Feb. 26-28, 1999

Seattle, Washington

Everett Area Service Committee

If you want what we have …

COS III

March 10-12, 2000

Houston, Texas

Northside Area Service Committee

The Very Essence

COS IV

March 2-4, 2001

Vancouver, British Columbia

British Columbia Regional Service Committee

Anything is Possible

COS V

Feb. 15-17, 2002

San Jose, California

Northern California Regional Service Committee

I Believe in Miracles, for I Am One

COS VI

Feb. 28 - Mar. 2, 2003

Bloomington, Minnesota

South Suburban Fireside Area Service Committee

I am my Sister’s Keeper

COS VII

Feb. 27-29, 2004

Seattle, Washington

Seattle Area Service Committee

Leap of Faith

COS VIII

Feb. 18-21, 2005

Brooklyn, New York

Brooklyn, New York

The Wind Beneath My Wings

COS IX

Feb. 24-26, 2006

Boise, Idaho

Treasure Valley Area Service Committee

Sharing Experience Strength and Hope

COS X

Feb. 23-25,2007

Dallas/Ft Worth, Texas

Dallas/Ft Worth, Texas

Circle of Hope

COS XI

Feb. 1-3, 2008

Chicago, Illinois

Chicagoland Region Service Committee

Sisters on a Spiritual Journey

COS XII

March 3-6, 2009

Woodland Hills, California

San Fernando Valley Area

A Spirit Beyond Our Dreams

COS XIII

Feb, 26-28, 2010

Southampton, Bermuda

Bermuda Area

H.O.P.E. Becomes Reality

COS XIV

Feb. 11-13, 2011

Richmond, Virginia

Richmond, Virginia Area

You Can't Stop A Circle Of Sisters

COS XV

Feb. 24-26, 2012

Portland, Oregon

Portland Area Service Committee

Freedom Through the Steps

COS XVI

March 15-17, 2013

Tulsa OK

Eastern Area Service Committee of Oklahoma

Stepping into The Circle of Recovery

COS XVII

March 7-9, 2014

St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis, Area

Gateway to

Hope & Endless Possibilities

COS XVIII

Feb 27-Mar 1, 2015

Los Angeles, Ca

Greater LA Area

Diversity is Our Strength

COS XIX

Feb 24-26, 2016

Dallas TX

Dallas Area

See a Miracle

COS XX

Feb. 17-19, 2017

Chicago Ill

Chicagoland Region

Standing on Spiritual Principals

COS XXI

Feb. 16-18, 2018

Burlingame, Ca 

Northern California Regional Service Committee

Changing the World, One Sister at a Time

COS XXII

April 19 – 21,2019

New Orleans La.

New Orleans Area

When the Mask goes… A Miracle happens

 



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