Service Matters • April 2021

Welcome to the April 2021 Issue of Service Matters!

Welcome to the April 2021 issue of Service Matters, your answer to the question, “What’s Up in GreySheet?” regarding all the work done for GSA as a whole to carry the message to compulsive eaters who still suffer.

Question and Answer - World Service Conference

How do we go from a 3-day in person World Service Conference to a one-day Zoom conference?

The simple answer is we do only those things that are absolutely critical and required by the by-laws. We do without the time that was spent in years past debating motions, asking questions of the committees making the motions, and condensing many of the proposals that do not require debate into a consent agenda. We also depend on the preparation and commitment of delegates that far exceeds any  needed prior to this year.

In order to do this preparation, a few things are essential:

1. Delegates need to attend Committees Connecting meetings once a month on the second Sunday between May and October in order to be well-versed in changes and proposals that come to be voted on. Two committees per month will present their proposals. Delegates will have the chance to ask questions, make suggestions to improve the motions, and report back to their groups for input.

2. Come to the monthly, ongoing Concepts and Traditions meetings on the third and fourth Sundays of the month, respectively, to understand how our program works. If you have never heard of ‘minority opinion’ or ‘substantial unanimity,’ for example, going to these meetings will help you to understand significant differences between twelve step practices and regular corporate or business practices.

3. Attend two pre-conference Zoom trainings: one either on April 27 or May 2 (you can choose which is more convenient for you), and the second closer to the date of the conference, held on Sunday October 3rd at 1:00 PM ET or Tuesday, October 5,th, at 6:00 PM ET. Delegates need to attend both trainings.

4. Familiarize yourself with the proposals that will be submitted in the “Consent Agenda,” A number of proposals that are considered non-controversial will be included in this item, all of which will be voted on in one fell swoop. Seven to nine proposals which do warrant debate and discussion will get time during the conference, but this is the most consequential change from the three-day conference to having one Zoom meeting that lasts about five hours. Delegates need to read all the proposals, of course, and be prepared to vote on them on October 17.

The upside of having a virtual World Service Conference is that it allows more delegates to attend, particularly those who, in the past, have been unable to raise money to send a GSR when the budget was closer to $1000 per delegate, accounting for travel and accommodations. We hope more groups are represented and we have input from as many members as possible in our global community. If you have questions, please ask the Conference Committee at

Delegate Training 1
Tuesday April 27 at 6 PM ET
Sunday May 2 at 1:00 PM ET

Zoom Meeting ID: 568 843 9877
GSA Passcode

Upcoming Meetings

All interested GreySheeters are welcome!

Have you joined your GS sisters and brothers at one or more of these meetings? Each one is an opportunity to expand your recovery by learning more about the framework that guides our work together. If you’re a delegate, you’ll definitely want to clear your calendar and attend each of these meetings. This is how we get essential information and guidance for giving our best to the groups we serve.

1. Concept 6 meeting ID: 791 453 380 
    Sunday, April 18, at 1:00pm ET
2. Tradition 6 meeting ID: 791 453 380 
    SundayApril 25, at 1:00 pm ET
Board of Trustees Column

As a newcomer, my sponsor always told me to do service. Back then it was simple. I was told to weigh and measure my food, DENMW, show up at meetings and identify myself as a compulsive eater. As I reflect back on her instructions, I never took them for granted. She had what I wanted!  It helped me build a solid foundation for my recovery and simply taught me to show up. Over the thirty-five years I have been abstinent my life has gone through several evolutions and gotten very full and busy. Perfectionist that I am, I often beat myself up for not being or doing enough. Every time I turn around it seems like I have more on my plate. Thankfully, living as a GreySheeter I have learned to prioritize the order in which I get things done. I don't have to freak out, throw my hands up in the air and turn to the food when feeling overwhelmed. I can make a phone call (service) and know that if I weigh and measure my food (service) that the blessings of my life have the potential to continue to unfold. I know when I do service for our fellowship, I feel grateful. Sometimes it isn't easy to "show-up”, but I know when I "flex my abstinent muscles" I feel Grace and calm. Serving on the Board of Trustees has been an honor and a service position that I would never have thought I would qualify for. I have to admit that I got confused about the deadline for my commitment to write this column for the April edition of Service Matters. I am grateful that I was reminded of it because it gave me the opportunity to share a little about myself while doing service and admit to being "perfectly imperfect".

-Anne G.

GSA Special Events - Zoom Style 

FIRST SATURDAY Speaker Meeting
This is an OPEN meeting of GSA, meaning that anyone who would like to learn more about the GreySheet solution is invited to attend. There are two speakers, and in-between the speakers we celebrate anniversaries - years, months, and a day - with virtual chips!! So if you have an anniversary between March 1 and April 3, come get your virtual chip and let us celebrate your abstinence.

Saturday, April 3rd
Saturday, May 1st
Start time is 7:30pm UK time; 2:30pm ET
Zoom ID: 873 5002 0806

No password, there is a waiting room

Groovy GreySheet Gatherings  - Western States Intergroup FUNdraisers
Monthly workshops to gather in fellowship, creativity and connection.
First Sunday of Each Month, 3:00 PM ET. 
Sunday, April 4, 2021, 3:00 PM ET Bring Your Pet to Zoom Day
What to Bring:
  • Your Pet(s)
  • Pet Photos
  • Pet NMW Stories
Zoom ID: 968 3976 2598, PW: Universal

March 2021 - Monthly Board of Trustees
Liaison Report Highlights 

Share the Vision!
March 13, 2021
Whenever anyone, anywhere realizes they have a problem with food, they think if GreySheet.

1. World Service Conference

  • Registration deadline - March 15th
  • Motions and Agenda will be published on Service/World  Service Conference/World Service Conference 2021 - April 30th
  • Delegate Training #1 - April 27th or May 2nd
  • Committees Connecting every second Sunday 12 PM ET May – October to ask questions about motions (no questions at conference) and express opinions to shape the final motions.

2. Quarterly Town Hall - April 25th 11 am ET (

  • What makes the Israeli and NorthEast intergroups unique?
  • Personal Safety Committee report and recommendations.

Audio Link for Zoom October NYC Roundup

The audio recording of the 2020 NYC GreySheet Roundup is now available for your listening pleasure

Board of Trustees Town Hall Meeting

Sunday, April 25, 2021, 11:00 AM ET
Opportunity to Ask Questions!
If you have questions you’d like to ask the Board of Trustees, please email them to before April 20, 2021 ‑ Questions will be answered during the BOT Town Hall at the end of April.

GreySheet WANT ADS

The Literature Committee has spaces for two more voting members.

If you like to write, care about the future literature of GSA and are a GSR or ISR, please write to: for more information.

YouTube Qualifications

Wanted: Someone to announce new YouTube qualifications on Facebook and GreyNet after the videos have been launched on the YouTube channel. Approximate service time per month: About 5 minutes each to post the link on FB and GN. We launch about 10 videos per month.

Contact Kathy P.,

Links to Notes of Meetings 

If you missed attending these meetings, never fear. Click on these links to see notes from these meetings:
Notes from February Committees Connecting meeting:
Notes from February Concepts meeting:
Notes from February Traditions meeting:
Service Matters • May 2021
Service Matters • March 2021
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