Service Matters • August 2021
Welcome to the August 2021 Issue of Service Matters!
Welcome to the August 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.
Upcoming Committees Connecting Resolutions - August 8th, at 12:00 Noon ET
The Conference Committee’s resolution to be discussed concerns the next GSA World Service Conference, which is to be held in the fall. It has not yet been decided whether we will schedule an in-person or a virtual meeting next year, so the resolution stipulates that this decision will be made by the Conference Committee in consultation with the Board of Trustees in a reasonably timely manner.
The Finance Committee has two resolutions that will be included in the consent agenda:
1. Adoption of GSA Finance Policies and Procedures that include accounting policies, sales tax policy, operating reserve policy, internal controls policies and procedures, budget procedures, internal financial review, and public disclosure policy.
2. Adoption of the newly revised brochure called, “The GSA Group Treasurer: A Guide to Service.”
The Website Committee resolution in the consent agenda is about defining roles and responsibilities in the website committee so that GSA members will know whom to contact.
Please read the working resolutions and supporting documents before the Committees Connecting meeting on August 8th.
All interested GreySheeters are welcome!
Sunday, August 8, at Noon ET
2. Concept 10 meeting ID: 791 453 380
Sunday, August 22, at 1:00pm ET
3. Tradition 10 meeting ID: 791 453 380
Sunday, August 29, at 1:00 pm ET
July 2021 - Monthly Board of Trustees
Liaison Report Highlights
July 10, 2021
Progress Report on Four Core Functions to achieve our vision
Please share with your group!
https://zoom.us/j/717731799 GSA Passcode
a. Your chance to raise questions, concerns, and suggestions about World Service.
c. What’s unique and wonderful about the Phone Bridge Intergroup.
2. New World Service Conference Material
a. Book of Past Conference Resolutions
Everything the conference has decided since 2013.
b. 2021 Committee Members
Elected delegates making decisions in 2021.
3. Two new GreySheeters Anonymous Groups Registered
a. NMW! Staying Abstinent Despite Family Challenges, NEIG Zoom Literature, Tuesdays 8 PM ET
b. There is a Solution, SSIG In-Person La Plata Maryland Qualification, Saturdays 11 AM ET
4. Website launch postponed until 2022 - need more volunteers
GreySheet Anonymous World Service2021 Direct 7th Tradition Donations Target - $42,000
Board of Trustees Column
Greetings GreySheet Community,
My name is Dan, and I am your non-abstinent Board of Trustees member.
As you know, this program borrows a lot of its operations and traditions from other 12 Step programs, especially AA.
Bill W., a co-founder of AA, realized that he could no longer be the elder statesman, and that some form of long-term management was going to have to be set up if the program was to outlive him. He had set up various management boards to get literature published and sold, clubs run etc. Mostly they were operated by “Friends of AA” as drunks were not to be trusted. From a business standpoint this made sense. But Bill and the early members realized that no group of drunks in Omaha or Toledo was going to listen to a board from New York. So, the idea of adding AA members to the board, along with “Friends of AA,” came about. The final solution was to put the members in charge with the purpose of the board being to serve the members. So, they set up an “upside down” management style with the individual members as the “Owners” and “Directors” of the organization. If you have an idea on a new book or want a change in a pamphlet, bring it up at a business meeting.
If your group likes the idea, it goes to the intergroup level where the idea is shared among all groups in GSA. If all the groups like the idea, they pass the idea back to the groups to vote on the idea. Then you get to vote on the final approval and implementation of the Idea. The Board of Trustees’ job is to help you get this done.
I helped start a group on a Caribbean Island. It was decided that we needed to get more organized. I was tasked with calling “the board of trustees” to see the “right” way to run our meeting. I was told we could run our meeting any way we wanted to. When you do set up your meeting, please let us know so we can share that information. There are just too many ways meetings are run for us to direct you. I asked, are you telling me that if we wanted to run a meeting where only green people could attend, that would be OK? She replied “Yes. But I might advise that attendance would likely be poor.”
In 2019 I was asked by a friend who was a member of the GreySheet Board of Trustees, if I might like to apply for the position of non-abstinent Trustee. The Board of Trustees consists of mostly abstinent and one or two non- abstinent members. I accepted the position and am currently your only non- abstinent Trustee. I am at your service.
Your Website Committee has many opportunities for willing volunteers to help with the many non-technical tasks that it takes to keep the current website up and running and get the new website ready to launch. If you are an elected GSR, you can join the committee as a voting member if you want to help make decisions about the website or you can assist the committee with time-limited tasks as a non-voting volunteer. There’s lots to be done that doesn’t require web development or programming skills. Our website is the public face of GreySheeters Anonymous – the first thing that many newcomers see when they look for a solution online. Help us make it serve our primary purpose. Contact Linda, chair Nominating Committee at Nominating@greysheet.org
Links to Notes of Meetings
Notes from June Committees Connecting meeting: https://bit.ly/3630qxT
Notes from June Concepts meeting: https://bit.ly/3rvgxy8
Notes from June Traditions meeting: https://bit.ly/3x9foOl