Service Matters • December 2021
Welcome to the December 2021 Issue of Service Matters!
Welcome to the December 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.
‘Tis the season of gratitude and what better way to express our gratitude toward GreySheet and our abstinence than to give back by helping to implement the newly passed resolutions!
Each committee needs new members with creative ideas and fresh energy to move forward. We ask all ISR's, GSR's and members to help GSA achieve our goals and resolutions. If you or someone you sponsor would like to get involved and participate, please email the committee you're interested in:
Start up Sponsor Teams
GSR's: please read to your groups
One of the most exciting resolutions that received an overwhelming vote of confidence by the WSC in October was the creation of an official Start up Sponsor Team under the auspices of the Communication Committee. The group has been working for the past two years with people new to GSA who have found our solution on-line at our website or via YouTube videos and Zoom meetings. How do people get and stay abstinent with few (if any) face to face meetings to meet potential sponsors? This is the problem we face as our fellowship reaches more and more people, many of whom may not live anywhere near an active GreySheet community and made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Start up Sponsor Team is the solution we are creating, and with your help, we can grow this arm of service to help the compulsive eater who still suffers.
Start up Sponsors work with individuals one-on-one with individuals who are ready to start their GreySheet abstinence. Once you are part of the team, you attend a training for all new start up sponsors so that the information we give is the same. Using the Clarifications of GS Abstinence, you help the newcomer to know what is and is not abstinent on the GreySheet and help them plan the next 3 meals by phone. This initial contact takes about one hour. Then, you give the newcomer a list of ten eligible sponsors (people with 90 days of back to back GS abstinence) from the Phone List who are in their time zone and/or are the same gender with the instruction to call at least 3 people on the list every day until they find someone to sponsor them. You agree to take the newcomer's food for the first 24 hours, up to a few days until the newcomer finds someone to sponsor them. Start Up Sponsors do not commit to sponsoring a newcomer full time. Instead, they commit to being available to newcomers for a few days. Then once a newcomer has a sponsor, the SUS becomes available to help another newcomer. This is a one year service commitment.
What's in it for the Newcomer?
2. They can start immediately and have an experience of GS abstinence instead of waiting days or even weeks until they meet 'the right someone.'
What's in it for the Start Up Sponsor?
1. They get the satisfaction of helping someone desperate enough to reach out via our GS website and make our solution possible and doable in those crucial early days.
2. They get experience helping people understand the GS. For a person just starting out as a sponsor, it's an opportunity to learn by teaching -- and build confidence to be a full-time sponsor. It's also a great way to meet more GSers.
3. They get to watch people grow who are new to GS.
4. They can ask for help from their own sponsor when they have questions that stump them.
5. They are part of a team that is doing some of the most important work in GSA by helping compulsive eaters who still suffer.
If you or someone you know or sponsor (with a minimum of 90 days of back to back abstinence) would like to get involved, please send an email with your name, location, phone number and time zone as well as your abstinence date to: SUS@greysheet.org
All Interested GreySheeters Welcome!
- Concept 2 meeting ID: 791 453 380 on Sunday, December 19 at 1:00 PM ET
- Tradition 2 meeting ID: 791 453 380 on Sunday, December 26 at 1:00 PM ET
- Committees Connecting meeting ID: 663 470 166 on Sunday, December 12, Noon PM ET
- Town Hall meeting ID: 717 731 799 on January 23, 2022, 11:00 am PT
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Share the Vision Monthly Board of Trustees Liaison Report1 , November 21st, 2021
Progress Report on Four Core Functions to achieve our vision. Please share with your group!
1. Integrity of the GSA Program
a. The WSC2021 approved two resolutions that will protect the integrity of the GreySheet food plan and our use of the Steps, Traditions, Concepts, Preamble, promises and other A.A. copyright material. BOT Resolutions
i. GreySheet Distribution and Disclaimer, Page 35
ii. GSA Use of A.A. Intellectual Property, Page 40
b. We have a new Group Registrar, Susanne W. at Registrar@greysheet.org! Group registration ensures that all meetings listed on greysheet.org carry the GSA message.
c. We have three new Note Takers. Joey M., Amy C., and Karen J., will record what occurs at Town Halls, Committees Connecting, and Concepts for World Service meetings. This ensures full transparency and accountability to our fellowship.
a. The WSC2021 adopted all five resolutions proposed by the Literature Committee, including the procedure to translate GSA literature and that all A.A. Conference Approved Literature is now GSA Conference Approved Literature. Literature Committee Resolutions
i. Translation Procedure of the CAL Process, Page 159
ii. Traditional Literature, Page 53
3. Public Information
a. The Public Information Committee launched public pages on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to carry the message to the public.
a. Check out our under-construction website https://update.greysheet.org
1 For Board of Trustees Liaisons to share with intergroups; ISRs to share with their GSRs; and GSRs to share with their groups. Committee Chairs may also choose to share this report with their committee members.
GSAWS Monthly Recurring Donations
a.k.a. Club 164
There’s a really easy way for any GreySheeter who is able, to make a monthly recurring donation via PayPal or Text to Donate. Just go to www.greysheet.org and look for the “donations” tab. From that page, the gold donate button will automatically direct you to the GSAWS donation page in PayPal. Check the box “make this a recurring payment” and you’re all set. If you prefer text to donate (USA only), you can text NMW to 443-21. You will be directed to a page where you choose the amount to donate and whether to donate monthly or one-time. If you choose to sign up, a donation will automatically come out of your checking account or credit card each month.
Some GreySheeters have been doing this since 2015 when the practice of monthly recurring donations was first encouraged. These donations were tracked and called “Club 164”, named after the first 164 pages of the Big Book. In 2015 and 2016, approximately $8,500 was collected from monthly recurring donations.
Below is a pie chart where you can see the amount of donations that GSAWS has received as of August 31, 2021. In August, 37 GreySheeters contributed $528 bringing the total year-to-date amount contributed from monthly recurring donations to $3,881 this year. If you are able, please consider setting up a monthly, recurring donation. Thank you and NMW!
Come to our first ever GSR Orientation. We will offer this one-hour session twice in December. Come to either (or both!):
Sunday December 12 at 10 AM ET
Zoom ID 871 0320 6001
Tuesday December 14th at 6 PM ET
Zoom ID 872 0871 3325
Online Meeting List
We have our first GSAWS Group Registrar! This new World Service position supports the GSAWS Secretary by maintaining a complete record of all registered GSA Groups and their meetings. The Registrar receives all updates to groups and their meetings, updates GSAWS records, and submits to the Webservant for the online meeting list. Email Registrar@greysheet.org to make any changes to your group’s meeting information on the website.
FYI: The online meeting list will only list Meeting Contact People and their email addresses, i.e., people who have committed to respond to email inquiries about the meeting within 24 hours. We will no longer list other trusted servants online (although we need this information in our offline records).
Coming soon: New online Group Registration form to list your meeting on our NEW website! Stay tuned.
More information: Registrar@greysheet.org or Secretary@greysheet.org
Your Board of Trustees has an unexpected opening for the position of Secretary. The Secretary of the Board of Trustees is a critical member of the board as she or he records the minutes of the monthly Board of Trustees meetings which provide a record of our decision making. We publish those minutes for full transparency to our fellowship: https://www.greysheet.org/world-services/board-of-trustees The Secretary is a trustee, i.e., the requirement is five years of back to back GreySheet abstinence and the term of office is three years. If you or anyone you know is qualified and interested, please contact Grainne, Chair - Board of Trustees at President@greysheet.org or Linda, Chair - Nominating Committee at Nominating@greysheet.org. We will be happy to answer your questions.
The Note Taker records attendance and main points of discussion at the monthly Committees Connecting World Service meeting. One year abstinence/one year term. 2 hours a month. If interested, please email Grainne, Chair – Board of Trustees at email@example.com
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