Service Matters • February 2019

Preparing for the 2019 World Service Conference (WSC)

Registration Packet

Deadline for registering (with full payment) for the GS World Service Conference September 20-22, 2019 is February 15th.
Please download registration packet on Payment should be made via the PayPal link.

Board of Trustees Town Hall Meeting

Board of Trustees Town Hall Meeting was held on January 20 at 11:00 EDT and attended by 47 GreySheeters! 

Questions that had been submitted prior to the meeting were addressed as well as concerns raised by members attending the meeting. The Treasurer gave the 2018 annual report which offered details and raised concerns about how individual members and groups can help GSAWS be self-supporting. We were encouraged to view the Treasury Report on our website to allow more time for Q&A on these meetings, but questions can be sent to

First Committees Connecting Meeting!

On Sunday, January 13th, 22 GSers attended the first meeting hosted by the Communications Committee. Three committees were scheduled to present their work in progress - Literature, Communications and Public Information. 

The Literature Committee reported the three pamphlets currently available online (GS Definitions and Slogans, Are You a Compulsive Eater? and Journey Into Daylight). Current projects include working on a bookmark that would be available for sale, the development of a book similar to AA’s Living Sober, which would be called Living Abstinent, with suggestions on how to arrest food addiction with ESH of longtimers, topics, 24 questions, and chapters such as: keeping non-abstinent foods in the house, food dreams, how to grocery shop, working with a sponsor, etc. A new proposal is in the works to create a book of daily meditations called Abstinent and Grateful, and a motion to amend the definition of short-form literature as under 2000 words and long-form projects as over 2000 words. One member in attendance inquired about a book of meditations that she had submitted with three short passages per day (one for each meal) which the Literature Committee will consider at its next meeting.

The Communications Committee is currently publishing Service Matters monthly, has introduced this Zoom meeting as a way to fulfill its charge of bringing people from various committees together to avoid duplication of efforts and have more feedback, suggestions and understanding among committee members of each other’s work. The Committee will also take up care of the GSA Phone List when the current trusted servant hands it over in 2020. Currently working on compiling a GSR list, and composing registration forms for phone, video and face to face meetings.

The Public Information Committee will be resuming its work. Interested GSers who wish to work on this extremely important committee should contact or call 917-972-9266 to get involved. The committee has not met since the last conference in 2016.

The meeting ended at 2:30 PM EDT. We learned that we can accomplish a lot in 30 minutes!

Next Committees Connecting meeting is scheduled for Sunday, February 10 at 2:00 PM EDT. Zoom link is: The Website Subcommittee and the Finance Committee will present. Contact if interested in being added to the invite list.

Introduction to Concepts Zoom Meeting

Delegates to the WSC Conference and other GS members are invited to attend Zoom meetings on Concepts. More information will come in future Service Matters issues. First scheduled meeting is: Sunday, April 14, at 2:00 PM EDT and the last is Sunday, September 8th. Each meeting will focus on 2 concepts and will last 30 minutes. If interested, register at

Introduction to Service for GSRs

A paragraph has been added to this document that includes the suggestions for service at the conference and committee level. Here are the two added bullet points:
- A GSR joins one or two World Service Conference committees and supports the work of  that committee, usually on a monthly basis between conferences to continue the work of our primary purpose, to carry this message to other compulsive eaters. The choices are: Literature, Finance, Structure, Communications, Public Information, Archives and Conference.
- A GSR subscribes to Service Matters on the website, reads each issue and conveys the information to his/her group to apprise them of what is happening in GSA World Service.

The whole article can be viewed on our website at: Introduction to Service for new GSRs

Coming Events

Here are some 1-3 days Retreats and roundups coming up soon:
* Darien, CT: March 9, 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM
* Malibu, CA: April 5-7
* Ivoryton, CT: May 17-19
* London, UK: June 1-2

Details available at:

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