Service Matters • March 2020
Welcome to the March Issue of SERVICE MATTERS!
Your newsletter providing information about service in GSA!
March 2020 - Monthly Board of Trustees Column
Grainne M., President, GreySheeters Anonymous World Services
World Service Conference
In consultation with the Conference Committee and the other World Service Conference committees, the Board of Trustees has decided to postpone the conference to 2021. Stay tuned for the new date.
The World Service Conference is the business meeting of the worldwide fellowship. It is where we send our group and intergroup representatives to make decisions on motions brought by the ten committees and board. Typically, over the course of about 16 hours of meetings, the delegates discuss and decide on approximately 20 motions related to matters affecting GreySheeters Anonymous as a whole. Currently the committees report that they will only have between five and ten motions – mostly from one committee. Most committees are fully engaged implementing the decisions of the last conference and will not be proposing any new projects this year. Therefore, there simply isn’t enough business to conduct to merit the time, effort, and cost of assembling our delegates in Chicago in October.
Instead the board will plan a two-hour video forum to be held on Saturday October 31st at 11 am ET for registered delegates. We will distribute the agenda and materials for groups and intergroups to discuss in advance. Keep reading Service Matters for the details.
If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please email President@GreySheet.org or speak to the board liaison for your intergroup or committee. We are all confident that, with more time, the committees will have plenty of significant decisions for the fellowship to make in 2021.
“Whenever anyone, anywhere realizes they have a problem with food, they think of GreySheet.”
This is the vision for World Services. We accomplish this in four ways:
- Protect the integrity of the GreySheet solution
- Make GreySheet.org the primary destination for online searches
- Publish and make easily available great literature that shares our experience, strength, and hope
- Reach out to the public, the media, and the healthcare profession
Everything else we do supports these four functions. To accomplish these four core functions as directed by the WSC2019 will cost approximately $40K. In 2019, our donations were $21K. We need to double our donations to World Service in 2020 to accomplish our primary purpose. There is a slideshow that provides more information in the online Service Matters. https://www.greysheet.org/world-services/board-of-trustees
Who Participated in the January Town Hall?
At least 37 GreySheeters attended including:
- 10 Group Service Representatives from the Connecticut, European, Icelandic, Israeli, New York Metro, SouthWest, and Western States Intergroups
- Six of our nine intergroup service representatives (Europe, Iceland, Midwest, New York Metro, Southwest, and Western States)
- Seven of our eight trustees
- Members of all ten committees
- Six countries – Canada, England, France, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Spain, and the United States
- 13 US states – California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, South Carolina, and Texas
Was your group or state represented? Will someone be reporting back to you about how we are accomplishing our primary purpose?
Board of Trustees Update
Unfortunately, since our October Town Hall the board has lost two valuable trustees – one to other commitments and one to chair the Literature Committee. We now need to fill five open positions on the Board of Trustees. If you are interested and have at least five years of GreySheet abstinence, please consider submitting an application to Nominations@greysheet.org. The application form and more information is on the website: https://www.greysheet.org/world-services/board-of-trustees/nominating-committee
Get to Know Your Intergroup
The Intergroup Service Representatives for two of our nine intergroups introduced their intergroups at this Town Hall.
The Western States Intergroup includes AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY as well as British Columbia and Manitoba. According to the 2018 census, there are 134 GreySheeters in the area with 19 groups including nine Zoom groups. Eleven groups regularly send GSRs to monthly IG meetings. We sent seven GSRs and our ISR to WSC2019. Our GSRs are involved in a variety of committees. The IG has a healthy treasury and donates to GSAWS.
Note from President: The WSIG has approximately 16% of the worldwide fellowship.
The SouthWest Intergroup contains five states AR, CO, NM, OK, and TX. We have applied to the Structure Committee to merge with the SouthEast Intergroup Area and Maryland to form the Southern States Intergroup. We would then include AL, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV, the Caribbean, and MD and the six GreySheet groups in that Area. Currently we represent two NM groups, four TX groups, and two Zoom groups. According to the 2018 Census, approximately 164 GreySheet members live in the SSIG Area. In addition to our ISR, ISR-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, and BOT Liaison we have a YouTube Coordinator and a Zoom Coordinator. Our ISR attended WSC2019 and four of our officers serve on committees.
In 2014, we started the SWIG YouTube Channel. YouTube is the biggest search engine on the planet. Initially, we featured shares only from members living in the SWIG Area but we have now expanded to include shares from the entire fellowship. Initially, there were 700 views per month. It has grown to 3,000 views per month. There are 80 qualifications on the channel. In 2019, we started Pre-Holiday Speaker Blasts on Zoom. These are approximately monthly and are always listed under Events on greysheet.org.
Note from President: The SWIG has approximately 8% of the worldwide fellowship. The SEIG Area has approximately 11% of the worldwide fellowship.
New York Metro and MidWest Intergroups will introduce themselves at our April 26th Town Hall.
Consider Participating in a Committee!
Come join Archives and help build our information base. Giving service makes me feel so connected to GreySheet. You may say “But, I’m technology-phobic.” No, you’re not. If you’re at a Zoom meeting or reading this e-newsletter, you’re not. You’re GreySheet clear. You’re aware that you’re uncomfortable doing something new and to get rid of that is to practice. Come join the Archives. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you want to be inspired by all the work being done to carry the message of GSA to the compulsive eater who still suffers, join the Communication Committee. We receive the news and transmit it via Service Matters and Committees Connecting Zoom meetings, so you’ll always know what is happening! We do our best to keep contact lists and the phone list up to date so our members and newcomers don’t fall through the cracks! And we thrive on good ideas and positive energy. Sound like something you’d like more of? Join us! Contact me at email@example.com
Come join the Conference Committee to create the 2021 and future World Service Conferences. You can make an impact on the future of GreySheet and how we communicate with each other and how we come together as a fellowship. Join us and email me firstname.lastname@example.org
If you want to “Show us the money,” love (or want to learn about) spreadsheets, have an interest in financial transparency, like working with budgets or creating fiscally sound financial policies, or simply love the 7th Tradition, please consider joining the Finance Committee. We meet the first Sunday of the month at noon EST. If you want to know more, contact us at email@example.com
This year, 2020, the Literature Committee is focused on writing new literature and updating and reprinting existing pamphlets and the GreySheet 12x12. If you enjoy writing, are organized, can meet deadlines and love GSA as much as we do, we would love to have you join the Literature Committee. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Nominating, Public Information, Structure, and Website Committees will make a recruiting pitch at the April 26th Town Hall.
Please get in touch: President@greysheet.org VicePresident@greysheet.org Secretary@greysheet.org Treasurer@greysheet.org
Future Town Halls 11 am ET on the same Zoom link on the last Sunday of April and July 2020. We hope to see you there.
From the Literature Committee: After the GSA Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions book was published, the community was asked to give feedback about what they liked and didn’t like about the book. We have lost that feedback and would like those who have strong feelings about the book to resend their thoughts or contribute new thoughts to the Literature Committee which is working on a re-publishing of the book which will include the Twelve Concepts. Please send all feedback to Literature@greysheet.org.
GSR's and ISR's - please read at your meetings
Consult Service Matters on line to get links to these meetings:
Committees Connecting Meet next on Sunday, March 8, at 12:00 noon ET at this Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/663470166. All are welcome! The Public Information and Structure Committees will be presenting. This is a great time to tune in to the latest projects and concerns of committees and offer your input or ask questions.
Tradition 5 meeting – Sunday, March 22 from 1:00 – 1:30 PM ET, at this link: https://zoom.us/j/791453380.
Concept 5 meeting: Sunday, March 15 from 1:00 – 1:30 PM ET, at this link: https://zoom.us/j/791453380.
Audio Recording Links
February 16 Tradition 4 meeting: http://bit.ly/3a7GoCs
February 23rd Concept 4 meeting: http://bit.ly/2SZvf0Q
YouTube Audio recording of Service Matters February issue: http://bit.ly/2HZuQVO
YouTube Audio recording of Service Matters March issue: http://bit.ly/2PxrH3O
Call for Writings
Help us create the first GSA Daily Reflections Book!
If you are interested in contributing to the GSA Daily Reflections Book and have 90 days of GS abstinence, please come to our next workshops on Zoom where you’ll learn what the specifications are for each reflection and have time to write one or two while at the workshop!! The first one was held on February 29. The second will be held on Saturday, March 28 at 11:00 ET. Come join us!
For more information please contact: Reflections@greysheet.org
Note for GSRs and ISRs
Has your group or intergroup voted in new officers?
Please make sure you notify the Structure Committee with any new changes at email@example.com or notify your ISR to update the spreadsheet on google drive. Every ISR has access to this spreadsheet on Google Drive.
*** Please check https://greysheet.org/events for details and contact information.
- Midwest Recovery Day, Kansas City, MO: March 7th, noon to 3:00 p.m.
- Southwest Intergroup Speaker Blast - “My Last Day One: How I Stopped Relapsing and Started Living”: March 14, 1:00 PM EST on Zoom https://zoom.us/j/420588139
- London Roundup: March 28-29, 2020
- Malibu Retreat - "Easy Does It!": April 3-5, 2020
- Connecticut Retreat in Ivoryton, CT - "Came to Believe": Friday, May 15th thru Sunday, May 17th, 2020
- GreySheet in County Dublin, Ireland - Saturday, August 15th, 2020, 10:00-16:00