GreySheeters Anonymous

Guidelines for GSA Area Intergroups

Intergroup

An Intergroup is a geographic area where there are 5 - 20 registered GSA meetings (recommendation from the WSC 2013) which cooperate at Intergroup meetings to address issues that affect GSA groups in the geographic area.

Intergroup Meeting

An Intergroup meeting consists of elected General Service Representatives (GSRs) who provide service to the GSA groups in the Intergroup by helping those GSA groups to carry the message.

Representation

Each GSA group has one vote at Intergroup meetings via their elected GSR. Each GSA meeting entrusts their GSR with the Right of Decision, i.e., to act on her conscience after having listened and participated in discussion at the Area Intergroup meetings.

Participation

All GSA members are welcome to attend Intergroup meetings. They may participate in discussions but do not participate in votes. These meetings may be live or via phone conference.

Schedule

Intergroup meetings are held as often as needed, but at least twice a year.

Meetings have more functions:

  • To elect Intergroup Service Representatives (ISRs) to attend the World Service Conference (WSC). They elect a primary and a secondary delegate in case the primary delegate is unable to attend the conference. 
  • To prepare for the World Service Conference by considering the issues that will be raised at the conference.
  • After the WSC the ISR gives the report.
  • Address any other business in the intergroup.

Intergroup Service Representative (ISR or Delegate)

Each Intergroup sends one Intergroup Service Representative (ISR) to the World Service Conference. This is the reason to elect a primary and a secondary delegate - to ensure that at least one person represents the Intergroup at the World Service Conference. The ISRs are an important link in maintaining and contributing to the growth and unity of GreySheeters Anonymous (GSA) around the world. An ISR represents their Intergroup by attending the GSA World Service Conference.

It is suggested that the ISR is member of GSA who has at least three years of back-to-back GreySheet abstinence and has experiences in serving on other service levels. An ISR attends GSA meetings regularly, is familiar with the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, and has a determination to practice the Twelve Traditions and Concepts. An ISR attends Intergroup meetings to learn about issues concerning their Intergroup so they may represent their Area at the World Service Conference.

Eligibility

It is important that each Intergroup sends a dedicated ISR to the World Service Conference. Members of the GSA World Service Board are not eligible to be elected as Intergroup Service Representatives since they already have a seat and a role at the Conference. Those eligible to be elected as ISRs include: GSRs and other members of GSA who are active in service.

Term Limits

For an Intergroup Service Representatives, the term limit is two years. ISR may serve a maximum of three consecutive terms.

Seventh Tradition Donations

GSA meetings are encouraged to donate to the Intergroup for its expenses such as meeting space, copies, postage and costs of sending the ISR to the World Service Conference.

Intergroup Service Representative Travel Expenses

  • The Intergroup uses its donated funds to cover the travel expenses of the ISR so that she/he may attend the World Service Conference.

GSR Travel Expenses

GSA meetings may cover the reasonable travel expenses of the GSR to attend Intergroup meetings.

Intergroup Officers

In addition to electing primary and secondary Intergroup Service Representatives, each Intergroup will also elect an Intergroup Chair, Treasurer and Secretary. The terms of office for the Treasurer and Secretary are also two years and the requirement for service is three years of back-to-back GreySheet abstinence. In some Intergroups the Chair is also an  Intergroup Service Representative.

Suggested Agenda for the Intergroup Meeting

  • Open the meeting with the Serenity Prayer.
  • Participants introduce themselves.
  • The GSA Twelve Traditions are read.
  • The Intergroup Secretary introduce the minutes of the last Intergroup meeting and the minutes get approved.
  • The Intergroup Chair facilitates discussion of the items on the Agenda.
  • Attendees raise any other business.
  • The Intergroup Chair reviews all the agreed upon Action Items, the responsible people, and the due date. She/he also reminds GSRs to report the outcome of the Intergroup meeting to their local meeting.
  • The attendees decide the Agenda for the next meeting. They also choose a meeting place, date and time.
  • The Intergroup may choose to discuss a particular topic at each of their meetings in addition to conducting the business of the Intergroup.

Suggested Area Intergroup topics

  • Twelve Traditions and Twelve Concepts
  • The role of a GSR and /or ISR
  • The Seventh Tradition donations at GSA meetings
  • Financial contributions from GSA meetings to Intergroup and to World Service Conference
  • Fourth step inventory for the Intergroup
  • Service roles in Intergroup and GSA meetings - the joy of service
  • Strengthening GSA meetings in the Intergroup
  • Public relations: Introducing GSA to the public and to professionals in the Intergroup
  • Using the media to carry the message
  • Visits to public institutions, professionals; priests, police, health institutions, healthcare, doctors, psychologists, schools, shelters and halfway houses.
  • Organization and preparation for workshops/retreats/round ups for the GSA membership.