GreySheeters Anonymous

How to Start a Greysheet Meeting Near You

Make a Decision 

Some of us thought that starting a Greysheet meeting in their area would be too hard, too much work and brought up fears and anxiety for us. But then, we realized, we are not alone and we are not setting out to do anything that many others, who have come before us, haven’t already accomplished. The great news is, if they could do it, so can you. 

If you are thinking about starting a meeting, we promise you that if you keep weighing and measuring no matter what, and you keep working with your food sponsor no matter what, you will find that the process is not as difficult as your disease wants you to believe.

If you have 6 months or more of back-to-back greysheet abstinence and you do not have any face-to-face meetings near you, we strongly encourage you to start a meeting near you, to help you keep what you have. Our members often share that “We cannot keep what we have if we do not give back, what we have been so freely given”. You will see that almost everything you need is already waiting for you to take action. If you have had the thought occasionally that maybe you should start a meeting near you, chances are, you are ready. Now the only thing left for you to start a meeting, is to make a decision. Just like the decision you made to go to your first GSA meeting or call into your first GSA phone bridge meeting, this decision will be one you will never regret making.

Find a Meeting Space

Many churches, temples, houses of worship, community centers, schools and libraries, as well as hospitals are happy to provide free or low rent spaces for use to 12-step fellowships.  

A great way to find spaces that you know are already amendable to supporting 12-step fellowship recovery is to check out the AA fellowship meeting list near you. This will be especially helpful if there are no greysheet meetings in your state already. You can find AA meetings near you at www.aa.org/pages/en_US/find-local-aa. The meeting contact typically would be happy to hear from another person in a 12-step program. They could tell you who to contact and what they pay for the facilities if anything.

Of course, our own members who have been doing service in your state can be found here: www.greysheet.org/contacts/u-s-contacts and likewise will be thrilled to help another Greysheeter carry the message to other compulsive eaters. You can also reach out to intergroup representatives that cover territories. Their contact may be found here: www.greysheet.org/intergroup/current-intergroups

Our recommendation is to find locations that do not charge a fixed rent, but which accept donations in any amounts from the meeting.

Please remember that each group ought to be self-supporting, so be sure that your group considers a donation, should the facility you choose not charge you rent.

Submit the New Group Registration Form

Click Here: www.greysheet.org/meetings/face-to-face-meetings/group-registration-form

We suggest you do this as soon as you start your meeting so it can be listed in our directory and people searching for a meeting in your area can find you.

Make sure you click yes to the question asking you if you want your meeting be registered as GSA meeting? This will help people find your meeting through greysheet.org

Please be sure to keep the WSO informed of any changes that occur regarding your meeting.

Get the word out!

Once you have found a meeting place, have come to an understanding and agreement with the space providers, and you have registered the meeting online, its time to start promoting your meeting. All the resources you will need are all ready for you online.

Click here www.greysheet.org/meetings/meeting-group-resources for 

  • Literature
  • Meeting Formats
  • Service Position Guidelines
  • How To Inform The Public About GSA
  • GSA Logo
  • How To Be a GSA Group Treasurer

Some time-tested suggestions to help you promote the new meeting include:

  • Talk to faith-based community leaders
    Every community has people like us who are struggling with food addiction. Let them know we have found a solution and let them know we have found a solution for their members. Give them a meeting flyer to post. Email them a flyer in pdf format to email to their parishioners or group members.
  • Post flyers 
    Post flyers in local grocery stores, libraries, doctor’s offices, and community centers. 
  • Contact local radio stations
    Contact local free radio stations that carry free public service announcements. Contact your local cable provider for free public service announcements. The Public service announcements are available online under Meeting Group Resources – How To Inform The Public About GSA. Contact your local community paper and ask about free classified ads to get the word put. Many local community newspapers have a calendar of events near you section in the paper. They are happy to add notes about new meetings and regular ongoing meetings as well.
  • Attend GSA round ups and retreats
    Attend round-ups or retreats, and while there, visit the regular meetings close to the retreats and round-ups. Attending the NYC round-up and attending several meetings in New York City will help you see what your work will result in, so long as you suit up and show up. If there are no live GSA meetings in your area, we encourage you to consider taking a “field trip” to visit meetings outside your area that are more established. You will be welcomed and many members would be happy to host you and share a greysheet meal together to help, especially if it’s a long trip. It is also helpful for the groups that you visit. They may want to return the favor and bring members to your meeting once your group has started.
  • Contact GreySheeters in your area
    Join the member's only GSA Phone List to access contact information for hundreds of GreySheeters. You can search for people in your country, state, city and nearby towns.
  • Make GSA announcements on the phone bridge, GreyNet and GSA Facebook pages

Remember You Are Not Alone

We are here to support you in your efforts to carry the message of hope and recovery. This form of service will definitely add to your own program of recovery.

Here is a list of contacts by State.  Reach out to another contact in your state, let them know what you are attempting to do. Ask them what worked for them. Take a “field trip” to a neighboring state to attend their meetings and to talk to them about what worked to get their meeting started.

www.greysheet.org/contacts/u-s-contacts

Thank you for carrying the message of recovery.

 

Online Meetings

GROUP VIDEO MEETINGS:

Name of the Meeting
Day 
Time                
Details
 GSR/Moderator
French Speaking Meeting - Réunion en français

Monday

Lundi

4 PM EST

22 heures française

Contact: Envoyer votre contact Skype à Anne B

Skype is bories28

Anne B.

Face to Face!
Video Skype Meeting
Monday 11:25 AM EST/
8:30 AM PST
If you would like to participate, please email the moderator,  "Nora M." <> “ with your Skype name, GSA abstinence date,  location and phone number. You will then receive weekly invitations to this meeting. This is an video meeting. Participation is by computer or laptop only, not smart phone or tablet.  The first 9 members to respond to the weekly invitation are booked onto the meeting Nora M.
No matter What! Video Zoom Meeting Tuesday 9:00 PM EST/6:00 PM PST If you would like to participate, please email moderator at to be placed on invitation list. Invitations go out on Sunday. Once you register, you will receive the link to join. You can use any video-capable device as long as you have a good connection.  20 spaces available. Sandie M.
Zoom Video Meeting

12 Steps & 12 Traditions of Greysheeters Anonymous Book Study

Tuesday 7:30 - 8:30 pm (PST) 12 Steps & 12 Traditions of Greysheeters Anonymous Book Study, Limited to 12 people.  Contact Annette, for the Zoom link, one day in advance. 

Annette

Slovak speaking  meeting/Bez výnimky

(belongs to European Intergroup)

Tuesday 8 pm CET Each first Tuesday of the month is international qualification meeting. Anyone who can speak English language is welcome to join and listen to the speaker. Meeting readings are still in Slovak language.

If you would like to participate, please, send request to "greysheet.slovensko" to the moderator and wait for a call to be joined.

Ingrid
Greysheet Down Under  (Australia/(Skype)  Tuesday 7:30pm
Australia Eastern Standard Time
On Tuesday evenings there is a new Australia/ Asia Pacific Campbridge Greysheet meeting via Skype.  The format will vary between a literature (using the Greysheet 12 &12) or a qualification meeting .  Internet speeds are inconsistent here so patience is a must.   If you have any questions and/or would like to participate send your name, your skype name and location to the moderators Tiffany R (Sydney) – and/or Sarah M (Melbourne) ‪

Tiffany R

Sarah M

Without exception Video Zoom Meeting Europe

(belongs to European Intergroup)

Thursday 3 pm EST/
8 pm GMT
Follow Greynet and FB channels for link to the meeting (usually posted on Wednesday) or send an email to be invited to the meeting. It's a VIDEO meeting so eating, multitasking and distracting environment are not welcome.

Group email:

Jo

 

Women's Southern Serenity Video Meeting Thursday 7 pm EST/4 pm PST/ 6 pm CST "Southern Serenity" (Video meeting using Zoom platform.) Attendance limited to 12 participants.Contact Kate or Kathy

Contact:



"It Works If You Work It"
Video Zoom meeting
Literature Meeting 
Thursday 6:55 to 8:00 pm PST Every Thursday evening, we meet on Zoom to read and share on GSA and AA literature. Email the moderator to be added to the invitation list. To maintain the intimate feel of the meeting and allow everyone the opportunity to share, attendance is limited to 13 people, including the moderator. Invitations go out on Tuesday. Once you register, you will receive the link to join. You can use any video-capable device as long as you have a good connection.

More info: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1F1tdoqIVDNgyWbgxp
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Meeting Format: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1e6fgK6A_goe
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Moderators:

Sallie G.

Carla B.

Even If Your A** Falls Off Zoom Video Meeting

 

Sunday 9:00 PM EST/6:00 PM PST If you would like to participate, please email moderator at to be placed on invitation list. Invitations go out on Friday. Once you register, you will receive the link to join. You can use any video-capable device as long as you have a good connection. 12 spaces available.

Sandie M.

No Mattah Bloody What! 
Video Skype Meeting
Sunday
11:55 AM to 1:00 PM EST
If you would like to participate, please email the moderator,  "Nora M." <> “ or the co-leader, "Karen Willock "<>  with your Skype name, GSA abstinence date,  location and phone number. You will then receive weekly invitations to this meeting. This is an video meeting. Participation is by computer or laptop only, not smart phone or tablet.  The first 9 members to respond to the weekly invitation are booked onto the meeting.

Nora M.

Karen

 

 

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