GreySheeters Anonymous

What Is An Area Delegate?

Area Delegates are an important link in maintaining and contributing to the growth and unity of GreySheeters Anonymous (GSA) around the world.

  • Area Delegate represents their Intergroup Area by attending the GSA World Service Conference to elect a Board of Trustees and to approve the proposed activities of the Board.
  • An Area Delegate is a member of GSA who has at least three years of back-to-back GreySheet abstinence and who wishes to practice the Twelfth Step - "carry this message to other compulsive eaters".
  • Each registered Intergroup of GSA elects an Area Delegate for a two-year term of office. An Area Delegate represents only one Intergroup of GSA. An Area Delegate is usually a group GSR but this is not a requirement.
  • An Area Delegate attends GSA meetings regularly, is familiar with the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, and has a determination to practice the Twelfth Tradition - to put principles before personalities.
  • An Area Delegate receives information from the Board of Trustees of GSA World Service and shares that information with their Intergroup.
  • An Area Delegate attends Area Intergroup meetings to learn about issues concerning their Area so they may represent their Area at the World Service Conference.

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. 

Group and GSR

What is a GSA Meeting or Group?

A GSA meeting is defined as:
  • Any two members of GSA who come together to share their experience, strength, and hope on GreySheet abstinence.
  • All trusted servants and all meeting leaders and qualifiers are qualified GS sponsors, i.e., they have at least 90 days of back-to-back GS abstinence.
  • The GreySheet always come with a sponsor and only AA-conference approved literature is used.
  • In accordance with Traditions Four, Five, and Six, a meeting of GSA may become a registered GSA group provided they have no other affiliation.
  • That is, they are not registered with any other Twelve Step fellowships such as Overeaters Anonymous or Clutterers Anonymous as a meeting of that fellowship.
  • They may collaborate with other fellowships on local services such as meeting lists. For example, many local Overeaters Anonymous areas or regions are happy to list GSA meetings on their meeting lists and websites.
  • They may have a special focus such as women, men, problems with GS-abstinent substances, or other addictions.

What is a General Service Representative (GSR)?

GSRs are an important link in maintaining and contributing to the growth and unity of GreySheeters Anonymous (GSA) around the world.

  • A GSR represents their Group by attending Area Intergroup meetings to address issues concerning their group and other groups in the Intergroup Area and to elect an Area Delegate to attend the GSA World Service Conference.
  • A GSR is a member of GSA who has at least one year of back-to-back GreySheet abstinence and who wishes to practice the Twelfth Step - "carry this message to other compulsive eaters".
    • If a registered GSA group has no member with one year of back to back GreySheet abstinence who is willing to serve as a their GSR, the group may elect a person who has less than one year of abstinence.
    • GSRs with less than one year will not be able to vote on matters before the Intergroup including the election of a World Service delegate.
    • The Board of Trustees strongly encourages the members of such groups who achieve one year of back to back GreySheet abstinence to become the GSR as soon as possible so that the group may be fully represented at the Intergroup.
  • A GSR is elected for a one-year term of office by each registered group of GSA at their business meeting.  A GSR represents only one group of GSA.
  • A GSR attends GSA meetings regularly, is familiar with the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), and has a determination to practice the Twelfth Tradition - to put principles before personalities.
  • A GSR receives information from the Board of Trustees of GSA Worlds Service and the Area Intergroup and shares that information with their group.

What is a General Service Representative (GSR)?

GSRs are an important link in maintaining and contributing to the growth and unity of GreySheeters Anonymous (GSA) around the world.

  • A GSR represents their Group by attending Area Intergroup meetings to address issues concerning their group and other groups in the Intergroup Area and to elect an Area Delegate to attend the GSA World Service Conference.
  • A GSR is a member of GSA who has at least one year of back-to-back GreySheet abstinence and who wishes to practice the Twelfth Step - "carry this message to other compulsive eaters".
    • If a registered GSA group has no member with one year of back to back GreySheet abstinence who is willing to serve as a their GSR, the group may elect a person who has less than one year of abstinence.
    • GSRs with less than one year will not be able to vote on matters before the Intergroup including the election of a World Service delegate.
    • The Board of Trustees strongly encourages the members of such groups who achieve one year of back to back GreySheet abstinence to become the GSR as soon as possible so that the group may be fully represented at the Intergroup.
  • A GSR is elected for a one-year term of office by each registered group of GSA at their business meeting.  A GSR represents only one group of GSA.
  • A GSR attends GSA meetings regularly, is familiar with the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), and has a determination to practice the Twelfth Tradition - to put principles before personalities.
  • A GSR receives information from the Board of Trustees of GSA World Service and the Area Intergroup and shares that information with their group.

Letter from your Board of Trustees - What Can You Do?

Dear Greysheeters,

Thank you for your attention and your responses to our previous letter presenting the proposed new GreySheeters Anonymous (GSA) world service structure. (That letter and the service structure are available here: Proposed Service Structure) In order to help build this Service Structure, you can:

  1. Elect a General Service Representative (GSR) for your local meeting at your next business meeting.
  2. As a GSR, register yourself and your local meeting as a GSA group on the GSA website so you can receive information from the Board of Trustees.
    • You can register your group and your GSR on the GSA website at http://www.greysheet.org/cms/face-to-face-meetings/group-registration-form.html.
  3. As a GSR, contact other GSA groups in your Intergroup Area and form an Intergroup.
    • An audio file about the experience of the first two GSA Intergroups is available here: GSAWS Board Presentation
    • A list of other GSA meetings in your Intergroup Area is available here: Face-To-Face Meetings
    • A list of volunteer liaisons between the Board and the Intergroup Areas who will help an Intergroup Area form their Area Intergroup is available here: Intergroups.
  4. As a GSR, elect an Area Delegate at your first Area Intergroup meeting to attend the first World Service Conference.
  5. As an Area Delegate, register your Area Intergroup on the GSA website so you can receive information from the Board of Trustees.
    • Register your Area Intergroup and your Area Delgate here: Intergroups.
  6. As an Area Delegate, prepare to attend the first World Service Conference to be held in 2010 in Chicago, IL the Friday before the annual Chicago GreySheet Retreat.
    • Read the Service Manual of Alcoholics Anonymous, which is available on AA's website at www.alcoholics-anonymous.org/en_services_for_members.cfm?PageID=101
    • Consider proposing to your Area Intergroup and local GSA groups that they support the service structure financially from their Seventh Tradition donations.
    • Familiarize yourself with the issues facing GSA so that you can vote on the proposals of the Board of Trustees at the World Service Conference.
    • An audio file about our legal issues with Overeaters Anonymous is available here: GSAWS Board Presentation
    • Literature is available on the GSA website here: Shades of Grey Newsletter. Check back often for updates as new literature becomes available.

Watch for future updates from the Board about the developing World Service structure. 

GSAWS Board of Trustees