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Service Matters • September 2017

GSA World Services Working Hard to Make Improvements to the Website
GSA World Services wants to say a BIG thank you to all those GSA members who took time to review our website and share suggestions for how it can be improved. Since the beginning of May 2017 we have gathered all these wonderful suggestions together with what was suggested on the June 11 phone bridge meeting, where anyone who cared to called in to discuss these changes voice-to-voice and agree on the best way to proceed.
 
A Website Update Committee has been formed from this phone meeting. These GSA volunteers are now working together to formulate a plan to begin to implement these improvements. There is a lot of work to do and GSA World Services is going to need a lot more volunteers to help carry out this work. Watch this space for updates and invitations to help with tasks.
 
The Website Update Committee will be sharing your suggestions for improvements with website design professionals qualified in the business of updating websites. This will be to ensure greysheet.org is as efficient and user friendly as possible. GSA World Services will be looking for three quotes for this work before making a decision on which direction to go in.
 
Thank you in advance for all your support.


GSA in Iceland: How it all began and where they are today.. 

It is 17 years since GSA was brought to Iceland.
 
A young women traveling in France met with a French woman who had been successful in her fight with compulsive eating.  They met outside the Paris airport where B, the Icelandic woman received the Greysheet and the guidance on how to start Greysheet abstinence.
 
After B arrived in Iceland, she decided to start her Greysheet abstinence.  Soon there were a few more active GSA abstinent people. Not long after this an American Greysheeter visited Iceland and the first GSA meeting with a 90-day person was held on 23 January 2000.
 
By 2001, a year later, about 10 members were active in GSA in Iceland. The only GSA meeting for many years was held on Thursdays in a small room in the "Yellow House" AA Club House, Tjarnagata, Reykjavik.  
 
Gradually, the fellowship has grown, not in pounds, but in members.  More meetings were established and today there are 8 active meetings in Iceland and we have a large core group with long-term back-to-back abstinence.
 
It's hard to tell how many people are active in GSA in Iceland today - but our phone list has more than 200 names and the meetings have reached 8. The Icelandic GSA community has been active in service and participated in world service both on the GSA World Services Board and in the GSA World Services Conferences.  The GSA Icelandic community formed the first General Service Committee within GSA World Services in 2004.
 
A strong message to those of you who are out there as an outpost.  Anything is possible if you are committed to carrying the message to the still suffering compulsive eater.  All you need is 90 days and you can start your own meeting.
 
Congratulations Iceland on your 17 years!!


"No Matter What" in Chicago

During the weekend of August 25-27 a GSA retreat with the theme 'NMW' (No Matter What) took place at the Cenacle Retreat Centre in Chicago, Illinois. The retreat housed 45 GSA members from 18 states and Canada. If you have never been to a GSA retreat, it is an amazing boost of 12 step recovery: speakers with 10+ years of Greysheet abstinence, small intimate breakout sessions and eating six beautiful meals with fellow sisters and brothers filled the weekend.  This year we shared our 'no matter whats' whether with our food, personal and or just getting through life situations. There were break-out sessions, meditation, yoga and movement sessions - and a very, very special fellowship among us. One miracle was being able to see people who started to count their days at the Malibu retreat in April, attend the Chicago retreat, with months of back to back abstinence! Retreats can deepen your commitment, as you make bonds with people and just stay in touch.
 
The Chicago community was very generous with their time in planning the retreat, picking yummy foods and coordinating meetings and activities. The Cenacle Retreat Centre is down the road from shops, restaurants and supermarkets. We had the opportunity to walk, talk and shop and form relationships. We were able to connect with friends we knew from around the country in addition to meeting new friends. There was laughter, tears and deepening of souls and commitments. We are not a glum lot! We had a common bond and were also there to help each other. It was beautiful to see sponsors and sponsees find each other for the first time. A member offered their beautiful voice and made us all smile and clap hands as we sang on Saturday night, right before the infamous raffle draw (oohing, ahhing and rolling eyes were prohibited!). In addition, we had a tribute to a dear member of GSA who touched many lives in many communities.  Her passing was one year ago, during the weekend of the retreat.
 
For us, it is all about our growing in community and GSA sharing. This is a “We” program and “We Do Not Eat No Matter What!”
 
GSA Phone List Revived! Action Action Action!
The International Phone List (IPL) of 800+ GreySheeters lapsed in 2015 after ten years of serving the community. Many people asked how we could make this resource available again. Thanks to GSA World Services (GSAWS), the old IPL has been transformed into the GSA Phone List and is now available on the GSA website, www.greysheet.org.
 
 
What is the GSA Phone List?
 
The GSA Phone List is a secure, members-only contact list for all GreySheeters in the United States and around the world. Access is by user name and password and is only available to those who join the list by providing their own contact information. Join the GSA Phone List here .

Who is on the GSA Phone List?
 
Over 300 committed GreySheeters have already confirmed their contact information or newly registered. More members join every day. The GSA Phone List has members in 38 US states:
 
  1. Alaska
  2. Arizona
  3. Arkansas
  4. California
  5. Colorado
  6. Connecticut
  7. Florida
  8. Georgia
  9. Hawaii
  10. Idaho
  1. Illinois
  2. Indiana
  3. Kansas
  4. Kentucky
  5. Louisiana
  6. Maine
  7. Maryland
  8. Massachusetts
  9. Michigan
  10. Missouri
  1. North Carolina
  2. Nebraska
  3. Nevada
  4. New Hampshire
  5. New Jersey
  6. New Mexico
  7. New York
  8. Ohio
  9. Oregon
  10. Pennsylvania
  1. South Carolina
  2. South Dakota
  3. Tennessee
  4. Texas
  5. Utah
  6. Vermont
  7. Virginia
  8. Washington
As well as 16 countries:
  1. Australia
  2. Bulgaria
  3. Canada
  4. England
  1. France
  2. Germany
  3. Iceland
  4. India
  1. Ireland
  2. Israel
  3. Mexico
  4. Northern Ireland
  1. Poland
  2. Slovakia
  3. Slovenia
  4. South Africa
How do GreySheeters Use the GSA Phone List?One GreySheeter found other GSers in her country and started a video meeting to connect them all. Others have sorted the list by abstinence date and asked people with decades of abstinence to sponsor them. Others have used the list to find GSers at a destination where they are travelling to.
 
You can access the list online, on your smart phone, tablet, or laptop or you can download a copy. When you access the list online, you can sort or search by name, city, state or country, and abstinence date.
 
Why Join the GSA Phone List? Join the GSA Phone List so you can:
  • Strengthen your abstinent network
  • Be of service to other GreySheeters
  • Find others in your area to start a face-to-face meeting
  • Connect with GreySheeters when you travel
 
Questions?  



Registered Meetings and Contact Information Updates

Please check your meeting information is up-to-date on our website. If there are any changes to this information, please let us know at .
 
If you are listed as a GSR or contact person for a meeting and are no longer the GSR for this meeting, please send us this information.  If the email address or contact number you gave at the time of registering your meeting has changed, please let us know.  If you do not let us know, then we cannot keep this information up to date.


Save the Date: 11 November 2017
 

"A ONE DAY RETREAT OF FELLOWSHIP THE GREY SHEET WAY!!"
 
WHAT:  The Cambridge/Boston GSA Community is having their first GSA One Day Retreat focussed on Fellowship with break out meetings organized according to themes that will be announced soon when the flyer is completed and distributed. Look for future information! Registration will begin soon, stay tuned!!
WHEN:   Saturday, 11 November 2017 from 10am to 4pm
WHERE: Cambridge Health Alliance (the old Cambridge City Hospital Macht Auditorium
This is on the same campus different building where Sunday 5 pm meeting is held.
 
Check www.greysheet.org/events for further updates.
 
Your News
If you have any news you would like to share with the fellowship about your group’s activities and public information events, please reply to  with your stories and the Communications Committee will include these in the next edition of Service Matters.  Thank you all for you service in helping to carry the message to the still suffering compulsive eater.
 
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If you are reading this newsletter, please pass it on to your network of members.  Please take this news back to your meetings and share it.  Let members know that they can subscribe to this newsletter at http://www.greysheet.org/world-services/service-matters if they want to stay up to date with what is happening at GSA World Services
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Service Matters • June 2017

GSA in Slovakia hosts its first roundup
During the last weekend of May, the Slovak Greysheeters made history. They put a lot of time, effort and hard work into organizing their first ever Round-up which was a great success! 20 beautiful, joyful and radiant Greysheeters and newcomers from Slovakia, England, Slovenia and Poland gathered in the capital city, Bratislava. They shared their stories about what it was like being in the food, what helped them to save their lives and what is it like now.
 
Members were blessed with lovely weather and sunshine. They ate their abstinent meals together in the presidential garden, chatted over tea in cosy tea rooms, shared delicious recipes, explored the city and local products and made new friendships. 3 days full of powerful qualifications from committed speakers; profound messages of abstinence; a workshop with a topic “How to stay abstinent in school, work, family, social events and how to assertive”.
 
This miraculous weekend was finished with Public Information service in nearby alcohol and drug treatment centre. As a result of the Round-up there are two new members already weighing and measuring their food with a qualified sponsor! Because service to Higher Power, our fellows and bringing the solution to other suffering compulsive eaters is what matters.
 
A member shares her history about the 2017 Conneticut Retreat at beautiful Incarnation Center, Ivoryton, CT 
Thanks to the strong Connecticut GSA community for another fun filled abstinent weekend at this year’s annual retreat in Ivoryton, CT during May.  This year 73 participants attended from around the USA and Ireland, with abstinence ranging from one day to several decades.   For some members, their adventure began earlier with a stopover in NY or nearby destination, warmly welcomed by another GSer.  Thanks everyone for your service and commitment to GSA, for transporting folks to and from retreat, preparing, follow-up and staying abstinent NMW.

Awesome leaders, breakout sessions, meditation, nature walks, and arts projects.  The Retreat Leaders start each session with their experience strength and hope as it related to the Step being focused on in that session. By the end we got real sense of the connection between NMW and Stepping into Solution through the 12 Steps while remembering bottom line is the focus on the food, the food, the food!!!

During the weekend I enjoyed media blackout (not a requirement), shared meals, laughter, recovery and steps with my GSA sisters and brothers.  I enjoyed connecting with folks I’ve known over the years, seeing them grow and blossom, and deal with life’s ups and downs.  Similarly, I enjoyed connecting with folks I didn’t know well and reaching out to new folks.   Others expressed similar sentiments and enjoyed our sacred time together.  As addicts in recovery, we share a common language and have an immediate bond.

The weekend ended with a delicious GS lunch (one of my 3 favourite meals), followed by the famous raffle where everyone ooo’ed and ahed to see what items folks donated and who won them.  More important than anything won, was sharing the strong GS program and fellowship.  The support we give one another is priceless. 
 
Together, WE weigh and measure 3 meals a day from the GS food plan NMW.
 
GSA in Israel celebrates 20 years 
The Israeli GSA community was founded by three Israeli ladies who used to be a part of the GSA community in NYC, in GSA abstinence. They all moved back to Israel in 1997, and began to meet in private homes.  A few months later, they found a room in the special house for women in distress, in Tel-Aviv, and began to meet weekly, every Sunday night. Until the end of that year there were 5 women counting over 90 days of abstinence, and with this group - the first AWOL workshop in Israel started.
 
The groups grew bigger and spread rapidly around the country. People were thrilled, and the message caught on like fire through thorns. In 2000, the Tel-Aviv GSA groups had more than 100 active members, more groups were active in other cities, and the sound of “no matter what” was heard crystal clear.
 
Today, there are more than 36 GSA face-to-face weekly meetings around the country, 5 weekly meetings conducted over the phone, and AWOL workshops frequently opening all around.
The Israeli GSA community celebrated the 20 years' event in a mini-Roundup that had been held in Tel Aviv in March 2017 with more than 100 participants. Another mini-roundup is planned to take place in Jerusalem during the month of June.
 
Update your meeting contact information 
Please check your meeting information is up-to-date on our website. If there are any changed to this information, please let us know. If you are listed as a GSR or contact person for a meeting and are no longer the GSR for this meeting, please send us this information.  If you do not let us know, then we cannot keep this information up to date.  If you volunteered to be a sponsor on the Sponsors list and are no longer available to sponsor, please email the to let us know, so your information can be removed.  If we do not hear from you, we cannot keep this information up to date.
 
Your News 
If you have any news you would like to share with the fellowship about your group’s activities and public information events, please reply to with your stories and the Communications Committee will include these in the next edition of Service Matters.  Thank you all for you service in helping to carry the message to the still suffering compulsive eater.
 

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If you are reading this newsletter, please pass it on to your network of members.  Please take this news back to your meetings and share it.  Let members know that they can subscribe to this newsletter at http://www.greysheet.org/world-services/service-matters if they want to stay up to date with what is happening at GSA World Services.
 
 
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Service Matters • May 2017

GSA YouTube attracts new members 
The brainchild of Kathy P, the South West Intergroup's (SWIG) YouTube channel is having an amazing run. Kathy's expertise in her working life prompted a suggestion that SWIG post a steady stream of GSA qualifications on YouTube.  Included with these qualifications are answers to questions as part of an outreach to those still sick and suffering compulsive eaters. The results have been more than rewarding.  Now we have over 400 subscribers to the channel. Last month alone, the channel had 1500 views of the videos -- which are sound only!
 
The SWIG YouTube screen is entirely recognizable with the GSA logo and Can't Stop Eating? highlighted in bold yellow.  We have text running on the screen with a list of twenty questions for the viewer as to whether or not they might qualify as one of us. The greysheet.org website address is always prominently displayed.
 
By group conscience, SWIG made decisions to monitor what is shared or not, to maintain the integrity of GSA and our precious weigh of life. The biggest reward has been reading shares on the Greynet or on private GSA-related groups on Facebook, where members talk about finding out about GSA through listening to these YouTube qualifications.  Members have said that they were able to identify with the shares and get help to start from the GSA website, greysheet.org. SWIG are proud to be living their primary purpose, to stay abstinent and help other compulsive eaters to achieve abstinence.

GSA Europe is growing from strength to strength
The GSA Europe Intergroup is growing from strength to strength! Group Service Representatives (GSRs), Intergroup officers and GSA members from France, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Slovakia, England, Ireland and Belgium gathered together face-to-face and on Skype for the latest GSA Europe Intergroup meeting held on  Sunday, 26 March at the London Roundup.  The agenda was full with updates from officers and GSRs. Highlights included reports that Slovenian group meeting bi-monthly in Ljubljana; GSA Europe English-speaking Skype meeting on Thursdays at 8pm GMT well attended; weekly Slovakian Skype meeting on Thursdays at 630pm GMT well attended; Slovakian group planning 1st Roundup 26 to 28 May in Bratislava. Further details available on greysheet.org under Events.  Slovakian group inviting professionals from eating disorder treatment communities to attend; new Polish-speaking men’s phone meeting started on Saturdays at 8am Polish time. Contact for further information about the Polish men’s meeting. Polish group working on translating the Greysheet into Polish;  Bulgarian group meeting weekly in Sofia on Tuesdays at 7pm local time. Bulgarian group advertising GSA to local eating disorder treatment centres and hospitals.  New meeting started in Brighton, England on Thursday evenings at 6pm GMT – with 8 new members! New French speaking Skype meeting held on Monday’s at 10pm Paris time. French speaking meeting working with the recently translated French version of GSA Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions.  Next GSA Europe Intergroup Retreat being held in Newmarket, England from 27 to 29 October.  Spaces filling up fast. Email for further information and booking details. £100 for 2 nights’ accommodation and 6 enormous, delicious weighed and measured Greysheet meals (Friday supper to Sunday lunch). GSA Europe Intergroup agreed to send £300 to GSA World Services.
 
 
A Greysheeter travels to the Malibu Retreat – her story
“What a wonderful way to meet Greysheeters - at the Malibu Retreat! Yay!
 
I attended the Malibu Retreat in 2017 and 2016.  The reason that I decided to go both times was to meet other Greysheeters far and wide. This is a "WE"  program and I wanted to jump in and do what was suggested to me, and that is to get in the middle of the herd, and one of those ways is by going. My trip to Malibu,California in April 2017 was amazing! I travelled with two other Greysheeters from Houston, Texas. We arrived on the Friday and were welcomed with open arms and smiles all around.
 
We then had a weekend of yummy food that was prepared for us. No dishes to clean. That was the best part! We attended meetings, breakout sessions with specific topics to share on. People were opening up and sharing from the heart and for me this allowed me to open up as well.  I felt that I was in a safe place to share my truth.
 
We had a blast. We did a morning walk to the beach, took pictures with lots of smiles.  There was a talent show, with comedy, acting, singing and dancing.  We were entertained, that was my favourite part. The trip was worth every penny.  I got to meet other Greysheeters, exchange phone numbers to stay connected, learn from them and most of all have fun.
 
We are not a glum lot. Stephanie K, Houston, Texas.”
 
Update from your GSA World Service Board of Trustees
GSA World Services are working to gather suggestions from members for improvements to the greysheet.org website. if you have any suggestions, we want to hear from you by end May. Please email your suggestions for improvements to 

The Board of Trustees are continuing to ensure the maintenance of copyright and trademark of GSA both nationally and internationally.

The Board of Trustees are partnering with the Conference Committee in preparation for GSA's 2018 World Services Conference.
 
Your News
If you have any news you would like to share with the fellowship about your group’s activities and public information events, please reply to with your stories and the Communications Committee will include these in the next edition of Service Matters.  Thank you all for you service in helping to carry the message to the still suffering compulsive eater.
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Service Matters • February 2017

An Update from GSA World Service 

Following our World Service Conference held in Boston in September 2016, the fellowship’s World Service committees have been working hard on agenda items raised at the conference. Below are summaries provided by the committees; Contact  for any additional information:

Conference Committee
Working together to plan our next World Service Conference in 2018.  A majority of Group Service Representatives and Intergroup Service Representatives who attended the World Service Conference in September 2016 voted for San Francisco as the next location for our World Service Conference.  Chicago came a close second. Watch this space for updates on how this planning process progresses. You can also contact the Conference Committee for further information: Cindy S, email , phone (PST) 510-499-6955 and Marjorie M, email , phone EST 917-864-0032.

Their next meeting is planned for this month, date to be confirmed, where they will be working to develop content, structure, scheduling, and theme.  They will be discussing preliminary research into possible venue, considering costs, timing, access to city centres, etc. The committee will be looking for what is the most cost efficient and accessible for the majority of delegates. In shaping the conference schedule, the committee will be taking on-board all the suggestions made by September’s delegates for improvements – particularly to improve advance communications with delegates so that they can better prepare for the conference, and clearer communications while at the conference. 

Structure Committee
Currently working on creating GSA’s Service Manual, based on the original draft prepared by members of previous structure committees.  A Service Manual is a description of the policies and procedures that guide every aspect of the GSA program.

The committee is looking at developing the motion for secret ballot voting at the conference as opposed to a show of hands.  It is also developing proposals for a more streamlined process for approving all GSA literature. All literature which is currently noted as being Conference Approved, such as the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions of GSA, will be brought to the next World Service Conference to be voted on by delegates. If you would like further updates from the Structure Committee you can contact Gary G on or call EST 917 721 8269.

Literature Committee
inviting the fellowship to be involved with GSA’s first book of stories.  They are looking for your submissions; they need your vital energy to be a part of this and make it happen. They are looking for stories that tell the history of GSA, either globally, or in your area: who, what, where, when, why, how? Anonymity will, of course, be respected. Examples of possible stories include how the Greysheet spread from Cambridge, to all four corners of the world? We want to devote a chapter to stories from young people; a chapter of stories about “the family afterwards,” and what we did to rectify and affirm the family unit, work place, friendships etc, after abstinence. We want to present the Twelve Concepts, as they play out in our fellowship, and how they work in our lives as individuals - and how they intersect with the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions. Please send your submissions to Richard Oliver, or contact him on EST 424 208 4813.

Public Information Committee
If you are aware of opportunities in your community to do some public information, get in touch with this committee who will be happy to guide you in the best way to do this type of outreach.  If you have any public information stories, news articles that have been generated about GSA since last year in your area, please let the public information committee know, so that they can write about your progress. 

The Slovakian GSA group is holding an event from 2 – 4 June 2017.  They have invited health professionals to attend this event to learn more about GSA and our programme of recovery.  Details of this event can be found at www.greysheet.org/events/no-matter-what-slovakia.

Archives Committee
Working with our web page administrator and web designer to introduce new web pages sharing the vital service role of Archives.  Archives will become a main link from the Home page and will be structured into nested pages by the committee.  These nested pages will list any minutes produced by the committees and the World Service Board. Watch this space for updates of these changes as they happen.

Communications Committee
Working to get pages set up on the website for each Committee, listing its contact information, together with a list of dates and times of their planned meetings.  If you are working on a committee, please email with your most up-to-date committee list and meeting schedule.  This will help members of our fellowship know who is representing them at this level for this term and be able to contact the committees directly for updates.

Orientation for new GSRs: members of the fellowship contacted the Communications Committee to find  out if there was a simple document outlining the basic role of the Group Service Representative. While GSA’s Service Manual is still being developed, the following document: http://greysheet.org/images/pdf/GSA_Introduction_to_Service_for_new_GSRs.pdf
for new GSRs has been produced and is a great read. If you have anything you would like to add to this that you think would be helpful for a new GSR to know, please contact with your suggestions and the Communications Committee will look at including it. Pass it on. You can also find it on the website, under Literature/Public Information Literature.

Summary of World Service Conference Minutes: for your ease of reference the Communications Committee has produced a brief summary of the main motions and processes that were voted on and passed by your GSRs and ISRs. If you want further information, you can read the full Minutes from the September 2016 World Service Conference here.
 
 
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Service Matters • November 2016

What has been happening since the World Service Committee in September?

As you will have read from the list of motions and recommendations put forward by the service committees at the 2016 World Service Conference in September, each service committee has their ‘plates full’ of jobs that need to be done between now and the next World Service Conference in 2 years time.

These service committees are made up of members like you and me - members of this fellowship with 90 days or more of back-to-back abstinence, who are working with a sponsor who has a sponsor - and who have volunteered their time to help GSA carry the message to the compulsive eater.

An Update from the Literature Committee

The literature committee is the committee who are working on pieces of GSA literature which the fellowship is using to communicate our program of recovery to our members and to those who are still suffering and who may be searching for a solution.

If you have editing, writing, organisation skills and experience, please contact the chair of this committee, Richard O, , +1 (424) 208-4813. This service committee needs your support. Our literature cannot write itself.

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