GreySheeters Anonymous
Aug
06

Service Matters • August 2018

GreySheeters Anonymous World Services (GSAWS) - Board of TrusteesAnnouncements NEXT Meet the Board Zoom Town Hall Meeting: Sunday, September 16 at 10:00 AM EST

The next open-to-everyone Town Hall Meeting with the GSAWS Board of Trustees will be held on Sunday, September 16 at 10:00 AM EST.  The Board is planning to do this once per quarter. The last meeting was held in June and over 50 GreySheeters attended either by video or on the phone. Call to Action:  We encourage all GSR’s and ISR’s to collect questions and concerns from their groups and send to the Communications Committee at ekwiard@gmail.com by August 15, 2018. These will be compiled and forwarded to the Board of Trustees so that they can respond to them at the September 16 Zoom meeting. Service Matters will post the general questions in their September issue prior to the Town Hall Meeting on Sunday the 16th. Questions can also be sent to the same email address  by individuals. If any GreySheeter would like to attend but is not sure how to download the Zoom app on their computer or device, feel free to contact ekwiard@gmail.com by September 10, the sooner the better. Telephone participation is also possible. Phone numbers and the Zoom Meeting ID will be published in the September Service Matters.

Q & A Corner

Question: Our Seventh Tradition states, "There are no dues or fees for GSA membership. We are fully self-supporting declining outside contributions." Why are donations to the GS World Service necessary?

Answer:  From the AA pamphlet, “Self-Support: Where Money and Spirituality Mix”…”When we are generous with the hat [as in passing the hat] we give a token that we are grateful for our blessings and evidence that we are eager to share what we have found with all those who still suffer.”“Self-support begins with me, because I am part of us--the group. We pay our rent and utility bills...We support our central office, our area committee, and our General Service Office. If it were not for these entities, many new people would never discover the miracles of AA.” Likewise, in GSA, the website, the centralized information, phone list, current events, monthly treasury reports, all make our fellowship accessible to the wider world.When asked, a few GreySheeters shared how they contribute:  One wrote, “I give $2 per meeting, either through PayPal or by check to the treasurer of the group. I also am part of Club 164 which started a couple of years ago. I automatically send $10 a month to GSA. My group distributes the 7th tradition money on a regular basis to our intergroup and GSAWS. It helps me feel connected and is a concrete way for me to give back.”Another GreySheeter said, “I also donate $10/month to GSAWS, and I have figured out that I can budget $20/month total to meetings that I attend regularly.We realize that for many of our members, especially in the beginning, buying abstinent groceries and fresh produce is an expense that is new for us. Junk food that was killing us is less expensive, except when eating it by the shopping- bagful!!Often it isn’t the quantity but the consistency of giving something that we can afford. If every one of our members gave even $1 a week to GSAWS, our fellowship would be in much better shape financially.We have a year until the next GSAWS conference. That means each group has time to start accruing money to send a GSR to the conference to represent them. One group has decided to wait until they have enough money to send their GSR before contributing to the Intergroup Rep’s expenses.

If you are curious about how GSAWS spends its money, please go tohttps://www.greysheet.org/world-services/board-of-trustees/treasury-reports for monthly reports.

 

The GreySheet Committee Report  (8/03/18 update)  

The GreySheet Committee is working to clarify the definition of GreySheet abstinence and to draft guidance for sponsors who wish to sponsor GreySheet abstinence. We hope that our fellowship will unite again around a common understanding of GreySheet abstinence.

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Jul
11

Service Matters • July 2018


GreySheeters Anonymous World Services (GSAWS) - Board of Trustees

Announcements



Meet the Board Zoom Town Hall Meeting - 50+ in Attendance!

The GSAWS-open-to-all Town Hall meeting held on June 17th was a wonderful thing to participate in, as 50+ GreySheeters can attest.  While several of the people on the meeting were only using their phone for connection, at least half of us were able to see ourselves face to face, and to meet the board members who are working on our behalf to handle the business of GreySheet world-wide.

The meeting was recorded and can be viewed by using this link:  https://drive.google.com/open?id=1_IBzTP_oTy_h75XoglOcLXi7kdnKDMMO ; We encourage everyone interested to watch the meeting, especially if you could not be present. The Board members introduced themselves and explained the purpose of the GSAWS Board of Trustees, which is to manage the business of the GreySheet community internationally in matters such as maintaining 501.c.3 status, copyright issues of the GreySheet, and the conferences we hold.

In addition, the questions that were sent in through the Communications Committee prior to the meeting were addressed, one by one, by individual board members. Here is the link to those questions sent to the Board: 

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Jun
10

Service Matters • June 2018

 

GreySheeters Anonymous World Service (GSAWS) - Board of TrusteesAnnouncements  MEET THE BOARD!

What a wonderful outpouring from the fellowship we have had in response to a request for members to send in questions and topics to be included in the first ever Meet the Board Zoom meeting on Sunday, June 17th at 10:00 AM EST.

The Communication Committee received input from seven groups from Queens, Toronto, Worcester, Taos, Chicago and the Southern Serenity Zoom meeting as well as a few individual members.  Thank you to all for contributing to this effort.   Please attend the meeting on the 17th and encourage fellow GreySheeters to attend. All GreySheeters are welcome!!

Listed below are several of the items mentioned. Similar concerns are grouped below in the interests of space. Please know that the Board has received all questions sent:

Highlight and increase the offerings of face to face zoom meetings as more become available.Concerns about definitions of GreySheet abstinence.Questions about literature and the approval process— where and how to get approved pamphlets.Suggestion that thank you notes be sent when donations are made.Questions about how meetings get listed and changes made in a timely way on the website.Concerns about the phone bridge and its connection to GSAWS.Concerns about rumors and controversy — that is, when things are said with seeming authority, how does one check for accuracy?

On Sunday, June 17th, at 10:00 AM EST, all are invited to a special Zoom “MEET THE BOARD” video meeting. If you wish to attend, first download the Zoom.us app (free for anyone attending), if you haven’t done so already, and enter the meeting ID at the time the meeting begins. The Meeting ID is:

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/690802497 Or iPhone one-tap: US: +14087403766,,690802497#  or +16468769923,,690802497#  Or Telephone:     Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):      US: +1 408 740 3766  or +1 646 876 9923  or +1 669 900 6833      Meeting ID: 690 802 497     International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/Xy5IBSNy

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May
07

Service Matters • May 2018

GreySheeters Anonymous World Service (GSAWS) - Board of Trustees - AnnouncementsMEET THE BOARD! GSR's and ISR's – Please Note:On Sunday, June 17, 2018, at 10 A.M EST, all are invited to a special Zoom "MEET THE BOARD" video meeting. Details with Zoom meeting ID will be published in the June issue of Service Matters.We ask that every GSR and ISR report to your groups and ask what topics, concerns and questions members might have that they would like to see discussed at this meeting.  Send all questions and topics to gsawsbot@gmail.com by May 18, and she will send them to the GSWS Board  of Trusteesvas they prepare for the meeting. 

Please be sure that all members have downloaded the Zoom.us app on their computer, tablet or phone prior to the June 17th meeting. Zoom is free for anyone attending a meeting.

GreySheet Website UpgradeThe Board of Trustees is currently working with the Web Committee on requirements for update of the GreySheet web site and related budget.

Q & A Corner

Question: Why is it important for GSA members to know about World Service and to provide topics for discussion at the Meet the Board Zoom meeting in June?

Answer: GreySheeters Anonymous is a twelve-step recovery program for compulsive eating. In keeping with AA's Traditions and Concepts, the structure of our fellowship is an upside-down pyramid. In other words, the individual groups and meetings are the most important part of our structure. The decisions made at the Board of Trustees level affect all of us. The Communications Committee which produces Service Matters would like to be instrumental in facilitating two-way communication between groups, the Board of Trustees, and the World Service committees which are composed of conference delegates and are involved in helping to spread the message of GreySheet recovery. Every GSR and ISR is charged with relaying information between their groups and the Board of Trustees and World Service Conference committees. We are now asking GSR's to report back to World Service so that there is a way to communicate the concerns of members and for these concerns to be considered.

Israeli GSA Marathon, Kiryat-Bialik, Israel   

Hosted by the Kiryat-Bialik Group on April 27, 2018, the focus of this marathon was “The Fellowship, God and What's Between.”  The marathon was held in the group's face to face meeting room, and was attended by more than fifty GreySheeters from all over Israel.

The day was divided into two parts. In each, three GSA members qualified for approximately 15 minutes, focusing on the strength of the Group as an important layer of one's spiritual path, the importance of Group rules and Group Conscience, the fellowship, Sponsorship and personal service. It was interesting to see how each of the six qualifiers focused on the subject from their own point of view; yet, all emphasized the spiritual aspect as a must for building strength and success in one's program.

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Apr
05

Service Matters • April 2018


Announcements from the GreySheeters Anonymous World Service (GSAWS) Board of Trustees

Happy GSA 20th Anniversary!!

Every one of us gets to celebrate this milestone of our fellowship!!

Make sure you see our GreySheet Counts results on our websitebeginning April 6!

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