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Service Matters • September 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.  Any GreySheet member may attend this meeting and all are encouraged to do so.  It is especially recommended for GSR’s and ISR’s who can then report back to their home groups any information they get at this meeting.Here is the zoom info:Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/511674377Or iPhone one-tap :    US: +16468769923,,511674377#  or +16699006833,,511674377# Or Telephone:    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):         US: +1 646 876 9923  or +1 669 900 6833  or +1 408 638 0968     Meeting ID: 511 674 377    International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/dfuTLU6eKThe following questions were sent in to the Communications Committee to be included in the upcoming Town Hall Meeting:

Regarding the timing of the Zoom Town Hall Meetings:1. I'm a GSR for the Saturday, 7am phone bridge meeting. At our last business meeting, one of our members wanted to ask the Board why are the Zoom meetings held on Sunday at 10am. It's a time when many are at church and can not attend the meeting. While it's impossible to meet everyone's scheduling needs, we wanted to ask if the Board would consider having the next Zoom meeting at a later time? Regarding the 2019 World Service Conference:1. Might the Communications Committee set up a Yahoo group now for questions to go to committees to be answered between now and the WSC? 2. Please explain how the GSRs and ISRs who intend to attend the World Service Conference go about joining a World Service Conference Committee. 3. When will the committees make their proposals available for GSR's and ISRs to review and discuss with their groups and intergroups? (If I remember correctly, the deadline for committees to submit proposals to the conference delegates in 2013 and 2014 was several months before the conference so that delegates could consult their groups.) 4.Could you please publish on the website and in Service Matters the names and descriptions of each committee and their current members including the chairs and Board of Trustees liaisons with an email address for each committee (like LiteratureCommittee@, FinanceCommitte, etc.)? 5. Could you also explain how someone who isn’t an elected delegate can support the work of a committee as a non-voting volunteer?   6. Is there a way that the work/issues being considered by committees can be available to people before they choose which committee to participate in? How would this best be communicated?  Regarding the Greysheet Committee:1. What is the Cambridge GreySheet referred to in the GS Committee report? We are GSAWS Inc. 2. If there are no members who started abstinence in GSAWS years serving on GS Committee, what is the rationale? [To include additional labels such as Cambridge would not be done except by WSC.That would be a WSC determination brought forward by a standing committee].Regarding  Fundraising:1. What committee is tasked with fundraising for GSAWS? 2. Is it time for each GSA member to donate $20 or $200 or $2000 to celebrate our 20th Anniversary? Plus the dollars equal to anniversaries for abstinence?Call to Action:  The next GSAWS Conference is just about a year away. Between now and then, we need committees to finalize their work (i.e., write motions that will be voted on at the Conference that pertain to their committee’s work) no later than April 2019 to give members time to review the motions and discuss with their groups. There is still time to get involved in this work and we encourage every GSR of every GS meeting to join a committee so that their group’s voices and concerns can be heard and expressed. 

 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: Where can an interested GSR find information regarding committee work that is being done now for the 2019 GSAWS Conference? Is it too late to join a committee and participate in the work being done?

Answer:  Information on the GSAWS Conferences are available on the GreySheet.org website. And it is definitely not too late to join a committee!! We encourage all GSR’s to do this now, and make sure your group is registered on our website.

The GreySheet Committee Report (9/03/18 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 are striving to capture in writing the original oral tradition that emerged in Cambridge at the beginning of the GreySheet community.We have met twice a month since February. We reviewed the GreySheet document to identify those areas that might have led different members of our fellowship to different interpretations of GreySheet-abstinence. After a discussion, we agree on a statement that captures our common understanding of that item on the GreySheet. Each statement has “substantial unanimity,” that is, at least 75% of members vote “yes” AND those who vote “no” or abstain (the “minority opinion”) do not have any serious disagreement.The first set of items we covered was “fats,” i.e., how does the Cambridge GreySheet community interpret the GreySheet when it comes to adding or using butter, oil, and dressing, etc.Then we discussed and agreed on a series of statements about what the GreySheet says about vegetables including our use of tomato products. We also agreed on a statement clarifying the weighing and measuring of vegetables, proteins, and fats separately before combining them.Next, we will move on to what the GreySheet says about fruits.Then we will tackle questions that have arisen from our discussion and the questions of others, such as handling maintenance, illness, and eating out.We will also be discussing and making recommendations to the Board of Trustees on how to present the results of our work to the community.Please share these regular updates about our work with your group or intergroup. If you have any questions or suggestions, please email GreySheetCommittee@greysheet.

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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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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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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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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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Service Matters • March 2018

Announcements from the GreySheet World Service Board of Trustees (GSAWS BOT)

* Regarding the GreySheet Committee

In the Fall of 2017, the Chair of the Board of Trustees consulted with our copyright attorney to see if the “Extended GreySheet” constituted an infringement of our copyright. The attorney suggested that, since certain aspects of GreySheet abstinence were not spelled out on the GreySheet, a document be prepared to clarify the foods, measurements, and instructions without changing anything on the copyrighted GreySheet.

A committee of 14 GreySheeters Anonymous members, each with at least 20 years of back to back GreySheet abstinence, has been commissioned by the Board of Trustees to address the situation of variation in our common interpretation of GreySheet abstinence.

The BOT asked the committee to consider two tasks:

1. Clarify GreySheet abstinence as interpreted by a sponsor. This may include elaborating on the existing GreySheet pamphlet by writing down those practices commonly understood to be part of GreySheet abstinencebut which are not included on the original pamphlet. It will not include altering the GreySheet itself in any way.

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Service Matters • February 2018

Message of Hope - Keep Coming Back and STAY!

While the newcomer to GSA is often heartened to hear the words, “Keep Coming Back” from members, once a period of abstinence is attained, whether it's 30, 60, 90 days or a year, the message from longer-timers to the not-so-newbie is, “Stay.”

Stay when you're at your goal weight and wondering if you really need meetings and daily contact with your sponsor.

Stay when your abstinent life has delivered you to wonderful relationships, challenging and rewarding jobs or a career.

Stay when you wonder if the GreySheet food plan is really healthy for you after all this time.

Stay when you think you have the discipline now to do this on your own.

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Service Matters • January 2018

Giving So We All Can Live in the Solution

Our Seventh Tradition states: Every GSA (GreySheeters Anonymous) group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions. What does that mean to us as GreySheet individuals, groups, intergroups and our world-wide community?

It means we value the work that we do in our communities to reach out and support fellow sufferers. It means we contribute to the basket (or zoom/skype PayPal alternative) so that our meetings can continue, that the rent be paid, (or subscription fee for video and phone meetings). This is the minimum required to make sure our groups continue.

But what of the wider fellowship and the world-wide community?

GSA became an organization twenty years ago this April. We have met at World Service Conferences, have become a 501.C.3 organization, and are creating our own literature. While many of us are not as connected to that world-wide organization as the trusted servants who meet regularly as members of the Board of Trustees, Intergroup and GSA reps, it is still our primary purpose to stay abstinent and to help other compulsive eaters to achieve abstinence.

Many are doing service locally by sponsoring, leading meetings, and taking on service positions in their local home groups as treasurer, secretary, and speaker seekers, and this is a wonderful thing. But what of those in outposts who are still in the dark about the resources that are available, such as the GSA phone list and round-ups and retreats?

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Service Matters • December 2017

We at Service Matters are delighted to bring recent reports from various GSA Service Committees. Here are the reports received so far.   

Website Committee 

The Website (Sub)Committee has been working on putting together the requirements for a new GreySheet.org website, based on information gathered from the fellowship, the Board, and the different Committees.

The Committee will be submitting a draft Request for Proposals (RFP) to the GSAWS Board by the beginning of 2018. The website development budget will be reviewed based on the final requirements defined. Following the Board's approval of the requirements and budget, the RFP will be circulated to the fellowship and to service providers recommended by members of our fellowship. The Website Subcommittee will review the proposals and make recommendations to the Board, which will make the final choice of provider.The current website will remain in place while the new website is built. While we're in this transitional stage, please contact saws220@yahoo.com or marathonmary83@hotmail.com with any requests for changes to the current website.The Website (Sub)Committee meets on the 2nd Sunday of the month at 10 AM Pacific on Zoom. If you'd like to come to a meeting or help out with the project, email sallie@salliegoetsch.com. You're also welcome to review our working documents, which are on Google Drive at https://goo.gl/KtzbpP.Archives Committee The Archives Committee has two focal points: archiving and oral history. The committee is collecting, digitalizing and storing documents. 1. Archiving: Digitalized documents will not be searchable until the committee has the resources to contract with an archival service to organize and attach metadata to each digital document to make it searchable. Until then, the committee is digitalizing and storing the 16 available Round-Up recordings; to date, the first ten recordings' digitliizing is done, with work continuing on the remaining six. 2. Oral History: The Oral History Project is collaborating with the Literature Committee, interviewing GreySheeters about the early days of the GreySheet, which the Literature Committee will use for their book on the History of GreySheet. The Committee needs people to do service by interviewing, being interviewed or writing summaries and submitting those summaries on the Archives Collection Record form. If interested, please contact dottie301@hotmail.com.Structure Committee The Structure Committee has been working on revising a document for voting at the World Service Conference, a process for Conference Approval of Literature, and revising a motion for donations. The Committee team are also discussing the Service Manual that would include the 12 Concepts and ways to make GS more visible to people with eating disorders.Conference Committee The Conference Committee has completed drafting the Conference Charter and submitted it to the GSAWS Board. The Charter will be on the agenda of the next World Service Conference. The Committee has continued to pursue arrangements with hotels and is working on a budget for discussion with the Board. Anyone interested in working on the Conference Committee should contact marjorie.mayerson@gmail.com.OTHER NEWS

GreySheet Counts!   Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of GSA!

The 20th anniversary GSA census called Greysheet Counts! launched on October 1st 2017 and will run until March 31st 2018. The results will be posted on www.greysheet.org on April 6th 2018 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the founding of GSA as a separate 12-Step fellowship. We hope that the world map produced showing 1) the number of GreySheeters weighing and measuring without exception; 2) the average length of GS abstinence in each state and country, 3) how different GreySheeters have found GSA for the first time and 4) where Trusted Servants are holding service positions will show that this program works no matter where you live and will help connect GreySheeters and carry the message.

But we need YOU to Count Yourself In!  Click here  http://eepurl.com/c61zx9 to provide your information.   

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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.

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Service Matters • August 2017

GSA World Services Working Hard to Make Improvements to the Website
GSA World Services want 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 GSA World Services has been reaching out to the fellowship for suggestions for improvements to our website, greysheet.org.  We have now gathered all these wonderful suggestions together.  On 11 June at 1pm EST a phone bridge meeting was held, inviting all members of GSA to attend to discuss these changes voice-to-voice and agree on the best way to proceed.
 
A Website Update Committee was formed from this phone meeting. The 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 are going to need a lot more volunteers to help carry out this work.
 
The Website Update Committee has shared your suggestions for improvements with website design professionals qualified in the business of updating websites - to ensure greysheet.org is as efficient and user friendly as possible.  The current greysheet.org website suffers from usability issues. While it may be possible to make some improvements to the existing website, there is no getting around the need to re-organize and probably rebuild the site.
 
The job that needs to be done is a much bigger one than originally anticipated and is going to cost in the region of $25,000 to complete – as much money as it costs GSA World Services to host a World Service Conference. Visit Frequently Asked Questions link for more info on this cost.
 
While GSA World Services has a prudent reserve to host the 2018 World Service Conference – it does not have an extra $25,000 in the 7th tradition pot to pay for the redevelopment of the website.
 
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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.
 
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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.

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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 webadmin@greysheet.org 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 solofreesail@gmail.com, phone (PST) 510-499-6955 and Marjorie M, email marjorie.mayerson@gmail.com, 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 gguttman@compuserve.com or call EST 917 721 8269.

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