GreySheeters Anonymous

Service Matters • June 2021

Welcome to the June 2021 Issue of Service Matters!

Welcome to the June 2021 issue of Service Matters, your answer to the question, “What’s Up in GreySheet?” regarding all the work done for GSA as a whole to carry the message to compulsive eaters who still suffer.



Breaking News!

The Board of Trustees has revised two of their resolutions based on your input at May’s Committees Connecting meeting. Click here:  https://bit.ly/3pcLxlu for all the Q&A from May’s Committees Connecting and the revised resolution. The revised Supporting Document will be published along with all other additional and revised resolutions in September.


Attention GSRs:

Upcoming Committees Connecting Resolutions - June 13th at 12:00 Noon ET

This month, the Structure Committee will be presenting their resolutions. They include:
 
   1. Registering Groups (including criteria to be a GSA Group)
   2. Creating Intergroups (including criteria to be a GSA Intergroup)
   3. How WSC Approves Policies and Procedures
   4. WSC Delegates
   5. Sustaining Committees
       and
   15S. WSC Committee Chair Role Description/Role of GSR?
 
The first five resolutions will be debated and voted on separately on October 17. The final one listed will be included in the Consent Agenda with several other resolutions from the various committees.
 
Delegates need to read the resolutions and the supporting documents before discussing them at the Committees Connecting meeting on June 13th.  Download resolutions and supporting documents  at this link: https://greysheet.org/world-services/world-service-conference/world-service-conference-2021. The Structure Committee will be available to answer questions, listen to suggestions, and explain what is unclear to delegates in that one-hour meeting. If your group has a Group Conscience meeting before June 13, please go over the resolutions with them and solicit their input. There is time between now and the conference to have an impact on the final wording of resolutions, but it would be best to mention ideas now or be in contact with Staci L, chair of the Structure Committee.
 
Many people have questions about whether the Clarifications of GS Abstinence document is part of these resolutions, and the answer is no. The document was submitted and accepted by the Board of Trustees at the last GSAWS Conference, but there has been no action taken to incorporate these guidelines into whether groups are registered or not.
 
One important note: In the last two years, GSA has been putting many of these policies into effect. Resolution 3, “How WSC Approves Policies and Procedures” outlines clearly how committees have submitted policies, gotten approval from voting members of their own committees, and then brought them to the attention of Intergroup Chairs and Committee Chairs and the Board of Trustees, https://greysheet.org/world-services/world-service-conference/world-service-conference-2021 all of whom sign off on them. Once all these people sign off, the policies are considered official on an interim basis until the next World Service Conference, which is happening on October 17th! It is an inclusive, transparent process that allows for questions, explanations, and input as we grow and change as a fellowship.
 
It would be incorrect to assume that these resolutions are the result of a top-down management style. They are the works in progress of ongoing, deliberate and painstaking service, month after month, that is freely given by the people who step up and get involved.  And any interested GreySheeter is welcome to join the process!!

Upcoming Meetings

All interested GreySheeters are welcome!

Have you joined your GS sisters and brothers at one or more of these meetings? Each one is an opportunity to expand your recovery by learning more about the framework that guides our work together. If you’re a delegate, you’ll definitely want to clear your calendar and attend each of these meetings. This is how we get essential information and guidance for giving our best to the groups we serve.

1. Committees Connecting meeting ID: 663 470 166
    Sunday, June 13, at Noon ET

2. Concept 8 meeting ID: 791 453 380 
    Sunday, June 20, at 1:00pm ET
 
3. Tradition 8 meeting ID: 791 453 380 
    Sunday, June 27, at 1:00 pm ET
 
 
Go the website to get information on how to buy it or go to Xlibris.com, click Bookstore, type in Living Abstinent in the search box. GSA gets the most royalties when the book is purchased through the publisher. Can also use www.bookshop.org which supports independent bookstores.
 
If you live outside of US and Canada, go to your independent bookstore or use Amazon in your country.

May 2021 - Monthly Board of Trustees
Liaison Report Highlights 

Share the Vision!
May 8, 2021
 
Whenever anyone, anywhere realizes they have a problem with food, they think if GreySheet.

General World Service News

1. World Service Conference - Sunday, October 17, 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM ET

The group conscience of the worldwide fellowship

a. 73 delegates registered (1 GSR delegate will not attend)
  I. 12 of 13 Trustees (One just had a baby!)
  II. 10 ISRs of the 11 intergroups (Africa, Australia, Asia Intergroup has not yet formed)
  III. 51 GSRs of the 147 groups (35%)
  1.  Three Connecticut of 5 (60%)
  2.  Six Europe of 13 (46%)
  3. Zero Iceland of 7
  4. One Israeli of 35
  5. Three MidWest of 5 (60%)
  6. Three NorthEast of 6 (50%)
  7. Twelve New York Metro of 23 (52%)
  8. Seven Phone Bridge of 27 (26%)
  9. Seven Southern States of 18 (39%)
  10. Nine Western States of 15 (60%)
b. Delegate Training #1 How to Prepare - April 27 and May 2
    58 of the 72 attending delegates attended (81%)
  I. Trustees 10 of 12
  II. ISRs 7 of 10
  III. GSRs 41 of 50

c. Materials now available for download on conference webpage
https://www.greysheet.org/world-services/world-service-conference/world-service-conference-2021
  I. Agenda
  II. Standing Rules of Conference 
  III. Resolutions
  IV. Supporting documents
  V. 
Committees Connecting Presentation Schedule
  VI. Delegate training notes

d. Quarterly Town Hall- Every second Sunday 12 PM ET May – October
    Come learn about the 30+ resolutions!
  I. Delegates expected to attend to ask questions and make suggestions
  II. Every GSA member is encouraged to participate

2. Quarterly Town Hall - April 25, 11:00 AM ET

a. Announced publication of the “Clarifications of the Clarifications!” i.e., FAQs about the 2020 report, GreySheet Abstinence: Clarifications and Sponsor Guidelines. Get a copy from your GSR.

b. Announced the Seventh Birthday of the YouTube Channel of the Southern States Intergroup.
Listen to the oral history https://youtu.be/wcstc2iqOyo
Celebrate with a $7 donation via PayPal This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

c. Announced the publication of Living Abstinent https://www.xlibris.com/en/bookstore/bookdetails/807489-living-abstinent


Board of Trustees Column

Hello Fellow GreySheeters,

Writing this column for Service Matters, it gives me time to reflect on my gratitude for GreySheet abstinence, the GreySheet fellowship and for the opportunity to give back what I’ve been given by doing service as the treasurer of GreySheeters Anonymous World Services, Inc. (GSAWS).  It’s an exciting time to be part of GSAWS.  We have a World Service Conference in October where delegates from registered groups will gather to vote on matters that will help us move into the future.  Conference committees will present resolutions for projects and policies that we have worked on since the last World Service Conference.  All these things will serve to carry out our primary purpose to reach the next compulsive eater with the solution that works, the GreySheet food program.  (You can read all about the working resolutions at greysheet.org under the World Service Conference 2021 tab.)

GSAWS committees have been busy with updating the greysheet.org website, publishing literature, establishing ways to reach out to the public by using social media, developing a podcast, archiving historical documents to maintain our history for posterity and for future members, formalizing our structure and processes to ensure the continuity of our vital fellowship, and meeting with an attorney to protect the GreySheet itself.  In many ways, I see parallels to the growth that AA underwent as their fellowship matured.

As Treasurer of GSAWS, I am charged with the responsibility of creating a budget to ensure that the fellowship has the means to move forward on their projects.  The GSAWS Board receives the budget proposal, decides whether we can fund all the good work that needs to get done, or only part of it, and approves or asks for revisions.  We can estimate and manage the costs involved in these areas, but our ability to carry the message and have the means to do so is totally dependent on the generosity of our members.  And you have come through!  We have recently accumulated bank balances that are higher than they’ve ever been before due to your commitment and passion to carry the message.  Thank you!  We have received donations from intergroups, groups, and individuals.  Some groups and intergroups have made one-time donations of funds that were being saved to send a delegate to an in-person conference.  Since our conference is on zoom this year, these groups and intergroups were able to send in larger donations than usual. 

Some of you may ask why GSAWS keeps asking for more donations, especially considering the tradition to remain “poor”.  Along those lines, we believe that our operating expenses are quite minimal to support the fellowship.  We keep a prudent reserve of 50% of our annual operating expenses.  The prudent reserve is not a large amount.  However, to accomplish the projects that have already been voted on at past World Service Conferences, and to have funds for anticipated growth, the Board has established additional reserves that are set aside for specific purposes and won’t be used anywhere else.  These are noted as a footnote on our Statement of Financial Position that is published each month at greysheet.org and labeled “board designated restrictions”.

Here’s a projection of our cash balances for the rest of 2021:
Bank Balances, 5/18/2021     86,000
  Change in Net Assets 2021 (7 months remaining, revenue less expenses) 9,000  
Current Board Designated Restrictions: 50% Prudent Reserve 2021 (7 months remaining) 5,000  
  Style Guide 1,000  
  Website Rebuild 2,500  
  Literature 10,000  
  Podcast Microphone 2,000  
      Total Board Designated Restrictions 29,500 29,500
Projected Bank Balance, 12/31/2021     56,500

At this point, as you can see above, thanks to your generosity, we think we will still have extremely healthy bank balances for the start of the next fiscal year.  Let’s, all of us, DREAM BIG.  This will allow us to hold an in-person World Service Conference in 2022.  The cost to GreySheeters Anonymous World Services of an in-person World Service Conference is around $15,000.  We’re all enjoying the gift of the newly published book, Living Abstinent.  Let’s move forward with the other literature projects that have been proposed, a daily reflection book (conference approved in 2019), a history book (conference approved in 2016), and maybe even a second edition of our 12 x 12.  Each book will cost around $2,000 to publish.  Let’s move forward with additional enhancements to the website which could cost as much as $10,000.  Let’s provide more than a new microphone for our podcast.  What other things can YOU think of to reach the next compulsive eater?

GSA Special Events - Zoom Style 

FIRST SATURDAY Speaker Meeting
This is an OPEN meeting of GSA, meaning that anyone who would like to learn more about the GreySheet solution is invited to attend. There are two speakers, and in-between the speakers we celebrate anniversaries - years, months, and a day - with virtual chips!! So if you have an anniversary between May 1 and June 1, come get your virtual chip and let us celebrate your abstinence.
Saturday, June 5th
Start time is 7:30pm UK time; 2:30pm ET
Zoom ID: 873 5002 0806

No password, there is a waiting room

Groovy GreySheet Gatherings  - Western States Intergroup FUNdraisers
Monthly workshops to gather in fellowship, creativity and connection
First Sunday of Each Month, 3:00 PM ET 
Sunday, June 6, 2021, 3:00 PM ET

Games and GreySheet Trivia
Hosts:  Carla B. & Friends
Zoom ID: 968 3976 2598
PW: Universal

Audio Link for Zoom October NYC Roundup

The audio recording of the 2020 NYC GreySheet Roundup is now available for your listening pleasure https://greysheetny.org/new-york-greysheet-audio-shares/

Links to Notes of Meetings 

If you missed attending these meetings, never fear. Click on these links to see notes from these meetings; Notes are also available at https://bit.ly/2RSoD6E
 
Notes from March Committees Connecting meeting:  https://bit.ly/3pcLxlu
Notes from April Concepts meeting: https://bit.ly/3vsXO7z
Notes from April Traditions meeting: https://bit.ly/3vsuo9Z
When anyone, anywhere realizes they have a problem with food,
I want them to think of the GreySheet solution,
for that I am responsible.
 
 
 
 
 
Service Matters • May 2021

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