October 11, 2015
“This we owe to GSA’s future; to place our common welfare first, to keep our Fellowship united. For on GSA unity depend our lives and the lives of those to come.”
- Open with the Declaration of Unity Pledge, the Serenity Prayer, and the reading of the 12 Traditions.
- Attendance: GSRs, Intergroup officers and Trustees, Attenders.
- Approval of the previous Intergroup Meeting Minutes.
Intergroup Meetings are usually held on the second Sunday of the month.
- Next Open Intergroup: November 8, 2015, 5-6:00 pm EST on the Intergroup line. Pin = 4320188# All are welcome to attend and participate
- Next Traditions meeting (where we study the Tradition of the month) is November 8, 2015 from 4-4:45 PM EST just before the regular PBIG meeting on the Intergroup line. Pin = 4320188#. Everyone is welcome to participate.
5. Committee Reports
- Beginning Balance = $4,147.17 9/1/2015
- Monthly contributions = + 36.00
- Ending Balance = $4,183.17 9/30/2015
Transfer of Treasurer
6. Open Discussion Topic:
At GSA Open Phone Bridge Intergroup meetings we use the AA “Sharing Session” approach for all topics of discussion. For each topic, a member may speak for up to two minutes. No one will speak more than once per topic until all members have shared at least one time. Participants will be called on in the order in which they identified themselves. Please be respectful of this approach. The purpose is to allow all voices to be heard. Our open sharing sessions are not necessarily attempting to reach substantial unanimity nor a decision at this time.
Now that our meetings are well covered, our expenses are clearly defined, and our appropriate cash flow is set aside, we can turn our attention to the upcoming World Service Conference. Here are some opening brainstorming questions:
- How do we integrate the Phone Bridge as a whole into the World Service structure?
- How do we represent the Phone Bridge as a whole at the upcoming Conference?
- By providing teleconferencing services?
- By sending Intergroup Service Representatives?
Some individual meetings have chosen to send their own GSRs (Group Service Representatives). That position represents and reflects the Group Conscience of that particular meeting, for example, Thursday 10 AM.
We could choose to send one or two ISRs (Intergroup Service Representatives) whose responsibility would be to represent and reflect the Group Conscience of the entire phone bridge. This would increase our representation without diminishing the service work of the individual GSRs.
- How do we discern Group Conscience of the Phone Bridge as a whole?
7. Close with the “I am responsible…” pledge and the “WE” version of the Serenity Prayer
“I am responsible…when anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help. I want the hand of GSA always to be there. And for that – I am responsible”