Minutes for July 6th, 2021 at 9 pm ET
troy moderated the meeting.
The Group Conscience approved SLAA Online Officers for mandate period July 2021 through June 2022 are as follows:
Chairperson - troy
Co-Chairperson - NancyD
Secretary - NancyD
Liaison Officer - jamie
Webmaster - troy
Co-Webmaster - Lotus
Treasurer - Lotus
For details of the Officer posts duties and requirements, see the Officers webpage: http://slaaonline.org/officers/
Read and approve July agenda - Link on website homepage - APPROVED
Read and approve June minutes - APPROVED
Read and approve Treasurer's report - APPROVED
Read and review Liaison Officer's report - READ & REVIEWED
10 min Open Forum
Reuben - Grateful that this fellowship and rooms exist and are kept going
NancyD has emailed that she wishes the following to be added to the Open Forum if possible:
If possible, please add my comment below to the 10 minute open forum at the end of the meeting.
As we come back from the restrictions of the past year & the pandemic, I am looking back at the gifts we have been given. For myself, I have been fortunate to stay healthy & active all year. I have even been able to attend in-person meetings frequently. (I am also AA & some local AA clubhouses were declared "essential businesses" early in the year.) One of the big gifts of 12-step recovery has obviously been the ability of more groups to offer meetings online. Many in-person meetings made the transition fairly easily & will continue to offer both online & in-person meetings well into the future. I'm sure this will allow more access for people who don't have in-person meetings available locally. However, one of the things I have mentioned several times is that our SLAA Online group is advertised to offer 24/7 support for our members, as well as newcomers struggling with sex & love addiction. In this regard, I feel we have failed miserably during this past year. Many, many times I have checked into our chatroom between scheduled meetings only to find it totally empty. Or worse, to find a newcomer who needed to talk with someone & found nobody there. Our chatroom once was active 24/7, with members from all over the world stopping by for support & fellowship at all hours of the day & night. Sadly, this is no longer happening & I'm concerned that newcomers are not being supported. Thanks for listening & for giving some consideration to this issue. NancyD
troy - i have noticed the situation described above by NancyD. our #slaa room is open 24/7 and member presence there for others seeking support is always positive but cannot be guaranteed. members are encouraged to help each other but there is no specific requiremement on members for level of presence. i encourage members to be present as they can. thx.
15 min Group discussion of material that will be discussed at the SLAA ABC/M 2021 in August
21n01/20-01Item for Discussion: Add the document ‘The Blessings’ to the list of Eight Core Documents of S.L.A.A. increasing the list to nine.3
21n02/20-02 Item for Discussion: To publish the Twelve Steps of S.L.A.A. in Simplified English for use by members as they practice the steps. 4 -45
21n04/20-04 Item for Discussion: The creation of a book, “The 12 Steps and 12 Traditions of S.L.A.A.”, was discussed at the 2007 ABM. The manuscript for that book is close to completion with twenty-two of the twenty- four Steps and Traditions completed. The manuscript is submitted here for review by the delegates. It is hoped the current draft will be shared with Intergroups and as many Fellowship members as possible for feedback. Note that six chapters were submitted for review at the 2019 ABM. 46 – 143
21n06/20-06 Item for Discussion: The Conference Diversity Committee (CDC) is seeking discussion and feedback on the CDC Diversity Statement. This brief text is intended to express our Fellowship’s position on inclusion of members from all backgrounds and perspectives, as we work toward our common purpose of sobriety.148
21n10/21-01 Item for Discussion: To receive comments and suggestions from delegates on the text of Anorexia 8-9. This Booklet is a continuation of the Anorexia Series.152 - 164
21n11/21-02 Item for Discussion: The intent of this IFD is to obtain a mandate from the Conference as to what types of changes, if any, could be made to the Basic Text for a 50th Anniversary and/or 2nd Edition. 165 - 171
21n12/21-03 Item for Discussion: The 50th Anniversary Basic Text Subcommittee (50-BTS) of the Conference Literature Committee (CLC) is submitting this IFD to determine how to make changes to the Basic Text. A few examples are provided showing three versions of edits; none (original), lightly edited, heavily edited. 172 - 178
21n13/21-04 Item for Discussion: The Conference Literature Committee and the UK Intergroup request that the following literature relating to the S.L.A.A. H.O.W. way of working the S.L.A.A. program be approved. ‘HOW Step and Sponsorship Guide’179 - 239
NOTE! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy of these IFD texts for discussion
troy - re: The 12 Steps and 12 Traditions of S.L.A.A. book. i am on the book committee for this book, which has now been extended to 12x12x12 to include the 12 concepts (for service). the ifd for the abc/m now includes 12 steps, 12 tradions and the first 5 concepts. this is a major work which has been in process for some years now. hopefully a complete version will be ready for the 2022 abc/m. i think the book will be a great addition to our literature as we currently do not have an slaa equivalent of the aa 12x12 essays. the current draft is available and may be used/reviewed by slaa groups
troy - re: Basic Text for a 50th Anniversary and/or 2nd Edition. i personally think that this 1986 text would benefit best from a heavy edit in a new version. the existing original version is dated, which reflects sexist and heterosexual and male bias, which could be addressed. this would tho be a major project, and a light edit would go quicker. my personal preference is tho still for a heavy edit. thx.