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Minutes for Members Meeting June 15, 2002

Members in attendance were: RickB, TimF, Leigha, Jonathan, VJ, SarahB, Michelle, Barbara, Christina, Irene, AnnB, Pony, Tia, Joy, and Mike.

Meeting minutes: Before the meeting began, Tim asked everyone to review the agenda. Tim then called the meeting to order. Tim asked for a motion to accept the April minutes as posted. Barbara made a motion to accept the minutes with Jonathan seconding the motion. The minutes were accepted. Tim then asked for any corrections to the May meeting minutes. None were given. Tim then asked for a motion to accept the minutes as posted. Jonathan made a motion to accept the May minutes as posted with Michelle seconding this motion.

Security measure: RickB began chairing the meeting on his arrival. The next item of business to discuss was an isolated incidence of some inappropriate questions during a meeting and the possibility of more security measures for members' safety. Jonathan and Pony expressed an interest in dropping this incident as an isolated event. Vicki expressed the thought of making sure the meetings remain closed. Tim clarified the incident to the members present. Irene brought up appropriateness and group conscience as solutions. RickB reminded all that this was a lesson learned and not worth an extra key on the channel. Jonathan made a motion to dismiss this item of business with Michelle seconding the motion. The motion was then voted on and passed for dismissal.

Room moderator: This topic concerned the possibility of moderating the SLAA room 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. RickB suggested that doing a 24/7 moderating is burdensome and difficult to manage. Jonathan agreed and added that moderating the SLAA room between meetings might be the responsibility of everyone. TimF also did not agree with moderating 24/7 and included the idea of having better guidelines and methods of reporting problems. RickB called for a motion and TimF made a motion to dismiss moderating the SLAA room 24/7 at this time. Jonathan seconded this motion. A vote was taken and passed to drop the room moderator issue at this time.

Reporting and banning procedures: Michelle expressed that she disagreed with banning anyone from the rooms. Jonathan brought up the issue of members trying to act out with other members and how that affects the safety of all. Pony went on to say that deliberate disruption is unacceptable. TimF brought up the behavioral guidelines that have been posted for 4+ years along with the current procedures of banning procedures calling them an unfortunate necessity. TimF went on to say that the behavior guidelines could be made clearer by 'Logging' a problem. Irene explained the necessity that all need help. Barbara quoted from A.A's 12 & 12 page page 141 of Tradition 3. "….at last, experience taught us that to take an alcoholic's full chance was sometimes to pronounce his death sentence, and often to condemn him to endless misery. Who dared to be judge, jury and executioner of his own sick brother." Barbara also referred to Tradition 5. Each group has but one primary purpose to carry its message to the sex and love addict who still suffers. Congratulations were given to RickB for 27 years of sobriety from alcohol and drugs. Rick went on to say that one person could risk the recovery of many others. RickB suggested that we all pray on this issue and bring it up at the next SLAA meeting.

Before closing the meeting TimF reminded everyone to contact slaaonline@yahoo.com for new meeting items on discussion on pending issues. TimF then led the group in the Serenity Prayer.

Submitted by Vicki/VJ, Secretary