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Minutes of business meeting on Mon. November 15, 1999
The following was the net result of motions passed during the meeting:
Changing the wording in the opening scripts from "OPEN meeting" to
Further research and study on The SLAA Promises is needed by the Steering Committee before a recommendation can be given as to whether they will be added to the meetings or not
Establishing a regular meeting night for the Steering Committee
Evaluation of First Step meetings be handled by the Steering Committee
Meeting was opened by Maxine at 11:36pm EDT with the Serenity Prayer
5 Operators: georgew Kazu Maxine Robz Sassy
1 Non-Ops: skye
Georgew moved to accept the minutes of 10/15/99 as read.
Five (+) Zero (-) Zero (x) 5 of 6 needed. Motion passed.
Maxine began the meeting by calling for reports from the Steering and Web Committees. Sassy gave a presentation for the Steering Committee, outlining the following topics: 1. Recommended changing the wording in the opening scripts from "OPEN meeting" to "CLOSED meeting". 2. To establish a regular meeting night for the Steering committee. 3. Further research and study on The SLAA Promises is needed before a recommendation can be given as to whether they will be added to the meetings or not. The Web Committee report contained three major objectives: 1.) Improve our links page 2.) Design an auto-response email address for inquiries 3.) Publish our home page in other discreet recovery pages. Plans to revamp the current web site were also discussed by the Web Committee.
Maxine opened discussion on the first topic - changing the wording in the opening scripts from "OPEN meeting" to "CLOSED meeting". George clarified what is meant by 'closed meeting'. "We are calling our meetings "closed" because we do not allow anyone in the channel unless they are declared an addict. We are NOT an open meeting we only allow open sharing." said George. Maxine added that there are other 12 step meetings which are OPEN meetings that allow non-addicts to attend meetings to observe, but we do NOT allow those visitors for security reasons. She went on to say, "We have always had in the opening scripts that we are an OPEN meeting, meaning we are open to anyone desiring recovery from sex & love addiction, but we only allow addicts to attend. So in the terminology of other 12 step groups, we are a CLOSED meeting."
Gerogew moved that we adopt the concept of calling ourselves a closed meeting.
Four (+) One (-) One (x) 4 of 6 needed. Motion passed.
Next item up for bids was the further research and study on the SLAA Promises being done by the Steering Committee. All agreed that they be left with the steering committee until they make a recommendation.
Maxine moved that The Promises be left with the Steering Committee until a
recommendation is made.
Five (+) Zero (-) One (x) 5 of 6 needed. Motion passed.
Maxine opened discussion on establishing a regular meeting night for the Steering
committee. E-mail have been sent out asking for preferences for a date. A date
will be set when all data has been compiled. George commented that it would
possibly be preferable to have the steering committee meetings one week before
the regular business meetings. There was no vote needed on this topic because
the steering committee is awaiting final count on preferences from committee
members at this time.
On the agenda next was the matter of having FIRST STEP meetings. Prior discussion had been given on the idea of having these as speaker meetings, but a decision was never reached. Kazu raised many questions about this, stating that a first step is rather private for a new person to the program and should be done with one's sponsor, not in a group setting. George offered that first step shares be restricted to certain nights, allowing just one night a month for that. Maxine maintained her feelings on the subject, that a person's first step be done with their sponsor in private due to sometimes triggering parts of a first step. After more discussion, Maxine suggested giving this to the steering committee for further evaluation.
Maxine moved that evaluation of First Step meetings be given to the Steering
Four (+) One (-) One (x) 4 of 6 needed. Motion passed..
George moved that the meeting be closed
Five (+) Zero (-) Zero (x) 5 of 5 needed. Motion passed..
Maxine adjourned the meeting due to time.
Meeting was closed at 12:39am EDT with the Serenity Prayer.