SLAA Online Group Conscience Business Meeting in #slaa2

Minutes for November 7th, 2023 at 12 noon ET

   

Lotus moderated the meeting

 

Serenity Prayer

 

Announcements

 

*Our Code of Ethics: 

To keep each of our meetings safe and productive, we:

Communicate our views honestly and respectfully on issues raised, especially controversial ones. We do not raise our voices, stoop to sarcasm, cuss, or try to bully others into our way of thinking.

Are tolerant when we differ. We share our meeting time fairly so that each of us has an equal opportunity to comment.

Are willing to put our egos aside when our opinions do not win favor with others. We are able to let go, trust our group conscience, and strive for the “unity and harmony that our Fellowship requires for the successful accomplishment of its primary purpose. Our service structure exists to support us” (per concept 6, from our draft ‘Framework for Living’) and works for the greater good.

Encourage one another by doing our part to maintain a safe and supportive atmosphere.

These points have proved to be our blueprint for success. We ask your cooperation in continuing these traditions as we work together in the coming months. Thank you for contributing your time and talents. Your Twelfth Step work is deeply appreciated!

(*used with permission from the Conference Literature Committee) (04/05/22)

 

Rules of Order:

Robert's Rules of Order are to be used in biz Meetings (3/11/99). Also: Please note how Robert’s rules of order are to be used: “In the interest of tackling all of the items on this agenda and allowing everyone the opportunity to speak on the extremely important topics, suggest the following format in this meeting: Each topic under New Business will begin with a motion being made: That motion will then either be seconded or set aside. Upon the motion being seconded, discussion will begin. During discussion, only friendly amendments will be accepted to the motion. An amendment will be considered a friendly amendment if the original provider of the motion concurs with the amendment. Everyone will be allowed one share on each motion presented. Each share will be limited to 3 minutes in length. The end of discussion will be the point at which a vote is taken. A vote was taken on following this format and the Motion passed. (2/15/07)

 

*** November is SLAA Gratitude Month! - SLAA FWS Flyer (pdf) ***

November is Gratitude Month

FELLOWSHIP-WIDE SERVICES (F.W.S.)

Every November, members of Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous are invited to acknowledge their gratitude to the Fellowship that has sustained their lives as recovering addicts. As a way of giving thanks, individuals, groups, and Intergroups are encouraged to contribute directly to FellowshipWide Services (F.W.S.). This is in keeping with Tradition Seven, which states that “Every S.L.A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.”

To share the impact such generosity makes on the Fellowship as a whole, Fellowship-Wide Services has outlined the services and responsibilities of the F.W.S. Office, supported by your contributions; and, how individuals, groups and Intergroups can contribute this November and throughout the year.

YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS SUPPORT:

S.L.A.A. Literature - Printing, Selling, Shipping, Translation, and Development of New Literature

Assistance - Helping groups, Intergroups, members, and newcomers succeed in our program

Outreach - Reaching out to institutions, prisons, and the public with education about S.L.A.A.

Connection - Facilitating the Annual Business Meeting and International Recovery Convention

Transparency - Meeting Bookkeeping and Legal Requirements, distributing the F.W.S. Newsletter

WAYS TO GIVE:

- directly to F.W.S. ONLINE at https://slaafws.org/donate 

- by PayPal account or Credit Card on our own 7th Tradition webpage https://slaaonline.org/money/ - Mark donation GRATITUDE MONTH

 

Approve November agenda - APPROVED 

Approve August minutes - APPROVED

Approve October minutes - APPROVED

Approve Treasurer's report (for July, August, September & October) - APPROVED

Read and review Liaison report - READ (posted in the meeting)

 

Op Applications

None

 

Old Business

Motion to approve Officers for mandate period July 2023 through June 2024 - APPROVED

Current accepted Officer nominations (no contested posts, so no election):

Chairperson: troy

Co-Chairperson: none

Secretary: none

Liaison Officer: Anne (co-opted)

Webmaster: troy

Co-Webmaster: Lotus

Treasurer: Lotus 

 

New Business

Motion from Lotus re PayPal etc: - Not addressed - TABLED

Motion: That the SLAA Online Treasurer be the responsible person for the group PayPal account taxes. This means the Treasurer supplying a personal TIN to PayPal and being personally liable for all tax on donations/income to the PayPal account. At the treasurer’s discretion, to offset any personal tax burden, a deduction of up to 28% of all donations/income to the group PayPal account can be forwarded to the Treasurer or any authorized individual acting as Treasurer, at the Treasurer’s discretion. The Treasurer is not required to give accounts to the group of any personal tax incurred or reimbursed.

A statement is to be added to the PayPal page of tax law changes as such:

*Changes in US Tax Law effective Jan 1st 2024 makes registering a responsible person’s TIN (Tax Identification Number) and liability for tax is compulsory. Donations will now be taxed at a rate of 28%. Securing a charitable contributions tax exempt status entails incorporation and legal complications that are not feasible for this small group to maintain.

Motivation: Changes in US Tax Law effective from January 1st 2024 makes registering a responsible person's TIN and liability for tax compulsory if group income exceeds $600 annually.

Group members should be notified that their donations will be taxed at a rate of 28% percent.

 

10 min Open Forum

No comments were made.

 

Serenity Prayer

 

Meeting adjourned