Unofficial Trustee Agenda – Orlando 2018


The Orlando Agenda is being compiled via categories. This rolling agenda shows the items as they are added; however, the final version will show similar items grouped together. The Chairman of the Board of Trustees, may elect to pick specific items of the agenda to be heard out of the order in which they will be arranged, irrespective of when they were submitted. The final agenda and all other necessary documents will be available under the Meeting Materials link.
Please consult your Confidential Trustee Listing to contact any of the Trustees that have listed items in this or any other section. Let them know your thoughts about these items as they will be able to revise their items without limit and resubmit them up until 60 days prior to the next conference when the agenda will be finalized.


Category Entries Last Entry
Tabled From Cancun 2 7/31/18
Conference Bids 2 5/3/18
Items Up For 2nd Vote 15 7/31/18
New Business 37 8/14/18
Total Items on the Cancun Agenda 56 8/14/18

Tabled From Ontario

1. Step Change

Recovery Step Change: Replace entire Step

Current Version: Having made an effort to practice these principles in all our affairs, we tried to carry this message to other compulsive gamblers.

Proposed Version: Having a life changing experience as a result of working these steps, we carried the message of hope to the compulsive gambler who still suffers.

Butch G. – Area 3A


2. Discussion Item

Discussion Item – committee related

Discuss ways to improve GA telephone conference call meeting.

Steve F. – Area 1


Conference Bids


1. The Spring 2020 Conference is open for bids.
No bids were submitted for this conference in Cherry Hill or Ontario.


2. The Fall 2020 Conference is open for bids.
No bids were submitted for this conference in Ontario.


Items Up for Second Vote


1. Literature Change

Hosting An International Conference – Page 6, 3rd paragraph, 2nd sentence

Change percentage split in profits.

Current version: In the event of a profit during the Spring Conferences the profit will be divided with 65% going to GA ISO and 35% going to Gam Anon. In the event of a profit during the Fall Conferences, the profit will be divided with 80% going to GA ISO and 20% going to Gam Anon.

Proposed Version: Page 15, under paying the Bills, 3rd paragraph, 2nd sentence and Page 22, number 4, change percentage split in profits as follows; In the event of a profit during the Spring Conferences, the profit will be divided with 50% going to G.A.I.S.O., 30% going to Gam-Anon and 20% going to the Hosting Area. In the event of a profit during the Fall Conferences, the profit will be divided with 60% going to G.A.I.S.O., 20% going to Gam-Anon, and 20% going to the Hosting Area.

Herb B. – Area 5


2. New Literature

New Literature – First Vote – From Committee

Board of Trustees Intergroup Handbook Committee

To approve a new piece of literature – Gamblers Anonymous Intergroup Handbook

Attachment #TBA

Jo K. – Area 8D


3. Literature Change

From the Pressure Relief Review Committee:

Replace the Gamblers Anonymous Pressure Relief Group Meeting Flyer.

Attachment #TBA

Alan J. – Area 15


4. Literature Change

From the Pressure Relief Review Committee:

Replace the Gamblers Anonymous Pressure Relief Group Meeting Pamphlet with the Gamblers Anonymous Pressure Relief Workbook.

Attachment #TBA

Alan J. – Area 15


5. By-Laws – Article III – Section 6 – Directors

Add “…under special circumstances…”

Current version: Five (5) members of the Board of Regents shall constitute a quorum. The Board of Regents does not acknowledge proxies in any form. If a Board member resides within 200 miles from the International Service Office, physical attendance constitutes presence. For those residing outside of 200 miles a physical, telephonic or video conferencing attendance constitutes presence. A maximum of four (4) Regents residing outside of 200 miles of the International Service Office who do not physically attend meetings can be seated at one time.

Proposed version: Five (5) members of the Board of Regents shall constitute a quorum. The Board of Regents does not acknowledge proxies in any form. If a Board member resides within 200 miles from the International Service Office, physical attendance constitutes presence. For Board members residing within 200 miles, telephonic or video conferencing will constitute presence, Under special circumstances (Bold) if approved by a majority of the Board members in physical attendance. For those residing outside of 200 miles a physical, telephonic or video conferencing attendance constitutes presence. A maximum of four (4) Regents residing outside of 200 miles of the International Service Office who do not physically attend meetings can be seated at one time.

Jack R. for John C. – Area 1A


6. By-Laws – Article III – Section 7 – Directors

Add “…under special circumstances…”

Current Version: A Regent is automatically removed from office on missing two (2) consecutive regular board meetings or when any Regent has missed four (4) regular meetings during their two (2) year term inclusive of the mandatory June meeting immediately following the election of the Board of Regents, or for not maintaining regular attendance at G.A. meetings as prescribed by the Guidance Code.

Proposed Version: A Regent is automatically removed from office on missing two (2) consecutive regular board meetings or when any Regent has missed four (4) regular meetings during their two (2) year term inclusive of the mandatory June meeting immediately following the election of the Board of Regents, or for not maintaining regular attendance at G.A. meetings as prescribed by the Guidance Code. Under special circumstances (BOLD) absence from a Board meeting may be excused by a majority vote of the Board members in attendance.

Jack R. for John C. – Area 1A


7. By-Laws – Article VI – Voting – Section 2 – 1st Sentence

Replace the word conference with Board of Trustees Meeting

Current version: The Board of Regents of this Corporation shall be elected every two (2) years by the Board of Trustees at the Spring Conference. The term of office shall be for a period of two (2) years commencing July 1 of the odd years and ending June 30 of the next odd year.

Proposed version: The Board of Regents of this Corporation shall be elected every two (2) years by the Board of Trustees at the Spring Board of Trustees Meeting. The term of office shall be for a period of two (2) years commencing July 1 of the odd years and ending June 30 of the next odd year.

Mike R. – Area 6A for Andy R. – Area 13B


8. By-Laws – Article VI – Voting – Section 6 – 1st Section

Replace the word Conference with Board of Trustees Meeting

Current version: Sealed ballots will remain unopened in the “BALLOT” envelope, and will be handed to the Chairman of the Board of Trustees during the first session of the Trustee meeting of the Spring Conference.

Proposed version: Sealed ballots will remain unopened in the “BALLOT” envelope, and will be handed to the Chairman of the Board of Trustees during the first session of the Trustee meeting of the Spring Board of Trustees Meeting.

Mike R. – Area 6A for Andy R. – Area 13B


9. Guidance Code, Article VII, Section 3

Split Secretary and Treasurer. Modify election period and start date. Add rotation and note about treasurer. Plus additional wording additions, modifications, and deletions.

Current Version: Each group is self-governing however, by tradition each group should elect a SECRETARY-TREASURER (can be the same person), PRESSURE RELIEF GROUP CHAIRMAN, GROUP REPRESENTATIVE, PUBLIC RELATIONS REPRESENTATIVE, who will assume the workload necessary to keep the group together and in operation. Their term of service will be decided by each individual group. However, inasmuch as the International Service Office (I.S.O.) Fiscal operating year is July 1st through June 30th, it is suggested that group trusted servants (group representatives excepted) be elected for a six (6) month period with their term of service starting on January 1st and July 1st. It is further suggested that no secretary, treasurer, group representative, pressure relief group chairman, or public relations representative be elected that has not abstained from gambling for at least six (6) months, unless it is a brand new group. This suggestion is based upon experience.

Proposed Version: Each group is self-governing; however, by tradition, each group should elect a SECRETARY, TREASURER (can be the same person, only if a new room), PRESSURE RELIEF GROUP CHAIRMAN, GROUP REPRESENTATIVE(S), PUBLIC RELATIONS REPRESENTATIVE, who will collectively assume the workload necessary to keep the group together and in operation. A member can only be TREASURER for one (1) room at a time. It is suggested that group trusted servants be elected for a three (3), four (4) or six (6) month period, to be decided by each individual group. It is further suggested that no secretary, treasurer, group representative, pressure relief group chairman, or public relations representative be elected that has not abstained from gambling, for at least six (6) months, unless it is a brand new group. All positions should be rotated at the end of each term. This suggestion is based upon experience.

Passed 1st vote: 64 Yes | 17 No

David M. – Area 12


10. Guidance Code – Article VIII – Board of Trustees – Section 23 – 1st sentence

Replace the word Conference with Board of Trustees Meeting

Current version: The Board of Trustees shall elect the members of the Board of Regents at the Spring Conference of the odd years. The term of office shall be for a period of two (2) years commencing July 1 and ending June 30 of the next odd year. The Trustees should seek the guidance of the meetings in their area prior to the election.

Proposed version: The Board of Trustees shall elect the members of the Board of Regents at the Spring Board of Trustees Meeting of the odd years. The term of office shall be for a period of two (2) years commencing July 1 and ending June 30 of the next odd year. The Trustees should seek the guidance of the meetings in their area prior to the election.

Passed 1st vote: 83 Yes | 1 No

Mike R. – Area 6A for Andy R. – Area 13B


11. Guidance Code, Article IX, New Section 2. (renumber remaining current sections)

If the Chair is temporarily unable to carry out the duties and responsibilities required of that office, then the #1 Co-Chair will contemporaneously handle such issues, until the Chair is able to resume those same issues. Consent to do so, must be unanimously agreed upon by the remaining members of the Executive Board and the International Executive Secretary. If any Executive Board member is permanently unable to carry out the duties and responsibilities of their respective positions, all remaining Executive Board members will move up to the next higher position. An election for a new #2 Co-Chair will be held at the next physical Board of Trustees meeting to fill the resultant open position on the Executive Board.

Passed 1st vote: 82 Yes | 2 No

David M. – Area 12


12. Guidance Code – Article XIII – Board of Regents – Section 1 – 2nd sentence

Replace the word Conference with Board of Trustees Meeting

Current version: This Board shall be elected at the Spring Conference of the odd years. (Every 2 years).

Proposed version: This Board shall be elected at the Spring Board of Trustees Meeting of the odd years. (Every 2 years).

Passed 1st vote: 85 Yes | 0 No

Mike R. – Area 6A for Andy R. – Area 13B


13. Guidance Code – Article XIII – Board of Regents – Section 10 – 4th paragraph – 1st sentence

Replace the word Conference with Board of Trustees Meeting

Current version: Sealed ballots will remain unopened in the “BALLOT” envelope, and will be handed to the Chairman of the Board of Trustees during the first session of the Trustee meeting of the Spring Conference each odd year. Absentee ballots will be sent to the International Service Office (I.S.O.) and must be received in the envelope marked “BALLOT” no later than seven (7) days prior to the start of the Spring Trustees meeting. All ballots will be counted by three (3) former Trustees or former Regents prior to the end of the meeting. Any member who is a candidate shall be excluded from the ballot counting. The Chairman of the Board of Trustees will determine who will count the ballots.

Proposed version: Sealed ballots will remain unopened in the “BALLOT” envelope, and will be handed to the Chairman of the Board of Trustees during the first session of the Trustee meeting of the Spring Board of Trustees meeting each odd year. Absentee ballots will be sent to the International Service Office (I.S.O.) and must be received in the envelope marked “BALLOT” no later than seven (7) days prior to the start of the Spring Trustees meeting. All ballots will be counted by three (3) former Trustees or former Regents prior to the end of the meeting. Any member who is a candidate shall be excluded from the ballot counting. The Chairman of the Board of Trustees will determine who will count the ballots.

Passed 1st vote: 78 Yes | 1 No

Mike R. – Area 6A for Andy R. – Area 13B


14. Guidance Code – Article XVII – Area Location of Trustees – Section 2A

Change the 1st sentence to include increase in number of trustees allocated.

Current Version: To request a new geographical area, or a geographical realignment of an existing area, the following information must be received by the Chair of the Board of Trustees. This information must be received prior to the closing of the agenda in which the area wishes to be recognized.

Proposed Version: To request a new geographical area, a geographical realignment of an existing area, or to increase the allocation of Trustees to an area, the following information must be received by the Chair of the Board of Trustees. This information must be received prior to the closing of the agenda in which the area wishes to be recognized.

Passed 1st vote: 80 Yes | 3 No

Mike R. – Area 6A


15. Guidance Code – Article XVII – Area Location of Trustees – Section 2B

Create a section 2B

Current Version: None

Proposed Version: To request a reduction in the number of Trustees allocated to an area, the following information must be received by the Chair of the Board of Trustees. This information must be received prior to the closing of the agenda.

1. The submitter and/or presenter of the agenda item asking for a proposed reduction in the number of Trustees allocated to an area must have written documentation stating they are authorized to make the request for the area. Said documentation should include a letter from the local area Intergroups involved (if any).

2. A submitted agenda item with the reason for the reduction.

Passed 1st vote: 71 Yes | 6 No

Mike R. – Area 6A


New Business


1. Guidance Code Change

Guidance Code Article VII – Section IV

Add the word “physical” after (39).

Current Version: Abstinence from gambling and regular attendance of at least thirty-nine (39) Gamblers Anonymous meetings (exceptions can be made, via group conscience decisions, for medical reasons, and military stationed overseas) in the prior 12 months, by the member’s own admission, is required for pinnings and for all successive anniversaries. Date of abstinence starts from your first meeting after your last bet.

Proposed Version: Abstinence from gambling and regular attendance of at least thirty-nine (39) physical Gamblers Anonymous meetings (exceptions can be made, via group conscience decisions, for medical reasons, and military stationed overseas) in the prior 12 months, by the member’s own admission, is required for pinnings and for all successive anniversaries. Date of abstinence starts from your first meeting after your last bet.

Steve T. for Robert G. – Area 15


2. Discussion Item

Form a committee to more clearly define all the areas of Gamblers Anonymous on a global level.

David M. – Area 12


3. Unity Step

Unity Step 5 – Add the words “of hope” after its message

Current version: 5. Gamblers Anonymous has but one primary purpose – to carry its message to the compulsive gambler who still suffers

Proposed version: 5. Gamblers Anonymous has but one primary purpose – to carry its message of hope to the compulsive gambler who still suffers

Richie S. – Area 6


4. Discussion Item

I ask a vote to the assemble of the Trustees for validity of the attached item and others alike, That is about the agreement of the collaboration between Gamblers Anonymous and Emilia Romagna region, to establish if this agreement and others alike are against the steps of the unity and the guide lines.

Francesco E. – Area 25


5. Rules and Procedures

Section 10 – Discussions – New item

Show of hands

A show of hands will be allowed during any discussion, for the purpose of helping the person who has the floor to add additional foundation to the discussion. A show of hands will not be counted, is not considered a straw vote, will not be memorialized in any minutes and will not be an official position of the Board of Trustees.

David M. – Area 12


6. Guidance Code

Amendments defeated do not fall under 2-year rule.

Article VIII, Section 22

Insert after the word motion…in its final form

Current version: With the exception of items coming from a Board of Trustees committee, upon the defeat of a motion, any similar motion may not be brought up for a vote for a period of two (2) years.

Proposed version: With the exception of items coming from a Board of Trustees committee, upon the defeat of a motion in its final form, any similar motion may not be brought up for a vote for a period of two (2) years.

David M. – Area 12


7. Discussion Item

Form a committee to define areas of the Fellowship by counties or provinces.

David M. – Area 12


8. Literature Change

Remove ‘1st 40 years’ as approved and/or appropriate literature.

David M. – Area 12


9. Committee Related

Literature Committee

Change mission statement

Current: To encourage the creation of new Gamblers Anonymous literature, as needed, and to revise, edit and/or update existing Gamblers Anonymous literature.

Proposed: 1) – Encourage the creation of new Gamblers Anonymous literature, as needed, and to revise, edit and/or update existing Gamblers Anonymous literature.

2) – Update and maintain a listing for each publication of Gamblers Anonymous of changes that have been approved by the Board of Trustees, but not been incorporated into existing printed literature, because current supply numbers at the International Service Office do not warrant reprinting.

3) – Post this listing on the Trustee website for reference.

David M. – Area 12


10. Literature Change

The Gamblers Anonymous Step Meeting Handbook

Delete 2 sections:

Page 2-3, One Group’s Experience

Page 5-6, Once Group’s History

David M. – Area 12


11. Committee Related

New Literature

Pressure Relief Manual

Attachment #TBD

Alan J. – Area 15


12. Discussion Item

Is it appropriate that GA Hotline trusted servants provide callers with information concerning outside government-run gambling helplines whose counselors encourage harm reduction and enrollment in self-exclusion programs? Does doing so violate Unity Steps 6 and 10?

Glenn N. for Dave C. – Area 2A


13. Literature Change

Gamblers Anonymous Information Packet – “DO I NEED A SPONSOR?” section of the Letter to the New Gamblers Anonymous Member:

Add the words, “It is advisable, whenever possible, that the sponsor and the sponsored be the same gender.”

Current Version: First, you do the selecting of a sponsor based on several important points: You may be concerned about age, type of gambling he or she did, how much clean time he or she has, and perhaps most important, that you can communicate with them.

Proposed Version: First, you do the selecting of a sponsor based on several important points: You may be concerned about age, type of gambling he or she did, how much clean time he or she has, and perhaps most important, that you can communicate with them. It is advisable, whenever possible, that the sponsor and the sponsored be the same gender.

Glenn N. for Dave C. – Area 2A


14. Trustee Allocation

Area 19 – Argentina requests from the Gamblers Anonymous Board of Trustees the approval of 2 (two) additional Trustee positions.

Attachment #TBD

Elena D. – Area 19


15. Discussion Item

Allow a member to read their own therapy from a prepared writing.

Ira C. – Area 14


16. New Literature

Deem that Memorial Plaques can be displayed at a Gamblers Anonymous meeting as appropriate literature.

Ira C. – Area 14


17. New Literature

Allow a member to read a card or letter from a loved one during their therapy as appropriate literature.

Ira C. – Area 14


18. Discussion Item

Would it serve the fellowship to form a committee specifically tasked with formally defining the relationship between Gamblers Anonymous and Gam-Anon, including whether or not there should be changes in the guidance code and other approved GA literature? At present, there are many ambiguities in this relationship which have led to arguments both among GA members and between GA members and Gam-Anon members. The fellowship should be going in one direction whatever that direction might be.

Jack R. – Area 1A


19. Rules and Procedures

Rules and Procedures – Combo Book Section

Current Version: Combo Book Agenda Items can only be submitted in the Fall of Odd Years.

Proposed Version: Combo Book Agenda Items may be submitted at any time.

Ronny W. – Area 17


20. Discussion Item

Is entering a lottery to obtain permit for National Park or State Park camping/hiking considered gambling. (Several members lost opportunity to participate in family vacation experiences due to permit lottery policies on overcrowded trails and campsites as they felt it was considered gambling by our combo book definition.

Bob C. – Area 3A


21. Committee Related

Recommend creating a committee to incorporate the DSM-5 Criteria for Gambling Disorder into our GA approved literature. This would include reviewing the latest research on pathological gambling.

Bob C. and Ben S. – Area 3A


22. Literature Change

Gamblers Anonymous Information Packet – “DO I NEED A SPONSOR?” section of the Letter to the New Gamblers Anonymous Member:

Add the words, “It is advisable, whenever possible, that the sponsor and the sponsored be the same gender.”

Current Version: First, you do the selecting of a sponsor based on several important points: You may be concerned about age, type of gambling he or she did, how much clean time he or she has, and perhaps most important, that you can communicate with them.

Proposed Version: First, you do the selecting of a sponsor based on several important points: You may be concerned about age, type of gambling he or she did, how much clean time he or she has, and perhaps most important, that you can communicate with them. It is advisable, whenever possible, that the sponsor and the sponsored be the same gender.

Glenn N. for Dave C. – Area 2A


23. Literature Change

Guidance Code Article VII, Groups, Section 1

Change “Gamblers Anonymous’ Guidance Code and limit” to read “the Gamblers Anonymous Guidance Code and the Gamblers Anonymous Group Handbook, limiting”.

Current Version: Whenever two or more persons with a desire to stop gambling meet together on a regular, weekly scheduled basis to discuss their gambling problem, they will be known as a group, only if they commit themselves to follow Gamblers Anonymous’ Guidance Code and limit their use, display and distribution to only approved and appropriate Gamblers Anonymous literature. They are also to notify the International Service Office (I.S.O.) of their existence.

Proposed Version: Whenever two or more persons with a desire to stop gambling meet together on a regular, weekly scheduled basis to discuss their gambling problem, they will be known as a group, only if they commit themselves to follow the Gamblers Anonymous Guidance Code and the Gamblers Anonymous Group Handbook, limiting their use, display and distribution to only approved and appropriate Gamblers Anonymous literature. They are also to notify the International Service Office (I.S.O.) of their existence.

Glenn N. for Dave C. – Area 2A


24. Discussion Item

Is it appropriate that GA Hotline trusted servants provide callers with information concerning outside government-run gambling helplines whose counsellors encourage harm reduction and enrollment in self-exclusion programs? Does doing so violate Unity Steps 6 and 10?

Glenn N. for Dave C. – Area 2A


25. Discussion Item

The same way there are meetings labeled women’s preferred, or any other “preferred ” meetings, how about under 30 preferred?

Steve C. for Dan A. – Area 6


26. Rules and Procedures

Section 18 – Literature – Combo Book Section

Current Version: First votes on Combo Book changes will only be accepted on the Agenda during the Fall Trustee meeting of the odd years.

Proposed Version: First votes on Combo Book changes will only be accepted on the Agenda for the Fall Trustee meetings.

Mike R. – Area 6A


27. New Literature

To accept as appropriate literature silicone bracelet saying One Day At A Time.

Attachment #TBD

Bob F. – Area 6


28. Discussion Item

Discuss the feasibility of changing the Guidance Code to no longer printing the Guidance Code by the International Service Office every two years and make a live document free to all, which will be available on the Trustee Website and maintained by the Trustee Website Committee.

Anita R. for Karen H. – Area 1B


29. Literature Change

Group Handbook – Page 11

Add Gamblers Anonymous – Gam-Anon Combined Meeting and its description (description below in proposed version is copied from the “A New Beginning” ISO book 5th Edition, March 2007)

Current Version: Page 11 under heading Open Meetings, Closed Meetings and Modified Closed Meetings

Proposed Version: Change heading to read, “Open Meetings, Closed Meetings, Modified Closed Meetings and Combined Meetings”

Current Version: No description exists for combined meetings.

Proposed Version: Add the following to the end of the first paragraph. A Gamblers Anonymous – Gam-Anon combined meeting, unlike and open meeting but similar, where the Gamblers Anonymous group and the Gam-Anon group join for the purpose of increased understanding between Fellowships. There are two chairpersons – one from Gamblers Anonymous, one from Gam-Anon. Excerpts from Gamblers Anonymous and Gam-Anon literature are read; first one, then the other. The meeting itself is held under the exact conditions as if they were being held separately. There are many variables as far as speakers are concerned. The presiding chairperson can alternate speakers, one for Gamblers Anonymous, one for Gam-Anon or two Gamblers Anonymous speakers in a row, and then two Gam-Anon speakers in a row, or if agreed upon in advance, one-half of the meeting for Gamblers Anonymous and the other half of the meeting for Gam-Anon. The main purpose of the meeting is the same as any other Gamblers Anonymous or Gam-Anon meeting, but by holding them together, the individual Gamblers Anonymous or Gam-Anon members have the opportunity to learn and understand more about the respective programs.

Lenny S. – Area 3D


30. Discussion Item

Is there value in social events (those outside of meeting times that are run by Intergroup or a social chair)? Are they strictly to benefit a sense of fellowship or should they be used to raise money for ISO/Intergroup/Trustee funds? What are some successful events that have worked in other areas?

Beth Z. – Area 2


31. Discussion Item

When a trustee becomes aware of a room that has a disruptive member and the trusted servants of the room aren’t willing or able to confront this person what are the trustee responsibilities? By disruptive person, I don’t mean someone who does something against the guidance code but someone who hijacks the meeting by talking too long, cross-talking or sharing about non-recovery issues. It is a gray area and as a trustee are we required to step in for the health of the fellowship, even if it isn’t our regular meeting? If so, I am looking for recommendations or examples from other areas.

Beth Z. – Area 2


32. Discussion Item

What should a trustee do when a room in their Area hoards too much money? In some cases the trusted servants don’t rotate and the amount of money in the treasury is too much. They don’t donate to Intergroup or ISO. Do other areas have this issue and what have they done with or without success?

Beth Z. – Area 2


33. Literature Change

Gamblers Anonymous Working the Steps Pamphlet – page 11, step 11, paragraph 2 , sentence 2

Change: visual to vital

Current version: then most felt unworthy, ashamed and cut off from the visual contact.

Proposed version: then most felt unworthy, ashamed and cut off from the vital contact.

Stacey A. for William C. – Area 11


34. Past Board of Trustee Decision

Rescind the following resolution (Item Number 8) that was passed at the 1992 Montreal Trustee Meeting:

Resolved:
• Whereas: Gamblers Anonymous Open Meetings commonly include Gam-Anon members;
• Whereas: Gamblers Anonymous Intergroup meetings commonly reserve a portion of time in which Gam-Anon members are invited to discuss matters of interest to both groups
• Whereas: Gamblers Anonymous Step Meetings are often Open Meetings in which Gam-Anon members are welcome to attend and participate
• Whereas: Gamblers Anonymous social functions and Conferences are commonly co-hosted with Gam-Anon members;
• Whereas: Gamblers Anonymous Hot Lines commonly serve both G.A. and Gam-Anon, with each group sharing the financial burden;
• Whereas: Gamblers Anonymous has a responsibility to make new members aware of the existence of Gam-Anon and does so through our literature;
• Therefore: The Board of Trustees of Gamblers Anonymous does not perceive any of the above to violate any Step of the Gamblers Anonymous Unity Program

Jack R. – Area 1A


35. Discussion Item

Should The BOT Meet less Frequently?

Ernie N. – Area 8A


36. Guidance Code

GUIDANCE CODE – ARTICLE X – SECTION 2

Current Version: All groups in a geographical area should belong to the Intergroup, but no group can be expelled from an Intergroup without approval of the Board of Trustees.

Proposed version: All groups must belong to the intergroup within the closest geographical area they are located, but no group can be expelled from an intergroup without approval of the Board of Trustees

Alan J. – Area 15


37. Discussion Item

It was brought to my attention by a member at one of our meetings telling me that our South Jersey intergroup meeting, Peter K., First co-chair of the Board of Trustees, had resigned as Trustee because at recent International Board of Trustees conference, it was voted that Executive Board members could not be Trustees, anymore, at the same time of being the Three top positions in the Board of Trustees.

I have gotten a different explanation by the Chairman of the Board of Trustees. So I’m bringing this issue because I don’t know how can an ex-Trustee be nominated, be re-elected and be in his or her duties not being a present Trustee.

Freddy S. – Area 12