Unofficial Trustee Agenda – Louisville 2019


The Louisville 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
Rules and Procedures 2 2/25/19
Tabled From Orlando 1 2/3/19
Items Up For 2nd Vote 4 2/3/19
Elections 4 2/16/19
Conference Bids 3 2/3/19
New Business 58 3/14/19
Total Items on the Louisville Agenda 71 3/14/19

Rules and Procedures


1.  Rules and Procedures

Rules and Procedures, Section 24, Motions, new item
Motions may be made on any item on the agenda, irrespective of how the item is listed, except when specifically outlined otherwise in the Rules and Procedures. The motion must be relevant to the item under consideration.

David M. – Area 12, New Jersey


2. Rules and Procedures

Rules and Procedures, Section 8, Conference (International), new item

The Conference Oversight and Assistance Committee will be responsible for conference and Trustee only meeting reports at all Trustee meetings. The committee chair will have 5 minutes to present each event without interruption, other than points of order, followed by 5 minutes of discussion. The committee chair may yield to other responsible parties for each event. Discussion time can be extended by additional 5-minute segments.

David M. – Area 12, New Jersey



Tabled From Orlando

1. Tabled From Orlando

Other Literature

Group Handbook – Page 11, Add Gamblers Anonymous – Gam-Anon Combined Meeting and its description (description below in the 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 an 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.

Motion to accept above.

Motion to table. Passed

Motion is pending.

Lenny S. – Area 3D, Arizona & New Mexico


Items Up for Second Vote


1. 2nd Vote

Guidance Code

Amendments defeated do not fall under the 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.

Approved 87 Against 6  –  93.5% Margin

David M. – Area 12, New Jersey


2. 2nd Vote

Guidance Code

Re-write the Guidance Code, Article XX, Section 5

Current version: The Guidance Code shall be reprinted, at least every other year if any change has been made. Copies shall be sent to all Gamblers Anonymous groups, each member of the Board of Trustees and each member of the Board of Regents.

Proposed version: Approximately 60 days after each Board of Trustees meeting, the International Executive Secretary or a person designated by the I.E.S., will provide the Trustee Website Committee chair with all revisions to the Guidance Code. Such revised copies will be posted to the Trustee Website. These copies will be deemed Gamblers Anonymous approved literature and may be downloaded and distributed to all interested parties.

Approved 68 Against 3  –  95.8% Margin

Anita R. for Karen H. – Area 1, Los Angeles


3. 2nd Vote

Other Literature

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, Massachusetts


4. 2nd Vote

New Literature – Pressure Relief Manual

Attachment to be added

Alan J. – Area 15, New York


Elections


1.  Board of Regents election


2. Chair of the Board of Trustee. election


3. 1st Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees election


4. 2nd Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees election


Conference Bids


1. The Spring 2020 Conference is open for bids.

No bids were submitted during the Spring 2018 Cancun Trustee meeting

No bids were submitted during the Fall 2018 Orlando Trustee meeting

If no bids are submitted during the Spring 2019 Louisville Trustee meeting, the 2020 Spring Conference we become a 2020 Spring Trustee meeting.


2. The Fall 2020 Conference is open for bids.

New York Intergroup was originally awarded this conference.  However, subsequent to the Orlando Trustee meeting, the bid was withdrawn by New York.  This will be the 2nd time a request for a conference bid is being made.


3. The Spring 2021 Conference is open for bids


New Business


1. Combo Book

Page 14 of the Yellow Book. First paragraph. Include “bowling leagues”.

Current Version: Does this mean I can’t even participate in a little penny-ante game or a world series pool?

It means exactly that. A stand has to be made somewhere and Gamblers Anonymous members have found the first bet is the one to avoid, even though it may be as little as matching for a cup of coffee. This includes Internet gambling, bingo, the stock market, commodities, options, buying or playing lottery tickets, raffle tickets, flipping a coin, fantasy sports or entering the office sports pool.

Proposed version: Does this mean I can’t even participate in a little penny-ante game or a world series pool?

It means exactly that. A stand has to be made somewhere and Gamblers Anonymous members have found the first bet is the one to avoid, even though it may be as little as matching for a cup of coffee. This includes Internet gambling, bingo, the stock market, commodities, options, buying or playing lottery tickets, raffle tickets, flipping a coin, fantasy sports, bowling leagues or entering the office sports pool.

Stuart B. – Area 14, Long Island, New York


2. Committee Related

Create an ad-hoc committee tasked with formally defining the relationship between Gamblers Anonymous and Gam-Anon, including, but not limited to, whether our relationship with Gam-Anon should be more formalized and subsequently addressed in the Guidance Code, Group Handbook, and any other GA-approved literature. This committee will then present its findings and recommendations to the Board of Trustees as a whole

Jack R. – Area 1A, Orange County, California


3. Committee-Related

Discuss Ways to improve and grow the telephone conference call.

Steve F. – Area 1, Los Angeles, California


4. Literature

On page 1 of the Stock Market, Retirement Accounts and Gamblers Anonymous booklet, in the first paragraph, change page 17 to page 14, and change grammar from “this includes the stock market…” to “this includes…the stock market…”

Current Version: Gamblers Anonymous does not advocate involvement in the stock market. On Page 17 of the combo book, it states “don’t gamble for anything, this includes the stock market…”

Proposed Version:  Gamblers Anonymous does not advocate involvement in the stock market. On Page 14 of the combo book it states “don’t gamble for anything, this includes…the stock market…”

Steve F. – Area 1, Los Angeles, California


5. Committee-Related 

Propose Using zoom to fulfill both Phone and Virtual video meeting Formats.

Bernard Z. – Area 9, Michigan


6. I.S.O. Procedures

A Recommendation to add as part of the procedure of a new GA Room starting the following:

Basic contact information for a Trustee from their area or of an adjoining area so that they have support should be within the Starter package.

Bernard Z. – Area 9, Michigan


7. ISO Procedures

A Recommendation to add as part of the procedure of a new GA Room starting the following:

When a Starter kit for a new GA room is sent out, the Trustee for that area should receive information, including the contact information for the person starting the meeting.

Bernard Z. – Area 9, Michigan


8. Combo Book Change

Combo book PG. 17 #7

Current Version: We encourage every Gamblers Anonymous member to have a Pressure Relief Group Meeting as it offers guidance toward a normal way of thinking and living. The Pressure Relief Group Meeting may help alleviate legal, financial, employment and personal pressures. Adherence to it will aid in your recovery.

Proposed Version: We encourage every Gamblers Anonymous member to have a Pressure Relief Group Meeting as it offers guidance toward a normal way of thinking and living. The Pressure Relief Group Meeting may help alleviate, financial, employment and personal pressures. Adherence to it may aid in your recovery.

Alan J. – Area 15, New York


9. Guidance Code

Guidance Code, Article X, Intergroup Guidelines, New #15 moving current #15 to #16.

An Intergroup cannot enact any provisions that are stricter than what is covered in the Guidance Code or any related Gamblers Anonymous approved literature. If any changes to our literature are made subsequent to existing provisions in a local area’s rules in any form, such local provisions must be modified to ensure that they are not stricter.

David M. – Area 12, New Jersey


10. Guidance Code

Discussion item: In Article VII section 4 of the Guidance Code requirers Abstinence from Gamling and attendance of at least 39 Gamblers Anonymous meetings in the prior 12 months by the members own admission for pinnings and all successive anniversaries.

Can a room allow a person to chair a meeting for their anniversary(birthday), as long as they do list on the area calendar?
 
Alan J. – Area 15, New York

11. Guidance Code

Guidance Code, Article XVIII, Section 7
Change “odd” to “even”
Current version: Election for the Chair of the Board of Trustees and any other officer of the Board of Trustees will take place at the first physical meeting in the odd year. Current trusted servants carry on until trusted servants are elected.
 
Proposed version: Election for the Chair of the Board of Trustees and any other officer of the Board of Trustees will take place at the first physical meeting in the even year. Current trusted servants carry on until trusted servants are elected.

(This change will take effect after the first physical meeting in 2020)

David M. – Area 12, New Jersey

12. Committee Related

Proposed: Form a standing committee of the Board of Trustees entitled “Meeting Removal Merit Panel”. Its purpose will be to guide groups and Intergroups on how to address the issue of non-adherence to the Guidance Code and/or other Trustee decisions per Article VII, Section 1 and Article VIII, Section 1A of the Guidance Code.

Jack R. – Area 1A, Orange County, California

13. Appropriate Literature 

Add the attached “proposed” Newcomers Reading as appropriate literature that can be read at any meeting with a newcomer attending their first meeting.

Bob C. – Area 3A, San Diego

14. Other Literature

Discussion Item: Would it be possible to add the universal accessibility logo to our u.s. and international meetings on the ISO website?

Anne D. – Area 5B, Quebec, Canada

15. Guidance Code

Discuss G.A. Approved and Appropriate literature.

Steve F. – Area 1, Los Angeles, California

16. Group Procedures

Can a room use excess money collected to have a group dinner?

Alan J. – Area 15, New York


17. Guidance Code

Guidance Code, Article VII – Groups, Section 1A

Add to the end: if there are no other meetings in that area on the same day.

Current Version: Meetings may be classified as special interest meetings; such as “Women Preferred,” “Gay/Lesbian Preferred,” “Men Preferred,” etc. but no meeting can exclude other Gamblers Anonymous members who wish to attend who don’t match the room preference.

Proposed Version: Meetings may be classified as special interest meetings; such as “Women Preferred,” “Gay/Lesbian Preferred,” “Men Preferred,” etc. but no meeting can exclude other Gamblers Anonymous members who wish to attend who don’t match the room preference, if there are no other meetings in that area on the same day.

Hamid N. – Area 15, New York


18. Combo Book

Combo Book, Page 17, Item 2, 1st sentence.

Include the words “and/or text” in the first sentence.

Current Version: Telephone other members as often as possible between meetings.

Proposed version: Telephone and or text other members as often as possible between meetings.

Clair W. – Area 2B – Sacramento, California


19. Guidance Code

Guidance Code, Article VII, Section 4.

Remove the comma after “for medical reasons”.

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) 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.

Mike R. – Area 6A, Northern Florida


20. Intergroup Procedures

Does the Executive Board have the sole right to remove an Intergroup without the matter being brought before the entire BOT?

John F. – Area 12, New Jersey


21. Request for Committee

Request a committee to audit the guidance code.

Lorenzo T. – Area 12, New Jersey


22. Group Procedures

How do you feel about tough love in the G.A. Fellowship?

Alan J. – Area 15, New York, for Marshall R. – Area 12, New Jersey


23. Other Literature

Update and Approve Pressure Relief Financial Forms on CD to match the current Pressure Relief Financial Forms recently approved.

Alan J. – Area 15, New York


24. Other Literature

Create new CD to replicate Pressure Relief Financial Forms (from Pressure Relief Workbook)

Alan J. – Area 15, New York


25. Room Procedures

Is it possible for a member not in physical attendance at a meeting to take part in the meeting via phone?

Claire W.  for Vicki J. Area 2B, Sacramento


26. BOT Procedures

Is the executive board of trustees purely an administration function or more? If more, who, what, and where do they establish these guidelines?

Gary S. – Area 12, New Jersey


27. BOT Procedures

What is the BOT supposed to do about geographic areas in the US and Canada that are not claimed by any existing and bordering areas?

David M. – Area 12, New Jersey


28. Combo Book

Change numbering order on page 17 of the Combo Book

Current Version: Item Order: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
Proposed Version: Item Order: 1,2,3,5,6,7,8,4

Claire W. for Anne M. – Area 2B, Sacramento


29. Group Procedures

There are rooms that allow members to celebrate that by her own admission have not attended 39 meetings. is this an issue in your area? How do you feel about this?

Alan J. – Area 15  for Marshall R. – Area 12


30. Guidance Code

It states in our Guidance Code:
Article VIII – Board of Trustees, Section 1:
The Fellowship shall be guided by a Board of Trustees who are members of Gamblers Anonymous and have completely abstained from gambling for a period of two (2) years and have had regular attendance at Gamblers Anonymous meetings, both by their own admission. Board of Trustees defines regular attendance for International officers as having attended a minimum of thirty-nine (39) meetings per year, by the member’s own admission. This does not include Intergroup meetings or picnics but does include Birthday meetings. This Board shall not exceed as many Trustees as necessary by the Board of Trustees.

Article X – Intergroup Guidelines, Section 5 Functions of Intergroup:
15. An Intergroup does not have the right to set stricter requirements and responsibilities, pertaining to the election of Trustees, other than those which are contained in either the Guidance Code or the Responsibilities of International Trustees of Gamblers Anonymous, as listed in the Gamblers Anonymous Information Packet.

Does adding the word “weekly” to “thirty-nine (39) (weekly) meetings per year” or adding the phrase “Attendance at a minimum of 27 meetings per year, in Area “number” recognized meetings.” in an Intergroups By-Laws/Guidance Code make electing a Trustee from that area more restrictive?

Andy R. – Area 13B, South Jersey


31. Guidance Code

Should an Intergroup be removed as a recognized Intergroup of Gamblers Anonymous for blatant violations of the Gamblers Anonymous Guidance Code?

Andy R. – Area 13B, South Jersey


32. Steps

Unity Step 6, Change “property and prestige” to “property or prestige”

Current version: Gamblers Anonymous ought never endorse, finance or lend the Gamblers Anonymous name to any related facility or outside enterprise lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.

Proposed version: Gamblers Anonymous ought never endorse, finance or lend the Gamblers Anonymous name to any related facility or outside enterprise lest problems of money, property or prestige divert us from our primary purpose.

Clair W. – Area 2B, Sacramento for Teri M.


33. Combo Book

Combo book, Page 17, item 6, second sentence.

Add “and unity” to the end of the sentence

Current version: Sponsorship gives an opportunity for members to work on a one-on-one basis to achieve recovery by sharing, practicing, and working the 12 steps of recovery.

Proposed version: Sponsorship gives an opportunity for members to work on a one-on-one basis to achieve recovery by sharing, practicing and working the 12 steps of recovery and unity

Clair W. – Area 2B, Sacramento for Teri M.


34. Guidance Code

Nullify Area 12 Trustee elections that were held last year.
A clause was added to the Intergroup’s Guidance Code that “Attendance at a minimum of 27 meetings per year, in Area 12 recognized meetings.” This was done for the purpose of obstructing a single member from running for a Trustee position.

As per the Gamblers Anonymous Guidance Code, the Trustee election from Area 12 was in violation as per

Article X – Intergroup Guidelines, Section 5, Functions of Intergroup:
15. An Intergroup does not have the right to set stricter requirements and responsibilities, pertaining to the election of Trustees, other than those which are contained in either the Guidance Code or the Responsibilities of International Trustees of Gamblers Anonymous, as listed in the Gamblers Anonymous Information Packet.

Andy R. – Area 13B, South Jersey


35. Guidance Code

Should we do away with the Gamblers Anonymous Guidance Code?

Andy R. – Area 13B, South Jersey


36. – Group Procedures

Does a Group have the right to violate the Gamblers Anonymous Guidance Code? If not, what can be done and by what process and by whose authority?

Andy R. – Area 13B, South Jersey


37. Intergroup Procedures

Does an Intergroup have the right to violate the Gamblers Anonymous Guidance Code? If not, what can be done and by what process and by whose authority?

Andy R. – Area 13B, South Jersey


38. Combo Book

Combo book, page 16, question number 18, change the first word from “Do” to “Did.”

Current Version:  Do arguments, disappointments or frustrations create within you an urge to gamble?

Proposed Version:  Did arguments, disappointments or frustrations create within you an urge to gamble?

David T. – Area 6A, North/Central Florida


39. Group Procedures

Rotation of meeting chairperson
There are meetings that have the same person chairing the meeting every week.
How do feel about this and does it go against Group Handbook which states Secretary is there to facilitate the meeting?

Alan J. – Area 15 for Marshall R. – Area 12


40. Guidance Code

Guidance Code, page 16, Article X, International Guidelines, number 15. Delete entire paragraph.

Current version: An Intergroup does not have the right to set stricter requirements and responsibilities, pertaining to the election of Trustees, other than those which are contained in either the Guidance Code or the Responsibilities of International Trustees of Gamblers Anonymous, as listed in the Gamblers Anonymous Information Packet.

John F. – Area 12, New Jersey


41. Guidance Code

Guidance Code: Article III – Objects, Section 1, rewrite entire section

Current Version: The specific and primary purposes for which this Fellowship is formed are as follows:
1. To contact compulsive gamblers no matter where they may be and help them overcome a gambling problem.
2. To carry the message of Gamblers Anonymous to the compulsive gambler who still suffers, through the medium of personal contact, telephone, mail, newspapers, films, radio, television, houses of worship, charitable organizations, service clubs, Internet and by whatever dignified method that is approved by the Board of Trustees within the framework of the Unity Program.
3. To distribute Gamblers Anonymous literature to compulsive gamblers and to any person, organization or institution which desires some.
4. To encourage interest and knowledge of the activities and program of Gamblers Anonymous with the peace officers, educational institutions, penal institutions, judges, probation officers, parole officers, doctors, newspapers, motion picture companies, radio broadcasting companies, television broadcasting companies, houses of worship, charitable organizations and service clubs of the world.

Proposed Version: The specific primary purpose for which this Fellowship is formed:
GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS HAS BUT ONE PRIMARY PURPOSE – TO CARRY ITS MESSAGE TO THE COMPULSIVE GAMBLER WHO STILL SUFFERS.
Personal direction and purpose of life are often different for each of us but hopefully, we shall remember that the one common bond of responsibility that we share on a group level is to carry the message of hope to the compulsive gambler who still suffers. It should be noted that the suffering compulsive gambler can be sitting next to you at your meeting as well as those who have never heard of Gamblers Anonymous.
Reaching compulsive gamblers is a major goal around which the members of Gamblers Anonymous gather in unity. The perpetuation of the Fellowship depends on the practice of this principle.
The reason for this singleness of purpose is to maximize the efficiency of the Fellowship’s efforts to carry its message to suffering compulsive gamblers, in or outside of the Fellowship. The gift of recovery works best when it is shared.
Gamblers Anonymous should:
1. Carry the message of Gamblers Anonymous to the compulsive gambler who still suffers, through the medium of personal contact, telephone, mail, newspapers, films, radio, television, houses of worship, charitable organizations, service clubs, the Internet and by whatever dignified method that is approved by the Board of Trustees within the framework of the Unity Program.
2. Distribute Gamblers Anonymous literature to compulsive gamblers and to any person, organization or institution which desires some.
3. Encourage interest and knowledge of the activities and program of Gamblers Anonymous with the peace officers, educational institutions, penal institutions, judges, probation officers, parole officers, doctors, newspapers, motion picture companies, radio broadcasting companies, television broadcasting companies, houses of worship, charitable organizations and service clubs of the world.

Walter G. – Area 12, New Jersey


42. Guidance Code

Guidance Code Article VIII – Board of Trustees Section 8:
Add the second sentence: “If an item in the guidance code is determined that it is not consistent with the RECOVERY or UNITY steps that item should be deleted from the guidance code.”

Current: The Board of Trustees shall act as guardians of the Twelve Steps of RECOVERY and the Twelve Step UNITY PROGRAM and must be guided by these precepts in all their decisions.

Proposed: The Board of Trustees shall act as guardians of the Twelve Steps of RECOVERY and the Twelve Step UNITY PROGRAM and must be guided by these precepts in all their decisions. If an item in the guidance code is determined that it is not consistent with the RECOVERY or UNITY steps that item should be deleted from the guidance code.

Walter G. – Area 12, New Jersey


43. Guidance Code

Gamblers Anonymous Guidance Code: Page 7, Article VIII Board of Trustees. Section 1. Change in paragraph 1, sentence 6 to 39 WEEKLY meetings per year.

Current version: The fellowship shall be guided by a board of trustees who are members of Gamblers Anonymous and have completely abstained from gambling for a period of 2 years and have had regular attendance at Gamblers Anonymous meetings, both by their own admission. Board of Trustees defines regular attendance for International officers as having attended a minimum of thirty-nine(39)meetings per year, by the members own admission.

Proposed version: The fellowship shall be guided by a board of trustees who are members of Gamblers Anonymous and have completely abstained from gambling for a period of 2 years and have had regular attendance at Gamblers Anonymous meetings, both by their own admission. Board of Trustees defines regular attendance for International officers as having attended a minimum of thirty-nine(39) weekly meetings per year, by the members own admission.

Ted S. – Area 12, New Jersey


44. Guidance Code

Gamblers Anonymous Guidance Code: Page 6, Article VII Groups, Section 4. Change in paragraph 1, sentence 1 to 39 WEEKLY Gamblers Anonymous meetings per year.

Current version: Abstinence from gambling and regular attendance of at least Thirty-nine (39) Gamblers Anonymous meetings,

Proposed version: Abstinence from gambling and regular attendance of at least Thirty-nine (39) weekly Gamblers Anonymous meetings,

Ted S. Area 12, New Jersey


45. Committee Related

Form a committee to create literature for a Greeter position in the rooms.

Stuart B. – Area 14, Long Island


46. Group Procedures

How should we handle threats of physical harm in the rooms?

Ira C. – Area 14, Long Island


47. – Group Procedures

Instead of the current way of reading the 20 questions to the new member and having him/her answer out loud, why not ask them the questions, have them answer to themselves and then tell how many were answered yes.
 
Stuart B. – Area 14, Long Island

48. Group Procedures
 
Should the 20 questions be asked of returnees? What about returnees that come back each week having gambled?
 
Ira C. – Area 14, Long Island

49. Group Procedures
 
If a member doesn’t attend meetings for more than a year, should they be able to keep their abstinence date when they return? In other words, a member with 17 years does not attend meetings for 3 years. He returns and attends the required 39 meetings. Can he now celebrate 21 years at his next anniversary?
 
Maury C. – Area 14, Long Island

50. Combo Book
 
Combo Book, Page 15, Question 10. Add “this includes credit cards”

Current Version: Did you ever borrow to finance your gambling?

Proposed Version: Did you ever borrow (this includes credit cards) to finance your gambling?

Stuart B. – Area 14, Long Island

51. Group Procedures
 
Should there be a minimal attendance requirement for a member to celebrate 90 days of Abstinence in G.A.? What is done in your area?
 
Alan J. – Area 15, Long Island for Marshall R. – Area 12 New Jersey

52. BOT Procedures
 
Area 3, Southern Nevada requests to change the number of Trustees allocated from 4 (four) Trustees to 6 (six) Trustees.
 
Mark S. – Area 3, Southern Nevada

53. Guidance Code
 
Guidance Code: Article VIII section 18, paragraph 1, sentence 3. Change absentee ballots from all trustees, will count as attendance at the Board of Trustees physical meetings.

Current version: Any Trustee that misses two (2) consecutive Board meetings is automatically removed from The Board of Trustees and the area in which he or she serves shall be duly notified to hold an election for that vacant Trustee position. A quick response meeting will count for attendance at The Board of Trustees meeting. Absentee ballots from Board of Trustees members from areas outside The USA and Canada will count as attendance at the Board of Trustees physical meetings.

Proposed version: Any Trustee that misses two (2) consecutive Board meetings is automatically removed from The Board of Trustees and the area in which he or she serves shall be duly notified to hold an election for that vacant Trustee position. A quick response meeting will count for attendance at The Board of Trustees meeting. All Absentee ballots from Board of Trustees members, will count as attendance at the Board of Trustees physical meetings.
 
Ted S. – Area 12, New Jersey

54. – Guidance Code
 
Guidance Code: Article VIII section 18, paragraph 1, sentence 3. Change to: Absentee ballots from No trustees, will count as attendance at the Board of Trustees physical meetings.
 
Current version: Any Trustee that misses two (2) consecutive Board meetings is automatically removed from The Board of Trustees and the area in which he or she serves shall be duly notified to hold an election for that vacant Trustee position. A quick response meeting will count for attendance at The Board of Trustees meeting. Absentee ballots from Board of Trustees members from areas outside The USA and Canada will count as attendance at the Board of Trustees physical meetings.
 
Proposed version: Any Trustee that misses two (2) consecutive Board meetings is automatically removed from The Board of Trustees and the area in which he or she serves shall be duly notified to hold an election for that vacant Trustee position. A quick response meeting will count for attendance at The Board of Trustees meeting. No Absentee ballots from Board of Trustees members, will count as attendance at the Board of Trustees physical meetings.
 
Ted S. – Area 12, New Jersey

55. Group Procedures
 
Seeking clarification regarding the use of the Gamblers Anonymous name on local publications for public consumption, i.e., meeting lists and other forms of attraction. (This is in addition to the official Hotline Flyer.) Our current Public Relations pamphlet sanctions the use of the Gamblers Anonymous name, Hotline Number and meeting locations for said items, however, herein lie some gray areas:
(1.) Which name is acceptable on local documents for public consumption: Gamblers Anonymous or the local Area name such as Gamblers Anonymous of Buffalo and Western New York?
(2) Have any areas posted meeting lists- in public places such as community bulletin boards, medical or professional facilities, etc. – providing exact time and exact location of meetings? If so, what meetings are included? All? Some? Localized to neighborhood or specific facility? Who makes this decision? The individual room? Intergroup? What role does Group Conscience play in this process?
 
Nancy K. – Area 16A, Western New York

56. Combo Book
 
Combo Book, Page 2, 10 sentences from the bottom.
Replace ‘were’ with ‘are’ and replace ‘problem’ with ‘compulsive’.

Current: Most of us have been unwilling to admit we were real problem gamblers.

Proposed new: Most of us have been unwilling to admit we are real compulsive gamblers.
 
Ron W. – Area 17,  Connecticut

57. – Combo Book
 
Combo Book, Page 17, 1st sentence, #5 capitalize and boldface ‘READ’ and ‘STEPS’.

Current: Read the RECOVERY and UNITY steps and continuously review the twenty questions.

Proposed: READ the RECOVERY and UNITY STEPS and continuously review the twenty questions.
 
Ron W. – Area 17, Connecticut

58. Combo Book
 
Combo Book Page 17 Heading Eliminate particularly the new gamblers anonymous member.

Current: To all gamblers anonymous members: particularly the new gamblers anonymous members.

Proposed: To all gamblers anonymous members.
 
Ron W. – Area 17, Connecticut