July 2010 Archives

SCA's International Service Organization (ISO) is the service body responsible for SCA as a whole. 

The natural progression of service within SCA usually starts with personal and meeting level service as a secretary, treasurer, literature representative, sponsor, greeter, etc., followed by a period of service with a local Intergroup, either as a meeting's Intergroup Representative and/or on their local service board for the area.  Each Intergroup's elect ISO Representatives to attend the annual International Service Conference.  ISO is also served by several other members of SCA who do service in a variety of ways for ISO and SCA as a whole.

Among ISO's tasks include developing, publishing and distributing SCA-ISO conference-approved literature; internal communications within SCA; answering our postal mail, e-mail and telephone communications;  outreach to hospitals, institutions, the legal system, mental and sexual health professionals, and other 12-Step S-fellowships; developing content for and maintaining the sca-recovery.org website; accounting for SCA's finances; recording the minutes for our meetings; archiving important documents; and a myriad of other tasks in service to SCA's Intergroups and the fellowship as a whole.  It takes many trusted servants to make all of this happen to help individuals, meetings and Intergroups around the globe carry the message of SCA recovery.

Service supports our both sexual sobriety and our recovery.  Some would quote the old 12-step adage, "You need to give it away in order to keep it."  If you are looking for a new service commitment and a new challenge, then perhaps you might consider serving at the ISO level.

There most basic way to get involved with ISO is to request to be added to the ISO e-mail list serve.  To request to join the ISO list-serve, please send an e-mail to
webmaster@sca-recovery.org

You might stand for election as an ISO Representative for your local Intergroup.  If your meeting does not belong to an Intergroup, then your meeting may elect it's own ISO Representative to attend the ISO Conference.

Another way to get involved that does not necessarily require attendance at the annual ISO Conference, although all SCA members are welcome to attend, is to join one of ISO's three standing committee's by requesting to join their Google group.

The three standing committees of ISO are as follows.

INREACH COMMITTEE

Chair:    John F.  inreach@sca-recovery.org
http://groups.google.com/group/sca-inreach

* The Inreach Committee is responsible for contact between ISO and the Fellowship as a whole. 
* It serves as the primary communication channel between ISO and the various Intergroups and meetings.
* It maintains contact information for Intergroups, or where there is no Intergroup, individual meetings.
* It solicits and develops SCA literature.
* It oversees publication of the SCAnner (currently an online blog at http://www.scanneronline.org/)
* It gathers information on perceived needs of meetings, and provides support for isolated meetings.
* Except for the Outside Director positions, it solicits nominations for vacancies as they occur in the Executive Committee or the Standing Committees.

OUTREACH COMMITTEE
Chair:    Joe S.  outreach@sca-recovery.org
http://groups.google.com/group/sca-outreach

* The Outreach Committee is responsible for contact between ISO and those outside the Fellowship.
* It deals with requests from the media and develops a public information policy in alignment with the 12 Traditions.
* It handles relations with hospitals, prisons and other institutions, other 12-Step Fellowships, as well as professional associations.
* It takes responsibility for communications to ISO, whether by postal mail, electronic mail, telephone or other means.
* It solicits nominations for vacancies as they occur in the Outside Director positions.

FIDUCIARY COMMITTEE
Chair:   Sid W.    fiduciary@sca-recovery.org
http://groups.google.com/group/sca-fiduciary

* The Fiduciary Committee is responsible for the daily business of ISO.
* It maintain ISOs financial records and is responsible for drafting its annual budget, and overseeing its bank accounts, whose signatories are designated by ISO.
* It publishes and distributes ISO-approved SCA literature in a timely manner.
* It manages literature sales and inventory.
* It handles legal records, including copyrights of ISO literature.
* It maintains the ISO Archives.
* It produces minutes of ISO meetings.

Please contact me at iso-chair@sca-recovery.org if you have any questions about how or where to get involved.

Yours in Recovery,

Dan W.
SCA-ISO Chair

ISO Service Opportunity - Archivist

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Hi.  My name is Dan and I am a sex addict and the current Chair of SCA's International Service Organization.

An important but often overlooked service position for SCA's International Service Organization is that of ISO Archivist.

It is important to have safe and orderly files of important ISO documents.  As part of his/her service, the Archivist may choose to investigate saving these items electronically. 

The ISO archives are currently stored in New York City in a space shared with the SCA New York Intergroup for their archives.  It would be important keep separate the two archives.  

One would not necessarily need to be an elected ISO Representative or attend the annual ISO Conference to serve as ISO Archivist, but that person would be considered part of ISO's Fiduciary Committee currently chaired by Sid W., would need to join the Fiduciary Committee Google group and also the general ISO e-mail List Serve.
 
If you are interested in serving in this position, please feel free to contact me at iso-chair@sca.recovery.org

Yours in recovery,

Dan W.
SCA-ISO Chair

ISO Service Opportunity - Recording Secretary

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Hi.  My name is Dan and I am the current Chair of SCA's International Service Organization.

An important function to the operation of SCA's International Service Organization is recording the official minutes of SCA's annual International Service Conference.  

If this person is not an elected ISO Representative, it is possible that airfare and housing to/from the annual ISO Conference could be arranged with approval of ISO's Executive Committee.  Next year's ISO Conference will be in San Diego and the 2012 ISO Conference is planned for Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  (We truly are an "international" organization.)

The person serving as Recording Secretary would be considered part of ISO's Fiduciary Committee, which is currently chaired by Sid W., and this service position would necessitate joining the Fiduciary Committee's Google group and the ISO e-mail list serve
One would not necessarily need to own their own lap top, but the ability to type is essential.  The Recording Secretary is expected to turn around draft minutes of the ISO Conference within 30 days of the conclusion of the conference.

An ambitious recording secretary would also record minutes for our four ISO Conference Calls in between ISO Conferences.  The ISO Conferences currently uses a conference call system that records the proceedings which will help the Recording Secretary to deliver quality and accurate minutes.

If you are interested and available for this important service, please contact me at iso-chair@sca-recovery.org

Yours in recovery,

Dan W.
SCA-ISO Chair
Hi.  My name is Dan and I am a sex addict and the current Chair of SCA's International Service Organization.  Between the literature development process of creating and ISO approving the content of SCA literature and the literature distribution process of disseminating that literature throughout the SCA fellowship is the process of taking approved literature content and putting it a form able to be distributed.  This middle process is literature publication.

ISO is need of a Literature Publication Coordinator.

This person would be part of ISO's Fiduciary Committee, which is currently chaired by Sid W., and this service position would necessitate joining the Fiduciary Committee's Google group and the ISO e-mail list serve, but does not necessarily require serving as an elected ISO Representative or attending the annual ISO Conference in person.  

Among the tasks at hand are overseeing SCA-ISO's copyrights, formatting and working with printers in preparing distribution of ISO literature.  This position could also involve researching electronic methods of publication.

To serve as ISO's Literature Publication Coordinator, one does not necessarily need to be an current professional expert in publishing. The coordinator could serve as the liaison between ISO and others inside and outside the fellowship who have this knowledge and expertise.

Please contact me at iso-chair@sca-recovery.org if you are interested and available in serving the SCA fellowship in this important way.

Thank you!

Yours in recovery,

Dan W.
SCA-ISO Chair

"Queers. . .crackpots, and fallen women"

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The Los Angeles Intergroup has entered into a year-long group inventory process which asks two simple questions:  "Is our group aligned with the Twelve Traditions?" and "What can we do to carry the message to the sexual compulsive who still suffers?"

Of course, If I had titled this entry "The Importance of the Third Tradition" you would no doubt have skipped it with a big fat yawn.  But after our Intergroup meeting, I had a discussion with Peter C. about a surprising  direct link between the Third Tradition and the SCA program.

Irma Livoni was an AA member, in Los Angeles,  who was kicked out of that fellowship by a self-appointed group. Why? In a letter dated December 6, 1941 from the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles Group of Alcoholics Anonymous, Irma was kicked out "for reasons which should be most apparent."  According to Peter, she was sleeping around in AA. Sexually compulsive perhaps?

She received her letter the on December 8, 1941 -- the day after Pearl Harbor. Los Angeles was totally blacked out because there was a real fear that the Japanese would attack the mainland. She's all alone. It's Christmas time. The end of the world and the only group that had offered any hope to Irma had just kicked her out.  Much of this has been whitewashed on the internet sites but according to Peter, Irma went to the roof of her building and jumped to her death. Irma's sponsor in AA was Sybil Corwin. (Sybil is an important part of AA history herself) Sybil wrote to Bill W about the incident.

No one knows to what extent Bill W. was referring to Irma Livoni when he wrote the Twelve Traditions ten years later.but the phrases seem to apply:

 ". . . experience taught us that to take away any 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?"

Before my conversation with Peter, the Third Tradition was just this wise, yet dryly stated reminder that we have to put up with all the annoying people that show up at our meetings (present readership aside of course!) But when Peter told me this story, it hit me. This all happened not too far from where we were having lunch!  I got chills on the back of my neck and the tradition became REAL for me.

A sexual compulsive in Hollywood, acting out,  killed herself when she was kicked out of the AA program.  The empathy and compassion her suicide brought forth from the good people of AA served as the basis, in part, for the Third Tradition. This is not something we have blindly adopted or cut and paste into our meeting formats

As Peter noted,  the sexual compulsive is directly tied to the AA Third Tradition. In fact, I would argue that sexual acting out is one of the reasons the Third Tradition exists.

Why am I writing this now?  Because we all have the opportunity to work the steps with Peter! He will be conducting a First Step Workshop in Los Angeles at Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood on Saturday, July 24 from 9 am to 4 pm.  The suggested donation is $10. No one will be turned away. Bring your AA Big Book and Twelve & Twelve, a notebook and a pen.   

Even better, no matter what you say or do, you can't be kicked out!








SCAnner tweeting?

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We're experimenting with a Twitter feed, but there's a problem -- all our followers are publicly identified. This can automatically create an anonymity problem!

As a result, you can search for our tweets (we're @scanneronline on Twitter) but cannot follow us without permission. If you have an anonymous Twitter account and ask to follow us, we'll approve it; otherwise, you can subscribe to our RSS feed (see the link at the far right) or search for our tweets.

Feedback welcomed!

Second meeting begins in Las Cruces, NM

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Wayne in New Mexico reports:

I started an SCA meeting here in Las Cruces in April of 2001 after being a part of SCA-St Louis for 10 years. We are keeping the Sunday evening meeting from 5 to 6 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 2000 South Solano, Las Cruces, NM 88001.

We are begining a GLBTQ meeting at the new Las Cruces GLBTQ Center,1210 North Main Street, Las Cruces, NM 88001. The time is Monday night from 7 to 8 PM. 

NYC September Retreat

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It's Time to Sink or Swim! (actually, no sinking allowed)
Join us at the Summer Retreat!
Let's Dive In To Steps 4, 5 and 6!

Who: All members of SCA, from the New York fellowship and beyond
When: Friday-Sunday, Sept. 10-11-12.
Where: Incarnation Center, Ivoryton, Connecticut.

Retreat begins with: Dinner at: 6:30 pm Friday.
Transportation: Take the 3:07 Metro-North train from Grand Central to New Haven, where you will be then picked up by luxurious school-bus coach to woodsy Ivoryton, about 30 minutes beyond New Haven.*
Retreat ends with: Our bus will return you to New Haven on Sunday in time for the 4:32 Metro-North train back to Manhattan.
Cost: $200, which includes all accommodations, activities, meals and the coach from New Haven to Incarnation Center.** You will need to purchase Metro-North train tickets separately.
Accommodations: Everyone gets their own room!
What to bring: Yourself, willingness and a bathing suit! (Getting in the water is optional, of course)
What to expect: Fellowship, workshops on the steps, good food, an opportunity to take time out and work on your recovery, fun games and laughter! Oh, and swimming too! The exact schedule of events will be determined closer to the retreat date.
Registration: Spots are limited; first come, first served. A $100 deposit will hold your place. Payment in full*** is due by August 15. Contact SCA.NY.Retreat@gmail.com

The fine print:
*You must catch the 3:07 Metro-North train from Grand Central to New Haven if you want to catch the complimentary coach to Incarnation Center. We cannot guarantee that anyone will be able to pick you up at another time at the train station. A taxi to Ivoryton will be expensive. Please plan accordingly. Train schedules are subject to change; we will send you an e-mail reminder the week of the retreat with current departure times.
**Scholarship funds are limited. Scholarships up to $100.00 will be given out based on availability of funds, the order in which requests are received and how recently applicant has received a retreat scholarship. Donations to the scholarship fund are gratefully welcomed.
***Important Cancellation policy: Full payment for the retreat is due August 15. If you must cancel (we hope you won't!), if you notify us by September 1 you will get 100% of your money back. If you notify us by September 5, you get 50% back. After that, no refunds are possible. However, you may sell your spot to another program member.