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Just What Does the Inreach Committee Actually Do??

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The International Service Organization of SCA is essentially composed of three service committees, a chairperson, a Director at Large and two Outside Directors.  The Directors serve as members of the Executive Committee and help keep the committee chairs on track and insure that actions taken reflect the 12 traditions of SCA.


The Inreach Committee deals with all issues arising from within the fellowship. The structure of the Inreach Committee is as follows:

Sub-Committees:  Literature Development subcommittee is the place where any piece of literature considered for conference wide approval is vetted.  Often members of this subcommittee will work with the authors of a piece of literature where suggestions for any changes can be worked out.

Recovery Book Subcommittee is working on an expanded 3rd additon of the "Little Blue Book."  Chapters are being written addressing the 12 steps, 12 traditons, characteristics and personal stories of recovery.

Nominating Committee:   The Inreach Committee works to find qualified individuals to take on service within the Executive Committee of ISO.

Regional Coordinators:  Regional Coordinators serve to keep the various intergroups and meetings worldwide informed about developments within ISO.  Regional Coordinators serve specific areas of the globe.  Regional Coordinators also maintain contact with individuals within their region who live where there is no SCA meeting.  The Regional Coordinators could bring together lone members who live near each other, not knowing that another Secxually Compulsive Individual lives nearby.  New SCA meetings can be formed in this way.  (Some of the earliest meetings of SCA took place in members living rooms.)

Presently there are vacancies for regional Coordinators for the Central and Western United States and for Asia and Oceana.  You do not need to live in a specific region in order to serve as a Regional Coordinator.  This service is open to any member of the fellowship.  You do not need to be involved with ISO in any other way. 

Finding sponsors for individuals who live where there are no SCA meetings is also part of the Inreach Committee's service to the fellowship.  Fellows often sponsor individuals who live in other countries.  The Inreach Committee puts sponsor and sponsee together and encourages them to work things out between themselves as to whether to be in contact by email, text message or texting. 


Any individual interested in providing service as either a distance sponsor, Regional Coordinator, member of the Nominating Committee or any other service within ISO can contact Tony D. Inreach Committee Chair at
sca.iso.inreach@gmail.com

 

The Outreach Committee handles a number of vital functions, such as our 800-number, PO Box, and email account. Ongoing projects include the sponsor-by-mail prisoner outreach. The committee's leadership has undergone several turnovers in the past couple years, so additional projects have been on hold. 

Our highest priorities would be reaching out to professional organizations and developing our capacity to respond to media queries. We also want to place SCA ads in relevant apps and online resources, such as recovery blogs, publications, and search engines. To strengthen the outreach committee's team, we hope to recruit the outreach/12th-step committee chairs from the various Intergroups to join our committee. Another project would be to reach out to the other S-fellowships regarding an agreement not to solicit one another's members. Finally, we would like to contact other 12-step groups that make referrals, such as AA, and ask them to include SCA. 

We believe that these efforts could significantly impact the growth of our fellowship in the future. The Outreach Committee is always open to people who want to contribute their talents. In particular, we are seeking someone to Chair the committee. Any nominations should be sent to the Inreach Nominating Committee at sca [dot] iso [dot] inreach [at] gmail [dot] com. 

Fiduciary Chair Report

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The Fiduciary Chair is the administrative support for SCA,  maintaining the financial records, creating a yearly budget, and safeguarding all the records with archiving responsibilities for prior year records.

We ensure the website is up to date and current, and currently are redoing it and in the redesign stage.  The programming stage will soon follow to get it up and running.

We are also in the midst of moving our archives and trying to get it all electronic and securely stored. We are looking at ways to help pay for our reps to attend the annual face to face meetings so there would be more attendance and feedback at the conference. We already have in place for our officers to get reimbursed for there expense. We are working to make sure we have a private policy in place so that if anyone orders anything through us knows how we gather and use the information that is provided to us. We are also looking into how that information is stored so it doesn't get lost or hacked into with the information that is gathered.

This year's ISO Conference was a resounding success in the view of the ISO Director at Large. The delegates worked well together in a cohesive manner, and tackled the agenda effectively and efficiently. A healthy group conscience was clearly evident throughout the conference. We approved pertinent literature submissions, referred other literature back for additional work, and rejected one piece of draft literature, plus a suggested wording change to one of the Tools of SCA. There was a searching discussion of the limits of the authority of the Executive Committee, and its individual officers, together with the role and authority of the annual ISO Conference itself. Of particular note was a resolution affirming that SCA's Third Tradition includes all those wishing to recover from sexual compulsion in any and all of its manifold forms of expression, which was passed unanimously.

Focus of the Director at Large report presented to the 2015 ISO Conference and recommendations made to ISO were:

  • Define/expand job description of Director at Large
  • Expand job descriptions of Inreach, Outreach and Fiduciary Committees
  • Continue to support SCA fellowship history project, and its independence
  • Define what constitutes an SCA group and intergroup
  • Continue to prioritize definition and explanation of SCA Steps and Traditions
  • Continue to hold, strengthen and promote quarterly ISO and ISO Committee calls
  • Publicize available service positions
  • Develop ISO Service Manual
  • Promote commitment, stability and continuity in ISO service
  • Formulate plans to improve ISO's fundraising efforts
  • Continue to prioritize, encourage and support SCA website redesign and upgrade

Conclusion & Summary

The Tools That Help Us Get Better tell us that "Service is a way of helping ourselves by helping others."  Much of the report had a common thread: ISO needs to promote and support service in general, but also particular areas of service. ISO also needs to encourage commitment, stability and continuity in service. In the way we go about doing service, both as a service board and as individual Trusted Servants, we should not lose sight of the Traditions and core principles of the program. Some ISO service positions and areas need to be better defined.

SCA has no paid special workers. Just as we are self-supporting in financial terms, so must we be self-supporting in the service that is done to keep all the varied areas of the fellowship going. In order to carry the message of recovery, the fellowship needs strong Seventh Tradition contributions from all quarters.

In service,

Kevin B

It was a busy convention for the Inreach Committee.  In the past few years, as an ISO Representative from New York Intergroup, the Inreach Chair, Tony D., had participated in conventions remotely via Calliflower Connect often with disappointing results due to technical glitches.  Plans to attend the convention, hosted by Washington DC Intergroup, were not finalized until Wednesday prior to the start of the convention that weekend. 

Several pieces of literature were put before the assembled Intergroup Representatives for approval as "Conference Approved Literature."  Some items were rejected for different reasons, others referred back to the Literature Development Subcommittee of Inreach, and one piece approved as presented. 

  • Spiritual Recovery - Rejected
  • Sponsorship - Referred back to committee
  • SCA Q & A Newcomer's Guide - Referred back to committee for content.  Authors advised that final form to be determined by Fiduciary Committee.
  • Twenty Questions - Referred back to committee
  • The Tools That Help Us Get Better - Rejected
  • Translation of the Yellow Four Fold into German - Approved

Rejecting a piece of literature is not an action that is taken lightly, nor is approving a piece of literature for inclusion in the list of Conference Approved Literature a quick or easy process.  Literature often takes several years of development and revision before being approved at an ISO convention.  The last piece of literature approved was "Avoiding Common Pitfalls," which took three years.  

We now have Regional Coordinators for each region of the United States, the ex-U.S. Americas, Europe and Africa, and Asia/Oceana.

Regional Coordinators are:

  • The America's outside the US,  -- Kevin B. (Toronto, Canada)
  • Asia/Oceana -- Gen S. (Tokyo, Japan)
  • Europe and Africa - John F. (Paris, France)
  • Eastern U.S. - Randy G. (Washington DC)
  • Central U.S. - Jim T. (St. Louis, MO)
  • Western U.S. - Robert B. (Los Angeles, CA)

The Inreach Committee serves as the nominating committee for the fellowship.  The following individuals were elected to office during this past convention.  Zoe M. ISO Chair, Kevin B. Director at Large, Linda E. was elected as Outside Director.   There is one remaining vacancy for Outside Director.  If you know of someone willing to perform that service, please contact Inreach at sca [dot] iso [dot] inreach [at] gmail [dot] com. 

SCAnner Quarterly Edition

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Hot off the presses, please find the above attached.

Introducing the New SCAnner Quarterly Edition

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The ISO is proud to launch a new quarterly version of the SCAnner which harkens to the original SCAnner's roots as a regular publication of SCA.

Future editions will include still-timely/relevant items published here during the prior three months, as well as new items with fresher longevity.  It also is hoped that individual local fellowships nationwide and globally can distribute this among their members, and in turn, they can provide the SCAnner with exclusive items to print in that version along with here online.

As always, any please feel free to send me any comments you might have on it, or anything SCAnner-related.

Thanks as always for allowing me to be of service.


Alexander

New Friday Phone Meeting Flyers

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Per SCA Toronto's announcement below, please find here a flyer for the above (note the location-specific time zone; be sure to adjust for your own location).

In the spirit of rotating service positions, the ISO is seeking nominations and/or volunteers for several of its key service positions, including Fiduciary Chair and Inreach Chair.

More info can be found here, and please contact SCA ISO for further information.