OCISAA meeting minutes:

December 2021 OCISAA MINUTES

Meeting date: December 8th, 2021

Location: Internet Zoom Meeting, Zoom ID: 4128 656 862 Password: 423196

Facilitated by Langston, Trusted Servant/Chairperson (Standing)

1. Opening

a. Start time: 19:05

b. Serenity Prayer: Ron R

c. Tradition Number 12: Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.

d. Open discussion on the Tradition of the month

e. Introductions

2. Announcements

a. Gentle reminder: If anyone has any meeting updates, please text 949-297-6810

b. If anyone knows a woman who is willing to start a meeting, please email OCISAA. We’ve been getting requests for women-only meetings, so we need to start one!

c. In-person meetings! See the OCISAA Website for more meeting details

i. The Buena Park meeting on Tuesdays at 7pm

ii. The Costa Mesa M-F noon meeting

iii. Costa Mesa Monday 7:30pm

iv. Monday and Friday Newport Beach meeting at 7am. This meeting can use support in getting set up. If anyone is able to support please reach out to Ben C.

d. The Costa Mesa Monday 7:30pm group has split into an in-person and Zoom meeting (link provided by OCISAA). See the OCISAA website for more details.

e. The Tuesday 7am and Thursday 6pm groups in Laguna Hills are no longer meeting.

f. Annual meeting of the ISO Conference info. below:

i. Again, as in 2020, the annual meeting of the ISO Conference was held by video conference on October 8-9, 2021. In attendance were delegates from forty-three areas, eight Board members, ten Literature Committee (LitCom) members, six ISO office staff members, and fourteen non-voting members.

ii. Here are the motion results (in order of consideration):

1. 2021-D002 – Three new international areas were ratified—Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Thai- land.

2. 2021-D003 – The border change between the three Texas areas around Dallas, Houston, and Austin/San Antonio from roads to county lines was ratified. These changes did not affect any existing groups but clarifies the boundaries.

3. 2021-D006 – New service guidelines were not approved. The discussion centered around language that needs to be more precise.

4. 2021-D007 – The process for approving adoption of or changes to the SAA core spiritual documents—steps, traditions, or concepts—was approved. This begins a one-year period of review of the proposed SAA Concepts of Service. If approved by a three-fourths super majority of the Conference in 2022, they will require ratification in 2023 by a three-fourths super majority before going into effect.

5. 2021-D008 – Amendments to the Conference Charter were approved. The purpose of the changes was to make the charter consistent with the new area structure, which was implemented after the original charter was written and adopted.

6. 2021-D001 – The Conference approved a motion put forth from our Area 38 by Ron R. suggesting that all future meetings of the Conference will be available by electronic means. The Board will study the full implications of this motion and will plan future Conference meetings accordingly.

7. 2021-D004 – The Conference approved a motion requiring that all SAA pamphlets and booklets approved by the LitCom be submitted for Conference approval within three years.

8. 2021-D005 – A proposal to include area expense in the ISO budget was not passed.

iii. The following were elected to serve as trusted servants:

1. Board of Trustees – Bill I, Les J, and Carl D

2. Literature Committee – David C, Deb W, James P, Langston M, Steve P

3. Conference Steering Committee (CSC) (three- year term) – Karen S, Mark R, Wayne F

4. CSC (two-year term) – Daniele M, Richard C, Tom N

5. CSC (one-year term) – Darren F, Rich B, Rick D

6. Area Coordinating Committee (ACC) – Gordy B, Kevin G

7. Nominating Committee – Carole D

g. The OCISAA has a Zoom account now! Any meetings looking for Zoom links to host meetings can now get one from OCISAA! Please make sure to check to see there are no time/day conflicts with groups already using Zoom.

h. Resources for Women

i. The SAA Women’s Intergroup meets on the 4th Saturday of each month at 9 am Central Time. 1. Email: SAAwomensig@gmail.com or saaforwomen@gmail.com 2. Website: https://saaforwomen.org/

ii. There are a lot of women only meetings at the Telemeeting Intergroup Website of SAA http://saatalk.info/us/meetings Filter on the “Attendance” field for “Women”. There are phone and Zoom meetings available.

i. Both new sponsors and sponsors with years of experience are encouraged to share their experience, strength, and hope in the “Sponsors Helping Sponsors” meeting every Thursday at 11 a.m. EST for 1 hour. Zoom Meeting ID: 419 880 404 Passcode: 123456

Contact Deb from WV (267) 332-4698, 1sunflowerlovesrain@gmail.com for more info.

j. Latest edition of the SAA’s Outer Circle is available. Lots of good articles, tips, and information! https://saa-recovery.org/news-events/saa-newsletter/

3. Reports

a. In-Reach

i. Reserved for future use.

b. Outreach

i. Google Ad Word Campaign results for the previous Month: Ron R

ii. Report

1. Views – 760 – total number of people that viewed our website

2. Visitors – 399 – (new visitors to our website)

3. We don’t have the Google accounts set up yet, so the following metrics will not be reported yet. We are awaiting enough funding to pay for a year’s worth

4. Most looked at the “Meetings” and “Welcome” page

5. Google Ad Impressions – 0

6. Most searched terms – 0

7. Click Through – 0

8. Cost per click – 0

9. Cost – 0

c. Treasury

i. Beginning balance of $1,087.05. One Zoom payment $14.99. No donations. Ending balance of $1,072.06.

ii. To send donations to our Intergroup by check:

1. Make the check payable to OCISAA

2. Mail them to:

OCISAA

P.O BOX 12424

Costa Mesa Ca 92627-8282

3. Send a heads-up to Jon C (our Treasurer) at (714) 654-5598

d. Website

i. No report of note this month. If you need any changes to the Website please contact Ron.

e. Information Emails and Phone Line

i. We had a few people calling in for meeting information, and were directed to the OCISAA website.

4. Old Business

a. No new business last month.

5. New Business

a. A motion was made to post the OCISAA minutes every month in the interest of transparency (in addition to emailing the minutes every month). The motion was passed unanimously.

b. OCISAA Elections

i. It is that time of the year for OCISAA Intergroup elections!!

ii. Please announce at your meetings that anyone who wants to be of service at our Intergroup is welcome to nominate themselves or someone else.

iii. Members can submit their name to the ballot for each service position below by reaching out to Langston M at 949-735-7542 or langstonm74@yahoo.com.

1. Chair

a. Leads the meeting for the SAA intergroup.

b. Calling special meetings, either of the steering committee or of the Intergroup, when he/she deems circumstances warrant it.

c. Creating an agenda for each of the upcoming monthly meetings and distributing the same at least one week in advance.

d. Providing guidance based on the Twelve Traditions and Twelve Concepts of AA World Service; coordinating efforts at monitoring outreach (postal box, voicemail, website).

2. Secretary

a. Recording the minutes of each intergroup meeting.

b. Preparing and emailing readable copies of these minutes to group representatives at least one week in advance of the next month’s meeting.

c. Maintaining a familiarity with the bylaws of the OCISAA and providing a copy to all Intergroup members.

d. Maintaining a working familiarity parliamentary procedures (Robert’s Rules or the like).

e. Keeping and exhaustive archive of past intergroup meeting minutes and being familiar with their content.

f. Ruling on any question regarding the intergroup bylaws, parliamentary procedures, or votes taken from previous meetings.

3. Treasurer

a. Collecting donations to the OCISAA from local SAA groups and making timely deposits.

b. Keeping donations–records of income and expenditures.

c. Presenting a financial report to the intergroup and distributing them to representatives attending the monthly

d. Balancing the checkbook.

e. Sending a periodic check to ISO based on donations from local SAA groups.

f. Writing checks for monthly expenses.

g. Provides monthly written financial budget & balance reporting to officers.

h. Provides reimbursement for other expenses approved by the Intergroup.

i. Being available for audits.

j. Provide an annual budget along with detailed expenditures.

k. Ensure PayPal is set up for the retreats, and in charge of retreat payments.

4. Digital Communications Coordinator

a. Overseas the Digital Communications Committee whose job it is to maintain a regularly updated website to facilitate In-Reach and Outreach efforts. The committee will create accurate and update digital databases–i.e email addresses, financial-related backup documents, etc. Also digitizes any hard-copy documents on a case-by-case basis.

5. Outreach Coordinator

a. Oversees the Outreach Committee whose job it is to follow Tradition Five, “That each group has but one purpose-to carry the message to the Sex Addict who still suffers”. The committee will accomplish this by sharing information about the SAA program of recovery with selected individuals and organizations outside of SAA.

iv. Each elected service position above shall serve a one-year term.

v. Service Requirements

1. The Chair shall have at least one year of continuous sobriety from their inner circle behaviors. The Treasurer must have at least 2 years of continuous sobriety.

2. All other service position representatives should have at least six (6) months in the SAA Program, be committed and involved in the Orange County SAA fellowship, have a sponsor, be actively working the Steps, and have a solid foundation on her/his program of recovery.

vi. Elections will be held on January 2022.

6. Open sharing

7. Closed with the Serenity Prayer

8. Adjourn: 19:48

9. The next meeting is January 12th at 7pm to 8:00 (8-8:30 open share).

carry-the-message The purpose of our Intergroup is to more effectively reach the sex addict in the Orange County area who still suffers.  We meet the second Wednesday of each month from 7pm-8:30 p.m. via Zoom (instructions on meetings page).  All SAA members are welcome to participate.  If you can’t make it, meeting minutes are published on our website.  We want your ideas!

10th Bi-Annual Retreat

Our next bi-annual retreat is the big ONE OH!! It is being held Saturday November 4th, 2017 from 8:30am – 2:30pm at the Irvine Duck Club. The cost will be $25 per person and includes breakfast and a taco truck for lunch. Currently the following topics are lined up: Non-violent Communication, Recovery Steps & Tools and Discussion on SAA vs. therapy. We look forward to seeing everyone and enjoying outer circle, recovery  activities with fellowship.

 

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My Share

Each month, we publish a personal but anonymous story of recovery.  It can be either an autobiography or about a subject important to your recovery.  Stories should be written in the first person (“I”) and speak from your experience, strength, and hope.  Please submit your story to ocisaa.newsletter@gmail.com.  We may edit submissions for reasons of space, clarity, and appropriate language.  Here is this month’s story:

 Taking the First Step

 

The first step is always the hardest…it seems cliche, so overused but as many of us know, that first step often comes after emotional suffering and potentially catastrophic events. Even allowing ourselves to say that we are a sex addict takes time to really sink in and can be a serious reality check. That admission is hard but the acceptance is even harder.

The first step can seem scary as we admit our secrets but we soon find acceptance and no judgement. Others have been down the same path and while engaged in different inner circle behaviors, it is the same pain and disease. The first step can bring us relief and pull us out of the shadows. We bare our souls and receive empathy and we can begin to feel no guilt or shame and can begin the process of recovery and healing.

Never give up…stay strong and take that first step!

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Retaining Newcomers

As always, we want to reach out and retain newcomers since most of us know that abstinence and sobriety is better maintained out of isolation and in the fellowship of others.  Please consider ways to retain newcomers and ensure they feel welcome as I know we all do.

August 2017 Stats

Website Traffic

We are reaching the sex addict who still suffers overseas as well with clicks from numerous countries.  Our website is a valuable resource and tool for those in recovery as well as those seeking recovery.

Internet Keyword Search Optimization

Our internet keyword search continues to be successful.  The clicks are visits to our page. In August we had 21,000 impressions, 1,065 click thrus and 950 page landings.

 

 

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Announcements & News Notes

The OC Intergroup meeting day has changed. OC Intergroup now meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7pm via Zoom. Instructions are on our “meetings” page.

Costa Mesa Noon Meetings

Are now meeting face to face, check our “meetings” tab for info.

A Message for Sponsors

We suggest you consider stressing to your sponsees the importance of service work such as volunteering for positions at their meetings.  Early in recovery, service work gives recovering sex addicts something to feel good about when they need it most.  Later on, it becomes Step 12 work, a very healthy activity and again a builder of self-esteem.  Some sponsors we know feel so strongly about it that they advise their sponsees either to fill a service position or find another sponsor!

Intergroup Vacancies

Our Intergroup elections are coming up in November. All positions are up for election. These are great opportunities to be of service, and they generally require little or no special expertise.

► The Vice Chair works with the Chair to coordinate the Intergroup’s overall activities such as preparing the monthly agenda and helping with surveys.  It’s estimated that Vice Chair duties take about 2-4 hours per month, plus the monthly Intergroup meeting.

► The Vice Treasurer works with the Treasurer to manage Intergroup funds.  The duties generally occupy minimal time – just an hour most months.  Attendance at the monthly Intergroup meeting is encouraged.  This position requires one year of abstinence.

► Digi Com Chair is responsible for maintaining the website and generally requires 2-4 hours each month. Attendance at the monthly Intergroup meeting is encouraged.

►  We are looking for people with website experience of any kind, including those who are willing to learn.

Thanks for Your Donations!

We are grateful for the support we receive from the Orange County area SAA meetings.  As you can see from our activities listed in this newsletter, we are putting your donations to good use.  We encourage you to attend our monthly meetings and voice your ideas.

A Note to Event Promoters and Organizers: For those requesting announcements to run in our newsletter, please use the following format – and order – as much as possible:

Who: Are you a committee (of the Intergroup, for example), or an individual SAA meeting group, or another type of organization or individual?
What: Is this a workshop, breakfast, retreat, or another type of event?
Title: What is the name of your event?
When: Give the date and starting and ending times of your event.
Cost: What – if anything – is the suggested contribution, or is it a set fee, or is no one turned away for lack of funds?
Description: In a sentence, or several sentences, say what is unique or especially appealing about your event.
Where: Event address, along with any cross-street info or parking tips you think are important.
More Info: Whom to call for more information?  List a telephone number, email address, and/or website.
Please give us as much lead time as possible, and note that submissions are subject to editing for clarity and space.

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SAA Meeting News

New Meetings:

Costa Mesa:  

Monday, 7:30 – 9:00 pm

Back to face to face meetring!
Men Only/Closed/Book Study
Costa Mesa Church of Christ, 287 W. Wilson Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Directions:  Between Harbor Blvd. & Fairview Ave.
For more information call 949-478-5617

Corona Del Mar:
Wednesday, 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Mixed/Closed/Book Study/Share
St. Michael & All Angels’ Episcopal  Church, 3233 Pacific View Drive, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625 (South Wing Room attached to Church – Enter thru Patio on the Right)
Directions: to be added to website soon! For more information call (949) 636-1917

Wednesday, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Men only/Closed
Pines Park, 34941 Camino Capistrano, CA 92624
Directions: From the 5 Freeway head south on Camino De Estrella towards Coast Highway, turn right on to Camino Capistrano. Parking will be on the street on Camino Capistrano…….the meeting is held at the upper Park at the south end.
For more information call (949) 547-4498.

Wednesday, 5:00-6:00pm
Closed, men only
1900 E. 4th St., Conference Room 2A, Santa Ana 92705
Free parking in structure
Contact Frank P. (949) 842-3454

Thursday, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Closed, men only
707 E. Chapman, Orange 92866
Building is close to Orange Traffic Circle, white with green trim, no suite number; parking lot adjacent to building
Contact Chris B. (949) 278-3642

Changes:

The Monday and Friday Long Beach meetings are no longer at Kaiser Permanente, 3900 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach.  The new meeting times and locations are:
—Monday, 7:30-8:30 pm, Mixed/Closed/Step/Tradition/Topic
Unitarian Church, 5450 Atherton St., Long Beach (just West of Bellflower Blvd.), in the Chalice Room
Contact Carole B., 562-841-4348, or e-mail CAROLEMARY@NETZERO.COM
—Friday, 6:30-7:30 pm, Mixed/Closed/Step/Tradition/Topic
Unitarian Church, 5450 Atherton St., Long Beach (just West of Bellflower Blvd.), in the Chalice Room
Contact Carole B., 562-841-4348, or e-mail CAROLEMARY@NETZERO.COM

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Orange County Intergroup Officers and Committee Chairs

Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern. — Tradition 2

Chair., ocisaa.chair@gmail.com
Vice Chair: Vacant, ocisaa.vicechair@gmail.com
Digital Communications: Ron R., ocisaa.digicom1@gmail.com   digital assistant (ocisaa.digicom2@gmail.com)
Inreach: Ron R., ocisaa.inreach@gmail.com
Outreach: Ron R., ocisaa.outreach@gmail.com
Treasurer: Jon C. (Vice Treasurer: Vacant), ocisaa.treasurer@gmail.com
Secretary: Langston., ocisaa.secretary@gmail.com

Parliamentarian: Vacant- Treasurer acting.

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Website

If you have ideas or suggestions for the website, please contact our Webmaster, Neal B., at ocisaa.digicom1@gmail.com.