Thank you for your interest in being of service to as a Meeting Co-Chair/Trusted Servant. Service is one of the five major resources we use to “counter the destructive consequences of sex and love addiction” as mentioned in our S.L.A.A. Preamble.
We’ve put together some information that should help take some of the guesswork out of Co-Chairing a meeting.
What does a meeting Co-Chair do?
- Opens the lines 15 minutes before the meeting.
- Welcomes all women to the call, and write down names in the order they join the call for sharing.
- Requests volunteers for readings before and during the meeting.
- Starts and ends the meeting on time.
- Reads and follows the correct meeting format.
- Facilitates the exchange of contact information after the end of the meeting.
- After the end of the meeting, helps answer Newcomer questions with the help of other women in the meeting.
- Announces General Fellowship after the end of the meeting.
Sample Meeting Organization Sheet ([ddownload id=”284″]) – Many of our Co-Chairs use a sheet such as this one to help organize the order of sharing, who is reading what, and note the names of newcomers to welcome to the meeting.
For some women our meetings is their very first exposure to S.L.A.A. and can influence their opinion of S.L.A.A. as a whole. Co-Chairs and Trusted Servants are like ambassadors for S.L.A.A. We would like our attitudes and actions to reflect the supportive fellowship within S.L.A.A. as mentioned in our Preamble.
Some of our Co-Chairs have said that it helped them to think of the similarity of inviting guests into their home; they want their guests feel comfortable and welcomed.
There are two access codes that can be used for joining our phone meetings.
Participant Code – This code allows anyone with this code to call in and join our meetings.
Host Code – This code allows meeting Co-Chairs the ability to turn on or off the door chimes, turn on the recording function, check how many people are on the call, mute the phone line, and lock the call.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some FAQ’s about Co-Chairing our phone meetings and responses from meeting Co-Chairs past and present.
The following responses are from meeting Co-Chairs past and present when asked: What is a “Trusted Servant” as a meeting Co-Chair?
- Our leaders being but trusted servants, meaning yes, they are leading the meeting, but in the spirit of humility and service, not in the spirit of ego, seniority, or status/clout/authority.
- The person was given trust by the group to perform certain tasks.
- It means that though the person is trusted to carry out certain tasks the person is not “in charge” and does not have more authority or power than anyone else.
- The person has been trusted to perform specific tasks, agreed upon beforehand, to the best of their ability.
- Registered S.L.A.A. Groups are “Guardians of our Steps and Traditions.” By extension when we elect a member as a “Trusted Servant” we are saying that we trust that person to be a guardian of our Steps and Traditions.
- It means committing to the time you’ve volunteered for an extended period, committing to being in communication with your fellow Co-chairs and other Trusted Servants.
- It means being able to juggle greeting people, taking their names down, finding people to do service during each meeting, and striving to be a calming presence for others.
- By suggestion at least it means attending business meetings as regularly as possible.
- It involves sometimes finding readings or speakers.
- It could also mean that because they are trusted by the group to perform a specific role, no one person can determine whether they should remain or not in that role. The trust resides in the group and the group would then determine, through a group conscience, that the person be relieved of their role.