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Business Meetings: 3rd Sundays
DA's Responsibility Pledge
“I pledge to extend my hand and offer the hope of recovery to anyone who reaches out to Debtors Anonymous.”
DA's Statement of Purpose
In DA, our purpose is threefold: to stop incurring unsecured debt, to share our experience with the newcomer, and to reach out to other debtors.
Sunday BDA Service Positions
Our group maintains the following BDA service positions, which we fill during quarterly elections, or as interim replacements when needed:
Meeting Chair: Filled through December 2020, 3-month position, matched to the four quarters on the North American calendar. May serve a 2nd consecutive term if willing. Eligibility criteria: Has an active BDA and/or DA sponsor relationship, at least 30 days of not incurring any new unsecured debt and either of the following: a) has worked steps in DA at least one time OR b) is currently working steps in DA. Duties: Leads our weekly meetings, imperfectly following the script and format approved by our group conscience. It's important to start on-time, to end on-time, and to keep the meetings productively moving forward. Learns basic tech, especially muting the weekly meeting, in case our tech person is absent.
Newcomer Greeter: Filled through December 2020, usually 1-month position. May serve multiple consecutive terms if willing. Eligibility criteria: Has at least 30 days of not incurring any new unsecured debt and has attended at least one PRG. Duties: Remains for 10-15 minutes after our weekly meetings, answering questions from newcomers, and encouraging fellowship between newcomers and group members.
Speaker Getter: Filled through December 2021, 1-year position, aligned with the standard calendar. May not serve more than one consecutive term. Eligibility criteria: None, although it is helpful to know BDA members outside of our group, to attend other BDA meetings regularly, and to maintain an organized calendar. Duties: Select current BDA members, who meet our speaker eligibility criteria (see speaker recordings above), to speak at our monthly speaker meetings on the Step of the month. It is helpful to plan speakers at least three months in advance and to remind them of their upcoming service commitment. Give brief introductions to each speaker, including what made you choose them. Ensure that the speakers are recorded, even if the tech person is not present. This person may lead or help with planning fundraising events, but it is not a requirement of this position.
Business Meeting Chair and Business Meeting Record Keeper: Chair position is filled through June 2021, 6-month position. Record keeper position is filled through June 2021, 6-month position. Members in both positions may serve a 2nd consecutive term if willing, but not a 3rd. Eligibility criteria: At least 30 days of not incurring any new unsecured debt, home group members, regular participation at our weekly meetings. Duties: Be present for business meetings on the 3rd Sunday of each month (or to arrange for a substitute). Business Meeting Chair leads our monthly business meetings, imperfectly following the script and format approved by our group conscience, reviews and approves minutes, and forwards to tech person for distribution to group members via bcc. Business Meeting Record Keeper reads minutes from previous month, records minutes from current business meeting, forwards them to Biz Chair and tech for review, and supports maintenance of YTD approved minutes online. For more information, download DA's Business Meeting Format.
Group Tech Coordinator: Filled through December 2020, 1-year position. May serve multiple consecutive terms if willing. Eligibility criteria: Weekly participation in the Sunday BDA meeting, at least 90 days of not incurring any new unsecured debt, has attended at least 2 PRGs, computer and email skills, nice to have knowledge of MS Office and basic website maintenance. Duties: To promote continuity, relieve distractions during meetings, and keep security information intact. Arrives 10 minutes before each weekly meeting to mute the conference line and welcome early callers, works the dashboard from 8-9pm Eastern each week, muting non-sharing, non-reading members as necessary. Maintains our group contact list, maintains website (this may be outsourced to another home group member), supports the tech needs of the group, distributes emails and attachments from fellow trusted servants to group members via bcc, and forwards received emails.
Treasurer: Filled through December 2021, 1-year position, elected in November or December each year. May serve a 2nd consecutive term if willing, but not a 3rd. Eligibility criteria: Has at least 90 days of not incurring any new unsecured debt and has attended at least one PRG. Duties: Makes the 7th Tradition announcement at each weekly meeting, collects voluntary contributions, and keeps accurate and up-to-date records of our income and expenses. Maintains separate balances for our General and GSR funds, and tracks the financial results of our special events. Makes payments, reimbursements, and distributions to GSO and BDA Intergroup Startup Project — here's their 7th Tradition link — as approved by group conscience. (While it is impossible to specify how funds are to be used when donating to GSO, BDA Intergroup Startup Project is happy to accept earmarked funds, especially for no-cost literature for BDA newcomers and members and / or for outreach efforts to carry the message to debtors who still suffer, especially business debtors like us.) For more information, download the DA Treasurer's Manual.
General Service Representative (GSR): Filled through March 2022, 3-year position, elected in March when necessary. May serve a 2nd consecutive term if willing, but not a 3rd. Eligibility criteria: Has at least 1 year of not incurring any new unsecured debt, actively working the Twelve Steps, has attended at least two PRGs, has given service to a DA or BDA group and/or as an Intergroup officer, and is an active member of our home group. Duties: Acts as the primary link between our group and the DA Fellowship as a whole; attends and participates in our monthly business meetings; shares news from DA WSC and GSO; schedules and gives recorded quarterly reports — ideally April, June, September, January — in separate hour-long meetings; participates in special events and activities hosted by our group; provides an annual WSC spending plan for review and approval; and helps the group prepare Issues and Concerns two months before each WSC. Updates our registration with GSO annually and receives mailings to groups from the GSO. Represents our group at the annual World Service Conference as a voting delegate, communicating our needs and opinions about crucial issues affecting the DA Fellowship. Participates on a WSC Committee throughout the year, and has the option to participate on a WSC Caucus. After attending the annual Conference, reports on relevant activities and action steps and shares the details and results of Conference Convocation. For more information, download the DA Manual of Service.
NOTE: Based on our Group Inventory last year, we have begun to discuss the possible creation of positions for Intergroup Representative, who would attend monthly meetings of either the DA Telephone Intergroup (DATIG), or the BDA Intergroup Startup Project, or both, and a Public Information (PI) Representative. For more information about our group inventory, visit here.