Online Intergroup is pleased to announce that a new weekly
telephone meeting, open to all SCA members worldwide, will start July 17, 2011.
It will be held Sundays at 4:00 p.m. New York time and will be conducted in
The starting time outside North America will vary depending on whether New York
is on Daylight Savings Time or not. Currently, that means 9 p.m. in London,
2000 GMT, and 5 a.m. in Tokyo, for example, but in six months the starting time
will be 9 p.m. in London, 2100 GMT, and 6 a.m. in Tokyo. Services like http://timeanddate.com can tell you when it will be 4 p.m. New
York time in your locality.
If you are interested in participating, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and
you will be sent an invitation and password to access the call. You must have
both before the call begins in order to participate. Passwords are
user-specific, and have an accompanying tag that is used to identify you online
to the moderator and other participants on the call. The tag is usually your
email address or first name. You can say how you would like to be identified in
the email you send when requesting a password.
To join the meeting, you can use a regular phone and make a local call (in most
countries, see the list at http://www.calliflower.com/getting-to-know-calliflower/international-dial-in-numbers/), or
call a default US number specified in the invitation, or from a computer you
can use Skype (free worldwide) or Google Voice (typically free as well). If you
use your phone, you will pay the regular tariff to whatever number you choose
from the list. You will then be connected to the international conference call
and asked for your PIN number.
You can also participate online and see who else is on the call, and
“chat” with participants by typing messages as the call proceeds. You
should be able to do this by clicking on the “join online” link in
the Calliflower invitation you receive. If you are unable to connect in this
way, you will need to create a free account at www.calliflower.com.
There are recorded
instructions for how to use the conference call features when you first call
in. For instance, when not speaking, it is recommended that you mute your line
to eliminate background noise. You can raise your hand so the moderator can see
you want to say something, and call on you when it is your turn to speak.
In keeping with SCA’s 7th
Tradition, contributions can be made by PayPal online at the ISO website by
using the link http://sca-recovery.org/donate.html, or
by check drawn on a US bank via mail to the SCA New York address provided in
the same link. Please be sure to note that funds are from an Online Intergroup
Online Intergroup is very excited to be offering this new option. We are keenly
aware of the number of sexual compulsives who will appreciate being able to
participate in a telephone meeting, especially where there is limited or no
access to face-to-face meetings. As time goes on we hope to expand to more
meetings per week, but one step at a time!
We hope you will join us on Sundays, and please pass this news on to anyone who
may be interested.
Kevin – SCA Toronto
(Regional Co-ordinator for the
Americas outside the USA, including Online Intergroup and Telephone Meetings)