A message to all SCA members, from your International Service Organization
Dear SCA members,
the annual conference of SCA’s International Service Organization (ISO) took place April 20th-22nd in St. Louis MO
Among other business matters, the ISO did the following:
—heard and approved the final report of the History & Unity Committee, which described in detail how SCA was formed separately in Los Angeles and New York, and quickly came together as a 12-Step fellowship, helped by a growth in shared literature and by “cross-pollination” of members and 12-step principles between the two cities.
—heard and approved a report of the newly-formed Ad Hoc Committee on Program Inventory, now known as the Fellowship Inventory Project. This committee was started last year in response to the growing concerns among individual intergroups and meetings over the recent decline in membership in some regions. This committee has now been granted a charter by ISO to continue examination of SCA’s strengths and weaknesses, in order to clarify our need for acceptance and/or need to take actions, going forward. The committee’s work may include a survey of the fellowship, as part of the process of identifying areas that may need strengthening, in order to fulfill SCA’s primary purpose—to carry the message to the addict who still suffers. The Fellowship Inventory Committee operates under the Inreach umbrella.
we have 3 new pieces of literature: two of them “provisionally approved” for one year, which means that are printed in a limited number, and have been sent to ISO delegates and Intergroups, seeking comments and suggestions for possible changes/additions/deletions.
—Commentary on the 12 SCA Traditions , submitted by Toronto Intergoup. This replaces the Traditions document that had been provisionally approved at the 2017 ISO. The new version was “provisionally approved” by the ISO and was duly published and sent to ISO members and intergroups earlier this summer. The Literature Development Committee has since received feedback, and will use this as a basis for suggested revisions.
— Commentary on The Promises of Sexual Compulsives Anonymous, also submitted by Toronto Intergroup, and currently available for use by SCA Toronto meetings. This has also been “provisionally approved” , and will soon be sent to ISO delegates and intergroups. The Literature Development committee welcomes any feedback from the membership, prior to its submission for a possible final, unconditional approval at next year’s ISO Conference.
—The Sponsorship Pamphlet. This document, which had already received final approval at the 2017 ISO Conference, was never printed, and has since received some welcome editorial changes from the Toronto Intergroup. The newest version has been given final, unconditional approval by the 2018 Conference. It will be published in October and will become part of our SCA Conference-approved literature, available for online purchase.
we also have new written documentation on ISO service positions, which have been written and compiled as part of a project to produce a comprehensive service manual.
we heard a report from our Archives Committee, who have made significant progress on transcribing interview tapes from early SCA members and founders.
We also conducted elections for Executive Committee members. The Executive Committee consists of 6 members, 3 of whom are up for election in even-numbered years, and the other 3 members in odd-numbered years.
David N. (New York) is now the Fiduciary Chair, having taken over from John F. (Paris), who completed a two-year term.
Gary S. (Los Angeles) is now the Inreach Chair, having taken over from Tony D. (New York), who completed 2 two-year terms
Jim M. (St. Louis) is now the Director-at-Large, having taken over from Dan W. (Los Angeles) who completed a one-year term.
ISO is very grateful to John, Tony and Dan’s hard work and devotion in their recent service positions.
the remaining executive committee members are:
Rich K. Outreach Chair
Linda Engstrom , Outside Director
Gordon B. ISO Chair
these 3 service positions will end their term after the 2019 ISO Conference, which is tentatively scheduled for May 3rd-5th, 2019 in Chicago IL.
The next ISO Quarterly Conference call will take place 3:00-5:00 pm EDT , Saturday October 20, 2018, via our conference call app—StartMeeting. Any SCA member may participate. ISO delegates are encouraged to do so.
yours in service