Labor Day Weekend Retreat
The SCA LA Retreat committee announces that registration is open for the 2018 Memorial Day Weekend Retreat!
August 31st – September 2nd, 2018
(Friday, 3:00 PM – Sunday, 1:30 PM)
Mount Calvary Retreat House
Santa Barbara, CA
Reserve a SINGLE room = $300*
Reserve a SHARED room = $250*
Registration covers the cost of meals, lodging, workshops, snacks and fellowship for the retreat.
Please register early to reserve your space and help us plan our headcount with the house.
To secure your spot, please follow the link to register and pay online:
*Prices include a $5 PayPal processing fee. Click here to Register online
Please consider an additional donation to the scholarship fund – continued scholarship assistance is dependent on donations received.
Matthias reports from Berlin …
I’d just like to share a great experience with you. Last Saturday we had a wonderful holiday event.
With 20 participants at an SCA meeting of nearly 2 hours, it was the biggest in history of SCA Berlin.
This was followed by perfect readings, performance of old-fashioned singing and dancing (Indian and French), singing of traditional German Christmas songs played by 3 great pianists at the grand piano, and at the end of this evening, a final singing of “Last Christmas” by Wham.
From starting decoration till final cleaning, a wonderful experience for 5 hours.
Yes, maybe a bit early, but fully loaded with positive energy from that evening, I’d like to send you my best wishes for a beautiful Christmas-time and all the best for a wonderful New Year 2018 in recovery.
Attached is a SCA social flyer for a Beach get together and BBQ – pot luck in Huntington Beach on Sunday, Oct. 15. Please pass this information to your meetings and spread the word.
A friend sends along this quotation from Tertullian:
“Hope is patience with the lamp lit.”
The SCAnner’s lamp is always lit.
The main SCA website went live in April 1996. Now 21 years old, it has received its third makeover.
The effort was led by Marty S., who headed an ad-hoc committee of the International Service Organization to come up with a new design. Over several years, the design was tested and tweaked by a team headed by Marty, a member of Online Intergroup. ISO approved the new design at its annual meeting in Los Angeles.
The site gets a webmaster for the first time in several years, Greg I. of New York Intergroup. The International Meeting List has also received an overhaul, now being handled by a database administered by Matthias P. of Berlin Intergroup.
The online store also has a new look, and puts into effect the Wholesale Pricing Policy adopted by ISO. Orders will go to the new Literature Distribution Coordinator, Doyle of Los Angeles Intergroup.
These active members of the Fiduciary Committee, along with the stalwart David N. (former Archivist, former Literature Distribution Coordinator, and all-around good guy), are the volunteers who make ISO’s “back office” function.
If you are interested in joining us, we will have a telephone conference call on Saturday, Oct. 7. Use the “Contact Us” form on the SCA site to get information.
John F., fiduciary chair, ISO
Beginning on Saturday October 14 we will have a new meeting in Huntsville Alabama. Here is the meeting info:
Time: Saturday 5-6pm
All Saints Lutheran Church
12100 Bailey Cove Rd
Huntsville, AL 35803
(enter through door on west side of bldg, opposite of Bailey Cove Rd)
The annual meeting of the International Service Organization will be held the weekend of April 20-22, 2018, in St. Louis. ISO had tentatively approved St. Louis as the site, contingent on approval from the local Intergroup. After the intergroup approved, the Executive Committee, on behalf of ISO, voted to accept the offer.
Further details will be forthcomin in the weeks and months ahead.
by John F., fiduciary chair, ISO
Effective immediately, the Fiduciary Committee is implementing the new wholesale pricing structure approved at the most recent ISO meeting in Los Angeles.
Registered SCA groups and intergroups qualify for a wholesale discount of 40%, as do retail bookstores. Once you register, you will receive a special code that needs to be included with each order, as well as a special page for placing the order.
Individuals, families, friends, and helping professionals do not qualify for the discount.
The wholesale price of the Starter Kit will drop substantially. Additionally, we will now notify prospective purchasers that they might qualify for a free Starter Kit if they are starting a meeting in an area that doesn’t already have one.
The wholesale price of pamphlets (four-folds) will rise slightly to cover our costs; previously some of them had sold at a loss.
These changes will enable intergroups and meetings to charge a fair retail price to members, the same that ISO will charge the general public. As a result, ISO will no longer be competing with groups in selling literature. (Previously, groups paid the same price as the general public, plus shipping costs, meaning groups had to sell literature at a loss, or else charge a price higher than ISO’s website.)
Shipping charges will remain the same and are based on the retail price, not the wholesale price.
Pamphlets will now retail for $20 for a pack of 25; with the wholesale discount the price is $12. Brochures (5×8 size) will be standardized at a retail cost of $3.50; wholesale $2.10.
The Starter Kit, previously $48.50, will now cost $25 wholesale. Retail sales are discouraged. People who wish to start a meeting in an area that doesn’t have one will probably qualify for a free Starter Kit and should contact the Inreach Committee. Those wishing to start a meeting where one already exists can get the wholesale price if they go through the existing meeting; otherwise they can pay $41.66 retail.
The Little Blue Book’s retail price remains unchanged at $7.50. It can now be ordered at that price directly from Amazon.com. (We do not endorse or lend the SCA name to Amazon but merely use it as a retail channel.) Significantly, the wholesale price will be $4.50.
For other items, the retail prices (and wholesale) are:
- Radio PSA Kit $10 (and $6)
- El Librito Azul $6 (and $3.60)
- Best of the SCAnner $5 (and $3)
- How to Start an SCA Meeting $1.25 (and $0.75)
To inquire about how to register for a wholesale discount, contact your ISO Regional Coordinator, the ISO Inreach Chair, or me as ISO Fiduciary Chair.
Madrid will be the site of a weekend conference for sex addicts in Spain. The conference is being held by Sex Addicts Anonymous and will be held Oct. 6-8.
SAA is not affiliated with Sexual Compulsives Anonymous, but we in SCA cooperate with them in keeping with the Sixth Tradition. Historically, both SCA and SAA have participated in the Interfellowship Forum and have decided by Group Conscience to mutually accept their Third Traditions as equivalent.
The flier is in Spanish, and presumably the conference will be in Spanish as well. For further information, contact the organizers as listed in the flier below.