TO BE OR TO GET A SPONSOR

SPONSORS–Calling all sponsors!

“Sponsorship is two people with the same problem helping each other to work the program. It can provide a framework for a sexual recovery plan and for doing the Twelve Steps, and can bring emotional support at difficult times.”

BE WILLING,
BE OF SERVICE,
BE AN OUT-OF-MEETING SPONSOR!

The Inreach Committee of the SCA International Service Organization (ISO) is setting up an out-of-meeting sponsor pool for SCA members worldwide who are in need of sponsorship. This is a great way to do service and carry the message to those members who are in countries, cities and places where there are limited or no face-to-face SCA meetings, or to loners and isolated meetings. Contact can be by telephone, mail, email, Skype and internet messaging services!

If you are interested in providing distance sponsorship and helping another member to work the program, please supply the following information:

  • First Name and Last Name Initial
  • City and Country of Residence
  • Postal address and/or email address
  • Phone number (optional) – indicate best time to call/restrictions
  • Languages – spoken or written, plus degree of fluency
  • Background details – time in recovery, areas of familiarity e.g. sexual anorexia, internet addiction etc., other recovery programs, will sponsor men, women or both, preferred method of communication, other pertinent details.
  • Any questions that you may have.

Send details by email to: sca.iso.inreach@gmail.com

OR by mail to:
SCA Inreach Committee
P.O. Box 1585, Old Chelsea Station
New York, N.Y. 10011
U.S.A.

NOTE: Your contact information will only be given to SCA members that request a sponsor via the SCA Inreach Committee Sponsor List. SCA members worldwide are welcome to put their names on the list and become an out-of-meeting sponsor.

“Service is a way of helping ourselves by helping others.”

Go Figure!

Out of all the SCA survey respondents over half had either never heard of or read:

Avoiding Common Pitfalls
Moving Thru Withdrawal
Secret Shame
Q&A

yet many members complain that there is not enough SCA literature!  Go Figure?

Our literature is available on our website and over the internet

2020 Annual Conference Report

The International Service Organization of Sexual Compulsives Anonymous (ISO of SCA)

held its annual business conference during the weekend ending April 19th, 2020.
The following is a summary of the Conference:
Literature
We unconditionally approved the Commentaries on the 12 Steps of SCA
We unconditionally approved “The Gifts of Recovery”, formerly identified as “What We Get from Working the Program”
We unconditionally approved 8 individual stories of recovery submitted by SCA members
We unconditionally approved the German translation of the SCA Blue Book
We unconditionally approved the French translation of the Four-Fold
Projects
We approved immediate and widespread distribution of the SCA Fellowship Inventory Survey findings/suggestions to the membership through various means, including PDF files and possible printing, if needed
We approved convening a special ISO Conference in late October 2020 (date TBD). It will be conducted remotely. Its primary purpose will be to consider additional SCA literature for approval: including, but not limited to commentaries on the 14 Characteristics, more individual recovery stories submitted by SCA members, and a piece on Porn, Apps & Internet Addiction. [This event is in addition to the regularly scheduled ISO quarterly conference calls: July 18, October 3, January 16, 2021, and the annual ISO conference, to be held in Atlanta in spring of 2021]
Following our current (2018) Literature Development Procedure, all literature must be submitted to the ISO list at least 90 days prior to the conference, in order for it to be considered. A progress report on the Big Book development may also be given.

Fiduciary
We approved an amended Donations policy, which limits annual individual donations to $5,000 and sets a one-time $10,000 limit of donations made through wills, trusts, foundations, and other fiduciary entities. This had not previously been specifically defined.
We approved a Commercial Transactions policy, establishing limits on long-term financial commitments entered into by the Fiduciary committee. It also prohibits any rent/lease of ISO resources to any entity within or outside SCA. Any monetary transactions benefitting ISO will be deemed 7th Tradition donations to the general fund, without consideration of any direct or specific benefit.
Elections of Officers
Fiduciary Chair: David N. (NY) re-elected for a 2-year term (2022)
Inreach Chair: Gary S. (NY) re-elected for a 2-year term (2022)
Director-at-Large: Laura R. (LA) elected for a 2-year term (2022)

SCA Donations and Mail Boxes

The following SCA mail boxes are not being visited and will remain out of bounds for the foreseeable future.

70A Greenwich Avenue #209
New York, NY 10011
and
P.O Box 1585, Old Chelsea Station
New York,NY 10011

We strongly suggest that individual, meeting or intergroup donations to ISO should be made online for the remainder of this public health emergency.

 SCA Meetings Updates

Check the website: sca-recovery.org for a list of the SCA Meetings that are SUSPENDED or have gone to an ONLINE format.

In response to the increasing call for social distancing and other precautionary measures related to preventing the spread of COVID-19, many SCA meetings have decided to temporarily suspend their ‘in-person’ meetings.  Please see our website for an updated list of these changes.

Please contact sca.iso.inreach@gmail.com for additional information or if you have any questions.

2020 ISO Conference to be held Online

Due to the national, statewide and local emergency situation in New York, the ISO Executive Committee has approved a motion that the 2020 ISO of SCA Conference meet remotely, rather than in person. The dates for the conference remain unchanged: Friday April 17th – Sunday April 19, 2020.

The conference will take place at the times indicated on the Agenda and it will be entirely accessible via the StartMeeting app. If you have not already installed this app it would be advantageous for you to do so, in order to fully participate in the conference.

All reports, proposed literature, spreadsheets and other documents will be fully visible to all online attendees. Members may also attend via telephone, or thru the StartMeeting app on their phones. Please consult the ISO (password protected) page for details on installation, or contact David N., Fiduciary chair at fiduciary@sca-recovery.org for assistance.

ISO Report to the SCA membership

Greetings to all fellow SCA members,

The annual conference of SCA’s International Service Organization (ISO) took place May 3rd-5th in Chicago, IL.

Among other business matters, the ISO did the following:

Voted to unconditionally approve the previously submitted (2018)  commentary on The Twelve Traditions of SCA . This is now SCA conference-approved literature, and it will be published and made available for purchase later this summer.

Voted to approve 2 SCA stories of personal recovery to be made available as part of a forthcoming SCA Big Book. There are currently a number of such personal recovery stories that have been previously submitted to ISO, and the Recovery Book sub-committee is charged with continuing the editing process so that more of these can be approved next year.

ISO also voted to again provisionally approve (for one year) the 2018 submitted piece on The Promises. This will be reviewed and edited by the Literature Development Committee, along with recent submissions on The Promises by other contributors. 

As is the case for all provisionally approved SCA literature, copies of The Promises piece will be made available to interested members. We encourage any comments, criticisms, praise or suggestions concerning The Promises document to be sent to iso-lit-comments@sca-recovery.org.

Speaking of the “SCA Big Book”, I feel that we are getting closer to that long-awaited date when it will become a reality. This project had been discussed and worked on for at least the past 15 years.  Still to come are commentaries on the 12 Steps and also on the 14 Characteristics. The Recovery Book sub-committee continues to work on these, and the Literature Development Committee will also review them, along with the recently submitted (but not approved) Toronto & Online Intergroup commentary on the Characteristics. 

Tony D. has volunteered to remain as Literature Development Coordinator for the next 12 months. And thanks to Mike O, who has served as Recovery Book sub-committee chair for the past few years. He will stay on as a working member of that committee. 

—The SCA member survey —

ISO has recently sent emails to all intergroups and to other meetings announcing the upcoming SCA worldwide Member Survey, which will become live on our website www.sca-recovery.org during September & October 2019.

The purpose of this survey is to assess the general health and functioning of the fellowship as a whole. To this end, the Fellowship Inventory Committee has developed an online survey to help assess how well the fellowship is living up to its primary purpose of helping sex addicts achieve and maintain sexual sobriety.  This survey will be conducted during September and October 2019.  It will be available online to all SCA members worldwide, and our goal is to reach as many SCA members as possible. 

In order to facilitate the broadest participation in the survey, we are requesting the assistance of all SCA intergroups and individual meetings in identifying Survey Liaison volunteers to help inform members of the survey and to encourage them to take part.

More will be announced at your meetings during July and August.

ISO continues to develop its outreach program to the Sexual Compulsive who still suffers. Our Outreach Chair—Rich K., along with Noel F and Jonathan D. from SCA in LA—have successfully launched a digital and print “how to” guide which will reach out to more people thru the social networks. Other intergroups and meetings are encouraged to learn more, and to consider using this tool in their own local outreach. Contact outreach@scalosangeles.org for more information.

ISO re-elected the following Executive Committee members:

—-Gordon B.for a 2-year term  to continue as the ISO Chair until 2021 

—-Rich K.  for a 2-year term to continue as ISO Outreach Chair until 2021

ISO elected Alexandra Katehakis to serve for a 2-year term as the Outside Director on the Executive Committee. (2021). Dr. Katehakis is a certified Sex Addiction Therapist and the Clinical Director of the Center for Healthy Sex in Los Angeles. She has written a number of books, and has spoken at many S-program conferences, including SCA in LA. 

Dr. Katehakis replaces Linda Engstrom, who served two full 2-year terms as  our Outside Director. We thanked Linda for her devoted service to ISO since 2015.

Remaining on the Executive Committee now beginning the 2nd year of their respective 2-year terms are:

David N. Fiduciary Chair (2020)

Gary S.  Inreach Chair (2020

Jim M. Director-at-Large (2020).

ISO also approved a by-law change, explicitly defining partial-term service and how it affects term limits for officers.

 I would like to thank all members of the SCA Chicago Host Committee , led by John S, who provided for all ours needs during the May ISO Conference, and who made feel at home. A special thanks Diane V., our recording secretary, and to Mike O., our technical director for the Conference. Thanks also to Russell P., our Treasurer, to Greg I., our webmaster, to Matthias P., our international meeting list coordinator, and for all who have done service throughout the year.

yours in service,

Gordon B.

ISO Chair