Step 12 says, "Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message and to practice these principles in all our affairs." Service is an important piece of any recovery work, keeping us grounded in our efforts. Service to EA can come in many forms:
Volunteer on a Committee
Bylaws Review Committee Is Being Formed
This fall the EA Board of Trustees plans to establish a temporary committee to review and update the EA Bylaws. As trusted servants, the members of the EA Board of Trustees meet bimonthly. At a recent meeting, the Board discussed possible next steps for updating EA’s bylaws and the opportunity to involve members in the development and ratification of this important document. The creation of this committee was determined to be the most inclusive and effective method to accomplish this task.
Bylaws are an organization’s “operating manual” and are made stronger when they reflect the voices of many individuals. This committee supports Tradition 9, which says, “EA, as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.” The existing Bylaws have had revisions made to them but need a true review to be an effective governing document for the fellowship.
Do you have experience developing bylaws or policies, or have an interest in the process? Then we need your help. Serving on the Bylaws Review Committee provides you the opportunity to have a meaningful impact on the EA community. Here are the details:
The committee will be limited to 10 members to facilitate meaningful and efficient communication among the committee members. If you are interested, please complete the application form and return it to email@example.com. Applications are due by September 30, 2019. Individuals will be chosen by the Trustees and be notified in early October.
The committee will be led by Scott Jakel, Board President, and Steve Bell, Trustee.
We anticipate monthly phone conference call meetings over four to six months, starting in late October. Time commitment is estimated to be one 1.5-hour conference call per month and about two hours of individual work and email communications among members between meetings. This may include reviewing or responding to emails or proposal drafts. In order to participate you will need a phone and an active email account and be willing to make a commitment to the time we expect it will require.
We will keep the EA membership informed of the work of the committee throughout the process.
Once the committee has developed draft products and the Board has reviewed the draft, we will present the new Bylaws to the membership for ratification.
We are really looking forward to having this be a robust, transparent process that results in a strong, updated set of bylaws for our fellowship. Thank you for considering this service opportunity so EA can be here for all those seeking emotional sobriety for many years to come.
Complete the attached application and return a scanned version to firstname.lastname@example.org or print and mail it to P.O. Box 4245 St. Paul, MN 55104 to be considered for the Bylaw Review Committee.
Share the EA Message in your Area
- Place flyers for your meeting at local coffeeshops, grocery stores, libraries, community centers etc. Flyers are available by clicking on the link to the right.
- Start a new meeting in your area. Information on how to start a new group is available here.
- Share the message of recovery with others through your house of worship or at local community group meetings.
- Talk to your group about planning a retreat.
- Schedule and publicize a Public Information Meeting to let others know about the existence of EA in your area (and let our office know when/where so we can add it to the Event Calendar on the website for all to see)
Volunteer for EA as a Whole
- Work with a current EA member to organize and prepare audio recordings to be linked to our website
- Do national research to identify mental health/healthcare/recovery organizations/providers that EA can reach out to with information
- Develop appropriate, new EA material to use to inform people/groups about EA
- Work with the Executive Director to create a plan to identify individuals in each region who would be willing to help manage communications with groups and implement that plan.
- Search for appropriate social media sites to post information about EA
- Call/email/follow up with existing groups to update or confirm their meeting information
- Research if and how we could clean up the existing online discussion forum"The Loop" platform or find a new/better one and make the transition (The Loop hasn't been updated since it was started and there maybe better technological options today.)