CHANGES TO LINKS FOR ZOOM MEETINGS (Jun-Jul 2024)

Dear Central and Eastern Canada DA members: please note that, as was decided at our last Intergroup meeting, we will be resetting the Zoom links for all the meetings using our Intergroup’s Zoom account. We are aiming to have these changes completed by mid-July 2024. Please refer to the meeting list on our website as we will be updating it as the changes occur. Your meetings may also reach out to you directly to let you know of the change.

If your group has not yet reached out to the Meeting schedule coordinator to schedule a switch to a new Zoom link, please contact us at meetings@debtorsanonymous.ca.

In recovery,

Central and Eastern Canada DA Intergroup.

World Service Conference 2024 Fundraising

The Host Committee for the 38th Debtors Anonymous World Service Conference in Ottawa this summer is raising funds to help get future GSRs and ISRs to the World Service Conference. The Host Committee has made WSC38 t-shirts, notebooks, coffee mugs and more available. See below for an example.

All proceeds will go to the John H Scholarship fund which helps Group Service Representatives (GSRs) and Intergroup Service Representatives (ISRs) get to the Conference each year. This is a great way to support the Fellowship.

As the deadline for this year’s John H scholarship has already passed, these proceeds will go toward the John H scholarship for 2025.

All prices are shown in Canadian dollars, but PayPal will automatically convert to your local currency.

ENGLISH: https://www.zazzle.ca/store/wsc38_ottawa/products

FRENCH: https://www.zazzle.ca/store/wsc38_ottawa/products?lang=fr


Deadline to vote is Friday at midnight

As many of you know, there is a fellowship wide vote in progress, ending in 48 hours – May 10, midnight EST.

If 75% of all registered groups vote for these changes, they will pass. If not, there will be no change. Concept Two (p.121 of D.A’s 12, 12 and 12) outlines this requirement of the Charter.

Would you check with members or groups that you know of, so that the fellowship can complete this vote?

Information on how to vote can be found here on DebtorsAnonyous.org

The question which are being voted on are as follows:

  1. With permission from A.A., the Conference proposes to revise the D.A. Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions by replacing the words ‘he’ and ‘him’ with the word ‘God’ and to rephrase Tradition Two as follows: ‘For our group purpose, there is but one ultimate authority – a loving God as God may be expressed in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.’
  2. The WSC Literature Committee moves that the Conference update Tradition 11 to strike out the word ‘and’ between ‘radio and films’ and to add at the end ‘television and all other public media’. 

    The Tradition would therefore read:

    ‘Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion: we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, films, television and all other public media.’

Thank you for your participation in helping to determine the future of D.A. The results will be available later this year – after the voting closes on May 10th, 2024 at midnight.

Taking the fear out of becoming a Treasurer — Tuesday April 30

‘Everything About D.A. Treasurers’ Workshop, an online event, arrives in the Greater New York Area and across the world on Monday, April 30, 2024, between 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Eastern Time. The link below forwards to the ‘Everything About D.A. Treasurers’ Workshop registration page. A Workshop flyer is attached.

Suggested Donation is $12 payable to gsrsnyc@gmail.com [via Zelle / PayPal / Venmo @GSRSNYC] and if you can donate more, we’d be delighted, and no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Information about the Special Event > https://sites.google.com/view/ny-gsr/

Event Zoom Link > https://bit.ly/GSRWorkshop passcode > gsr777

Donate to the GSR Fund > GSR Donation *optional

Event time by time zones – UTC [GMT] at Tuesday April 30, 23:00

[Los Angeles] 4:00pm-5:30pm PDT – Tuesday 30 April
[Buckeye] 4:00pm-5:30pm MST – Tuesday 30 April

[New York] 7:00pm-8:30pm EDT – Tuesday 30 April

[London] 12:00am-1:30am BST – Wednesday *1 May* Midnight 

[New Delhi] 4:30am-6:00am IST – Wednesday *1 May*
[Perth] 7:00am-8:30am AWST – Wednesday *1 May*

[Sydney] 9:00am-10:30am AEST – Wednesday *1 May*

[Auckland] 11:00am-12:30pm NZST – Wednesday *1 May*

Click here to download flyer

Call for Submissions: Debtors Anonymous Basic Text

The GSB Literature Publications and Literature Services Committees are asking D.A. members to submit their recovery stories for possible inclusion in the “Member Stories” section of the Basic Text of Debtors Anonymous.

Our hope is that the recovery stories will reflect a rich variety and range of experiences in Debtors Anonymous:

  • Authors will need to identify as “debtors” or “compulsive debtors” in order to be consistent with D.A.’s primary focus, which is to not incur any new unsecured debt
  • Members are welcome to identify and highlight symptoms of debting in their personal stories (underearning and compulsive spending, for example)
  • To reach as many still-suffering debtors as possible, we are seeking stories from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. This could include touching on aspects of: 
  • Exhibiting the “Twelve Signs of Compulsive Debting” behaviors
  • Growing up in extreme wealth or poverty
  • Recovering in a couple (one or both are in D.A.)
  • Raising a family as a debtor
  • Debting outside the U.S. (e.g., countries where mobile phones are credit cards)
  • Experiencing synchronicity in recovery (e.g., working Step 9 and   running into past acquaintances to whom you owe amends)
  • Experiencing miracles in recovery (e.g., debting behaviors lifted)
  • Similarly, members from underrepresented populations (e.g., BIPOC, TGI, LGBTQIA+, disability, etc.) are invited to include this part of their identity if they feel comfortable doing so.

Please send submissions in editable text format only (not PDF) with a suggested maximum length of 2,500 words. If you are unable to send your story due to technical, language, disability, or other considerations, please email us and we will work with you to accommodate your needs.

You must include a signed and dated Assignment of Rights release form with your story (available at https://debtorsanonymous.org/release) and submit by email only to: basictextstories@debtorsanonymous.org

Please include your full name, phone number, and mailing and email addresses.

All personal information will be kept confidential.

Click here to download flyer

Promise 6 Day, Saturday April 27

The 5th Annual Event to Honor Promise Six

“Isolation will give way to fellowship; faith will replace fear.”

A fun day to celebrate our Fellowship together.

Promise Six Day is an annual event approved by the World Service Conference that takes place on the fourth Saturday of April. Members are encouraged to participate in fellowship to break out of isolation. 

Groups are encouraged to plan activities – in person or virtual – for fun and fellowship. 

Click here for a musical tag ~

Check out ideas for events and register your group’s event now!

Here is a list of Promise Six Day events around the world ~

Click here to download flyer

Spiritually Sustainable Earning Fellowship-wide Call June 1, 2024

Spiritually Sustainable Earning is earning that meets our emotional, mental,  physical, and spiritual needs. As we work the Steps and apply the Tools in  everything we do, our earning efforts come into alignment with our Higher  Power’s will. As a result, we find ourselves living a prosperous life, wealthy  in relationships and rich in experiences. 

Please join us to hear from three D.A. members how spiritually sustainable earning has changed their lives.

The qualifications will be followed by Q & A / Open Sharing.  

USA & CANADA CALL IN NUMBER: +1.605.472.5540 
ACCESS CODE: 617093  

For international numbers and online access:
www.debtorsanonymous.org/call-in-access

Click to download flyer

Workshop Series: The Steps We Work (online step study in Feb, Mar & Apr 2024)

The Toronto Saturday morning meeting (Recover from Debting, Group #508) will be holding a series of fundraising workshops this year where participants will be working the Twelve steps together.  For each Step, there will be a speaker and time to do personal work on that Step. At the end of each workshop there will be time for open sharing.

If you are new to the program or don’t have a sponsor, this is a great opportunity to start your work on the Steps. If you are a long-timer, this is a great way to deepen your recovery. Everyone with a desire to stop incurring unsecured debt is welcome!

The workshops are scheduled as follows:

  • Steps 1 through 4: February 10, 2024 2pm to 4 pm
  • Steps 5 through 8: March 09, 2024 2pm to 4 pm
  • Steps 9 through 12: April 13, 2024 2pm to 4 pm

The workshop will be held over Zoom. You can join the meetings using the following link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89074956308?pwd=ZXYxQjZhVk5rUWpLOTdhUTVXUUZ4dz09

Meeting ID:  890 7495 6308

Passcode: 20220623

Find your local number to call in:  https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kdXwv3ergn

Suggested Donation: $10 or more*. Proceeds support Toronto’s “Recover from Debting” Group (#508) Representative’s attendance at the World Service Meeting in August 2024).

*Unable to donate? You are still welcome! You are more important than your money!

E-transfer Donations to: Saturday519church@gmail.com. Please write “GSR” in the message field when sending e-transfer.

Please click here to download the flyer and spread the word!

Group Re-registration Deadline December 31, 2023

This is an announcement all D.A. Groups regarding the requirement to re-register all meeting before December 31 and explaining the upcoming vote next year. This post is longer than most, but is important for all groups to consider.

Our new Registration form is ready for use:

ANNUAL GROUP REGISTRATION / MEETING UPDATE FORM

We ask you to fill this out before December 31, 2023. 

Why This Is Happening

There are two important reasons why this needs to be done now. 

  1. The GSB and GSO want to clean up the database so that we are sure the meetings on our list are active and welcoming for all D.A. members. Recently, it’s been difficult when newcomers call the office to know if some meetings are still functioning. Some of this is due to the pandemic and the shift to video platforms. But some groups have simply not re-registered in several years. When we are helping members who call the office, we want to be able to say where and when, what focus, and how to access a meeting without worrying that we are sending someone to a non-existent location or a meeting that is not following the Traditions. 

    Earlier this year, we wrote about this in the Focus. D.A. Focus – First Half 2023. For the first time, we are asking you, when you register, to accept the Traditions that keep our meetings healthy.
  2. At the time of writing in the DA Focus we hadn’t anticipated that we would have another reason for doing this. You may have heard from your GSR that A.A. has given us permission to change the Steps and Traditions to reflect Gender Neutrality and to expand Tradition 11, if the Fellowship so chooses. So D.A. will be holding a ballot in the New Year for all registered groups to vote on whether to accept changes that were proposed at the Conference in 2023, or not. (Summary of the relevant Conference Motions below.)

    The Conference Charter, Article 3 (DAMS 2023 – page 83) requires 75% of registered groups to agree to any change in the Steps and Traditions – not just 75% of the groups that actually vote.

Summary: Re-Registration is crucial by the end of the year. Please re-register, and encourage your Group and Intergroup to actively seek out other groups who may have let their registration lapse, and encourage them to update via the new form.

The Voting Process

One of the reasons the previous vote to update Tradition 11 did not pass is said to be that non-active meetings still on our meetings list received a ballot but didn’t vote. Since the Charter requires 75% of ALL groups to vote in favor in order to make a change to the Steps and Traditions, any groups that do not vote must automatically be counted as “no” votes. They could not be counted as “yes” votes because they could not be counted in the 75%.

We are putting forward our best efforts to avoid this happening again. If your group does not register or reregister before the deadline of December 31, 2023 your group’s old registration will not be on the website directory and your group will not be sent a ballot. 

Even if you don’t have a GSR, you will need at least two email addresses of trusted servants, one of whom will vote on the group’s behalf. It may be important, where possible, that these email addresses are of long-term members of your meeting. Please note, your registration emails for your group are your group’s access to vote in the coming ballot. 

In order to have an impartial and secure vote the GSB has contracted an outside vendor who has expertise in this area of specialized online voting. 

This information will be held in the USA by an external data processor and be shared with the company in the UK who will manage the ballot on gender neutrality. Please only share your email address if you consent to this. Some members have found that the best way to maintain anonymity is to create a specific email address for this purpose, such as “solvencyrocks@anonymousexample.com”.

Please note that it is groups who vote, through these trusted servants, not individuals. The Ballot will be open long enough for groups to determine their group conscience – approximately four months. 

Please be assured that the GSB and GSO will do everything we can to reach our D.A.groups. We will use this email method and we will do our best to contact groups via the contact information we have on file. So if you receive this and other emails more than once, we apologize but it’s in service of getting as broad a group conscience on this as we can.

The Vote to change the Steps and Traditions to reflect Gender Neutrality and to expand Tradition 11.

For your information, here are the two motions that were passed by substantial unanimity at the WSC 2023 in Newark:

  1. The WSC Literature Committee moves that the conference approves authorizing the General Service Board to send out a ballot to the registered groups of the Debtors Anonymous Fellowship, to include the following:

    ‘With permission from A.A., the Conference proposes to revise the D.A. Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions by replacing the words he and him with the word God, and to rephrase Tradition Two as follows: “For our group purpose, there is but one ultimate authority – a loving God as God may be expressed in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.”
  2. The WSC Literature Committee moves that the Conference update Tradition 11 to strike out the word “and” between “radio and films” and to add at the end “television and all other public media”.

    The Tradition would therefore read:

    “Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, films, television and all other public media.”

Yours in service,
The AdHoc Committee of the General Service Board of Debtors Anonymous

REMINDER: DA Retreat, Ancaster ON, 24-26 Nov 2023

There are still places available for the DA in-person retreat being held at Mount Mary Retreat Centre in Ancaster, Ontario. The theme of the retreat is a journey through the D.A. twelve steps.

Start time: Friday, 24 November 2023 at 7 p.m.
End time: Sunday, 26 November 2023 at noon.

For details about the retreat programme, registration, accommodation and costs, please see this flyer.

You can also register using this link.