The Nominating Committee is responsible for selecting prospective trustees to present to the fellowship and the Board for election at the World Service Conference. Up to 12 GSA members and 1 Class B Trustee may serve on the Board. Trustees serve three year terms in a staggered rotation to ensure smooth transitions. That means there are at least four available positions open each year.
- Nominations may come from the prospective board member or another GreySheeter.
- Within 30 days of receiving a suggestion, the Nominating Committee will ensure that the candidate is willing and eligible to accept a position on the Board before presenting the candidates to the Board.
- In August, the Chair of the Nominating Committee will present to the GreySheeters Anonymous World Service Conference delegates the slate of candidates and and explain the reasons for recommending each.
- The Board of Trustees officially elects the new Board. The WSC delegates vote to confirm this choice.
- The accepted slate will join the Board at the its first meeting following the WSC.
- The Nominating Committee maintains a list of interested candidates in case of any vacancy.
Trustee Qualifications & Duties
The following are the qualifications for becoming a trustee, and by submitting an application, the applicant agrees to follow them to the best of their abilities:
Class A Trustees (GSA Members)
- Be an active member of GSA who has at least five years of back-to-back abstinence.
- Be committed to working the GSA Steps, Traditions and Concepts of GSA. Each of the 12 Board members has one Tradition and one Concept to know thoroughly.
Class B Trustees (Non Compulsive Eaters)
- Have the desire to serve on the GSAWS Board of Trustees to share your experience gained in business, health organizations, other 12-Step program World Service Boards.
- Have a working understanding of the GSA 12 Steps, Traditions and Concepts.
- Be committed to service as a way of life and be willing to grow through service and its challenges.
- Be available with the skills, time and organization to competently fulfill commitments to GreySheeter's Anonymous World Service Board of Trustees and the GSA World Service Conferences.
- Be a team player willing and able to work with others in recovery.
- Be willing to speak up in any discussion to give your opinions about what is being decided. Your thoughts may inspire someone else’s vote.
- Be ready to volunteer to handle some tasks and to do them promptly and competently as part of the BOT team.
- Demonstrate the flexibility and willingness to work with others when the group conscience is not your first choice.
- Have both the technology (telephone, computer, printer, Zoom and email) and communication skills (written, verbal, and temperament) to facilitate group process.
- Have the time to travel to any GreySheeters Anonymous WSC conference, expenses for which will be paid by GSAWS.
Expectations of Trustees
Trustees are expected to attend the following meetings
- Monthly Board meetings on Zoom (1.5 hours).
- Meetings for whatever committee you will be the liaison for (1 hour plus per month depending on the committee).
- The monthly or quarterly meeting of the intergroup you are the liaison for, to share updates from the Board to the fellowship.
- Quarterly Town Hall meetings on Zoom (2 hours).
These meetings are very interesting and part of the Board's commitment to regular communication with the fellowship, but they do take some time. Serving as a member of the GSAWS Board requires time and effort equivalent to a half-time job.
How to Apply
Anyone who meets the criteria and is interested in serving should contact the Nominating Committee (firstname.lastname@example.org). Third parties can nominate potential trustees, but please confirm that the person is willing and available to serve before you do so.
Applications should include
- Candidate’s full name and contact details
- Candidate’s abstinence date (except for Class B Trustees)
- Candidate’s service resume. Examples: Has started a meeting in a new community, served as GSR, secretary, treasurer or booker for live or phone meetings, helped to organize GreySheet events such as Round Ups or Retreats, maintained GreySheet phone list, moderated GreyNet, maintained GreySheet website, maintained GreySheet meeting list, led retreats.
- Candidate’s other skills or experience of value to the Board (particularly for officers). Examples: Has served on executive committee of other nonprofit boards, is an attorney, accountant or bookkeeper, has organized services such as a telephone hotline, maintained a website, written literature or created new organizations
- Any other relevant information about the candidate.