Bay Area SAA Recovery Resources

Sponsorship

Excerpt from The Tools Of Recovery

Sponsorship moves our recovery into action. A sponsor provides guidance and support through the process of stepwork and the experience of withdrawal. We encourage you to initiate the sponsorship relationship by asking someone with whom you feel you might work well. Don't be discouraged if you get a few "No's." in time you will receive the "Yes" that is meant for you. When choosing, look for someone who has qualities you admire, who has continuous sobriety from Inner-Circle behavior and has ideally completed their Fifth Step. Do not ask someone to whom you are sexually attracted, as this is a bad mix.

Sponsors are not professionals, but are merely sex addicts who have found a way to stay sober and want to help others. Establishing your "circles" (see the "Three Circles" pamphlet and the discussion in the next section of this booklet), discussing expectations and writing down clear agreements between you may be the first tasks of this relationship. As addicts, we have often led secret lives. A sponsor is someone we regularly check in with. Sponsors will make suggestions, but you are responsible for your program. Sponsors do have lives; don't be upset if they are not always available. This is the time to reach out to others in the fellowship.

Honesty, commitment, openness and a willingness to take suggestions are important attitudes for a sponsee. Finding a permanent sponsor may take time. Thus, it is suggested that when you enter the program you ask someone who has more sobriety time than you and has completed their First Step for temporary sponsorship.

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Bay Area SAA Announcements

DAVIES BONFIRE October 17th

Davies Tuesday 6:30 meeting is organizing the 2nd annual Bonfire with show tunes!! 10/17 from 8 -10 pm at Ocean Beach across from Beach Chalet Restaurant. Bring your music and sing by a blazing fire. Lots of Fun! Contact: Barbara Nysfbv@gmail.com Or call Daryl W at 415-533-5057

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The Bay Area SAA fellowship is working hard to support the International Convention

It will be THREE days of recovery (speakers, workshops, meetings).
To support the convention, keep registration costs low, and make it an excellent experience for us, we collectively need to provide service and financial support for the Convention. The Convention Committee and Intergroup are asking each meeting to please 'pass the hat' one extra time each month from now through May 2018. Thanks to all who have provide support already: we have raised over $10,000 but we need to raise more.

Some of our fellows have offered $3,500 in matching grants that will be contributed if we reach at least $3500 through this fundraising effort. That money will be contributed to this Convention Fundraising effort if our meetings can collect at least that amount by the end of May 2018. Please help. Any amount is acceptable, $2 is suggested. We hope all meetings will cooperate with this important effort: it has been a vital part of the fundraising for recent SAA conventions.

Please send proceeds in an envelope addressed to 'Convention' c/o Howard C, 217 Dwight Road, Burlingame, CA, 94010. Checks should be made out to ISO of SAA with a note 'Convention'. Please send a check (or if you prefer, you can give cash to Howard C). Please send a check in December and in April if possible so we know how we are doing!

If you would like to help by making a 'matching grant' commitment, please contact Howard C at jhowardc@outlook.com

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