HOW TRG'S ADMINISTRATION WORKS
The following is a brief summary of how we include all members in the administration of The Recovery Group. It includes information from the time a suggestion or proposal is introduced by a member of TRG to the resolution and implementation of that proposal.
PROPOSALS - HOW POLICY CHANGES ARE MADE
The Recovery Guidelines and Traditions can be found by going to the following web address:
It is important to know that TRG by design is not a political organization, a church or a government. The Recovery Group is a 12 Step Community with many loops, meetings, studies and services. It is unlike any other 12 Step organization including other online groups and Overeaters Anonymous. We do not have By-Laws, complicated voting procedures, treasurers, solicitation campaigns for financial reasons or publish books to survive. We depend solely on volunteers who have a deep commitment to the 12 Steps and Traditions and are endowed with a generous spirit resulting in dedicated service to others.
The only requirement to be a member of The Recovery Group is to have the desire to quit eating compulsively.
The requirements to be a Coordinator with the potential to be a General Coordinator or Administrator can be found here:
A PROPOSAL HAS FOUR STEPS:
- Member wants a policy or change and has reflected on it, talked with their sponsor, etc.
- Member presents their proposal to the Coordinator in charge of the support loop or Meeting Leader. If it is a simple change, the coordinator or meeting leader notifies TRGAdm or MtgAdm who can implement it immediately. This is important when it concerns the welfare of the loop or meeting.
- The Coordinator or Meeting Leader takes a more complex proposal to TRGAdm or MtgAdm and it is discussed and decided if it can be implemented easily or needs to be taken further to the TRG Executive Committee. The Committee is made up of individuals who have experienced all service positions at TRG.
- TRG's Founder puts the suggestion in the form of a proposal and the Committee has a detailed discussion which results in a fully informed group conscience and the change is implemented. The Founder does not vote other than in the case of a tie. After a full discussion, there is usually a unified consensus, but not always.
If a significant change in the Recovery Group is considered,the Committee takes it yet another step further ... to the members themselves via the Recovery Intergroup. (See below for more information about TRG's Intergroup.
TRG LOOP ADMINISTRATORS
1. Each member of the Intergroup is TRG's representative and, although all coordinators and meeting leaders are invited to be on the Intergroup, it is not required. Those in the Recovery Intergroup are required to diligently work on an issue, discuss and understand it fully and and be able to vote pro or con on any issue that becomes before them. If they do not have the time nor inclination to give an issue 100%, they excuse themselves from the Intergroup and the vote proceedings.
2. All members have an input via their Meeting Leader or Coordinator by writing to one of the voting entities.
3. The Founder has made and will continue to make landscape decisions on behalf of the Recovery Group in keeping with the original mission of this organization. Example: TRG was founded and set up to be a 12 Step community to support compulsive eaters. If someone proposed that this be changed, the Founder would not allow it to be proposed and brought to a vote. Another example: If some entity wanted to categorize our organization by making it something that it isn't, the founder may or may not decide to bring that issue to a vote. The above examples are both basically landscape decisions having to do with the original mission.
4. If there are those in this organization who do not agree with what most consider to be a fair and thorough way of administrating and has been time tested for efficacy and fairness, they may leave, begin their own organization or move to an organization that meets their individual needs.
The Recovery Group has many support loops. One of the most important Trusted Servant positions is that of a TRG LOOP ADMINISTRATOR. A Loop Administrator's most important job is to recruit, train and supervise the coordinator of our support loops. Here are some of the qualifications we are looking for as we interview candidates for this job: TRG ADMINISTRATOR QUALIFICATIONS
To have been a Coordinator of a Recovery Loop
To have been a member of TRG for a minimum of one year
To be working a good recovery program
To be able to be on the computer each day
To have good writing skills
To be a good organizer
To have the ability to supervise others
To have the ability to train others to be good coordinators
To have good time-management skills, especially a the end of the month report times
To meet all the qualifications of a TRG Coordinator as reflected at the website: http://www.therecoverygroup.org/ts2009.html
To read their respective loops mission statements and the Coordinator’s website
To be familiar with TRG’sTraining Program found at http://www.therecoverygroup.org/traininig/index.html
To be good as developing new programs such as Outreach with the mission of increasing membership in the loops you oversee
To be able to handle sensitive issues that may be brought to you by members and coordinators and to resolve these issues
To be able t o facilitate Group Conscience within a TRG loop structure in the event one is needed.
To develop good recruiting skills
To be able to discern good candidates for loop coordinators and train them well
To be personally responsible for all services needed by their support groups or delegate this to others
To communicate with TRGAdm when a loop member requires moderating.
Be patient and correct people regarding inappropriate sharing privately in kind, loving and gentle ways.
Be an example for others be sharing personally in a 12 Step Way, not using inappropriate signatures on TRG communications.
Have a knowledge of ListServ commands and functions
Be knowledgeable about exporting members from one loop to another (OANewcomers to Recovery and OAOnline)
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