Greater Toronto Area Intergroup of
The primary purpose of of the Greater Toronto Area Intergroup is no different than any other SAA group - to carry the message of SAA to our fellow addicts. The membership is composed of Intergroup Representatives from individual meetings and ad hoc members who step forward voluntarily to provide special skills such as website maintenance. There are five trusted servant roles: Secretary, Treasurer, Literature, Communications and Group Service Representative.
The GTA-IG is supported through donations from individual groups. The GTA-IG maintains a cash reserve deemed to be prudent to meet only our local needs (currently set at $1,500.00) and forwards any additional funds to the International Service Organization of SAA
The GTA-IG meets once a month for one hour for what amounts to a business meeting that any group has. We keep up-to-date on all the portfolios. We consider motions and make decisions based on group conscience
Website maintenance, web hosting services
Phone line monitoring and response
Email monitoring and response
Design and printing of public information material
Ordering literature from the ISO
Filling orders to local meetings
Composing, printing and distributing local pamphlets and meeting lists
Annual conference (returning in February 2019)
Weekend retreat (a new event coming sometime in 2019 we hope
Summer Social (held in September of 2018)
SAA table at Recovery Day (held in September of 2018)
Maintain and grow contact with more than 30 SAA groups from Winnipeg to St. John's
The Group Service Representative chairs a bi-monthly conference call wECAN Eastern Canada Area Newsletter (coming soon)
The GTA-IG meets on the third Friday of each month. We currently meet at 7:30 p.m. at 686 Broadview, immediately following The Solutions Group meeting. It's a wonderful opportunity for fellowship and service to the SAA community.
Anyone who is a member of SAA can attend an Intergroup meeting and participate in forming the group conscience. We especially encourage Intergroup reps to attend on a regular basis or send an alternate.
Every individual group in the GTA is encouraged to elect an Intergroup Rep as a Trusted Servant position for a period of one year. We encourage IG reps to attend GTA-IG meetings regularly. Currently representation of individual SAA groups is low (3 out of 8!). If your home group does not have an Intergroup Rep, please work on having someone represent your group at the GTA-IG. Our fellowship suffers from lack of an important 2-way conduit between your group and the Intergroup that fosters our primary purpose in a number of important ways.
This is a new GTA-IG initiative. The role of the Retreat Organizer is similar to that of the Conference Organizer in almost all respects. The only difference is that planning will probably need to begin about one year in advance as retreat facilities are routinely booked that far in advance. Once a facility has been identified and booked, the detailed organization will probably be about the same as a conference. The service provided by the GTA-IG would be similar to those provided to the conference.