Welcome to the world of service in our small but mighty fellowship of GreySheeters Anonymous. As a group service representative (GSR), you are charged with the responsibility of listening to the members of your group, bringing them news from the intergroup your group may belong to and from the World Service Conference, and being the group’s voice in the structure of the GSA community.

As is the case with other twelve step recovery communities, GSA is an upside-down organization. Rather than a hierarchical structure where the people at the top are ones who make the decisions and have the most authority, the top of our structure is the collection of GSA groups. As a spokesperson of your group, you occupy the second highest tier in our organization and are a voting member at the World Service Conference.

Most compulsive overeaters in recovery, especially in the beginning, are aware of only those parts of the community with which they are in contact: meetings, sponsors, and possibly a round-up or retreat gathering. They may have a vague understanding that people had work to do in order to make sure a meeting place is open at the right time, or the phone meeting has a moderator and someone must book speakers and handle the treasury, but in the fuzzy haze of early recovery, little time or attention is spent on how meetings come to exist or how they remain open to help a fellow compulsive overeater.

As a group service representative, you may be the person who is in most contact with other parts of our structure. Newcomers may look to you for information, a way to access our web site and its resources. Your enthusiasm about extending the hand and heart of GSA to those who are still suffering may inspire fellow group members to become involved in committee work. As issues arise in groups, you may be asked to communicate those issues whenever they need the attention of the larger structure, or even become an agenda item at the next World Service Conference.

But for now, just know that the members of your group have confidence in your ability to represent them. Enjoy this time and the people you will meet in your regional intergroup, the things you will learn about service at the conference in two years, and all the ways your gifts may contribute to the world-wide community of Greysheeters Anonymous.

And trust that we need your gifts, talents, time and attention to whatever you commit to doing as a GSR. We look forward to working with you and getting to know you better.

What is a General Service Representative (GSR)?

GSRs are an important link in maintaining and contributing to the growth and unity of GreySheeters Anonymous (GSA) around the world.

What Does a GSR Do?