District Service

what is a gsr?

GSR is short for "General Service Representative," an important link in how MA works

The GSR is a person elected by a meeting as a liaision to the District and M.A. World Services. They come to the monthly district committee meeting and report on how their meeting is going and get any support needed. It's a two way street: they also bring news from the District and Marijuana Anonymous World Services back to their meeting in the form of announcements called Pitch Points.

When are the DSC meetings? Next up June 12th, 2024.

The District Service Committee (DSC) meetings for District 7 are hybrid and meet the second Wednesday of every month from 7:30 pm to 8:30 or 9 pm PST.

The in-person component meets at Stoner Park in West LA (1835 Stoner Ave, LA 90025). There is a parking lot off of Missouri Ave. We meet in the Community Room next to the outdoor basketball courts, and we have pizza!

The Zoom link, which is the same every month, is here

Anyone is welcome to attend, whether you represent a meeting or not. People from other districts are also welcome.

What is "District-level service?" 

When you come to the meeting as a GSR you are doing District Level Service. If you want to get more involved, there are Chair positions open right now like Public Information and Hospitals and Institutions. Suggested 6 months to 1 year sobriety.

As a new Chair, you'd get help to learn all you needed (which is called service sponsorship, where a fellow with experience in your new position trains you). Some of the District-level roles will sound familiar from the positions you can hold in an MA meeting, like Treasurer, Literature, Chips, and Hospitals and Institutions Chair (H&I). Other District Chair roles include Events, Webmaster, and Public Information. Come to a meeting and ask about the service role that interests you. Even if it's currently filled, you'll get an idea of what you can bring to the table in the future, and get to know more fellows.

How do I get on the email list and get monthly reminders about the meetings? 

GSRs and the District primarily communicate via our Google Group. Reach out to info.MADistrict7@gmail.com  and ask to be added

May 2024 Pitch Points 

District 7 NEEDS YOU!

To Be of Service at the District-- Fill One of the Open Positions

Everyone is always welcome to attend the District Meeting (the next one is on June 12th) in person in West L.A. or over Zoom. Details to get to the meeting as always are at MADistrict7.org  (see above).


We have open positions on the District Service Committee. Suggested sobriety of 6 months:


Public Information Chair - This role informs addicts and others in the community about the Marijuana Anonymous program of recovery. You could initiate projects like distributing flyers, mass mailings, or managing online social media profiles for District 7.  Many PI projects primarily act to encourage people to write or call MA for more information about meetings.


Hospitals and Institutions Chair - Organize panels of speakers to go to hospitals, treatment centers, schools, and institutions in the criminal justice system. Can be in person or virtual. Previous Chair can orient you.


Meetings that Need Support

- Sunday 7:30 pm “Sundazed and Confused” ZOOM Meeting

- Tuesday 7:30 pm "Higher Ground Online" Zoom meeting

- Wednesday 7:30 pm “Dual Diagnosis” Zoom meeting  (This is a unique meeting that fills a need but doesn’t have a GSR )


D7 TREASURY REPORT   

D7 Treasurer's Report FY 23-24   Link here 


DONATE TO DISTRICT 7 If your meeting has covered its monthly expenses, please consider donating to the District. These donations help the District and MA World Services function and carry the message to marijuana addicts all over the world. To donate to District 7, visit http://PayPal.me/MAdistrict7 OR log in to http://Paypal.com and contribute to info@MAdistrict7.org. In the notes, add your meeting name + "7th Tradition."


Fellowship Convention in San Francisco Labor Day Weekend

Gratitude by the Golden Gate  Learn more https://mawsconvention.org/   August 30 – September 1, 2024 

The MA World Convention is the annual recovery and social gathering for all of Marijuana Anonymous. The Convention includes workshops, keynote speakers, MA meetings, a dance, and a chance to fellowship with members from across the land. It’s a giant sober party and a great opportunity for growth in recovery and personal connections.

Registration, Scholarship Applications, and Hotel Bookings are open

We are hosting the next convention in 2025, so let’s go see how it's done and have fun at the same time.


NEIGHBORING EVENTS

Check out two events in District 6 to the north, June 8 Karaoke and August 23 - 26th camp out. Details at https://www.madistrict6.org/events/ 



Stay in Touch with M.A. World Services via Newsletter 

M.A. World Service has two free email newsletters you can subscribe to:  Carry the Message and A New Leaf, the M.A. Literary Publication. Find the sign up option on the Marijuana-anonymous.org homepage or support page. 


Join the Trailblazers, the hiking group that meets every Sunday 

Let's hit the trails and explore the stunning natural beauty of Los Angeles together. Our hikes are open to anyone seeking a sober and supportive community while enjoying the great outdoors. Clear your mind and connect with nature. Join us as we blaze new trails and make lasting friendships. Contact mad7trailblazers@gmail.com for more information.

PREPARE FOR 2025 BIG EVENT for the DISTRICT

District 7 will be hosting the 2025 Convention, a weekend full of recovery and fellowship with marijuana addicts from all over the world. So, there will be opportunities to be of service in the future. Go to the Labor Day Convention this year to get ideas about what a convention is like.


Stay in Touch with M.A. World Services via Newsletter 


M.A. World Service has two free email newsletters you can subscribe to:  Carry the Message and A New Leaf, the M.A. Literary Publication. Find the sign up option on the Marijuana-anonymous.org homepage or Service page. 


OTHER DISTRICT BITS

Thank you for your strength, your hope, and your service. 

SOBRIETY CHIPS News  


(Not exactly a pitch point, but for your information and your meeting/ chip person)

What is Up with Chips/Tokens?  Your meeting has options to get Chips -- While MA World Services cannot advertise or endorse any outside enterprise, My12StepStore.com now has Newcomer up to 18 month plastic chips with the MA logo on them available for sale, and at their store in West Hollywood.  


Meetings are autonomous, so your meeting can choose to buy chips with your own funds from any of the authorized vendors shown on the Google Doc link below.   Wood chips, pottery, it's up to you.  Questions about chips can be directed to the Chips Committee at chips@ma12.org.  Learn why we make efforts to protect the M.A. logo.


List of Authorized Vendors of M.A. Chips:    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CXvF-lDSStz_AJFagRjy0b2JmPvg7yBQyOXLpq0j1Yw/edit  


mar-anon announcement

Info for friends and family members with a marijuana-addicted loved one from MAWS Correspondence Trustee, Nina:

There is a program for loved ones of Marijuana Addicts similar to Al-Anon and Nar-Anon.  It is Mar-Anon.  Check out their website at mar-anon.com.  They have an online meeting daily and recently two in-person meetings have opened up though neither are in the District 7 area. (One just opened in the San Diego area.)  Please pass on this information to interested folks.


MA WORLD SERVICE NEWS

District 7’s Relation to MA World Services

The fellowship of Marijuana Anonymous is served by the non-profit corporation called Marijuana Anonymous World Services. The purpose of MA World Services is to provide everything necessary for the fellowship of MA to function. Similarly, District 7 provides services to MA meetings in our territory, the Southern Los Angeles Metro area. District 7 is one of many MA Districts that have chosen to support the broader services offered by MA World Services (shout out to our sweet sister district, District 6, serving North Los Angeles!)


Typically, each D7 meeting elects a General Services Representative, or GSR, who makes weekly or monthly announcements from our district or from World Services at their meeting. GSRs meet once a month to share information and updates, and to collect the pitch points we make in our GSR announcements. 


For more information about the different levels of service that make up Marijuana Anonymous, take a look at the "Services" tab on the MarijuanaAnonymous.org website