What is a GSR and why do i keep hearing that term?
It's short for "General Service Representative," an important link in the structure of M.A.
What does a GSR "represent"? The GSR is one person elected by a meeting to represent that meeting at the District level by reporting on how the meeting is going, and getting chips or literature if needed, or any other support. Primarily this entails going to the District's monthly meeting on Zoom. The GSR job carries information in both directions--so they also represent the District back to the meeting by bringing announcements and news from the District and Marijuana Anonymous World Services.
When are the meetings? The meetings for District 7 (southen Los Angeles county) are held on Zoom on the second Wed. of each month at 7:30pm Pacific time. The link to the meeting is here. Everyone is welcome to attend, whether you represent a meeting or not. People from other districts are also welcome. At the meeting you can learn ways to get more involved in your recovery. By meeting and collaborating with other M.A. members, you form more community.
What is happening there and what does it mean to be more involved? The District committee has many roles, some of which are open and ready for a new volunteer. You'd get help to learn all you needed (which is called service sponsorship, where a fellow who has knowledge of a job orients or trains you). Some of the District-level roles will sound familiar from the positions you can hold in an MA meeting, like Treasurer, Secretary, Literature, Chips and a Hospitals and Institutions Chair (H & I). Other District Chair roles include events, communications, webmaster, and public information.
What roles are currently open? Secretary, Chips, H & I and a delegate to connect to Marijuana Anonymous World Services. Suggested to have one year of sobriety.
How do I get on the email list and get monthly reminders about the meetings? Reach out to MAD7 @ googlegroups.com and ask to be added to the group.
May 2023 Pitch Points
LOS ANGELES District News
Upcoming Event: Kickball & BBQ (sometime in June, information TBD)
Any Questions? Contact Phil W: firstname.lastname@example.org
Come join Trailblazers, the hiking group for MA District 7, that meets every Sunday to hit the trails and explore the stunning natural beauty of Los Angeles together. Our hikes are open to anyone who is 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 along the way.
Contact email@example.com for more information.
If your meeting has covered its monthly expenses, please consider donating to the District, which we will send money to MA World Services. These donations help MAWS run and also support other independent meetings to get started so we can carry the message to marijuana addicts over the world.
To donate to District 7, visit http://PayPal.me/MAdistrict7 OR Login on http://Paypal.com and donate to info@MAdistrict7.org and in the notes add your meeting name + “7th Tradition.” Please also mark it friends & family, so PayPal does not take a service charge from the transaction.
Want to be of service at the district level? The Hospitals & Institutions Chair position is open. This commitment helps find leaders to run each panel and works with places that are requesting to have a MA panel starters. The Secretary position is also open, where you would just need to take notes during the District Meeting. We also meet once a month over Zoom and it’s a great way to make sure our district thrives. (Suggested Sobriety: 1 year)
World Service News:
Annual MA World Services Convention in Seattle, WA – September 1-3, 2023
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 banquet, dance, and a chance to fellowship with members from across the world. It’s a giant sober party and a great opportunity for growth in recovery and personal connections.
Learn more and register for this year’s upcoming convention!
Meetings that need support:
Tuesday “The Tuesday Chronicles” Zoom Meeting needs help filling commitments and needs support
Tuesday 7:30 pm "Higher Ground Online" Zoom meeting needs help filling commitments
Wednesday MA x DTLA In-person Meeting needs people to fill commitments that turnover in June
Wednesday Dopeless Hope Fiends 8:00p in-person Culver City meeting needs help to fill commitments
Wednesday Hollywood "Dual Diagnosis" needs support
Wednesday “What? Whoa... Wednesday” 7:30p Zoom Meeting has ended
Monday Zoom "How's it Hangin?" has ended but the in-person Men's meeting is still happening.
Current pitch points found at this link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1i4KYylHJYjCKn9xIOma7vmcWQMtA4s4u4wYO6YQe6vI/edit
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.
NEW IN-PERSON MEETING ALERTS
BRAND NEW MEETINGS IN PERSON IN DISTRICT 6
Malibu MA Malibu meeting
Tuesdays at 7:30 pm at Our Lady of Malibu Catholic Church and School
3625 Winter Canyon Rd. Classroom #8 Malibu 90264
Contact Brad E 503-860-7635
Thursday 7:30PM Noho Beginners (1-Hr)
MCC United Church – Annex Building
5730 Cahuenga Blvd North Hollywood, CA 91601
(Meeting in Annex. Enter via garden gate from parking lot, to left of
main hall or follow signs. On-site parking available.)
Starting December 13 2022, we will be reading 12 Essential Insights for Emotional Sobriety: Getting Your Recovery Unstuck by Allen Berger, PH.D.
It's all happening!
More info for each meeting is listed on our meetings page.
Thank you for your strength, your hope, and your service.
OTHER DISTRICT BITS
Update how your meeting listing on this website. Has anything changed or need to be clarified? The webmaster has a new email address: info.MADistrict7@gmail.com
Life With Hope - the book and the workbook - are available from our Literature Chair at cost. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
The District Treasurer’s email is now email@example.com
The Chip Chair's email is now firstname.lastname@example.org
MA WORLD SERVICE NEWS
Subscribe to the MA World Services' Carry The Message newsletter. It's a great way to stay up to date on all MA does. There may be paid special worker positions open at MA and ANLP, and details for these opportunities are in the newsletter.
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. M A World Services is sometimes abbreviated as MAWS, which rhymes with paws.