2017 April Group Conscious Decisions
- Name Change for Etiquette Letter/Webpage
Change the name of the ‘Etiquette Letter’ that is sent out monthly by our Secretary and the heading on the GROW website etiquette page to ‘GROW Mail List Guidelines.’
- Recommend separate e-mail address for GROW mail
Add a recommendation that members overwhelmed by the mail volume create a separate e-mail address for GROW mail. The Approved Language will be placed:
- prominently on the Welcome page of the Members’ section of the GROW website
- as a new second paragraph in the Etiquette Letter (GROW Mail List Guidelines)
- as a new second paragraph in the Etiquette webpage (GROW Mail List Guidelines)
Sometimes, new members can be overwhelmed by the volume of e-mails coming through the list. If you experience this, you might find it helpful to create and use a separate email address to reduce the confusion of mixing GROW mail with your primary email address. There are many services that offer free e-mail (just search for “free e-mail accounts” on the web). Be sure to notify our Listkeeper at firstname.lastname@example.org if you change your address. You might also want to check out the Digest version containing the day’s posts in a single e-mail (contact our Listkeeper to get the Digest).
- Discourage using social media with GROW members without their permission.
Change the GROW Mail List Guidelines Letter and on the Mail List Guidelines to discourage contacting GROW members from contacting other members without their prior permission on social media (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, etc.).
Approved Language (new text bold italics):
In keeping with AA’s 11th Tradition and out of respect for anonymity, we do not: 1) include more than this mail list address on anything we post to the group; or 2) forward posts outside the list without getting permission from the original sender and deleting all identifying information; or 3) contact members on social media sites without their prior permission.
- Revised Greeter Letter #2
Adopt the revised Greeter Letter #2 presented below to replace the existing form letter.
Approved Greeter Letter #2:
Welcome to GROW! Now that you’re subscribed, this is one of two emails you will receive to help you start participating in our meeting right away. You might want to print these out for future reference.
We have found that sometimes the volume of mail through the GROW list can be overwhelming. If you experience this, you might find it very helpful to choose one of the following:
- create and use a separate email address to reduce the confusion of mixing GROW mail with your primary email address. Please be sure to remember to let the Listkeepers know of your new address.
- create folders for your GROW email; filters can also be set up to direct GROW mail into the GROW folder.
- request the Digest Version (a file containing the day’s posts in a single email). If you would prefer to receive the Digest version, please contact our Listkeeper at email@example.com and she will make the change for you.
A new meeting topic is sent to everyone on the list each Sunday and we share throughout the week. On topic and Off topic shares are welcome. We ask that Off topic posts be appropriate for an AA meeting. Please note in your subject line if your share is Off topic (we usually type Off Topic: … )
To share with the group, just address your email to firstname.lastname@example.org and your post will be forwarded to all members. To ensure GROW emails do not get placed in your SPAM folder, please add this address to your Address Book.
Please do not use the “Reply to All’ option when you respond privately to another member’s post to GROW, as your personal message will also be directed to the GROW list and it will bounce to the Listkeepers.
For those using phones and tablets, be aware that the default reply option is often “Reply to All”, and double-check that you are not using “Reply to All”.
Please do not type in all CAPS, as this is considered to be yelling.
You’ll have a choice of receiving regular email (a separate message for each posting to the list) or the Digest Version (a file containing the day’s posts in a single email). If you would prefer to receive the Digest version, please contact our Listkeeper at email@example.com and she will make the change for you. (paragraph deleted)
The secretary posts information about the Trusted Servants and guidelines for our email etiquette once a month. The Listkeeper (the person who makes sure the technical side of our email list works smoothly) also posts information monthly.
Web Site and Password
You’ll find lots more information on our GROW web site. The URL for GROW is: http://www.g-r-o-w.com. Some of the information is for members only, so you’ll need the following:
user name: sobertoday
If you have questions not answered by our website information, please write to me and I’ll be sure to answer them or send your questions to someone who can.
I hope Grateful Recovering Online Women is helpful to you in your journey and growth in sobriety.
[ Greeter Name ]
Grateful Recovering Online Women
- Discourage use of URLs in e-mails to GROW
Recommend that URLs Not be used in e-mails to GROW members except those linked to the AA, Grapevine, and GROW websites.
Approved Language (new sentence in bold italics):
Amend the existing bullet in the GROW Mail List Guidelines (Etiquette Letter) and corresponding webpage to add a sentence as follows: “We do not send attachments, chain letters, solicitations, virus alerts or announcements of non A.A. functions. We do not include URLs to sites outside GROW except links to the AA, Grapevine, and GROW websites.“