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What Is Debtors Anonymous?

Debtors Anonymous is a fellowship of people who have a shared desire to stop incurring new unsecured debt. We define unsecured debt as any debt not backed up by some form of collateral, like a house or a car.


This desire to stop debting is the only requirement for membership in DA. We have neither membership dues nor fees for the support our members offer one another. We welcome anyone to attend our open meetings.


For people whose use of unsecured debt has caused a variety of problems and has made their lives unmanageable, DA offers a program that works. In DA meetings, our members share their experience, strength, and hope, and we help each other to not incur new unsecured debt one day at a time.


DA members offer direct support to each other through sponsorship and service. Ultimately, it’s debtors helping debtors.

 

What Is Business Debtors Anonymous?

Business Debtors Anonymous (BDA) is a distinct and dynamic but not separate part of DA, created to focus on the recovery of members of the fellowship who are business owners. Together, members of BDA support one another in applying the DA principles and tools when owning and running a business. 

However, as part of DA, there is no separate membership for attending Business Debtors Anonymous meetings. As it states in DA’s 3rd Tradition, "the only requirement for membership is a desire to stop incurring unsecured debt." This applies to both personal and professional debt. It is understood that paying bills for goods and services rendered according to agreed-upon terms does not constitute debting.

 

 


 

 

What Is Sunday BDA Phone?

Now in our 15th year of service to the DA and BDA fellowship, we (Sunday BDA phone group # 968) are the hosts of a weekly BDA phone meeting, 8-9pm Eastern US time on Sundays, and other BDA activities.

 

BDA meetings and recovery include an additional set of practical and spiritual tools especially developed for business owners and the self-employed, including artists and other creatives, as well as professional services and countless other occupations. For many of us, it was through failed business pursuits that we found ourselves out of control financially. DA and BDA have given us new meaning and purpose and provide us with a peace of mind we never imagined possible.

 

Ours is an open Business Debtors Anonymous (BDA) meeting focusing alternately on the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions, on BDA Additional Tools, and on fifth Sundays on the DA Concepts of Service. Once a month we have a speaker share experience, strength, and hope on a specific Step. On other weeks we read from the DA 12x12x12 on a Step, Tradition, or Concept. On the third week of each month there is a 15-minute business meeting. On the fourth week, we read from the BDA Tools pamphlet.

 

Come read and share with us!

 
 

Statement of Confidentiality

At BDA we practice anonymity, the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions. Anonymity means that BDA members do not reveal the names of anyone we see or hear at meetings nor what is shared at meetings, allowing us freedom of expression. Anonymity works by assuring that what we say at meetings or to other BDA members at any time will not be repeated. Anonymity protects all members from identification as compulsive debtors and provides the assurance that what we share will not be repeated.

 

 

Practicing DA's 7th Tradition

This meeting has no dues or fees for BDA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. By participating in 7th Tradition we enjoy the privilege of giving back what has so generously been given to us. We collect contributions to cover expenses, first for our general fund, used for our group needs, such as outreach materials and support of the DA service structure, and second we have a GSR fund, used to fund the expenses of our representative at DA’s annual World Service Conference.

 

Please use the buttons below if you would like to make a donation electronically. If you prefer to physically mail your contribution, please request the mailing address via sundaybdaphone@gmail.com. Please attend our business meetings to hear our monthly Treasurer’s reports.

 

 

 

 

 

Contribute to General Fund

Contribute to GSR Fund

Split Contribution Between Funds

NOTE: International transaction fees may apply.

Our most recently approved Treasurer's report (click on images for pdfs):

 

 

 

Sunday BDA Phone Events

In addition to our weekly BDA Phone meetings, we also host special BDA events. We do this primarily to support our fellow DAers and BDAers in practicing the 12 Steps and engaging in long-term recovery. Our secondary reason for hosting these events is to raise the necessary funds to send our Group Service Representative (GSR) to the World Service Conference (WSC) in August of each year and to support the GSB in the growth and development of our DA and BDA outreach and support services.

We currently have one BDA recovery event planned: a 4-part series of workshops covering all 12 BDA Tools. Click on the image below to open downloadable and printable versions of the flyer. Please share this flyer far and wide. Everyone is welcome!

We will also be hosting a 4-part workshop series covering all 12 DA Traditions, with a twist: all 12 speakers will be past or present GSB Trustees. Click on the image below to open downloadable and printable versions of the flyer. Please share this flyer with your friends, fellows, groups, and Intergroups. Everyone is welcome!

Please use the buttons below, if you would like to make your workshop donations electronically. By using these buttons, rather than the 7th Tradition buttons above, you will be helping our Treasurer track your donation accurately. If you prefer to physically mail your contribution, please request the address via sundaybdaphone@gmail.com

 

2019_2020 - Sunday BDA Tools Workshops F

Donate to BDA Tools Workshops

NOTE: International transaction fees may apply.

The play buttons below will take you to the event recordings for the dates and topics specified via freeconferencecall.com.

15th Anniversary Event —
October 27, 2019
BDA Tools Workshop
(1 of 4) — BDA Tools 1-3
December 8, 2019
BDA Tools Workshop
(2 of 4) — BDA Tools 4-6
January 12, 2020
BDA Tools Workshop
(3 of 4) — BDA Tools 7-9
February 9, 2020
BDA Tools Workshop
(4 of 4) — BDA Tools 10-12
March 8, 2020

The play buttons below will take you to the event recordings for the dates and topics specified via freeconferencecall.com.

DA Traditions Workshop
(1 of 4) — Traditions 1-3
April 19, 2020
DA Traditions Workshop
(2 of 4) — Traditions 4-6
May 17, 2020
DA Traditions Workshop
(3 of 4) — Traditions 7-9
June 21, 2020
DA Traditions Workshop
(4 of 4) — Traditions 10-12
July 19, 2020

Please also listen to our monthly speaker recordings posted below under the heading:

Donate to DA Traditions Workshops

2019_11_11 - DA Traditions Flyer (draft
 

Sunday BDA Meeting Readings

During our weekly BDA phone meetings, we seek the widest possible participation, including the need for four readers each week. Click on the images below to open downloadable and printable versions of the DA and BDA readings we use. By clicking on those images, you can also immediately open the readings on your device of choice. You may even be able to expand the images until they are readable. So many options!

 

Again, please come read and share with us!

2019_09_22 - BDA Phone script draft (no
2019_09_22 - BDA Phone script draft (no
2019_09_22 - BDA Phone script draft (no
2019_08_19 - Sunday BDA Phone readings_P
2019_08_19 - Sunday BDA Phone readings_P
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2019_08_19 - Sunday BDA Phone readings_P
2019_08_19 - Sunday BDA Phone readings_P

Sunday BDA Speaker Recordings

On second Sundays, we invite a speaker to share for 15 minutes on the Step of the month. Our speaker eligibility is defined as: 90 days of not incurring any new unsecured debt, has a sponsor, has taken the Step to be shared on, has attended at least two PRGs, and willing to be recorded. 

Speakers for 2019 were selected and committed during the month of December 2018, and we began to record them in March 2019. We will continue adding recordings as they are available, including recordings of our group events (see above).

If you would like to be a Step speaker in 2020, please be sure to make yourself available to our 2020 Speaker Getter who will be elected at our group's December 2019 business meeting.

 

The play buttons below will take you to the speaker recordings for the dates and topics specified via freeconferencecall.com.

Step 3 —
March 10, 2019
Step 4 —
April 14, 2019
Step 5 —
May 12, 2019
Step 6 —
June 9, 2019
Step 7 —
July 14, 2019
Step 8 —
August 11, 2019
Step 9 —
September 8, 2019
Step 10 —
October 13, 2019
Step 11 —
November 10, 2019
Step 12 —
December 8, 2019

Please also listen to the event recordings posted above under the heading:

The play buttons below will take you to the speaker recordings for the dates and topics specified via freeconferencecall.com.

Step 1 —
January 12, 2020
Step 2 —
February 9, 2020
Step 3 —
March 8, 2020
Step 4 —
April 12, 2020
Step 5 —
May 10, 2020
Step 6 —
June 14, 2020
Step 7 —
July 12, 2020
Step 8 —
August 9, 2020
Step 9 —
September 13, 2020
Step 10 —
October 11, 2020
Step 11 —
November 8, 2020
Step 12 —
December 13, 2020
 

Sunday BDA Trusted Servants

Our group maintains the following BDA service positions, which we fill during quarterly elections, or as interim replacements when needed:

Meeting Chair: 3-month position. May serve a 2nd consecutive term if willing. Eligibility criteria: Has an active BDA and/or DA sponsor relationship, at least 30 days of not incurring any new unsecured debt and either of the following: a) has worked steps in DA at least one time OR b) is currently working steps in DA. Duties: Leads our weekly meetings, imperfectly following the script and format approved by our group conscience. It's important to start on-time, to end on-time, and to keep the meetings productively moving forward. Learns basic tech, especially muting the weekly meeting, in case our tech person is absent.


Newcomer Greeter: Usually 1-month position. May serve multiple consecutive terms if willing. Eligibility criteria: Has at least 30 days of not incurring any new unsecured debt and has attended at least one PRG. Duties: Remains for 10-15 minutes after our weekly meetings, answering questions from newcomers, and encouraging fellowship between newcomers and group members.


Speaker Getter: 1-year position, aligned with the standard calendar. May not serve more than one consecutive term. Eligibility criteria: None,  although it is helpful to know BDA members outside of our group, to attend other BDA meetings regularly, and to maintain an organized calendar. Duties: Select current BDA members, who meet our speaker eligibility criteria (see speaker recordings above), to speak at our monthly speaker meetings on the Step of the month. It is helpful to plan speakers at least three months in advance and to remind them of their upcoming service commitment. Give brief introductions to each speaker, including what made you choose them. Ensure that the speakers are recorded, even if the tech person is not present. This person may lead or help with planning fundraising events, but it is not a requirement of this position.

Business Meeting Chair and Business Meeting Record Keeper: 6-month position. May serve a 2nd consecutive term if willing, but not a 3rd. Eligibility criteria: At least 30 days of not incurring any new unsecured debt, home group members, regular participation at our weekly meetings. Duties: Be present for business meetings on the 3rd Sunday of each month (or to arrange for a substitute). Business Meeting Chair leads our monthly business meetings, imperfectly following the script and format approved by our group conscience, reviews and approves minutes, and forwards to tech person for distribution to group members via bcc. Business Meeting Record Keeper reads minutes from previous month, records minutes from current business meeting, forwards them to Biz Chair and tech for review, and supports maintenance of YTD approved minutes online. For more information, download DA's Business Meeting Format


Group Tech Coordinator: 1-year position. May serve multiple consecutive terms if willing. Eligibility criteria: Weekly participation in the Sunday BDA meeting, at least 90 days of not incurring any new unsecured debt, has attended at least 2 PRGs, computer and email skills, nice to have knowledge of MS Office and basic website maintenance. Duties: To promote continuity, relieve distractions during meetings, and keep security information intact. Arrives 10 minutes before each weekly meeting to mute the conference line and welcome early callers, works the dashboard from 8-9pm Eastern each week, muting non-sharing, non-reading members as necessary. Maintains our group contact list, maintains website (this may be outsourced), supports the tech needs of the group, distributes emails and attachments from fellow trusted servants to group members via bcc, and forwards received emails. 


Treasurer: 1-year position, elected in September each year. May serve a 2nd consecutive term if willing, but not a 3rd. Eligibility criteria: Has at least 90 days of not incurring any new unsecured debt and has attended at least one PRG. Duties: Makes the 7th Tradition announcement at each weekly meeting, collects voluntary contributions, and keeps accurate and up-to-date records of our income and expenses. Maintains separate balances for our General and GSR funds, and tracks the financial results of our special events. Makes payments, reimbursements, and distributions to GSO and DATIG, as approved by group conscience. For more information, download the DA Treasurer's Manual.


General Service Representative (GSR): 3-year position, elected in March when necessary. May serve a 2nd consecutive term if willing, but not a 3rd. Eligibility criteria: Has at least 1 year of not incurring any new unsecured debt, actively working the Twelve Steps, has attended at least two PRGs, has given service to a DA or BDA group and/or as an Intergroup officer, and is an active member of our home group. Duties: Acts as the primary link between our group and the DA Fellowship as a whole, attends and participates in our monthly business meetings, shares news from DA WSC and GSO, participates in special events and activities hosted by our group, and provides an annual WSC spending plan for review and approval. Updates our registration with GSO annually and receives  mailings to groups from the GSO. Represents our group at the annual World Service Conference as a voting delegate, communicating our needs and opinions about crucial issues affecting the DA Fellowship. Participates on a WSC Committee throughout the year, and has the option to participate on a WSC Caucus. After attending the annual Conference, reports on relevant activities and action steps and shares the details and results of Conference Convocation. For more information, download the DA Manual of Service.

NOTE: Based on our Group Inventory this year, we have begun to discuss the possible creation of positions for Intergroup Representative, who would attend monthly meetings of the DA Telephone Intergroup (DATIG), and a Public Information Representative. For more information about our group inventory, see below.

 

 

 

Sunday BDA Group Inventory

We performed a wonderful and productive BDA group inventory this year. With the help of our moderator, not a member of our group, we developed our own inventory questions:

1. What are the principles by which all DA groups function, including our BDA group? 


2. From the Fifth Tradition, what is our BDA group's message?


3. Do we stay focused on our singleness of purpose?


4. Are we, as a group, open to change? Are we flexible and open to new ideas?


5. Is our meeting format working for us and attracting new members? 
 

6. What are the special challenges we face as a phone meeting? How are we handling those challenges?
 

7. Are there changes we would like to make to our group or meetings? What are they and why?


8. Are there things we would hate to see change about our group or meetings? What are they and why?
 

9. Are we serving the newcomers who attend our meetings? How would we know? Are they coming back? 
 

10. Are we living up to self-support and voluntary contributions — in terms of both money and service — as described in the 7th Tradition?

 

11. Are we filling our open positions with qualified candidates? If no, why not? 
 

12. Do we want to create positions for Intergroup Rep and Public Information Rep? If yes, how will we accomplish this?
 

13. Is there anything we have not yet discussed based on the questions above?

Rather than making decisions, which was not the purpose of the inventory, or suggestions to the group, we framed our inventory results in terms of questions with context, which we are now working through with our group via monthly business meetings. For more information, download our complete group inventory report.

 

Sunday BDA Business Meetings

We hold our business meetings from 8:45-9:00pm Eastern, during our regular BDA meeting time, on the 3rd Sunday of every month, using the following scripted agenda, and lead by our Business Meeting Chair:

We’ll now switch to our business meeting for the next 15 minutes. The 9th tool of DA states in part “...participation in running our own program teaches us how our organization operates, and also helps us to become responsible for our own recovery.”  We use Robert’s Rules of Order to help lead our Business Meetings. As always, Tradition 2 guides us: "For our group purpose, there is but one Ultimate Authority, a Loving God as God may express himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but Trusted Servants, they do not govern." Business meeting agenda:

 

1. Ask timekeeper to give time checks at three 5-minute intervals for a total of 15 minutes.

2. Open with Serenity Prayer.

 

3. Ask Business Meeting Record Keeper to read minutes from previous month. Ask if there are amendments or objections to approving the minutes. If no objections, state “the minutes have been approved.”

 

4. Ask Treasurer to give financial report from previous month. Ask if there are amendments or objections to approving the report. If no objections, state “the Treasurer’s report has been approved.”

 

5. Share an itemized agenda for the current business meeting. Make sure participants know how to contribute items to the agenda for the next and future months.

 

6. Service positions should always be filled first. 

 

7. Address old business.

 

8. Address new business. 

 

9. Close with Serenity Prayer as close to 9pm as possible and give meeting back to Meeting Chair.

 

Sunday BDA GSR Sharings

 

Our GSR gave her 2019 World Service Conference report on November 3, 2019. The report and follow-up questions were recorded.

 

 

 

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Please see the flier below for the BDA Stories we — the World Service Conference BDA Committee — are collecting for the Ways and Means Newsletter for January 2020. 

 

Questions are listed to prompt your writing experience ... Any ways you can think to publicize this service opportunity will be appreciated.


Deadline is November 30, 2019. You can email your stories to BDAStories2019@gmail.com.

— Your General Service Representative

 
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