EGGA meeting format

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EGGA meeting format

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Notes to Leaders:
READINGS: To use a reading as a topic, use a GAA reading or re-word a reading according to these guidelines. Experience shows that keeping readings brief works best, typically three paragraphs or less at a time. For a short reading as a topic, please take the time to re-word to say video gaming and gaming addiction and change any specific higher power concept to "power greater than ourselves" or "higher power". Choose from literature approved by a recovery fellowship (NA, GA, AA, etc) which is appropriate for recovery from gaming addiction.

If a reading from another fellowship is used verbatim, please preface it with this statement and re-post the statement as more people join the meeting. “We're reading a brief selection from the __ fellowship to generate some discussion on the topic. GAA is not affiliated with the __ fellowship and their literature does not necessarily speak for us and our experience. GAA does not promote specific higher power concepts.”

BACKUP LOCATION: If Zoom1 or Zoom2 is not working, you can switch between them and post notices to WhatsApp.

FOR HELP: Email meetingleaders@gaais.org to ask for help, the Closed Room password, or the Zoom host login. Or write to the meeting leader WhatsApp group.

MEETING FORMAT: On how to set/change one particular weekly meeting's format, scroll down to the next post.

EGGA MEETING FORMAT:
**** Welcome to our meeting of Gaming Addicts Anonymous ****
Do we have a volunteer for greeting new people that show up while the meeting is going on?

(By default, meetings are open:) This is an open meeting, meaning that family and professionals are welcome to observe. Participation is for only those who have had a gaming problem.

(If this meeting has decided to be closed, read:) This is a closed meeting, meaning that only those who have a problem with gaming are welcome to attend and participate.

Are there any newcomers here? We ask only to welcome you.

We want to encourage you to turn on your camera, because we have found that this can contribute to a good atmosphere of recovery during the meeting.

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When you wish to share, please use the Raise Hand feature, found under the More menu. Phone users can dial *9.
Type anytime into the chat:
? indicates a question
! to volunteer

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We start the meeting with the Serenity Prayer:

Higher Power, Grant me The Serenity
to Accept the things I cannot Change,
the Courage to Change the things I Can,
and the Wisdom to Know the Difference.
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Mission Statement
Gaming Addicts Anonymous is a fellowship of people who support each other in recovering from the problems resulting from excessive game playing. GAA is not affiliated with any political agenda, religion, or outside interests. Our single purpose is to abstain from gaming and to help others find freedom from the effects of gaming addiction. We have no membership requirements beyond the desire to stop gaming.

Our groups share their collective experience and the principles that helped them. Each of us is free to try out or disregard the suggestions of the program and other members. We have no professionals and no affiliation with any professional or government services. Our groups are financed by voluntary contributions from members and accept no outside funding.
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Our Topic: (suggest a topic here)

While we encourage you to stick to the topic of the day, you are also welcome to check in or get current. If you are new, you are invited to introduce yourself or just share what brought you here. Please try to refrain from profanity, or violent language which may upset others. We limit shares to four minutes when we have or are likely to have 15 or more people.

Our goal is to listen and hear each other, not "cross-talk" or give advice.
This specifically means:
- not speaking/chatting during shares
- not speaking directly to or about someone else's share during your own share
- we refrain from private chat during someone's share, unless asked to be spiritual greeter or timekeeper

We try to focus on recovery experience rather than the problem. In turn, we share, using "I" statements from our own experiences about our journey as we recover from gaming addiction.
~~~~~ DISCUSSION ~~~~~~~
(Please end on time, or close to it, so that all may participate in the closing.)

Thank you all for being here and helping me stay off games one more day!

(if you are using your own copy of this format) Will someone volunteer to copy the announcements from https://gaais.org/egga-format to paste into the chat when I ask for them?

7th Tradition:
Each GAA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions. We have no dues or fees. If you are a member and would like to help with expenses, feel free to visit our http://gaais.org/self-support webpage.

There are email contacts for meeting locally https://gaais.org/meet-locally , a Signal group http://gaais.org/signal , a WhatsApp group http://gaais.org/whatsapp and YouTube channel http://gaais.org/stories

Does anyone have game-free time that you'd like to mention and celebrate with the group today?

If you are new or don't yet have a sponsor, we encourage you to consider getting one. Sponsorship is an informal, voluntary relationship that can be very helpful.  http://gaais.org/sponsorship/
Anyone who is available to be a sponsor please indicate by typing ! and your contact info. Please include country code with phone numbers.

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Are there any announcements for the good of GAA?

Read announcements from https://gaais.org/announcements-egga

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Let's have a moment of silence for the addicted gamer who is still suffering.....

(Prayer/affirmation of your choosing)

Let us hug each other (To hug one another, everyone type "hugs" into their screen). If you choose to call out "Hugs," please be mindful of your volume. [Note to chair: please pause a few seconds to allow everyone to get their hugs in before moving to the next item.]

Who you see here, what is said here, when you leave here, let it stay here.

(If you need to leave) Do we have a volunteer Zoom host for a continued chat after the meeting? If not, we'll be closing the meeting. Otherwise...

Now that the meeting is over, we traditionally allow any newcomers to ask questions of people who remain, and allow anyone to share who didn't share during the meeting. Also, if you're open to phone calls with other members of the fellowship, we invite you to give your phone number, privately or, if you're comfortable, in the room's chat. Questions or shares?

END

(Some possible Prayer/Affirmations for the Day):

• Higher power, grant us the serenity
to accept the things we cannot change
the courage to change the things we can
& the wisdom to know the difference.

• Please help me and another addict stay away from that first game today.

• May I be gentle with myself today. May I be open to help from higher power and the fellowship, which can lead me to recovery.

• Just for today, I accept life on life’s terms. Just for today, I am grateful for all of the blessings in my life.

• I am open and willing to accept that reality is exactly what it is in this moment.
I seek the serenity that acceptance brings,
the wisdom to distinguish lower desire from higher purpose,
and the courage to act as guided by power greater than myself.

• Higher Power, grant us the humility to realize our ignorance, admit our mistakes and recognize our need. Help us to praise rather than criticize, to empathize rather than to discourage, to build rather than to destroy.
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EGGA
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Re: Meeting format (for both Mumble and Zoom)

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Here is the EGGA group conscience on setting/changing meeting formats for EGGA meetings.
The format of our meetings is set/changed in one of three ways:
1. If it is a brand new meeting, it is decided by the person or persons starting it.
2. If the proposed change affects the "suggested meeting format" for all of our meetings, it is decided by at the monthly Saturday business meeting for the European Group of Gaming Addicts.
3. If the proposed change affects only the format of one meeting on one particular day (e.g., 19:30 CET Wed), it is decided by a brief group conscience meeting immediately following that meeting, which should be announced both at that meeting and in the business WhatsApp chat at least one week in advance.
Scott
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Re: EGGA meeting format

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Some possible meeting topics: viewtopic.php?f=8&t=866
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