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FA WSI Terminology


I. GENERAL TERMS

World Service, Inc. (WSI): FA’s central operating organization

World Service Board (WSB): the board of trustees of FA

World Service Office (WSO): the central FA office in Massachusetts

World Service Conference (WSC): the voting members of FA, the “voice of FA”

World Service Business Convention (WSBC): the annual business meeting of FA

Therefore: conference = voting members; convention = meeting

The WSC consists of “members,” not “delegates,” because those elected to serve are asked to think of the needs of the whole of FA. They are not delegates who represent individual meetings even though they have been elected by those meetings.

WSI Standing Committees: committees that serve the World Service Conference (bylaws, connection, convention planning, literature, office, public information, service group support, traditions review, and twelfth step).

WSB Standing Committees: committees that serve the World Service Board (such as board motions review, design, finance, inquiry response, and personnel).

Special Committees: short-term or ad hoc committees that provide essential services for WSI or WSB.

II. ACRONYMS RELATED TO COMMITTEES

BMRC: Board Motions Review Committee

GIA: Gratitude in Action Subcommittee of Twelfth-Step Committee

IRC: Inquiry Response Committee

MESA: Meeting Effectiveness Support and Assistance Subcommittee of Twelfth- Step Committee

PI: Public Information Committee

SGSC: Service Group Support Committee

TRC: Traditions Review Committee

WES: Writing/Editing Subcommittee of Literature Committee

III. ACRONYMS RELATED TO SERVICE GROUPS

EAI: Eastern Area Intergroup

LSG: Local Service Group

WAI: Western Area Intergroup

IV. TERMS RELATED TO MEETINGS

Contact: a person acting as a direct liaison between their meeting and World Service, an intergroup, or a chapter (e.g., WSI contact, intergroup contact, chapter contact, and meeting contact).

FA Information Session:  A special meeting designed to educate the general public about FA. Information Sessions were formerly called "PI Sessions" or "PI Meetings."

Representative or “Rep”: a person acting as a direct liaison between their meeting and a WSI committee (e.g., connection rep, MESA rep, and PI rep).

Qualification Meeting: A meeting where a member shares how they qualify as a food addict; sharing experience, strength, and hope.

V. TERMS RELATED TO FA-WSI GOVERNING DOCUMENTS & LITERATURE

FA-WSI Bylaws:  Our primary governing document.

Continuing Effect Motions Manual (CEMM): contains all conference-adopted policies unrelated to the bylaws from 1998 to the present. It also contains amendments to the bylaws since June 2020.

WSB Manual: contains responsibilities and procedures related to all activities of the WSB.

WSC Member Manual: contains all pertinent information related to being a World Service Conference member.

WSI Standing Committees Manuals: contain procedures for all nine WSI standing committees.

Conference-Approved Literature: works approved by the conference and intended for the entire FA fellowship. They are also made available to the public at large. Such literature is written or revised by or under the direct supervision of the Literature Committee. Includes Twenty-Four Hours A Day (Hazelden), Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), The Little Red Book (Hazelden), The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions (AA), Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA), and all FA pamphlets, both those in English and those translated into languages other than English.

Conference-Recognized Material: material intended for the entire fellowship and made available to the public at large, but has not been written or revised under the direct supervision of the literature committee. An example of such material is connection (the FA magazine).

WSI Board-Approved Material: material intended for the entire fellowship and sometimes made available to the public at large. Such works are not considered by the conference prior to distribution, e.g., Your FA Seventh Tradition: Reaching the Suffering Food Addict.