Board of Trustees

“The Board [of Trustees] has the general powers of a non-profit corporation enumerated under Minnesota statutes…”

— Bylaws of the ISO of SAA, Inc., Article IV, Section 4.

The ISO Board of Trustees is made up of representatives from each geographical region of the fellowship. Members of the Board are elected for three-year terms by the delegates to the international ISO Conference meeting in regional caucuses. Additional at-large members may be authorized by the Board and elected by the delegates.

The Board has the general powers granted non-profit corporations under Minnesota law, where the ISO was originally incorporated. Among its primary duties, the Board establishes policy, sets operational guidelines and boundaries, and holds fiduciary responsibility for all ISO activities. In these roles,the Board is ultimately responsible for hiring and directing the staff of trusted servants who run the ISO office. The Board also convenes the annual international convention and meeting of delegates.

In addition to its three internal standing committees - Finance and Operations, Fellowship, and Policy - the Board has established focus committees, which are made up of members of the fellowship and which address defined areas of interest or concern. Each of these committees is assigned a member of the Board to act as liaison and serve as a means of bringing committee recommendations to the Board for consideration.

Board focus committees include the following:

  • 7th Tradition Committee
  • General Outreach Committee
  • Inter-fellowship Relations Committee
  • Intergroup Communications Committee
  • International Development Committee
  • Office Oversight Committee
  • Online Presence Committee
  • Prisoner Outreach Committee

The Board also appoints ad hoc committees from time-to-time to address specific needs, issues, or concerns. Examples would include the Audit Committee, the Bylaws Committee and the Disclosure Advisory Committee.

Service on the Board of Trustees represents a major commitment of time and energy to the welfare of the fellowship. The Board meets for two days prior to the annual international ISO Conference and convention. In addition, monthly meetings of the Board are held by teleconference, and special meetings may be called between regular meetings to address urgent items of business.

The Board of Trustees is established in the Bylaws of the ISO of SAA, Inc., Article IV. In addition, guidelines for service at the international level, adopted by the Board, are published annually in the Call to Conference.

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The 12 Steps

  1. We admitted we were powerless over addictive sexual behavior - that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood God.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  7. Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings.
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
  11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood God, praying only for knowledge of God's will for us and the power to carry that out.
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to other sex addicts and to practice these principles in our lives.

The 12 Traditions

  1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon S.A.A. unity.
  2. For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority — a loving God as expressed in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
  3. The only requirement for S.A.A. membership is a desire to stop addictive sexual behavior.
  4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or S.A.A. as a whole.
  5. Each group has but one primary purpose — to carry its message to the sex addict who still suffers.
  6. An S.A.A. group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the S.A.A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
  7. Every S.A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
  8. Sex Addicts Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
  9. S.A.A., as such, ought never be organized, but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
  10. Sex Addicts Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the S.A.A. name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
  11. Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, TV, and films.
  12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.