The following is a revised version of an email we originally sent on 9/9/12
It was revised & GC'd by The CoDA Communications Comittee on 5/8/14 firstname.lastname@example.org
A Financial Bill of Rights
We all have a Financial Bill of Rights that is connected with upholding Tradition Seven.
1. I have a right to ask where the money goes after I put it in the basket at a meeting.
2. I have a right to ask for a financial report from the group treasurer
3. I have a right to ask how much rent is being charged at the facility where the meeting is being held.
4. I have a right to have a voice in how the money is spent.
5. I have a right to donate my contribution directly to the levels
within the structure: community, state, and CoDA World Fellowship.
6. I have a right to ask that a Treasurer be elected at my CoDA meeting, if there isn't one.
7. I have a right to individually confront any situation that leads to the misappropriation of CoDA funds.
8. I have a right to call for a group conscience regarding an expenditure of CoDA funds.
9. I have a right to ask the meeting to move to a new location, if I think the rent is too high.
10. I have a right to request a new Treasurer, if the person in the job has not been accountable.
11. I have a right to ask anyone acting as Treasurer to honor the suggested money divisions set as guidelines.
12. I have a right to trust the Seventh Tradition to provide prosperity for the continued existence of CoDA.
**Please note the Financial Bill of Rights is not CoDA Endorsed Literature. As a reminder #6 and #7 from the Twelve
Concepts of Service are offered below:
6. The Fellowship guarantees trusted servants the right and authority to
freely make decisions commensurate with their responsibilities and the
right to participate in group conscience decisions affecting their
responsibilities. Each CoDA member is also guaranteed the right to
respectfully dissent during the group conscience decision making
process. A member may freely and safely express any personal grievances
as long as no particular person or group is unexpectedly singled out as
the subject of the grievance. Members are encouraged to honor their own
integrity as well as the integrity of others.
7. Trusted servants do practice the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions
in their service work and in all of their affairs. Trusted servants do
not seek power, prestige, wealth, status, or acclaim; do not govern,
coerce, or attempt to control others; and do not push a personal agenda,
promote controversy, or advance outside issues at CoDA's expense. Since
issues over authority, will, money, property, and prestige can and do
arise in service work, trusted servants need to practice emotional
sobriety, including anonymity, humility, tolerance, gratitude, making
amends, and forgiveness.
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