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What Is WSO?

The purpose of WSO is to provide services that are necessary for the Fellowship to function. It is a nonprofit corporation based on the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions of CLA℠.

Members of the WSO Executive Committee consist of officers, service committee chairpersons, and intergroup liaisons.

General Meetings

All CLA℠ members are welcome. Only group delegates and Executive Committee members may vote.

Meetings are usually held from:

  • 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time
  • 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time

on the fourth Saturday of every month unless there is a holiday or convention. All times are for the United States.

To attend, dial (712) 775-7100; access code 727026. Press ✶6 to mute and unmute.

General Meeting Protocols

The monthly WSO General Meetings are conducted according to adapted Robert’s Rules of Order and the standing protocol rules below apply.

Standing Protocol

  1. General Meetings are open to all CLA℠ members. Anyone present may speak when acknowledged by the WSO chairperson. However, only WSO officers, committee chairpersons, and group delegates may vote on measures brought to the floor.

  2. The chairperson will ask at the beginning of the meeting if anyone has any new business items to add to the agenda.

  3. After a motion has been made and seconded, the chairperson will do the following:

    1. Announce that the discussion time is now open.

    2. Ask that members identify themselves by name if they wish to speak on the motion.

    3. Call on each identified member in rotation to speak on the topic or pass if their point has already been made.

  4. An identified member may speak for two to three minutes to question a motion only after being recognized by the chairperson.

    1. Those speaking will keep their remarks brief, concise, and on topic, without repeating what others have said. However, those speaking may say that they agree or disagree with previous comments.

    2. Indicate when you have completed your comment by saying a word or two like “Pass,” “I’m done,” or “Thank you.”

    3. An individual may not speak on a motion more than once, unless everyone wishing to speak on the motion has exercised his or her opportunity to do so within the allotted time.

    4. Members will refrain from interrupting others.

    5. No member should disparage others or make inflammatory remarks. One of the founding elements of 12-Step programs is principles before personalities.

  5. Generally, no more than 15 minutes of discussion time will be allowed on any item. There will be a 5 minute warning. If the matter is not completed at the end of the 15 minutes, it will be considered unfinished business that is to be brought back during the next WSO meeting. The WSO chairperson may extend the time limit, if warranted.

  6. All proceedings shall be governed by the adapted Robert’s Rules of Order, except when in conflict with the 12 Traditions, bylaws, policies and procedures, and/or standing protocols.