SOAR 8 Recovery Convention and Business Assembly

The Middle Tennessee Intergroup is hosting the March 2015 SOAR 8 Recovery Convention and Business Assembly in Nashville, TN from March 13 – 15, 2015. The deadline to register is February 10, 2015, and you can register online at soar8mar2015.eventbrite.com (there is a surcharge added when using the online registration website) or by downloading the registration form here and following the directions as enclosed. Continue reading

Love & Kindness Retreat in Batesburg, SC

The Central Midlands Intergroup presents the Local and Kindness Retreat being held from December 12-14, 2014 in Batesburg, SC. Topics covered at the retreat will include body image, relationships, meditation and more.

Retreat registration includes all activities and 5 meals (Friday dinner, 3 on Saturday and Sunday breakfast). This is a recovery retreat, so all individuals in a 12-step program are welcome.

$60 per person – early bird discount by August 31, 2014
$80 per person – registration September 1 – October 31, 2014
$100 per person – late registration November 1 – December 5, 2014

Want more information? Download the flier and registration form here.

You can also contact DJ at deigezoo@gmail.com (preferred) or (803) 772-7999 with any questions or concerns. Continue reading

Florida State OA Convention 2015

The Florida State OA Convention 2015 will be held on Friday, February 27, 2015 – Saturday, February 28, 2015 at the Holiday Inn – Airport in Orlando, FL. The theme of the event is “Together We Can … Turn Silver into Gold.” Register for the event here. Continue reading

September 2014 OA News Bulletin

OA News Bulletin

The Miracle of Abstinence!
The theme for the 2015 World Service Business Conference—The Miracle of Abstinence!—was approved at the OA Board of Trustees’ meeting in August. Read the Welcome Letter from Board of Trustees Chair Joe L. to learn more Conference details as well as about the responsibilities and privileges OA delegates participate in at this annual “collective group conscience.” The 2015 WSBC will be held April 27–May 2, in Albuquerque, NM USA.

NEW! 2015 WSBC Agenda
Get a first look at the 2015 WSBC Tentative Conference Agenda. Attendees can look forward to a week of Fellowship, dynamic workshops, and business meetings, filled with inspiration and information to take home to their service bodies and groups. For full details on 2015 WSCB, check out Get Ready for Conference!

November 1 Deadline: WSBC Delegate Fund Applications
Intergroups and service boards can apply for assistance to send delegates to the annual World Service Business Conference. To apply, complete the Delegate Support Fund application and mail, fax, or email (sarmstrong@oa.org) it to the World Service Office by November 1, 2014. The Delegate Support Fund is made possible, in the spirit of Tradition Seven, by OA member contributions.

NEW! “Our Invitation to You”
The updated “Our Invitation to You,” abridged, is now available. Find it online in the revised Suggested Meeting Format and Suggested Telephone Meeting Format. The update, approved by the OA Board of Trustees at the August meeting, draws from the unabridged “Our Invitation to You” published in Overeaters Anonymous, Third Edition. The book was approved at the 2014 WSBC and will be available to order soon.

Register Your OA Email Loop on OA.org
At the 2014 WSBC, delegates passed a policy to courtesy list email loops. Overeaters Anonymous email groups, commonly called loops (groups that do not meet in real time), may list their group on oa.org as a courtesy listing. To learn more about OA email loops and their requirements or to register your loop, visit the OA website at http://www.oa.org/email-loops/.

NEW! Translation Funds Application Deadline Added
In the spirit of Step Twelve, a third opportunity to apply for translation funds has been added to the OA calendar. To apply, complete the Translations Funds Application and mail, fax, or email (ddemoss@oa.org) it to the World Service Office by November 1, 2014. Applications will be reviewed and funds allocated at the November Board of Trustees meeting.

Translation Funds Granted: Congratulations to the Greek National Service Board for receiving funds to translate the soon-to-be-released Overeaters Anonymous, Third Edition. The group is the first international service body to seek and receive funds to translate the book. Well done!

Monthly Telephone Workshops
Call in this month for two in-depth, stimulating OA workshops. First up, on September 7th, 3-4 p.m. EDT, “Literature: Heart and Soul of OA,” a focus on Voices of Recovery, For Today, and the companion Workbooks for each. The workshops will feature an OA Trustee as speaker. A week later, September 14th, 3-4 p.m. EDT, dial in for “Promises,” featuring a Region Chair as speaker. For both, call 1-424-203-8405 and enter access code 925619#. For questions or comments, contact Virtual Services Trustee Stephanie D. at 1-727-641-3437; vst4oa@hotmail.com.

WSBC 2014 Final Conference Report Available
The WSBC 2014 Final Conference Report is available for download. Included within are minutes of the business sessions, officer reports, summaries of the Conference workshops, reports on committee meetings, and other valuable information delegates can carry back to their OA groups and services bodies.

Coming soon! Fourth Quarter A Step Ahead. Look for it on the A Step Ahead Newsletter page.

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September 6, 2014: OA Gratitude Luncheon – Triangle-Wide

Please come join us for the first Triangle-Wide OA Gratitude Luncheon. The event will be held on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at the Staybridge Suites of Durham/Chapel Hill at 3704 Mt. Moriah Road, Durham, NC 27707. Lunch will begin at 12:30PM (please bring your own healthy lunch).  Continue reading

August 2014 OA News Bulletin

OA News Bulletin

WSBC 2014 Final Conference Report Available

The WSBC 2014 Final Conference Report is now available for download. Included within are minutes of the business sessions; officer reports; summaries of the Conference workshops, each focusing on OA’s primary purpose; reports on committee meetings; and other valuable information delegates can carry back to their OA groups and services bodies. Save the date for next year’s event, 2015 WSBC, April 27–May 2, Albuquerque, NM USA.

Register Your OA Email Loop on OA.org
At WSBC 2014, the delegates passed a policy on courtesy listing email loops. Email groups, commonly called loops, do not meet in real time and take one of three formats: discussion loops, meeting loops, or business loops. To learn more about OA email loops or to register your loop, visit the OA website at http://www.oa.org/email-loops/.

Monthly Telephone Workshops
The Board of Trustees Virtual Services Committee is offering a yearlong series of monthly telephone workshops. This month, on August 10, 3–4 p.m. EDT, dial in to hear a discussion on OA Principles lead by Region Chairs. Call 1-424-203-8405 and enter access code 925619#. For complete details, check the Datebook Calendar, and for questions, contact the Virtual Services Trustee Stephanie D. (1-727-641-3437; vst4oa@hotmail.com). Listen to recordings of past OA workshops on the OA podcast page.

2015 Lifeline Story Topics
Tell us your OA story. See the list of Lifeline story topics for 2015 at http://www.oa.org/lifeline-magazine/monthly-topics/. Share your experiences of hope, recovery, abstinence, and more in Lifeline, your Meeting on the Go. Click here for Lifeline submission guidelines.

WSBC Delegate Fund Applications Due November 1
Intergroups and service boards can apply for assistance to send delegates to the annual World Service Business Conference (WSBC). The 2015 WSBC will be held April 27–May 2, 2015, in Albuquerque, New Mexico USA. To apply, complete the Delegate Support Fund application and mail, fax, or email (sarmstrong@oa.org) it to the World Service Office by November 1, 2014. The Delegate Support Fund is made possible, in the spirit of Tradition Seven, by OA member contributions.

Celebrate Abstinence!
Acknowledge your own, a fellow OA member’s, or your sponsee’s recovery with an OA Anniversary Coin. Available for anniversaries from 30 days to 40 years, all coins include the OA logo and reminder, One Day At A Time. To view and order, visit the OA bookstore and click on Coins.

Support the Professional Exhibits Fund
The Professional Exhibits Fund helps service bodies exhibit at professional conferences and conventions. This important program extends the OA presence in the professional community, and designated contributions from the Fellowship fully fund the program. The fund is in need of replenishing! If you or your service body would like to make a contribution, complete the contributions form and check the Professional Exhibits Fund box or choose that option from the designation drop-down menu on our contributions page.

Copyright (C) 2014 Overeaters Anonymous All rights reserved.

Treasurer’s Report from the July 2014 Business Assembly

TREASURER’$ REPORT – JULY 2014 BUSINESS ASSEMBLY

This is the first time since I have been treasurer that I can report to you that our prudent reserve is within our bylaw-mandated range of 40 – 60%.  We are currently at 46%.

For those of you who are Green dots or haven’t been here in awhile; for the past 3½ years, our prudent reserve has been in the 70s and 80s.  While your board and Ways $ Means committee have been working diligently to bring our projected income and expenses into balance for the purpose of reducing our too-high prudent reserve, we would prefer to keep it closer to 60%.

So for the first time, I’m asking you to dig a little deeper into your purse or wallet as you make your 7th Tradition contributions in the coming months, in order to make the minimum suggested donation of $3.00 or more.  If you are abstinent today because of OA, think about what your recovery means to you and give as if your life depends on it.  As a program friend of mine is fond of saying, “I owe a debt I can never repay”. Continue reading