Virtual Meetings

Many meetings have started meeting virtually, most via Zoom (which OA does not endorse, any more than we do the phone company….) If your meeting is not on the list below, it may still be meeting virtually and Intergroup just doesn’t have the information or permission to post the name and number of the person with the specifics of the meeting. We suggest you contact the regular meeting contact to find out if the meeting is happening virtually and either the specifics or who to contact to get the specifics.
While it might be more convenient to post those specifics here, Intergroup prefers not to do that for security reasons. So-called “Zoom Bombing” is now a thing, wherein people crash Zoom meetings and put up pornographic or other offensive content via the virtual background or screen sharing. The more of the specifics we put online, the easier it is for those people  to find them. As further security, Zoom as a platform has started requiring a password for all free and single-user Pro accounts, which probably is how most OA meetings are being done (please see earlier article on why we should not be using our employers’ Zoom accounts for OA meetings).. SOAR8 further recommends that OA meeting hosts disable virtual backgrounds and screen sharing by participants.

Note that passwords for audio call-in for Zoom meetings are usually different (numbers only, randomly generated by Zoom) than the password for the video meeting (alphanumeric, can be set by host), so if you plan to call in, be sure to get that password. Hosts, it should be at the bottom of the invitation with the call-in phone numbers. Note too, you will not be asked for the video meeting password if you access it by clicking on a link provided by the host that includes the encrypted password (you can tell because there’s a long string of what looks like random characters at the end of the link). If you access it by entering the meeting ID into the Zoom app, you will be prompted for the video meeting password.

Zoom meetings (audio and video, can also just use audio):

Sun 10:30 am Durham – Newcomer meeting also available Nan M 518-466-0100 

Mon/Thurs 12:30 Carrboro – Susan 919-593-5866

Sun 4pm Carrboro – Anne L 919-360-8711 text please

Mon 7pm Greenville – Pat K. 252-353-6546

Mon 7pm Durham – Garry 202-374-0403

Tues 6pm Chapel Hill – Mary Anne 919-260-5693

Tues/Thurs noon Durham – Taylor 908-462-4525

Wed 7am Raleigh – Atiya 919-302-1030

Thurs 7pm Chapel Hill – Anne L 919-360-8711 text please 

Thurs 7pm Greenville – Christina L. 252-227-1051

Sat 9am Raleigh – Atiya  919-302-1030 or Mary Anne 919-260-5693

Sat 10am Durham – Harriette 919-596-9543, or for Zoom info questions Morry S. 305-724-6221. Currently meeting from 11am-12:30pm until further notice.

Sat 11am Greenville – Nancy S. 252-565-5424

Triangle OA Zoom Account Now Available for Meetings to Use

Triangle OA Intergroup has established a Zoom account that is available to any meeting in our Intergroup that wants to use it to meet via Zoom. There is no charge—this is just one way Intergroup uses your contributions to help spread the word! 

To protect the security of the account, we have set it up so there is no need to log into the Triangle OA Zoom account to use the meeting: 

  • The webmaster will set up your meeting on a recurring basis and provide you with all the Zoom details needed. 
  • Anyone with the link or meeting ID and password can join the meeting as they would any other Zoom meeting. 
  • Meetings will be set up with no waiting room, so attendees can join the meeting without a host present, and the meeting can proceed without a host. 
  • A host can be assigned in-meeting using a special password called a host key. A host can remove disruptive attendees (so-called Zoom bombers) if necessary; share their screen; and mute, unmute, and rename folks as needed. While a host is not required, we recommend that you identify a few trusted, regular attendees of the meeting who are willing to serve as host to be “virtual keyholders.” 

To request the use of the Triangle OA Zoom account for your meeting, please email our webmaster at webmaster@triangleoa.org. You will need to provide

  • The location, day, and time of the meeting (e.g., Chapel Hill Thursday 7pm), and the duration if it’s longer than an hour. Meetings are set to start 15 min before the start time and end 15 min after the end time, to leave an opportunity for fellowship.
  • A Zoom contact (first name, phone, email, and preferred mode of contact for Zoom details) to be listed on the website and in the newsletter for people to contact to get the Zoom details; this can be your primary meeting contact, but can be someone else if the primary meeting contact is less comfortable with Zoom.
  • Up to 3 virtual keyholders (first name, phone, email). We will email the host key to them directly. We will not call, but would like to be able to contact key holders quickly if the need arises in the future.

Please confirm with the contact and keyholders that they are willing to serve in these capacities! It’s helpful to copy them on the request email. So, here’s a sample email with all the necessary info: “Hi! The Metropolis Friday 6am OA meeting would like to be set up on the Triangle OA Zoom account. The Zoom contact will be Jane, 919-123-4567 (text or call), email@email.com; and the virtual keyholders will be Susan, 919-234-5678, oasusan@mailserver.net; John A, 919-987-6543, johna1234@email.com; and Mary, 919-765-4321, fictitiousemail@gmail.com. Thanks!”  

Please give the webmaster a week to get you set up: although the meeting setup does not take long, she is a volunteer! Once your meeting is set up, she will email the requester (and the Zoom contact if it’s someone different) with the Zoom details, and the keyholders with the host key and instructions for claiming the host role.

New “Body Image, Relationships, and Sexuality” Study

The Chapel Hill Thursday 7pm meeting will start an ongoing study of the new OA book Body Image, Relationships, and Sexuality on October 15, 2020. We will read from the book and share on what we have read on the 2nd and 3rd Thursday of each month, probably reading two to four stories at each meeting. If you’ve been wanting to read and talk about this book, please join us! You can get the Zoom information for the Thursday meeting by texting Anne L at 919-360-8711 or by calling or texting Mary Anne at 919-260-5693. The meeting information is the same every week, so save it somewhere handy to re-use!

Special Events Coming in October!

Miami Dade and the Keys Intergroup are hosting two zoom events in October and are inviting you to participate!

The first zoom event is Preventing and Recovering from Relapse. It will be held on October 4 from 2-4:30 pm. Please download the attached flyer for more information and for a contact.

The second zoom event is their 3-day workshop entitled Zooming into the 4th Dimension. It will be held on October 23, 24, & 25. Please see the second attached flyer for more information and how to register.

OA RISE Meetings

OA RISE: Recovery Inspiring Shared Experiences – A New OA Speaker Meeting

There is a new speaker series available on the first and third Sundays of the month from 1-4 PDT or 4-7 EST! Please see the attached pdf for more information.

Fall 2020 Region 3 Virtual Convention

OA Phoenix

The Fall 2020 Region 3 Convention & Assembly “OAsis in the Desert” scheduled for August 7-9, 2020 is now OAsis at Home. Members of Overeaters Anonymous can participate virtually in a weekend of Assembly, Workshops, Marathon Meetings and Panels available via Zoom. Zoom training provided prior to the start of the event!

Registration is $25 and now open at www.oaphoenix.org/register. A schedule of events will be posted soon. Join us in an OAsis of recovery!

If you have questions please contact info@oaphoenix.org.

Virtual Sponsorship Workshop

Felt the strength and support from having a sponsor? And ready to give back? Or maybe you’ve heard about having a sponsor and want to learn more. No matter the situation, join us to see how sponsorship can fuel your recovery. Sponsors work one-on-one with another compulsive eater sharing what works for them, walking alongside their sponsees. They use and share OA Tools and slogans, study, work, and apply the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, and offer support when it’s needed. This connection—to Higher Power, to spiritual Principles and practices, and to other recovering OA members—is a crucial part to recovery.

August 15, 2020, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. EDT

There will be three speakers, Q & A and time to share

https://bit.ly/2NuZcSP

Meeting ID: 835 1150 2655

Password: 138645

Zoom Workshop

Manasota Intergroup 12th Step Within Committee Presents:

Steps 1, 2, 3:
Honesty, Hope, Faith

An Interactive Workshop using ZOOM

FRIDAY, JUNE 19TH, 2020 6:30 TO 8:30 PM EST

We will have a Speaker on each step, followed by individual Writing time and open Sharing.

Join via computer or phone:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88641246431?pwd=cjdRV1VZU2x5SFJQRGhHbzZtZytjQT09

Meeting ID: 886 4124 6431; Password: 909245

Phone:  (929) 205-6099; ID: 88641246431; Password: 909245 US (New York)

For more information please contact:

Tina at sugarfreeplace@gmail.com or (941) 993-9717 or Nancy at njbrusty@gmail.com or (561) 303-9896

Please RSVP if you plan to attend.
Looking forward to seeing you soon!!!!!