SOAR8 Convention October 2019

SOAR8 RECOVERY CONVENTION AND BUSINESS ASSEMBLY
RIVER CITY RECOVERY, MEMPHIS,TN
OCTOBER 11-13, 2019

HOTEL INFORMATION
Holiday Inn Memphis Airport
2240 Democrat Road Memphis, TN 38132 901.332.1130

PROGRAM INFO
The Big Book Comes Alive for OA
A long term recovered compulsive eater from Canada will be presenting this multiple session program
Alternate Programming Includes:
Newcomers, Relapse & Recovery, and Higher Power
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11
12-7 pm Registration in Hotel Lobby 4:00 pm Recovery convention begins 7:00 pm Business Assembly convenes 8:00 pm Welcome and Presentation
and Discussion
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12
7 am-noon Registration in Hotel Lobby 8:30 am Business Assembly reconvenes 9:00 am Recovery Convention continues 12:00 pm Luncheon and speaker
2:00 pm Business Assembly reconvenes 2:00 pm Recovery Convention continues 6:00 pm Banquet and speaker
7:30 pm Entertainment –
Recovery Repertory Theatre
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13
9:00 am Recovery Convention continues 10:00 am Closing speaker
No one will be turned away for lack of funds. If you cannot afford registration, please consider a donation or giving service for two hours.

For more information
www.oaregion8.com or www.oamemphis.com/soar8

OA WSBC Conference 2019

OA World Service Business Conference 2019 Report
(submitted by Cory A, *** indicates my opinion only of the most important changes for our fellowship) There were 188 eligible voters
Treasurer Report: $350,000 profit, mostly from sale of new literature and the one-time funding call; Website redesign now taking bids, budget $50,000. Large expense (storm damage to roof) $150,000 but most covered by insurance. Postage expensive, fueling movement to get everything online. Shipping internationally must be UPS so it can be tracked
Presentation of Proposed Restructuring of OA’s Board of Trustees: Go from 17 to 12 Trustees over next 5 years and make them general service positions instead of associated with specific regions. Saves money and streamlines decision-making.
***Proposed Literature (all required 2/3 vote to receive Conference seal of approval)
A-a: Body Image, Relationships, and Sexuality: Personal Journeys to Recovery in Overeaters Anonymous: ADOPTED (with near unanimity)
New Elected Region Trustees: R2 Hanna S; R5 Barbara K; R6 Beth B; R8 Andi S: R9 Vassiliki T. (Only region w/ 2 candidates); R10 Letitia M; GST Tina. One position had no candidate, so it was left unfilled in service of proposed restructuring.
A-b: Dignity of Choice/Plan of Eating: FAILED (by 2 votes); Main objection: Food plans had not been vetted by nutrition specialist since 2009; carried over from past versions. Also, no apparent forethought about potential legal issues; Standing vote (had to be done twice) Yes 119; No 64. This was a 2⁄3 vote. A-c: Welcome back and Members in Relapse; ADOPTED
New Business Motions and Bylaws adopted by Consent Agenda (before conference and therefore not discussed on floor) E, H, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
New Business Motions:
NBM A Defeated; Consider ease of translation when developing written materials.
NBM B Adopted; Move to amend WSBC Policy 2008a
***NBM C Adopted; Definition of abstinence (refined) and recovery (added); proposed then slightly amended from what you voted on after going to committee.
1) Abstinence: The act of refraining from compulsive eating and compulsive food behaviors while working towards or maintaining a healthy body weight.
2) Recovery: Removal of the need to engage in compulsive eating behaviors. Spiritual, emotional, and physical recovery is achieved through working and living the overeaters anonymous twelve step program.
NBM D Adopted; Groups known as hybrid meetings may register only once and may be included on the OA.org meeting list under the appropriate meeting categories. Two amendments were attempted, one defeated, one deemed out of order.
NBM F Adopted; Apply for and, if approved, accept non-profit status from Google for Custom Search feature at no cost. Paid version currently on OA.org website dramatically improved ease of search NBM I Defeated; WSBC 2019 directs BOT to make all BOT and BOT committee meetings virtual, except for the WSBC itself. (to save money)
NBM J Adopted; Merge Virtual Services Conference Committee into the new Virtual Region 11

***NBM K (merged with M, which was withdrawn) Adopted; Statement on Public and Social Media: Members of OA are responsible for maintaining their anonymity and respecting the anonymity of other OA members. When attending an OA meeting, whether face-to-face or virtual, members are encouraged to seek appropriate means to protect their own anonymity and that of fellow members. All registered virtual meetings shall inform members that their anonymity is not fully protected when attending a virtual meeting. (See “Protecting Anonymity in a Digital World” online; final version will add URL link)
NBM O Defeated; Add last 2 paragraphs of Twelve Step and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous as a choice for the closing. Though lovely, it can be adopted by group conscience.
NBM P Postponed indefinitely; BOT consider alternatives to make newcomers’ packet info available online.
Proposed Bylaws Changes
1 Referred to committee; Proposal on status and support of language service boards deemed not ready for prime time
2 Withdrawn by Maker;
3 Defeated; To add to the bylaw Subpart B, Article IX Board of Trustees, Section 4-Qualifications by striking, inserting and re-lettering the subsequent. “If the trustee applicant has served as a delegate to only on World Service Business Conference at the time of application, must serve as a delegate to the WSBC at which they stand for election as trustee”
4 Defeated; Virtual IGs may also participate in the activities (including voting) of another region with that region’s permission.
11 Withdrawn by maker
12 Adopted Move to amend OA, Inc. Bylaws, Subpart B, Article XI – Conference Committees; (what to do about non-functional committees and chairs, and who can do it); Inserts a new Section 5, renumbers the subsequent sections.
13 Defeated; insert importance of the 12 Concepts to all service bodies, not just WSBC.

New OA definitions of abstinence and recovery

OA World Service Business Conference passed a motion To define both abstinence and recovery for the benefit of the still-suffering compulsiveeater.

Abstinence:The act of refraining fromcompulsive eating and compulsive food behaviors while working towards or maintaining a healthy bodyweight.

Recovery:Removal of the need to engage in compulsive eating behaviors. Spiritual, emotional, and physical recovery is achieved through working and living the Overeaters Anonymous Twelve Step program.

Flyer for OA Men

Men of OA – You’re not alone!
Are you the only man in your meeting? Do you have trouble freely sharing in meetings of mostly women? The World Service Survey done in 2010 revealed that only about 13% of our fellowship consists of men! If you want to connect with other men in OA, there are many meetings, by phone and in-person, with a Special Focus for Men, as well as several other ways you can connect with men in the program.
★ Are you new to OA? Visit http://OA.org to learn more about this program of recovery and get started today.
Face-to-Face Meetings
There are over 40 face-to-face meetings in several countries around the world with a Special Focus for Men. To view the most updated list of all meetings with a Special Focus for Men, visit http://OAMen.org/meetings.
Phone Meetings
Here are all the phone meetings around the world, with a Special Focus for Men. All times are listed in EST.
Sunday 8:30 AM
563-999-2090 Pin: 316200#
Sunday 8:30 PM
712-770-4160 Pin: 409092#
Monday 7:00 PM
712-451-1129 Pin: 350025#
Tuesday 7:00 PM
712-775-7031 Pin: 242990669#
Thursday 7:00 PM
605-475-4850 Pin: 197132#
The online meetings listed below require more steps to access. Visit http://oamen.org/online to learn more.
Wednesday 7:00 PM
Contact Name: Ken G Contact Phone: 914-263-6532
Thursday 12:30 PM
Contact Name: Cleve
Contact Phone: +278-3271-4584
Friday 7:30 PM
Contact Name: Jack
Contact Phone: 709-749-8888
★Some of the meeting listings may have been added, removed, or changed since the printing of this flyer, visit http://OAMen.org/meetings to view the most updated list of all meetings with a Special Focus for Men.
OA Men Email Groups
Join an email-based discussion group for Men in OA. Read and send group email with other men in OA.
• To join the Google group, email Tuesday@OAMen.org, including your first name and your last initial.
• To join the Yahoo group, visit http://oa12step4coes.org/loops/male and submit your email address.
OA Men Phone Outreach List
Join the Outreach Phone List to make and receive phone calls with other men in OA, around the world! • To join the phone list, join the Google group above and also include your phone number and time zone.
OAMen.org
http://OAMen.org is a website to find resources for men in OA. Got something to add? Click “Contact Us”.
Spread the word!
Share this flyer with everyone in OA! Print or photocopy this and share it at your meetings and intergroups.
If you want to modify this flyer to list face-to-face meetings with a Special Focus for Men in your area, visit http://OAMen.org/publicity for instructions and to download the Microsoft Word version. Please contact us at http://OAMen.org to let us know how you’re spreading the word and how we can help!
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New Meeting

Starting Wednesday, May 8th, there will be a new (open) OA meeting from 7 to 8 pm every Wednesday evening in room 220 on the 2nd floor at Structure House in Durham. Address: 3017 Pickett Road, Durham, NC 27705. Spread the word!

Revised Suggested Meeting Formats Available

The revised and new Suggested Meeting Formats, adopted at the February BOT meeting, are now posted online and available for free download. This includes the NEW Suggested Reading and Writing Meeting Format.

Find them online at oa.org/documents under “Meeting Formats.”

Here are the direct links:

Suggested Meeting Format: https://oa.org/files/pdf/Sug_Mtg.pdf

Suggested Telephone Meeting Format: https://oa.org/files/pdf/Sug_Phone_Mtg.pdf

Suggested Young Persons’ Meeting Format: https://oa.org/files/pdf/Sug_YP_Mtg.pdf

Suggested Step-Study Meeting Format: https://oa.org/files/pdf/StepStudy_Mtg.pdf

Suggested Recovery-from-Relapse Meeting Format: https://oa.org/files/pdf/Rec_fr_Relapse_Mtg.pdf

Guidelines for a Group Conscience Meeting/Suggest Format for a Group Conscience Meeting: https://oa.org/files/pdf/Group_Conscience_Guidelines.pdf

Newcomer Meeting Guidelines and Format: https://oa.org/files/pdf/Newcomer_Mtg_Guide.pdf

Suggested Reading and Writing Meeting Format: https://oa.org/files/pdf/Sug_Read_n_Write_Mtg.pdf

Please share or reprint this announcement in your group and service body newsletters.

SOAR Report: Spring 2019

Spring 2019 SOAR 8 Business Assembly and Recovery Convention
April 5, 2019
7pm

-11 green dot representatives!

-Our chair reminded the assembly that the most important business of the weekend was our own abstinence!

-39 voting, 5 non-voting attendees

-The board presented a Forum on Intergroup Renewal

-We had 3 speakers. Among the experience, strength and wisdom shared:

-My sponsor told me to get down on my knees, say the first 3 Steps, pray the 3rd Step prayer, and ask God to remove the obsession. She didn’t tell me to ask God for help; she told me to ask God to REMOVE THE OBSESSION!

-I’m abstinent today because of working the 12 Steps.

-I didn’t feel any connection to the prayers I was praying. My sponsor told me to “Just Do It”.

April 6, 2019
8:30am

Chair report: I am learning to love myself as part of my action plan. I stand in front of the mirror each day and say “I love you”.

Vice-chair report: Fall SOAR assembly in Memphis, Oct. 11 – 13, 2019. Baton Rouge has prepared a bid for Spring 2020. Middle Tennessee IG is bidding for Fall 2020.

Treasurer report: There are funds available:

-IGOR funds for IGs to send reps to assemblies

-IGOR Carry the Message fund for Board to do workshops in your area

-PI(PI/PO) fund for OA ads in your area. Relevant email addresses include igorchair@oaregion8.org, treasurer@oaregion8.org. Please use these
addresses if you need help accessing the forms associated with the funding discussed.

Trustee report: This is my last assembly after 6 years as your region trustee. When I have a question from one of you, I go to the Traditions and Concepts for answers.
We have a new 32- page pamphlet, “Where Do I Start?” that replaces the Newcomer packet. It eliminates repetition. We are going to need a lot of help
with the WSO convention in Orlando, Fl in Aug. 2020!

10:15am – 12pm – Committee Meetings

The Twelfth Step Within committee will be combining with the Unity With Diversity committee.

Instead of developing new content, the WSO TSW will assist its committee members in presenting workshops or celebrations of the 5 OA Holidays

12pm – 2pm – Lunch and speaker

2pm-Business Assembly re-convenes

-40 voting delegates presents

-Motion X – A Region 8 representative to Region 8 assembly must be a full-time resident of that region. There was one amendment that added the language “In order to apply for funding, representatives must be full-time residents within the geographic boundary of Region 8”. There was a fair amount of controversy surrounding the motion and the amendment, some related to a possible Tradition violation. The amendment and the motion were defeated.

-Motions XX, XXX, II,VII were adopted. Motions III, IV, and V are the consent agenda and were passed as a group.

-the bid for the March 19 – 21, 2020 SOAR assembly in Baton Rouge was accepted!

-Ways and Means committee is developing new merchandise, especially for men!

Respectfully submitted by Neill M., Triangle OA representative

New Durham OA Meeting

New Durham OA meeting

Mondays 7-8pm
Mt Bethel Presbyterian Church
3541 Rose of Sharon Rd
Durham

11th step meditation meeting
10 min meditation centered on an OA principle, then OA literature reading/sharing

Handicapped accessible
contact
Valerie S 919 961 1734

Note this is a closed meeting. It is open to anyone with a desire to stop eating compulsively or anyone who thinks they may have a problem with compulsive overeating.

June Intergroup Meeting

All are invited to join us for the next Intergroup meeting coming up on Saturday, June 15th from 10:15am to 12pm.

Location: Community United Church of Christ in Raleigh at the corner of Wade Ave and Dixie Trail.

Hope to see you there!

Call for Stories

A call for OA member stories has been announced. Find the information and release form at What’s New (oa.org/whats-new) and attached.

Here is the direct link: https://oa.org/files/pdf/YP-Story-flyer-and-release.pdf

Did You Enter OA at Age 18-30? Send Us Your Story!
OA is looking for new stories to include in a revised To the Teen pamphlet for young people. Members ages 18 to 30 or who entered OA during that time of their life are encouraged to submit stories that involve any manifestation of the disease (overeating, anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, and other compulsive food behaviors). Email your story to info@oa.org with the subject “YP Story.” Submitted stories must include a signed release form. The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2019. Give service and hope: share your story and share the news about this opportunity—download the flyer to bring to your next group or service body.