February Intergroup Meeting

All are invited to join us for the next Intergroup meeting coming up on Saturday, February 16th 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.

Speakers Needed

Aloha Ya’ll from the great state of Hawaii!

My former “home meeting” in North Carolina has graciously allowed me to continue giving service by securing the Speakers for the FIRST Sunday of every month.

This OA meeting takes place on the second floor of the main building at Structure House, 3017 Pickett Road, Durham NC 27705.

This meeting tends to have more newcomers who are curious about OA and want to give it a try. Sometimes, the suggestion to try OA comes from a Therapist familiar with 12 Step Programs, and sometimes it’s a family or friend who suggests they try out a few meetings. Often they may be visiting Durham from another state and will ask about meetings in their area. It’s a great seque to share about how OA World Service connects us from state to state and to talk about phone meetings, and our virtual services.

We are looking for Speakers (both Veteran OA members who have many years of recovery under their belts and newer members who have been in OA for a year or two but are showing signs of strong recovery). All you need to do is show up on the appointed Sunday and share your story of Experience, Strength and Hope with others.

The Meeting starts at 1030am. The Leader will introduce you around 10:45 and you’ll have 20 minutes to share your story. Afterwards there is a discussion time where people share about anything that resonated with them from your share or they may just share something that is weighing heavy on their heart that day.

Let me know if you (or a sponsee) is interested and which First Sunday in 2019 works best for you. I am planning on visiting NC either the first Sunday in May or June. Perhaps, I’ll see some of you then?

Mahalo and a hui hou!
Patrick T., OA Region 2
Waikoloa Hawaii OA Saturday Morning Meeting
OA Big Island Intergroup Communications Chair
Big Island of Hawaii
(919) 949-9267

Florida State Convention 2019

The Florida State Convention will be held February 22-24, 2019 in sunny
Cocoa Beach, Florida!  We welcome you to come experience a full weekend
of recovery in celebration of Unity Day with the beautiful sunrises over
the Atlantic Ocean.  Registration flier is attached below, and
registration is via mail or Eventbrite.  Hurry to book a room before the
deadline for our special rate expires!

TSW 2018 Young Timers Survey Results

The TSW Region 8 Young Timers Survey was created to better understand how to organize, attract, and encourage OA “young timers” 49 years and younger to attend OA related events  We hope this may create more outreach opportunities, fellowship activities, recovery related workshops, or literature studies.

(note the survey allowed respondents to answer to more than one category % and numbers will not = 100)


• > 50 people <= 49 years responded: ages 18-24, 13 ages 25-34 years, 34 ages 35-49
• Years attending meetings: 3% <= 1 year, 21% 2-3, 18% 4-5, 35% 6-10, and 24% >= 11 years 
• Frequency participated in fellowship activities (workshops, conferences, conventions, retreats, book studies, outings, etc.)48% “not often participation”, 23% “often participation”29%  “sometimes”
• Frequency socialize outside meetings (walking, spending time together, getting coffee or tea, etc.)  27% never, 27% weekly, 17% monthly, and 29% “hang out.” 
• Types events they enjoy
A majority “hanging out” together and socializing
A majority retreats, games/crafts, conventions, going to a movie, or  music event
25% did not answer or were “unsure”
A few enjoyed having coffee/tea/meals together or seasonal parties
• Of those who attend meetings, 90% always feel welcomed at meetings,10% feel they are welcomed “sometimes” or feel “unsure”, 0% feel unwelcome
Suggestions to help people feel more welcomeencourage more young people to participate, provide babysitting with daytime meetings, continue outreach and greater inclusion of minorities, welcome greeter for newcomers before/after meetings 
• If they have not attended meetings in a while, has another OA member called? 32% responded “yes”, 14% said they received calls “sometimes,” 26% responded “no“, and 28% said “N/A or unsure”
• What kind of events they would enjoy attending?
Indoor: Movies (29), plays (27), game nights (29), museums (20), concerts (23), karaoke (17), bowling (22), seasonal/holiday parties (24), and dancing (19), crafts, sewing hobbies, beading, etc. (21), meet for coffee, tea, ormeal (23,) plays/ concerts (23) 
Outdoor: hiking/walking (29), biking (17), rock climbing (14), and paddle boards/canoes/kayaks (22)beach time (22), pool parties (16), yoga (23), mini-golf (19), family friendly picnics (14), shuffleboard (8), and gardening (4)
Workshops or literature studies (most popular requests 63)
Others: fitness opportunities, day trips, sailing, community service, exercise videos, weight lifting/building, nutrition education, spa retreats, clothes swapping events, or meetings/events at a fellows’ homes for those who are unable to attend
Some suggested holding conferences and workshopsquarterly due to schedules
• Would like to receive a list of home group members‘ names and numbers?  75% “yes”, 10%  “no”, 15% “N/A or unsure”
• Do you have recovery literature? 98% Yes 

We hope you and your intergroup may find these results useful in carrying the OA message, planning TSW events and encouraging the newcomer and current members to keep coming back” (particularly the younger crowd.)

Thank you for taking the time to read the survey results.

TSW Committee Region 8 OA

Baton Rouge IG Spring Retreat


April 26, 27, 28, 2019 

Jesuit Spirituality Center

313 Martin Luther King Drive 

Grand Coteau, LA 70541


A Life In Recovery, One Day at A Time!

The Jesuit Spirituality Center has central air conditioning with individual temperature control in each of its 33 retreat rooms. Each room has a full bath, a twin-sized bed, plus towels and linens are furnished. The Lodger registration includes 2 nights lodging, 5 meals (Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast/lunch/dinner, and Sunday breakfast) plus coffee breaks. The Commuter registration (attending at any time, but not having a room) includes 2 meals (Saturday lunch/dinner) plus coffee breaks.

Lodger-early…$200 Commuter-early…$100 

Late … $225 Late … $125

Early bird registration – pay before April 15th. 

Meals and Rooms, After April 22nd, NOT Guaranteed. 

Full payment is due with registration form.

Mail to BRIG Spring Retreat

c/o 878 Tifton Dr Baton Rouge, LA 70815

H) 225-273-4462 C) 225-328-0639

Check-in begins Friday at 3:00pm  

6 PM Friday dinner 

7 PM Friday Session-welcome & speaker 

11:30 AM Sunday Retreat ends


Full Name: ______________________________ 

Lodger $200 OR Commuter $100 (late $225) (late $125)

Full Address:_____________________________________________________________

Phone:_________________Email Address:_____________________________________

Special needs due to disabilites_____________________________________

*All retreat rooms are on 3rd Floor; only 4 rooms have handicap accessible bathrooms*

Triad Serenity Day 2/9/19

The Best Valentine Ever! –
Loving Abstinence – Physical, Emotional, Spiritual
Speaker! Workshops!  Fellowship!!
When:  Saturday, February 9. 2019
Time:  Registration:  12:30pm – 1:00pm
Program:        1:00pm – 4:30pm
Where:  Guilford Park Presbyterian Church
2100 Fernwood Dr (corner of Lawndale)
Greensboro, NC  27410
(Weds. Meeting location)
For information or directions, call Lynne 336-202-4409

New Twelve Step Within Pamphlet for Download

A new Twelve Step Within pamphlet is available for download here. Please download it, make copies, forward it on to others and share it with your own groups.

Sharing this pamphlet with others will help our meetings and Integroup(s), it will help to make our meetings larger and help to keep members to come back. Read about how to form a Twelve Step Within committee for your Intergroup.  Continue reading “New Twelve Step Within Pamphlet for Download”