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SOAR Business Assembly Report
March 17, 2017, 7pm-10pm session
We have 8 green dot representatives at the assembly, including 1 from Bogota, Colombia, 1 from the Triad IG, and 1 from the Piedmont IG.
33 voting delegates are present for the evening session.
The treasurer gave a presentation on the 501 ( c )(3) public charity nonprofit tax designation. Questions have been asked regarding the use of WSO’s 501 status by the regions. The treasurer explained that no group or intergroup can use WSO’s 501 (c )(3) tax number as it would compromise WSO’s tax exempt status. Any group or intergroup can apply for 501 status. That group should: 1)-consult an attorney or an accountant; 2)-be aware that there may be an initial fee and an annual fee; 3) the state may have additional tax-exempt laws.
Presentation-DOES OUR GROUP NEED LIABILITY INSURANCE?
Groups meeting in churches or schools may be want to consider group liability insurance to cover the group in case anyone is injured during a meeting or OA event. In other words, who is responsible, the institution or the meeting? Some institutions may require groups to have group liability insurance.
Forum topic: Keep It Simple (based on 12th Step Within Simplicity Project on WSO website)
Examples: 3 – L – 1: 3 meals a day – 1 day at a time – Life in between
Food plan, Action Place, Recovery Plan, Serenity Plan
Physical, emotional, spiritual recovery categories- what am I doing each day?
The Blessings of Recovery ( 3 speakers )
- – I am a sugar addict. I wanted sugar more than my eyes, my limbs, or my life, but I didn’t want you to know how crazy I was. Diabetes ran in my family, and I saw the ravages every day, but still continued to eat sugar. When I went to my first OA meeting, they made me treasurer. Couldn’t they see that I was crazy? I was still battling sugar every day. I was bloody, but abstinent. Then my mother, my older sister, and then my grandmother all died and I felt like I was in hell. I felt joyless and broken. My savior arrived as a little tri-fold pamphlet called “12-Stepping a Problem”. This pamphlet and my willingness to use it became my ladder out of hell and my road to joy. I discovered the lies in my life; that I was mean, that I was evil, that I should do everything for my family, that I was the fix-it kid, but that I never did anything right. I had punished myself daily for years. I took Steps 4- 9 to surrender these lies. God gave me acceptance, understanding, and forgiveness for myself and others. Speaking about the Promises is speaking about joy of my recovery journey.
- – Pain and fear brought me into OA. I knew I had a “different relationship” with food. If you had my life, you would overeat also. The food stopped working, but I threw everybody out of my life before that happened. Pain came when I realized that I was the common denominator in the issues of my life. I was obsessed about food, what I ate, what you ate, what I was going to eat, what I shouldn’t eat. I could diet, but I couldn’t keep it off. I wore shapeless clothes and wouldn’t be in photos. I stopped being able to soothe myself with food. I Googled eating disorders, and “OA” came up. I just wanted a food plan and I would be out of there. I was STILL dieting! I was finally given “the gift of desperation”. I wanted what others had, the physical, emotional, and spiritual recovery. I started working the Steps and got honest with myself. I was living in illusions and lies. I worked with a sponsor. I have maintained a healthy weight for 3 years, and I could never do that before OA. I was also getting sane, present, and available. I love working with sponsees. Today I have a life that is unbelievable. I have the ability to love and to be loved.
V.- In OA I found acceptance for who I was for the first time. I was a very fat unhappy person. I had cancer; OA helped me to lose weight, get healthier, and I am still here! I was a night eater; I do not do that anymore. My sponsor told me that I needed to work the Steps. My wife is in OA and does a lot of service, and I started helping her. Service helps me to show up. I have lost 50 lbs in the program. I want to live a better life so I’m sticking with OA!
March 18, 2017
There are 35 eligible voting delegates present.
Treasurer’s report- We have $35,000 in the budget and are maintaining a 66% prudent reserve, which is higher than the 40 – 60% called for in the Bylaws. This is a good thing as we are sending 4 delegates and the chair and region trustee to WSBC in April, and this will spend down the prudent reserve. We file taxes every year but do not pay taxes. By law, the SOAR 8 treasurer and the secretary have to be bonded. At one time, our chair had to be bonded, but we changed the P and P because our chair is not a US citizen and cannot be bonded in this country.
Secretary’s report- Packet is completed for this conference and credentials are up to date. On to Albuquerque!
Vice-chair- I coordinate planning and preparation for conventions, the topic for Friday night speakers, and help with bids for upcoming conventions. As of now, we have no bids for Spring 2018 convention.
Chair-I am translating an OA 12-Step workshop into Spanish. I am planning the Forum for the next region assembly in Miami, coming in October. I have prepared a marathon on sponsorship involving the Board of Trustees at WSO. We welcomed 389 people who joined us by phone for 3 hours to discuss and to share on various topics related to sponsorship.
Trustee- I voted on the revised edition of the OA 12 & 12. Approved a process to de-register groups that are not following the Traditions. Three (3) groups in New Zealand were violating the traditions and causing harm to OA as a whole. They have been de-registered. We are developing new guidelines for anonymity in the digital world. The new Courier is available for health professionals and can be accessed at OA.org. Please feel free to download a copy and give to health professionals. We have a new A Step Ahead (what is going on at WSO) available in color or in b/w for download.
7th Tradition totals – Friday 3/17 – $525; Sat. 3/18 – $117.
March 18, 2017
There are 38 eligible voting delegates present.
Bylaws Motion 1- Change the quorum requirements in the Bylaws from 2 to 8 intergroups from states outside the state or territory where the assembly is being held. Adopted
P & P Motion 1- Change assembly time from March and September to March/April and October/November to facilitate more flexibility in planning/preparation of conventions. Adopted.
P & P Motion 2-Move the Tech/Web committee down the list of committees to be defunded. Currently, Tech/Web is #2; this motion would move the committee to #5. Adopted
P & P/Motion 3-All reimbursements for SOAR 8 expenses shall be in the form of a check. Adopted. This motion was fairly controversial as we have a chair and several delegates who are not US citizens and have difficulties cashing American checks in their countries’ banks. Arrangements will be made so that they can cash their checks in the US before returning to their respective countries.
WSO Strategic Plan for 2017 – 2019 – “Keeping OA Strong Worldwide”
-WSO is creating articles for a series “Are you a piece of the puzzle?”
-Developing 12 powerpoints for Traditions workshops
*Very important!! Please take back to your intergroups and discuss – “How can we promote and contribute to unity?” Please forward ideas to your region Trustee. Sample idea- Skype in an international speaker for a meeting.
Emergency P and P motion- At least 3 of 4 board members, including the treasurer must meet the requirements and criteria for bonding. Adopted.
We had six (6) remote attendees, including 1 from Brazil.
Please be aware that you can donate to Region 8 using Paypal or the mail-in contribution form.
Submitted by Neill M., Triangle NC SOAR representative
The SOAR8 Assembly in Bogota, Colombia recently took place in November 2014. A SOAR8 Business and Recovery Convention Report has been submitted by attendees Neill and Patrick. The event’s theme was The Golden Dream: Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Recovery. If you’d like to read the report in full, please click here to download the PDF.
If you’d like to read the report from the event assembled by the Chair of IG Bogota, Adriana Alvarez, please click here to download the PDF.
2014: “OUR PRIMARY PURPOSE: ABSTINENCE IS NO. 1!”
2014: Increase Focus on Actions Required for Abstinence
Region 8 Chairman’s Report November 2014
Welcome everyone to Bogota, Colombia, for our November Assembly! Our theme is: “Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Recovery: The Golden Dream”. Bogota is the City of Gold and I am so happy to be returning here. Thanks to our hosts, Intergroupos Bogota and Medellin and the General Service Board of Colombia (OA)! Continue reading “Region 8 Chair Report for Bogota SOAR Assembly”
Did you know that the suggested 7th Tradition split of 60/30/10 sends only 10% to Region 8? This is a special appeal for a special 7th Tradition exclusively for Region 8. In this post, a special message from our Region 8 Treasurer.
Give Five to Keep the Spirit of Medellin Alive!
Donation for Special Appeal
“The Spirit of Medellin” has come to mean the life changing experience Region 8 went through during our first International Assembly in Medellin in November 2011. It marked the beginning of the coming together of all parts of Region 8, formerly separated by sea and speech, but now separate no more. Our success at reaching out to all of Region 8 has been beyond our wildest dreams!
Remote attendance of the Southeast Overeaters Anonymous Region 8 (SOAR 8) Conference is available with the aid or current computer technology. This technology can be used to videoconference as sub-committees between assemblies so that members can have the face-to-face meeting experience from wherever they may be in the Region. Another use reported by current members is that it allows for video “face to face” contacts with other OA members – some in very remote parts of the region – who otherwise are limited to phone meetings. Please download this PDF for more information on linking into the conference. Please download this PDF for more information on using Oovoo.
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 “SOAR 8 Recovery Convention and Business Assembly”
Did you know we have podcasts on the website that talk about pamphlets in our wide array of literature? Check out these new ones!
NEW PODCASTS ON OA WEBSITE
- June 1 – OA Literature: OA Members Come in All Sizes & Tools of Recovery
- May 18 – Our Primary Purpose: Sponsorship – How to pick?/Why have one?
- May 11 – OA Literature: A Common Solution: Diversity and Recovery
This year at the World Service Business Conference 2014 the Ask-it -Basket was answered by the Trustees after the conference. The answers to that Ask-It-Basket can be found in this post here. Continue reading “News from WSO”
The SOAR 8 Recovery Convention will be held in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on July 11-13, 2014. The convention will be held at the Embassy Suites Baton Rouge. OA needs your service at this event! There are lots of opportunities. If you would like to volunteer at the event, please click here to download the registration form.
You can register to attend the event at http://www.soar8july2014.eventbrite.com. (Please not that a surcharge is added when using this website to register).
Want more information? Visit the SOAR8 website at http://www.oaregion8.org and click on the links in the box called “Next Regional Assembly.” For more information on SOAR 8, please contact Aleta P. at (225) 753-2739 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Continue reading “July 2014: SOAR 8 – Baton Rouge”