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.

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.

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
Luvtascuba@yahoo.com

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)

Results:

• > 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

Group Inventory

There are a number of Group Support documents and help files on the OA.org website located here. One of the documents that your group might consider working through together on a yearly basis is the Group Inventory worksheet. This inventory can help to maintain the health of the group. In this post, we’ve provided the full text of the document, but you can also download it and save it as a PDF here.

OA Group Inventory

Use an entire meeting for an honest and fearless discussion of the group’s weaknesses
and strengths.

This inventory is divided into two parts. Part 1 is an inventory of the group as a whole;
Part 2 is a personal inventory of a member’s behavior in the group. Continue reading “Group Inventory”