SOAR Report: Spring 2019

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

-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

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, 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