WSBC – September 2014 OA News Bulletin

OA News Bulletin

The Miracle of Abstinence!
The theme for the 2015 World Service Business Conference—The Miracle of Abstinence!—was approved at the OA Board of Trustees’ meeting in August. Read the Welcome Letter from Board of Trustees Chair Joe L. to learn more Conference details as well as about the responsibilities and privileges OA delegates participate in at this annual “collective group conscience.” The 2015 WSBC will be held April 27–May 2, in Albuquerque, NM USA.

NEW! 2015 WSBC Agenda
Get a first look at the 2015 WSBC Tentative Conference Agenda. Attendees can look forward to a week of Fellowship, dynamic workshops, and business meetings, filled with inspiration and information to take home to their service bodies and groups. For full details on 2015 WSCB, check out Get Ready for Conference!

November 1 Deadline: WSBC Delegate Fund Applications
Intergroups and service boards can apply for assistance to send delegates to the annual World Service Business Conference. To apply, complete the Delegate Support Fund application and mail, fax, or email ( it to the World Service Office by November 1, 2014. The Delegate Support Fund is made possible, in the spirit of Tradition Seven, by OA member contributions.

NEW! “Our Invitation to You”
The updated “Our Invitation to You,” abridged, is now available. Find it online in the revised Suggested Meeting Format and Suggested Telephone Meeting Format. The update, approved by the OA Board of Trustees at the August meeting, draws from the unabridged “Our Invitation to You” published in Overeaters Anonymous, Third Edition. The book was approved at the 2014 WSBC and will be available to order soon.

Register Your OA Email Loop on
At the 2014 WSBC, delegates passed a policy to courtesy list email loops. Overeaters Anonymous email groups, commonly called loops (groups that do not meet in real time), may list their group on as a courtesy listing. To learn more about OA email loops and their requirements or to register your loop, visit the OA website at

NEW! Translation Funds Application Deadline Added
In the spirit of Step Twelve, a third opportunity to apply for translation funds has been added to the OA calendar. To apply, complete the Translations Funds Application and mail, fax, or email ( it to the World Service Office by November 1, 2014. Applications will be reviewed and funds allocated at the November Board of Trustees meeting.

Translation Funds Granted: Congratulations to the Greek National Service Board for receiving funds to translate the soon-to-be-released Overeaters Anonymous, Third Edition. The group is the first international service body to seek and receive funds to translate the book. Well done!

Monthly Telephone Workshops
Call in this month for two in-depth, stimulating OA workshops. First up, on September 7th, 3-4 p.m. EDT, “Literature: Heart and Soul of OA,” a focus on Voices of Recovery, For Today, and the companion Workbooks for each. The workshops will feature an OA Trustee as speaker. A week later, September 14th, 3-4 p.m. EDT, dial in for “Promises,” featuring a Region Chair as speaker. For both, call 1-424-203-8405 and enter access code 925619#. For questions or comments, contact Virtual Services Trustee Stephanie D. at 1-727-641-3437;

WSBC 2014 Final Conference Report Available
The WSBC 2014 Final Conference Report is available for download. Included within are minutes of the business sessions, officer reports, summaries of the Conference workshops, reports on committee meetings, and other valuable information delegates can carry back to their OA groups and services bodies.

Coming soon! Fourth Quarter A Step Ahead. Look for it on the A Step Ahead Newsletter page.

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