July 2014: SOAR 8 – Baton Rouge

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 aph42@att.net. Continue reading “July 2014: SOAR 8 – Baton Rouge”

June 2014: SC Big Book Study

Got Recovery? A Big Book Study, sponsored by the Upstate South Carolina Integroup, will be held Saturday & Sunday, June 28 and 29, 2014 in Greenville, SC.

Listen & Learn how the Big Book addresses:

  • God as I understand Him
  • Abstinence
  • Intimacy/Connection
  • Financial Security
  • and more

When:  Saturday & Sunday, June 28, & 29, 2014
Time:  10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
WhereSt. Francis Hospital, Room 301
125 Commonwealth Drive, “C” entrance
Greenville, S.C. 29615 Continue reading “June 2014: SC Big Book Study”

2010 World Service Business Conference Report

2010 World Service Business Conference Report

Wednesday started out at the wonderful morning OA meeting, with the topic of Spirituality. The word ‘ritual’ is in there, as is spirit. Exquisite sharing from people with long term abstinence, expressed physically, emotionally and spiritually.

The Region Chairs did a fantastic job with their forum entitled “How Does Service, Serve Us?” subtitled “Preaching to the Choir.”  The results of the forum and lots of wonderful ideas on service can be found at: http://www.oa.org/pdfs/2010forum.pdf.

Next stop, committee meetings. I serve on the Conference Literature Committee. We addressed some requests for new literature, and looked at some pamphlet re-write opportunities. All literature is reviewed at least every 7 years (although it can be reviewed more frequently).

That evening, was a forum to discuss the 7 pieces of literature voted on at the conference.  Each piece of literature is reviewed by a committee of up to 17-18 delegates. Next, the new or modified literature goes back to the board of trustees and requires a 2/3rds majority vote to end up on the agenda for the conference to consider. The voting delegates were given the opportunity to ask questions about the documents at this session. Continue reading “2010 World Service Business Conference Report”

Join the SOAR 8 Mailing List

Stay up to date with Region 8! Subscribe to AllRegion8@oaregion8.org!

By subscribing to this mailing list, you’ll be privy to all the announcements and news that the Board and Committee Chairs are sharing with the Regional membership. You’ll also learn about exciting ways to carry the message, not just locally, but throughout our region, which includes Central and South America, as well as 8 domestic states in the Southeastern US.

To subscribe, send an email to allregion8-subscribe@oaregion8.orgContinue reading “Join the SOAR 8 Mailing List”

Notes from the IG Chairs Breakfast Meeting in Little Rock, AR

MARCH 23, 2014



Rosemary B – Baton Rouge
Margaret T – Central Arkansas
Breanne J – Central Midlands
Bonne V – Palm Beach
Antonieta D – Esperanza Venezuela
Nancy T – Central Florida
Lynn P – Suncoast
Barb R – Central Florida
Marilyn T – Manasota
Zee D – North Florida
Viviana G – Esperanza Venezuela
Azikwe K – Miami Dade
Rachel F – Memphis
Pat L – Suncoast
Jason J – Pinellas Traditions Continue reading “Notes from the IG Chairs Breakfast Meeting in Little Rock, AR”

April 2014: OA Spring 2014 Telephone Marathon

On Friday, April 25, 2014, you’re invited to dial-in to the Spiritual Fitness and Serenity OA Spring 2014 Telephone Marathon. Two-hour workshop meetings will be held from noon – 10P USA EST.

Phone in at: (424) 203-8405
Bridge number: 405784#
(*6 to mute and unmute. Call or email for international numbers.)

Need more information? Call (714) 362-4942 or (215) 862-8140. You can also email at sfsysb@gmail.com.

Workshop meetings will be recorded and available for playback after the marathon. For playback information, check out spiritualfitnessandserenity-oa.com.


Abstinence Presentation by the Region Chairs Committee

A presentation on abstinence has been developed by the Region Chairs Committee. This presentation is now online in PowerPoint format for your use.

Abstinence: PowerPoint Presentation

What is abstinence in Overeaters Anonymous? How can you use the tools of the program to achieve and maintain abstinence? As part of OA’s strategic plan, the Region Chairs Committee has created this Abstinence PowerPoint presentation to assist your group or service body in exploring the concept of abstinence.  As you prepare to present it, you may find the following literature helpful:

When opening this document, select Read Only. If you prefer a PDF of the presentation, click here.


-Gloria Lockridge, Region 8 Chair, Delegate CoChair, Region Chairs Committee
-Terry Stuart, Publications Manager, Overeaters Anonymous World Service Office

24th Annual Florida State Convention of OA – Feb 21-23, 2014

Looking for a weekend of highly concentrated recovery in 2014? Come to the 24th Annual Florida State OA  Convention at Cocoa Beach Hilton Oceanfront February 21- 23. The theme this year is “Together We Can … Be a Team in 2014.” The official opening ceremony is at 7:30 PM Friday night, but workshops start at 4:30 that day. The convention will be wrapped-up at noon on Sunday.

This is YOUR CONVENTION and you make it happen! The convention offers many  opportunities to provide service and reinforce your personal Step 12. In addition to meeting and workshop leaders (90 days continuous abstinence required), we need volunteers in the boutique, hospitality room, registration table, literature table, service desk, to act as a Hugger/Greeter, meeting room timer, and to sell tickets for drawings. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. If you cannot afford registration, consider giving service or a donation.

Registration is now open, and costs only $25 for the weekend if you register by Feb 1st
(but it increases to $35 after that date), or $30 for one day registration. There will be no refunds after 2/14/2014. There are two ways to register: on-line or by mail.

  • To register on-line, go to www.flsconvention2014.eventbrite.com. A surcharge is added when using this site.
  • To register by mail, use the paper copy registration form, which may be downloaded from the web site of your local Intergroup (e.g., www.oanfi.org) or Region 8 (www.oaregion8.org). Make checks payable to “Florida State Convention 2014.”

Send to: Barbara Carter
28303 SW 101 Avenue
Newberry, FL 32669
Email: bcarter337@att.net

All meals must be ordered before 2/7/2014. There is an optional Banquet Saturday evening (chicken, pork or vegetarian options) for $46 (includes all taxes and tip). For your convenience, you may choose to prepay for all your meals: a weekend meal package costs $135, which includes breakfast, lunch and Dinner Banquet on Saturday, plus breakfast on Sunday.

Hotel reservations
You must make your own reservations before 2/07/14. Hotel requires a credit card to hold your reservation. Use code FSCOA1 for special rates: $109 Double, $129 Coastline View, $159 Ocean view, plus 11% taxes per night. These rates will be honored until FEB 7th. Any
reservations made after that date will be charged at the current room rate. THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS.

Cocoa Beach Hilton Oceanfront
1550 N. Atlantic Ave.
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931
1-866-580-7402 (Reservations)
1-321-799-0003 (Direct)

Rates are available for three days before and after the event. Hotel check-in is at 3:00 PM,
Friday; check-out is Noon Sunday. All rooms have a refrigerator and coffee pot.

Region Chairs Virtual Workshop Schedule

The Region Chairs Virtual Workshop schedule is included below. The theme for 2014 is Our Primary Purpose. Virtual teleconference workshops take place on the second Sundays** of each month from 3-4P EST.

(**Third Sunday in May because of 2014 WSBC)

US Phone #: (424) 203-8405
Pin: 925619#