OA WSBC Conference 2019 Report

OA World Service Business Conference 2019 Report
(submitted by Cory A, *** indicates my opinion only of the most important changes for our fellowship) There were 188 eligible voters
Treasurer Report: $350,000 profit, mostly from sale of new literature and the one-time funding call; Website redesign now taking bids, budget $50,000. Large expense (storm damage to roof) $150,000 but most covered by insurance. Postage expensive, fueling movement to get everything online. Shipping internationally must be UPS so it can be tracked
Presentation of Proposed Restructuring of OA’s Board of Trustees: Go from 17 to 12 Trustees over next 5 years and make them general service positions instead of associated with specific regions. Saves money and streamlines decision-making.
***Proposed Literature (all required 2/3 vote to receive Conference seal of approval)
A-a: Body Image, Relationships, and Sexuality: Personal Journeys to Recovery in Overeaters Anonymous: ADOPTED (with near unanimity)
New Elected Region Trustees: R2 Hanna S; R5 Barbara K; R6 Beth B; R8 Andi S: R9 Vassiliki T. (Only region w/ 2 candidates); R10 Letitia M; GST Tina. One position had no candidate, so it was left unfilled in service of proposed restructuring.
A-b: Dignity of Choice/Plan of Eating: FAILED (by 2 votes); Main objection: Food plans had not been vetted by nutrition specialist since 2009; carried over from past versions. Also, no apparent forethought about potential legal issues; Standing vote (had to be done twice) Yes 119; No 64. This was a 2⁄3 vote. A-c: Welcome back and Members in Relapse; ADOPTED
New Business Motions and Bylaws adopted by Consent Agenda (before conference and therefore not discussed on floor) E, H, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
New Business Motions:
NBM A Defeated; Consider ease of translation when developing written materials.
NBM B Adopted; Move to amend WSBC Policy 2008a
***NBM C Adopted; Definition of abstinence (refined) and recovery (added); proposed then slightly amended from what you voted on after going to committee.
1) Abstinence: The act of refraining from compulsive eating and compulsive food behaviors while working towards or maintaining a healthy body weight.
2) Recovery: Removal of the need to engage in compulsive eating behaviors. Spiritual, emotional, and physical recovery is achieved through working and living the overeaters anonymous twelve step program.
NBM D Adopted; Groups known as hybrid meetings may register only once and may be included on the OA.org meeting list under the appropriate meeting categories. Two amendments were attempted, one defeated, one deemed out of order.
NBM F Adopted; Apply for and, if approved, accept non-profit status from Google for Custom Search feature at no cost. Paid version currently on OA.org website dramatically improved ease of search NBM I Defeated; WSBC 2019 directs BOT to make all BOT and BOT committee meetings virtual, except for the WSBC itself. (to save money)
NBM J Adopted; Merge Virtual Services Conference Committee into the new Virtual Region 11

***NBM K (merged with M, which was withdrawn) Adopted; Statement on Public and Social Media: Members of OA are responsible for maintaining their anonymity and respecting the anonymity of other OA members. When attending an OA meeting, whether face-to-face or virtual, members are encouraged to seek appropriate means to protect their own anonymity and that of fellow members. All registered virtual meetings shall inform members that their anonymity is not fully protected when attending a virtual meeting. (See “Protecting Anonymity in a Digital World” online; final version will add URL link)
NBM O Defeated; Add last 2 paragraphs of Twelve Step and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous as a choice for the closing. Though lovely, it can be adopted by group conscience.
NBM P Postponed indefinitely; BOT consider alternatives to make newcomers’ packet info available online.
Proposed Bylaws Changes
1 Referred to committee; Proposal on status and support of language service boards deemed not ready for prime time
2 Withdrawn by Maker;
3 Defeated; To add to the bylaw Subpart B, Article IX Board of Trustees, Section 4-Qualifications by striking, inserting and re-lettering the subsequent. “If the trustee applicant has served as a delegate to only on World Service Business Conference at the time of application, must serve as a delegate to the WSBC at which they stand for election as trustee”
4 Defeated; Virtual IGs may also participate in the activities (including voting) of another region with that region’s permission.
11 Withdrawn by maker
12 Adopted Move to amend OA, Inc. Bylaws, Subpart B, Article XI – Conference Committees; (what to do about non-functional committees and chairs, and who can do it); Inserts a new Section 5, renumbers the subsequent sections.
13 Defeated; insert importance of the 12 Concepts to all service bodies, not just WSBC.

New OA definitions of abstinence and recovery

OA World Service Business Conference passed a motion To define both abstinence and recovery for the benefit of the still-suffering compulsiveeater.

Abstinence:The act of refraining fromcompulsive eating and compulsive food behaviors while working towards or maintaining a healthy bodyweight.

Recovery:Removal of the need to engage in compulsive eating behaviors. Spiritual, emotional, and physical recovery is achieved through working and living the Overeaters Anonymous Twelve Step program.

Flyer for OA Men

Men of OA – You’re not alone!
Are you the only man in your meeting? Do you have trouble freely sharing in meetings of mostly women? The World Service Survey done in 2010 revealed that only about 13% of our fellowship consists of men! If you want to connect with other men in OA, there are many meetings, by phone and in-person, with a Special Focus for Men, as well as several other ways you can connect with men in the program.
★ Are you new to OA? Visit http://OA.org to learn more about this program of recovery and get started today.
Face-to-Face Meetings
There are over 40 face-to-face meetings in several countries around the world with a Special Focus for Men. To view the most updated list of all meetings with a Special Focus for Men, visit http://OAMen.org/meetings.
Phone Meetings
Here are all the phone meetings around the world, with a Special Focus for Men. All times are listed in EST.
Sunday 8:30 AM
563-999-2090 Pin: 316200#
Sunday 8:30 PM
712-770-4160 Pin: 409092#
Monday 7:00 PM
712-451-1129 Pin: 350025#
Tuesday 7:00 PM
712-775-7031 Pin: 242990669#
Thursday 7:00 PM
605-475-4850 Pin: 197132#
The online meetings listed below require more steps to access. Visit http://oamen.org/online to learn more.
Wednesday 7:00 PM
Contact Name: Ken G Contact Phone: 914-263-6532
Thursday 12:30 PM
Contact Name: Cleve
Contact Phone: +278-3271-4584
Friday 7:30 PM
Contact Name: Jack
Contact Phone: 709-749-8888
★Some of the meeting listings may have been added, removed, or changed since the printing of this flyer, visit http://OAMen.org/meetings to view the most updated list of all meetings with a Special Focus for Men.
OA Men Email Groups
Join an email-based discussion group for Men in OA. Read and send group email with other men in OA.
• To join the Google group, email Tuesday@OAMen.org, including your first name and your last initial.
• To join the Yahoo group, visit http://oa12step4coes.org/loops/male and submit your email address.
OA Men Phone Outreach List
Join the Outreach Phone List to make and receive phone calls with other men in OA, around the world! • To join the phone list, join the Google group above and also include your phone number and time zone.
http://OAMen.org is a website to find resources for men in OA. Got something to add? Click “Contact Us”.
Spread the word!
Share this flyer with everyone in OA! Print or photocopy this and share it at your meetings and intergroups.
If you want to modify this flyer to list face-to-face meetings with a Special Focus for Men in your area, visit http://OAMen.org/publicity for instructions and to download the Microsoft Word version. Please contact us at http://OAMen.org to let us know how you’re spreading the word and how we can help!
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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.

October Intergroup Meeting

All are invited to join us for the next Intergroup meeting coming up on Saturday, October 19th from 10:15am to 12pm.

Location: Community United Church of Christ in Raleigh at the corner of Wade Ave and Dixie Trail.

Hope to see you there!

Call for Stories

A call for OA member stories has been announced. Find the information and release form at What’s New (oa.org/whats-new) and attached.

Here is the direct link: https://oa.org/files/pdf/YP-Story-flyer-and-release.pdf

Did You Enter OA at Age 18-30? Send Us Your Story!
OA is looking for new stories to include in a revised To the Teen pamphlet for young people. Members ages 18 to 30 or who entered OA during that time of their life are encouraged to submit stories that involve any manifestation of the disease (overeating, anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, and other compulsive food behaviors). Email your story to info@oa.org with the subject “YP Story.” Submitted stories must include a signed release form. The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2019. Give service and hope: share your story and share the news about this opportunity—download the flyer to bring to your next group or service body.

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

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)


• > 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

New Twelve Step Within Pamphlet for Download

A new Twelve Step Within pamphlet is available for download here. Please download it, make copies, forward it on to others and share it with your own groups.

Sharing this pamphlet with others will help our meetings and Integroup(s), it will help to make our meetings larger and help to keep members to come back. Read about how to form a Twelve Step Within committee for your Intergroup.  Continue reading “New Twelve Step Within Pamphlet for Download”