“Welcome Home” Serenity Day in Durham this Saturday!!

Join the Saturday AM Scout Hut meeting in Durham for a day of fun, fellowship and workshops–this, coming Saturday!

The regular meeting from 10am – 11:30am will offer a panel of three speakers to offer their experience, strength and hope. There will be a break and a chance to share a meal and fellowship at a local restaurant, and then the Serenity Day activities to follow in the afternoon from 1pm – 3pm.

Location:  Westminister Presbyterian Church
3639 Old Chapel Hill Rd, Durham, NC 27707

Both the regular meeting and the Serenity Day will be held in the main church building in the rooms upstairs. There is plenty of parking and there will be signs posted to help you find your way! Stairs and an elevator are available.

Date: September 10, 2016
Meeting time: 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Serenity Day Time: 1:00 pm  to  3:00 pm

For additional information, please contact Harriette at harriett70@hotmail.com or (919)596-9543

Hope to see you there!

SOAR Report July 2016 (Margaret W)

I joined the Intergroup (IG) Outreach committee at SOAR to reach out to OA meetings in the Triangle IG area to determine if they belonged to any IG and if not, if they would join Triangle IG. I determined that there are 7 active groups in eastern NC that do not belong to any IG.  (There is a meeting listed on the OA site for Pembroke but I am not certain that it is still an active meeting.)

I knew they would be small meetings so I asked how could Triangle IG be of help to them.  I suggested speakers and newsletter listings and participation in receiving newsletters.  At this point only Havelock and Oak Island have agreed to be listed.  Another group is to decide at  their meeting and I have not heard back from that group yet if they will join Triangle IG or not.

I have submitted all the information to the newsletter editor to list Oak Island and Havelock as members of Triangle IG.  I will continue to try to make contact with the remaining groups who are not members of any IG to see if they will join Triangle IG and then I will begin to contact members of Triangle IG who are not active members of IG to determine how Triangle IG can help.

Calling on Professionals for a special PIPO Meeting!

Calling On Professionals!!!

Calling on…

Folks who work at hospitals, treatment centers, correctional facilities, religious organizations, private practice, schools, civilian and military, health & education professional communities.

Did you know that you are uniquely poised to pass on the hopeful message of OA recovery?

Calling on…

Alcohol/Drug Counselors, Dieticians, Doctors, Eating Disorder Counselors, Health Club Managers, Medical Students, Nurses, Nutritionists, Primary Care Physicians, Social Workers, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Pastors, Chaplins, Teachers, Body Workers, EAP and helping professionals.

Strengthen your twelve stepping and join us at this special Public Information & Professional Outreach (PIPO) meeting! 

When: August 21, 2016 5:15 pm to 6:30 pm (immediately following the 4-5pm meeting)

Where: Grace Lutheran Church (5010 Six Forks Road, Raleigh)

What will happen there?

  • Attend an OA meeting with other professionals in recovery to discuss issues unique to professionals in recovery.
  • Get Ideas for how to serve and pass the message of recovery to professional contacts using attraction rather than promotion.
  • Learn how other professionals take step twelve, and integrate their OA program and their role as professional and maintain anonymity.
  • Take home information packages to support you in taking step twelve in your professional community.

For more information contact Sherylyn at Sherylynoa@gmail.com or 919-749-3646

Lets take step twelve together!

August Intergroup Meeting on the road in Wilmington!

Intergroup is taking to the road this month and we will be joining our fellows on the coast on Saturday, August 20th from 11am to 12pm.


Please join us at the regular Saturday morning meeting in Wilmington at the Church of the Servant (4925 Oriole Drive) at 9:30am and stay for the Intergroup meeting immediately afterward.

Hope to see you there!

SOAR Report July 2016 (Neill M)

2016 SOAR 8 July Business Assembly

July 15, 2016, St. Pete Beach, Fla.

-The chair reminded us that our personal abstinence is the most important business that we must attend to this weekend.

-There were 9 green dot reps!

-36 voting members present for the evening assembly.

-The vice-chair’s duties include helping intergroups to host region assemblies.  She will be available to advise, consult with, and support intergroups of any size to put on an assembly.  There is a Region 8 convention hosting manual available to further provide guidelines regarding choosing hotels, arranging for banquet and meeting facilities, and menu selection.  Region 8 also provides $500 seed money to an intergroup to expedite initial expenses.  An intergroup can earn a substantial amount of money by hosting an assembly, including presenting 50/50 raffles, silent auctions, and boutiques.

-The chair has chosen “Keep Changing” as her slogan.

The Friday evening Forum presented topics for groups of attendees to create short skits in order to address particular issues regarding recovery in OA:

  • How do I deal with challenging personalities if I give service?
  • How do I choose not to eat a food that everyone else is eating?
  • A professional at a treatment center for eating disorders has never heard of OA. Do I break my anonymity and tell them about OA?
  • Your partner met you when you were heavy. Now you are losing weight.  They are having problems with all the attention that you are receiving and the time that you are spending at meetings, giving service, etc.
  • Our sponsee does everything we suggest and more, but keeps screwing up.

The topic for the 3 evening speakers was “Why it is important for me to work all 12 Steps”.


July 16, 2016

8:30am – 10:15am

-Last night’s 7th tradition was $166.00

-There are 39 voting members present for the morning assembly.

-The parliamentarian gave an explanation of parliamentary procedures.  She also talked about the available funds to send reps to SOAR assemblies and the the WSBC.  Region 8 has $2000 allocated to send reps to SOAR assemblies and $2000 to send reps to WSBC.

Chair report

-Chair has worked with the Bogota and Medellin Intergroups and the newborn Serenity OA group in Panama.  She has travelled to Atlanta, to meetings in Miami Dade and the Florida Keys, to Central and Northern Florida Intergroups meetings, as well as to WSBC in Albuquerque, NM.  She is also serving on the WSBC Region chairs committee.

Vice chair report

-The next assembly is in Memphis from Oct. 28-30.  Please submit future assembly bids!  Region 8 paid over $2000 back to Atlanta for the March 2016 SOAR assembly (This does not include the amount that Atlanta earned from their successful boutique!).

Secretary report

-Committees are more active than they have ever been!  Our secretary Janet T. will be rotating out of service after the Memphis SOAR this year.  “God does not call the equipped; God equips the called.”

Treasurer’s report

-Prudent reserve is currently 64%; after this assembly’s costs have been met, the prudent reserve will still be in the mid 40s ( the prudent reserve must be between 40-60% as mandated by the Policies and Procedures manual).

Trustee report

New WSBC strategic plan for 2017-19 is “Keeping OA Strong Worldwide”.  I am the liaison between WSO and Region 8.  WSBC motions are due by Dec. 10.  These motions can come from meetings, intergroups, and other service bodies.  She was re-elected trustee for Region 8 at WSBC!

I am a member of the 12th Step Within committee

12th Step Within committee meeting: 10:30am -12pm

-“There is nothing worse than a head full of OA and a belly full of food.  The most important words spoken to me when I was in relapse were ‘what can I do to help?’”

July 16, 2016

2pm – 5pm

Motion 1

Move the Region 8 forms from Appendix E of the P & P to the Region 8 website.  By doing this, forms can be updated without having to amend the P & P.  This will move Region 8 closer to a paperless environment and expedite updating current forms.  Motion adopted

Motion 2 and 3 were related to changing the P & P to reference that 2 assemblies instead of 3 will be held each year and that instead of referring to the March, July, and Nov. assemblies, we will now reference the two assemblies as “Spring ” and “Fall”.  Both motions were adopted.

Motion 4 clarifies what “members present and voting” means in context of determining a 2/3 majority.  This motion was also adopted.

Final Atlanta March 2016 SOAR report

-Atlanta got a late start; the committee recommends starting to plan an assembly as soon as possible.  They also recommend that attendees register as early as possible so that the hosting body can determine how many people to expect for banquets, business assemblies, and recovery workshops.  There were 188 attendees.  The boutique cleared $823.00.

WSBC 2017 dates are May 1- 6.

Emergency motion 1

A budget override of $200 was requested by PI/PO to print locally-produced pamphlets for availability at the Nov. Memphis SOAR assembly (one pamphlet in Spanish, one in English).  Motion adopted

Emergency motion 2

Ways and Means committee requested a budget override of $500 to buy more serenity knots and GOT SERENITY? T-shirts.  The Ways and Means committee has earned over $2069 so far from the sale of these items.  Motion was adopted.

Emergency motion 3

A re-allocation of $181.00 from the prudent reserve was requested by the treasurer to cover the chair’s travel to WSBC 2016.  Motion adopted.

Committee reports

Ways and Means – 2 new active members, W & M decided not to pursue e-commerce, created new pricing tier so that items can be sold locally as fund raisers, $2069 profits!  The committee will continue to develop strategies to market items, including using the Region 8 webpage to handle bulk orders.

By-laws/Electronic documents – developing policy for reimbursement by check, examing rotation guidelines for board members.

IGOR (intergroup outreach) – How has OA and your intergroup served you best?  Maintaining work flow through regular monthly meetings by phone.  Assembling and generating unaffiliated meeting information.

12th Step Within – developed new TSW skit, maintaining relapse mentor list, online sponsor list, and speaker list, creating a workshop resource list and access, taking action on re-involving members who have left OA, working with Unity w/Diversity.

Techweb – updating and renewing contract with webmaster, purchasing Adobe software to create pdf. forms on website, helping people to register for Region 8 email lists, getting information for appropriate amount of Wi – Fi for assemblies.

PI/PO (Public information/Professional outreach) – military contact letter approved by the board, purchasing 2 pamphlets, targeting diverse populations, including colleges, healthcare facilities, etc.

Unity with Diversity – how does WSO get literature translated , how to work with different groups, setting up Facebook groups, retention work with Twelfth Step Within, webpage for Unity with Diversity, working with new Chilean intergroup, working with Spanish Language Service Board at WSBC to create an international Spanish glossary to include different meanings for the same word depending on the country.

The 7th Tradition for July 16 was $128.61

The meeting adjourned at 5pm

Respectfully submitted by Neill M

July Intergroup Meeting!

All are invited to join us for the next IG meeting coming up on Saturday, July 16th from 10:15am to 12pm. Please note the time change to accommodate attendance at the 9am Raleigh meeting–no need to choose between fellowship and service at the IG level!

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

Hope to see you there!

June Intergroup Meeting AND Lunch & Learn!

All are invited to join us for the next IG meeting coming up on Saturday, June 18th from 10:15am to 12pm. Please note the ongoing time change to accommodate attendance at the 9am Raleigh meeting. No need to choose between fellowship and participation at the IG level. Woo-hoo!

Lunch bag

Please join us after IG for the first Lunch & Learn of 2016! Come and enjoy a podcast of OA speakers sharing their experience, strength and hope. Bring a lunch and share fellowship, discussion and recovery!

Topic: A commitment to abstinence and maintaining a healthy body weight.

Location: Community United Church of Christ (814 Dixie Trail, Raleigh–Corner of Wade Ave and Dixie Trail)

Time: 12:30pm to 2:30pm following the monthly Intergroup meeting

Questions or for more information: Deb  (919) 332-4343 or debmadrian@gmail.com

Hope to see you there!

Free-Range, Abstinence-Fed Audio Library!

If you would like to check out a cd from our free audio library, it will be in Garner for one more week! Come to the Wednesday night meeting to see all that this library has to offer! Can’t make it to Wednesday night’s meeting? Join us at Intergroup on Saturday for great recovery, service, and library availability!

News from the World Service Business Conference (WSBC) in Albuquerque, NM!

Our Intergroup’s trusted World Service Office Delegates provided the following summary of their time at the WSBC in May:

Theme: Responsibility – To Carry the Message

This year’s business focused around non-face to face meetings, something
that has become too important to ignore.

There were 199 voting delegates who represented 19 countries. It was exciting to see this program practiced in Spanish, German, Greek, Hebrew, French, Dutch, Portuguese, English of many accents, and many other languages! Other than two agenda items, all items of business passed. Here were the highlights:

  • The two failed proposals were:
    • To change the Reginal Chairs’ meeting to meet only in North America
    • To change the date of OA Unity Day
  • We granted the seal of approval to two items of literature:
    • A Twelve Traditions Pocket Guide
    • The Twelve Step Workshop and Study Guide
  • General changes in wording to improve grammar and understanding to bylaws were passed by the consent agenda
  • Perhaps the most involved motions that were adopted had to do with using OA in social media and on the internet. We approved this motion forward so that now OA can have a presence in places like Facebook and Twitter. A major reasoning for this motion is that there have been non-official OA pages popping up over social media over the past few years, and some of them provide wrong information about OA.
  • The other bylaw proposal that passed was the one which changed the
    definition of a meeting so that some Virtual meetings can be counted and listed for OA. The major reason is that there are areas of the world where the aforementioned social media might be the only option for meeting or recovery interaction. A good example is what is happening in China, where the gathering of people who might pray at the beginning of a meeting is not legal. Virtual meetings using WeChat technology (a phone app) but do not happen in “real time” can now register as real meetings.  The Region 10 trustee went to
    China and saw how many people can be helped there using this technology
    solution.  Her report on that trip (to the board) is very inspiring.
    WeChat is the only technology which can work for a meeting and which is
    not banned by the Chinese government.

    • A virtual committee was formed in response to these two motions
  • We elected 2 general trustees, including our own former Chair of Region 8 Gloria!
  • Region 8 trustee Linda H was also elected for another term
  • Speaking of Region 8…
    • Our gathering was a wonderful opportunity to see other delegates and hear what people are doing for service at WSBC. It was remarkable how many region 8 people we have who are serving board positions for specific committees on the world service level!
    • Viviana, the chair of region 8, again is encouraging our intergroup to consider hosting an assembly. We have a wealth of service and dedication in Triangle Intergroup, and we are also blessed to have another intergroup (Triad) in our “back yard,” and she would like to see us working together.

From Lauren

  • As a green dot I felt both weird and welcomed. I was grateful for my mentor, who helped me deal with some of the general “overwhelmed-ness” that I felt my first day. In fact, I accidentally texted her a (pretty candid) text that I meant for my sponsor. Her response was so helpful and loving! I adopted her as my WSBC “sponsor.”
  • The committee to which I was assigned was the Young Persons’ Committee. You might notice a change. It used to be called the “Youth and Young Persons’ Committee.” It was changed to reflect the desire to incorporate all young people as full members of OA, who are both unique in their “category” but also want to be taken seriously (there is no “kids’ table” at OA! ). During my WSBC term I will be serving as co-chair of the resources sub-committee. We will be looking at literature and communications this year, and in light of the newly adopted amendments, we will begin diving into social media with OA!
  • I am so grateful to have been given this chance to serve at WSBC. I had the chance to really work on my program, and give myself the space to 12-step some of the personal challenges I faced! And it was not only an honor to serve as one of our delegates, it was a delight to stick my toes in the land. I have never seen the desert—never seen such beauty and variety of land! HP really showed up in full-force—in the mesas, in the wind, in the beauty, in the people, in the program.

From Mike

  • I was again assigned to the Web/Technology committee.  Committee day was
    going quietly until I was elected Delegate Cochair. I felt simultaneously honored and humbled while also terrified and overwhelmed.  I may just need to learn some organization skills
  • The meeting got interesting really quickly when my green-dot asked for help making an amendment.  In the end it was not adopted, but the experience was
    interesting and useful when I needed to give the committee report on Saturday morning in front of everyone.
  • For me personally the trip was an amazing experience:
    * During conference I converted to a strict 3-0-1 plan of eating which
    is working quite well.
    * I was pushed to grow outside my comfort zone.
    * I worked on some old resentments and similar feelings, and came away at peace in that area (10th step).
    * I made a lot of friends and can better see how OA is something much
    bigger than my local group (or intergroup).

In conclusion, we are both grateful to have the chance to be of service—it really is what keeps our programs going. Thank you, Triangle Intergroup, for this opportunity!


Mike and Lauren