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)

Results:

• > 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”

Group Inventory

There are a number of Group Support documents and help files on the OA.org website located here. One of the documents that your group might consider working through together on a yearly basis is the Group Inventory worksheet. This inventory can help to maintain the health of the group. In this post, we’ve provided the full text of the document, but you can also download it and save it as a PDF here.

OA Group Inventory

Use an entire meeting for an honest and fearless discussion of the group’s weaknesses
and strengths.

This inventory is divided into two parts. Part 1 is an inventory of the group as a whole;
Part 2 is a personal inventory of a member’s behavior in the group. Continue reading “Group Inventory”

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.

2/26/14

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