Coronavirus Update Regarding Meetings and the 7th Tradition

Meetings:

  • Most in-person meetings have now either gone virtual or suspended meetings. Call the regular meeting contact to find out current status and any virtual meeting details.
  • Intergroup will not post links to specific virtual meeting, but if you need to list a different contact for virtual meeting info, notify the webmaster (webmaster@triangleoa.org) and newsletter editor (newsletter@triangleoa.org) and we will post those.
  • If you are setting up (or have set up) a virtual meeting, please bear in mind the following, in keeping with our Traditions:
    • You should not use a virtual meeting account that you have access to through your employer: this is an inappropriate use of your employer’s resources; in addition, some companies record all virtual meetings by default (potentially breaching anonymity).
    • There are free options, although they may have limitations, and paid options should cost less than rent.
    • Check with your landlord to confirm that they will NOT be charging you rent while you cannot meet in person: most churches have discontinued all meetings in their facilities and are not charging rent during that time.

7th Tradition:

  • It’s vital to maintain the 7th Tradition during this time: while our meetings might not be paying rent (or paying less for a virtual solution), we need to continue to support both:
    • Our own recovery through this important Tradition, as well as
    • Service bodies (Intergroup, SOAR 8, and WSO), who maintain our websites, disseminate information, and generally help us stay connected and who are now more crucial than ever!
  • While we obviously cannot physically pass the basket, here are some alternatives:
    • Cash: Keep an envelope, and when you attend a virtual meeting, put whatever you would normally have put in the basket in the envelope. You can bring it to the meeting once we can meet in person again.
    • Check: Mail a check to your group treasurer (IF they are willing to provide their mailing address).
    • E-payment: Use an electronic payment system (IF your treasurer has such an account and is willing to share the details).

Meeting Treasurers should decide which (if any) non-cash options they are willing and able to provide and communicate what options are available to your meeting attendees. Among the methods available for a given meeting, each individual should make the decision of which to use that best suits them.

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”