Report from the SOAR8 Assembly in Bogota

The SOAR8 Assembly in Bogota, Colombia recently took place in November 2014. A SOAR8 Business and Recovery Convention Report has been submitted by attendees Neill and Patrick. The event’s theme was The Golden Dream: Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Recovery. If you’d like to read the report in full, please click here to download the PDF.

If you’d like to read the report from the event assembled  by the Chair of IG Bogota, Adriana Alvarez, please click here to download the PDF.

September 2014 Triangle OA Intergroup Meeting Notes

Saturday, 9/20/14 Intergroup Minutes
Raleigh NC

Attendees: Atiya Chair, Jim K WSBCD, Scott Treasurer, Rita Newsletter Distribution, Imogene Retreat Registrar, Alice Mon Raleigh/By-Laws, Mickelle Sat Morn Ral/PIPO, Rebecca Vice Chair, Sherylyn Retreat Chair, Mary Anne Chapel Hill Thurs 7pm Rep, Cheryl Secretary, Neill SOAR Rep, Esther Library, Lauren Durham – T/Th 12:30 Rep, Sid Cary Mon, Elizabeth Tues Chapel Hill, Linda Mon Hillsborough, Jan 12 Steps Within, Debbie Garner Wed Continue reading

2014 World Service Business Conference Report

2014 World Service Business Conference
April 28 – May 3, 2014
Albuquerque, New Mexico
WRAP-UP REPORT

Theme of the conference was “Our Primary Purpose” and there was a focus in seminars and forums on carrying the message. The first seminar was Monday evening, with three more on Tuesday afternoon all looking towards how we can help spread the message. Continue reading

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

IG CHAIRS BREAKFAST MEETING
LITTLE ROCK, AR
MARCH 23, 2014

 

Present:

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

SOAR 8 July Condensed Report

CONDENSED SOAR 8 July Assembly Report

I attended the July 18-20 SOAR convention in Ft Lauderdale, comprising of delegates from 9 states, and Central and South America, totaling 56 Intergroups and 693 meetings. Eight states and Equador and Columbia were represented by 42 Qualified Representatives. Important items to note:

1. Group contributions (10%) of 7th Step donations should be sent to a new PO Box address:
Soar 8 Treasurer, PO 1277, Largo, Fl 33779. Checks must contain the group number, and
day/time of group meeting. The Treasurer hopes each group can donate $65.25 yearly.
2. Great questions for a group inventory:
Do members attend regularly & on time?
Is there a (temporary) sponsor for every newcomer?
Are positions rotated regularly, to share service?
Do we phone missing members?
Do we regularly donate a portion of our 7th contributions to
Intergroup (60%), WSO (40%), & Region (10%)?
3. Literature Chairs; WSO has 2 terrific, new pamphlets: ‘Is food a problem for you?’ & ’12
Step Within Workbook’.
4. Check out the SOAR 8 web page!
5. Through the magic of cyberspace that I’ll NEVER understand, there was someone
manning a computer in the meeting room, and some qualified reps who were at their
computers back home were able to see, hear, and vote on all the procedures taking place at the Business Assembly!!
6. Our own Harriette B was the keynote speaker Saturday night, addressing a joint gathering of (50) Assembly Reps and those (200) attending the SOAR convention which was held on another floor. She spoke eloquently without notes , using slides to show her pictures, and shared her experience, strength and hope by outlining her physical, emotional, and spiritual recovery…..one day at a time. Harriette’s 40-45 minute talk was moving, dynamic, and inspirational, and she received a prolonged and grateful standing ovation!
Jean Arlow, Durham Thurs PM

2008 World Service Business Conference Forum Results

1: What actions can the WSBC and its committees take to promote Public and Professional Awareness?
• Make certain that outreach/PI pamphlets and info are produced in French, Spanish, German, Hebrew, Italian, Portuguese, Etc.
• WSBC committees create a specific list of actions and ideas to be sent to Regions/NLSB/Sd/IG’s that can be carried out by members.
• Send mass mailing of the new pamphlet, Is Food a Problem for You (great job that pamphlet), Abstinence, Dignity of Choice to magazines, media, health professionals.
• Ads and/or articles place in national and international magazines and electronic media. Make sure Google and Yahoo have us at the top of their search lists.
• Mailings to obesity surgery professionals.
• “Slick up” our outreach literature, more attractive the better, colorful, EXCITING!!!
• On front of pamphlets, provide a space for local OA meeting info and phone numbers.
• Send free lifeline copies to doctors, dieticians, etc. Use over-runs or back issues from WSO.
• WS delegates speak at local events to carry this PI & PO message of what OA is doing to raise awareness

2: What actions can the WSBC and its committees take to promote Strong Meetings?
• Rekindle/create enthusiasm for focus on traditions at meetings
o Through Lifeline and more articles
o Focus on Traditions.
• Already good literature in existence. (12th Step Within, Traditions, Sponsorship pamphlets, group handbook, etc). Facilitate more audio recordings of literature. Perhaps remove copyrights on some, so that the groups could download and feature on their own website.
o Promote designated downloader at Region/Intergroup level to facilitate access to
literature/events.
• Ask OA webmasters to promote concepts of strong meetings on their websites.
• Provide ‘job descriptions’ for 12th Step Within committee or Intergroup Reps so they can visit local meeting and have a ‘check list’.

3: What actions can the Intergroups & National /LSB & their committees take to promote
Committed Service Bodies
• Communication
o Language – all languages – need to expedite
? WSO office hiring a native Spanish speaking employee to serve that population in
member services department
? WSBC send thank you notes to members attending conference to return to their
service bodies. (can send in packets)
• Expedite the translation of conference materials to those languages we serve.
o Bylaws
o Form for translation should be in the native language (currently in English)
• Proactive to Intergroups that haven’t sent delegates to be aware of work.

4: What actions can the WSBC and its committees take to promote Financial Health?
• Individual delegates personally take the hand book about financial contributions goals to the individual groups (recommend online) describing that currently less than 25% of income comes from contributions and our goal is to increase by 12% by 2010.
• Revise the suggested meeting format 7th tradition paragraph.
• Create skits/stories emphasizing contributions and the things that are provided by the contributions. Distribute messages by website Lifeline and in the service & tradition workshops. People are more receptive to the message in skits and stories.
• Create a flyer asking for contributions for distribution in meetings.
5: What actions can Regions and Assemblies take to promote Public and Professional
Awareness?
• Region 7 paid for professional development of exhibit board to be used at trade shows, health conferences, etc. Other regions have also developed exhibits. (R7 will be used for NEA)Can be borrowed by OA groups & Intergroups.
• Handouts carry the message. (pens, literature, business cards, etc)
• Work with PO committees/chairs
• Publicize on Region website – create links to other websites.
• Develop guidelines for use – work with the P.I manual for clarity
• Regions can work with Intergroups and groups based on a general calendar of events locally. Tap into WSO to get to some info on this.
• Access to professional PI materials is now easier – can now be ordered via literature form.
• Put a line item at Region level budget to support the Public Awareness Campaign.
• Support Intergroups to develop PSA signs for buses with 800 #
• Evaluate projects over time. Keep records to help others rotating into service – be aware of what works and what doesn’t.
• Region reps from Intergroups can follow through on activities and work in sync with the 1, 3 and 5 year goals of strategic plan.

6: What actions can the Regions, their Assemblies and committees take to promote Strong Meetings?

• Adopt a meeting to help support back-to-back abstinence. Be an attraction, go to different meetings.
• Regions and Assemblies can lead by example. Region Reps can report back to each individual group personally with written and verbal.
• Don’t hesitate to let people know you are abstinent or if traditions are being broken.
• Develop and utilize speaker/sponsor lists.
• Work at WSBC – purpose of this function is for information to get disseminated respectively in our areas.
• Bring this information back to your area and ask group reps to report it during announcements.
• Promote use of the PA handbook (for groups and Intergroups) each group use it’s seventh tradition to buy one.
• Region trustee can develop a workshop and present it at Intergroup and group level.
o Skits – road show for strong meetings
o Sponsorship/abstinence: carrying ESH
o Service and Traditions • Region boards submit a report to Intergroups who are unable to send a rep. Regions need to strengthen their contact with Intergroups.
• Encourage Abstinence First and have meetings where steps and traditions are studied. Either monthly or weekly. Use IDEA Day and Unity Day for half day meetings with special topic interest.
• Involvement needs to improve from two times a year @ Assemblies to improve communication between meetings times by:
o Tele-conference calls
o Emails
o Newsletters
o Websites
o Personal TC’s – the phone is one of our tools.
o * Bi-lingual translations, * trade exchange speakers from one area to another

7: What actions can the Regions, their Assemblies & committees take to promote Committed Service Bodies?
• Intergroup outreach funds Region and WSBC PI – made display Table, speakers list, etc
• All levels maintain speakers list (update bi-annually)
• Intergroups who rarely attend: regularly appoint people to call and talk to chair, secretary, etc.
Have list of questions on how to help and ask what the problems are.
• Individual one-on-one most effective – approach person with an eye for strengths and ask to serve.
• Break jobs/positions down to manageable tasks, less intimidating.
• Assemblies move around to accommodate each state/country – hosting group calls each missing intergroup.
• Each committee chairman calls each committee member or email at least two times in-between meetings.
• Each committee member commit to some part of goal (each person exchange numbers and call to remind)
• Email list – notify all when newsletter available – Courier, Lifeline – Region, Intergroup
• Trustee Road show – service and traditions workshops
• Do intergroup inventory

8: What actions can the Regions, their Assemblies & committees take to promote Financial
Health?
• Co-treasurers, as a model account or internal auditor. Rotation treasurer and plan for transition.
• Communication of status and financial goals to intergroup.
• Quarterly newsletter from region with specific topics & needs
• Financial graphics, if possible.
• Each would suggest an explanation for each meeting to know what are the financial goals.
• Region reps carry message to intergroups.
• Tie the 7th tradition to the promise of freedom from fear of people and economic insecurity.

9: What actions can the Intergroups and National Language Service Boards and their
committees take to promote Public Awareness?
• Have committee for Public Information and Professional Outreach roles:
o Put packets in doctor’s and clinic offices o Approach high school guidance counselors and staff
o Participate in health fairs
o Send Lifeline subscriptions to doctor’s offices.
o 15 Questions and business cards in libraries and book stores (Stick them in the diet and
self-help books) doctor’s offices, supermarkets
o Purchase literature for libraries
o Support local
o PSA’s TV, movie theatres, free advertisement venues, newspapers, placemats in
restaurants.
o Encourage to communicate use Public Information Service Manual
o Survey to find out how people in area are coming in to OA.

10: What actions can Intergroups and National Language Service Boards and their committees take to promote Strong Meetings?

• Ensure format focus in a newcomer meeting is on steps and principles (tools are the handrails in the staircase)
• Intergroup board members present service and traditions information to meetings.
• Intergroup reps attend non-represented meetings to say “hi” and invite group to send reps – do not interfere with format.
• Encourage all meetings to send reps.
• Powerless over sick meetings – it is okay to let them go.
• Work to get members excited about recovery and going to meetings again – provide events, like retreats, marathons, etc. Variety works.
• Intergroups provide newcomer packets, sponsorship packets, welcome back pamphlets to meetings.
• Physical recovery attracts!
• Take a group inventory on your intergroup – intergroup health is critical!
o Hold 20 minute workshop at intergroup each quarter in select topics
o Keep meeting lists current. (choose not to include sick meeting on your directory)
o Provide literature at all events – make it easy for groups to get literature.
o Publish a newsletter

11: What actions can Intergroups and National Language Service Boards and their committees take to promote Committed Service Bodies?

• Have two reps from each meeting attend intergroup.
• Intergroup board volunteers to go to smaller, non-represented meetings and ask how they can help. Encourage representation at intergroup (packets given – beginner, welcome back, sponsor packets)
• Groups should have
o Regular group conscience meetings
o Encourage rotation of service positions (avoid cliques)
o Hard to get volunteers – personalities? (need to be perfect, fear not being good enough)
o Previous service person trains new.
o Sharing position – co-chairs of positions o Encourage your friends, or people who are sponsors
• Encourage your sponsees into service.
o Bring your sponsee, sponsor to meeting, door prizes (new book – Spirituality)
• Survey members – what could be better?
o Task force – committee from meetings
o Email distribution list
o Workshop on service and traditions (who, what, why)
• Inventory intergroups (questions in the 12 step within handbook)

12: What actions can Intergroups and National Language Service Boards and their committees take to promote Financial Health?
• Communication and education from Intergroup level to meeting level.
o Don’t be afraid to talk about money.
o Suggest to groups to let members know that higher contributions are required.
o Can’t depend on literature sales alone.
o Articles in newsletters about finances.
o Intergroup writes to each group about service.
o Contributions several times a year.
• Specific Actions by Intergroup
o 7th tradition @intergroup and intergroup functions.
o Fundraising:
? Conventions
? Retreats
? Workshops
? Marathons
? Auctions
? Raffles
? Flea markets
? Clothing exchange
• Visual aid geared toward OA finance
o What we used to be like, what happened and what it is like now
• Publicize gifts are welcome up to $5,000 a year and no limit on bequeaths.

13: What actions can Intergroups and National Language Service Boards and their committees take to promote Public and Professional Awareness?
• Distribute the Courier to professionals in your area and give a point of contact. Make copies of the Courier and have them available for members to take to professionals.
• Invite professionals to open meetings.
• Have a public and professional awareness night. Speaker shares their story and gives out information.
• Make available Intergroup newsletter to the professionals and put them on your mailing.
• Distribute OA information cards to shop counters and libraries or wherever possible.
• Donate OA literature to libraries and put contact information on the literature.
• Order past copies of Lifeline – they are no cost, put your contact information on them and distribute to doctor’s offices, etc.
• Give information to schools, hospitals universities, etc.
• Invite people from working recovery units to meetings • Make posters with tear off phone numbers

14: What actions can the Groups & meetings take to promote strong meetings?
• Group inventory once a year and plan for the year.
o Know what to do from week to week
o Schedule for meetings and topics
o Get a member from another area (or another intergroup) come and facilitate.
• Newcomer follow-up plan
o Greeter
o Volunteer or committee
o Newcomer’s meetings before or after regular meeting.
? If newcomer there – meet with the person to go through newcomer meeting.
o Format of meeting changes to speaker meeting if beginner is present.
• Celebration of abstinence at meeting – open speakers meetings
o Medallions every five years
o Card for years in-between signed by group.
o When someone is celebrating, they have their sponsor or someone else speak.
• Fellowship meetings before the meeting – once a month.
• Regular business meetings – once a month – revisit the format to ensure that we strengthen the meeting with a plan for limiting time for shares.
• Valuable information in A Step Ahead – designated downloader also reports on A Step Ahead.
• Bring up changes in a slow process for major changes to meeting formats, etc. to allow every member to evaluate and participate.
• “member-at-large” – to talk about individual issues that members may have (contact)
• Each meeting should foster adherence to traditions.

15: What actions can Groups & Meetings take to promote Committed Service Bodies?
• Groups – make sure we have groups representatives and alternates and funding to Intergroup.
• Commit to doing Intergroup service, get each member in group to lead, do literature, etc and each member rotate service and then can go on to intergroup.
• Tell members how wonderful your intergroup service has been and how much we have grown. Be enthusiastic in your service … if you are too tired, don’t show it. Don’t show a victim attitude. Love what you do! Show it! Work through an inventory on your attitude and enthusiasm
• As a sponsor, encourage sponsees to go and share in service. Go with them!
• Do a group inventory & invite someone from your Intergroup to facilitate the inventory meeting.
• Personally one-on-one ask, “could you do this service for a time … as a temporary
representative.”
• Be a mentor; say “I’ll be here to help you.”
• Put in your format, “You don’t do service to get recovery, but to practice recovery.”
• Remember, it is a program of action.
• Could your group pay for the gas mileage to attend Intergroup?
• If someone asked you to sponsor them, say, “I expect you to give service.” If they so, “I don’t have time to do service”, then you say, “I don’t have time to sponsor you.”

16: What actions can Groups and meetings take to promote Financial Health?
• Education o Regular treasurer’s reports in group
o Reasonable prudent reserves – need not to hold funds
o What the money is used for
o What each service and body does (presentations)
o Show World Service financial information and have group follow up with contributions
• Anniversary/birthday meetings/celebrations, suggest that each member who celebrates
contributes a least one dollar per year of abstinence
• Slogan contest – meetings suggest slogan winner (replace It Takes Two)

17: What actions can the Abstinent OA members take to promote Public and Professional Awareness?
• Distribute informational OA business cards on bulletin boards in stores and libraries.
• Take information and literature to health care professionals.
• Read Lifeline in public places and answer questions.
• Distribute literature to local churches that already host other 12 step meetings.
• Answer questions from immigration authorities – where were you and what were you doing?
• Appear on local radio programs and take call-in questions.
• Send articles to local newspapers.
• Get interviewed by a local newspaper – especially near the new year when people make resolutions.
• Distribute meeting information to group members with a thumb tack to put on store bulletins. This makes it easier to do service.
• “You carry the message – Higher Power delivers it!”
• “Take the mess to your sponsor; take your message to the meeting”
• Be willing to share your program

18: What actions can the Abstinent OA members take to promote Strong Meetings?
• Maintenance meeting – sponsor attends, newcomers are invited to come. Suggested that people sharing there are maintaining abstinence, practicing tools and steps. It creates a strong group of members who go out and carry the message.
• Develop strong 12th Step Within committee – put on workshop monthly. They get people involved to address returnees who are abstinent. Celebrate with chips to recognize the importance of abstinence – give a plant.
• Speak up at traditions violations – familiarize ourselves with traditions.
• If someone has a negative pitch, counter it with a positive one.
• Commit to going to all meetings, if they are only a few in your area, show up!
• Make telephone calls to get people to meetings.
• Phone newcomers, offer to answer questions.
• Being abstinent and maintaining it is the best service.
• We care book – abstinent members take numbers and call.
• Have a home group and show people the importance of showing up and continuously needing program – show how it works.
• Attraction rather than promotion.
• Abstinent members take responsibility for the welfare of the meeting. Speak up. Volunteer for service positions. Show up for business meeting.
• Sponsor to promote service. To go to meetings.
• Insist sponsees come to Intergroup to see what is going on. It is a great way to get inspired.
• Use the tools to acquaint the members with what they are – work the steps – show by example.
• Go to live meetings and get away from phone and online meetings if you have meetings in your area.
• Have Region Trustee come to your area for traditions workshop.
• Begin special focus groups – step study, big book, traditions, don’t wait for someone else to do it.
• Abstinent members to share story at retreats
• Don’t say “NO” to service.
• Thank abstinent members who share their story and let newcomers see your appreciation.
Summary – don’t wait for anyone else to do any positive thing that comes to mind. Speak up in meetings about breaks in traditions. Take responsibility for the strength of the meetings we go to.
19: What actions can the Abstinent OA members take to promote Committed Service Bodies?
• Remain abstinent! Yet!
• Encourage committee participation within Intergroup without having to be an Intergroup rep.
• Sponsors need to encourage sponsees to do service above meeting level
• Plan an open house to teach other members about service in Intergroup.
• Present positives on service work – show your passion for service!
• Promote your intergroup to other OA members – acknowledge their work and service.
• Plan and provide Service and Traditions workshops in your area.
• Form touring Intergroup members to share their experience with all meetings within Intergroup.
• Make conscious effort to attend all meetings within our Intergroup.
• Websites – post minutes from intergroup or other service meetings
• Hold intergroup meetings before/after strong OA meeting.
• Conference calls for intergroup meetings.

20: What actions can Abstinent OA members take to promote Financial Health?
• Fundraisers – members participate in developing, creating and financially supporting target fundraisers and challenges.
• Members get involved and excited about planned projects.
• Members participate in re-edit meeting format to explicitly detail what funds are used for.
Remember what we’ve spent on food.
• Members restate frequently that we put in the 7th tradition as much as we can afford. Let the newcomer know this is your standard.
• Members celebrate and publicize reaching specific financial goals through intergroup minutes, websites, Lifeline, etc.

2008 World Service Business Conference Report

47th OA WSBC Delegate’s Report

Jim C. and I attended the WSBC in Albuquerque, NM, which ran workshops, forums,
and the business conference from May 6 to May 10. We decided Jim would report on
the Business Conference and I would focus on the forums: The Map to Guide Our Way
and Can We All Read the Map? A Forum on Language. They were both excellent. I
personally bought the CD for both and 3 workshops. When I have finished listening to
them I will lend them out and finally give them to our lending library.

I want to thank everyone for allowing me this privilege to serve at the international level.
We had a wonderfully good team at WSBC this year that worked for unity and the goal to
help spread the message of recovery. It was thrilling to be with people from all over the
world and as close as other Intergroups in NC. We all worked to get to know each other
and reach out and be friendly, kind and considerate. It was indeed a place where
abstinent people were working and playing together.

WSBC also sent me back with a number of handouts. Please let me know if you would
like me to make a copy for you. My phone number is 771-1393 and email is
csajda@nc.rr.com. Here is the list of handouts:

• OA Literature Proposal Form – To propose literature to be approved and used by
OA
• Request for permission to reprint OA copy written material
• Request for permission to reprint OA logo
• Flyer on: “A Step Ahead” – online quarterly about WSO
• Flyer on a contest for a new 7th Tradition slogan – as it take more finances to keep
OA able to reach those still suffering from our disease
• Order form for WSBC CDs or cassettes from the workshops, forums and business
meetings
• OA Budget Guidelines for Service Boards
• Flyer on the OA 2010 Convention in LA.

These are things that will be given the PI/PO Chair:
• Folder for PI/PO introductory pamphlets
• Flyer on online “fellowship wide discussion about PI”

These will be given to Special Events Chair
• 3 handouts to: a word puzzle; template for OA cards; and Mad Lib script
• Skit “As the Stomach Turns”

This will be given to our OA Triangle Recovery Newsletter Chairperson:
• 5 Newsletters from other areas

We want to stress that there is NOT a they at the World Service Office and Regions and a
we at the meetings. No, our program stresses that we have the inverted pyramid. We at
the meetings send our trusted servants to represented us at the World Service Office and
Region. We are sent to create service boards and committees to help reach the still
suffering compulsive eater.

As our trusted servants the Board of Trustees Strategic Planning Committee created a 5
years Strategic Plan 2008-2013 with 4 sections: I. Public/Professional Awareness; II.
Strong Meetings; III Committed Service Bodies; and IV. Financial Health. This was
featured in the March/April Lifeline. Each section has a timeline on main goals,
objectives, and tasks. We broke up into 20 groups to brainstorm on each aspect. An
attachment to my report has the entire brainstorming results. These are some of the new
highlights that were generated:

The Map to Guide Our Way
• Translate outreach/PI pamphlets in many languages
• Ad / articles placed in national and international magazines and electronic media.
Ensure Goggle and Yahoo have us at the top of their search list.
• Update outreach pamphlets to make more attractive, colorful and have space for
local OA meetings info to be added.
• Ask OA webmasters to promote concepts of strong meetings on websites.
• Provide ‘job descriptions’ for 12th Step within committee or IG Reps so they can
visit local meetings and have a checklist.
• Communications – all languages need to be able to use our literature. Hire a
native Spanish-speaking employee to assist in this.
• Expedite the translation of conference materials to those languages we serve
• Inform that currently less than 25% of income comes from contributions and the
goal is to increase by 12% by 2010.
• Create skits/stories emphasizing contributions and where they are used.
Distribute on website, in Lifeline, and in workshops.
• Support Intergroups to develop PSA signs for buses with 800 #.
• Develop workshops and present it ant Intergroup and group levels. May include
skits, emphasis sponsorship/abstinence, service and traditions.
• Send reports to Intergroups who are unable to send reps and encourage them.
Send people to call and talk to them.
• Encourage Abstinence First and use IDEA Day and Unity Day for special
meetings.
• Break jobs/positions down to manageable tasks – perhaps co-chair a service
position.
• Broadcast status and financial goals to intergroups and groups.
• Use free announcements venues to tell others about OA
• Have two reps from each meeting – if one can’t go the other will be there
• Survey members – what could be improved.
• Publicize gifts are welcome up to $5,000. On anniversaries celebrating
abstinence donate one or more dollars for each year celebrating. • Order past copies of Lifeline at no cost, put contact numbers in them and
distribute.
• Be a mentor, say, “I’ll be here to help you.”
• “You don’t do service to get recovery, but to practice recovery”
• Have presentations of what each service board does
• Read Lifeline in public places and answer questions.
• Have our outreach committee interviewed by local newspaper, radio programs
and call-in shows.
• “Take the mess to your sponsor; take your message to the meeting”
• If someone has a negative pitch, counter it with a positive one.
• Sponsor to promote service. Bring sponsees to Intergroup.
• Take responsibility for the strength of the meetings we go to.

I have also some wonderful impressions from the “Can We All Read the Map? A Forum
on Language”. They had over a dozen members of OA from all over the world share
their struggles to work our program due to lack of literature in their own language. They
shared how they struggled to get our literature translated and how hard it was to
communicate with our World Service Business Office. What a challenge it is to get
every communication of recovery in a language that needs to be translated. They do not
have the funds or recourses to do the translations. We were all touched by each of their
stories. We would have like to start a fund immediately to help get the translations
started. Since there was not a place to put funds for this in our budget we had to delay
this. And then, the new board addressed emergency new business, to approve $20,000 to
fund translations from/to the WSO to our international members. What an honor to the
delegates of WSBC! What an honor to our international members of OA.

I have purchased these two Forums and 3 other workshops on CDs. Once I have listened
to them I will donate them to our library. The workshops are:

• Pedaling Together: How Sponsorship Strengthens OA as a Whole
• Recovery Through Literature: A Team Effort
• The Road Home: Carry the Message Back

Yours in service and love,

Carla Sajda
Delegate #2 WSBC