The World Service Business Conference 2015 E-Documents are now available on the OA website. You can view them all at this link: http://www.oa.org/world-service-events/world-service-business-conference/ Continue reading
The final report from the 2014 World Service Business Conference can be found here. Learn more about the next World Service Business Conference, taking place in 2014 from April 27 – May 2 in Albuquerque, NM here.
Did you know we have podcasts on the website that talk about pamphlets in our wide array of literature? Check out these new ones!
NEW PODCASTS ON OA WEBSITE
- June 1 – OA Literature: OA Members Come in All Sizes & Tools of Recovery
- May 18 – Our Primary Purpose: Sponsorship – How to pick?/Why have one?
- May 11 – OA Literature: A Common Solution: Diversity and Recovery
This year at the World Service Business Conference 2014 the Ask-it -Basket was answered by the Trustees after the conference. The answers to that Ask-It-Basket can be found in this post here. Continue reading
2014 World Service Business Conference
April 28 – May 3, 2014
Albuquerque, New Mexico
- Click here to download a PDF of Jim’s notes from the WSBC.
- Click here to download a PDF of the WSBC 2014 Wrap-up Report posted on the OA website, including the voting results and motions.
- Click here to see some of the newsletters gathered at the WSBC from other delegations.
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
After returning from the World Service Business Conference in Albuquerque, NM, many newsletters from other OA fellowships were shared at the Triangle OA Integroup Meeting in May 2014. Below, we’ve collected a few of these newsletters to share with you.
Central Jersey Integroup of Overeaters Anonymous
Today: March/April 2006
2010 World Service Business Conference Report
Wednesday started out at the wonderful morning OA meeting, with the topic of Spirituality. The word ‘ritual’ is in there, as is spirit. Exquisite sharing from people with long term abstinence, expressed physically, emotionally and spiritually.
The Region Chairs did a fantastic job with their forum entitled “How Does Service, Serve Us?” subtitled “Preaching to the Choir.” The results of the forum and lots of wonderful ideas on service can be found at: http://www.oa.org/pdfs/2010forum.pdf.
Next stop, committee meetings. I serve on the Conference Literature Committee. We addressed some requests for new literature, and looked at some pamphlet re-write opportunities. All literature is reviewed at least every 7 years (although it can be reviewed more frequently).
That evening, was a forum to discuss the 7 pieces of literature voted on at the conference. Each piece of literature is reviewed by a committee of up to 17-18 delegates. Next, the new or modified literature goes back to the board of trustees and requires a 2/3rds majority vote to end up on the agenda for the conference to consider. The voting delegates were given the opportunity to ask questions about the documents at this session. Continue reading
“I PUT MY HAND IN YOURS “ WSBC 2009 KEY NOTES
Carla, WSO Delegate
• Region 8 SOAR Rocks! We had 22 delegates and a tremendous feeling of being part of a great region
in a great fellowship. We wore sweatshirts with Region 8 SOAR Rocks to identify us and pompoms to
cheer with when we were counted as Region 8 and each state rose when our state or country was called.
• The response to 2008 consensus survey, which were translated in 26 languages and mailed it in Spanish
to 73 Mexico groups, had 49% response in US and 38% outside. Based on average number of members
who reported attendance we estimate there 54,000 in the fellowship. 41,000 are in the US and 12,450
outside with 8 to 9 member at a meeting. There are 6,574 OA meetings in 74 countries of the world.
Telephone meeting almost doubled in one year. The fellowship’s goal is “Always to extend the hand
and heart of OA to all who share my compulsion-for this I am responsible.” With that in mind we
would like to increase the fellowship by 20% by 2013
• The 2009 worldwide fellowship had delegates from such countries as Iceland, Poland, Costa Rico,
Canada, Columbia, Whales, England, Australia, Germany, Holland, etc. Ten service bodies were given
scholarships to send a delegate – but not enough funds were available for those who requested it. The
delegates who are not English speaking are challenged to translate not only OA literature but also the
WSO Conference literature and forms. It is an enormous tiring job.
• We have $10,000 is in the budget to help this work. A fund for translating literature into other
languages was established. We are asking to have separate contributions taken earmarked as
funds to translate OA literature into other languages. $1,476 was contributed by the Conference.
• It was adopted there will be a Web/Technology Conference Committee starting in 2010 WSBC.
• There is a request for recovery stories for two pamphlets. One on A Common Solution deals with
diversity and recovery. Especially needed are stories of recovery with people with gender issues i.e.
bisexual, gay, lesbian, etc. and medical issues i.e. chronic illness, bi-polar, etc. The other pamphlet is
to youth and will replace To the Teen. We need stories of recovery by youth and teens. Both need to
be 500 words or less, received by June 15, 2009 and can be mailed to World Service Office or emailed
to email@example.com Please see the OA.ORG website for details.
• OA Website has been redesigned look at it at oa.org.
• Reminder we now can order medallions in years 1-20, 25, 30, 35, and 40.
• There is a meeting checklist for strong groups.
• There are new radio Public Announcement available with 60, 30, and 15-second announcements. The
new TV announcements are scheduled to be released later this year.
• The Seventh Tradition pamphlet has been revised and the new slogan is “Give as if your life depended
• OA 50th Anniversary Convention will be celebrated August 26 to 29, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.
We are all invited. Start planning now.
• The Conference adopted a new definition: Abstinence in Overeaters Anonymous is the action of
refraining from compulsive eating and compulsive food behaviors. Spiritual, emotional, and physical
recovery is the result of living the Overeaters Anonymous Twelve Step program.
• My committee work was on the Literature committee. The sub committee I worked on revised the
pamphlet A Guide to the 12 Steps for You and Your Sponsor to rewriting it as Sponsoring through the
Steps – One Approach was well received by the majority of delegates. Still it needed 2/3 majorities to
be approved and it fell short of that. We will see what the August Board of Trustees meeting decides to
do with it.
• We are concerned about our magazine “Lifeline”. It is not meeting its expenses and subscriptions are
down by 7.5% in 2008 and have continued to drop this year. If it continues we will be operating at a
$60K loss. Rates may need to be raised. We are also requesting people write article/recovery stories.
• OA has a quarterly periodical, Step Ahead; and it is available online.
• You can find my full report Triangle Intergroup web site. “I PUT MY HAND IN YOURS “ WSBC 2009 REPORT
There is a great spirit in the WSB Conference. One requirement to be a delegate is to have 2 years
continuous abstinence. This definitely was apparent as we hashed out different issues that were brought to
the conference. Of course, there were differences of opinion and sometimes-strong feelings of how we
thought things should be decided. But when the final votes were in, and the group conscious of the
conference made the decisions, there was a prevailing feeling of acceptance.
Region 8, SOAR Rocks! Our chairperson, Gerri, has great ideas to help us show our team spirit. We wore
sweatshirt with Region 8, SOAR Rocks! We had pompoms to cheer with when being counted at the show
of what Regions were represented and in what areas.
Although we were over our budgeted contribution is 2008 it is still only 26% of our budget. The bulk that
meets our budget is the 64% from literature sales. For the first time in 8 years we ended in the red. This
was primarily due to losses of our Prudent reserve in investments. The report showed that Triangle
Intergroup’s contributions were up by $200 from last year. But we are not the primary donators we once
Public Awareness Campaign
OA has been mentioned in magazines and newspapers both large and small. TV news segments, radio talk
shows and Web sites have reported on OA.
WSO participated in 2 major professional exhibitions: American Diabetics Association (ASA) Expo in San
Francisco and National Medical Association (NMA) Expo in Atlanta. Funds were also given to 8
Intergroups or Regions for professional exhibits.
At the OA Web site there is a link to a number of podcasts. You can subscribe to the series.
Virtual Service Board
We now have a virtual service board registered and delegates representing them at the Conference.
Board approved OA Publications
• The Service, Traditions and Concepts Workshop Manual received a major update.
• The Twelfth-Step-Within Handbook was updated.
• OA Handbook for Members, Groups and Intergroups was updated.
• A new pamphlet Is Food a Problem for you? It is helping in our outreach efforts.
• A new packet, Focus on Anorexia and Bulimia, was introduced in January.
• The BOT with the Finance Committee rewrote Seventh Tradition of OA pamphlet.
• Two documents were added to the OA Guidelines packet: “Guidelines for Addressing Disruptive
Behavior in OA Meetings” and “Budget Guidelines for Service Bodies.”
• Two documents were revised “Guidelines for Local Newsletters” and “Suggested Guidelines for
Development of Locally Produced Literature.”
• A Collaborative effort with the International Publications Committee produced revised Translation
Guidelines for OA Literature that was rewritten to reflect the new licensing procedure.
Policy Motions and By Laws
• Motion C: Bermuda is now apart of Region 6
• Motion E: The Public Awareness Special Fund was discontinued, as it is a normal budget item.
• Motion F: Amended and approved that WSO provide the web site template for optional use by OA
service bodies & groups in creating or revising their web site.
• Motion G: Amended but defeated that WSO work with service bodies or groups on their web sites
mainly because of the expense.
• Motion A: Approved that December 12 each year will be observed as OA’s International 12-Step
• Motion D: Defeated that the WSO web site not note whether a meeting is closed or not.
• Motion H: Amended motion to change OA’s definition of abstinence see my notes on first page.
• Motion B and By Laws Amendments 12 & 13: were withdrawn by the requester. They dealt with
the agenda questionnaire not going out to Intergroups. It was realized that a large part of the
fellowship that do not send delegates would not have a voice in these proposals if that were done.
• By Laws Amendment 1: Adopted that the qualifications of a trustee includes “worked through all
• By Laws Amendment 3: Defeated that alternating virtual groups have a trustee that would make
and additional trustee to the board.
• By Laws Amendment 2: Adopted that new business proposals need 50% of all responding
Intergroups to be placed on the agenda.
• By Laws Amendments 9, 10 & 11: Adopted that minor changes to Intergroup & Service Board &
Regions need not be distributed to the WSO.
• Housekeeping changes to keep current by-law changes correct and correct some wording: By Laws
4, 5, 6, 7 & 8.
Region Trustees Elected: Wanda Stayton, Mary Rose Dallal, and Esti Ordan. There are vacancies in Region 1
and Region 2
General Service Trustees Elected: Cheryle Touchton, and Joe Lawson.
Strategic Planning/Operations Plan
It includes plans for Public/Professional Awareness, Strong Meetings, Committed Service Bodies, and Financial
Health at all levels.
Workshop topics were related to carrying the message and importance of our literature being translated in all
languages. Bear in mind that although the message must carry the message of the heart, it should also be made
in the language of the reader, otherwise it offers little hope for members who speak another language.
Gratefully yours in service,
Delegate to WSO 2009
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
• 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
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 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
• 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 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
• 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
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.
? 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 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
• 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.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org. Here is the list of handouts:
• OA Literature Proposal Form – To propose literature to be approved and used by
• 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
• 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
• Break jobs/positions down to manageable tasks – perhaps co-chair a service
• 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
• 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,
Delegate #2 WSBC