Here is the latest sharing of experience, strength, and hope from your fellows in our newsletter, Letters of Hope.
The Abstinence Literature Resource Guide is a focused list of OA-approved literature that can help newcomers, sponsees and all other OA members to understand, obtain, and maintain abstinence. Use literature every day to support you in keeping your abstinence and share this list with your group.
The guide has also been added as a second page to the Strong Abstinence Checklist.
The updated “Our Invitation to You,” abridged, is now available. Find it online in the revised Suggested Meeting Format and Suggested Telephone Meeting Format. The update, approved by the OA Board of Trustees at the August meeting, draws from the unabridged “Our Invitation to You” published in Overeaters Anonymous, Third Edition. The book was approved at the 2014 WSBC and will be available to order soon.
DMI met for its regular monthly meeting 7/21. Below is a recap of some of the upcoming events and freshest service opportunities available. Please share at your meetings and with your sponsees as well as in the newsletter and on the website.
Workshops and conventions:
* October 3-5, Houston convention
* October 4, Fort Worth workshop on Abstinence; 12:30 p.m. at 3200 Bilglade Rd
* October 31-November 2, Tri-County Annual Retreat at Glen Rose
* November 2, Workshop at DMI Office on Steps 2, 3, & 11; hosted by the Plano groups
* November 29, Workshop/Speaker meeting on Abstinence — Honesty & Humor through the Holidays, 11:00 a.m. at Farmers Branch; group will go to lunch together afterwards.
DMI Service Opportunities (see descriptions and responsibilities listed in our Policy Manual and Bylaws):
* We have two open Board positions: Board Advisor and Secretary. Each requires 1 year of abstinence.
* We have a number of Committee Chair positions open: Newsletter, Web Director, Speakers Bureau, Outreach, Institutions, Lifeline Director, Twelfth Step Within Director, and Tri-County Liaison. Each requires 90 days of abstinence.
Convention Planning Opportunities:
The Convention Planning team meets on 3rd Sundays at 3:00 p.m. and is reaching the time where we need to transition from decision-making to action-taking. We need lots of help as listed below, but if you are feeling strongly called to something not mentioned here, please get in touch with us anyways — we might not yet have thought of it! Email the Convention Chair at email@example.com so that you can get on the Google Group email loop.
* Registration committee
* Program committee
* Raffle committee
* Volunteer coordinators
* Entertainment committee
* Public Information and Outreach
Remember: Each group that participates in DMI has the right to send a representative to our meetings. To be eligible to vote, a rep must have 30 days of abstinence; however, non-voting attendees are still welcome to participate in discussions and can carry information from and to their local group. We’ve heard it said that service is slimming, but we’d prefer to think that service gets us “right-sized”!
Hope we get to see you soon. Meanwhile, may you be richly blessed in your recovery.
Yours in service,
In 2014 the Virtual Services Committee invited the Board of Trustees and the Region Chairs of Overeaters Anonymous to share insights on some of their favorite OA literature and on topics that made a difference in their recovery from compulsive eating. In the series OA Literature-The Heart and Soul of OA, you will hear how OA and its literature helped members move from the pain of the disease to the passion for recovery and carrying the message. In the series Our Primary Purpose, you will hear about the Disease of Mind, Body and Spirit; Plans of Eating, Tools, Abstinence, How to sponsor; the 12 Principles, 12 Steps, 12 Freedoms, Strong Meetings and Recovery from Relapse. Members share their experience strength and hope to bring the Twelve-Step program of Overeaters Anonymous to life.
More information about the podcassts and download them at http://www.oa.org/oapodcasts
Information about upcoming events at http://www.oa.org/datebook-calendar/
The monthly Letters of Hope is ready for you. Full of experience, strength, and hope from your OA fellows. This month including updates from the Silent Retreat (thank you to our fellows in McKinney for a great event).
Please email, print, and share at your meetings. And consider sending in something for next month – we all have so much to share and learn from each other.