What’s a strong meeting?

Are you interested in creating a strong meeting?  Our World Service delegates answered a questionnaire regarding what makes a Strong meeting.  Click here for that summary. 
You can ask your own membership to answer these these questions and talk about making changes during your next group conscious meeting.
Question #1:  Think about an OA meeting you attend regularly that strengthens your recovery, shares helpful experience and gives you renewed hope. Consider the possible characteristics of a meeting listed below and indicate if your meeting includes them. Mark “HAS” if it does, “Does NOT Have” if it is not a feature of your meeting, or Not Sure
  1. Growing (more members)
  2. Abstinent members
  3. Evidence of physical recovery
  4. Available sponsors
  5. Focus on OA recovery using the 12 Steps
  6. Regular group conscience meetings (business meetings)
  7. Fellowship before/after the meeting
  8. Represented at Intergroup
  9. Service positions are filled
  10. Traditions are followed

Question #2:  Now pick just 3 of these traits you think contribute the most to making this meeting a strong meeting.

Want to strengthen unity in your group?

We have a new brochure available to help your group grow strong!

Click here for the full brochure

Here’s OA’s Unity with Diversity Policy:

THE FELLOWSHIP encourages and promotes acceptance and inclusivity. All are welcome to join OA and are not excluded because of race, creed, nationality, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other trait. We welcome all who share our compulsion.

THE FELLOWSHIP of Overeaters Anonymous recognizes the existence of individual approaches and different structured concepts to working our Twelve- Step program of recovery; that the Fellowship is united by our disease and our common purpose; and that individual differences in approach to recovery within our Fellowship need not divide us

THE FELLOWSHIP respects the rights of individuals, groups, and service bodies to follow a particular concept of recovery within Overeaters Anonymous and encourages each member, group, and service body to also respect those rights as they extend the embracing hand of Fellowship to those who still suffer.

THE FELLOWSHIP encourages each duly registered group and service body
to affirm and maintain the Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous
by allowing any member to share his or her experience, strength, and hope in meetings regardless of the individual approach or specific concept that member may follow. Duly registered is defined as being in full compliance with Bylaws, Subpart B, Article V.

(Business Conference Policy 1992a, amended 2013)

Click here for the full brochure

Large Print OA Twelve and Twelve anyone?

OA Twelve and Twelve, Second Edition available as LARGE PRINT paperback

OA’s keystone book—The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous, Second Edition—is now available in LARGE PRINT. Identical to the recently published 5.5” x 8.5” book—except larger—the new 8.5” x 11” large-print book matches line by line, page by page, so you can read from either book in a group setting.Indexed.

To order go to to www.amazon.com/Twelve-Steps-Traditions-Overeaters-Second/dp/1889681245/ref=sr_1_1_twi_pap_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1526572750&sr=8-1&keywords=the+twelve+steps+and+twelve+traditions+of+overeaters+anonymous+large+print. Click the “Paperback $18.50” button. A single book will be printed and delivered to your address.

 

WSO Policy Correction

In the previous email, the WSO News Bulletin published an incorrect version of OA’s new policy statement on bariatric surgery. The correct statement reads:

     “In keeping with Tradition Ten, Overeaters Anonymous has no opinion on bariatric (weight-loss) surgery. In the spirit of Tradition Three, Overeaters Anonymous welcomes anyone with a desire to stop eating compulsively, including those who have had the surgery or are contemplating it.”

     The incorrect version referenced Tradition Ten twice. The World Service Office apologizes for the error.

PODCAST anyone?

Can’t get to a meeting?

HAVE YOU EVER TRIED A PODCAST?

https://oa.org/podcasts

Listen to or download recordings of virtual workshops on a variety of topics.

Topics Include:

Sponsorship

Service

Twelve Steps

Twelve Traditions

OA Literature

Recovery from Relapse

Tools of Recovery

The Promises

Interviews with OA Members

This message is from the Region 3

Twelfth-Step-Within Committee (TSW),

Reaching out to those who still suffer and to

address relapse and recovery

Keep Coming Back, It Works When You Work It,

And You’re Worth It!!

Suggestion for OA events

Hello planners and workshop committee members! Here’s a reminder recently posted on http://www.oa.org January 2018 newsletter :

“We suggest the following OA Speaker Statement be read at all OA events:

OA speakers do not represent OA as a whole but speak from their own experience, strength and hope.  OA recognizes there are individual approaches and different concepts of working the Twelve Step program of recovery.  We all are reminded that our common disease and our common purpose unite us; differences in approaches to recovery need not divide us.  OA is strengthened when we honor and respect all by practicing unity with diversity.”    — Guidelines for OA Events(download from oa.org)

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