Temporary Sponsors: Newcomer’s First Twelve Days

Consider being a temporary sponsor for Newcomers!

What is the purpose of the First Twelve Days in OA?

• To help newcomers, returning OA members, and other members learn about the OA Twelve Step recovery program by using this personal, short-term introduction to Overeaters Anonymous.
• To help sponsees learn how the OA recovery program might help them to stop hurting themselves with food.
• To help members who may be ready to sponsor but are reluctant to do so. This is an opportunity for a member to help a newcomer in a very structured way and to experience what it might be like to be a regular sponsor.

The new Temporary Sponsors: Newcomers’ First Twelve Days is now posted online. This is new Conference-approved literature. 

Here is the direct link: https://oa.org/group-resources-list/temporary-sponsors-newcomers-first-twelve-days/.

2020 World Service Convention Canceled/Postponed

Due to ongoing public health and economic changes, the 2020 World Service Convention, scheduled for August 20–22 in Orlando, Florida USA, has been canceled.

Refunds of registration and banquet fees will be processed over the next few weeks and will be issued in the same manner in which payment was made. Please allow the WSO staff one month to complete the refund process. For those who have made hotel reservations, the hotel will cancel your reservation and send you a cancellation confirmation.

World Service Convention will be rebooked for August 2021 and will take place at the same hotel in Orlando. The tentative new dates are August 26–28, 2021.

Please check oa.org for updates and join the Convention email list at conventioninfo@oa.org. In your email, include your full name, email address, state/province/territory, and country. Your information will be kept confidential to the World Service Office.

Announcement from World Service

Dear OA Intergroups and Service Boards,

During the 2020 WSBC, a vacancy was declared on the Board of Trustees, specifically for a General Service Trustee.  In accordance with the Bylaws of Overeaters Anonymous, the Board of Trustees may appoint a qualified member to serve through WSBC 2021. In order to best serve OA as a whole, it is important to make this appointment as quickly as possible.

A complete job description and application can be downloaded from the WSO website at https://oa.org/groupsservice-bodies/world-service/board-of-trustees/. The completed applications must be received at the World Service Office by June 1, 2020. Please let it be known throughout your area that the Board of Trustees is soliciting qualified applicants who are willing to fill the position.  It is the intention of the board to appoint a new General Service Trustee as soon as possible after that date.

We are soliciting names to fill the vacancy through the end of WSBC 2021. If you should have any questions about this appointment process, please do not hesitate to contact the World Service Office.

Yours in OA service,

Bonnie Lewsaw
Chairman of the Board

More on Virtual Meetings during COVID-19

As we continue to adjust to the new normal, the board has decided to suggest that face-to-face (f2f) meetings be avoided until the danger if this pandemic passes.

If you are struggling with fear and uncertainty, the first paragraph of PG. 63 of the Big Book can be helpful.  This is our goal in program and what we can share with EVERYONE!

We have set up a steering committee to help individual groups set up virtual meetings, through zoom or Facebook, and we strongly suggest that each group consider doing this as a substitute format during this time.

Virtual meeting steering committee

Bill V.            678-358-4906
Mary Ann     404-520-9915
Chuck          770-312-9956

The steering committee can help you set the meeting up and put the link on our website on the meeting list page.  Individuals can then be directed to this page and can virtually attend any meeting they choose. The steering committee is also tasked to reach out to all groups.

Remember, this pandemic is a part of HP’s plan even though we may not understand why.  Our job is to continue to do our footwork, do our best, and leave the results to HP.

Let’s continue to support one another, reach out to one another, and focus on being of service to those around us.

Please continue to reach out to the board with suggestions and stories of experience, strength, and hope!

Greater Atlanta OA Intergroup Board

Important Message from Intergroup

Freedom and HopeAs we are experiencing uncertain times it is important to remember what our program and our fellowship is all about:  Perfecting and enlarging our spiritual life through service and self-sacrifice for others.

As we continue to adjust to the new normal, the board has decided to suggest that face-to-face (f2f) meetings be avoided until the danger if this pandemic passes.

If you are struggling with fear and uncertainty, the first paragraph of PG. 63 of the Big Book can be helpful.  This is our goal in program and what we can share with EVERYONE!

(Please check the meeting list for special notices about meeting changes and you may want to contact the meeting contact to confirm).

Please also see more information about support for virtual meetings.

Finally, it is important that we do not give in to fear (as well as any other emotions)!  Be sure to continue your step work, continue to support, reach out and encourage one another, and, most importantly, continue to allow your HP to guide you!

The board is here to help groups and individuals carry the message so feel free to reach out to us with questions or concerns.

Atlanta OA Intergroup Board

 

Navigating the OA Bookstore

Literature is an important tool for recovery! Some folks have reported challenges finding specific resources on the official OA Bookstore, so….

Here’s a guide with some quick links to key resources.

Did you know that OA even has some resources available for digital download or on mp3 files or audio CD’s?

In addition, if you like to use an e-reader, Amazon and Barnes and Noble have some books available in e-reader format. Some books are available in the library, too.

Don’t forget that public information/public outreach materials are available in the Intergroup Office in the plastic file drawers on top of the file cabinets. Let’s all reach out!

Meeting Notes:

Meeting Location Change:

Alpharetta (Tuesday) 7pm meeting :

Temporarily meeting at:

St. David’s Episcopal Church
1015 Old Roswell Rd.
Roswell GA 30076.
(until February 2019).