Primary Health Care Convention Report from OA in the UK
Please see here a short report showing how we can carry out the 12th Step by participating in Health Care Conventions.
If you are thinking about participating in a convention, both Region 9 and World Service have funds available to assist – all you have to do is apply.
CALLING ALL MEN IN OA!
A new initiative in OA has come out from World Service Business Conference this year aiming to encourage more men to join OA. For more information about this see this flyer or visit the new OA Men website – www.oamen.org.
Audio shares page updated!
OAGB have updated their audio shares page with over a dozen new shares to download. They are looking for more groups who would be willing to record the speakers at their meetings – if you’d be interested, please email Caroline at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Minutes from April NSB meeting
Find out what happened at the April National Service Board meeting by clicking here.
OA Region 9 Data Protection guidelines for meetings
Dear Region 9 Friends,
If you have a computer, it’s safe to assume that you have heard recently about Data Protection and the updated General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) in Europe and the UK.
“Data protection” is a very close relative of “privacy” and “anonymity”, and we in OA need to take these new regulations seriously.
The Region 9 GDPR committee has created some guidelines (see here) to help your weekly face-to-face meeting become compliant with these new regulations. The document includes some general information about data protection, as well as some specific suggestions for some group conscience decisions your meeting might want to implement.
As the committee progresses, we will bring to you further documents, especially aimed at helping Intergroups and other Service Boards comply with these new regulations.
If you have any questions about this, please contact the R9 General Officer, David, at email@example.com.
News from WSBC 2018
Thank you to OAGB for the WSBC news report you can download and read here.
R9 Chair Report from WSBC 2018
Please click here to read and/or download.
In Search of Sponsors!
Here is an opportunity for you to give service:
Join the OA R9 Sponsors List and sponsor someone in our region who speaks your language. If you can sponsor by email, FaceTime, WhatsApp, Skype, phone, etc. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following contact information: your first name, male/female, email address, phone #, country in which you live, language/s you speak, and any specific OA information which is relevant (eg. sponsor by BB/OA-HOW/only men).
Are you looking for an available sponsor?
Send an email to email@example.com asking for the list of sponsors. Please include your first name, male/female, phone #, language/s you speak, specific OA information (for ex. “I’m looking for a female sponsor”, or “I attend OA-HOW meetings”.)
I put my hand in yours and together we can do what we could never do alone.
Public Information Announcement
Getting the word out in your community about OA’s program of recovery is critical for the OA Fellowship to continue. The PI (Public Information) Suggestions page here offers guidance to OA groups and service bodies for educating their communities about the existence of OA.
Special thanks to the Region 9 PI Committee who prepared this document.
New meeting starting June 2nd
A new OA group is opening in Bushey, Hertfordshire.
Please see here for details.
Small service opportunity
Are you adept at Microsoft WORD? Region 9 need some help, probably a few hours, to clean up and get their current newsletter ready for distribution. If you are good with WORD, and have a few hours to spare, please contact David – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funds for Professional Exhibits
The WSO has a special fund to help service bodies attend Professional Exhibits. The Professional Tradeshows Committee review applications to this fund every month, on the first working day of the month, so anytime is a good time to make an application – just make sure you give yourself enough time in advance.
More information can be found here
R9 Sponsors List Coordinator – Vacancy
Region 9 is looking for a new Sponsor List Coordinator. If you are interested in giving service in this way, please let R9 know. It is important the role is filled to ensure we can effectively carry the OA message of recovery to the Region. The role involves:
Sending the R9 Sponsors list
Updating the R9 Sponsors list
If you have any questions, or would like to know more about the role, please email email@example.com.
Region 9 Sponsorship List reminder
We would like to remind you of an opportunity to give service by being a sponsor to an OA member within Region 9 by phone, email, Skype, FaceTime or WhatsApp. All those who are available to sponsor in this way are requested to please send your name, languages in which you can sponsor, and contact information (email address, phone number(s), Skype name, face time name) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, any OA members looking for an email/Skype/face time/phone/WhatsApp sponsor, please write to us at email@example.com and we will gladly forward the current list of available R9 sponsors to you.
“Always to extend the hand and heart of OA to all who share my compulsion; for this I am responsible.”
“What if I don’t believe in God” pamphlet
The pamphlet What If I Don’t Believe in God? is now posted online and is available for free download (and FREE TO TRANSLATE). This OA-approved pamphlet has been discontinued and is no longer for sale in the OA bookstore, but it still carries the Conference Seal of Approval and is a valuable voice of “OA members who do not express a belief in ‘God’ but work the OA program.” Download What If I Don’t Believe in God? and carry it to your meetings to support the unity and diversity of our Fellowship.
Find it online here.
NEW! Reference chart for “12 Step Workshop and Study Guide”.
A new reference chart is now posted online and is available for free download. Use this handy reference chart to integrate our new book, The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous, Second Edition, into your workshop and study sessions using the Twelve Step Workshop and Study Guide. Now, you can refer to our new Second Edition as you journey through the Steps with the Workshop and Study Guide to discover proven ways to incorporate the Twelve Steps of OA into a way of living.
Find the reference chart online here.
NEW! “Twelve Step Within: Fun and Fellowship” resource
What does it mean to live happy, joyous, and free? Enhance your recovery and encourage membership retention by using this Fun and Fellowship download, created by the Twelve Step Within Committee. The new Twelve Step Within: Fun and Fellowship resource is now posted online and is available for free download.
Find it online here.
“Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions of OA” – now available as an e-book
Our new book The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous, Second Edition, is now available as an e-reader. OA’s keystone book—The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous, Second Edition – is updated and improved, twenty-eight years after its first publication. Created specifically as a study of the OA Twelve Step recovery program, the OA Twelve and Twelve, Second Edition has been revised for clarity and inclusivity – with a restructured Step Four chapter to increase usefulness. Read how, through working the Twelve Steps and studying the Twelve Traditions, members have found “physical, emotional, and spiritual healing that we don’t hesitate to call miraculous.” Copyright 2018. Indexed.
It’s available on three platforms: Amazon (Kindle), Apple (iBooks), and Barnes and Noble (Nook).
Revised and Redesigned “New Prospect Card”
Reach out with OA’s redesigned New Prospect Card. The business-size card has OA’s web address, includes space for local meeting information, and carries the message: “OA. It Works!” Look for the New Prospect Card (#450K), available in packs of 30, in the OA bookstore.