Sea to Sky Update – May, 2018

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Welcome to May and an update on activities in our region!

Check out the May Newsletter for all the latest information about upcoming events and workshops plus a great article by Greta H on An OAer on the Big Book’s “A Doctor’s Opinion”. Feel free to print extra copies for your meeting or share by e-mail. Submissions for the June newsletter can be sent to seatoskynews@gmail.com.

Loads of upcoming Retreats if you are looking for a boost to your program and to make some new OA friends. Together we can what we could never do alone!

  • Southern BC & Interior Intergroup Spring Retreat, June 1-3, “In All Our Affairs”, Seton House of Prayer Retreat Centre, Kelowna, BC
  • Greater Seattle Intergroup Spring Retreat, June 1-3, “HOW it Works: An Exploration of Honesty, Open-Mindedness and Willingness”, Camp Huston, Gold Bar, Washington
  • Vancouver Island Intergroup Retreat, June 8-10, “Been Slipping? Been Sliding?” Bethlehem Retreat Centre, Nanaimo, BC
  • Greater Columbia Intergroup Retreat, June 22-24, “God and the Twelve Steps” Lazy F Camp and Retreat Center, Ellensburg, Washington

The May Meeting Directory is now available to help you find meetings throughout the month. The Chilliwack meeting welcomes visitors & needs support. They meet at 10:30 am on Saturdays at St. Thomas Anglican Church, 46048 Gore Avenue, Chilliwack. Road trip!!!

Download and use these two OA resources to support strong meetings in your area. Guidelines for Addressing Disruptive Behavior Affecting Overeaters Anonymous Meetings describes issues members might experience and suggests actions face-to-face and virtual groups can take to address disorderly behavior and protect members and groups. 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.

sponsorshipSponsorship Day is coming up on Saturday, August 18th. Does your home group plan a marathon or other special event? Let us publicize it in our next newsletter by sending an e-mail to the newsletter editor.

Intergroup Elections are in June! Check out the descriptions of available positions and abstinence requirements and consider whether service could strengthen your program at this time. Please contact Carlos, our intergroup chair, if you’re interested in being of service.

All OA members are welcome at Intergroup meetings. Join us! Check out the position descriptions and feel free to attend the next Intergroup Meeting on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 10 am (1630 Edinburgh Street in New Westminster). All are welcome.

Responsibility Pledge
Always to extend the hand and heart of OA to all who share my compulsion; for this I am responsible.

Sea to Sky Intergroup – October Update

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Welcome to Autumn and an update on activities in our region!

Check out the October Newsletter for all the latest information about upcoming events and workshops plus a great article by Greta H on Recovery Day in BC. Feel free to print extra copies for your meeting or share by e-mail. Submissions for the November newsletter can be sent to seatoskynews@gmail.com.

The Northshore OA Recovery meeting is hosting a hands-on Abstinence Workshop on Saturday, October 28th from 1 until 430 pm at the Northshore Alano Club, 176 East 2nd Street, North Vancouver. We will be working with the OA definition of “abstinence” and working out (or refining) what it means in our recovery day to day. There will be directed readings, writing prompts, collage making and sharing. RSVPs are requested to seatoskynews@gmail.com. Please bring your journal or a notebook, pens, scissors and a glue stick if you have one.

IDEA Day – International Day for Experiencing Abstinence: the Coquitlam meeting is hosting a workshop on The Difference between Abstinence and a Plan of Eating on Saturday, November 18th from 10 am until 2 pm at the King of Life Church, 198 Falcon Drive in Coquitlam. BRING YOUR LUNCH! The program is based on materials from World Service. For more information, contact Mikayla at 604-949-0747. Need a ride from the Skytrain? Call Maureen at 604-785-2236. See you there!

The October Meeting Directory is now available to help you find meetings throughout the month. Are you starting a Step Study Group soon? Please let your newsletter editor know by e-mail so we can put the details in the newsletter We are getting inquiries from people looking to join a study group!

The OAsis Meeting in Burnaby is hosting speaker meetings on an on- going basis. Please to join them at 730 pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday at the Burnaby Fellowship Centre, 7638 6th Street.

The Ladner Thursday Thrivers Meeting is hosting a special speaker on Thursday, October 26th. They meet from 130 to 230 pm at Ladner United Church, 4960 48th Avenue in Ladner.

“Developed through long and sometimes painful experience, the Twelve Traditions embody spiritual Principles for living. Those who have studied them carefully have found that these Traditions can be applied effectively to all human relationships, both inside and outside OA. With this in mind, we turn our attention to the Traditions, trusting that, as we come to understand them better, we will be better able to keep OA strong and healthy and ourselves spiritually fit in the face of all challenges.” – The Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous 2017.

As part of OAs Strategic Plan under the topic of Growing OA Unity Worldwide a committee has been working on a set of brief presentations that will introduce and then cover each of our twelve traditions. Check out the introduction video, and find the whole series on the OA Podcast page.

 

Your Intergroup is thriving! In August 2016, we did not have a quorum. At the meeting at the end of August, we had a record 27 OA’ers at Intergroup! The following Intergroup positions are still vacant if you are looking for a service opportunity: marathon & retreats coordinator and 12th step within coordinator.

All OA members are welcome at Intergroup meetings. Join us! Check out the position descriptions and feel free to attend the next Intergroup Meeting on Saturday, October  28, 2017 at 10 am (1630 Edinburgh Street in New Westminster). All are welcome.

Responsibility Pledge
Always to extend the hand and heart of OA to all who share my compulsion; for this I am responsible.

Sea to Sky Intergroup Update – August

Happy BC Day!  Here is an update from your Sea to Sky Intergroup for August –

Check out the  August Newsletter for all the latest information about upcoming events and workshops plus two great feature stories on Step Study Groups and Sponsorship. Feel free to print extra copies for your meeting or share by e-mail. Submissions for the June newsletter can be sent to seatoskynews@gmail.com.

The August Meeting Directory is now available to help you find meetings throughout the month. Are you starting a Step Study Group soon? Please let your newsletter editor know by e-mail so we can put the details in the newsletter We are getting inquiries from people looking to join a study group!

Out-of-towner looking for OA fellowship – Gitte will be visiting Vancouver and Vancouver Island from Denmark starting on August 7th and is looking for OA people who are interested in spending some time together after meetings or to contact in case of “emergency”. If you are interested in connecting with Gitte, e-mail oaseatosky@gmail.com and we’ll put you in touch.

The North Vancouver meeting is planning a workshop exploring the OA definition of abstinence and how to work your program to maximize your abstinence over time. It will likely be in September. Please contact Jennifer if you are interested.

Shaughnessy Group members are planning a Step Study Group for mid-September startup based on the new (green) step study guide. No exact details yet. If interested, email rspersonal@rsctele.com for more information.

The Intergroup Sponsorship Committee is hosting a workshop on September 23rd from 1pm to 4pm at Ladner United Church (4960 48th Avenue, Ladner, BC). For more details, please contact Calen.

The Seattle OA Region One Convention “Best Value” deadline is August 15th! If you register online or your mail-in registration is postmarked by August 15th, Convention registration & banquet is $150 US/$197 CDN. After August 15th, convention registration & banquet goes up to $165 US/$217 CDNReserve your room(s) at the DoubleTree Inn and Suites. The room block is 2/3 full so don’t wait too long! Click here for hotel information.

Do you have 3-4 hours a month? Intergroup open service positions include: vice-chair, marathon & retreats coordinator, and 12th step within coordinator. All OA members are welcome at Intergroup meetings. Join us! Check out the position descriptions and feel free to attend the next Intergroup Meeting on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 10 am (1630 Edinburgh Street in New Westminster). All are welcome.

Responsibility Pledge
Always to extend the hand and heart of OA to all who share my compulsion; for this I am responsible.

Sea to Sky Intergroup Update – July

Happy Canada Day!  Here is an update from your Sea to Sky Intergroup for July –

Check out the  July Newsletter for loads of great resources including upcoming retreats and events, a handout on The First 12 Days of OA and some inspiration on Step Three in Action. Feel free to print extra copies for your meeting or share by e-mail. Submissions for the June newsletter can be sent to seatoskynews@gmail.com.

The July Meeting Directory is now available to help you find meetings throughout the month. There is a new meeting in South Burnaby on Tuesdays at 7:30 PM at the Burnaby Fellowship Centre, 7638 6th Street, Burnaby (off Kingsway at 14th Avenue). It’s a Big Book / Speaker focus. For more info, contact Zayna at 778-847-5862. All welcome!

Remember, if you can’t make it out to a meeting, there are loads of virtual meetings (telephone and on-line) and podcasts full of experience, strength & hope.  If you have changes/edits to the meeting directory, send an e-mail to seatoskymeetingdirectory@gmail.com

Did you know that Canada is one of the most multi-cultural societies in the world? OA literature and recovery materials have been formally translated by OA members into thirty languages, all adding to the growth of OA unity worldwide. OA has posted charts that summarize every licensed translation at oa.org/documents (under “Translations”) —Translated Literature and Translated OA Recovery Materials. Check the charts to see if your translations are listed, and if you see any- thing missing, contact the World Service Office.

A new website for all things virtual was recently launched by the Virtual Services Con- ference Committee. The website, oavirtualservices.org, aims to be an education resource for OA members who maintain virtual meetings. In response to the ever-increasing popularity of virtual meetings and their growing need for service body support, the VSCC plans to offer an array of website-based resources including:

  • how-to guidelines
  • a forum to discuss issues that impact
  • virtual meetings directly
  • a calendar of virtual OA events
  • “OA Virtual News,” a new quarterly newsletter for participants in virtual meetings.

The website promises to become a center for synergy and cooperation among virtual meetings as well as a useful reference for our Fellowship.

Do you have 3-4 hours a month? Intergroup open service positions include: public information coordinator, marathons/retreats coordinator and 12 Step within coordinator.  All OA members are welcome at Intergroup meetings. Join us! Check out the position descriptions and feel free to attend the next Intergroup Meeting on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 10 am (1630 Edinburgh Street in New Westminster). All are welcome.

Responsibility Pledge
Always to extend the hand and heart of OA to all who share my compulsion; for this I am responsible.

Intergroup Update – April

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THANK YOU to the 71 members who responded to the Intergroup Survey in February! When asked what they thought the most important thing they personally need to do to strengthen recovery, Sea to Sky members said:

  • accept I truly have this disease (55%)
  • increase my spirituality (50%)
  • surrender to program suggestions (42%)
  • work / rework the Steps (41%)
  • reach out to others, don’t isolate (39%)

Check out the April Newsletter for a more results and information about upcoming spring retreats in our region. Feel free to print extra copies for your meeting or share by e-mail. Submissions for the May newsletter can be sent to seatoskynews@gmail.com.

The April Meeting Directory is now available to help you find meetings throughout the month. Note that the Britannia meeting is now located in the Brittania Skating Rink Building-upper level.  And, there is a NEW meeting in 100-Mile House!  If you have changes/edits to the meeting directory, send an e-mail to seatoskymeetingdirectory@gmail.com

As of May 6, 2017, there will be two vacancies on the Board of Trustees: that of Region One Trustee and that of Virtual Services Trustee. The Board of Trustees is seeking qualified applicants who are willing to fill these positions. The interactive application and job descriptions can be viewed and completed from the OA Board of Trustees page at oa.org. Completed applications must be received at the World Service Office by Monday, May 15, 2017.

Lifeline wants your story! Email your story to info@oa.org with subject “Lifeline.” by April 15, 2017 on one of these topics:

  • Let’s Share a Laugh: What’s your funniest OA story? Was there a time in recovery when you had to laugh at yourself or laugh instead of cry? What role does laughter play in recovery?
  • Pets and Recovery: How can a pet be a compulsive eater’s best friend in abstinence and recovery and in working the Steps, Traditions, and Tools? Pet photos welcome!
  • Why I Keep Coming Back: What do you find in OA that you can’t find anywhere else? What keeps you coming back? Has coming back saved you from relapse or a slip or even saved your life? How do you come back when you don’t feel like it?

Did you know that more than half of OA Sea to Sky members said they were willing to do more service at Intergroup? Here’s your chance! Open positions include archivist, public information coordinator, and 12 Step Within coordinator. Check out the position descriptions and feel free to attend the next Intergroup Meeting on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 10 am (1630 Edinburgh Street in New Westminster). All are welcome.

Responsibility Pledge
Always to extend the hand and heart of OA to all who share my compulsion; for this I am responsible.

Intergroup Update – January

The monthly Sea to Sky Intergroup meeting was held on Saturday, January 7th. Here are a few highlights –

The January Newsletter is now available and contains news, information and upcoming events to watch for. Feel free to print extra copies for your meeting or share by e-mail. Information and articles for the newsletter are always welcome and can be sent to seatoskynews@gmail.com. 

The December Meeting Directory is now available to help you find meetings throughout the month. If you have changes/edits to the meeting directory, send an e-mail to oameetingdirectory@gmail.com.

Key highlights include:

  • 57th Birthday Marathon and Intergroup Renewal – Mark January 15, 2017 on your calendar to Celebrate OA’s 57th Birthday!! Join your friends in recovery for a marathon to celebrate our fellowship and our Intergroup Renewal! The day will run from 9:30am to 4:30pm at the Vancouver Metrotown Hilton (6083 Mackay Avenue, Burnaby) and will include time for sharing and fellowship and fun. We will also collect ideas for an intergroup inventory which will help us take our first step on our road to Intergroup Renewal!
  • New meeting!  A new East Vancouver meeting has started on Wednesday nights from 7:45pm to 8:45pm at the Britannia Community Centre in the Family Activity Room
  • Betty-Lou from the Soul Food on Five (Richmond) meeting is designing our Intergroup’s quilt block for the quilt to be raffled at the Region 1 Convention in October. Theme: Recovery in the Emerald City. If you’d like to help, Betty Lou is at 604-370- 0544.

Check out OA’s new social media platform to attract newcomers and inform the Fellowship! Visit our new, official Overeaters Anonymous Facebook page. With each “Like,” the number of page followers goes up and helps carry the message to the still-suffering overeater searching for a solution. Support your abstinence, hear about OA resources,  read inspirational quotes from OA-approved literature—and see what others “like”—at OA’s new social media page.

We are very pleased to welcome Tim C (Shaughnessy) as our new Intergroup Treasurer as well as Jennifer S (North Shore) as our new Newsletter Editor. We are looking for members to serve as Literature Coordinator, Public Information Coordinator, Meeting Directory Coordinator and 12th Step Within Coordinator. If you are interested in being of service, please contact Carlos by e-mail or at 604.671.5917.

The next Intergroup meeting will be Saturday, January 28th from 10am to 12pm at Unity in Action Church (1630 Edinburgh Street) in New Westminster. Just a reminder that all members are welcome at Intergroup meetings.

Responsibility Pledge
Always to extend the hand and heart of OA to all who share my compulsion; for this I am responsible.

Intergroup Update – December

The monthly Sea to Sky Intergroup meeting was held on Saturday, November 26th. Here are a few highlights –

The December Newsletter is now available and contains news, information and upcoming events to watch for. Feel free to print extra copies for your meeting or share by e-mail. Information and articles for the newsletter are always welcome and can be sent to seatoskynews@gmail.com. Note the following upcoming events:

  • Cloverdale will host their annual Candlelight Meeting on Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 7.30 pm at Cloverdale United Church, 17575 – 58 A Avenue.  Family and friends of OA also welcome.
  • Coming soon!  New East Vancouver meeting at the Britannia Community Centre.  If you’re interested in helping out, call Tim at 778.835.6469
  • Reminder:  Monday, December 12th is our 7th annual Step 12 Within Day.  Call an OA member you haven’t seen in a while – one call can help two people!

The December Meeting Directory is now available to help you find meetings throughout the month. If you have changes/edits to the meeting directory, send an e-mail to oameetingdirectory@gmail.com.

Your Sea to Sky Intergroup is growing and changing! We are grateful to have our new Chair, Carlos (West End Recovery group) and vice-chair, Sandra (North Shore OA Recovery group) serving as vice-chair.  Greta is our Region 1 Representative and Faye is World Service delegate.

The next Intergroup meeting will be Saturday, January 7th from 10am to 12pm at Unity in Action Church (1630 Edinburgh Street) in New Westminster. Just a reminder that all members are welcome at Intergroup meetings.

Mark January 15, 2017 on your calendar to Celebrate OA’s 57th Birthday!! Join your friends in recovery for a marathon to celebrate our fellowship and our Intergroup Renewal! The day will run from 9:30am to 4:30pm (stay tuned for location) and will include time for sharing and fellowship and fun. We will also collect ideas for an intergroup inventory which will help us  take our first step on our road to Intergroup Renewal!

Responsibility Pledge
Always to extend the hand and heart of OA to all who share my compulsion; for this I am responsible.