Intergroup Update – May

Here is an update for May from your Sea to Sky Intergroup –

Check out the  May Newsletter for some writing prompts for this month and a short history of the concept of sponsorship. Plus, there are lots of spring retreats to consider attending for a boost to your recovery and fellowship. 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 May Meeting Directory is now available to help you find meetings throughout the month. 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

Help choose the next Public Information Poster! Voting is open for OA members to choose the next IDEA for our Public Information Poster. There was a tremendous response—more than fifty entries—and a committee of board members has narrowed the selection to twelve for you to vote on. The winning entry will be professionally designed, so please vote for your favorite IDEA, whether polished or rough. Help find the right message to attract the still-suffering compulsive eater. Click here to open the voting page, hosted by a third-party website, or click the picture to get started.  Voting closes May 15th!

OA Seventh Tradition Cycle—Giving and Receiving – See the many ways your contributions support your recovery by funding the OA program at every service level of OA. Download and share OA Seventh Tradition Cycle—Giving and Receiving. This new release from the Conference Finance Committee shows how every contribution, no matter the amount, helps OA to carry the message.

The Second Quarter 2017 issue of A Step Ahead is now available to download from oa.org. Read it to catch up on the latest OA news and information, including: what’s up for vote at WSBC 2017, an important message from the board chair, a summary of OA’s annual audit with a personal reflection from the board treasurer, a new website for OA Virtual Services, and a hopeful group testimonial about successfully dealing with a disruptive OA member. Read the interactive colour edition or print it out in black and white.

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: telephone committee coordinator, 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, May 27, 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 – March

A big THANK YOU to all members who did our intergroup survey and attended the Intergroup Renewal workshop is on Saturday, February 25, 2017. Together we can do what we could never do alone.

The March 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. Did you attend the 2016 Fall Retreat with speaker Teryl? Share your best “take aways” for a future issue of the newsletter by sending an e-mail to seatoskynews@gmail.com.

The March Meeting Directory is now available to help you find meetings throughout the month. Note that he White Rock Library meeting is closing at the end of March.  If you have changes/edits to the meeting directory, send an e-mail to seatoskymeetingdirectory@gmail.com

Looking for information on sponsorship? World Service is hosting a Sponsorship Success Marathon on Sunday, March 12, 2-5:30 pm EST. Nine experienced OA’s from various regions will share on sponsorship, including what is a sponsor, why have a sponsor, why be a sponsor, the sponsor “job description,” different sponsoring styles, and more. Join the call at 641-715-3818 (pin 925619#) or 641-715-0890 (pin 925619#).

Looking to improve your knowledge of the Steps and the Big Book? The AA annual “Roundup” convention is April 14- 16 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. This is one of the largest Alcoholics Anonymous Round Up’s in Western Canada with Al-Anon Participation.

Unity in Diversity – 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. Use the new Uniting with Diversity trifold to strengthen unity in your group and service body. Download, copy, and share this new, free resource created by the Unity with Diversity Committee to support the strength and hope we find together in fellowship.

Your Intergroup welcomes our new Secretary, April; literature coordinator, Mellissa R; and assistant literature coordinator, Diane, as well as assistant treasurer, Barbara, and meeting directory coordinator, Cindy D. Yay!

Do you have 3-4 hours a month? Intergroup open service positions: archivist, public information coordinator, and 12 Step Within coordinator. If you are interested in being of service, please attend the next Intergroup meeting on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 10 am (1630 Edinburgh Street, New Westminster).

 

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

Intergroup Update and Survey – February

The monthly Sea to Sky Intergroup meeting was held on Saturday, January 28th. Here are a few highlights –

The February 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 February 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 seatoskymeetingdirectory@gmail.com.

OA suggests that every intergroup and group periodically take an inventory of itself. Our Sea to Sky Intergroup recently completed such an inventory. One of the strong conclusions was that Intergroup would like to increase its level of service to member groups. As a first step in doing this, we need to know what each of you think.

We are conducting a 20-question member survey to gather: 1) information about the overall health of OA in the area; 2) your ideas on things that might strengthen your individual recovery; 3) your ideas on things that might help carry the message to more people; and 4) information that could help OA stay vital and growing in our area. Please fill out the survey before February 15th and share your thoughts and ideas.

As the next step, please join us for the Intergroup Renewal workshop on Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 1:30 to 4.30 pm at the Unifor Building, 326 12th Street, New Westminster (between 3rd and 4th Avenue). This workshop will be facilitated by OA Region One.

Struggling with a relapse? The Twelfth Step Within Committee is pleased to announce a new Board-approved video resource for members in relapse and those giving Twelfth Step Within service. Free to download or stream, Breaking Out of Relapse can help isolating members and others in relapse return to their program and their abstinence.

The Thursday Night Recovery Club meeting in Vancouver has now closed. Looking for a Thursday night meeting? Join us in North Vancouver at the Alano Club (2nd and St. Georges, one block off Lonsdale) at 7.30 pm.

We are looking for members to take service positions at Intergroup. The time commitment is three to four hours a month. 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, February 25th 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 – 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.