Please read the attached final draft of the OA-CNMI bylaws.
Final Bylaws Draft
Address Change: New PO Box
for the World Service Office
Starting today, the World Service Office has a new post office box for all correspondence, including contributions and Lifeline magazine. The old post office box will no longer be used. The new address is:
World Service Office
PO Box 44727
Rio Rancho, NM 87174-4727
With the rise of digital communications, the WSO receives a fraction of the paper mail it used to, and the large-sized box that we used for decades is no longer needed. The change, first suggested by a delegate to World Service Business Conference 2018, will sharply reduce this annual expense in the world service budget.
The WSO’s physical address at 6075 Zenith Ct NW, Rio Rancho, NM 87144 USA remains unchanged.
A group is being organized to study the twelve steps using OA’s Twelve Step Workshop and Study Guide. This group will meet on Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30pm, starting September 25, at The Heights Club–8520 Marble Ave, Albuquerque, NM 87110. This group will meet for 15 weeks, and a meeting schedule for the holidays will be decided by group conscience. Please contact Jane V.—(505) 980-9162 or email@example.com by September 20 so that we can determine if there’s sufficient interest for this group to move forward. Thanks!
(while the study group runs for 15 weeks, it is a closed group after the second session)
The revised To the Family of the Compulsive Eater pamphlet (#240) is now available in the OA bookstore.
To the Family of the Compulsive Eater is OA Conference-approved literature. The revised pamphlet was adopted at the 2018 World Service Business Conference. It has been updated throughout and now includes OA’s Statement on Abstinence and Recovery.
Visit the OA.org bookstore at ‘to the family’ to order your copy.
We have a new feature on the website – it is a complete listing of all the potential service positions available in our intergroup with a write up listing the duties and other pertinent information about each one. If you are ready to take on a position in CNMI, you can find the abstinence requirement, term limit, skills needed, and much else with just a click to the PDF of your choice. You’ll probably find that you qualify for many of the positions and that they are more ‘doable’ than you might have thought. Some take more time than others, but there are those which are easy enough to fit into a busy life. Consider giving back to the fellowship – look for a position that fits your recovery and life style. See the ‘CNMI Service Position Descriptions‘ page for a complete list with PDF’s.
There is a feature on oa.org – the world service office’s website – called ‘what’s new’ (http://oa.org/whats-new/ ) where you can find all kinds of free and interesting things. This month there are translation guidelines, Public Information resources, and some updates to the ‘slipping and sliding’ articles added to the already long list of documents you can download for free and other helpful information. Check out ‘what’s new’ regularly for the latest from WSO.
See our special section under OA Meetings for lots of information about connecting to ‘for men only’ meetings – http://oa-cnmi.org/meetings/men-only-meetings/
World Service Business Conference 2018 wrapped up a few weeks ago, and delegates ushered in quite a few positive changes to move the Fellowship forward:
- New weekend dates for Fellowship-wide OA holidays to accommodate the diversity of our membership. See “Other OA Events” at the bottom of the OA Events Page for the new dates taking effect immediately.
- The creation of a new Virtual Region, which will give virtual meetings the same structure and support as face-to-face meetings. The Virtual Region structure will not be implemented until sometime in 2019.
- Immediate adoption of a new policy statement: “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.”
Look for a complete list of WSBC outcomes in the Third Quarter issue of A Step Ahead, publishing June 14, and a more detailed account in the 2018 Final Conference Report publishing in August 2018.