CIIG SURVEY — We Value Your Feedback — 10 minutes to respond


Hello Wonderful OA Fellows!!

Our local Intergroup
(Channel Islands Intergroup aka “CIIG”)
has very big and exciting news

But first, a question: What does Channel Islands Intergroup do? 

If you don’t know, we understand.

The truth is that our CIIG serves you as Compulsive Overeaters and you as Compulsive Overeaters are already members of CIIG.

**We, as IG members, are taking a deep dive to transform and revitalize our CIIG into a high-value organization whose top priority is to help members strengthen their personal recovery.**

Last December our CIIG group conducted an intensive half-day review of ourselves – asking ourselves where are we effective and where are we ineffective.

Here we share the results with you. And we’d like you to fill out a 10-minute survey (see below) to further this deep dive for us all. (Remember, we recover together!)

But first, some sobering news

  • We have less and less personal recovery in OA which means less attraction, less retention, fewer sponsors, fewer members, fewer meetings, and a declining OA.
  • Regions and World Service are basically invisible to the average member. Only intergroups have the potential to quickly do something to reverse the trend.

And now the hopeful news –

  • Our top priority as a revitalized, high-value organization is to help members strengthen their personal recovery through workshops and educational opportunities.

We can break away from the vicious cycle of addiction and embrace the cycle of recovery!!

What we discovered in our half day deep dive of nearly 60 questions:

What we feel we do relatively well:

  • We held 7 workshops in the last 5 years.
  • We held a weekend retreat in the last two years.
  • We publish a newsletter called InterVoice which includes a list of available sponsors and a current meeting list.
  • We reorganized ourselves recently so that committee members from Retreats and Workshop and Outreach attend CIIG – this makes for substantive conversation and action.
  • We hold yearly elections, so new people have the opportunity to serve.
  • We meet monthly in Carpinteria which is the most central location in our area.
  • We are fiscally responsible and complete monthly financial reports.
  • We send representatives to Region and World Service Business Conferences.
  • There is a place on our IG agenda for open sharing and expressing group concerns.
  • We maintain a website that spotlights local events and includes resources for members.
  • We honor anonymity.
  • We include everyone in the fellowship and consider them part of CIIG.

What we need to improve on:

  • Set distinct and articulated short and long term goals. One of the long term goals is to have our members feel connected to IG!!
  • Create an action plan that’s concrete and quantifiable.
  • Offer more workshops, sponsorship panels, retreats, fellowship events.
  • Help new members find sponsors.
  • Help meetings find abstinent speakers.
  • Have every OA meeting in our Intergroup represented at our monthly CIIG meeting.
  • Redefine our Mission Statement to reflect a new approach for maximum effectiveness in carrying the message.
  • Reach more compulsive overeaters through as many forms of media and communication as possible.
  • Reach out to the still suffering compulsive overeater through professionals in the medical and mental health fields and institutions.
  • Better serve our Spanish speaking fellows.

Now we need to hear from you!!

EVERY person’s opinion is needed – newcomer or long-timer, in recovery or in relapse.  The more people who participate, the greater the value of the information gained. The greater OUR RECOVERY.

Click HERE (or on the link at the top of the page) to fill out the survey online


Click Here to download, print and fill out the survey which you can then give to a representative at your meeting.

This survey is anonymous!!

We will publish the results in an upcoming InterVoice. For more information or questions, contact Natalie G. at 310-488-2893 or via email

Come Find Serenity

eric-ward-wejhq4J-UNo-unsplashThe POWER OF FORGIVENESS retreat is designed to help compulsive eaters on their journey to program success by empowering members with tools & techniques to re-energize, re-vitalize and re-engage their recovery journey.

In addition to exciting workshops and speakers on Steps 8, 9 & 10, there will be activity options to engage your mind, body and spirit!

Lodging, abstinent meals, and all necessary materials are included with your registration.

When: July 17-19, 2020
Where: Mary and Joseph Retreat Center, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Retreat Leader: Herb K.
Cost: $345, less for commuters or no meals, more for single occupancy

Sponsored by: Las Vegas OA Tuesday Summerlin Mtg
Contact: Cynthia (702) 545-5853

UNITY DAY ▪ Feb. 29 @ 11:30am


Unity Day recognizes the strength of the Fellowship worldwide. OA members pause on February 29th at 11:30 a.m. to reaffirm the strength inherent in OA’s unity.

Tradition One: “Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon OA unity.”

Unity with Diversity Statement: “As we extend the heart and hand of the OA Fellowship to those who still suffer, let us be mindful of OA’s Unity with Diversity policy, which respects our differences, yet unites us in the solution to our common problem. Whatever problem you may have with food, you are welcome at a meeting, regardless of race, creed, nationality, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, or any other trait.”

OA Promise: I put my hand in yours, and together we can do what we could never do alone. No longer is there a sense of hopelessness, no longer must we each depend upon our own unsteady willpower. We are all together now, reaching out our hands for power and strength greater than ours, and as we join hands, we find love and understanding beyond our wildest dreams.

Sponsorship Day | Aug 17-18

Celebrate Sponsorship Day August 17–18

In Overeaters Anonymous, we are told that “together we can do what we could never do alone.” Nowhere is this principle more simply and clearly practiced than in the sponsor-sponsee relationship. Sponsors help us through our program of recovery on all three levels—physical, emotional, and spiritual. By working with others, sponsors continually renew and reaffirm their own recovery.

Share your gratitude with your sponsor and sponsees!

Learn more about how this valuable service helps strengthen recovery:

Sponsorship Success | Podcasts

  1. What is a sponsor?
  2. Why should you get a sponsor, and how can you get a sponsor?
  3. Why be a sponsor? Why be a sponsee?
  4. When can you start sponsoring? When can you start being sponsored?
  5. What are the sponsorship job descriptions—from sponsor to sponsee and back?
  6. How can you break down the barriers for both parties?
  7. What are some different sponsoring styles?
  8. How do you work the Twelve Steps with a sponsee?
  9. How do you work the Twelve Traditions with a sponsee?

Workshop | Sponsoring & Being Sponsored

November 9th | Four recovered panelists from the Channel Islands Intergroup and other areas will share their experience with sponsoring and being sponsored. This workshop includes a Q & A session and a Sponsor/Sponsee meet and greet. This is a great workshop for anyone who:
– Needs a sponsor
– Has a sponsor
– Sponsors
– Wants to start sponsoring
In other words – Everyone!

Saturday, November 9, 2019
Faith Lutheran Church, 1335 Vallecito Place, Carpinteria, CA
12pm-1pm  Fellowship Lunch (bring your own lunch)
1pm-4pm Panel Discussion

$10 suggested donation (No one will be turned away)

Questions? Contact Michelle W. (818) 515-6593 or Amy W. (646) 373-6828 or Natalie G. (310) 488-2893 or email

Download the flyer for your meeting!

Carry the Message at Ojai Day!

OA Channel Islands Intergroup will host a booth at Ojai Day, Saturday, October 19th from 10:00 – 5:00 in Libbey Park, near the fountain.

OA Members with at least 30 days of abstinence will be on hand to carry the message of recovery through the 12 Steps of OA and offer handouts & hope to still suffering compulsive eaters. Stop by and say hello or take a shift.

“Our primary purpose is to abstain from compulsive eating and compulsive food behaviors and to carry the message of recovery through the Twelve Steps of OA to those who still suffer.”

12/12 Twelfth Step Within

pc: youssef naddam World Service recognizes 12/12 as “Twelfth Step Within Day” — A day to focus on carrying the message to OA members who are in relapse or still suffering from compulsive eating. Twelfth-Step-Within work explicitly supports members we already have. Carry the message of recovery by sharing your experience, strength, and hope..and these OA resources…

Together we get better!