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July 2021 OA Events

Events are added as announced…keep coming back for updates!

Tradition 7: Every OA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions. Spiritual principleResponsibility


July 23 Fri 5:00-6:30pm PT A Spiritual Awakening the result of working the steps. Fridays in July: July 23 Steps 4-9; July 30 Steps 10, 11, 12 (July 16 was Steps 1, 2, 3 ). Each week 3 OA members will share their stories of transformation through working the 12 steps and how that step and its promises were part of their spiritual awakening. [Houston Metro IG]

self July 24 Sat 9:30am-11:00am PT Bondage to Self4th Saturday Workshop” [OA Virtual Region]

ChangeJuly 25 Sun 12:00-1:30 pm PT Change Take the Steps to Change during this virtual workshop. Register by sending an email to SoAZ.TSW.Event@gmail.com. Questions? Send email to Joy V’M at SoAZ.12thStepWithin@gmail.com. Sponsored by the 12th Step Within Committees of the SoAZ Intergroup of OA & OA San Fernando Valley. Flyer [OASFV}

welcomeJuly 28 Wed 6:00-8:00pm PT Newcomer Night | Info & Free Registration  [OA Silicon Valley]

6:00-7:00pm PT “This is OA” presentation, OA member panel, open Q&A
7:00-8:00pm PT Breakout rooms: talk 1:1 with members who can help!

July 30 Fri Advance Registration Closes for OA World Service Convention “Walking in the Sunlight: One Day at at Time.”Registration and hotel reservations are now open. Advance registration closes July 30, 2021 10:59 p.m. PDT. Attendees can then register on site at the onsite rate.

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July 30 &/or 31 &/or Aug 1 What’s Your Story? Workshop repeats—join one or all 3. Blaze the digital highway to happy destiny! Help create a 21st century, multimedia platform for telling OA stories—new content, new design, NEW name! All OA members, meetings, special focus groups, intergroups, and regions are invited to collaborate, share our stories, and create new ideas. How can we use all forms of digital media and communications to share our strength, hope, and experience? Repeating workshops: Fri July 30 7:00-10:30pm PT, Sat July 31 11:00am-2:30pm PT, Sun Aug 1 6:00-9:30am PT. Flyer [OA Virtual Region]

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July 31 11:00am-2:00pm PT A Life of Purpose and Joy | A Study of Step 12 Whether you are a seasoned old-timer, starting out, or starting over, studying Step 12 will open you to a life beyond your wildest dreams! We explore Step 12 and discover all the gifts in Spiritual Awakening, Carrying the Message, and Practicing the Principles. Register before July 31 to be emailed a workshop packet—same day registrants will not be sent packet until after workshop ends. Flyer [OA BRIG]


Previous Events > Check Host Site for Info & Recordings

IG-UnityJuly 1 6:30-7:45pm PT CIIG Intergroup (Zoom) Meeting All are welcome! Channel Islands Intergroup’s vision is to be a high-value Intergroup that helps the still-suffering compulsive eater, serves the membership and attracts new members, and strengthens OA as a whole. CIIG’s value is measured by its usefulness to members and meetings. Usefulness is our main product. Join us!

sharosh-rajasekher-BIR-C7RSNzI-unsplash (1)July 4 Spiritual Independence | LAIG July 4th Party It’s party time!! Join us as we celebrate spiritual independence. Four keynote speakers will share how they’ve experienced spiritual liberation.

July 4 Freedom from Food Addiction – Come celebrate our freedom from food addiction. Together we can do what we could never do alone!! Let’s explore how we got to freedom, what we have tried that hasn’t worked as well, what we maybe know we need to try but are simply not willing to do, yet. [OA RISE]

July 4 OA founder Rozanne’s story An audio recording will be played over Zoom TODAY at 5pm Pacific. In addition to listening to Rozanne’s story, long timers who knew Rozanne will speak. Zoom ID: 863 1665 1362 Zoom Passcode: 2020

July 4 5:30pm PT Young Person’s Committee Meeting – All Region 2 OAs Welcome First Sunday of Every Month See also: YP phone meetings

pi-megaphoneJuly 6 7:00-8:00pm PT Public Information Committee Meeting – all are welcome! Help carry the message to the compulsive overeater who still suffers. [OAR2]

oar2-2021-conventionJuly 9-11 R2 Convention | Flyer | At-a-Glance Schedule 

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July 10 Step 8 Step Speaker Series. [AD4L.info Melbourne, Australia]

July 11 What Does It Really Mean to Surrender? “2nd Sunday” Workshop [OA Virtual Region]

friday-fun-danceJuly 2 & 16 12:30-1:00pm PT Friday Fellowship Dance Party 1st & 3rd Fridays We invite you to dance, shake and play—turn on your video or feel free to turn it off …you get to choose your groove! Anyone wanting to stay after and share, there will be time for that. Send your favorite song(s) to c2b@comcast.net. Click for Zoom info. [OA SV]

CFBJuly 17 10:00-11:30am PT Compulsive Food Behaviors | 12-Step Recovery Panel. What does compulsive food behaviors mean? How do you work a program of recovery to abstain from these behaviors? Join OAs from around the world as we hear from a panel who will share their experience, strength, and hope specifically on working 12-steps around compulsive food behaviors. [DC-Metro Area IG]

July 17 10:00am-12:000pm PT Sunlight of the Spirit | Summer Speaker Marathon. Inspiring speakers share their experience, strength and hope. Come celebrate with us! [Seattle OA]

AD4L_12July 17 3:30-5:00pm PT A Way of Life | Living in Steps 10, 11, 12 – A workshop on the daily practice of living in Steps 10, 11, and 12. [AD4L.info Melbourne, Australia]

4th-ociJuly 18 8:30am-12:30pm OA Virtual 4th Step Workshop – Please RSVP by July 11 to oasaturday12@gmail.com.

question mark rock by Ana MunicioJuly 18 11:00am-1:00pm PT Am I Worth “It”? What Is Your “IT”? Am-I-Worth-It-questionsEvent Flyer [NJIOA]

CIIG_Steps8-9July 18 1:00-3:00pm PT Channel Islands Intergroup Presents Steps 8 & 9 Workshop A longtime member shares her experience, strength and hope on Steps Eight and Nine. Bring your Big Book, your journal, and your open mind. Flyer [CIIG]

cropped-rise-small-1-300x116-1July 18 1:00-4:00pm PT God – Contempt Prior to Investigation [OA RISE]

InterVoice | July-Aug 2021

Celebrate Recovery!

Read or download the latest newsletter here: July-Aug 2021 InterVoice.

  • sharosh-rajasekher-BIR-C7RSNzI-unsplash (1)Is your OA meeting ready to return to face-to-face meetings?
  • Event Spotlight
    * July 4 Celebrate Spiritual Independence! [LAIG]
    * July 9-11 Region 2 Convention
    * July 18 Steps 8 & 9 Workshop [CIIG]
  • Lifeline is now free!
  • Workshop Wisdom
  • Carry The Message with the Professional Community Courier
  • Recovery Resource Links
  • Service Opportunities
  • Sponsors willing to take calls
  • Meeting List

InterVoice is the bi-monthly CIIG newsletter, with current meeting contacts, upcoming events, service board notices, and experience, strength and hope!

See the InterVoice archive here.

CIIG Presents Steps 8 & 9

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A longtime member shares her experience, strength and hope on Steps Eight and Nine. Bring your Big Book, your journal, and your open mind.

  • Step 8 Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all. Spiritual Principle: Self-discipline
  • Step 9 Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. Spiritual Principle: Love

>> Click Here to See & Share the Workshop Flyer! <<

Zoom info

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87150116963?pwd=T1pLOEdjUlVjbkZ0N1dZbTZaem5Rdz09
Meeting ID: 871 5011 6963 Passcode: 544406
To Join via phone only: 1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)

7th Tradition

Suggested Donation $5 — no one will be turned away

Use PayPal to CIIGTreasurer@gmail.com (instructions here) or
send check to CIIG, PO Box 1321, Summerland, CA 93067

For questions or more information contact Natalie G: 310 488 2893 or natalieg.oa@gmail.com.


CIIG Hosted Workshops

Channel Islands Intergroup is excited to present this series of workshops to support our Vision, Priorities & Goals based on results of our Member Survey. Workshop podcasts are available under the name OA Channel Islands on the following listening platforms: Spotify; AnchorBreakerPocket Casts; and RadioPublic.

Step 1 Presentation and Q&A – June 14, 2020
Step 2 Workshop from 8-16-20
Step 3 Workshop from 10-4-20
Step 4 Workshop from January 31, 2021
Steps 5-7 Workshop from 3-28-21

What are your meeting plans?

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Is your OA meeting ready to return to face-to-face meetings?

Channel Island Intergroup (CIIG) allows your meeting to make your own decisions about when the time comes to return to in-person meetings. The prospect might be a little more complicated than before.

Here are some issues to consider:

  • Is there a device available for those who wish to continue on Zoom?
  • Is there available Wi-Fi for the Zooming members?
  • Is the format inclusive of both the remote members and those participating in person?
  • How is the 7th tradition to be handled?
  • How will phone numbers be shared between face-to-face members and those on Zoom?
  • How can we make literature and/or step study literature shareable between the remote members and those in the face-to-face meeting?

If you have any questions or need additional guidance, feel free to reach out to CIIG. 

Whatever your group decides, current meeting info will help the newcomer and returning members. Update your meeting listing on oa.org and also email meeting updates to CIIG so your meeting details will be correct on our Current Meetings List and in the InterVoice newsletter.

June 2021 OA Events

Events are added as announced…keep coming back for updates!

Tradition 6: An OA group ought never endorse, finance or lend the OA name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose. Spiritual principleSolidarity


Check host site for recording or more info

pi-megaphoneJune 1 7:00-8:00pm PT Public Information Committee Meeting – all are welcome! Help carry the message to the compulsive overeater who still suffers. [OAR2]

IG-UnityJune 3 6:30-7:45pm PT CIIG Intergroup (Zoom) Meeting All are welcome! Channel Islands Intergroup’s vision is to be a high-value Intergroup that helps the still-suffering compulsive eater, serves the membership and attracts new members, and strengthens OA as a whole. CIIG’s value is measured by its usefulness to members and meetings. Usefulness is our main product. Join us!

June 5 Big Book Workshop | Doctor’s Opinion & Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4 Hosted by Melbourne, Australia OA “A Design for Living” A workshop presented by OA members with long term recovery who share their experience, strength and hope, through the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. 5+ hours Recording will be posted

June 6 5:30pm PT Young Person’s Committee Meeting First Sunday of Every Month – All Region 2 OAs Welcome See also: YP phone meetings

June 6 ​​Remembering Our Powerlessness RIDING the WAVES…working your program in good times and bad times. Hear members share their experience, strength and hope. Writing opportunity & small group sharing. [Connecticut Intergroup Recordings ]

June 6 Growing My Faith & Strengthening My Spirituality [OA RISE]

June 12 Avoiding PRE—lapse: How to Nurture Continued Abstinence Relapse generally begins well before the compulsive food behavior or the first compulsive bite. Isn’t it time you learned to recognize the signs of impending relapse? Join us at this enlightening workshop to learn how to avoid a PRE-lapse and develop skills that are needed to nurture continued abstinence and recovery from compulsive eating and compulsive eating behaviors [OA Silicon Valley] Recording will be posted here.

June 12 Same Steps. Same Tools, New Beginnings (registration) Meditation, Speakers, Workshops – Dallas Metroplex IG Convention & Fundraiser | DMIOA Convention Flyer

June 12 Experience the Traditions in Daily Living – A Journaling workshop – flyer – Discover how the Traditions relate to OA as a whole, learn about using the Traditions to improve your personal relationships, and learn strategies to use the Traditions to deal with the inner “committee” [SouthBay IG]

June 13 Sponsor-Sponsee Connection Zoom ID 891 6554 0024 pw: 120912 [OA Virtual Region]

June 13 6:00-7:00 pm PT Chat with the Region 2 Chair on Zoom. Topics: Anything regarding OA Region 2 Assemblies, Intergroups, Meetings, Service, 12 Traditions, 12 Concepts of Service, etc. Just call in and ask your questions! [OAR2]

friday-fun-danceJune 4 & 18 12:30-1:00pm PT Friday Fellowship Dance Party 1st & 3rd Fridays We invite you to dance, shake and play—turn on your video or feel free to turn it off …you get to choose your groove! Anyone wanting to stay after and share, there will be time for that. Send your favorite song(s) to c2b@comcast.net. Click for Zoom info. [OA SV]

Sponsor-SponseeJune 19 Sponsorship: The Ultimate Experience OA speakers from the USA share their experience, strength, and hope. Whether you are a sponsor, want a sponsor, or want to sponsor, this workshop is for you! See & Share the Flyer [OA Peninsula IG]

  • Main Session: 12-Day Sponsorship & Other Tools
  • Breakouts: How to Sponsor Habitual Relapsers | Finding the Right Sponsor | Types of Sponsorship | When and How to Change Sponsors | Using the Tools in Sponsorship | How your Meeting Can Support Sponsorship

June 19 Carrying the Message Workshop – Learn the “Elevator talk” | (Everyone’s doing it) | Interesting Scenarios Posed | Share the Message Concisely to anyone—including your doctor or random encounters | Breakout Rooms to Practice | Fears Addressed. Questions? Email CarryingTheMessageWorkshop@gmail.com [Region One Public information Professional Outreach Committee On Zoom]

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June 26 Anonymity as a Spiritual Principle [OA Virtual Region]

Big BookJune 26-27  Find Abstinence Through the Big Book 16th annual webcast. Speaker go into detail on actively working all 12 steps. The Step 4–9 inventory process is taught with hands-on real-world examples. Registration required. Suggested donation $5.00. For more info please see Unity Intergroup or email Bob at bonasachs@gmail.com.

TriggersJune 27 Know Your Triggers Two speakers share their internal & external triggers. You will have an opportunity to identify your triggers and write an action plan to manage them. Event Flyer | Internal Triggers Handout | Triggers Mgmnt Handout [NJIOA]

InterVoice | May-June 2021

A New Way of Thinking

You can read or download the current edition here: May-June 2021 InterVoice.

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  • World Service Business Conference 2021 News
    • “Unity with Diversity” Policy Revised
    • “Abstinence and Recovery” Policy Revised
  • New Pamphlets (print or e-book)
    • A Lifetime of Abstinence: One Day at a Time
    • In OA, Recovery is Possible: About Compulsive Eating and the OA Program of Recovery
  • Learn about OA history and our Founder, Rozanne S.
  • Recovery Resource Links
  • CIIG Steps 5-7 Workshop Recap
  • Watch Outreach and Public Info Videos from OA
  • Service Opportunities
  • Sponsors willing to take calls
  • Meeting List

InterVoice is the bi-monthly CIIG newsletter, with current meeting contacts, upcoming events, service board notices, and experience, strength and hope!

See the InterVoice archive here.

Board of Trustees Vacancies

An Announcement from OA World Service

Please share this information with your groups.

Dear OA Intergroups and Service Boards,

During the 2021 WSBC, three vacancies were declared on the Board of Trustees: two General Service Trustees and the Region Two Trustee. In accordance with the Bylaws of Overeaters Anonymous, the Board of Trustees may appoint a qualified member to serve through WSBC 2022. In order to best serve OA as a whole, it is important to make these appointments as quickly as possible.

A complete job description and application can be downloaded from oa.org. The completed applications may be emailed to info@oa.org or mailed to the attention of Sandy Zimmerman and must be received at the World Service Office by June 1, 2021. Please let it be known throughout your area that the Board of Trustees is soliciting qualified applicants who are willing to fill the positions. It is the intention of the board to appoint these new trustees as soon as possible after that date.

We are soliciting names to fill these vacancies through the end of WSBC 2022. If you should have any questions about this appointment process, please do not hesitate to contact the World Service Office.

Yours in OA service,
Chair of the Board

— Follow Overeaters Anonymous on Facebook and Instagram

May 2021 OA Events

Events are added as announced…keep coming back for updates!

Tradition 5: Each group has but one primary purpose — to carry its message to the compulsive overeater who still suffers. Spiritual principlePurpose


Previous Events—Check Host Site for Recordings

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May 1 A 12-Step Workshop on Body Imageflyer: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder…through whose eyes do you see your body? Bring a writing journal, AA Big Book, AA 12×12, and OA 12×12. Suggested donation $5. [Southbay OA]

May 2 “How I Found God”flyer: Six Speakers | Breakout Rooms | Q & A From Sea to Shining Sea: A Special Workshop hosted by The North Jersey & Los Angeles Intergroups of OA. Join us for an interactive virtual workshop to strengthen your relationship with God. Fellows from around the country will share their experience in making conscious contact with a higher power of their understanding. See & Share 

love-togetherMay 2 Sponsoring Chronic Slippers: A Big Book Workshop for Chronic Slippers—those who are slipping themselves AND those who want to be of service to those of us who have slipped for years and are still struggling to get abstinent. We’ll discuss how love and forgiveness can support abstinence. [OA RISE]

pi-megaphoneMay 4 7:00-8:00 pm PT Public Information Committee Meeting – all are welcome! Help carry the message to the compulsive overeater who still suffers.

IG-UnityMay 6 6:30-7:45pm PT CIIG Intergroup (Zoom) Meeting All are welcome! Channel Islands Intergroup’s vision is to be a high-value Intergroup that helps the still-suffering compulsive eater, serves the membership and attracts new members, and strengthens OA as a whole. CIIG’s value is measured by its usefulness to members and meetings. Usefulness is our main product. Join us!

May 8 “Day of Sharing > Asking for Help” – speakers from Tallahassee (host city) and St. Paul.

forgivenessMay 8 Forgive and Live Forgiveness Workshopflyer [Inland Empire IG] 

May 9 “Relieve me of the bondage of self” – Losing our ego and realigning our will. [OA Virtual]

May 9 6:00-7:00 pm PT Chat with the Region 2 Chair on Zoom. Topics: Anything regarding OA Region 2 Assemblies, Intergroups, Meetings, Service, 12 Traditions, 12 Concepts of Service, etc. Just call in and ask your questions! [OAR2]

May 13 Help! I’m a Sponsor—Now What? Central Indiana Intergroup hosts a sponsorship panel with speakers, Q&A, and support to help you learn everything you wanted to know about sponsorship but were afraid to ask.

tim-mossholder-DZcZ4Kskq6U-unsplashMay 16 Doing the Do, Being the Be. A workshop where together we will observe the unmanageability that brought us to the rooms and doing the do & the being the be of the program. We will discuss the fruits of the 12 steps and utilize the tools. Then take a look at the possibility of reflection, being, and allowing rest and how that can assist our doing of the do. I am excited to share a safe space with you. [OA Rise]

friday-fun-danceMay 21 12:30-1:00pm PT Friday Fellowship Dance Party 1st & 3rd Fridays We invite you to dance, shake and play—turn on your video or feel free to turn it off …you get to choose your groove! Anyone wanting to stay after and share, there will be time for that. Send your favorite song(s) to c2b@comcast.net. Click for Zoom info. [OA Silicon Valley IG]

May 22 9:30-11:00am PT “Service and Recovery” – 4th Saturday e-Workshops [OA Virtual]

Recovery_BMSMay 22 Recovery of the Body, Mind & Spirit Workshop Come hear three speakers share about their recovery for each different area: mind, body, and spirit. The suggested donation is $5 but no one will be turned away. [Sac Valley IG]

May 29 Abstinence No Matter What Learn the difference between abstinence and a food plan and so much more! – Flyer  [San Fernando IG]

May 31 Memorial Day Phone MarathonSpiritual Principle of Tradition 5- Purpose ~ How Do I Carry  the Message of Recovery? Meetings run every hour from 5:00am-9:00pm PT around regularly scheduled meetings. Marathons are on the Pacific Sunrise OA meeting phone 712.432.5200 with pin 4285115#.

April 2021 OA Events

Tradition 4: Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or OA as a whole. Spiritual principle: Autonomy

Check host site for event recordings.


friday-fun-danceApril 1st & 3rd Fridays: Friday Fellowship Dance Party We invite you to dance, shake and play—turn on your video or feel free to turn it off …you get to choose your groove! Anyone wanting to stay after and share, there will be time for that. Send your favorite song(s) to c2b@comcast.net. Click for Zoom info. [OA Silicon Valley IG]

spiritualApr 4 Struggling in Program: Trudging the Road of Happy Destiny Two members share experience, strength, and hope around struggle within Program. They talk about abstinence, struggle, relapse, and recovery in their lives—and about the actions that help them deal with life’s challenges on a day-to-day basis. Time for questions and feedback from listeners. [OA RISE]

April 6 R2 Public Outreach Service Monthly Public Information call (7:00pm-8:00pm PT): support, brainstorming, training, collaborating in all things Public Outreach. [OAR2]

Big Book Step StudyApril 11 A Spiritual Toolkit (Zoom info on flyer) Hear from 3 members for 10 minutes each; Questions for the speakers and open sharing time to follow. [OA Virtual IG]

April 11 6:00-7:00 pm PT Chat with the Region 2 Chair on Zoom. Topics: Anything regarding OA Region 2 Assemblies, Intergroups, Meetings, Service, 12 Traditions, 12 Concepts of Service, etc. Just call in and ask your questions! [OAR2]

taylor-heery-GiTCeEq0pwY-unsplashApril 17 The Joy of Living Six Speakers share on how they’re experiencing JOY as a result of practicing the program of recovery outlined in our literature. There will be time for 3 minute pitches. [OA LAIG]

Spring-into-RecoveryApr 16-18 Fri -Sun Spring Into Action! Virtual Weekend Retreat.
Two invited presenters will share their experience living the OA 12 Step Program of Recovery. Two different tracks to participate in with workshops on topics such as: Stop eating your feelings; Developing a Plan of Eating/Action Plan; Living in Recovery: Steps 4-9 as a Trauma and/or Abuse Survivor; and Carrying the Message in All Our Affairs—plus specialty workshops on Meditation, Yoga, etc. Registration is $28.16 USD. See Event Flyer and Registration Site for more details and contact Sonoma County OA Intergroup with any questions. 

balanceApril 18 Flexibility Alongside Discipline
Initially beginning a disciplined relationship with our primary love object, our food, seems similar to starting any other diet. Later as the body and mind clear and we grow along spiritual lines, we learn about mindful eating, portion control, and leaning in to longing as well as joy. Then we are moving toward establishing a more moderate relationship with food and life becomes more balanced and food plans become more moderate. Do you agree or disagree? Want to learn more about this from longtime members? Join them to discuss and develop organic and sensual experiences to continue living a recovery centered life with less fear and more joy. [OA RISE]

April 24 After Relapse…Recovery Is Possible – flyer

April 24  Let’s Make a Meal” Bingo – Fundraiser for San Fernando Valley IG – tickets $12 or $20

Apr 23-25 Serenity Retreat :: The Big Book Comes Alive for OA [OASV] See & Share Flyer

  • Find Serenity :: Over the course of 3 days and 5 spiritually uplifting sessions, you will get the opportunity to rework the Twelve Steps and reawaken your heart to the experience of happy, joyous, and free!
  • Fit Spiritual Condition :: Join us for an experience that will help to strengthen your abstinence and grow your recovery to live a more expansive and abundant life through working the Twelve Steps of Overeaters Anonymous. 

recovery-connectedApril 25  Super Sunday Recovery During COVID-19: Physically Distant But Socially Connected – Flyer – Suggested donation $6 but no one will be turned away. Sponsored by St. Luis OA Abstinence First/Newcomer Meeting

Participate! Diversity Survey

OA Region 2 Diversity Committee Wants to Hear from You!

“Feeling welcome and included in Overeaters Anonymous (OA) is an important component of recovery. We are all united in the desire to stop eating compulsively (Tradition 3). The purpose of the OA R2 survey is to capture individual experiences of feeling welcome or unwelcome, included or excluded within OA. All SurveyMonkey settings have been set to protect your anonymity, including all answers and your email address. Thank you in advance for your participation – please feel free pass along to other OA R2 members.” —OAR2

Learn more and start survey here:
OA R2 Diversity Community Awareness Survey