WSBC Wrap-Up

The WSBC 2009 Wrap-up Report is now online. It contains results of voting at the 2009 World Service Business Conference, including the amended definition of Abstinence in OA.  Please carry this information to meetings you attend and note that meeting formats will need to be updated if they contain the definition (usually included in the intro to “Tools” in the standard meeting format).

Abstinence Definition Amended ~ WSBC Policy 1988b (amended 2002, 2009) defines abstinence and recovery as follows:

Abstinence in Overeaters Anonymous is the action of refraining from compulsive eating and compulsive food behaviors.

Spiritual, emotional and physical recovery is the result of living the Overeaters Anonymous Twelve-Step program.

Santa Cruz Summer Retreat

The Southern Alameda County Intergroup of OA presents
Santa Cruz Summer Retreat
Villa Maria del Mar, Santa Cruz ~ Aug. 14-16

Join us for our annual SACO Summer Retreat at the beach in sunny Santa Cruz. The beach is the perfect location to commune with nature and nurture your recovery. We will have a 50/50 and White Elephant raffle. On Saturday evening there will be an opportunity to share something special related to your recovery – perhaps a song, poem, story or artwork. There will be plenty of time for sun, fun, fellowship, and relaxation.

Six abstinent meals are included, and an elevator is available for use inside the Villa. Some rooms offer spectacular ocean views; reserve early to guarantee your space. Sign up soon, especially if you need a handicapped room. $220 shared or $250 private.

Contact Patsy 510-793-0985, Barbara 510-490-7348 or, or Pam 510-888-9456 or

May-June InterVoice

The InterVoice for May-June 2009 is now available. Click to read online, download or print a copy.

InterVoice May-June (PDF)

The InterVoice lists meetings for Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Additional meeting information–including online meetings, phone meetings, and a worldwide meeting directory–is available at

Meeting notes

  • Location change – Wednesday S.B. 7:30 p.m.
    Now meets at Grace Lutheran Church – Library
    3869 State St., near La Cumbre Mall (across from Macy’s).
  • New Thursday meeting, Carpinteria 7 p.m.
  • New Young People’s Meeting, Sunday, Isla Vista, 7 p.m.
  • Hiatus Monday Isla Vista 6:30 p.m. will not meet June 8 – July 27
    Meetings will resume August 3