Call for Submissions – Share Your Recovery Story!

The WSBC Conference Literature Committee is soliciting stories of recovery from OA members for the proposed revision of Overeaters Anonymous, Second Edition.

The committee is looking for stories that emphasize members’ experience, strength and hope achieved through working and using the Twelve Steps, Twelve Traditions, Twelve Concepts of Service and nine tools of the Overeaters Anonymous program. The committee is interested in stories that focus on how members have achieved and maintained long-term physical, emotional and spiritual recovery.

We are seeking stories written from the perspectives reflected in our membership today. For example, we welcome recovery stories that reflect the diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds as well as age and gender differences in our Fellowship. We are also looking for stories that show various ways the disease of compulsive eating manifests itself (for example, obesity, bulimia, anorexia, etc.) Your story may include physical, medical and mental health challenges that are part of your recovery. In addition, stories can incorporate experiences of recovery in non-English speaking countries.

For questions, contact Barb G., Conference Literature Committee chair:

Word length: 750–1200.

Please email submissions to on or before January 31, 2012. Please put “OA2 Submission” in the subject line. Submitted materials will not be returned.

Intergroup Election Results

CIIG held elections at the October 4th meeting (Tues 7:30pm at Carpinteria Community Church). The meeting and all service group positions are open to any OA member. Here are the election results:

Chair & Web – Natalie G.
Vice-Chair & Business Secretary – Stephanie J.
Treasurer – Barbara G.
Recording Secretary – Linda M.
Intervoice – Darren
Retreats and Marathons – Alex M.

A warm welcome to the new service members, and a thank you to the outgoing service members. Your assistance and service have been greatly appreciated!

Service Positions Available: Service in O.A. is one of the tools of our recovery. If you have the desire to serve and experience how doing so might strengthen your recovery, we have the following volunteer service positions open: public outreach for both Ventura and Santa Barbara, R2 Representative*, and WSO Representative*.

If you are interested in any of these service positions, please attend the monthly CIIG meeting, held on the first Tuesday of each month at Carpinteria Community Church.

Please note that the R2 and WSO Representative service positions require one year of current abstinence and two years of service above the group level.