First 12 Days – New Resource

OA World Service has a new resource for recovery & sponsorship!

“Sponsorship is a vital part of the OA recovery process, as it builds a tight-knit, trusting fellowship and invests purposefully in newcomers. To this end, our newest resource intends to bolster relationships with newcomers—and instill confidence in those new to sponsoring—by partnering those new to OA with a “temporary sponsor” to guide them through the pivotal first days of their OA journey. Stamp out feelings of intimidation about sponsorship and jump-start a newcomer’s experience with our helpful introduction to program.” —Read more at

The First Twelve Days in OA provides readings and discussion topics to…

  • Help newcomers, returning OA members, and other members learn about the OA Twelve Step recovery program by using this personal, short-term introduction to Overeaters Anonymous.
  • Help sponsees learn how the OA recovery program might help them to stop hurting themselves with food.
  • Help members who may be ready to sponsor but are reluctant to do so. This is an opportunity for a member to help a newcomer in a very structured way and to experience what it might be like to be a regular sponsor.

First 12 Days – Download PDF

Fellowship Survey Results & CIIG Action Plan

Channel Islands Intergroup’s value is measured by its usefulness to members and meetings—usefulness is our main product

Results of Survey of CIIG Fellows | Intergroup has continued to function through Zoom and has compiled the results of the survey you recently took. We found the information enlightening and inspiring and thank you for the time and effort you put into it.

► ►► Click here to review complete survey results ◄◄◄

Our next steps | The survey was part of the process of developing a Strategic Plan for our intergroup and we have made significant progress in this direction. We will not be waiting for this pandemic to be over before we begin an expanded program of workshops and other activities to help fellows achieve our goal of recovery and integrating the 12 Step program into every aspect of our lives.

►►► Click for CIIG Vision, Priorities & Goals ◄◄◄


Channel Islands Intergroup has elected and appointed a new board for the upcoming year, but positions are still available if you would like to be of service to your Region.
Elected Appointed
Chair Web
Vice Chair InterVoice
Business Secretary Public Outreach SB
Treasurer Public Outreach Ventura
Recording Secretary Professional Outreach SB
Professional Outreach Ventura
Retreats & Marathons

OPEN POSITIONS; Chair/Vice Chair/Public Outreach (All Counties)/ Professional Outreach (All Counties) / IGR Various meetings

Your Intergroup provides….
*Support for 19 meetings: Ventura (6), Santa Barbara (6), Goleta (4), Ojai (2), and Camarillo (1)- need support to reestablish Isla Vista and Carpinteria
*Liability insurance ($265.) – several meetings were requ8ired to provide this for meeting rooms
*Phone line ($40/month) with contacts and web information included. Spanish for a while
*InterVoice ($22/month) meeting list and announcements
*Local web site with InterVoice PDF and announcements
*OA Loop – SB/Vta email discussion of For Today and /or Voices, plus opportunty for daily check-in with fellow OAers
*Online WSO meeting registry updates
*Newcomer packets ($60 for 25) Ventura newcomer meeting
*New meeting support ($50) for Monday SB Lifeline meeting

We carry the message…
* Ads in LA times Ventura edition
* Principles workshop in February
* Free ads in Independent, Mesa Paper, Daily Sound
* Is Food a Problem fliers – libraries, doctor’s offices, etc.
* Requested library display case (not) assigned a month yet)

Goals for next service term…
* Fill all Service positions
* See more meeting reps
* Offer more workshops & retreats (working on a 1/2 day workshop for November)

WSO Conference Questionnaire

The WSO Conference planning committee distributed an agenda questionnaire that CIIG is “entitled and urged” to return to let them know what we think WSO Conference delegates should spend time discussing. The questionnaire covers 22 issues, and is an agenda review, not a final vote on motions or amendments. The links below provide details about the questionnaire and the proposed motions.

  • Short summary of WSO Agenda Questionnaire (1 page) – overview of proposed motions, including new 12th Step Within Day, new definition of Abstinence, and new service requirements. Meeting reps can bring this short form to the next CIIG meeting to provide Yes/No vote preferences. To assist in determining which proposals may require referral to the Reference Subommittee, please write concerns or questions on the back of the sheet.
  • Agenda Questionnaire Letter (1 page) – Agenda questionnaire instructions
  • Agenda Questionnaire (7 pages) – Agenda questionnaire to be returned by service bodies only (March 5, 2009 postmarked deadline)
  • Motions/Amendments Summary (8 pages) – A brief summary of proposed new business motions and bylaw amendments submitted by service bodies, regions, region chairmen, BOT and WSBC Bylaws Committee
  • New Business Motions and Bylaw Amendments (41 pages)– Proposed new business motions and bylaw amendments submitted by service bodies, regions, region chairmen, BOT and WSBC Bylaws Committee

The 48th Annual World Service Business Conference is May 4-9 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This year’s theme is “I Put My Hand in Yours.”

Send a rep to the next InterGroup meeting (Tuesday, March 3rd in Carpinteria) so your meeting’s input can be counted.