Fall 2016 Messenger


Trustee Letter Messenger BannerJune 2016

My name is Karin and I am a compulsive overeater and serving as the Region 6 Trustee. What an honour it is to do this service! I am very grateful to serve the program that saves my life.

This year’s theme at WSBC was “Responsibility: To Carry the Message”. There were 199 delegates in attendance, 33 of them from Region 6. There were 19 countries represented. If you have never been, I highly recommend it. We made informed group conscience decisions for the good of OA as a whole. We approved 2 pieces of literature: Twelve Traditions Pocket Guide and Twelve Step Workshop and Study Guide. Both pieces of literature will be available this summer. (probably by the time you read this)

We adopted a change to the Statement on Public Media to clarify that OA members may use social media for public information but to be sure to maintain anonymity in the use of this medium.

We also removed the limitations that virtual groups must be fully interactive and meet in real time. Please go to oa.org and read the Final Conference report for further information.

When a meeting registers with the World Service Office to become a group they agree to comply with the definition of an OA group and the OA Bylaws, Subpart B. They agree to practice the 12 Traditions among other things. The Twelve Traditions are very important to the survival of each OA group. They provide the principles that keep the group strong and healthy – which is vital to the growth and life of OA. Each time I write a Messenger article I focus on a Tradition. This time it’s Tradition 7. Tradition 7 says “Every OA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.” The spiritual principle is Responsibility. Simply put from the kid’s version of the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions (which is a free download on oa.org) it says “OA groups don’t take money from someone not in OA. We do support ourselves by taking a collection at the meeting.”

The financial support of OA is our responsibility. Money is needed to keep the OA program alive. I am glad to contribute to the 7th tradition basket at meetings to help keep the group going. I need OA meetings to recover from the disease of compulsive overeating. I sure spent a lot of money on food when I was in the disease. Now I spend money on my recovery.

OA does not accept contributions from outside sources. Nor do we accept other types of support, such as free rent or photocopying, from non-members or outside entities. We are all responsible for contributing the money and service needed to sustain our groups and service bodies. Money by itself is not enough to keep a group going. Self-supporting is not only about financial support but also about taking on our share of the service work as well. There are lots of service opportunities in OA. I can’t expect others to do it for me. We are responsible – this program saved my life and I am happy to do my part to keep it going.

I can apply this Tradition in my personal life as well. I need to live within my means and be financially responsible. I also need to do my part of the household chores and service within the family unit.

I hope to see you all in Boston for the World Service Convention “Recovery the Trail to Freedom!” on September 1-4. It promises to be a great event.

I wish you all the gift of abstinence, one day at a time. It is available to all of us and it works!

Thank you for allowing me to serve the fellowship.

Karin H.

Region 6 Trustee trustee@oaregion6.org

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Assembly Minutes Highlights

Region 6 Fall Assembly Minutes, 10/3/2015

Radisson Wolf Road, Albany

There was an OA meeting 7:45-8:45am

First time representative registration was held 8:45-9:00 am.

New Delegates Orientation

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Opening Prayer/Welcome

The meeting was called to order at 9:55 am by Chair Diana G. with The Serenity Prayer in English and in French. Diana welcomed everyone to assembly and made the following announcements:

If time allows there will be a short presentation by our Region Trustee, Karin, at the end of the assembly.

There will be 2 raffles today. A Lifeline raffle, which you must be present to win and the prize is not transferable and a convention raffle (tickets are still available)

Full agenda – because of the new venue today’s meeting will be shorter, ending at 5 pm, but the meeting usually ends at 6 pm.

12 Steps were read by: Donna S. from Seacoast IG

12 Traditions were read by: Paulette H. from Western New York IG

Twelve Concepts 1-6 were read by: Claire M. from New Hampshire IG

Twelve Concepts 7-12 were read by: Meredith S. from Greater NY Metro IG[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]


Any hotel issues contact Barbara

Use rear doors to enter and exit the room.

Literature, Intergroup and 2015 Region 6 Convention merchandise is for sale at the side of the room

Catered lunch will be served at the Central Atrium Patio on the 1st Floor. Tickets, which were given out at registration, are required to obtain the lunch. Free of charge and only available to those who registered on-line. Brown baggers are able to eat in the Hudson room where there is a fridge and a microwave.

Printing and copying service is provided, free of charge, by the hotel in the business center. A flash drive is required.

Revised Committee Meeting locations were announced by the chair.

The chair requested volunteers for approval of the minutes. Claire of Nova Scotia IG and Chuck of Central Ontario IG volunteered.


Center Mic Monitor – Margaret Ann B. of Metro West IG

Timekeeper – Hugh F of Metro West IG

Registration – Mary S. of NYS Capital District IG & Andrea F. of Greater New York Metro IG

2015 Convention Committee Announcement

Diana reviewed the agenda, advising that there will be 4 elections, 1 contested for Region 6 Chair and 2 uncontested for Region 6 Coordinator and Region 6 Web and Publications Coordinator. Also an election for the purpose of affirming an applicant for the position of General Service Trustee to become a candidate for election at the World Service Business Conference in May 2016 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We will also be electing delegates to serve on the WSBC Reference Sub-Committee, nominees must already be attending. It is not a funded position. Contested elections must be done by paper ballot. Also our bylaws require that voting for a General Service Trustee must be done by paper ballot. There is one emergency new business motion coming from the convention committee. Other emergency new business motions may be made by committees but only if there is time available.

Committee Meeting Notes

The first order of business is to elected a new committee chair for a 1 year term

An individual may serve for 2 terms

Committee chairs are required to have 1 year of current continuous abstinence, be an intergroup rep or alternate rep from a registered Intergroup and have attended 2 Region 6 assemblies.

The newly elected committee chair`s term begins at the conclusion of this assembly.

Current or acting chairs were introduced and picked up sign in sheets

Financial reports were handed out.

There are many different ways that groups close their meetings. In the spirit of Tradition 1, OA Unity, for this assembly, at the end of the closing prayer, let’s all stick with the original: a simple “Keep Coming Back, It Works”.

The meeting was closed with the serenity prayer.

10:30a – 12:10p – Each committee broke out for their meetings

12:15 – 1:10p – Lunch

1:15 – 1:25p – Registration/Break

Reconvene at 1:33

Roll Call

Susan did roll call for the Region 6 Assembly for October 3, 2015. There were a total of 48 Region 6 Representatives and 6 Region 6 Board members. Total voting was 55. A Simple Majority was 29 and a 2/3’s Majority was 38.

Adoption of Standing Rules:

The Standing Rules were presented and adopted as presented.

Adoption of Agenda:

The agenda for today was adopted as presented.

Minutes Spring 2015 Region 6 Assembly:

The minutes were accepted as presented.

Speakers List

Those who are already on the Region 6 speaker list were asked to update their information, even if nothing has changed. There have been requests from World Service and other regions to share qualified speakers with them. The information will only be used for World Service or Region events. It will not be shared with Intergroups or individuals. Eligibility includes a minimum of one (1) year of current, continuous abstinence and affiliation with an Intergroup within Region 6.

Introduction of Officers

Barbara – Vice Chair

George – Web and Publications Coordinator

Kelly – Treasurer

Mary – Coordinator

Susan – Secretary

Karin – Trustee

Diana – Chair

Introductions Officers/Former Officers:

Margaret Ann B from Metrowest IG – Region Coordinator, Chair, Trustee

Don from Westchester United IG – Vice Chair

Karin H from Ottawa District IG – Vice Chair, Chair and Convention Chair

Bruce from Ottawa District IG – Web & Publications Coordinator

Debbie Nassau County IG – Vice Chair

Current Officers from World Service:

Tina C from North Shore IG – General Service Trustee

Barbara B from Cape Cod IG – Former General Service Trustee

New Representatives:

Introduced themselves: Donna S. Seacoast IG, Chuck P. Mid-Hudson IG, Claire M. New Hampshire IG, Meredith S. Greater NY Metro IG, Paula K. Nassau County IG, Rita L. Greater NY Metro IG, Paulette H. Western New York IG, Cynthia N. Westchester United IG.


John C. – Western Mass IG

Martha P. – Western Mass IG

Joanna – Montreal English IG

Paulina – Mass Bay IG

Brian – South Western Connecticut IG

Barb – New York State Capital District IG

Officer Reports:

Officer’s reports were distributed via email and made available on-line. Representatives were invited to ask questions of each officer. There were none.

Committee Reports:

One member from each committee presented their Committee Summary Report. Reports will be available at the next Region 6 Assembly in spring 2016. A summary of the reports will be on line only in The Messenger.

There were announcements regarding the 2015 Region 6 Convention.

Writing Assignment for the Newsletter:

Writing Topic – What experience, strength and hope can you share with newcomers and long timers about working ALL 12 steps. Deadline is November 14, 2015

2:20 – 2:40 pm Break

Susan announced that there was a change to the number of voting members that was announced during the roll call done earlier. The total voting is 59. A simple majority is 30. A 2/3 majority is 40.


Chair Diana explained the election process that will be used today. She also again explained the affirmation for the Trustee position.

Prospective candidates for Region 6 Chair, Andrea F of Greater New York Metro Intergroup and Debbie H of Nassau County Intergroup, stood before the assembly and spoke about their qualifications. There was a time for questions from the floor. The vote was then taken by a paper ballot. Debbie H was elected as the new Chair for a 2 year term.

Prospective candidate for Region 6 Coordinator, Mary T of Westchester Intergroup, stood before the assembly and spoke about her qualifications. There was a time for questions from the floor. There was no objection to a voice vote. The vote was then taken. Mary was elected the Region 6 Coordinator for a 2 year term.

Prospective candidate for Region 6 Web and Publications Coordinator, George H of Central Maine Intergroup, stood before the assembly and spoke about his qualifications. There was a time for questions from the floor. There was no objection to a voice vote. The voice vote was then taken. George was elected as the Region 6 Website and Publications Coordinator for a 2 year term.

The chair turned the podium over to the vice chair for the next proceeding.

Candidate for Affirmation for a position on the Board of Trustees of Overeaters Anonymous, Inc. as: General Service Trustee (“GST”), Diana G of Metrowest Intergroup, stood before the assembly and spoke about her qualifications. There was a time for questions from the floor. As per the bylaws, a paper ballot was taken. Diana was affirmed as a GST candidate. The elections will be held at the WSBC in May 2017.

The vice chair returned to podium to the chair.

The floor was then open for nominations to the WSBC Bylaws Reference Sub-Committee. This is a paper ballot vote. The nominees were Barbara B. of Mid-Hudson Intergroup, Dorothy of New Hampshire Intergroup, Bruce R. Ottawa District Intergroup, and Mary T. of Westchester United Intergroup. There were two elected and two alternates. Bruce and Dorothy were elected to the committee. Barbara and Mary are the alternates.

There was a motion to shred the ballots, they were then shredded.



I move that this assembly agree to allow Central Ontario Intergroup to host the 2017 Region 6 convention in the Toronto, Canada region, once all outstanding issues have been met to the board’s satisfaction.

SUBMITTED BY: Region 6 Convention Committee

INTENT: The intention of this motion allows us to proceed with planning the 2017 R6 convention in Toronto, while addressing concerns with the contract.

IMPLEMENTATION: Will be completed in 2017.

COST: Unknown

RATIONALE: We want to start the planning from a possible convention to an actual approved convention, and allow for insurance issues with the contact to be addressed.

Requires 2/3 majority.

Motion carried.

Lifeline Raffle – was won by of Claire of Nova Scotia IG

2015 Region 6 Convention in Hartford Connecticut Raffle – 3rd prize was won by Esther S, 2nd prize was won by Susan D and 1st prize was won by Milner G.

Traditions Tune-up – Karin, Region 6 Trustee, shared information regarding tradition issues. She read the definition of an OA group and the OA Preamble, which was revised at the 2015 WSBC. She shared information of resources available at OA.org, including new literature.

First Timers Ceremony – Diana had all the 1st timers come up to the front of the assembly. She asked them place their blue dots on their back. Diana then said, “You now have your 1st REGION 6 ASSEMBLY behind you.

Diana thanked the board for all the preparation and pulling together to make the assembly go smoothly.

Karin – thanked Diana for her service and gave her a card signed by the assembly. Diana thanked everyone for their service. Say yes to service. It keeps her on track.

Announced the convention – Reach out for Recovery – see you there.

The business of the assembly continued in the Hudson room for the purpose of transferring the signing authority to the new Region 6 Chair. TD Bank Assistant VP,

Gail J, took information from the new Region 6 chair, Debbie and updated information for Kelly and George. The Business Account

Maintenance document was signed by Debbie, A General Business Resolution document was completed and signed by Debbie, Kelly, George and Susan.

The meeting was adjourned at 5:38

Respectfully submitted by,

Susan P

Region 6 Secretary

Minutes Approval Committee

Chuck F., Central Ontario IG

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Region 6

October 3, 2015

Radisson Wolf Road, Albany


Committee Chair: Bruce R. Committee Secretary: Elaine T.

Issues discussed during the meeting:

    • Policy 13 – Intergroup Scholarship Fund

  • IG Scholarship application form

Decisions made:

    • Review policy language, submit motion for next Assembly

  • Review other policies involving funding awards for Intergroups for consistency
  • Dorothy M from New Hampshire Intergroup was elected Chair for one term.

Goals and Actions which will be completed by next assembly:

    • Bylaws amendment motion for Policy 13 in the correct format

  • Collaborate with IGOR to review application form(s) for scholarships

Assignments and Deadlines:

  • Jeff S will do first draft and share it with committee


The meeting opened with the Serenity Prayer, led by Char V., acting chair.

The committee first heard a progress report on the 2015 Convention. Some highlights: the hotel is sold out, there are 500 registered people, 270 meal plans sold, and all committees are working hard on their assignments. An idea was put forth: having attendees complete convention evaluations online via Survey Monkey instead of using paper ballots. The assembly committee voted to bring the idea to the local committee to vote on.

Lynda from Central Ontario Intergroup was elected as the Convention Committee Chair. A proposal was put forth to do a Region 6 fundraiser at the 2016 World Service Convention, being held in Boston. Two ideas: a Freedom Trail tour program and/or transportation service from

the hotel at Copley Place to historical sights. Local intergroup will be consulted.

The Region 6 Convention 2017 needs a host and Toronto has been put forth as a strong contender. The Central Ontario Intergroup reps shared handouts and a report about what Toronto has to offer. A motion will be presented at Fall Assembly to accept their proposal.


    • Revise Convention Manual

    • Sign Toronto contract, if approved by Assembly

    • Region 6 fundraiser for 2016 World Convention

  • Proposals for 2018 Region 6 Convention.

Respectfully Submitted,

Helen K., MBI


    • Connie M from NYS Capital IG was elected as Finance Liaise for 2015-2016.

    • We had 5 members and 1 guest attend our meeting today.

    • We introduced ourselves and there were a few group treasurers in our group today.

    • Chair and Vice Chair sat at our meeting and did the annual check of the financial books and the Finance Committee was satisfied with our spot check of contributions and payments and that the books are in order.

  • Discussion came up regarding the Region 6 website to ensure that it is informative enough for group treasurers and if they could find the information they need. This led to discussion of “are group treasurers even going to the Region 6 website” and how to get more traffic to our website.
    • We decided that the best way to get more traffic to the Region 6 website is to inform them of where to find the information they need.

    • We continue to press on with getting the word out for donations via the website/online. Online donations are faster, eco-friendly and safer.

  • We discussed scholarships and getting the word out to IGs that scholarships are available and perhaps work with IGOR to streamline the scholarship application form and encourage submissions.


Committee Chair: Don

Committee Secretary: Barbara S

Issues discussed during the meeting:

    • IG handbook – needs to be completed and sent for approval

    • IG renewal training for officers

  • Google group orientation for IG Board members to learn how to use it

Decisions made:

    • Wayne to take over as chair of the sub-committee to organize Google group communication

  • Sub-committee (John, Wayne, Mary and Barbara) for R6 IG Handbook to complete review of edits and submit to IGOR committee for approval
  • IG renewal training for officers – get contact info for officers so that future contact will be facilitated to send survey re: training program

Goals and Actions which will be completed by next assembly:

    • R6 IG Handbook to be ready for submission to the next assembly

    • Google Group – R6 IGOR committee; R6 IGOR net (for all IGs) to be completed by next assembly

  • Survey re: IG interest in training program

Assignments and Deadlines:

    • Subcommittees created for each goal

  • Monthly teleconferences to be scheduled


Issues discussed during the meeting:

Election of Chairperson – no member volunteered

    • Appointment of Secretary – Cat took notes.

    • Mentor feedback – Susan indicated that the Board reviewed the Committee’s limited success in achieving its goals in the last year.

  • Discussed the future of the Committee – Options such as disbanding, becoming an ad hoc committee, and joining another committee were considered. No decision was made.

Goals, Actions, Assignments and Deadlines:

  • Contact Matt, World Service Young Persons Committee Chair, for advice on con-

necting with young persons – Chuck P. by 11/30/15

    • Contact Karin, Region 6 Trustee, to get assistance/advice on contacting other Intergroups to see if they successful Young Persons groups – Marcy by 11/15/15

    • “Attend” the current YP telephone meeting and contact the Moderator for ideas about starting a phone meeting supported by our Region – Leslie by 2/28/15

  • Submit report electronically – Cat by 10/15/15


Committee Chair: Mike C.

Secretary: Robin H.

Issues discussed during the meeting:

    • New chair elected, Mike C.

    • Discussed various PIPO activities from different Intergroups which ranged in providing handouts at professional offices to ads on buses

    • Need to track how people hear of OA (website, phone calls, spreadsheet to track info)

  • Definition of Blitz; application form and need to develop user friendly information sheet and process

Decisions Made:

    • Approval of the new blitz form

  • Jane to order 100 copies of the Courier and the pamphlet called Introducing OA To The Professional, to bring to convention workshop for distribution as spending of committee budget
  • Jane and Chuck will be available to facilitate the PIPO workshop at convention with other members of committee welcome to come and share

Goals and Actions which will be completed by next assembly:

    • Connect with Region 6 Website coordinator to determine if link for PI can be added for ease of access to the form and an explanation of procedure to apply for Blitz funds by Intergroups

    • Have additional link for PO – courier newsletter

  • Board will approve revised Blitz application form (sent electronically in PDF form by Chuck)

Assignments and Deadlines:

    • Jane to order pamphlets

    • Mike will follow up with Region 6 Website coordinator

  • Robin will submit minutes of meeting to committee and R6 Board mentor by October 17th, 2015


Committee Chair: Amy J

Committee Secretary: Amy J

    • Issues discussed during the meeting:

    • Recommendation for chairperson to serve Spring and Fall Assembly 2016

    • Status of IDEA Day Flyer from Spring Assembly Actions

    • Options to support OA Birthday and Unity Day activities or events

    • Speaker support for Region 6 Convention

  • Identified service as a key component to retention as topic for Region 6 Convention

Decisions made:

    • Committee membership affirmed Amy J continuing as chair for 2016 pending R6 Board approval

    • Update IDEA Day flyer from 2014 for use again this fall.

  • Work to establish a timeline to follow each Assembly year in support of the outlines procedures identified at Spring 2015 Assembly
  • Goals and Actions which will be completed by next assembly:
    • Update IDEA Day flyer with 2015 date and scheduled events to circulate to Region 6 Intergroups and Convention by 10/17

    • Support Ginny (Southwest CT IG) and Jeanette (Ottawa IG) in preparing their workshop for Region 6 Convention by 10/17

  • Investigate ability to use and circulate OA Birthday celebration flyer from Los Angeles Intergroup (Meredith by 11/2)

Assignments and Deadlines:

  • Begin to develop a flyer to announce/support Unity Day events and workshops to submit to Region 6 Board

(Brian by 1/4/2016)


Acting chair: Ruth

Elected committee chair: Ruth

Attendees: Adam, Penny, Mark, George, Ruth, Gilles, Quinn

Deadlines for publications:

Nov 14: all articles due (specifically from board members). Ads for convention, submissions, all content, etc. Send reminders to the Region 6 board.

Nov 21: Newsletter committee conference call (web and pub committee members), and phone number will be given. 7:00pm EST

Dec 19: Ruth to send articles to the English proofreaders: Penny, Adam

Jan 2: English proofs should be done and sent to the chair (Ruth)

Jan 9: Send articles to the French translator (paid position).

Jan 9: Mark and George will create the WordPress template for the online Messenger

Jan 16: begin proofreading of online English Messenger

Jan 23: finish proofreading of online English Messenger

Jan 30: R6 Board begins review of online English Messenger

Feb 6: receive edits from R6 board and make changes if necessary

Feb16: Publish English newsletter

April 16: Spring Assembly

Transition from a paper PDF version of the Messenger to one that’s website based:

We can archive the articles and make the entire newsletter information printable. We’re going to be using WordPress, but can we retain the “feel” of the newsletter? The headers and look can be used, then print to a PDF file instead of printing the entire set of pages. The answer is that yes, we can put things directly onto the website as a dynamic and responsive vehicle instead of a PDF style newsletter. The next exciting thing is that the newsletter could be a link?active form so readers can click on links. News and posts can be told to folks as an email blast. One can sign up to be part of that “blast”.

Group conscience is to make the transition from a “paper newsletter” to a “website newsletter”!

Translation issues between the English version of the website material and the French:

    • Gilles already does translation for oa.org. OA Region 6 website French very hard to read and understand.

    • There are also two different types of translations: World Service vs. Region (which French are they using?!?)

  • This issue needs to be taken to World Service. This is a huge issue, and not addressed well. We are stewards of the message of recovery. We may need to have other meetings to address this specific issue.

Respectfully submitted by Quinn B


Points saillants des comptes rendus de l’Assemblée



  • Révision de la raison d’être du comité selon les règlements; il faut souvent modifier les règlements de la Région pour refléter les règlements des Services Mondiaux
  • Qui présentera la motion sur le comité de l’unité et de la diversité? Debbie
  • Tâche accomplie : modifications proposées apportées aux règlements pour ajouter le comité de l’unité et de la diversité
  • Adoption de la politique des Services Mondiaux sur l’unité et la diversité à l’échelon régional; cette information sera transmise au nouveau comité, s’il est établi
  • Les Services Mondiaux ont modifié la définition de « groupe »; nos règlements prévoient simplement que notre définition est la même que celle des Services Mondiaux. Il n’y a donc rien à changer dans nos règlements.

  • Jen est la secrétaire de cette réunion
  • Réélection de Dorothy comme présidente

  • Si le comité de l’unité et de la diversité est créé, nous travaillerons ensemble pour créer les nouvelles politiques et procédures avant le printemps


  • Question principale portant sur 2018
  • Le congrès 2017 aura lieu à Toronto la fin de semaine du 22 octobre
  • Président : Chuck
  • Annonce : l’inscription hâtive commencera demain en ligne au cout de 35 $ CA, soit 26,58 $ US. Les membres peuvent se rendre sur le site Web de la Région 6, où la conversion se fait automatiquement.

  • Le comité a voté pour réélire Lynda B. au poste de présidente de la Région 6.
  • Si personne ne se propose comme président du congrès 2018, le comité a convenu qu’il demanderait à Mary T., coordinatrice, d’envoyer un courriel à tous les présidents d’intergroupe pour inviter les personnes intéressées à présider l’événement à communiquer avec elle d’ici novembre.

  • Discussion sur l’importance de trouver un intergroupe hôte pour le congrès 2018
  • L’intergroupe Westchester, avec qui nous avions communiqué, s’était dit prêt à aider le comité des congrès et à ce que le congrès ait lieu dans sa région, mais qu’il n’était pas disposé à organiser et à présider l’événement
  • La discussion s’est poursuivie, et Scott T. qu’il demanderait aux membres de son intergroupe, Greater NY Metro, s’ils voudraient être hôtes du congrès 2018 avec l’aide de l’intergroupe Westchester.
  • Si cette solution ne donne pas les résultats escomptés, Chuck F. , président du congrès 2017 à Toronto, avec l’aide de Karin H., serait peut-être prêt à présider le congrès

  • La secrétaire transmettra ce rapport par courriel à tous les membres du comité des congrès


  • Révision du feuillet qui sera distribué à tous les groupes et intergroupes de la R6 et qui décrit la destination et l’utilisation des dons; discussion sur une dernière modification, après quoi le feuillet sera prêt à être distribué et affiché sur le site Web de la R6
  • Révision du budget et discussion sur les modifications faites sous différentes rubriques depuis l’Assemblée du printemps 2016, plus précisément sur l’augmentation de 15 000 $ pour financer la formation IGOR
  • La trésorière a parlé de l’examen des états de compte et de la réserve prudente et de la façon dont celle-ci est utilisée; le solde actuel est de 72 000 $
  • Révision des livres comptables en compagnie de la présidente; révision de 3 dons et de 3 dépenses; suivi du processus de paiement des dépenses et de la méthode de sauvegarde appropriée

  • Vote en faveur de la réélection de Connie M. en tant que liaison de la présidente

  • N/A


  • Subventions de voyage pour les WSBC et les Assemblées : échéance du 8 octobre pour les subventions de la WSBC.  Si votre intergroupe a besoin d’aide, l’aide est disponible.
  • Ateliers de renouveau des intergroupes : Le premier atelier a eu lieu à Mt. Kisco, 11 intergroupes et 38 représentants étaient présents et ont redoublé d’enthousiasme; certains d’entre eux ont déjà entamé des changements

  • La formation à Rochester aura lieu au printemps 2017 et sera ouverte à tous les autres intergroupes qui n’auront pas participé aux ateliers de Mt. Kisco et de Chelmsford
  • Toronto : La 4e formation se tiendra juste avant le congrès à Toronto et sera ouvert à tous
  • Retirer le manuel des intergroupes de la R6 du site Web; renvoyer plutôt au manuel d’OA

  • Communiquer avec les autres intergroupes au sujet des formations à Rochester et à Toronto
  • Fixer la date et l’hôtel à Rochester (printemps 2017)
  • Inscrire les intergroupes à Rochester
  • Réserver la salle à Toronto

  • Wayne s’occupera des inscriptions à l’atelier de Rochester
  • Wayne, Liz et Jane communiqueront avec les intergroupes d’ici la fin novembre
  • Don réservera l’hôtel à Rochester d’ici le 15 octobre
  • Don demandera à Karin de réserver les salles à Toronto le plus tôt possible
  • Téléconférence à la fin octobre, un dimanche soir


  • Chaque membre a parlé des activités d’IP/SP de leur groupe ou de leur intergroupe :
    • Mike C. (Westchester County) : Présentoirs pour documentation fournis, comprenant des feuillets de 15 questions et des cartes de visite; médecins, gymnases, etc.; 29 groupes, chacun ayant un ensemble de feuillets d’IP et des autocollants présentant l’information locale, dont le lieu et la personne ressource, autocollants apposés dans des lieux communautaires; oahelps.org est le site Web de leur intergroupe; le représentant de chaque groupe reçoit un dossier de documentation visant à sensibiliser le public aux ressources d’OA et pouvant être disséminée pendant les réunions pour accroitre la visibilité d’OA
    • Robin (Central Maine) : demande de blitz régional pour une annonce dans le journal; feuillets d’IP envoyés par la poste à tous les lieux de réunion
    • Brian (Southwestern CT) : peu de gens dans les comités de l’intergroupe, y compris IP/SP; il demande au président de se rendre aux réunions pour inviter les membres à s’impliquer
    • Cat (Mid Hudson) : envoyer des représentants dans des salons de la santé pour distribuer des feuillets et donner des renseignements; adoption d’une portion d’autoroute pour l’inscription d’OA
    • Kathy (Central Ontario) : kiosque dans un congrès médical
    • Barbara (Cape Cod) : 2 présidents distincts pour l’IP/SP; feuillets affichés dans différents endroits et responsables associés à chaque endroit pour assurer qu’il y ait toujours des feuillets bien en vue; 2 réunions pour les nouveaux venus et autocollant à ce sujet apposé sur le feuillet
    • Le comité de SP a assemblé des trousses de SP dans sa région (3 feuillets); trousse pour nouveaux venus créée en plus d’un questionnaire sur une feuille autocollante et distribuée aux réunions visant à savoir comment les nouveaux membres ont entendu parler d’OA et à collecter des données
    • Maureen (South Coastal MA) : Ligne téléphonique avec bénévoles qui tiennent un registre; site Web actif offrant des renseignements sur les activités; moins d’initiatives de SP dernièrement; offert des marathons, des retraites et des ateliers
    • Marcy (N. Shore MA) : Annocnce dans les autobus à 2 endroits; distribution de publications dans tous les groupes; création d’un questionnaire en cours pour interviewer les professionnels afin de rédiger un article dans le Courier
    • Kara (Ocean and Bay RI) : Ajout des 12 & 12 dans les bibliothèques et affiches affixées un peu partout dans l’état; seulement quelques membres dans les comités; salons de la santé
    • Penny (South Coastal MA) : Seules les personnes qui participent aux réunions des intergroupes sont les représentants; recherche de membres plus jeunes
    • Jay (Ocean and Bay RI) : Kiosque sur la dépendance malsaine à la nourriture dans la famille dans une conférence sur le mariage et la famille; n’a pas eu la visibilité escomptée; la 4e édition de l’événement Rally for Recovery a ENFIN une meilleure visibilité grâce à la constance; désir de créer des projets de blitz
    • Claire (NH) : Plusieurs réunions et comités d’IP actifs; affiches, salons de la santé, ligne téléphonique; depuis cette année, son intergroupe demande aux membres des groupes de cibler des bureaux de médecins, après quoi 20 bureaux ont été sélectionnés pour recevoir un abonnement d’un an
    • Kay (NYS District) : ligne téléphonique, demande de blitz envoyée; désir d’ajouter les 12 & 12 dans les bibliothèques; série de discussion à l’échelon local sur le programme de l’an dernier, soit 2 rencontres de 35 minutes par année après la réunion des nouveaux venus et avant la rencontre de l’intergroupe
    • Mary (NY District) : marathon annuel lors d’une réunion du samedi avec discussions; trousses d’orientation pour intergroupes inspirées de celles de l’intergroupe Westchester;  proposé aux programmes de formation en soins infirmiers d’envoyer un conférencier d’OA dans les cours ou d’accueillir les étudiants dans une réunion
    • Susan : Promotion des ateliers IGOR pour former les représentants des intergroupes; les formations ont redonné de l’enthousiasme aux intergroupes


  • Révision de la demande de blitz d’IP actuelle : 6 demandes reçues pendant cette période
    • Intergroupe Cape Cod : blitz d’IP dans les bibliothèques, 453,52 $
    • Intergroupe Central Maine : publicité d’OA dans le Bangor Daily News, 675,00 $
    • Intergroupe Capital District : blitz avec encart dans le journal Times Union, 2570,00 $
    • Intergroupe du district d’Ottawa : distribution de publications, 679,89 $
    • Intergroupe de la ville de Québec : campagne de blitz d’IP, 3000,00 $
    • Intergroupe WU : sensibilisation, publications et présentoirs pour publications, 577,00 $

  • Brian K. a été élu président, et Robin conservera son poste de secrétaire
  • Recommandation de financement pour les blitz :
    • Intergroupe Central Maine : 475 $
    • Cape Cod : 300 $
    • NYS Capital : 1225 $
    • Total : 2000 $

  • Créer du contenu sous le nouvel onglet d’IP/SP sur le site Web de la R6
  • Rédiger des instructions pour remplir le formulaire de blitz; ajouter que les fonds sont remis en $ US
  • Créer un nouveau formulaire d’évaluation sur les activités de blitz accordées
  • Définir la procédure pour faire le suivi du succès des programmes de blitz actuels

  • La téléconférence mensuelle aura lieu le dimanche 17 octobre à 19 h 30


  • Ce que la Douzième Étape signifie selon le livre 12th Step Within
  • Domaines d’interventions des derniers mois : anniversaire d’OA, journée IDEA, journée de l’unité et journée de la Douzième Étape à l’intérieur du mouvement
  • Ancien scénario d’appels aux membres
  • Les méthodes utilisées par différents groupes pour la rétention des nouveaux membres

  • Revoir et mettre à jour le feuillet de scénario téléphonique pour les appels aux membres (surtout ceux qui ne sont pas revenus aux réunions depuis un certain temps) pour le publier sur le site Web de la R6 et le distribuer aux intergroupes
  • Créer un feuillet offrant des idées sur la façon de retenir les nouveaux membres pour publication sur le site Web de la R6 et distribution aux intergroupes
  • Le comité de l’unité et de la diversité sera un sous-comité ad hoc du comité de la Douzième Étape à l’intérieur du mouvement

  • Approbation du scénario d’appel de la Douzième Étape à l’intérieur du mouvement d’ici le 31 décembre
  • Présentation du scénario approuvé au conseil d’administration de la R6 à la réunion du 10 janvier 2017
  • Jeanette enverra un courriel aux membres du comité pour leur rappeler de faire un appel le 12 de chaque mois
  • D’ici le 31 décembre, les membres du comité enverront leurs suggestions à Jeanette pour favoriser la rétention des nouveaux membres
  • Nous aurons terminé le feuillet sur la rétention des nouveaux membres d’ici mars 2017 pour ensuite la présenter au conseil d’administration de la R6

  • Janet s’est portée volontaire pour intégrer les suggestions sur la rétention des nouveaux membres dans le feuillet pour l’approbation et la révision par les membres du comité
  • Jeanette rassemblera les suggestions et les transmettra aux membres du comité pour la priorisation


  • Comment régler les questions de traduction
  • Processus de publication des nouvelles, des comptes rendus et d’autres documents de l’Assemblée sur le site Web

  • Les infocapsules (Newsbytes) des Assemblées seront intégrées à l’onglet du messager du site Web
  • Un courriel sera envoyé aux intergroupes une fois les infocapsules et le bulletin complétés et approuvés
  • Création de questions pour les témoignages des membres

  • Publication du bulletin sur le site Web et envoi par courriel aux intergroupes
  • Infocapsules de l’Assemblée
  • Afficher les messages de la présidente et de la trustee sur le site Web après l’Assemblée
  • Jen publiera les comptes rendus approuvés du printemps 2016 sur le site Web
  • Adam transmettra les instructions à Roxanne sur la publication du contenu francophone sur le site Web
  • Les comptes rendus approuvés de l’automne 2015 seront ajoutés au site Web (Jen)
  • Lauren rédigera les infocapsules de l’Assemblée d’automne 2016 en anglais, et Roxanne, en français
  • Adam communiquera les échéances relatives aux approbations du conseil d’administration à Susan

  • Téléconférence le 6 novembre
  • Ruth prendra des notes pour les infocapsules des Assemblées, Jen les transcrira à l’ordinateur, et Lauren finalisera le tout
  • Carmen parcourra les traductions d’OA.org pour voir ce qui pourrait être utilisé pour économiser de l’argent

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