WSO News Bulletin
December 2020
WSBC Second Conference e-Documents Will Be Posted on January 11
 
If you are curious about what New Business Motions and Bylaws Amendments are being considered for the WSBC 2021 agenda, mark your calendar to check the WSBC web page on January 11, when the second Conference e-Documents will be posted. The Agenda Questionnaire for registered intergroups and service boards will also be included.
 
Registration and Hotel Reservations for World Service Convention Open in January 2021
 
 
We’ve had such an interesting year in our recovery, haven’t we? We lost almost all face-to-face contact with our fellows but gained a whole new world of fellowship thanks to a massive increase in virtual meetings.
 
We’ve acted so admirably in 2020 to accept the things we cannot change, so how about we start 2021 with courage to change the things we can? Let’s set an intention in our group conscience to gather face-to-face and celebrate recovery like never before—at the 2021 World Service Convention!
 
Convention dates are August 26–28, 2021, and we’ll be gathering in Orlando, Florida USA. Registration and hotel reservations will be available from the Convention web page in January 2021. In the meantime, you can still carry the message of Convention with bookmarks you can print from home or have professionally printed!
 
To the Young Person: Updated and Released Exclusively as E-book
More and more OA literature is becoming available in e-book formats.
 
To the Young Person has been thoughtfully modernized to include all-new recovery stories—plus a classic testimonial—submitted by young OA members.
 
This pamphlet covers a broad range of disease manifestations, including anorexia, overexercising, and compulsive food behaviors, and explores how these have adversely affected the physical, mental, and emotional health of the young OA authors. The fulfillment of OA’s promises of recovery is foregrounded and the life stories of the authors varied, making this pamphlet meaningful for OA members of all ages. The questionnaire preceding the stories in the pamphlet has been rewritten to be more engaging and personal, intending to make it easier to help young people decide if they have a problem with food.
 
To the Young Person is available exclusively as an e-book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Apple platforms.
 
Non-Real-Time Meetings Have Been Added to the Find a Meeting Database
Search for non-real-time meetings like any other meeting.
 
Non-real-time meetings are now searchable in the Find a Meeting database, just like all other OA meetings. Previously, these meeting listings were only available as a PDF.
 
A non-real-time meeting is a meeting that does not meet in real time or a meeting that does not occur immediately. Such a meeting may take place over a period of hours or days. Examples of non-real-time meetings are email or bulletin loops, social media pages, bulletin boards or forums, and meetings using mobile applications.
 
If you have trouble attending regularly scheduled meetings, maybe a non-real-time meeting is for you. Try it and see!
 
 
Important Dates and Deadlines
 
Post your local OA events to OA’s social media page by clicking the “Send Message” button on that page. Include all event information and a contact email address that maintains member anonymity. You may also drag-and-drop your event flyer into the message.
 
Fellowship Days
January 16–17, 2021
OA Birthday: The third weekend in January has been set aside as the annual celebration of the January 19, 1960 founding of Overeaters Anonymous. Check with your service body and online meetings for local celebrations and event information.
 
February 28 at 11:30 a.m. local time
Unity Day: Unity Day is a day to celebrate the connection of all members and groups of OA to one another. It occurs the last Saturday in February in even years and the last Sunday in February in odd years at 11:30 a.m. local time. It is encouraged that all members of OA take a moment of silence to express their gratitude for the OA program.
 
World Service
January 11
Second Conference e-Documents posted to the WSBC web page.
 
January 19
Trustee Nominee applications (instructions here) due to the World Service Office.

February 1
Translation Assistance Fund applications due to the World Service Office.
 
February 8
Delegate Registration forms due to the World Service Office.
 
February 18
Agenda Questionnaire forms (available January 11, 2021) due to the World Service Office
 
Secretaries: Update Your Meeting Details for the New Year
 
Attention, group secretaries! Make sure newcomers and OA members get accurate and up-to-date information about your meeting. Review your meeting's details at Find a Meeting on oa.org and submit any corrections to the World Service Office via Edit a Meeting. Additionally, inform your service body of any changes. Together we can keep OA meeting listings current!
 
Attract Those Still Suffering Using OA’s Public Information Posters and Videos
We will see a spike in visits to oa.org after the New Year.
 
Now is a great time of year to reach out to the still-suffering compulsive eater in your community. One easy way is to post our Public Information Poster (#759, pack of 20) on bulletin boards, in clinics, and in other public spaces. (Ask for permission before posting.) Each poster includes tear-off tabs for oaquiz.org, which links to our Fifteen Questions, plus space to write in local contact information or virtual meeting details. Order your posters today and carry the message!
 
Registered groups and service bodies are also encouraged to carry the message online using our public information videos. Find them on our video channels (one and two) and social media channels (one and two) and on our website at oa.org/podcasts.
 
Translation Funding Deadlines Now February 1 and June 1 Each Year
 
The International Publications and Translations Committee now reviews Translation Assistance Fund applications twice a year. Deadlines to submit applications are February 1 and June 1. February 1, 2021 is the next deadline.
 
Money is available for registered service bodies as well as small groups of interested members (where OA is not yet established) who want to translate OA literature. For more information about translating OA literature, visit the Translation of OA Literature and Materials page as well as the Guidelines: Translation page.
 
Literature translations are vital to establishing a program of recovery in areas where the primary language is not English. Carry the message to the still-suffering compulsive eater—contribute to the Translation Assistance Fund by selecting “Translation Fund” in the online designation menu or checking the box on your mail-in contribution form.
 
Resource Roundup: OA Literature and Downloadable Documents Published in 2020
Things to be thankful for.
 
Have we already mentioned that 2020 has been an interesting year? Even so, we can share some gratitude for the many new items that were published to support our recovery:
 
New Literature
 
New Workshops
 
New E-Book Literature Translations
 
 
Young OA Members: Join Up with the Young Persons’ Podcasts by January 31, 2021
Give service to young people who are still suffering.
 
If you’re 18 to 30 and interested in giving service as a podcast speaker by sharing your experience, strength, and hope through recovery in OA, act soon and fill out this online questionnaire. Responses will be reviewed by the OA Young Persons’ Committee, and committee members will contact you to follow up. The questionnaire will remain open until January 31, 2021.
 
Missed a Lifeline? Buy Back Issues at the OA Bookstore
Complete your Lifeline collection.
 
Complete your Lifeline collection by browsing the OA bookstore listing by year and topic. Or pick out a few back issues to help strengthen challenging areas of your recovery and to give to newcomers and members in relapse. There are many uses for back issues of Lifeline, so add them to your cart next time you order.
 
Support OA with Your End-of-Year Contribution and a Plan for 2021
 
Have you considered making an end-of-year contribution to OA? How about setting up an Automatic Recurring Contribution to support our Seventh Tradition throughout 2021? Contributing is simple at oa.org/contribute. There, you can check “Make this a recurring gift” to set up a monthly or quarterly Automatic Recurring Contribution using your credit or debit card, or download the contribution form to mail your check or money order. Thank you for supporting our Seventh Tradition!
 
 
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