Spiritual Principle: Self-Discipline

Step Eight: “The Importance of Working All Twelve Steps” Podcast

Ronnie, a compulsive overeater, and Tina, a recovering compulsive overeater, host this workshop on Step Eight: “Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.” For Ronnie, the accountability of Step Eight is what differentiates the OA program from talk therapy.

Source: https://lifeline.oa.org

Click Here to hear the podcast

SATURDAY, SEPT. 9, 2023 • Doors open: 1:30 p.m. • Workshop 2-4:15 p.m. 

Doctors’ Auditorium, Kent Hospital, 455 Toll Gate Road, Warwick, RI 02886 • FREE Parking • Speakers • Door Prizes • Literature • Questions & Answers Session • Live Music

Hosted by Ocean and Bay Intergroup of Overeaters Anonymous • facebook.com/oceanandbay

For more information contact: chair@Oceanandbay.org

Call: Kathleen G. 401-438-1301 or Nancy H. 401-447-6467


New Ocean & Bay Journal

You can take your recovery program to the next level with Ocean & Bay Intergroup’s re-designed, updated journal. It has more space and comes in two sizes. This beautiful softcover journal covers 90 days and helps you structure daily recovery actions. There is room for planning food and meals, writing a gratitude list, doing a 10th step inventory, writing notes, plus much more. It is easy to support recovery with this new and improved journal.

The Ocean & Bay Recovery Journal can be ordered conveniently online at Amazon.com. The cost is $15.00 for the smaller size and $17 for the larger version (available soon). Please email questions to literature@oceanandbay.org.


Please email Nancy at chair@oceanandbay.org if you have any questions and/or if you would like to VOLUNTEER for any of the following projects and endeavors:

  • September 9, in-person workshop at Kent Hospital
  • OA Retreat coming up next year Nov 15-17, 2024. For more information or if interested, contact Eileen S. at eilrecovers@gmail.com
  • Bylaws Update Team
  • Outreach to Healthcare Professionals Team
  • Chair for PIPO
  • Volunteer to answer OA phone line starting in January 2024. The phone # is listed on our website
  • Volunteer to check our website’s email address weekly: questions@oceanandbay.org (we do not get that many emails)
  • Zoom Security. For more information on Zoom host training contact Robin at robinmcallister@verizon.net
  • York Women's Prison in Niantic, CT is seeking volunteers to facilitate an OA meeting once a week in an addiction services program. For more information or if interested, contact Kathy W. -- phone or text 860-608-3480, email kathyw19@gmail.com 

What is an outside issue:

Are We Being Open-Minded in Our Meetings?

The World Service Unity with Diversity Committee has addressed this issue in a letter that has been published by World Service. Take a few minutes to read the letter and then please share it in all of your meetings.

It is so important that members are comfortable and feel welcome to share in meetings about any factor in our life that may cause us to act out with food. Those difficult things would not be considered an outside issue!

Here is a link to the World Service announcement:
Here is a direct link to the letter:

Email your Healthcare Professionals contact info TODAY to: pipo@oceanandbay.org

CLICK HERE For more information

We’re starting to plan for the Ocean and Bay OA trivia birthday bonanza in January 2024! Exact date TBD. If you have suggestions for trivia questions to be included, please send to Susan via email at sharabi4@bezeqint.net or call/text Carole at 916-730-9277 (Eastern time USA). We would appreciate the help! Thank you!


OA Region 6 Convention - 2023 Fund Raiser


1st prize: Convention registration and hotel room.

2nd prize: Full set of convention recordings.

3rd prize: Convention registration.

Five chances for $10 USD.

Prizes are transferable. No refunds.

Winners will be announced during the Fall R6 Assembly on 9/23/2023

Get your raffle tickets by 1:30 pm ET 9/23/2023:

Click Here for Tickets

A warm welcome to Kathy, our new treasurer. And a heartfelt Thank You to Sema, our outgoing treasurer. Thank you both for your service.

  1. I cannot handle it
  2. Maybe God can
  3. I think I will let God
  4. Who am I?
  5. This is who I am
  6. I am ready to change
  7. Help me to change
  8. This is who I hurt
  9. Oops, I’m sorry
  10. How am I doing?
  11. What else can I do?
  12. OA works if you work it.

Thanks Eileen S. for sending this.

Region 6 Convention Committee is looking for a chair and fellows for the Raffles Committee! At the convention, take in the baskets donated by various intergroups, sell raffle tickets, and manage the pulling of tickets in the ballroom. If interested, please email r6conventionchair@oaregion6.org

A Search Committee of the OA Board of Trustees

Is Accepting Applications for

World Service Office Managing Director

We are excited to announce the opportunity to apply for the Managing Director position at Overeaters Anonymous, Inc. Overeaters Anonymous (OA) is a recovery organization based on the Twelve Steps. While our fellowship is worldwide, our staff (based in the Albuquerque area) is small but effective and long-tenured. Our volunteer Board of Trustees is knowledgeable and active. The current Managing Director is retiring after 20+ years’ service at the company. We are looking for candidates who are strong, visionary leaders, who have skills in strategic decision-making, and who can manage effective changes at the organizational level, when needed. Please review the Job Description. This position is also posted in ZipRecruiter and LinkedIn. If interested, please email your resume, with a cover letter, to us at MDSearch23@gmail.com. Sincerely, Meg M., Chair, OA Board of Trustees

Ocean and Bay Intergroup Meeting

September 5, 6:30-7:30 p.m. ET


Zoom Meeting Link

Meeting ID: 831 1095 1408. •. Passcode: 247365

Region 6 of Overeaters Anonymous invites you to attend the

2023 Region 6 Convention!


Click here for complete flyer
Click Here to register

All are welcome in OA. When we say or hear that only one piece of literature is the way to work the Steps, the way to carry the message, the way to find recovery, OA stops being accepting, inclusive—welcoming.

Read and share Embracing Our Differences, a timely reminder that OA is a Fellowship of unity and diversity, and recommit to embracing all who want to stop eating compulsively.

Click here for a list of OA events



Twelfth Tradition

"Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all these Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities..."

We appreciate your contributions which help support spreading the message of recovery.

Please mail donations to:

Ocean and Bay Intergroup

Attn: Treasurer

PO Box 2243, East Greenwich, RI 02818

Note: Make checks payable to Ocean and Bay Intergroup


Donate via Paypal


Donate to our Venmo account: 


Intergroup Board


All Intergroup Board Members:  



Nancy H. chair@oceanandbay.org

Vice Chair: 

Kara M.



Kathy W.


Recording Secretary: 

Diane C.


Social Media:

Michelle H.





Eileen S.


Region 6 Delegates:

Diane C - secretary@oceanandbay.org

Kara M. - vice-chair@oceanandbay.org

Nancy H. - chair@oceanandbay.org

Newsletter Editor:

Mike M.


Webteam: webteam@oceanandbay.org




Meetings Coordinator: meetings@oceanandbay.org



You are welcome at any OA meeting, and we hope you’ll try many of the meetings on our Connecticut Intergroup and oa.org meeting lists! Some of our members find they also benefit from OA meetings with members who share similar experiences, so we are sharing this list of some of the special focus resources that are available in OA.


100 Pounders: Click Here


American Sign Language & Closed Caption – This meeting offers ASL interpretation Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. Eastern: ASL Tues 8pm


Anorexics and Bulimics in OA – special focus meetings: Anorexics/Bulimics in OA


Asian-Pacific Islander OA Click Here


Atheist, Agnostics, Secular - special focus meetings: Click Here


Bariatric Surgery - Click Here


BIPOC (Black, Indigenous & People of Color) – special focus meetings: BIPOC Intergroup


Health Issues - Click Here


LGBTQ special focus meetings for OA: bit.ly/ckslist and Click Here


OAMen.org is dedicated to distributing information about meetings, resources, and support for men in OA: Men in OA


Young People in OA – resources for those under 30 who suffer from compulsive eating include Meetings for young persons and https://oa.org/young-people/



For more special focus meetings, you can go to OA.org:

  • go to Find a Meeting 
  • select a type of meeting (face-to-face, online, telephone, or non-real-time)
  • click on "additional search options" and select the desired special focus

Stay Connected

Region 6

OA World Service

Ocean & Bay Intergroup

Central Mass Intergroup

Coastal Maine and Southern Maine Intergroups

Connecticut Intergroup

Mass Bay Intergroup

Metro West Intergroup

New Hampshire Intergroup

North Shore Intergroup

Seacoast Intergroup

South Coastal Mass Intergroup

Southwestern Connecticut Intergroup

Green Mountain North Intergroup

Western Mass Intergroup

Mission & Vision Ocean & Bay Intergroup is dedicated to supporting individuals in need of recovery from compulsive eating (e.g.: overeating, bulimia, anorexia) through carrying the OA message and empowering all meetings within the Intergroup. 


Strategic Goals 

1. Help members strengthen their personal recovery 

2. Increase the number of sponsors 

3. Increase the number of newcomers 

4. Increase the retention of newcomers 

5. Help those in relapse 

6. Inspire people to give more service 

7. Increase outreach activities, including outreach to members and healthcare professionals 

Please note that every effort has been made to adhere to OA's policy for newsletter publications. Opinions and experiences expressed within are those of the individual writer and not OA as a whole. 

SUBMISSIONS: This is your newsletter! We welcome your contributions of news items or commentary.* Deadline: 1st of each month. Example: Deadline 8/1 for August newsletter.

Please email : newsletter@oceanandbay.org

You are also invited to be one of the members who provides answers for a Q&A.

Again, just send us a note to: newsletter@oceanandbay.org

*May be edited as space allows.

Ocean and Bay Intergroup

PO Box 2243, East Greenwich, RI 02818

Note: Make checks payable to Ocean and Bay Intergroup