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WAVES of HOPE

Serving OA in Rhode Island 
 
Southeastern Massachusetts

APRIL 2019















In This Issue
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Local Meeting List
  Updated January 11, 2019
 

IMPORTANT!

GROUP CONTACT INFORMATION: Please check your group contact name and phone number on the local Ocean and Bay Meeting List. Send changes to 

Also, check your meeting listing and contact info on the Overeaters Anonymous website meeting list at  oa.org. The oa.org website listing is different than the local meeting list and must be updated by your meeting contact person.
 
* Please call ahead to verify meetings are taking place, especially during holidays. 


FIND A MEETING ACROSS THE U.S. AND BEYOND -- FACE-TO-FACE, ONLINE, AND TELEPHONE! 


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LINKS


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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. 

REMINDER: This is your newsletter, so please feel free to submit your writing contributions to: oceanandbayoa@yahoo.com.

You are also invited to be one of the members who provides answers for a Q&A. Again, just send us a note to: oceanandbayoa@yahoo.com.
It's time to Pass the Baton

Dear Fellow OA Member:

It's time to pass on the opportunity to do service to a new editor of our Ocean and Bay Intergroup newsletter, "Waves of Hope." I thought I would be able to finish out four full years doing this service, however, o ther challenges are requiring more of my time and energy at this time -- you know, life is like that. God's time being what it is,  someone has stepped up to take over in May, which makes this fortieth issue my last as your newsletter editor.  

To you, loyal readers near and far, thank you for being there. To the many of you who contributed articles and answers to questions sharing your experience, strength, and hope, thank you for providing a personal touch. To our OBI officers and reps, thank you for all that you have done to support getting the word out to our membership. 

I have cherished doing this service and am fairly certain I received much more than I ever gave -- OA service is like that. And yet, there comes a time to pass the service baton (in this case the max is two two-year terms). Our traditions encourage the rotation of service, which is healthy for change and growth in both groups and individuals. Thank you for helping me to grow and allowing me to be perfectly imperfect in this position, typos and all! It's been an honor to be just one among many who serve our local membership.

Now, please join me in welcoming Erin as she accepts the baton of service as our new editor next month. May she be equally blessed. 


My hand in yours, 

Leslie

Ocean & Bay Intergroup News
 
All OA members are welcome to attend Ocean & Bay Intergroup (OBI) meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month. 

THE NEXT MEETING IS TUESDAY, APRIL 2nd at 6:30 p.m. at:

Arnold Conference Center in the Regan Building
3 Regan Court (off 111 Howard Avenue)
Cranston, RI 02920


SPECIAL APPEAL LETTER

Check to see if your meeting has received a special appeal letter to help fund sending our World Service Delegate to represent Ocean and Bay Intergoup at the World Service Business Conference, May 6-11! 



ARE YOU INTERESTED IN LEARNING ABOUT INTERGROUP? Come to a meeting! Everyone is welcome. Your level of involvement is up to you -- NO PRESSURE. 

ALL OA MEMBERS are WELCOME to any and all Intergroup meetings! 

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FROM UNITY DAY 2019


REGION 6 CONVENTION

Rooted in Recovery

October 18-20, 2019

Crowne Plaza
White Plains, New York

FOR MEN

"I couldn't run as fast as I could eat" - Charles

IT TOOK TWO

My therapist suggested Overeaters Anonymous during an appointment. I responded with a rough equivalent of "thank you for sharing." I figured I was okay now that I had lost a lot of weight, but really it was just the low end of a yo-yo loss and gain.

After several months of compulsive overeating leading up to a terrifying gain of one pound (.5 kg) per day during the holidays, I was convinced finally to heed her suggestion.

My very first meeting was in a local church basement. About twenty-five women and one other guy and I were seated in a circle. I did not know what to say so I listened. I heard enough to feel comfortable introducing myself and say this was my first meeting. The members were very welcoming and encouraged me to return. It turned out to be the gateway to my recovery. I listened to the call to keep coming back.

It was at my second meeting at another location where my mind was opened. What I heard amazed me. Members discussed what they used to do with food. I thought I was the only one who did such crazy things. They gave me hope as they talked about the weight they lost and the joy they found when working the OA recovery program. What sealed the deal was when a gentleman introduced himself and said he would be my sponsor. He not only introduced me to abstinence and a healthful food plan but also led me on my first journey of the Twelve Steps. His willingness to reach out to a stranger and give of himself not only saved my life but launched a recovery that has given me a good life beyond what I could comprehend at the time.

I am forever grateful to the people in my first two meetings who introduced me to the possibility of freedom from the pain of compulsive overeating. Newcomers are encouraged to try six meetings to decide if OA is for them, but it took just two meetings for me to know. Many years and a couple thousand meetings later, OA is still for me.
- reprinted from Lifeline

 FROM OA.ORG

OA World Service's Website is a valuable resource of information for newcomers, members, family and friends, professionals, and others interested in OA. Here are a few samplings. 


The concept of abstinence is the basis of OA's program of recovery. By admitting inability to control compulsive eating in the past and abandoning the idea that all one needs is "a little willpower," it becomes possible to abstain from overeating-one day at a time. While a diet can help us lose weight, it often intensifies the compulsion to overeat. The solution offered by OA does not include diet tips. We don't furnish diets, counseling services, hospitalization or treatment; nor does OA participate in or conduct research and training in the field of eating disorders. For weight loss, any medically approved eating plan is acceptable. OA members interested in learning about nutrition or who seek professional advice are encouraged to consult qualified professionals. We may freely use such help, with the assurance that OA supports each of us in our efforts to recover.

Atheists / Agnostics: What if I don't believe in God?

The spiritual experiences and beliefs expressed by members of Overeaters Anonymous are as varied as those found in society at large. Some members have spiritual orientations; still others have come to OA with a history of religious conflict or do not accept the concept of God.

Download pamphlet  "What If I Don't Believe in God"

 Treasure Chest
HEARD AT MEETINGS

Static in the attic. 

Program is addition by subtraction. 

The closest I can get to God is another human being. 

Why did you pick up the snake when you knew it was going to bite you? 

If you are not hearing the message, then you should speak the message. 

Success only comes before work in the dictionary. 

If God hasn't removed your character defects, then act as if He has removed them. 

Recovery builds on itself. 

Before I ask someone I ask some "Thing." 

How do you find God? You look for Him! 


Ocean & Bay Intergroup 
P.O. Box 41273, Providence RI, 02940
Tel: 401-438-1301 | Email:   oceanandbayoa@yahoo.com