Waves of Hope
    Serving Rhode Island & Southeastern Massachusetts

 
(2019)
Ocean & Bay Intergroup Meetings
  First Tuesday of every month
6-6:30p: Literature Sales & Fellowship
    6:30-7:30p: Intergroup Meeting
  *New Location: 19 Foster Rd. Cranston*
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Local Meeting List

GROUP CONTACT INFORMATION: 

Please check your meeting contact name and information on both the  local Ocean and Bay Meeting List (send changes to oceanandbayoa@yahoo.com) as well as the Overeaters Anonymous website meeting list and make any necessary changes.
 
* Please call ahead to verify meetings are taking place, especially during holidays. *


Updated July 2019*
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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.


Greetings friends and fellows,

Is it August already!? I am finding myself asking "where did the summer go?" Luckily, program has taught me to reframe such thoughts to something more positive, such as, "How can I make the most of the remaining long days of summer?"

I'll keep my message brief this month because there is so much information to share!

Sending you peace, serenity and sunshine,
Erin


PS - be sure to send some positive thoughts to your sponsor on Aug 17th!
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Ocean & Bay Meeting Updates:

NEW MEETING!!!
Monday  |  4-5pm  |  Charlestown, RI:
Church of the Holy Spirit
4150 Old Post Rd
Meeting contact - Lisa - 401-447-3931

Updated Meeting List:
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A note of thanks...

THANK YOU  to all of our fellows for making the World Service Business Conference (WSBC) Appeal campaign a great success!  As of June, Ocean and Bay Intergroup has officially closed out the appeal that we began in February 2019.

Here are some details:
  • We collected $647.80 from 12 meetings. 
  • We also received a scholarship of $1,000 from Region 6
    ( This scholarship is on a year-to-year basis and not guaranteed) 
  • We spent $1,280.45 to send one delegate to WSBC in Albuquerque, NM for 7 days of hard work!  
Currently, we have a surplus of  $367.35 which Intergroup has voted to set aside to start funding the WSBC expenses for 2020.  

As you can see from, the WSBC appeal collection was instrumental in helping us stay within a conservative budget.  It also enabled us to continue to send one of our own to represent Ocean and Bay Intergroup and to serve & participate at the World Service level.  The impact of this goes above and beyond our Intergroup, however we do benefit tremendously from the wealth of experience and exposure that comes home to us with our delegate. Truly it is a privilege that we, as an Intergroup, are able to send one of our own to participate at this level. And we are ever grateful for this opportunity.

Once again thank you very much for your generosity in supporting the WSBC appeal and Ocean and Bay Intergroup. It is all part of a healthy program that benefits the recovery of us all.  

In gratitude and service, 
The members of Ocean and Bay Intergroup

Lifeline Magazine Will Publish and Mail Its Final Issue in November 2020

After 55 years as our "Meeting on the Go," offering stories of experience, strength, and hope for recovery through OA's Twelve Steps, Lifeline magazine and its online format, oalifeline.org, will be discontinued at the end of 2020.

Just as magazine subscriptions have progressively taken a back seat to online content and social media, Lifeline subscriptions have steadily declined since peaking at 25,000 subscriptions in 1995. Today, print and online subscriptions number about 5,000 total, serving only 8 percent of our membership at a deficit of approximately US$50,000 per year.

Multi-year subscribers with issues still remaining at the end of 2020 will receive a prorated refund. Information and options will be available at a later date for subscribers whose subscriptions will end in the period from January to October 2020.

OA remains committed to giving members a venue to share their stories of recovery, so a new online successor to Lifeline will be announced at a future date.
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SAVE THE DATE:
Body Image & 
Sexuality in Recovery
Sunday, Sept. 22nd  |   2:00 - 5:00 pm
Calvary United Methodist Church, 
200 Turner Road,  Middletown, RI

Questions?
Contact: Jeanne D. 401.835.2849 &  Nancy H. 401.447.6467

All are welcome!
Hosted by Middletown OA Saturday morning "Room With a View"  meeting & Ocean & Bay Intergroup
Step Eight:
Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
(Spiritual Principle: Self-discipline)
"Clearly if we were going to remain abstinent and find serenity, we had to learn better ways of dealing with other people, ways that would bring us joy instead of pain...In Step Eight, we look at our relationships for the purpose of discovering those patterns that have done harm to us and others. Here, we meet guild head-on and get rid of it. We learn about the healing power of forgiveness as we discover how to forgive ourselves and others. Most important, we begin to becoming willing to make amends -- that is, to make changes -- in the way we deal with the people who share our lives."

"As much as we might like to, we cannot skip the making of amends if we want freedom from compulsive eating. The experience of OA members who have worked the Steps before us shows that recovery depends on completing Steps Eight and Nine."

Tradition Eight:
Overeaters Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
(Spiritual Principal - Fellowship)
"The tradition of nonprofessionalism helps OA steer clear of the profit motive and concentrate on offering Twelve Step recovery to all who seek it...None of us are paid to be here. Each of us is a compulsive eater, and we all come seeking support for our own personal recovery. Knowing this, we can trust each other to speak from the heart, to share what our experience has taught us, and to listen compassionately to our fellow members."

"Since there are no professional OA members, we all have an equal opportunity to serve our fellow compulsive eater. We don't need certification, education, or credentials to share our program or to do service. All we need is willingness and a commitment to the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of OA."

"When services demand special skills, professionals are hired for their expertise or advice... Our experience has shown that some paid employees are necessary to take care of the business of OA...The vast good OA does for suffering compulsive eaters worldwide is still, for the most part, done nonprofessionally by OA members who give back they are so generously given. This spirit of caring and sharing is one of the greatest strengths we have to offer as a Fellowship, for it carries with it a true healing power."

The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous, Second Edition

REGION 6 CONVENTION

Rooted in Recovery

October 18-20, 2019

Crowne Plaza
White Plains, New York

Tools of Recovery - Don't Forget 'Em!

  • A Plan of Eatinghelps us abstain from compulsive eating. This tool helps us deal with the physical aspects of our disease and achieve physical recovery.
  • Sponsorship -  We ask a sponsor to help us through our program of recovery on all three levels, physical, emotional, and spiritual.
  • Meetings -  give us an opportunity to identify our common problems, confirm our common solution through the Twelve Steps, and share the gifts we receive through this program. In addition to face-to-face meetings, OA offers telephone and online meetings.
  • Telephone -  Many members call, text, or email their sponsors and other OA members daily. Telephone or electronic contact also provides an immediate outlet for those hard-to-handle highs and lows we may experience.
  • Writing -  Putting our thoughts and feelings down on paper helps us to better understand our actions and reactions in a way that is often not revealed to us by simply thinking or talking about them.
  • Literature -  We read OA approved books, pamphlets, and Lifeline Magazine. Reading literature daily reinforces how to live the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions.
  • Action Plan -  the process of identifying and implementing attainable actions that are necessary  to support our individual abstinence. Just like our plan of eating, it may vary widely among members and may need to be adjusted to bring structure, balance, and manageability into our lives. 
  • Anonymity -  guarantees we will place principles before personalities  and assures us that only we have the right to make our membership known within our community. Anonymity at the level of press, radio, films, television and other public media of communication means that we never allow our faces or last names to be used once we identify ourselves as OA members. Within the Fellowship, whatever we share with another OA member will be held in respect and confidence. What we hear at meetings should remain there.
  • Service -  Any form of service that helps a reach fellow sufferer adds to the quality of our own recovery.  Members can give service by getting to meetings, putting away chairs, putting out literature, and talking to newcomers. Beyond the group level, a member can serve as intergroup representative, committee chair, region representative, or Conference delegate. As OA's responsibility pledge states, "Always to extend the hand and heart of OA to all who share my compulsion; for this, I am responsible."
Ocean & Bay Intergroup 
P.O. Box 41273, Providence RI, 02940
Tel: 401-438-1301 | Email:   oceanandbayoa@yahoo.com