The following new meeting toolkit information will help guide you through the process of starting a new OA meeting.
Create a core team. Make sure you have a core team of at least three OA members committed to starting and attending this meeting on a regular basis. Core members should have attended a minimum of six Overeaters Anonymous meetings. At least one of these members should have at least six months of abstinence and is working toward achieving a healthy maintenance weight.
Find a location, day, and time. Find a space where you can meet regularly, at a time that doesn’t conflict with another meeting in the same part of town. The 7th Tradition states that we must be self-supporting, accepting no outside contributions, so please consider making regular donations to the building in exchange for the use of the space.
Register your meeting. Visit OA.org to complete the Overeaters Anonymous World Service Organization (WSO) Add a Meeting WSO agreement and form.
Contact CT Intergroup. Contact the CT Intergroup chairperson at email@example.com to let Intergroup know about your meeting, so we can add it to the meeting list and announce it in the newsletter. You can also request start-up funds by attending the monthly Intergroup meetings.
Seventh tradition: Once you have built up a prudent reserve, you can make 7th Tradition contributions to Connecticut Intergroup, Region 6 and WSO. Your meeting can decide how much to distribute to each entity or use the recommended 60/30/10 formula (60% of contributions to Intergroup, 30% to WSO, and 10% to the Region).
Get the word out. Create a flyer to post at local community centers, libraries, and the location of your meeting. If it’s at a church or synagogue, ask whether you can post an announcement in their bulletin.
Create a Leader’s Guide. Put together a binder with a script for the leader and readings for members. Check out the Suggested Meeting Formats – Overeaters Anonymous (oa.org)