A Wellspring of Hope
Newsletter of The Recovery Group


August 2000
Volume 2, Issue 8


ser*en*dip*i*ty ~ (noun) First appeared 1754:
the faculty or phenomenon of finding
valuable or agreeable things not sought for.


FEATURED ARTICLES

From Our Editor
From Our Founder
From Our Administrator
From Our Meeting Coordinator
From the Loops: Spotlight of the Month
Tools of Recovery
From the Recovery Group Members
From the Literature
A Call to Action: Recovery Meditations
Letters to the Editor
The Recovery Group IRC Meetings
AOL Meetings - A&R Forum
Announcements
Overeaters Anonymous Contacts
Recovery Group Contacts
The Serenity Prayer



FROM OUR EDITOR


Dear friends in recovery,

Welcome to the August issue of Serendipity! And what a wonderful issue we have, thanks to all of you who have contributed shares about your experience, strength and hope. Our founder, Mari, shares with us the freedom of words, John, Administrator of the Recovery Group, shares with us the importance of participating and sharing in your loops and meetings, and Anne, meeting coordinator, shares with us the international experience of online meetings.

The loop spotlight of the month is on Abstinence and Disabilities, as Nancy and Dodie, co-coordinators of the loop, write about the loop dedicated to compulsive overeaters who are also managing a disability, chronic pain or other chronic medical condition. In our new feature, the tools of recovery, Barbara T. shares with us her view of service, the recovery tool of the month. Shares from Recovery Group members include a share on gentle love/tough love by Debbie and Jeremiah, Shana's poem on the mighty oak and the weeping willow, one day at a time -- a self written poem by Lori, and a share on relapse by MLH. Under Literature, we've included the Eighth Step Prayer and a wonderful piece on addiction by Mari. We've also included our regular features, A Call to Action encouraging all of us to contribute meditations to the Recovery Meditations project, Letters to the Editor, a current list of Recovery Group meetings, announcements about the OA WSO convention in August in Dallas, Texas, and the Region 9 English Language Service Board round-up in September in Bacharach, Germany. We conclude with OA and Recovery Group contacts.

I know that a number of you will be heading to Dallas for the OA WSO convention, and will have time to meet separately as Recovery Group members. What an exciting adventure for so many who have connected only on line! To all of you who are going, I wish you a wonderful recovery experience.

And Mari, I wish you a blessed and abstinent birthday.

Love in recovery,
Suzanne,
Editor
SERENDIPITY



SERENDIPITY SUBSCRIPTIONS



FROM OUR FOUNDER ~ POISON AND WORDS


Dear Friends,

When I first came into these rooms, there was a freedom I found that I had never found anywhere else. The freedom of words! Having discovered that food gave me comfort from feelings I didn't want to feel for most of my life, I didn't talk a lot about things that were bothering me .. things that hurt me .. things that were making the quality of my life less than it could be. I especially didn't talk about my need for food. Nor did I categorize myself as an addict ... or a compulsive eater ... or as obese. Yet I was all of these.

When I began to share openly with other compulsive eaters ... just as I am sharing now with you ... I found verbal freedom. I began to pour out my heart to my fellow loopies and, in doing that, began to face the reality that I was a compulsive eater, would always be a compulsive eater, that I had a disease, that it was not my fault and that no one in the world would ever understand me like another COE.

These loops are for sharing what we can't share with civilians. They are for listening to our fellows, many of whom may be going through struggles that we ourselves have gone through. They are for peeling the layers of the onion so that we can expose who we *really* are ... and why we eat.

They are for finding a pathway to happiness and meeting friends who accept us as we are. And most of all, my dear Serendipity readers ... our loops and meetings are for finding recovery.

When the words come from the heart ...
The poison comes from the soul.


@-}-}-}------
Love in recovery,
Mari
The Recovery Group


FROM OUR ADMINISTRATOR


Dear Loopies,

The Recovery Group is yours. Every member of Intergroup, every loop Trusted Servant, every Meeting Leader, every Technical Servant, etc., is a volunteer. You have hear me harp on our need for volunteers a lot already. And we need people with web technical proficiency like you wouldn't believe. The few volunteers we have do miracles, but how few they are.

But this month let me talk about another kind of service. I will tell you a little bit about me. I am an extrovert - almost off the scale. Groups of people energize me like you wouldn't believe. I love to party. Yet when I first came into the rooms of OA, it was some time before I could speak. Several weeks went by, and several dozen meetings. Still nothing. One day I went with a little prepared speech. It was just to a beginner meeting, where I could speak without fear of too many boo boos. I put my hand up until recognized, and gave my little talk, probably less than thirty seconds. Afterwards, someone told me that what I had said was so helpful to them. I was dumbfounded.

As the years went by, I came to realize that speaking out, at least when I had something to say, was a vital form of service. Like all service, I do it for myself, but in so doing, I do it for the group and for the individual in the group who may need to hear the experience, hope, and strength I may have to offer. And I always have some, because just showing up is something in itself.

We know from experience on the loops that the Coordinators and other Trusted Servants are an essential part of the success or failure of any loop. But by and large we have a pretty good batch of Trusted Servants. Yet some of our loops still languish, with little or no sharing. Neither I nor anyone else can make someone share, but perhaps as I once did, so some of you might make the resolution to write a note to your loop, or loops, expressing something of you ESH. I would bet that if only a handful of people did this on each loop, that loops would be immediately invigorated. There would be so much more recovery. Recovery for you, because you shared, recovery for others because you shared, recovery for others because they shared back, recovery for you because they shared back.

Ours is a disease of isolation. The silence of our isolation is deafening on the loops. Quick! Click on the compose button and reach out. This service will help you, and it will help others.

John
Recovery Group Administrator





FROM OUR MEETING COORDINATOR
OUR INTERNATIONAL MEETINGS


Dear Friends,

As you are probably aware, this week is the Dallas Convention of Overeaters Anonymous. I was sitting back wishing I could jump on a plane and experience all of that recovery at the Dallas Convention, when I suddenly realised something - every day that I go into #Recovery, I attend an international meeting! Where else can you go to a meeting and share with people from the USA, Australia, England, Japan, Spain and Italy for the cost of a local phone call?

Online meetings have been the backbone of my recovery since I joined OA 14 months ago. It is in meetings that I first learned what abstinence was all about; it was in meetings that I got my first sponsor; in meetings that I did my first service; in meetings that I overcame my apprehensions about reading the Big Book and where I gained a true appreciation for strong recovery. There is something about the safety of online meetings that has enabled me to share some of my deepest darkest secrets with others and in doing so find an understanding about what true love and acceptance is all about. The depth of my program has truly come from my exposure to fellow loopies from all around the world - in Washington State, Philadelphia, Chicago, North Carolina, New York State, Texas, Japan, London, Singapore and Australia ... each one I connect with add their own local homegrown ESH to my recovery experience. So I guess you could say, that by attending our online meetings, you have a true international recovery experience.

So if you couldn't make it to Dallas, why not join us in #Recovery and share in our international meetings each day. Hope to see you there soon.

Anne
Meetings Coordinator
The Recovery Group




FROM THE LOOPS: SPOTLIGHT OF THE MONTH

ABSTINENCE AND DISABILITIES

Abstinence and Disabilities (AbDis) is an e-mail loop for compulsive overeaters who are also managing a disability, chronic pain or other chronic medical condition. Often, our physical conditions are adversely affected by the results of our eating disorder, for example, added weight. At the same time, factors such as the inability to exercise or having to take certain medications complicate our recovery efforts. Although our group was designed to address the unique recovery needs of disabled individuals, we focus not just on our physical problems, but also on our special emotional and spiritual needs. For example, we might discuss the issues which arise from our dependency on others for help (always difficult for us controlling sorts), or anger that a Higher Power has allowed us to become physically challenged.

We call ourselves AbDis for short. It's easy to say, and doesn't take up much space leading off our subject lines. We run between 20 and 30 members at any one time, and our disabilities range from arthritis to stroke.

Most of our members are also members of Overeaters Anonymous and, although we are not officially affiliated with that organization, we are a Twelve Step Loop. We do allow cross-talk, which is ordinarily not allowed in face-to-face OA meetings. (Cross-talk is giving others feedback, making suggestions, etc.) We also allow members to discuss literature other than OA approved materials. On and off, we have studied (with the author's permission) Martha Cleveland's wonderful book, The Twelve Step Response to Chronic Illness and Disability.

As a disabled individual, you must meet only one requirement in order to join our loop ~ you must have the sincere desire to stop eating compulsively. If you have this desire and would like to become part of our recovery family, we welcome you with open arms.

To join, send an e-mail giving your first name (or a pseudonym if you prefer) and the nature of your disability to:
abdis-owner@egroups.com.

In Recovery,
Nancy V. and Dodie F.
Co-Coordinators



MISSION STATEMENT FOR ABSTINENCE AND DISABILITIES

Our group has a very special purpose: to address the recovery needs of disabled compulsive overeaters. Often, our physical conditions are adversely affected by the results of our eating disorder, such as added weight. And factors such as the inability to exercise or having to take certain medications complicate our recovery efforts. Group members, who have been where you are, are anxious to share their experience, strength and hope with you. We provide a place to work on our own recovery programs and also to carry that message to others. We are here together to build one another up ... to accept each of us as we are ... to support each other ... and not to judge one another. We offer you safety and serenity.


TOOLS OF RECOVERY

12TH STEP SERVICE: THE THIRD LEGACY

OA's twelfth step, carrying the message, is the basic service that our fellowship gives. It is our principal aim and the main reason for our existence. OA is more than a set of principles; it is a society of recovering compulsive overeaters in action. We must carry OA's message. Otherwise we ourselves may fall, and those who have not yet been given the truth may die.

I realized that all of the things I had tried for weight control I could find somewhere in OA's program. My compulsive personality kept me searching to find the missing factor of what possibly could make this program work in maintenance for so many fellow sufferers, where other programs that I had tried had failed. I had tried physically through will power, I had tried intellectually though behavioral control, and I had tried spiritually ... there was no continuity or permanence in those futile attempts as they were tried singly. It is a fact that as I recall my earlier days in program, through the dedication of others who had walked the road to recovery before me, I was helped when I did not even know I needed help. Through a complete surrender to my Higher Power, I was given balance in my life and success in working the steps.

Our three legacies are Recovery, Unity and Service.

Step 12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to compulsive overeaters and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

Through complete surrender to my Higher Power of my helplessness over my food compulsion, I slowly, through progress not perfection, became in tune to the success of the program and why it works. Through the grace of my Higher Power, I was given a balance in life ... spiritual, physical and emotional ... and the missing factor I was looking for I found to be ... S E R V I C E ... by helping others I could help myself one day at a time!

Barbara T.


FROM THE RECOVERY GROUP MEMBERS

GENTLE LOVE / TOUGH LOVE

Overeaters Anonymous is not a program for those who need it. If it were, our rooms and our cyberspace would be overflowing. It is, however, a program for those who want it. It is a fellowship filled with love. Sometimes it's tough love, sometimes it's gentle.

Tough love is not based on equality. When I help, I am very aware of my experience, strength and hope. I use it to assist others in the program who are still suffering. I have no qualms about harping at a newcomer, sponsee or fellow in relapse with the promise that the steps, if practiced as a way of life, will "expel the desire to [overeat] and enable the sufferer to become happily and spiritually whole." (AA 12/12)

I need to receive tough love when I'm being dishonest with myself. It's when I whine, "I can't stay abstinent." Tough love says, "Oh yes you can. Now why not?" Without tough love, I'm going to wallow in self-pity. It's a love that is so strong, so intense that it doesn't matter if my delicate feelings get hurt. Get over it. We're talking about my life!

When I learn to love myself, I will no longer do things that injure me. I will flee from addictive foods, the substances that enslave me. I will work the steps which is my best guarantee of success. This disease will kill us. We need to understand that there is a way out of this dilemma, a substitute for the deadly chemicals we ingest. Tough love is caring enough to risk the sufferer disliking me. We're to carry the message without watering it down under the pretext of sparing someone's feelings.

Conversely, gentle love is true service to another equal. We don't serve with our strength, we serve with ourselves. We share our failures, show our limitations, heal our wounds and admit our dark-sinful mistakes of which our fellows can relate. They see the wholeness in us and it touches the wholeness in them. Serving is like healing. I am served as well as the one I'm serving. It is the miracle of the twelfth step. We serve not because someone is broken, but because life is holy.

Gentle love occurs when I come up against an obstacle that I simply cannot or am not ready to overcome. I am gently loved when I've mentally beaten myself up and my sponsor or a fellow OAer tells me to stop. It's what the program means when it says, "We will love you until you can love yourself."

So come join us as we trudge this road of happy destiny. Whether you are in need tough love or gentle love, know that you ARE loved in Overeaters Anonymous.

by Debbie and Jeremiah




THE WILLOW TREE

This is a poem that I wrote a while back. I wrote it after attending an OA meeting. It was after hearing someone in the room speaking with such anger and resentment about his life; holding onto the pain of his childhood, his marriage, and how angry he was at people being late for meetings, how they must adhere to the time schedule or not come at all. He claimed back to back abstinence for one year; said he held onto it with a tight fist or he would lose it. I felt sad for him, I remember thinking, and this is what the program taught him?

Later that day, I suddenly remembered a story that I heard at my first OA meeting in September 1973. I then realized why I felt so sad for him ... he sounded like me many years back. At that first meeting I heard a story about two trees standing on a river bank, one hard and strong ... the other swaying and flexible. This poem is my understanding of that story, and its message has always been a lifeline for me. From that day to this, I visualize these two trees during the best and the worst days of my life.

ONCE, a tree stood on the river bank holding fast, standing tight to the wind, "You can't break me, I'm the MIGHTY OAK, I'm strong and I'll hold my ground against the storms, against the winds that ask me to sway. I'm the MIGHTY OAK, I'm here to stay!"

AND standing there, a WILLOW TREE with flowing branches, whispering gently in the wind. "When the smell of change is in the air, I flex and flow, looking for southern breezes to come my way, and I bend and lean into the storms. I'm the WILLOW TREE, I'm here to stay"

ONE night, ten whirling winds blew into town, the oak tree, holding fast and standing tall cracked and fell right to the ground. And the whispering willow, still swaying and bending in the early morn, said to the wind, to the earth, to the dawn,

"I bend and sway into the storm, I'm here to say...I'm here to stay."
Live and Be Well,
Shana




ONE DAY AT A TIME

I look in the mirror and who do I see?
Sometimes a stranger looking back at me.
Do I know her, does she dream like I?
Or is she unhappy and doesnt know why?

Does she walk each day with small steps, comforting stride?
Or is she falling to pieces because of her pride?
Does she have love for herself as equally as others?
Or does she constantly struggle being a friend, wife and mother?

Does she take the time to be good to her being?
Or does she forget all her needs and what she likes seeing?
Does she remind herself to take one day at a time?
Or does she constantly put herself the last in the line?

Does she share her hopes, dreams, and all of her love?
Does she reach for the stars and the heavens above?
Does she make herself laugh, does she make herself smile?
Or does she forget about all thats been worthwhile?

Does she look back through the mirror, Is she able to see?
The love, the happiness, the peace within me?
I look in the mirror and who do I see?
A wonderful person somewhat resembling me

I look in the mirror and who do I see?
The woman who is buried somewhere deep inside me.
She used to be the one living outside myself
Now she resides far away,forgetting all of her wealth

She eats to console,constantly looking for help
She forgets about life, her family, her health
She needs to live "one day at a time"
And move herself to the front of the line
She needs to nurture herself like the others
And she will become a stronger friend, wife and mother

She will look in the mirror and who will she see?
The self nurturing woman she always aspired to be ...

Lori


RELAPSE

After 2-1/2 years of abstinence, no sugar or white flour, I succumbed to the temptation and spent a week eating all the things I had taken out of my food plan. What happened to make me go off my plan? I don't know but I do know it made me really ill. Why did I do this? If I knew, I would be cured of this dreadful disease, but I don't know and so I must go back to the beginning and start all over. I do realize that one problem I had was that I got through step six and then just quit working the rest of them. I don't even know why I did that. I have read that the promises come true when you have worked through step 10. I guess I was challenging the program.

I have had two days of clean abstinence. My head is already much clearer. I read once that "relapse is not inevitable." I guess when I lost my weight, which was super important to me, I figured I was cured and didn't need to work the program as diligently as I had done. Now I know that I cannot slack off. I need to do my meditation every morning and turn my life and my will over to my Higher Power. He is the only one who can keep me on track. I know I must ask for his help every minute of every day.

I pray every morning for the willingness to work this program to its fullest. If anyone reading this note has not succumbed to the temptation to believe that you are cured, trust me, do not doubt the Big Book. We cannot eat just a little of our binge food, a bite is only a step to a full binge. It is not worth it.

Help me Higher Power to do your will on a daily basis. Keep me willing to be willing to work this program.

Love to all,
MLH



FROM THE LITERATURE

EIGHTH STEP PRAYER

Higher Power,
I ask Your help in making my list of all those I have harmed.
I will take responsibility for my mistakes,
and be forgiving to others as You are forgiving to me.
Grant me the willingness to begin my restitution.
This I pray.


ADDICTION

"The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions."
~ Leonardo da Vinci ~

I'm not sure exactly how many years it took me to admit to myself that I had an "eating problem." Yes. An "eating problem." In those days, I would not dare use the terms "Compulsive Overeater" or "Food Addict."

I would have choked if I had done so. I just had a little "eating problem." That little eating problem turned into a big eating problem and came pretty near to destroying my life. And DID destroy the quality of a lot of it .... and I imagine it has done exactly the same thing for a lot of other compulsive people.

Why, in the early stages of overeating, do we deceive ourselves? Why is it so difficult to admit even to ourselves that we have a disease ... the disease of compulsive over-eating? One has only to educate themselves a little bit and they quickly learn that this addiction we have is not JUST a simple craving .... it is a full blown addiction. Our need for food is not normal. We are not normal people where food is concerned .... and we will never be. The sooner we are able to internalize that, the better.

Between college and the time I began my life-long career of teaching music at the conservatory at our university, I was an airline stewardess and based in New York City. I believe this is the first time I realized what a tremendous part food was to play in my life. As an airline stewardess, we were required to maintain our "perfect weight" .... and, if and when, we went over that weight, we were grounded. And that is where my lifelong pattern of crash dieting began. I checked in one beautiful morning to take a trip to a special place in Canada that I'd always wanted to visit. I hopped on the scales and was four pounds over my "perfect weight." Crew Scheduling immediately called another flight attendant ... I was grounded .... and I went back home and spent the next three days taking those four pounds off.

"THE GREATEST DECEPTION WE SUFFER IS FROM OUR OWN OPINIONS." A food addict? Not me. Watch how I can take that weight off! You just watch me!!!!

When I begin to write about my early weight history and go into the misery of this disease and then into when I reach bottom, it could take me pages and pages. I believe the very first thing we all must do is to make sure that our opinions of ourselves are accurate. That we look into that mirror each morning and speak to ourselves with perfect honesty .... and, IF food is important to us to the point that it is causing us pain .... then we must look at that face in the mirror.

We must look at it hard .... and it may be through tears as I did one day .... and on that day, in the quietness of my bathroom and in front of that mirror and with tears streaming down my face, I said .... "I am Mari. I am a compulsive overeater. I am addicted to food and I hate this disease. But I'm going to recover from this disease and be what is intended for me to be in this lifetime. So help me, God!!!!" And I then began my journey to recovery.


Dear God,
I accept myself as I am;
But I will not spare myself
the hard questions.
I will not delude myself into
thinking that I have "just a little
eating problem." I have a disease.
And it can be serious.

Love,
Mari


A CALL TO ACTION: RECOVERY MEDITATIONS

Hi Serendipity readers!

As you know, one of the best ways to keep your recovery is to give it away. Well, here's your chance to give away some of your experience, strength and hope to fellow compulsive eaters worldwide.

The Recovery Group is writing our very own meditations book, called "One Day At A Time," and we need your help. We're looking for submissions for the book. You don't have to be a great author to participate, so don't let that stop you! In case you haven't seen what we've gotten so far, check it out on the Web at:
http://recovery.hiwaay.net/meditations/index.html

It's very simple. Here's what to include in your submission:

  1. A quote and who said it.
  2. Your own ESH concerning the quote. Please try to keep it between 150 and 300 words.
  3. A brief meditation beginning with the words "One day at a time..." relating to the quote and your ESH.
  4. Let us know whether you want your first name and last initial, just your initials, or "anonymous" used at the end of your piece.
  5. Send your submission to the Recovery Meditations committee for evaluation at recoverymeditations@egroups.com


We'll edit only for length and clarity, keeping the spirit of your submission intact. All work becomes the property of the Recovery Group and may be used in the book, on our website, or both.

Speaking of the book, we're also looking for a publisher, so if you're in the publishing business (or happen to know one who'd be willing to work with us) please contact us at the above address.

Thank you, and remember, you may not think you have anything important to say, but your ESH could save the life of a fellow compulsive eater.

Love in recovery,
Recovery Meditations Committee


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR



LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Hi Diane and everyone,

I just received the newsletter and I believe, Diane, that was your share "Dance in Harmony With God." Again it brought tears to me, especially when you wrote, "When I do this, I finally take a step and I move forward to the next step. If I choose to stay there, I inevitably have to binge and feed to not move ahead. The force of labor pushes on and I have to do something to stop it. That is the insanity of this disease." I have not born children, but I do undertand the concept of force of labor and you have put into words for myself the feeling I know I have when I need to bring a memory or character defect to light, but try to hold it back. Thank you for sharing your ESH thru the newsletter.

Love,
Sherry




RECOVERY GROUP MEETINGS
All Meetings US Eastern Time
All IRC meetings on Starchat Channel
All IRC meetings in #Recovery with the exception of the
Spanish meetings which are held in #SpanishRecovery,
Christian meetings held in #Christian&Recovery and
Abuse and Recovery meetings held in #RecoverySafeHaven
SUNDAY:
7:00 AM IRC Recovery Talk ~ Informal
10:30 AM IRC For Today
12:30 PM IRC Spanish OA Topic
2:30 PM IRC OA Topic
3:30 PM IRC Italian Recovery
3:30 PM IRC Christian Step
7:00 PM IRC Newcomers
9:30 PM IRC OA Topic
11:00 PM IRC OA Topic
12:00 AM IRC Recovery Talk ~ Informal
MONDAY:
7:00 AM IRC Recovery Talk ~ Informal
10:30 AM IRC For Today
2:30 PM IRC Step Study
7:00 PM IRC Recovery Talk ~ Informal
9:00 PMIRC Christian Recovery
9:30 PMIRC OA Topic
11:00 PM IRC OA Topic
12:00 AM IRC Recovery Talk ~ Informal
TUESDAY:
1:00 AM IRC Nightowls
7:00 AM IRC Recovery Talk ~ Informal
10:30 AM IRC For Today
2:30 PM IRC OA Topic
7:00 PM IRC Recovery Talk ~ Informal
9:30 PM IRC Joy In Recovery
11:00 PM IRC OA Topic
12:00 AM IRC Recovery Talk ~ Informal
WEDNESDAY:
7:00 AMIRC OA Topic
10:30 AMIRC For Today
2:30 PM IRC Step Study
7:00 PM IRC Recovery Talk ~ Informal
9:30 PM IRC OA Topic
9:30 PM IRC Spanish OA Topic
11:00 PM IRC OA Topic
12:00 AM IRC Recovery Talk ~ Informal
THURSDAY:
7:00 AM IRC Recovery Talk ~ Informal
10:30 AM IRC For Today
2:30 PM IRC OA Topic
4:00 PM IRC Christian Recovery
7:00 PM IRC Ask It Basket
9:30 PM IRC Big Book
11:00 PM IRC OA Topic
12:00 AM IRC Recovery Talk ~ Informal
FRIDAY:
1:00 AM IRC Nightowls
7:00 AM IRC Recovery Talk ~ Informal
10:30 AM IRC For Today
2:30 PMIRC Step Study
7:00 PM IRC Recovery Talk ~ Informal
9:30 PM IRC OA Topic
10:00 PM IRC Christian Talk
11:00 PM IRC OA Topic
12:00 AM IRC Recovery Talk ~ Informal
SATURDAY:
7:00 AM IRC Recovery Talk
11:30 AM IRC Spanish OA Topic
2:30 PM IRC OA Topic
4:00 PM IRC Christian Talk
7:00 PM IRC Abuse & Recovery
7:00 PM IRC Recovery Talk ~ Informal
9:30 PM IRC OA Topic
11:00 PM IRC OA Topic
12:00 AM IRC Recovery Talk ~ Informal



AOL ONLINE MEETING SCHEDULE
All Meetings US Eastern Time
All AOL meetings held in Stepping Stones on AOL
MONDAY
10:30 PMAOL Recovery Chat
TUESDAY
12:00 PMAOL OA Topic
12:00 AMAOL OA Topic
WEDNESDAY
9:30 PMAOL 100 Pounders
THURSDAY
9:00 PMAOL OA Topic
10:30 PMAOL Recovery Chat
FRIDAY
11:00 PMAOL Twelve Steps
SATURDAY
12:00 AMAOL OA Topic



ANNOUNCEMENTS

Overeaters Anonymous World Service Convention
Recovery Roundup 2000
August 3 - 6, 2000.
Dallas, Texas
Information about and registration form for the convention is available at
http://www.overeatersanonymous.org/recovery2000/index.html
All are welcome to attend!!



Danny (Big Bird), the Recovery Group Coordinator for the OA WSO Convention, has set up an e-mail address for questions and comments about this event. Please contact him at AndWhyNot37@webtv.net



Hello,

I recently told someone about the Region 9 English Language Service Board, and they asked what is that? I asked myself what is the Region 9 ELSB? I have problems remembering our official title, much less having a ready answer. The Group Handbook from OA says something to to the effect that we are a service body. An ELSB is a service body that provides support for groups and intergroups outside the USA and Canada. Our specific area is Region 9. The group handbook also talks about the NSB running offices to deal with nationwide mail, meeting lists, newsletters, events, public information and hospital, institution, professional and military work.

The purpose of the Region 9 English Language Service Board is to carry the message of recovery from compulsive overeating to English speaking people who still suffer in areas of Region 9 where English is not the spoken language.

We are a group of people trying to spread the word that OA exists and recovery is to be had even if you don't speak the language of the country you reside in. One way we have been doing this is the roundups. It is a way for us to get to know other members of the fellowship and therefore help our own recovery. I know for me feeling alone and isolated is a symptom of my disease. Not having a local meeting is hard. I have met people through the events sponsored by the Region 9 ELSB. If I work my program and do the footwork to establish and maintain contact with these people I do not have to feel that isolation anymore.

After attending the Zurich Roundup 2000 I felt part of an honest, accepting, safe and loving family. The Public Information meeting was an inspiration to me, I had never witnessed one before. It filled me with hope and affirmation that we are growing and progressing as a service board. We can't keep what we don't give away. One splendid way to do service is to show up at the meetings and the round-ups.

There is an upcoming round-up on September 15, 16 and 17 in Bacharach, Germany. The round-up takes place in a castle, which has been turned into a youth hostel, overlooking the Rhine River. Hope to see you in Bacharach!

For more info on how to recieve a registraion form, drop me an email at sjuanita@hotmail

Juanita, Chairperson
Region 9 English Language Service Board




OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS CONTACTS

Overeaters Anonymous
World Service Office (WSO)
6075 Zenith Ct. NE
PO Box 44020
Rio Rancho, NM 87124
USA

Telephone 505-891-2664
Fax 505-891-4320
http://www.overeatersanonymous.org/index.html
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Recovery Group Founder ~ Marisok@aol.com ~ Mari




In the deepest part of a compulsive eater's soul
Is the realization that recovery begins when we find one another.

Mari, Recovery Group Founder


Grant us the SERENITY
To accept the things we cannot change;
The COURAGE to change the things we can;
And the WISDOM to know the difference.

What we could never do alone ~
We can do together.

One day at a time ~
One step at a time.


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The Recovery Group and our newsletter has as its mission and purpose that of carrying the message of recovery to those who suffer from the disease of compulsive eating. We are an anonymous organization and follow the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous; however, we are not affiliated with that group. Your articles, announcements and information are welcome. All opinions in this newsletter represent only the opinions of the writers and not necessarily that of The Recovery Group or OA, Inc.

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