Central Virginia Intergroup Newsletter

 

The Stepping Stone

September 2019




IT WORKS IF YOU WORK IT!!

The Twelve Steps of Overeaters Anonymous

1. We admitted we were powerless over food—that our lives had become unmanageable.

2. Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.

9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.

11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.

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.

Permission to use the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous for adaptation granted by AA World Services, Inc.

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OA Fall Retreat 2019

This is just a reminder that the OA Fall Retreat that is scheduled for the end of this month, September 27-29, 2019, at Massanetta Springs Conference Center near Harrisonburg.Final payments should have been in by 8/31/19.A lot of people have worked hard to make this retreat a success.We thank them and look forward to seeing all of you there.If you have any questions about the retreat,contact Jeannette M. at jsmrealtor@gmail.com and 804-714-6469.


World Service Organization News

WSO Address Change

For meeting treasurers, the P.O. Box for the World Service Organization (WSO) has changed.The new address is as follows:

P.O. Box 44727

Rio Rancho, New Mexico87174-4727 USA

As a reminder, individual meetings are responsible for sending contributions to the Central Virginia Intergroup (CVIG), WSO, and Region 7.This is all part of our 7th Tradition to be self-supporting; and the intergroup, Region, and WSO provide services that the individual groups cannot in order to spread the message to those who still suffer from eating disorders.The recommended contribution to all these entities is 60% to your local intergroup, 10% to your region, and 30% to the WSO.If your group is not contributing to these support bodies, you should bring up the issue at your next business meeting.The WSO is suffering from lack of funding and needs the support of the individual groups.

The address for mailing contributions to Central Virginia Intergroup is:

P.O. Box 70611

Henrico, VA23255-611

Use the following link to send donations to Region 7: http://oaregion7.org/home/contributions-page/

WSO Recommended Donation

As indicated above, WSO is facing some financial challenges, and they have addressed it by increasing the suggested member donation per meeting from $3 to $5.It is quite possible that many groups did not know that the suggested donation was increased from $2 to $3.So,a suggested $5 donation at each meeting might be daunting to some, particularly those on a fixed income.Remember that this is only a suggested donation.You need to let your higher power guide you as to the correct contribution for you.The priority is for everyone to get the help that they need regardless of financial situation.However,if you can afford the $5 donation,please prayerfully consider it.


Central Virginia Meetings by Location

CHARLOTTESVILLE

SUNDAY
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Big Book Meeting
Contact: Susan B. 804-286-0843
Charlottesville Church of the Brethren
1225 Rio Road East
Charlottesville, VA. 22901-1814

WEDNESDAY
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Literature Study, Meditation
Contact: Marita 434-409-4005
The Senior Center  (aka The Center)
491 Hillsdale Drive
Charlottesville VA 22901

In the Board Room on the 2d floor

SATURDAY
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Big Book, OA Steps and / or Traditions Study
Contact: Elizabeth 434-981-2958
Charlottesville Church of the Bretheren
1225 Rio Road East
Charlottesville, VA. 22901

This meeting is geared toward helping both old timers and newcomers
learn how to work the twelve steps to remain in recovery.


FREDERICKSBURG

SATURDAY
9:00 am - 10:am

OA / AA Literature Study
Contact: Peggy 310-626-5646 (text)
England Run Public Library,  Room #4
806 Lyons Blvd. (Corner Lyons & Plantation, Off of Warrenton/Rt. 17)
Fredericksburg, VA. 22406


The library opens at 9.  It's closed on Snow Days and National Holidays.  

Monday

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Participants Choose Topic Weekly
Contact: Peggy 310-626-5646 (text)
St. George Episcopal Church
905 Princess Avenue (Corner of George ST. Downtown)
Fredericksburg, Va. 22401    
                                                                          

Enter the George St. side entrance, go through big room where an AA meeting is gathering,
to the hall in the back right corner, enter the hall, the Library is up 6 stairs on the right.

KILMARNOCK


MONDAY 
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Contact: Suzanne 804-690-3142
Bay Center for Spiritual Development
31 Noblett Lane
Kilmarnock, Virginia 22482

We meet on the 2nd floor.  Participants can use the exterior
front steps or the steps inside.



MECHANICSVILLE

TUESDAY
7:15 PM - 8:15 PM

Step Study Meeting
Contact:  Madelyn  804-482-9991  (Call or Text)
HOPE Community Church
8391 Atlee Road
Mechanicsville, VA. 23116

( We meet in Room 310, NOT IN THE MODULAR)

NORTHSIDE

SATURDAY
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Big Book Meeting
Contact:  Richard B.  804-904-2770
Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church
2300 Dumbarton Road
Downstairs Room 101
Richmond, VA. 23228


Enter McShin Foundation Door on Dumbarton Road side of church.

RICHMOND

SUNDAY
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

12 Step & Brown Book Meeting
Contact: Alicia N. 804-564-4649 
Retreat Hospital 
2621 Grove Ave.
Richmond, VA. 23220

First floor boardroom.

RICHMOND - EAST END

THURSDAY
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Big Book Study Meeting
Contact:  Mark 201-253-3055  
Corinth United Methodist Church
23 West Williamsburg Road
Sandston, VA. 23150


SOUTHSIDE - CHESTERFIELD COUNTY

THURSDAY

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM 

"Together We Can Recover Group"
Rotating Literature format
Contact: Nancy P. 804-519-6012 or Bob 804-852-3591
Tomahawk Baptist Church
12920 Hull St. Rd. (Just Off Rt. 288)
Midlothian, VA. 23112

Use side parking lot & door
THE JULY 18TH MEETING WILL BE IN THE CHURCH CHAPEL

IN FRONT OF CHURCH , LOOK FOR THE RED DOORS....THATS THE CHAPEL.

FRIDAY
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Reading & Sharing OA Tools & Literature 
----"The New Beginnings Group"----

 Whether you're new to OA, or coming back
 from relapse, join us for a "New Beginning"
Contact:  Bob 804-852-3591
Spring Run Presbyterian Church
6601 Woodlake Village Parkway
Midlothian, Va. 23112

(First right after entering Woodlake, off Hull Street)

WEST END - HENRICO COUNTY

MONDAY
11:30AM - 12:30PM
Brown Book Meeting (you may bring your lunch)
1st Monday of each month will be a Tradition Study
Contact: Becky  804-932-4957
Skipwith United Methodist Church
2211 Skipwith Road
Henrico, VA. 23294

Skipwith snow policy: there will be no meetings at the church on days or evenings where county schools
have announced that they are closed. This will give us an opportunity to clear the lot before people drive on it.Once the parking lot has been cleared, meetings can resume even if schools are still closed.

TUESDAY
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Lifeline Meeting (you may bring your lunch)
Contact:  Anne M.  804-262-7877
Skipwith United Methodist Church
2211 Skipwith Road
Henrico, VA. 23294                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Skipwith snow policy: there will be no meetings at the church on days or evenings where county schools
have announced that they are closed. This will give us an opportunity to clear the lot before people drive on it. Once the parking lot has been cleared, meetings can resume even if schools are still closed.

WEDNESDAY
11:30 AM-12:30

Big Book Meeting
Contact: Becky 804-651-7254
Skipwith United Methodist Church
2211 Skipwith Road
Henrico, VA. 23294

Everyone is welcome to bring and eat lunch during the meeting. Enter door at rear parking lot.

THURSDAY NIGHT 
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM       

Big Book Study Meeting
(1st Thursday of each month, will be a speaker meeting)
Contact:  Stacy 804-835-1670
Skipwith United Methodist Church
2211 Skipwith Road
Henrico, VA. 23294

Bring Your Big Book And Join Us.......

Skipwith snow policy: there will be no meetings at the church on days or evenings where county schools
have announced that they are closed. This will give us an opportunity to clear the lot before people drive on it. Once the parking lot has been cleared, meetings can resume even if schools are still closed.

FRIDAY
11:30 AM-12:30 PM

Step & Tradition Meeting
Contact:  Dianna 804-897-6270
Skipwith United Methodist Church
2211 Skipwith Road
Henrico, VA. 23294


Everyone is welcome to bring and eat lunch during the meeting.
Enter door at rear parking lot.



WEST END - GLEN ALLEN

SATURDAY
10:00 - 11:00AM
AA 12&12
Contact: Linda 804-741-8318
Christ Church Episcopal
5000 Pouncey Tract Road
Glen Allen, VA. 23059

Meeting in the Parlor, unless otherwise indicated


Central Virginia Intergroup Meetings

Central Virginia Intergroup Opportunity

Central Virginia Intergroup is the organization that supports the OA meetings in our area. Our intergroup has several officers and committee chairs who give service by organizing things our intergroup provides--a website, a phone line, an annual retreat, frequent special events focusing on different aspects of OA recovery, a monthly newsletter, a weekly email update. We also send a delegate to our regional organization (OA Region 7) and OA's World Service Business Conference. We have a Public Information committee that gets information about OA out to people who don't know about us, a secretary who takes and circulates the minutes of our monthly intergroup meetings, and a treasurer who manages the money taken in from the OA meetings in the Richmond/Charlottesville/Fredericksburg area and distributes it to cover our expenses (web hosting, phone line, retreat center, travel expenses for our delegate, etc.) We have a committee devoted to Fun & Fellowship that's supposed to organize social events for our members.We have a chair for the Fun & Fellowship committee, but we need lots of helpers to bring off successful events --are you looking to give some service?

Each meeting is supposed to have a representative who attends our monthly online intergroup meeting. Does your meeting have a representative? It takes only about an hour a month, and we always send out instructions about how to dial in to the monthly meeting, or to join it online via the Zoom app. If you need some help with the technology, we can provide you with that! Representatives bring the concerns of their meetings to Intergroup and take information back to their groups. It's a wonderful service to give. Has your sponsor been prodding you to make a service commitment?

The next Intergroup meeting will be in person on September 8, 2019 at 7PM at Skipwith United Methodist Church, 2211 Skipwith Road, Henrico, VA. 23294.We will be voting on new officers and changes to the bylaws effective October 1, 2019. We'd love to have you join us.For more information contact Susie H., Central Virginia Intergroup Chair (804) 337-3752.

The bylaws changes are as follows:

Proposal 1: Article V, Meetings--Section 2, Annual Meetings--remove the phrase "face to face" in the two places where it now appears.

Current language: "An annual face to face meeting shall be held in the month of September for the election of officers. The World Service Business Conference (WSBC) Delegate(s) and Region Representative(s) shall be elected every other year in August. An additional face to face annual meeting shall be held in the month of October for the planning and budgeting of the fiscal year."

Proposed language: "An annual meeting shall be held in the month of September for the election of officers. The World Service Business (WSBC) Delegate(s) and Region Representative(s) shall be elected every other year in August. An additional annual meeting shall be held in the month of October for the planning and budgeting of the fiscal year."

Proposal 2: Article IV, The Intergroup Board--Section 1, The Intergroup Board, part A--add the office of vice-chair in two places as indicated below.

Current language: "The board shall consist of Chairman, Recording Secretary, Treasurer, World Service Business Conference Delegate(s) and Regional Representative(s). A member of the Intergroup Board (with the exception of the Chair) may also serve an Intergroup Representative for only one group. When this occurs the Board member will have only one vote and it will be as the Intergroup Representative."

Proposed language: "The board shall consist of Chairman, Vice-chair, Recording Secretary, Treasurer, World Service Business Conference Delegate(s) and Regional Representative(s). A member of the Intergroup Board (with the exception of the Chair) may also serve an Intergroup Representative for only one group. When this occurs the Board member will have only one vote and it will be as the Intergroup Representative."

Proposal 3: Article IV, The Intergroup Board--Section 1, The Intergroup Board, part B--add the office of vice-chair as indicated below.

Current language: "This Intergroup Board shall serve as the executive board. In the event the Chairman of the Board should be unable to attend any meeting of the Board, the next highest-ranking executive officer in attendance shall serve as chairman for that meeting. The ranking of these officers shall serve as follows:

1.Regional Representative

2.Treasurer

3.Recording Secretary

4.World Service Business Conference Delegate"

Proposed language: "This Intergroup Board shall serve as the executive board. In the event the Chairman of the Board should be unable to attend any meeting of the Board, the next highest-ranking executive officer in attendance shall serve as chairman for that meeting. The ranking of these officers shall serve as follows:

1. Vice-chair

2.Regional Representative

3.Treasurer

4.Recording Secretary

5.World Service Business Conference Delegate

Proposal 4: Article IV, The Intergroup Board--section 6, Responsibilities of the Intergroup Board

Add a description of the Vice-chair's responsibilities and reorder the other offices accordingly.

Current language: "A.Chairman:

1.shall preside at all regular and special meetings of this Intergroup and Intergroup Board.

2.shall be responsible for establishing the agenda for all Intergroup meetings.

3.shall be responsible for establishing a calendar of activities and distributing this calendar to the Intergroup.

4.may cast the deciding vote to make or break a tie.

5.may attend all standing committee meetings.

6.may be removed after two (2) consecutive and unexcused absences from either a face to face or virtual intergroup meeting

7.shall ensure that the general account of the Intergroup be audited annually (refer to Webster: audit v 1: to examine with intent to verify).

8.shall be responsible for all internal communications or delegate this responsibility to another Intergroup representative.

9.Shall serve in the absence of the Treasurer. Note: If the Treasurer position becomes vacant during a term, the Chairman will reside for a period of no more than three months. After this point a decision will be made as to whether to disburse monies for fixed expenses for the remainder of account contract terms. Any remaining funds will be made in donations to Region 7 and WSO. Then the account would be closed.

B. Vice-chair:

1. Will assist the Chair as agreed upon between the Chair and the Vice-chair.

2. Will preside over intergroup meetings in the absence of the Chair.

C.Recording Secretary:

1.shall see that minutes are kept of all Intergroup and Intergroup Board meetings and that a copy of the Intergroup minutes is emailed to each Intergroup representative. As a cooperative gesture, a copy of the minutes may be sent to the regional trustee.

2.shall maintain a file of all minutes of past meetings.

3.may attend all standing committee meetings.

4.may be removed after two (2) consecutive and unexcused absences from either a face to face or virtual intergroup meetings

D.Treasurer:

1.shall maintain a checking and savings account, if necessary, for dispersal of Intergroup funds.

2.shall submit financial reports each month at the Intergroup meetings.

3.shall be cosignatory with a minimum of one (1) other board member or an appointee of the board and will only require the second signature for reimbursements that are not a part of customary operating expenses. Customary operating expenses are hereby defined as: the telephone line, directory listings, rent, the internet service, and dues to WSO and Region 7.

4.shall regularly pick up mail and distribute in a timely fashion to appropriate Board members and/or committee chairs.

5.shall be advisor to any committee that maintains a checking account.

6.shall serve as chairman of the Budget committee.

7.may attend all standing committee meetings.

8.may be removed after two (2) consecutive and unexcused absences from either a face to face or virtual intergroup meeting

E.World Service Delegate(s)

1.A World Service Business Conference Delegate shall also be a Regional Representative for Region Assemblies.

2.shall attend the World Service Business Conference and Regional Assembly meetings of Overeaters Anonymous.

3.In all areas, the World Service Business Conference Delegate(s) shall meet all qualifications and requirements as defined in the Overeaters Anonymous, Inc. Bylaws, Subpart B, and the Region 7 Bylaws.

4.shall have one (1) year of current abstinence.

5.shall serve Overeaters Anonymous and the World Service Business Conference and Region 7 for a two (2) year term.

6.shall keep World Service informed of all changes in group information.

7.shall serve no more than four (4) consecutive years, except for reasons to be decided by the group conscience of the Intergroup with respect to the Delegate.

8.shall be willing to report, either verbally, or in writing as designated by the Intergroup, the actions of the Conference/Regional Assembly, to keep all groups aware of the World Service/Regional information; to communicate important information to the area.

9.may attend all standing committee meetings.

10.may be removed after two (2) consecutive and unexcused absences from either a face to face or virtual intergroup meetings.

11.shall assist the Chairman whenever needed.

F.Regional Representative(s)

1.A World Service Business Conference Delegate and the Regional Representative may be the same person.

2.shall attend the Regional Assembly meetings of Overeaters Anonymous.

3.In all areas, the World Service Business Conference Delegate shall meet all qualifications and requirements as defined in the Overeaters Anonymous, Inc. Bylaws, Subpart B, and the Region 7 Bylaws.

4.shall have six (6) months of current abstinence.

5.shall serve Overeaters Anonymous and the Region 7 Assembly for a two-(2) year term.

6.shall serve no more than four (4) consecutive years, except for reasons to be decided by the group conscience of the Intergroup with respect to the Regional Representative.

7.shall be willing to report, either verbally, or in writing as designated by the Intergroup, the actions of the Regional Assembly, to keep all groups aware of the Regional information; to communicate important information to the area.

8.may attend all standing committee meetings.

9.may be removed after two (2) consecutive and unexcused absences from either a face to face or virtual intergroup meeting

10.shall serve in the absence of the Chairman. Note: If the Chairman position becomes vacant during a term, the Regional Represntative will reside for a period of no more than three months. After this point a decision will be made as to whether to close the Intergroup meeting.

G.The Intergroup Board shall provide a means of conducting the Intergroup business in the case of emergencies
and/or between meetings of the Intergroup.

H.Other board positions


Central Virginia Intergroup Officers and Committee Chairs

CVIG OFFICERS

Chairs: Susie H.haubie17@gmail.com804-337-3752

Treasurer:  Jan jstratton113@gmail.com804-282-5114

Secretary:  Tobi

World Service Delegate:  Catherine CATWRY@outlook.com434-971-9271

Region 7 rep: Catherine CATWRY@outlook.com434-971-9271

COMMITTEE CHAIRS
Telephone: Dianna

12th Step Within: Alicia N.agn21753@gmail.com804-564-4649

Julie W.juliervaoa@gmail.com407-927-3294

Newsletter Editor: Mark E.markelliottva@gmail.com804-746-8288

Website: Bob E.newmindedone@gmail.com804-852-3591

Fun and Fellowship: Vacant

Public Information:
Retreat: Jeannette jsmrealtor@gmail.com 894-714-6469

Internal

Communications: Sarah sarah.allenshort@gmail.com804-402-6263

Fredericksburg Rep.: Ellyn

WEB RESOURCES

richmondoa.com

richmondoa.org

oa.org

*If you want to be added to the Richmond OA distribution email list, send an email to CVIGOArichmond@gmail.com

Direct Written Correspondence To: P.O. Box 70611
Henrico, VA 23255-0611

Text Box: If you have any corrections that need to be made or ideas for future newsletters, please forward them to Mark E. at markelliottva@gmail.com. All member submissions of content for the newsletter will be considered.

 
 

Making Contact

For questions about OA, you may text or call the CVIG OA infoline: (804) 362-9400


Visit the world service web site at: OA.org


Direct Written Correspondence To: P.O. Box 70611
Henrico, VA 23255-0611