The following 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 Unity Intergroup. Let the chair of Intergroup know about your so we can add promote it in the Expressions of Unity newsletter and through email communications. You can also request start-up funds from Intergroup to help pay your first month’s rent or purchase literature.
Open a checking account. Open an account at a bank of your choosing so you deposit 7th Tradition donations. Once you have built up a small reserve in your account, consider making periodic 7th Tradition contributions to Unity Intergroup (60%), Region 4 (10%), and WSO (30%).
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 trusted servant/leader’s guide. Put together a binder with readings and a script. Check out the WSO Group Support page to find documents for different meeting formats, 7th Tradition forms and more.