Utah Soaring
Meeting Resources

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See local meeting Directory.

Starting a Meeting

Starting a meeting? Overeaters Anonymous is a collective of individual groups. Each group (or meeting) is self-supporting when fully established, but the Utah Soaring Intergroup will help you get the meeting set up and started. Contact our Group Development Chairperson at oautah.groupdev@gmail.com or see the Group Development webpage for phone numbers.

For a new meeting, you can literally start a meeting any place you wish; however an OA group cannot be affiliated with, be sponsored by, or endorse any outside interest. The meeting can take place in a church, synagogue, mosque, or other religious building so long as the meeting is independent from the organization.

Steps to Starting a Meeting

  1. Work with the Group Development Chairperson in setting up your meeting!
  2. Check the current meeting list and be sure your meeting will not conflict with another meeting in the area. Do not conflict with a regularly scheduled event like the monthly Intergroup meeting.
  3. Define your meeting. WSO has several standard meeting formats to choose from.
  4. Work with the facility you will be renting space from to insure access at the planned time and work out a storage area for any materials the group will accumulate.
  5. Do a few test meetings with your interested compatriots to make sure the time and location will work.
  6. Contact and join Utah Soaring Intergroup and we will list your meeting on this website and in our printed meeting list and make the Hotline volunteers aware of the new meeting.
  7. List the meeting with the WSO (World Service Organization). See the Helpful Links section below and use the “Add a New Meeting” link.

Struggling Meeting

Helping a struggling meeting If you have a meeting that is falling apart, you might contact some folks to come join you to bring the meeting to a standard that brings a recovery focus to the meeting. OA has helpful downloads that can help you strengthen your meeting. If you need help, talk to somebody in a group who has the energy you want to see coming from your meeting and ask them for help. The Group Development Chairperson is certainly willing and able to help! We are a fellowship. The fellowship can’t help unless you ask.

One of the aspects that was found is that strong meetings are extroverted and directed outward, toward the community and fellow OA, while week meetings were directed inward to a clique of a few “regulars.” Focus the meeting toward attracting newcomers from the community and to the serving of the current fellowship.

Meeting Volunteers

As soon as possible, a new meeting should start filling the suggested meeting positions listed below that your group finds necessary. If a struggling meeting doesn’t have the required positions, they should fill them as soon as possible.

Secretary (required)
The Secretary ensures that things run smoothly. This person may not lead a meeting, but they are in charge of communicating with the group to ensure that readers read and leaders lead. The Secretary will be listed at WSO and will receive mail and email from the national organization about important events, issues, and news.

Contact Person (required)
The Contact Person will be listed on the Utah Soaring and WSO meeting lists to receive calls (texts, emails) from the public about the meeting. It is important that this person be available and responsive because they are the voice of your meeting to the public.

Intergroup Representative (required)
The Intergroup Rep will attend the monthly intergroup meetings and bring information back to the group about local happenings and issues. There is more information about being a Group Rep at Group Rep Info and even a manual at GroupRep Manual


Helpful Links

Overeaters Anonymous World Service

Utah Soaring Intergroup