Welcome to the Newcomer

The first few meetings can sometimes be a bit intimidating to someone who is new to Overeaters Anonymous or Twelve Step Programs in general. We have put together a short introduction to the program and a set of common “jargon” you will probably hear and will wonder just what we are talking about.

This is a guide giving what has worked for a number of us and some ideas for your recovery.


OA Utah Soaring Newcomer Packet

There is a lot of information available about Overeaters Anonymous. Here is a collection of material that will help make clear the purpose and goals of this proven method of recovery from compulsive behavior with food. There is material to help you decide if you have a problem with food issues and how you can begin to move away from them. This package of material will help to give you a clear understanding of our program and how it can help you!

Strong Abstinence Checklist

The Strong Abstinence Checklist and Writing Exercise is now available from the Overeaters Anonymous World Service Office. Use this valuable tool every day to support you in keeping your abstinence strong and intact. You may also use it as the focus for meetings and workshops.

The Strong Abstinence Checklist contains the checklist, some writing exercises, and an abstinence literature resource guide.

A Tribute to Rozanne

John K. gave a heartfelt and moving eulogy to Rozanne S. at the 2014 Los Angeles Intergroup (LAIG) sponsored retreat honoring Overeaters Anonymous’ 54th birthday.

The OA Promise (Rozanne’s Prayer): I put my hand in yours, and together we can do what we could never do alone. No longer is there a sense of hopelessness, no longer must we each depend upon our own unsteady willpower. We are all together now, reaching out our hands for power and strength greater than ours, and as we join hands, we find love and understanding beyond our wildest dreams.

Also, please see the Memoriam by Overeaters Anonymous at Rozanne S.

Utah Soaring Group Rep Guide

A package of information to support the new Intergroup Representative in their service position. We want the “newcomer” to intergroup and want you to have a positive experience.

Included here you will find:
• A brief description of suggested actions for this service position.
• Also, brief descriptions of the Service Board and our committees. (You can find a list of
the Service Board members, contact information, and a brief description of their duties on
the website also www.oautah.org.)
• The Standing Rules of Order used by our intergroup.
• A Simple Version of Roberts Rules of Order which we use to run our meeting smoothly.
• Our current Bylaws

Recovery Daily Review Guide

Many members of Overeaters Anonymous find their recovery strengthened each day by doing a daily review such as the one outlined in this guide.

Here is a simple two-page format that takes you through planning out your day, reading literature, having gratitude, and ending with a review of resentments, fears, etc. as outlined in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. A great place for notes to share with your sponsor.

The guide can be printed out in any size. Use any portion that helps and leave the rest. Special thanks to AA and OA Region One for their part in developing this guide.

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Utah Soaring Bylaws

Our bylaws are Utah Soaring intergroup’s operating manual. This document formalizes how the intergroup functions to serve the local fellowship.

The bylaws define:

  • The Service Board and how it will function
  • Roles and duties of Service Board members
  • Rules and procedures for holding meetings, electing the Service Board, and appointing Committee Chairpersons
  • Other essential corporate governance matters

To vote at the World Service Business Conference (WSBC), each intergroup must be registered as per OA, Inc. Bylaws, Subpart B, Article VI, Section 2a). The registration process requires the intergroup have an approved set of bylaws.

Bylaws are generally not public documents but making them readily available increases accountability and transparency and encourages your trusted servants to pay closer attention to them.

Strong Meeting Checklist

The Strong Meeting Checklist is part of the OA 2008-2013 Strategic Plan. It is not enough to make the public aware that OA exists and can be a solution to compulsive eating; meetings have to be strong and must function effectively for people to “stay for the miracle” and for OA to continue to grow and be there for those who need it in the future.  Consider doing an inventory of your OA meeting using the checklist.

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A Collection of Twelve Step Prayers

The concept of prayer is generally used to denote a way to communicate a concept of infinite knowledge and power. Concepts, other than those utilized by traditional religion, do exist. One fundamental idea of God, based upon the basic text of AA, (see pg. 55 of the Big Book), is being offered in this material. Some individuals may find the approach is useful in their personal recovery.

Regardless of whatever approach to faith you choose for yourself, you can be assured that there is a power for good, and you can utilize it in your life.

The prayer collection is a commonly found set of prayers found in Overeaters Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous. Here you’ll find the Unity Prayer, Rozanne’s Prayer, the Serenity Prayer, the 11th Step Prayer, the Prayer of St. Francis, the Fear Prayer, and many more. If you have a favorite prayer from recovery literature, that has been left out, please give it to someone in the intergroup or send it to the Communications Committee for consideration: Communications Committee.

How to Attend a Zoom Meeting

Most of our online meetings use the Zoom meeting service. It‘s relatively easy, but there are a lot of buttons and options thrown at the user. Here is a simple guide for joining and participating in a meeting on the Zoom service.

The meeting number for all Zoom meetings is 410051278 (no spaces).
The password is: oautah (all lower case)