Dear Intergroup Member,
Welcome to the Brandywine Intergroup of Overeaters Anonymous. Thank you for joining us at Intergroup. Intergroup serves the important role of helping the members in meetings in Chester County, Delaware County and parts of Berks & Montgomery Counties in Pennsylvania, and OA as a whole to function, grow and thrive. We invite you to participate in our conversations, the creation of activities and events, and to share ideas. We hope this list of frequently asked questions helps to explain some of the ins and outs of our intergroup. Please be sure to ask any of our board members for further clarification if necessary.
If you still have questions after reading the FAQs below, please feel free to contact us.
We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at our next Intergroup meeting!
In service and gratitude,
Your Brandywine Intergroup Chair
When and where does Intergroup meet?
We meet the second Saturday of each month at 10:00 at Paoli Hospital in one of the boardrooms. Due to the pandemic, until further notice, we are meeting via Zoom. Visit our Intergroup meeting calendar for actual dates.
How is the meeting run?
Who attends the Intergroup meeting?
- The Executive Committee: Chair, Vice Chair, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, Treasurer and Immediate Past Chair
- The Intergroup Representatives which consist of one member from each group
- World Service Business Conference Delegates
- Region 7 Representatives
- Committee Chairs/members
- Any OA member that would like to attend is welcome
Who is an Intergroup Representative and what do they do?
Each group can select a member of the meeting to represent their meeting and vote for motions at the monthly Intergroup meeting. A meeting may have more than one person attend Intergroup, but only one person per group may vote. The Intergroup Rep is responsible for sharing information from the Intergroup meeting with their home meeting. All Intergroup Reps are invited to join a committee and to work on upcoming events.
How does the Intergroup Rep act as a liaison between their meeting and the Intergroup?
The Intergroup Rep:
- Reads the monthly Intergroup meeting highlights to the group
- Makes the monthly newsletter available to your meeting and encourages members to sign up for their own copy
- Remind the group that the traditions recommend holding only a prudent reserve (one month’s rent/$ for literature or any other regular monthly expense) in your treasury and disburse the remaining funds in the form of donations to Intergroup (60%), WSO (30%) and Region (10%).
- Remind the Chair of your meeting to notify the Vice-Chair of the Brandywine Intergroup and the World Service Office of any changes in your meeting site or time, or group cancellations. They must also inform WSO of changes in the designated contact person. (www.oa.org)
- If your meeting does not have an Alternate Intergroup Rep, encourage someone to come to Intergroup meetings with you so he/she can become familiar with our procedures. If you have to miss an Intergroup meeting, your Alternate Rep can vote in your place.
- Remind members that ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND BRANDYWINE INTERGROUP MEETINGS.
- Remind members that all are welcome to serve on committees, even if they don’t attend Intergroup Meetings.
What if I have some ideas to share with Intergroup?
If you see a need that isn’t being met, if you have a suggestion for improvement, or if you would like to be a part of Brandywine Intergroup, contact us today. We need you! You can share your ideas or be part of a committee even if you are not an Intergroup Representative.
What are the Intergroup Committees?
- The BLAST Newsletter Committee: provides timely reminders and announcements about all things OA. The committee also coordinates articles, poems, stories, etc. submitted by the membership. Meetings are encouraged to volunteer for one month per year to submit items. To sign up to receive The BLAST Newsletter send your first name and first initial of last name to: email@example.com
- Website Committee: maintains and improves our website.
- Events Committee: helps organize and coordinate workshops, retreats, IDEA Day, Unity Day, Sponsorship Day, marathons and other events on such topics as abstinence, steps, tools, traditions and concepts
- Public Information (PI) Committee: makes the public aware of Overeaters Anonymous through public service announcements to Facebook, TV/cable stations, newspapers, radio and other media, handles media requests; and shares OA’s message of hope through billboards, health fairs, libraries, schools, colleges, posters, and public speakers list
- Professional Outreach (PO) Committee: provides information to professionals in medical and associated fields (i.e. hospitals, doctors, nurses, nutritionists, clergy, psychologists, social workers, body work specialists, weight loss clinics, and rehabs, massage therapists, yoga studios and others)
- Speakers’ Bureau: maintains a list of speakers for meetings, workshops and other events. We are seeking speakers with six months or more current abstinence who are working their program of recovery one day at a time.
- Twelfth Step Within (TSW) Committee: carries the OA message of recovery to those who still suffer WITHIN the OA Fellowship. It deals with relapse and issues of membership retention, offering a message of hope; and encourages OA members to maintain recovery and prevent relapse.
- Zoom Committee: coordinates the calendar for our Zoom account and assigns meetings Zoom access information
- Ad hoc committees which form as necessary
What does Brandywine Intergroup provide?
- Recovery Events
- Health Fairs/Trade Shows
- Professional Outreach
- A website: www.brandywineintergroup.org
- A monthly BLAST Newsletter with periodic emails with time sensitive information.
- A phone line: 610-565-9695
- Liability Insurance for meetings and events
- A Post Office Box: P.O. Box 605, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
- A Zoom subscription for use by Intergroup and meetings as available
- A bank account
- A Facebook page: Overeaters Anonymous Brandywine Intergroup
- An email account: BrandywineIntergroup2020@gmail.com
- Delegates to World Service Business Conference annually
- Representatives to Region 7 Assembly twice a year
What are Intergroup’s Expenses?
Our expenses cover the items above that we provide. When Intergroup meets live, we send a quarterly donation to Paoli Hospital for the use of the boardroom quarterly. We make quarterly donations to Region 7 and World Service Office with monies in our account beyond anticipated expenses and a prudent reserve when available.
What does it mean that OA is a bottom-up organization?
“Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.”
The hierarchy of service levels in OA is shown below:
How many regions are in OA?
11 – click here to learn more.
Which region does Brandywine Intergroup belong to?
Region 7 – click here to learn more.
How many Intergroups are in Region 7?
What areas does Region 7 cover?
Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, West Virginia and Virginia
What is the Region 7 Assembly?
The Region 7 Assembly (meets twice a year) in the spring and the fall. The representatives from Intergroups in Region 7 meet to conduct business and lend support to the intergroups in the region. Brandywine Intergroup sends representatives based upon the number of registered meetings. We can send one representative per 10 meetings, as funds permit.
What is the Region 7 Convention?
Region 7 sponsors an annual convention which is also a social function. It takes place somewhere within our region.
What is the World Service Business Conference (WSBC)?
Each spring the World Service Business Conference (WSBC), meets to conduct the business of OA. Delegates from all over the world meet to discuss, debate, and determine policy for OA as a whole. Brandywine Intergroup sends delegates as funds permit (one delegate per 15 meetings.) The business conference is held at WSO headquarters in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
What is the WSO Convention?
WSO sponsors a biannual convention which is a social function attended by members around the world. The location changes each time.
How Can I donate to Intergroup?
Send your donation to:
P.O. Box 605
Bryn Mawr, Pa 19010