All About Region 5
Region 5 of Overeaters Anonymous (OA) is made up of Groups and Intergroups in Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Southwest Ontario (Windsor to London), and the greater Chicago area/Champaign-Urbana/Decatur/Rockford areas of Illinois. We are one of 10 Regions organized to serve the world-wide fellowship of OA.
Our Region’s purpose is to aid those with the problems of compulsive eating through the 12 Steps & 12 Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous, guided by the 12 Concepts of OA Service, and to serve and represent the OA Intergroups and Groups from which we are formed.
How does Region 5 serve you?
We practice and safeguard the Steps, Traditions, & Concepts of Service of Overeaters Anonymous.
We maintain direct communication and work with Groups, Intergroups, and other Regions.
We provide a personal, immediate means of answering urgent questions from individuals, Groups, and Intergroups. We offer support/suggestions/experience with difficult situations.
We hold Region assemblies three times a year during which Intergroup representatives and Region Board members meet to administer and conduct Region business. At these assemblies, we also arrange sessions in which your Intergroup representatives share exciting and effective ways of strengthening abstinence, retaining members, and solving vital Intergroup issues.
We provide funding assistance based on need to help Intergroups:
Send representatives to Region assemblies
Send delegates to World Service Business Conference
Participate in public information programs to spread the word about OA in their area
We publish the “Freedom from Bondage” newsletter three times a year.
We maintain the website www.region5oa.org with event information, Intergroup links, Region business, forms, etc.
We work with unaffiliated Groups to link them with an Intergroup wherever possible. We represent the unaffiliated Groups at World Service Business Conference.
We maintain a list of Region 5 OA speakers available to Intergroups throughout the Region.
We host a Region Convention annually for a weekend of recovery and fellowship.
The Region Board delivers free workshops to Intergroups on Service, Traditions, Concepts, Sponsorship, Strong Meetings, Abstinence, Intergroup Inventories, and other topics – all designed to strengthen the Intergroup, the Fellowship, and carry the message of recovery.
Overeaters Anonymous Preamble
Overeaters Anonymous is a Fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength and hope, are recovering from compulsive overeating. We welcome everyone who wants to stop eating compulsively.
There are no dues or fees for members; we are self-supporting through our own contributions, neither soliciting nor accepting outside donations. OA is not affiliated with any public or private organization, political movement, ideology or religious doctrine; we take no position on outside issues.
Our primary purpose is to abstain from compulsive eating and compulsive food behaviors and to carry the message of recovery through the Twelve Steps of OA to those who still suffer.