February and March 2017 Huge Months

Big Country Intergroup will be busy the next two months!

  • The Schedule: February 4, Saturday, 1:30 P.M.Intergroup Meeting, 100 Chestnut, Hinds Square Building, Suite 112 (Come in south door, it’s the first door on the right.) Everyone welcome
  • February 24-25, 2017 – Why I Belong in OA – Workshop
    Wingate by Wyndham Abilene 3010 Catclaw Drive S. Clack St., Abilene, TX 79606, Friday, February 24 beginning at 7:00 P.M. Saturday, February 25, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Rooms are available at the hotel for $80.00 per night per room. Contact Wingate by Wyndam, Abilene (325) 690-6400 Cost: $20 (food not included. Bring your own or eat at nearby restaurants.)
    If money is a problem ask for a scholarship.
    Our speaker is from San Antonio.
    Register at OABigCountry.net/why-i-belong-in-oa/
    Download Flyer.
  • March 24-26, 2017 – 2017 Region III Convention and Assembly, Discipline/Faith/Willingness ~ Hyatt Regency DFW, in Dallas, TX. Download flyer.

Our New Officers

  • Chair: Sharon D
  • Vice Chair: To be designated
  • Secretary: Barbara R
  • Treasurer: Shared by Joan B and Wanda S
  • Region Rep: Jennifer B
  • WSBC Delegate: Wanda S

Help is at Hand for the Holidays


You are not alone…with a hundred of your closest relatives or with a goldfish for company. Please, please, please reach out to others if the food issues, family problems, or loneliness want to pull you back to your obsessions. Use phone numbers, text messages, email, program literature or your Higher Power freely and often when  the need arises. Your contact may well be the boost the receiver needs on a day that often presents issues to all of us.

Besides that, there’s help a phone call away. OA hosts Phone Marathons on all Major Holidays.  Call in and join a phone meeting with your fellows.5:45 a.m. CST – 12:00 a.m. CST.
A phone meeting every hour — the same phone number and pin. Generally the marathons are from 8 a.m. until midnight Eastern time
712-432-5200. Pin: 4285115#

Holiday Marathon Meetings work around regularly scheduled meetings, starting at 8 a.m. EST and lasting until midnight. We recognize the diversity of our members and although we don’t endorse any particular holiday, we want to support our members who do celebrate those days.

Sunday, December 25th—Christmas Day
Surprises of Working the OA Program

Sunday, December 25th—Hanukkah (https://www.facebook.com/events/247125352372098/)
The Miracle of Recovery

Monday, December 26th—Kwanzaa / Boxing Day (https://www.facebook.com/events/600514773466110/)
We Are Not Alone

Sunday, December 31st— New Year’s Eve (
Celebrating Our Freedom from Compulsive Eating

More News

Sharon D is our new Intergroup Chair and she will name a Vice Chair. I, Barbara R. am the new Secretary. Many of you know my regular email address. The reply address for this mailing is OAStepper@gmail.com and you may use either to reach me. Let me know howI can help you as webmaster or secretary.

Have a Merry Abstinent Christmas and a blessed new year.

The Abilene Monday meeting will be at Mad Coffee FM707, Abilene, TX 79602 at noon on the 26th,

Important Intergroup Meeting

Important Intergroup Meeting Saturday

We will meet Saturday, November 5, at 1:30 at Hinds Square. 100 Chestnut, Room 112, Abilene. Election of officers and other matters will be considered. We need EVERYBODY! Please consider taking a leadership position and come with an open heart and mind.

Our Bylaws say (click to read):



In September and October

Region 3’s Next Assembly/Convention
Keep Recovery Weird – Fall 2016


Howdy The Fall 2016 OA Region III convention and assembly will be in Austin, Texas, Friday, September 9 through Sunday, September 11, 2016 at the Wyndham Garden Hotel.

For details visit the The Heart of Texas OA Intergroup Convention and Assembly page here.


Tri-County OA Workshop

Workshop at New World UMC, 2201 North Davis Dr, Arlington, Texas 76012. Registration begins at 12:30pm.

See flyer: http://oabigcountry.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/2016-OA-Retreat-Flyer-NEW-20160826.pdf

Intergroup meetings

The next Intergroup meeting is October 1 at 1:30 p.m. In addition, the day before…or evening before there is a 5th Friday meeting at 7:00 p.m. on September 30.  Both are at the 100 Chestnut, Hinds Square Building, Suite 112(Come in south door, it’s the first door on the right.)

Monday Noon Abilene Meeting

On Labor Day, Sept. 5, the Monday noon meeting will be at Shades of Hope.

We Did It!

OA Big Country hosted region 3 for the Spring, 2016, Convention and Assembly. Those of us closely involved can tell you lots of things that went wrong…but many as well that went far better than we had any right to expect. This is your opportunity. Most of our posts are without a comment box, but this one has one. And we REALLY WANT you to use it. But to preserve anonymity, you’ll need a username. You can use anything you want. Some people can use their email description…for instance if your user name matched an email address of broomstick, we’d be pretty sure who you are! But if your email address gives away your last name, please make a username of first name, last initial or something else we’ll recognize. But if you want to be anonymous from us, as well, go creative.

In the comment form, after you create your identity, please tell us what you liked, what you learned, and what you’d suggest for other planning committees.

Again, we are grateful to you for making this work!

Now, use this link to register, then until the 20th of May, you can comment. The first comment is monitored for not-us users, then you can discuss at will. The link: http://oabigcountry.net/wp-register.php.



Mark Your Calendars!

Saturday, January 16 at 1:00 p.m. in Abilene at Mad Coffee, on corner of Hwy. 83/84 and FM 707, there will be a Convention Committee planning meeting. All committee members and all those willing to help with the Convention are invited.
Friday, January 29 – Fifth Friday Speaker Meeting in Abilene at 7:00 p.m. in Suite 112, Hinds Square Building, corner of South 1st and Chestnut.  Everyone invited.
Saturday, January 30, 10:00 a.m. – OA meeting, Shades of Hope conference center, Buffalo Gap.
Saturday, January 30 a workshop given by the Region 3 Trustee from 1-4:30 p.m. at Shades of Hope conference center.  Everyone invited.
Saturday, February 13, Valentine workshop and OA meeting at 10:00 a.m. at Shades of Hope conference center, Buffalo Gap.
Saturday, February 13, Big Country Intergroup meeting at 1:30 at Hinds Square Building, Abilene.
Friday through Sunday, April 13-15, 2016, Region 3 Assembly and Convention, at Hilton Garden Inn, Abilene.

Reach Out Your Hands to Welcome Region 3!

Reaching Out Our Hands-final logoBig Country Intergroup will welcome Region 3 of Overeaters Anonymous in Abilene at the Hilton Garden Inn for a Business Assembly and Recovery Convention April 15-17. Please feel free to print the material and distribute it far and near! And plan to COME!!! And sign up to help, too!

You’ll find a new tab on the menu here and you can share this for all the news: http://oabigcountry.net/r3/

Brochure: Reaching Out Our Hands

Mark Your Calendars!

put_this_on_calendarWe will be BUSY the next few months!

  • Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 1:30 p.m., an Intergroup meeting at  100 Chestnut, Hinds Square Building, Suite 112 (Come in south door, it’s the first door on the right.) We will elect three new officers at this meeting, and our bylaws require you be in attendance to be elected. The officers are Region 3 Representative, WSBC Delegate, and Intergroup Treasurer. (Diana was elected to an interim position, but this is for the normal two-year term.)Qualifications required for Region 3 Representative: “should be selected folr willingness to serve, commitment to the Twelve Stes\ps and Twelve Traditions of OA, with at least six (6) months current abstinence and working the Twellve Steps of Overeaters Anonymous.”
    Qualifications required for WSBC Delegate include at least six (6) months current abstinence and others set out here.
    Qualifications for Treasurer are set out at the Bylaws tab Article IV Section 3 and include 6 months current abstinence.
  • Friday, October 30, 2015 at 7:00 p.m., a Fifth Friday Speaker meeting with a speaker from Austin at 100 Chestnut, Hinds Square Building, Suite 112 (Come in south door, it’s the first door on the right.)
  • There will be NO 5th Friday meeting December 31st.
  • Friday, January 29, 2016 – 5th Friday Meeting at 7:00 P.M.
  • Saturday, January 30, 2016 – One Day Workshop directed by our Region 3 Trustee, Vicki W
  • We host the Region 3 Assembly and Convention in Abilene April 15-17th at Hilton Garden Inn.