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!

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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.

May 29th and 30th

We will have our 5th Friday meeting Friday, May 29th, at the Hinds Building at 7:00 p.m. The next day, Saturday, May 30, there is an Intergroup meeting at the same location. We will meet as soon as possible after leaving the 10 a.m. OA Meeting at Shades of Hope, arriving at the Natural Foods Center 2534 S. 7th in Abilene around 11:20. Then we will move to the Hinds Building for our regular Intergroup quarterly meeting followed immediately by a “Board Retreat” the quotation marks saying that’s the name, that you’re welcome to come if you meet the criteria: having a desire to stop eating compulsively.

The location of the Hinds Building and the room: 100 Chestnut, Hinds Square Building, Suite 112 (Come in south door, it’s the first door on the right.) If we cannot unlock the south door, the front door will be unlocked.


Come one, come all, to any and all of these events! Let it rain showers of blessings if it rains.

A Question about Diversity

The Region 3 Unity with Diversity Committee asks that you consider this question in your meeting sometime this month:

What measures do we take to provide meeting access to OA members who have challenges such as mental or physical disabilities or illnesses, or those who have allergies? What about those who have small children or those who rely on public transportation?

Change in the Air

The Abilene Tuesday evening group has moved to Exodus Metropolitan Community Church, 1933 S 27th Street. It has established a policy of meeting no matter what the weather may do.

The Abilene Wednesday morning meeting, as announced in the previous post, is meeting at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Vogel and will not meet when AISD cancels classes because of the weather.

Other groups are invited to establish weather rules and let the webmaster know so those can be posted on the website.

Also, Abilene is putting together a city-wide list of members with the purpose of making that available to newcomers who may want to reach out beyond the group they have attended for sponsors, for telephone contacts, etc. That list will be prepared for any of the OA Big Country locations that want to do so, and you may use this Abilene OA Contacts (blank) (making appropriate changes for the town name.) Again, email the webmaster for help with this.