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Thank you for taking a few minutes to read the April COLA newsletter!
 
This month's topics:
7th Tradition
Event Changes
4th Concept of Service
OA Literature
 (Free and For Sale)
Passing the Basket

 
Your meeting's expenses may have changed, but OA's World Service Office still needs our support to do their work if you are able to give.

While your meeting is not physically passing a basket right now, we are asking meetings to submit donations directly to C.O.LA.

What happens to my contribution?

When meetings are held in person, each meeting decides how much of the collection to donate to the intergroup.

Then C.O.LA. disperses as follows:
  • 30% to World Service
  • 10% to Region 8
  • The remaining 60% of the 7th Tradition is used to cover:
    • the cost of hosting events
    • sending representatives to Region 8 assemblies and World Service conventions
    • other efforts to carry the message in the 4-Parish area covered by C.O.LA.
When you donate directly to C.O.LA. via the link below, we continue to disperse according to the guidelines above, so you support intergroup, Region, and World Service.

Have questions about C.O.LA.'s finances? Attend intergroup meetings where monthly and annual reports are shared and approved.

Thank you for keeping the 7th Tradition going during virtual meetings!
Send your 7th Tradition to C.O.LA.
Update on Recovery Events
 
C.O.LA. EVENTS: C.O.LA.'s annual fall retreat planned for November 2020 is canceled due to the challenge of securing a suitable venue at this time.

The Retreat Planning Committee is pivoting from programming a weekend-long retreat to expanding November's IDEA Day into an all-day event. IDEA Day 2020 will include the speakers who were invited to the now canceled retreat.

We hope fellows along the Gulf Coast will join us! Details to come this summer. 


WORLD SERVICE EVENTS: OA World Service Organization has canceled the in-person World Service Business Conference that was scheduled for April; however, World Service is holding a recovery convention in Orlando, FL on August 20-22, 2020 with the theme "Sunlight of the Spirit: 60 Years Around the Sun!" Think of how grateful we will be to be reunited with so many of our fellows once we are done quarantinng! Registration closes July 24.

REGION EVENTS: The Region 8 Spring 2020 Recovery Convention and Business Assembly has been rescheduled to October 23-25, 2020 in Baton Rouge, LA hosted by BRIG. We hope to see you there! Baton Rouge is so close and there will be so much recovery to draw on at this weekend-long meeting marathon/workshop.

The Recovery Convention initially scheduled for the Fall in Nashville, has been rescheduled to Spring 2021. Save the dates for March 26-28, 2021.
Emergency Notice: As far as COLA is aware, no groups are meeting in person for the foreseeable future. Meeting contact phone numbers are listed here, as well meeting change updates which include the online meeting information.

If you are leading a meeting without your usual materials, C.O.LA. offers this virtual meeting format and if you are attending, you can access the digital readings packet here. 

At each C.O.LA. meeting, we have started sharing on one of the Concepts of Service. Similar to the Steps and Traditions, there are 12 Concepts of Service. With April being the 4th month, the COLA Chair is sharing on Concept Four: Equality.

To read more about the Concepts of Service, you can order the pamphlet The Twelve Concepts of OA Service here. There may be delays in shipping. due to COVID-19. You can also email sccovert@gmail.com for a free copy while supplies list.



Concept Four:

EQUALITY

The right of participation ensures equality of opportunity
for all in the decision-making process.

 
When I came to OA, there were times I believed I was better than everyone. There were also times I believed that I was worse than everyone else. Sometimes I believed I was both better than and worse than you at the same time!

When I took Step 7 and learned to embrace true humility, I saw that I was no better or worse than other human beings. It was a tough lesson to swallow (no OA pun intended) but knowing my place in the world has made all the difference in how I live and feel.

The fourth concept reminds us that each and every person is important but that none of us is more important or less important than anyone else. To effectively do service, we each must share our voice, even when it is uncomfortable, and we all must listen to every opinion. I'm grateful we have a Higher Power and a group conscience to which we defer so that we can hear everyone's voice, respect each other, recognize our own weaknesses and egos, and make the best decision for the group.

As we deal with our family members in our homes and navigate the difficulty inherent in long-distance (mis)communication, may we each and all remember to defer to our Higher Powers and remember that all are equal both inside and outside these rooms.

- Sarah C.
2020-2021 COLA Chair
Looking for something to read during quarantine?
Literature is a tool of the program!


COLA is no longer in the Literature Business - Everything must go!
To order, email Sarah at sccovert@gmail.com.
You can pay online and we will ship directly to you (no shipping charges).

For Sale
- Taste of Lifeline - book of stories and articles - $16.25
- Lifeline Sampler - book of stories and articles - $14.50
- Overeaters Anonymous, 3rd Edition - book of stories - $15.00
- A New Beginning: Stories of Recovery from Relapse - $11.50
- The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous
(1st edition, mini size) - $11.50
- The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous (1st edition, large print) - $24.00
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions (Alcoholics Anonymous) - hard cover $10.75
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions (Alcoholics Anonymous) - paperback $9.00
- The Twelve Step Workbook of Overeaters Anonymous (1st edition) - $13.25
- For Today Workbook - $13.25
- Voices of Recovery Workbook - $13.25
- Sponsorship Kit - $2.75


Free
Wallet Cards
- The OA Promise
- Twelve Stepping a Problem
- Strong Abstinence Checklist and Writing Exercise
- Just For Today
- Pocket Reference for OA Members
- 1 Day at a Time

Packets
- Young Person's Packet
- Focus on Anorexia and Bulimia

Pamphlets
IS OA FOR YOU
- Is Food a Problem for You?

- 15 Questions

INTRODUCTION
- To the Newcomer

- Questions & Answers
- A Program of Recovery
- About OA

ABSTINENCE
- A Plan of Eating
- Dignity of Choice

- A Commitment to Abstinence

DIVERSITY
- OA Members Come in All Sizes

- Black OA Members Share Their Experience, Strength, and Hope
- To the Man Who Wants to Stop Compulsive Overeating, Welcome
- Treatment and Beyond
- To The Teen
- A Common Solution: Diversity and Recovery

- Many Symptoms, One Solution

TOOLS
- The Tools of Recovery
- Anonymity

TRADITIONS
- 12 Traditions
- 7th Tradition of OA

RELAPSE
- Keep Coming Back

- Members in Relapse
- Welcome Back

SPONSORSHIP
- Sponsoring Through the Steps
- A Guide for Sponsors


CARRYING THE MESSAGE
- OA Handbook for Members, Groups, and Intergroups: Recovery Opportunities

- Introducing OA to Health Care Professionals

FAMILY
- To the Family of the Compulsive Overeater
- To Parents and Concerned Adults

The next C.O.LA. Meeting will be held via Zoom on Sat, April 18 at 9:00am CST.  Click here to enter the Zoom meeting room or call in 929-436-2866 and enter meeting ID: 203 526 3590. 


What happens at C.O.LA. meetings? Meeting representatives, committee members, and C.O.LA. officers meet to discuss the Concept of the Month, officer and committee reports, and new and old business. There is one open service position: chairperson for the Ways and Means who supports fundraising efforts related to events.
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504-366-3230
 


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