To Access Zoom as the Host or Meeting Leader
- Be sure to get the email and password from Becca or another leader.
- Go to zoom.us and click sign in
- Use the email and password given to you.
- Click on Meetings on the right hand column
- Find your correct meeting in the list
- Click on "Start"
- Your computer may ask you to download Zoom as an app or software. Follow instructions on your computer or device.
- You computer/device may prompt you saying, "This link needs to open with an application". Click Zoom Meetings and then Open Link.
- Your video should appear. Be sure your devices camera is turned on.
- You will be prompted to choose to use audio by phone or by your computer. If you choose by phone, follow phone instructions on the Coronavirus Updates Page.
- You can click manage participants at the bottom of your screen. You will see a list of participants appear on the right hand side. At the bottom of that column, you have choices to mute or unmute participants.
SUGGESTED PHONE/VIDEO MEETING FORMAT
[for the meeting leader only:]
- We have found that consistent use of this format keeps meetings focused on OA recovery, reinforces our program, and encourages unity. It also provides a reassuring feeling of continuity—an important factor in member retention.
- Each group may modify this format to better suit its needs.
- Please call in NO later than 10 minutes before the meeting starts. There are times when you may have trouble getting on. Earlier is better.
- Consider selecting readers prior to the start of the meeting to ensure participants have the right books or literature. This will cut down on time and confusion during the meeting itself.
- If you call in as moderator, you may be muted. Press *6 to unmute.]
- If you are viewing this via your cell phone, scroll down past the numbers to reach the format. For some reason, it's not showing up the right way on cell.
- For a PDF or Word version of this meeting format, click below.
WELCOME: “Welcome to the [day and time] _______________ phone and video meeting of Overeaters Anonymous. My name is ____________. I am a compulsive eater and your moderator for this meeting.”
SERENITY PRAYER: “After a moment of silence, will all those who wish, please join me in the Serenity Prayer by pressing *6 to unmute?” [Note to Moderator: Please pause for 10 to 15 seconds to give callers a chance to unmute themselves.]
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can,
and wisdom to know the difference.
“I will now mute the line.” [LEADER: At the bottom of your Zoom video screen, click “Manage Participants”. A column with the participants will appear on the right of the video screen. At the bottom of the column, click “Mute All.” ]
“To unmute, please press *6. After sharing, please remember to press *6 to mute. This allows us to have a quiet meeting.”
A SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT ANONYMITY: Because of the nature of video and phone meetings, please take caution to safeguard your own and other member’s anonymity. This means:
DIVERSITY POLICY: “As we extend the heart and hand of the OA Fellowship to those who still suffer, let us be mindful of OA’s Unity with Diversity Policy, which respects our differences, yet unites us in the solution to our common problem. Whatever problem you may have with food, you are welcome at this meeting, regardless of race, creed, nationality, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, or any other trait.
We encourage all our members to:
• get a sponsor to help guide your recovery;
• develop a plan of eating and, if you wish, write it down and report daily to your sponsor; and
• read OA-approved literature to develop a working knowledge of the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions.”
PREAMBLE: “The following is the OA 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.”
OUR INVITATION TO YOU: [If you haven’t already done so, ask someone to read “Our Invitation to You,” which includes the Twelve Steps of Overeaters Anonymous.]
[Note to Moderator: It may take some time for a volunteer to come forward to read. Please be
patient; someone will volunteer to do this service. If after 20 seconds or so there is no volunteer,
read the Steps or Traditions yourself.]
READ THE TRADITIONS: “Would someone please do service by reading the Twelve Traditions of OA?” [Printed in the back of For Today, Voices of Recovery, or The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous, Second Edition; also included with this meeting format.]
THE DEFINITIONS OF “ABSTINENCE” AND “RECOVERY” IN OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS:
1. Abstinence: The act of refraining from compulsive eating and compulsive food behaviors while working towards or maintaining a healthy body weight.
2. Recovery: Removal of the need to engage in compulsive eating behaviors. Spiritual, emotional, and physical recovery is achieved through working and living the Overeaters Anonymous Twelve Step program.”
TOOLS: “The OA Tools of Recovery help us work the Steps and refrain from compulsive overeating.
The nine Tools are: a plan of eating, sponsorship, meetings, telephone, writing, literature, an action
plan, anonymity, and service. For more information, read The Tools of Recovery pamphlet.” [Or read
The Tools of Recovery (abridged) included with this meeting format.]
TIMEKEEPER: “____________ has volunteered to be our timekeeper” or “We also need a timekeeper to do service and give a ‘gentle reminder’ at 3 minutes. Please press *6 to volunteer for this service.
Try to keep your share from 2 to 3 minutes so that everyone who wishes to share will have time to do so. If you are the person sharing, please acknowledge that you heard the timekeeper.”
SEVENTH TRADITION: “According to our Seventh Tradition, we are self-supporting through our own contributions. However, it’s difficult to take up contributes via video or phone. Due to the special nature of our meetings at this time, we will ask everyone to hold their contributions until we resume face-to-face meetings.
SPONSORS: “Sponsorship is one of our keys to success. Sponsors are OA members committed to
abstinence and to living the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions to the best of their ability. If you are
an available sponsor, or are willing to help someone get started in the program, now is the time to
identify yourself. Please give us your name and contact information slowly and clearly. Please also
share your time in program, length of abstinence, and relief from food obsession. Press *6 to
unmute and *6 to mute after speaking.”
INTRODUCTIONS: Now it’s time for introductions. We do not typically do introductions in our face-to-face meetings, however, due to the nature of electronic meetings, it’s difficult to know who is attending the meeting. So that we can better connect with each other, please unmute your phone by pressing *6 and share your name. If you wish you may qualify by saying something like, “I’m _______. I’m a compulsive overeater.” If you are new or this is your 2nd or 3rd meeting, please let us know so we can welcome you.
LITERATURE: “Only OA-approved literature is discussed at this meeting. Many OA members find
that reading our literature on a daily basis further reinforces how to live the Twelve Steps. You can find OA approved literature by going to OA.org and click on “Bookstore”.
REPORTS: “It is now time for announcements.
GUIDELINES FOR THIS PHONE MEETING: “Please limit your comments to your experience, strength, and hope in living with the disease of compulsive eating. We refrain from cross talk. Cross talk during an OA meeting is giving advice to others who have already shared, speaking directly. to another person rather than to the group, and questioning or interrupting the person speaking or sharing at the time. Your share is very important to us. So, if we cannot hear you clearly, we may stop you to let you know.
After your share, you may give your number and or email for later contact by other members. Please speak slowly and clearly. There is time after the meeting closes for sharing and repeating contact information.
Everyone is welcome to share.”
TYPE OF MEETING—STATE THIS MEETING’S CHOICE: [Some meetings vary or combine
options, as decided by group conscience. Sample options are listed below. Time for member sharing
may vary depending on the group conscience of the meeting.]
Step and Tradition Meetings: “This is a Step meeting. We are reading Step _____and/or Tradition _____.” [Moderator or a selected volunteer begins reading from The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous, Second Edition. Members share about the Step or Tradition.]
Topic Meetings: “This is a topic meeting. Today’s OA program topic is __________.” [Members
are invited to share for 3 to 5 minutes on the topic.]
Speaker Meetings: “This is a speaker meeting.” [Leader or selected volunteer describes his or her story for about 15 to 20 minutes and shares experience, strength, and hope. Members are invited to share for 3 to 5
Literature Meetings: “This is a literature meeting. Today we are reading __________.” [Choose from any OA-approved literature or designated literature for the meeting. Members may read and share, or read and then share at the end.]
SHARING: “The meeting is now open for sharing. Press *6 to unmute and press *6 again
when you are done speaking; this allows us to have a quiet meeting. Who would like to share?”
[Note: If people aren’t muting after sharing, you can "Mute All" to mute everyone. This is also
useful when there is lots of background noise. Please remember that if you have noise on the line,
it is usually because callers are unmuted.]
CLOSING [5 minutes before close of meeting]: “It's now time to close. Before we end, who will do service by volunteering to lead next week's meeting?"
Thank you. By following the Twelve Steps, attending meetings regularly, and using the OA Tools, we are changing our lives. You will find hope and encouragement in Overeaters Anonymous. To the newcomer, we suggest attending at least six different meetings to learn the many ways OA can help you.
“There are many different types of meetings, all of which are available to support your recovery
from compulsive eating. We welcome you to this meeting whenever you would care to attend. Please visit OAUnity.org to get updates about OA meetings in the greater Chattanooga and North Georgia area. As our intergroup and individual meetings respond to the coronavirus, we will keep up to date information there.
There are other virtual (phone and technology-based) and face-to-face meetings that you may find helpful.
Information about all OA meetings (electronic or face-to-face) can be found on oa.org.
“The opinions expressed here today are those of individual OA members and do not represent OA as
a whole. Please remember our commitment to honor each other’s anonymity. Whom you see here,
What you hear here, When you leave here, Let it stay here. Let us all reach out by phone or email
to newcomers, returning members, and each other. Together we get better. As OA’s responsibility
pledge states: Always to extend the hand and heart of OA to all who share my compulsion; for this I
“Thank you for asking me to be your leader. After a moment of silence, will those who wish please
join us in __________ [Select one of the following closings: Serenity Prayer, Seventh Step Prayer,
Third Step Prayer, or the OA Promise ‘I put my hand in yours...’] followed by ‘Keep Calling Back! It
Works!’ Press *6 to unmute if you would like to join in the closing.”