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Second Quarter 2021 Issue

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WSBC 2021: Virtual and Worldwide

We’ll be “Looking to the Future: One Day at a Time” at this year’s World Service Business Conference. WSBC 2021 will be a fully virtual event scheduled over a two-week period from April 12–24. The tentative Conference agenda and all Conference e-documents are posted to the WSBC web page. Week One (April 12–16) gives our 250 delegates time to review materials and prepare questions prior to Week Two’s virtual meetings. Week Two (April 17–24) will include an “All About Conference” workshop, a “Meet and Greet the Maker” forum, a “Trustee Nominee Q&A” session, and business meetings.

Prior to Conference, delegates will be assigned to their Conference committees and committee cochairs will contact delegates with the details of the dates of committee meetings and the materials they need to prepare.

New Business Motions and Bylaw Amendments
Delegates will consider nine New Business Motions, named A through I:

  1. Amend OA’s Statement on Abstinence and Recovery to revert back to the 2018 policy.
  2. Amend OA’s Statement on Abstinence and Recovery to allow revisions only in years ending in zero.
  3. Amend OA’s Statement on Abstinence and Recovery to revise the definition of recovery.
  4. Amend OA’s event policy to define OA event weekends.
  5. Amend OA’s Preamble to include “compulsive food behaviors.”
  6. Create a diverse voices policy for developing new literature and updating existing literature.
  7. Change the name of OA’s Young Persons’ Committee to the Young Peoples’ Committee.
  8. Amend the Unity with Diversity policy to simplify the language and terms.
  9. Amend the hybrid meetings policy to include a more detailed definition of hybrid meetings.

In addition, delegates will consider Bylaw Amendments to OA Bylaws, Subpart B, numbered 1–13, 16, and 17:

  1. Amend Article X – Meetings of Delegates, Section 5 – Voting to require the board to vote last
  2. Amend Article IX – Board of Trustees, Section 3 – Term of Office to allow trustees to serve no more than eight years total
  3. Amend Article IX – Board of Trustees, Section 4 – Qualifications to require the trustee to be a permanent resident of the region
  4. Amend Article VII – Regions, Section 2 – Composition (housekeeping)
  5. Amend Article X – Meetings of Delegates, Section 3 – Delegates (housekeeping)
  6. Amend Article X – Meetings of Delegates, Section 1 – World Service Business Conference to allow for a virtual Conference, if necessary
  7. Amend Article X – Meetings of Delegates, Section 3 – Delegates (housekeeping)
  8. Amend Article IX – Board of Trustees, Section 1 – Composition to institute the new board restructuring plan
  9. Amend Article IX – Board of Trustees, Section 4 – Qualifications to institute the new board restructuring plan
  10. Amend Article IX – Board of Trustees, Section 5 – Nomination of Trustees to institute the new board restructuring plan
  11. Amend Article VI – Intergroups, Article VII – Regions, Article VIII – Service Boards to combine into one section
  12. Amend Article V – Overeaters Anonymous Groups, Section 2 – Composition to specify hybrid meetings
  13. Amend Article X – Meetings of Delegates, Section 3 – Delegates to allow for fair representation at WSBC
  1. Amend Article VI – Intergroups, Article VII – Regions, Article VIII – Service Boards to add special focus service boards
  2. Amend Article VIII – Service Boards, Section 1 – Definition, Section 2 – Composition to create special focus service boards

Proposed Bylaw Amendments 14 and 15 were removed from the WSBC agenda because they did not receive a 50 percent majority of votes made by the intergroups and service boards who participated in the Agenda Questionnaire.

Literature Proposals
Delegates will vote on whether to give the Conference Seal of Approval to The Tools of Recovery; A New Plan of Eating: A Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Journey; and Voices of Recovery, Second Edition.

Trustee Elections
This year, elections will be held to fill five trustee positions. Nominees are:

  • Region Three (three-year term): Neva S.
  • Region Six (three-year term): Elizabeth B.
  • Virtual Region (three-year term): Dora P.
  • General Service (two positions, three-year terms): Judy H. and CJ M.

Vote Results
After Conference, learn about the vote results in the May 2021 issue of the WSO News Bulletin and in the Third Quarter issue of A Step Ahead.

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