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Second Quarter 2022 Issue — published April 18, 2022
Top story:

We’ll Be a “Can Do” Bunch at World Service Business Conference

More than 200 delegates from around the world will soon be logging in to participate in our worldwide group conscience meeting and move OA forward. “We Can Do Together What We Could Never Do Alone” is the theme of this year’s World Service Business Conference, convening virtually April 22–30.

The tentative agenda includes two new workshops on Friday, April 22; the Literature Q&A on Sunday, April 24; and the Trustee Nominee Speeches and Q&A on Monday, April 25. Following the speeches, the region chairs will present the Forum, titled “Using Spiritual Principles to Do Together What We Could Never Do Alone.”

Committee assignments will be made prior to Conference, and committee cochairs will contact delegates with the details of the dates of meetings and the materials they need to prepare.

New Business Motions and Bylaw Amendments
Delegates will consider nine New Business Motions and fifteen Bylaw Amendments to OA Bylaws, Subpart B. New Business Motions, labeled A through I, include:

  1. Include the OA Responsibility Pledge in all literature, social media, newsletters, and bulletins published by the World Service Office.
  2. Amend the WSBC committees policy to allow for an equal percentage of delegates to serve on each committee.
  3. Allow registered OA groups to screen- and voice-share OA-copyrighted material during OA meetings.
  4. Refund the Paycheck Protection Program funds to the US government.
  5. Establish July as OA Service Month.
  6. Create a policy to issue screen-sharing licenses for a fee to OA registered groups and service bodies.
  7. Create a policy for OA to make PDFs of all newcomer-oriented pamphlets and allow members to download and print single copies for free.
  8. Review the role, scope, membership, distribution, function, and structure of the OA regions.
  9. Establish a member literature fund for members who do not have access to OA literature.

Proposed Bylaw Amendments, labeled 1–15, include:

  1. Amend Subpart B, Article VIII, Section 1 to allow for a hybrid Conference where the board attends face-to-face and delegates attend through an online platform.
  2. Amend Subpart B, Article VII, Section 3 to limit the board terms of office.
  3. Amend Subpart B, Article VIII, Section 1 to allow for an in-person Conference in even-numbered years and a virtual Conference in odd-numbered years.
  4. Amend Subpart B, Article VIII, Section 3 to allow interpreters to address the Conference on behalf of delegates.
  5. Amend Subpart B, Article VII, Section 1 to restructure the board composition.
  6. Amend Subpart B, Article VII, Section 4 to revise trustee qualifications.
  7. Amend Subpart B, Article VII, Section 5 to revise the board nomination process.
  8. Amend Subpart B, Article VI, Section 1 (housekeeping).
  9. Amend Subpart B, Article VI, Section 4 (housekeeping).
  10. Amend Subpart B, Article XII, Section 1 to designate the English version of amendments to be the version of record.
  11. Amend Subpart B, Article VIII, Section 1 to allow for a hybrid Conference.
  12. Amend Subpart B, Article VI, Section 1 to clarify Region Eight’s composition.
  13. Amend Subpart B, Article VIII, Section 4 (housekeeping).
  14. Amend Subpart B, Article V, Section 2 to clarify how unaffiliated groups may affiliate.
  15. Amend Subpart B, Article VII, Section 1 to change the motion submission and motion posting dates.

Proposed Literature
Delegates will vote on whether to give the Conference Seal of Approval to The Twelve Traditions Workbook of Overeaters Anonymous.

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

  • Region Five (three-year term): Barb K.
  • Region Nine (two-year term): Emilia I.
  • General Service (two positions for three-year terms): Bob L. and Sandra M.

Trustee Vacancies
Trustee nominee applications were not submitted for Region Two (three-year term), Region Ten (three-year term), and two general service trustee positions (a two-year term and a one-year term). A call for applications for these positions was announced and the deadline was April 8. In the meantime, an application was withdrawn from Region Eight. The Board of Trustees will review all applications submitted and trustee appointments will be announced after WSBC 2022.

Conference Documents and Results
WSBC delegate e-Documents may be downloaded from the WSBC web page. For Conference voting results, check the World Service Business Conference web page after Conference and Third Quarter issue of A Step Ahead, which will be published on June 30.

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