Trustees are elected at the annual World Service Business Conference for a period of three years and serve no more than eight consecutive years. Qualifications for trustees (OA Bylaws, Subpart B, Article VII, Sections 3 and 4):

  • seven years in the Fellowship
  • five years of service beyond the meeting level
  • attendance as a delegate to at least two World Service Business Conferences
  • participation at the region level (the extent of participation to be determined by each region)
  • five years of continuous recovery in Overeaters Anonymous as evidenced by five years of current continuous abstinence
  • current maintenance of a healthy body weight for at least two years
  • emotional and spiritual growth as a result of incorporating the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions into their lives as a new way of living

Trustee nominees must also have worked through all Twelve Steps; declared themselves as practicing the Twelve Steps to the best of their ability; declared themselves as committed to the Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous; and affirmed these additional qualifications on their trustee application forms. Download and complete the trustee application and return by the deadline to apply.