Use an entire meeting for an honest and fearless discussion of the group’s weaknesses and strengths. This inventory is divided into two parts. Part 1 is an inventory of the group as a whole; Part 2 is a personal inventory of a member’s behavior in the group.
Part 1: Group Inventory*
- Does the meeting start and end on time?
- Are all attending, including newcomers, greeted and made to feel welcome and accepted?
- Does the meeting focus on OA recovery through the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions?
- Do we offer our own experience, strength, and hope, sharing the solution we have found?
- Are cross talk and advice-giving avoided?
- Does the group contribute financially to all levels of OA service as per our Seventh Tradition? Do virtual meetings ensure that attendees and members have information on how to make individual Seventh Tradition contributions?
- Is the importance of sponsorship—for both sponsors and sponsees—stressed at the meeting?
- Does the group practice anonymity by reminding members not to repeat who is seen or what personal sharing is heard at a meeting?
- Does the group follow a meeting format based on OA’s Suggested Meeting Formats?
- Is only OA-approved literature on display and for sale?
- Are group conscience meetings held regularly?
- Are all service positions filled and is rotation of service practiced?
- Is the meeting information readily available and the World Service Office informed of all meeting details and changes so that newcomers and visitors can find the meeting?
- Is the meeting a safe place for all members?
Part 2: Determine your part in the group
- Do I make a point to welcome new members, talk with them, offer my phone number? Do I sponsor new members?
- Do I interrupt speakers or other members who are sharing?
- Do I give my full attention to the speakers, the secretary and other group members?
- Do I ever repeat anything personal I have heard at meetings or from another member?
- Do I put pressure on the group to accept my ideas because I have been in the Fellowship a long time?
- Do I take part in meetings, or do I sit and listen?
- Do I volunteer or willingly accept a group office (i.e., secretary, treasurer)? Do I offer to help set up, clean, etc.?
- Do I criticize others in the group or gossip about them?
- Do I try to give advice?
- Is it difficult for me to realize that my point of view may not always be the group conscience? Can I accept disagreement?
- Do I use the telephone to help myself and others, not just for complaints and gossip?
- Do I make it a point to speak with newcomers who are having a difficult time in the program? Do I let them know they are welcome?
- Do I monopolize the conversation and explain every tool, Tradition, etc.?
- Do I feel no one can lead a meeting as well as I?
- Do I go to meetings to learn instead of teach?
- Do I cross talk and cause meetings to go off on tangents?
- Do I wait until announcement time to make proper OA announcements?
- Do I have a topic so everyone can participate at meetings I chair?
- Do I try to cause dissension?
- Do I follow the meeting format completely?
- Do I commit myself to the OA program?
- Do I have a sponsor and work the Steps?
- Do I give service, promote group growth, and benefit my own growth as well?
- Am I only interested in my own welfare, or am I concerned for my fellow OA members as well?
*Part 1 of this inventory is the same as the Strong Meeting Checklist.
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