Why Guidelines?

Curious how to…

  • hold a group conscience? 
  • help disruptive members? 
  • develop local literature?
  • record your local history?  
  • support a small meeting?  

We have you covered with our guidelines.  Here’s a brief description of the ones available in the menu above.

Group conscience: How to successfully discuss ideas and make decisions brought to the meeting from members.

Addressing disruptive behavior affecting meetings: By using the Traditions and by working together, a meeting can deal with a member who needs more than a gentle reminder of how to participate in a meeting for the good of everyone.

Locally produced literature: What to do if your area sees a need for a local pamphlet or wants to create a book of stories written by area members.

Translations of literature and more: Translation is how the OA message is carried to those in other areas of the world where English is not the first language. Learn the importance of sharing the message in the local language and the process  we follow to ensure the OA material is correct and useful throughout the world.

Writing the history of your local area: Easily gather information on the history of OA in your area with questions like: 

  • Who started the first meeting in your area?  
  • How did one meeting grow to many?  
  • What trials and successes took place over the years?  

Retaining members: Get some simple suggestions on how to increase the number of members who come back to the program.

Approved literature list: The definitive list on what can be read or displayed at a meeting, 

Small meetings: Whether you live in a small town, or just meet in an area where there are few members, help your meetings thrive with these solutions.