As we celebrate OA’s birthday in January, or on any occasion, take some time—38 minutes or so—to listen to “Reflections: A Visit with OA’s Founder,” the 1999 interview with OA founder Rozanne S., found via the Podcasts page and more directly at oa.org/founder-recordings. As she is interviewed, Rozanne opens up about her life and lengthy journey toward becoming the founder of the Fellowship of Overeaters Anonymous, chronicling how she’s overseen the spread of the OA message around the world.
Also newly available, “And Now a Word from Our Founder” was published in 2003 as a compilation of five of Rozanne’s keynote speeches at World Service Business Conferences in 1994, 1997, 1998, 2000, and 2001. In them, Rozanne speaks with her characteristic humor and candid humility on such subjects as the origins of OA’s Traditions, the importance of principles before personalities, and complicated issues of empathy and sacrifice. Let yourself be inspired as she ends her addresses with an audibly passionate call for the delegates—and the Fellowship at large—to engage in greater acts of service on behalf of OA.