March 14th – 16th, 2014
The Region 1 Board met on March 15th, 2014 in Kelowna, British Columbia, in conjunction with our participation in a Marathon hosted by the Southern British Columbia Interior Intergroup. The Board Members travelled to Kelowna on March 15th, meeting together that evening to share our personal and position goals for the year ahead.
We then met the morning of March 15th, 2014 at Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Kelowna, British Columbia to commence our Board Meeting. We were happy to have two members of the fellowship sit in on meeting. Our theme this year continues to be:
Theme for 2014 – We are the Message.
Our Focus for 2014 continues to be to promote the importance of abstinence, specifically abstinent sponsors and encourage everyone to be involved in service. These are consistently the two most significant issues that have been brought to our attention by our Intergroups. These issues are also in line with what the Board of Trustees has advised is their focus for the next three years.
Arrangements are in place for our 39th Assembly, the business portion of our annual get-together with the fellowship. We have experienced a constant increase in the number of Intergroups that have sent representatives and we are hoping that trend continues. We are able to provide some financial assistance to Intergroups who would like to send a representative. If you would like more information regarding this possible assistance, please follow the links on our website to the Budget/Finance/Delegate Support Committee. Eligibility Forms will be sent out shortly to all Intergroup Chairs. If you are a Delegate for your Intergroup, contact your Intergroup Chair and provide your details. Assembly this year, as all years, precedes Convention and will be held at the Hampton Inn, Bellingham, Washington, September 18th – 19th, 2014. Please check the Assembly Page on the Region 1 website – www.oaregion1.org If you have any questions, I can be reached at ChairR1@gmail.com
Regular Board Meetings:
The Region 1 Board meets via conference call on the first Saturday of each month. We meet in person four times each year and we hold our meetings in conjunction with outreach service – attending as speakers at Intergroup Marathons. Our schedule for the balance of this year is:
North Cascades Intergroup Marathon – June 28th, 2014 – Everett, WA.
Post Assembly Board Meeting – September 19th, 2014 – Bellingham, WA.
Vice Chair Report
Our Vice Chair Ruth continues to work hard on the organization of our the myriad of details regarding our annual Convention. She is grateful to the volunteer Intergroups who have each volunteered to take on a portion of the work involved. Many of the positions are filled but there are still places for everyone to assist. Ruth hosts monthly meetings with the Convention Committee. Contact her for dates, times and dial in information. Ruth shared with us details on potential key note speakers, the registration form and some great ideas on fundraising. More will be revealed! If you are interested in helping out, please contact Ruth. vchairR1@gmail.com
Secretary Report If you have any changes in your Intergroup – a new Chair, a new Delegate, a new contact address, please contact Cynthia so she can update our Intergroup Contact List. Please contact Cynthia – firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer Report Deborah provided us with the 2013 Balance Sheet and Income and Expense Summary. This information will be provided to Intergroup Chairs and Delegates in Assembly packages, once we receive signed Eligibility Forms.
Deborah will be providing information on how to apply for Delegate Support to attend our Assembly in the months ahead. Watch for updated information in the Eligibility Form package and on the Assembly page of our Region 1 Website. Deborah is also a source of information for Intergroup Treasurers. Any questions – please do contact her: email@example.com
Communications Coordinator Report
Have you visited our website lately? We cannot say enough of the wonderful design and information Catherine has added – www.oaregion1.org
One of her many tasks related to communications is to post the various OA events that take place in our Region. She encourages and welcomes your submissions. She has also reached out to our Virtual Services Trustee so you can also find virtual events noted on our site.
Catherine continues to focus on the continued development of our website. Her current focus is protecting and retaining the anonymity of our committee members and contributors to our website. Contact Catherine – firstname.lastname@example.org
Region One Trustee Report
We are blessed by the service of our Trustee, Margie G. In addition to our monthly Board conference calls and our four in-person meetings, Margie attends several Board of Trustee (BOT) meetings each year and sits on World Service Committees as a BOT representative. In between that, she is busy hosting Service and Tradition Workshops all over our Region. Did you know you could contact Margie and invite her to come and speak to your Intergroup members? Margie is a great source of information for issues affecting your meetings, your Intergroups, steps, traditions and concepts. Margie can be reached at – email@example.com
Until next Board Meeting!
Merry R – Chair