June 27th – 29th, 2014
The Region 1 Board met on June 28th, 2014 in Everett, Washington, in conjunction with our participation in a Marathon hosted by the North Cascades Intergroup. The Board Members travelled to Everett on June 27th, meeting together that evening to share our personal and position goals for the year ahead.
We then met the morning of June 28th, 2014 at Best Western Cascadia Inn in Everett, Washington to commence our Board Meeting. We were happy to have several members of the fellowship sit in on meeting.
The Marathon hosted by the North Cascades Intergroup focused on Sponsorship with the Board Members as speakers. It was very well attended and our thanks go out to all those who spent their day with us.
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 were sent out in late April to all Intergroup Chairs, however, if you need another form, please contact our Secretary, Cynthia – firstname.lastname@example.org. 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:
Post Assembly Board Meeting – September 19th, 2014 – Bellingham, WA.
Vice Chair Report
Our Vice Chair Ruth continues to work hard on the organization of the many 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. Ruth hosts conference calls every other Sunday for those helping to make Convention fabulous this year. The Region 1 quilt is complete and tickets are available for download and printing on the Region 1 website. Please take a minute, print out a sheet and take them to your meetings. You can either mail the tickets and money to our Treasurer – P.O. Box 23235, Tigard, OR 97281 or bring them to Convention!
We believe this year’s Convention is going to truly be amazing. We hope you plan to attend. Registration details are available on our website – www.oaregion1.org
If you are interested in helping out, please contact Ruth. vchairR1@gmail.com
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 – email@example.com
Deborah provided us with the draft budget for 2014, which we have approved for review by the Assembly Body. It will be available on the Assembly page of our website soon and will be forwarded to all registered delegates in early September.
Deborah has provided information on how to apply for Delegate Support to attend our Assembly. If you missed that information, please contact her. We plan to determine the financial support awards for Assembly in early August. Contact Deborah today! Deborah is also a source of information for Intergroup Treasurers. Any questions – please do contact her: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 – email@example.com
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org Watch for her regular posts on the OA Yahoo Group as well. Are you a member of the Yahoo Group? If you would like to be, contact Margie.
I look forward to seeing our delegates at Assembly and all of you at the 2014 Region 1 Convention! Until next time!
Merry R – Chair