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Last year in January, I decided that a good OA service I could provide would be to offer a newcomers’ question-and-answer session every three or four months. (I’ve been an abstinent member of Overeaters Anonymous since 2000, and I’m maintaining a healthy body weight.) I simply kept a list of all the newcomers who attended the meeting I go to and then I’d call and invite them to an upcoming Q&A, briefly explaining what to expect.

If they replied to my phone call, I’d send them a text with the address and all the information they might need to attend an OA Q&A. I offered four of these sessions in 2018, finding that attendance was small but powerful. I got so much out of hearing these brave newcomers actually come to talk and share, sometimes to a virtual stranger, sometimes to someone they’d been seeing in meetings for weeks.

It’s been a wonderful service experience, and I hope to continue it in 2019.

— GVB, Herndon, Virginia USA

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