If you would like to chair or serve on a committee, please attend an Intergroup meeting or contact us. Use our contact form to send us an e-mail, if you have questions or want more information.
Bylaws (Ad Hoc) Committee
The Vice Chair is typically appointed by the SVIOA Chair to lead this committee. The Bylaws Committee reviews the Bylaws and Policy and Procedures documents every two years and brings substantive changes at a regular meeting of the Intergroup. It is suggested that those volunteering to serve on this committee be familiar with the operations of Intergroup.
This committee supports groups in planning, organizing, and presenting events which may include “Days in OA” and the annual Birthday Party. Support includes helping to develop event themes, formats, speakers, making the flyers, ordering supplies, and making recordings. The Events Committee also maintains supplies and tools necessary for a successful event. Usual and customary expenses are typically reimbursed by Intergroup.
This committee maintains a speaker list by finding interested speakers to appear on the list and updating the list at least semi-annually. Requests for SVIOA speakers go through this committee. In addition, Group Support assists new meetings to get up and running and supports meetings needing to close. The Group Support committee also has a Zoom/Video Conference Liaison who maintains the SVIOA Zoom account and helps groups with Zoom and video conferencing technical needs as requested.
Meeting News and Publicity Committee
This is the group that produces the SVIOA monthly newsletter, The Valley Voice. It also is responsible for maintaining the SVIOA meetings listing, ensuring the meeting information is up-to-date in the Valley Voice and on the SVIOA website. In addition, this committee has a dedicated member who updates the Answer Phone recording as necessary.
Public Outreach Committee
Carrying the message of Overeaters Anonymous to the general public, those still suffering, and the medical community is a vital service provided by SVIOA. Public Outreach Committee members look for opportunities to publicize OA, such as posting flyers and posters, providing pamphlets to medical professionals, serving as a resource for SVIOA group members interested in helping to carry the message at local events such as health fairs, and learning how to educate the public while maintaining personal anonymity.
SVIOA holds an annual retreat at Lake Tahoe as a renewal and recharge for our recovery. The retreat also serves as SVIOA's primary annual fund raiser. The Committee is responsible for securing the retreat site, member reservations, speaker retention, event publicity, and awarding scholarships as funding and policy permits.
Special Population Focus
Supporting ALL members and prospective members of OA is a noble cause. This group typically identifies one or two areas to focus on each year. Special Population or areas of interest may include but aren't limited to: Members in Relapse, Young People, 100- pounders, H.O.W members, Newcomers, Atheist and Agnostics, and Anorexics and Bulimics. Support might include working with the Events Committee to host events geared toward the focused population, as well as providing groups with resources to help ALL members find recovery in the rooms of OA.
Sponsorship is an important part of the recovery program. This committee maintains a "sponsor bank" and coordinates individuals looking for a sponsor with those willing to serve as sponsors. In addition to the Sponsor Bank, SVIOA has other tools to help sponsors and sponsees. The Sponsorship Committee is charged with ensuring the information is relevant and works to get the word out to groups of these helpful resources.