About Us

Region 4 • Abstinence • Recovery • Freedom 


What is Region 4?

Region 4 of Overeaters Anonymous is made up of all the groups and intergroups in Illinois [except the Chicagoland area], Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Manitoba, Northwest Ontario, and Nunavut Territory, Canada. Region 4 is one of ten regions organized to serve communication between groups and intergroups within and between each region and OA worldwide.

Region 4 Mission Statement The mission of Region 4 is to make OA known throughout the Region so that anyone with the desire to stop eating compulsively may find an OA group, and provide support so that any OA member can have recovery from compulsive eating through the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous.

How does Region 4 serve your intergroup or group?

Serves as a pipeline to communicate directly with the World Service Office, other regions, other intergroups, and other groups.

Provides a personal, immediate means of answering urgent questions from individuals, groups or intergroups through phoning, writing, or e-mailing the region trustee.

Arranges sessions in which leaders within intergroups share exciting and effective ways of building abstinence, membership retention, and other vital issues twice a year during Region 4 assemblies.

Provides funding assistance based on need to help intergroups:

•  send representatives to region assembly meetings.

•  send delegates to World Service Business Conference.

•  develop public information programs to spread the word about OA more effectively in their areas

Provides funding resources to pay for travel, postage, telephone, printing, and other expenses supporting the work of region committees and projects to help OA in Region 4.

Publishes a quarterly newsletter, “4 Thought,” sharing recovery articles, listing region OA events, and printing reports from spring and fall assemblies.

Holds two region assemblies annually (Fall and Spring) during which representatives of intergroups and the region board meet to administer and coordinate OA planning activities. Attendees serve on one of four committees—convention, outreach, ways and means/finance, and communication—whose members work throughout the year and during assemblies with the single purpose of spreading the message of recovery.

Maintains a website www.oaregion4.org that lists events, provides forms to download, and serves as a link to the main OA website, www.oa.org for other information including current meeting times and locations.

Works with unaffiliated groups to link them with intergroups.

Maintains a list of region OA speakers available to speak at events within the region.

Hosts a Region convention every two years for a weekend of recovery.

Provides travel funds for region officers to give service and tradition workshops in your area if your intergroup would like to host one.

Publishes and updates the Region 4 Manual, which explains the history, functions, bylaws, policies, procedures, and continuing effect motions adopted by Region 4.