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Starting a New Meeting

Starting a New OSPA Meeting

We are all different in our paths to recovery. If you would like to see a meeting that focuses on your area of interest what could be a better way than to start one yourself? Being of service is one of the most important tools in our recovery, keeping us coming back and remaining sober.

 

Requirements for starting a new meeting

The only requirements to start an new OSPA meeting is a desire to do so. It is suggested that you attend 6 meetings to familiarize yourself with the different formats.

 

Suggestions on how to start a meeting

  1. Have a desire to start a meeting with a focus in mind.
     

  2. Talk to other OSPA members about your idea and ask them if they might be interested.
     

  3. Start with a meeting format of an OSPA meeting. This format may vary, depending upon the group conscience of its members, using OSPA’s Fourth Tradition as a guide.
     

  4. Download the primary readings of OSPA. The inclusion of these readings may vary, depending upon the group conscience of its members, using OSPA’s Fourth Tradition as a guide.

  5. Find an open day and time so others can join the meeting. One suggestion is to contact OSPA to secure a spot on the OSPA shared phone conference line.
     

  6. After you found your ideal day and time, set the date for your first meeting and start spreading the word by making announcements at other OSPA meetings.
     

  7. Have a representative from your group attend the OSPA Intergroup meeting to announce your meeting to other members and have it added to our schedule. See the Service page for the next OSPA Intergroup meeting date and time.
     

  8. Contact the OSPA Webmaster to have it added to the OSPA Meetings schedule on the website.
     

Anyone can start a new meeting. Any two or more OSPA members gathered together may call themselves an OSPA meeting.