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OA's Fifth Tradition states

Our Primary Purpose is to carry the message to the compulsive overeater who still suffers.

OA NoVA Intergroup Mission Statement

To support individuals in need of recovery from compulsive eating (e.g.: overeating, bulimia, anorexia) through empowering all meetings within the Intergroup.

* * * * * * * * * *The Arlington Saturday Night 6:00 P.M. Meeting is moving to a new location. As of June 4th they will be meeting at the Arlington United Methodist Center (formerly known as Arlington Methodist Church) at 716 South Glebe Road, Arlington. * * * * * * * * * * NEW MCLEAN MEETINGS!!! Monday 8 am and Wednesday 12 - 1 pm at Trinity Methodist Church, 1205 Dolley Madison Blvd, McLean, VA Click HERE for the details * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Upcoming Novation Topics - "Sponsorship" articles due June 6th and "Men in Recovery" articles due July 6th. Email to: * * * * * * * * * * As of April 1st, 2016 the Region 7 Delaware PO Box is permanently closed. Any mail sent to that address will be returned to sender. Click HERE for instructions to send contributions to OA NoVA IG, Region 7 or World Service! * * * * * * * * * *


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by Sarah S., your NoVAtions editor

Excerpt from July's NoVAtions

“At this stage of the inventory proceedings, our sponsors come to our rescue. They can do this, for they are the carriers of A.A.’s tested experience with Step Four. They comfort the melancholy one by first showing him that his case is not strange or different, that his character defects are probably not more numerous or worse than those of anyone else in A.A. This the sponsor promptly proves by talking freely and easily, and without exhibitionism, about his own defects, past and present.”

― Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of AA (p. 46)

I recently heard this passage read aloud in a phone meeting. It was after a fellow had asked me why I wasn’t a sponsor. “I just don’t have the abstinence.” I’ve been struggling with staying abstinent for most of my two years in OA. Surely I couldn’t be a role model to someone. . . .

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From a New Sponsor

Excerpt from July's NoVAtions

I approached becoming a sponsor with a great deal of trepidation and doubt. Despite having more than two years of abstinence, I was not sure I had much to offer someone starting out in OA. My experience with the program had been bumpy with many false starts and failures. I did not feel that I was a great example of someone working the program, and I wasn’t sure I could articulate what had worked for me. I also didn’t think I would have the patience to stick with someone through all twelve steps. (I’m still in the process of working the steps for the first time myself.)

But with my sponsor’s strong encouragement, I decided to give sponsorship a try. Being a sponsor is one of the most challenging relationships I have ever been a part of. Being a sponsor has forced me to examine my own program and tighten up in areas where I am sometimes lax, such as . . .

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When You Consider Becoming a Sponsor

by Cathy C.

Becoming a sponsor for the first time can seem daunting. Is it the right time? Do I have what it takes? Am I the right person for this sponsee? What if it doesn’t work out?

These same questions also arise when current sponsors consider taking on a new sponsee. Remember, you are not alone in this decision. Here are a few guidelines—and encouragements—from those who have gone before us:

You’ve got to give it away to keep it! . . .

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Dear Fellows in OA,

I am writing to share my vision for sponsorship in OA. It is pretty simple: I would like there to be a sponsor for every person in OA in Northern Virginia who is looking for one, and I would like sponsorship and abstinence to flourish in this region so that more compulsive eaters—both in and out of these rooms—can find recovery. As a result, the goal of the Sponsorship Committee is to support sponsorship in Northern Virginia in whatever ways people find helpful.

So we are experimenting with a few ideas: . . .

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And Now A Word From Our Sponsors

HOW Sponsorship

by Anonymous

I had been in Traditional OA for 11 years and always had a sponsor. At my first meeting a woman came up to me and said, “Do you need a sponsor?” I said yes, and she told me to call her in the morning and tell her what I was going to eat for that day. From that day forward, I have worked with many sponsors. In traditional OA they were “Step Sponsors” or “Food Sponsors,” but none of them had me call everyday—only a couple of times a week and at no set time. My program went fine for many years, and then . . .

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Need to find a meeting?

Here are Northern Virginia's local meetings

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Meeting Announcements

*** New Meeting - RESTON BIG BOOK STUDY ***

Starting Saturday, May 21st, 2016 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Brown's Chapel
1686 Browns Chapel Rd,
Reston, VA 20194 

Lower Level 

Please use staircase at outside entrance in back of church, facing parking lot and baseball field.

Contact : Suzanne W. (703) 475-9278,  


The Arlington Saturday Night 6:00 P.M. Meeting is moving to a new location.
As of June 4th we will be meeting at:
Arlington United Methodist Center (formerly known as Arlington Methodist Church)
716 South Glebe Road,
Arlington, VA

To enter the parking lot you may use 7th Street of Glebe Road. Enter the church through the door on the back side of the building. We will be meeting in the Moyer Room.



MONDAY Sunshine Meetings 8:00 am
Choose between two lengths of meetings:
7:50 - 8:35 am, 45 minutes (brief break out, so time to get to work)
7:50 - 8:50 am, 60 minutes (then continue on to full hour)

WEDNESDAY Hump Day Meetings
12:00 - 1:00 pm

Trinity Methodist Church
1205 Dolley Madison Blvd
McLean, VA


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Sponsorship Question of the Month


What animal does your sponsor remind you of? Why? 

(For example: “My sponsor reminds me of an orangutan, because my sponsor doesn’t worry about others’ opinions, is very at ease in the world, and swings from tree to tree.” Don’t take this question too seriously—you can be a bit playful!)

 You can send answers to , or if you prefer emailing a real person directly, you can email Rachel B. at .