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Heard at a Meeting

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Fond Farewell to St. Veronica’s

On 9/11/14, the Thursday Beginner’s meeting at St. Veronica’s in Howell moved to Hope Lutheran in Freehold. I thought it would be nice to walk down memory lane a little. I am not quite sure of the actual length of time OA has been meeting at St. Veronica’s. I do know that this is the second location of the Thursday Howell meeting; the first location was at Prince of Peace in Howell, a short distance away.

I can somewhat date the St. Veronica’s meeting because recently a veteran OA’er returned to this meeting after 27 years! We also have a regular member who has been attending almost 20 years and myself almost 15 years.

I’d like to share one more anecdote about, of all things, the 7th Tradition basket. Actually, it’s not a basket but the famous “blue cigar box”. This box has been there since I’ve been going and is even named in our format during the 7th Tradition announcement. The longtimer who recently returned to St. Veronica’s could not believe her eyes. It was the same blue cigar box that was passed around 27 years ago.

I want to acknowledge all the caring people over the years who have supported and made us feel so welcome at St. Veronica’s including the current pastor, Father Euk. Oh, what great memories. Farewell St. Veronica’s and thank you so much.

The Poster Challenge Success

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The Region 7 Outreach Committee has sent out congratulatory emails to the six winning Intergroups and would like to now give you a brief summary detailing the participation and results of the R7 Poster Challenge.

Region 7 came through with great results.  13 of our 24 IG’s entered and participated.  As many know, there were two categories; one for smaller IG’s (less than 20 meetings) and the other for the larger IG’s (20 or more meetings).  Five IG’s were placed in the small category and 8 in the large IG category.

Now the results:
Large Intergroups
1st Place – North Jersey IG – 336 poster locations
2nd Place – Philadelphia Area IG – 217 poster locations
3rd Place – Brandywine IG – 60 poster locations
Small Intergroups
1st Place – West Jersey IG – 3.1 locations per meeting
2nd Place – Harrisonburg IG – 2.7 locations
3rd Place – Jersey Shore IG – 2.1 locations

As you can see, the effort was incredible with a total of 788 WSO poster locations utilized for the entire contest.  I would like to mention the special effort by West Jersey, as 24 of their 28 locations were maintained weekly due to location policy requiring posters to be removed regularly.  West Jersey then replaced those posters during the entire contest.  292 posters were used in total so, taking that into consideration, 1,056 posters were used in the R7 Poster Challenge.

Locations were varied and some very imaginative.  Some locations used were supermarkets, a farmers market, a rehab center, fitness centers, a restaurant, nail salons, a laundromat, community bulletin boards, a pet groomer, a coffee shop, post offices, a pharmacy, a chiropractor, hospitals, colleges, churches, banks, work places, a therapist, hair salons, barber shops, libraries, and a naval medical center.

Wow!!! This challenge could not have been as successful as it was without the great support of the R7 Outreach Committee and Region 7.  The true success of this effort will be reflected in the amount of newcomers and returnees who enter our rooms as a result of seeing the posters.

We thank everyone for their dedication and service in the effort to carry the message of recovery.

Gratefully submitted by Ross M. (Region 7 Outreach Chair)

PS: I would like to add my thanks and appreciation to our CJI Poster Challenge coordinator, Carol and Central Jersey Intergroup for their great support and participation in this event.

Central Jersey Intergroup is turning 40 this year!

40 candlesCome join the fun of helping us to plan our celebration. More information to come. CJI Birthday Flyer