About the Newsletter
The Heart of Texas Intergroup publishes a monthly newsletter which includes our meeting list, along with notices of upcoming events, as well as inspiration articles and essays written by our members. You can submit an article by sending it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In order to preserve the anonymity of past and present OAs, full names and telephone numbers have been redacted from the newsletters in the archive. Some of these edits are prettier than others, depending upon the tool used. But every word of recovery is preserved and are as good as ever!
The Newsletter Roundup
Some of us in the Heart of Texas OA Intergroup have more than a few miles on the odometer and hava along the way had this habit of collecting Intergroup newsletters. Interesting how the messages of recovery they carry have not grown old – sort of like the Big Book.
In some cases, the newsletter provides a window into what OA in Austin was like years ago (hint: it’s always been great), what meetings we had (another hint: at least one per day for over 30 years – plus or minus a bit). There are meetings listed in the newsletter from 1985 which still exist, though with a few venue changes along the way. Some of these long-lived meetings also have OAs who have been attending them for as many years.
The Newsletter was once the channel for the Intergroup to communicate with our many (and sometimes far-flung) member groups. It was a big and expensive deal to print hundreds of copies of a four, six or eight page Newsletter (usually on colorful paper) and distribute them through Intergroup meeting reps, “snail mail” and the occasional Pony Express rider.
Time changes everything, as the song goes, and it was so with the Newsletter. Electronic communication (email, web sites, online forums) took the lead from old fashioned ink on paper. But the Intergroup carries on with making a printed newsletter nearly every month to one end – a piece of paper with OA recovery stories and a list of meetings is something to put in the hands of a newcomer and say “start here.”
Going over the pile of past Newsletters, we realize there were treasures aplenty which are as valuable now as when they came off the press. Hence we have begun The Newsletter Roundup. The goal is to make available PDFs of every edition of the Heart of Texas OA Intergroup newsletter we can get our hands on.
Below is the spreadsheet with the state of the Roundup. If my chance you might have an old newsletter in the bottom of a drawer along with that first 4th step that you were so sure your sponsor was going to kick you halfway to Waco over, and it is for one of the many blank spaces (hey, wasn’t there a song about that recently?), we would like to get ahold of it. The best way to send it would be to scan into a PDF document and email it to email@example.com.