General Qualifications for COLA Intergroup Officers and Specific Qualifications for Chair, Vice Chair, and Treasurer
1) General Qualifications for COLA Intergroup Officers
- Regular attendee of an active group and committed to OA’s primary purpose of abstinence and service.
- Upon election ALL Intergroup Officers, Delegates, Reps and Alternates will commit to:
A) Adhere to the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, guided by the Twelve Concepts of OA Service;
B) Regular attendance at COLA meeting, and;
- Abstinence, defined as refraining from compulsive eating and compulsive food behaviors while working towards or maintaining a healthy body weight. Each person is the judge of his or her own abstinence.
2) Specific Qualifications for Chair (two-year term)
- Maintains and establishes the agenda and presides at the COLA. meeting.
- Works with all committees and forwards any and all information.
- Attends WSO Business Conference, is entitled to one vote and has certain expenses paid according inter-group’s budget. Attends regional Inter-group Chair’s meeting at all assemblies and reports back to the inter-group.
- Is responsible for overall unity and group conscience of COLA.
- Liaison with Region 8 and Inter-group.
- Appoints annual Committee Chairmen and Archivist (when the position is vacated).
- Communicates periodically with all Committee chairmen, board members, and Region 8 trustee and board members by letter and telephone. Maintains contact and liaison between other O.A. Region chairmen providing assembly minutes, updated mailing lists, committee chairmen information, etc. as needed.
- Maintains and updates Chair information to be passed on to the succeeding Chair.
- Responsible for orientation of New Chair in making for a smooth and knowledgeable transition.
3) Specific Qualifications for Vice-Chair (one-year term)
- Assumes all responsibilities in absence of Chairperson and assists in any manner needed.
- Minimum requirement for Vice-Chair shall be one year of recovery in the O.A. program. Committed to adhering to the 12 steps, 12 traditions, guided by the 12 concepts of O.A. service and continual maintenance of throughout the entire term (s) of office. Each person shall be the judge of his or her own abstinence and maintenance.
- Vice-Chair is to maintain and update adequate meeting directory from World Service and maintain an accurate count of COLA groups and representatives.
- Assumes Chair’s responsibilities should Chair’s position become available during the term of office.
- Maintain accurate number of groups and representatives at all COLA. meetings.
- Acts as Web Liaison for groups and webmaster. As such, ensures that updates and new content are delivered timely to webmaster and monitors results.
- Coordinates with Secretary on Intergroup’s newsletter as appropriate.
- Responsible for orientation of new Vice-Chair in making for a smooth and knowledgeable transition.
4) Specific Qualifications for Treasurer (two-year term)
- The treasurer is the careful guardian of the area funds: is accountable for all monies; adheres to the financial policies of COLA.
- Maintains comprehensive reports.
- Reports the financial status of COLA. – Creates annual budget to be reviewed and presented in February.
- Provides complete accounting on a monthly basis. This report includes monies received, monies, spent, and in which area such expenses incurred.
- Responsible to sign and deliver all checks for reimbursement of expenses, to pay bills incurred.
- Maintains a master checking account at a local bank approved by the majority of the board.
a. This account will have all operational expenditures drawn from its funds (all checks will be drawn in this account).
- Monitors email account and forward requests and other action items of a non-financial nature to Intergroup Chair.
- Files annual report with Secretary of State.
- The minimum requirement for treasurer shall be one year of recovery in the O.A. program. Committed to adhering to the 12 Step, 12 Traditions, guided by the 12 Concepts of O.A. Service, and continual maintenance of abstinence throughout the entire term (s) of office. Each person shall be the judge of his or her own abstinence and maintenance.