Overeaters anonymous seventh tradition skits

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Overeaters Anonymous Seventh-Tradition Skits

The following skits are designed to help OA groups and service bodies foster greater understanding of OA's Seventh Tradition. "What's It Worth?" focuses on how much OA members spent on binge foods before coming to OA. "Wheel of Misfortune" addresses what program would be like without the services provided by member contributions. "A Typical Day" follows an OA member from morning to evening. All skits can be adapted to local situations. By having fun and using humor, your group or service body can help

members understand the direct benefits their contributions provide to the Fellowship.

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WHAT'S IT WORTH?

Two members are sitting talking over coffee after the meeting.

TRIXIE: You know, I got kind of ticked off today when our intergroup rep said that the Board of Trustees is asking members to increase their Seventh-Tradition contributions at meetings!

DIXIE:

You know what surprised me? She said that only 28 percent of OA's

income is from contributions--and the rest is from literature sales. She says the Board of

Trustees wants us to become less dependent on literature sales.

TRIXIE: Hmmph! What ever became of "no dues or fees?" I don't like being told what to do!

DIXIE:

Who do those trustees think we are? Millionaires?

(Enter the ABSTINENCE FAIRY holding a magic wand.)

TRIXIE: Are you our waitress? Can I get another decaf?

AF:

Oh my dears, I am The Abstinence Fairy! Has abstinence made your

memory faulty? Do you have selective amnesia?

DIXIE:

Oh, Abstinence Fairy, what do you mean? My memory's just fine!

TRIXIE: food!

So's mine! My thinking is clearer than ever because my head's not in the

AF:

OK, my dears, then let's take a little trip down memory lane. We're going

back... back... back to the year before you became abstinent, while you were still eating

compulsively. We're going to take a look at what your expenses were back then. I'll keep

track on my magic flip chart (make chart appear magically). Let's review a typical binge,

and what it cost you.

TRIXIE: That seems so long ago... Let's see, my last binge was in 2001, and it was a doozie! A typical day of bingeing for me would have looked like this....

(AF writes on flip chart)

Now, I wouldn't eat breakfast.... so that's free. But then I'd have to get a muffin... or two... in the morning. Say, $3. A Big Mac and fries, $6. A large shake, $2.50. Then a bag of chips to get me through the ride back to work, $1. A can of soda and a candy bar or two from the vending machine at work..... $4. Oh! If I was lucky, there'd be pastries left over from a meeting in the conference room--freebie!

AF:

Let's add that up so far. We're up to about $15.

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DIXIE:

And it's only three in the afternoon! I spent at least another $10 to get

from work to bed! That means a typical day of bingeing would cost us at least $25.

AF:

Was that the only day every month that you'd spend like that?

Trixie and Dixie laugh their heads off

DIXIE:

Oh, no! We said typical -- that was pretty much five days a week --

TRIXIE: -- except Mondays of course --

AF:

All right. Not counting weekends, and if we don't even count Mondays,

that comes up to.... (she does calculations) that's 16 times 25.... That comes to.... (she

writes figures)

TRIXIE AND DIXIE together: $400 a month!

AF:

Not counting weekends and holidays. (AF flips to clean page; writes

"Food: $400")

TRIXIE: No wonder I was broke all the time!

AF:

Let's look at another way that compulsive eating cost you money. What

about your clothes?

DIXIE:

I don't even want to talk about that! Every time I went up a size, I swore I

would say there and not get any bigger.

TRIXIE: Yeah. I started shopping at thrift stores! I felt so bad about myself, I didn't care how my clothing looked. But it only cost me about $60 to $75 a month to keep my body covered.

DIXIE:

Wow, I never thought about thrift stores. I was shopping sales and using

coupons, and I spent a lot more than you did trying to look halfway decent for work.

Weekends I spent in sweatpants and an old tee shirt.

AF:

Okay. So would it be fair to say that clothes cost you, let's say

conservatively, $75 a month?

TRIXIE AND DIXIE: (Shrugging agreement) Yeah, that's reasonable.

AF:

(Writes: " Clothes, $75") Trixie, didn't you do one of those commercial

weight-loss programs?

TRIXIE: Oh, don't remind me! That was a nightmare! It got so I used those protein drinks like a cocktail before my main meal! But I was still spending $60 a month on that nasty stuff.

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AF:

(Writes "Weight-loss programs and cost" on the chart) Any other

expenses that you can think of related to your compulsive eating?

DIXIE:

Well, I'm embarrassed to admit it... but I went for hypnosis. I was

desperate. I'd tried everything and a friend told me about a local therapist who did

hypnotherapy for weight loss. I had to go every week and it wasn't covered by my

insurance. It cost $75 a session! That means it cost me $300 a month! It took a lot of

willpower to overcome the hypnotic suggestion to not eat.... but I did!

AF:

(Writes "Hypnotist: $300 a month") OK ladies, let's add that up.

Food--only four typical days a week--$400 a month. Clothing: $75 a month. Weight

loss: $360 a month. That comes out to $835 each month.

TRIXIE: meet.

No wonder I never had any money! I couldn't ever seem to make ends

DIXIE:

I even had my car repossessed once when I was compulsively eating. Now

I have a savings account, a retirement fund, I don't have any debts. My bills get paid on

time.

AF:

And do you think that has anything to do with OA?

DIXIE:

It has EVERYTHING to do with OA!

TRIXIE: I owe my life to OA!

AF:

Well... then don't you think you owe OA some of your money as well?

Why were you so generous with your disease, but when OA asks for a little more in the

basket, you act as if you couldn't possibly afford to give it? How many meetings do you

go to a week?

DIXIE:

At least three....

TRIXIE: Three or four.

AF:

How much do you throw in the basket?

DIXIE:

$2.

TRIXIE: Depends on if it's before or after Starbucks.

AF:

Writes on board: $2 times three meetings, four weeks a month.... Wow!

That's ..... $24 a month!

DIXIE:

That's not very much. I spend $4 a day on a venti latte.

TRIXIE: Nonfat, sugar free!

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AF:

Think what a difference it would make if every member put in at least one

more dollar a meeting. All of OA's activities--supporting members, translating literature

into different languages, public awareness, reaching the professional--could happen

sooner and better, if more money from contributions was available.

TRIXIE: thing.

Maybe giving a little more when the basket comes around isn't such a bad

AF:

Your Higher Power would be so proud of you! After all, what is your

abstinence worth to you?

DIXIE AND TRIXIE:

It's priceless! Thank you, Abstinence Fairy!

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WHEEL OF MISFORTUNE

Sleazy game show host and large "wheel" that doesn't actually spin, marked with "pie" segments marked:

WORLD SERVICE OFFICE 29% LIFELINE 11% MEMBER SERVICES 12% PUBLICATIONS 24% BOARD OF TRUSTEES 6% REGION TRUSTEES 2% BOARD AND CONFERENCE COMMITTEES 2% WORLD SERVICE BUSINESS CONFERENCE 3% COST OF GOODS SOLD 11%

(The above figures are accurate for 2015.)

Note to performers: You can ask one or more volunteers to come up and "spin" the wheel, perhaps by asking them to close their eyes and "spin" the wheel so as to randomly select one of the budget segments, or simply ask them to pick one. Whichever segment is chosen, go to that section of the script. At the end of Slim's reading of the text regarding that segment, when asked if that segment should be eliminated, hopefully the contestant will say "No!" You can either ask one contestant to play the whole game, or invite other volunteers to take a turn.

SLIM TIGHTWAD:

Welcome, everyone, to WHEEL OF MISFORTUNE! I'm

your host, Slim Tightwad! Everyone wonders: Where does my Seventh-Tradition

contribution go? You know how your group spends those precious dollars: to rent your

meeting room and buy newcomer packets. You know how your intergroup keeps that

meeting list printed and the hotline humming. Your region gives that great convention

every year. But what the heck does that World Service Office do with all that money?

Well, let's get right to our game. We're going to give each of our lucky contestants the chance to save a lot of money. All you gotta do is spin the Big Wheel of Misfortune and one of these pieces of the World Service so-called budget pie will be eliminated! What a savings! Who needs all this stuff!

Here's our first contestant:

(Contestant spins wheel: depending on "budget wedge" selected, SLEAZY HOST or ANNOUNCER reads a blurb describing the item)

WORLD SERVICE OFFICE: A whopping 29 percent of the budget, this covers every expense involved in running the World Service Office: utilities, staff salaries and benefits, equipment--including computers, building maintenance, right down to the paper clips and Post-Its.

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