June 2013

carry-the-messageThe purpose of our Intergroup is to more effectively reach the sex addict in the Orange County area who still suffers.  We meet the second Thursday of each month from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the First Methodist Church of Costa Mesa, 420 W. 19th St., located at the end of the 55 Freeway across from Triangle Square.  From 6:00-6:45 p.m. we may work together on an outreach project as we share snacks and fellowship, followed by the business meeting.  If you can’t make it, meeting minutes are published on our website.  All SAA members are welcome.  We are still a young organization and want your ideas!

On June 23, We’re “Hiking” the Message

Our Fun Through Fellowship event for this month is an easy one-mile hike on the Nature Trail at Caspers Wilderness Park, 33401 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano 92675.  This activity is open to all SAA members.

We’ll meet at the Old Corral Day Use area on Sunday, June 23, at 7:45 a.m. and will be guided by Park Rangers beginning at 8:00 a.m.  The hike is free; parking is $5.00.  Wear comfortable clothes and hiking shoes.  Sunscreen, water, and insect repellent are recommended.

After the hike, we plan to visit San Juan Capistrano for brunch.  Please join us for this fun Outer Circle activity!

For additional Caspers Wilderness Park information, call 949-923-2210.

Third Biannual Retreat Scheduled for August 24, 2013

The Orange County Intergroup of SAA is sponsoring its third retreat on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at beautiful Mariners Church, 5001 Newport Coast Drive, Irvine.  The second floor of the Life Development Building will be ours for the day, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The agenda has yet to be set; this past January, we discussed Steps 4 through 7 and conducted a panel discussion on tools of recovery.  A light breakfast and lunch are included in the cost of $25 per person.  As the date nears, the fee will increase, so sign up early!  Register and pay at http://ocisaa.org using PayPal, or send a check to OCISAA, P.O. Box 12424, Costa Mesa, CA 92627.  Indicate “Retreat” on your check.  A few scholarships are available to those who can’t afford the fee.  You can check for updates at our website:  http://ocisaa.org.  You may also call Matt S at 424-216-6967 for more information.  Join your fellows for an amazing day of recovery in a safe and serene setting.

My Share

Each month, we publish a personal but anonymous story of recovery.  Stories should be written in the first person (“I”); speak from your experience, strength, and hope; and be limited to approximately one typewritten page.  Please submit your story to saamikek@gmail.com.  We may edit submissions for reasons of space, clarity, and appropriate language.  Here is this month’s story:


(Editor’s note:  In SAA, as we work our 12-step program, we undergo a spiritual transformation.  It is not necessarily religious, but it may be.  It is a change in our spirit, a new way of thinking about life that is vastly different from what it was like in the depths of our addiction, that many describe as a new awakening.  This member powerfully describes his new spirituality.)

Spirituality goes deep into the heart of every matter and extends far beyond the physical world of matter.  Spirituality connects me with a profoundly powerful and divine force that’s present in this universe and in myself.  Whether I’m looking for happiness, inner peace, or supreme enlightenment, no knowledge can propel me to achieve my personal goals and provide as effective a plan for living as does spiritual knowledge.

Spirituality is the one accomplishment that blesses every aspect of my life and will remain with me even after my time on Earth is done.  It brings me in touch with the great eternal nature of life.  It invigorates and inspires my soul to reach for the highest and to do what is right instead of what might be comfortable.  Spirituality is like a stream of wisdom that flows through my being and guides me on my path.

One of the greatest gifts spirituality gave me was to realign my sense of self with something I never imagined was within me.  It told me that even if I think I’m limited and small, it isn’t so.  A great and divine light exists inside of me.  When I’m filled with spiritual energy, I feel inspired.


 A Few Intergroup Representatives Still Needed

If your meeting still lacks an Intergroup rep, please tell your secretary that you need one.  For more information, contact us at inreach@ocisaa.org.  We highly recommend you find someone to fill this service position.

A Note to Event Promoters and Organizers:  For those requesting announcements to run in our newsletter, please use the following format – and order – as much as possible:
Who:  Are you a committee (of the Intergroup, for example), or an individual SAA meeting group, or another type of organization or individual?
What:  Is this a workshop, breakfast, retreat, or another type of event?
Title:  What is the name of your event?
When:  Give the date and starting and ending times of your event.
Cost:  What is the suggested contribution, or is it a set fee, or is no one turned away for lack of funds?
Description:  In a sentence, or several sentences, say what is unique or especially appealing about your event.
Where:  Event address, along with any cross-street info or parking tips you think are important.
More Info:  Who to call for more information?  List a telephone number, email address, and/or website.
Please give us as much lead time as possible, and note that submissions are subject to editing for clarity and space.

SAA Meeting News

New Meetings:

Sunday, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Closed, mixed
United Methodist Church, Room 2
13000 San Antonio Dr., Norwalk, CA 90650
Contact Eli R. (714) 650-0132 or Gary H. (562) 882-0729, email eliminatorfundeck24@gmail.com
Monday, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Women’s SAA Book Study Meeting:  reading & sharing on the SAA Green Book; general open sharing
Open to women only
Costa Mesa Alano Club, 2040 Placentia Ave., Costa Mesa
For more information call Lori, 949-444-1554
Monday, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
AA Big Book Study – bring your AA “Big Book” for this SAA meeting
Open – Mixed – Newcomers (newcomers RSVP 6:45)
Valley Alano Club, Room 107, 10980 Arrow Route, Rancho Cucamonga 91730
Across White Oak from Post Office
For more information call Dexter, 909-218-0502


Two meetings have suspended operations until a new location is found:
Monday and Wednesday, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Men Only/Open/ Book Study
Formerly held at 23151 Moulton Parkway, Laguna Woods
Call Scott, 949-547-3412 for updates

Orange County Intergroup Officers and Committee Chairs

Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern. — Tradition 2

Chair:  Thomas P., ocisaa_chair@yahoo.com

Vice Chair:  Ron R., ocisaa.vicechair@yahoo.com

Digital Communications:  Neal B., ocisaa@yahoo.com

Inreach:  Greg R., ocisaa.inreach@yahoo.com

Outreach:  Steven C., ocisaa.outreach@yahoo.com

Literature:  Ron C., ocisaa.literature@yahoo.com

Treasurer:  Brian A. (2nd signer on checks:  vacant), ocisaa.treasurer@yahoo.com

Secretary:  Jacque J., ocisaa.secretary@yahoo.com

Parliamentarian:  Vacant (Are you interested?  Do you know a little about Robert’s Rules of Order?  Then volunteer!)


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