W.A. World Service Organization Newsletter
Living in Balance E-NewsetterJanuary 2013
In This Issue
Your W.A. Board Engaged
2013 W.A. World Conference in August Chicago, IL
W.A. Mediation Books needs member meditations.
2012 W.A. World Conference Audio CDs for purchase online.
Quick Links

Greetings! We hope your holiday season was enjoyable and you have had a great start to 2013. In an effort to keep your more informed, we are going to start including a small report from the W.A. Board each newsletter.

Registration is available for the 2013 W.A. World Conference and you still have time for early bird rates The conference will be held in Chicago in August 23-25, 2013. See below for more info.

We are looking for members that would be interested in being a Group Mentor.

Michele S., Outreach Coordinator
Workaholics Anonymous

WA 2012 World Conference MP3 Audio CD

For your convenience, you can purchase the Audio CD from the last W. A. World Conference held in Oregon, Sept. 2012. Click here.

 Your W.A. World Service Board Engaged

2013 is off to an exciting start!

Arrangements have been made for your upcoming Conference which will be in Chicago at the Cenacle Center on August 23-25, 2013. (see below for more info). You have the opportunity to meet other members just like you in meetings, workshops and during relaxation and play times.  Everyone is invited to attend Board meetings as well which occur both during the conference and one day ahead on Thursday. More info below on how to register.

Plans are being put in place for a new W.A. website! We will launch a new website design this year with an improved design, development and new shopping cart. We will keep you posted on the progress.  


A new meeting started in Pittsburgh, PA this month, and over the holidays Lago Vista, TX opened a new meeting; in addition a member from Belgium started a new online chat meeting.  You get more details from the Meetings page here.  


Sadly, we also had two meetings close during the past few months. If your meeting is struggling, be sure to contact the Meetings Support subcommittee through Board member Laura who can be contacted at [email protected]anonymous.org.


Did you know that we have W.A. Board members who participate from all over the world?  Currently, one member, Ken, participates from India.   Service can be done in many ways, and if you are interested in giving back to WA, please contact us and let us know. 


Interested in Becoming a Meeting Group Mentor?

Among the many support opportunities offered by WA, perhaps the richest are those created through relationships with fellow members. Across the globe people are forming meeting groups and sharing the message of recovery. As the New Year welcomes us, we are excited by the growth of the fellowship, particularly in the number of people expressing interest in organizing meeting groups.

Because starting a meeting group can be an intimidating process, we would like for beginners to receive a mentor during their initial stages of meeting development. Mentors offer service through answering questions and providing suggestions as needed for members beginning their meeting groups. Currently, we are in need of more mentors and would like to extend this service opportunity to members of the fellowship.

If you are interested in serving as a mentor for those starting meeting groups, please contact me at [email protected].
More information will be provided upon receiving your expressed interested.

With gratitude,
Laura R.
 W.A. 2013 World Conference in Chicago, IL.
 August 23-25, 2013

$25 Conference Fee deadline March 31, 2013

$50 Conference Fee deadline May 15, 2013

$100 Conference fee starting May 16, 2013

Program input to Angela W., email address:  [email protected] 

Our intent is to have the program available on the WA website by Jan 1, 2013.

All other inquiries to be addressed to Jerry S. Conference Chair at [email protected] or 773-209-7089.

More on the W.A. 2013 Conference info here.

The 2013 will be held at the Cenacle Retreat Center,  located in  Lincoln Park,
a beautiful neighborhood in Chicago, north of the downtown area.


The center is only five blocks from the Lake Michigan and North Avenue Beach, where we will be organizing a bike ride on Saturday after noon next to the beautiful Lake Shore Drive for those who wish to join in. Or you can just take a short walk to the beach and relax by the waves. 



NOTE: Bike rental is $10 an hour per bike.


The conference will enable you to connect with other recovering workaholics, have relaxing and play time with others as well as some dynamite meetings!


Come join us, space is limited and members are already registering for the event.

Group Support Section on Website  


There are helpful tools and materials available here that you can download for your group; meeting formats, types of meetings, tips on outreach, W.A. Public Awareness Guidelines, archives to news letters and much more!


W. A. Meditation Book - Call For Contributions

The W.A.W.S.O. Literature Committee is creating a meditations book. We would like all the meditations to come from the fellowship, so . . .
We need your help!


All members are welcome to write and submit meditations for publication. Consider having a writing play day for your meeting group. Not only would this activity provide opportunities for reflection and meditation, but it would also allow group members to make contributions to a book that will serve the needs of the whole fellowship.


A suggested meeting format for writing meditations is available at the WA website. For more details about submitting meditations, please visit the W.A. website. 


Also, a suggested meeting format for writing meditations is also available at the W.A. website here for you to view. 


We look forward to receiving your meditations!!
Have fun with us!!


Your trusted servants,

W.A.W.S.O. Literature Committee


 W.A. Seeks Professional Representative for Our Fellowship

As workaholism has become a widespread concept in public media, the ways it is communicated about can often create more misconceptions than understandings. In this regard, members of Workaholics Anonymous are currently seeking a professional representative to speak on behalf of the fellowship and respond to public press releases that may misconstrue the reality of being a workaholic. If you know of someone or have suggestions for who might serve as a reputable spokesperson for WA (who is not affiliated with the fellowship), please send your recommendations to Laura R. [email protected]
New 24/7 Fellowship Line for W.A.

Workaholics Anonymous registered a twenty-four hour conference call telephone number for all our members around the world to check in with each other at the "top" of every hour of the day and night. Check with your local service provider, as they may charge you for your call.

You may find others on the line; or you may not. It is not monitored by WAWSO. It is public, unrecorded, and is there solely for the purpose of our members' check-ins, bookends, and fellowship.Click on the link below for more info.    


The WAWSO telephone line for leaving messages is a separate number you can find on our website at: 



Supporting W.A. Seventh Tradition Contributions

Our Seventh Tradition provides that W.A. is fully self-supporting; declining outside contributions. WAWSO welcomes contributions from W.A. groups and members. One hundred percent of all contributions directly support recovery from workaholism. Carrying the message of recovery to workaholics who still suffer includes email and phone services, a quarterly newsletter, media and community outreach, literature development and distribution, this website, an annual conference, meeting information and support, and other outreach services. Please print out and send this Seventh Tradition form 
to support W.A.'s Outreach.

by Credit card or Paypal. Thank you for your generous support. 
Request For Sponsors

WA has, from time to time, requests for sponsorship from people recovering from workaholism.  We keep a confidential list of volunteers who are willing to take this on.  If you are willing, please send us an email with your contact information (or any other information you feel a sponsee should know) to: [email protected]
Your information is kept confidential to protect your anonymity. We will contact you with a person's contact information when someone requests, offering you the opportunity to respond.  Your offering of this service will be of great value to you as well as to the person you would be sponsoring.
Please contribute what you can for your meetings. :)

W.A operates on contributions from it's members and literature sales. Please don't forget to go online and make a contribution to W.A. if you only go to phone meetings. You can click here donate.

Purchase Our Books Online!


The Book Of Discovery

Book of Discovery, W.A. WorkbookA guide to the 12 Steps  

The Workaholics Anonymous Book of Discovery is a
guide that provides step instruction, questions, activities, and stories-all with room to write and reflect as necessary, in a large spiral-bound, three-hole punch volume. The book is designed to lay completely flat so as to be easily used for writing as well as for protective storing in a three-ring notebook of your choice with other loose or extra pages if desired.  This workbook can be used alone, with a sponsor  or used with a group in a meeting format. 

Click here for online purchase    You can also purchase through the mail.  Price: $25. Plus $4.95 shipping and handling anywhere in the US. Send your check to WSO Web Payment Center, PO Box 56416, Portland, OR, 97238.


The Book of Recovery

W.A.'s first publication, The Book of Recovery is our main text. It has valuable information for all recovering workaholics; history, stories, guidance in working the steps and tools to help you with your recovery program! Click here for online purchase