Q: At a session during the World Service Business Conference, there was a request for non-OA members (spouse, relative or friend) at the Conference who might want to volunteer to help. What are the Conference and OA views on this as a violation of the Seventh Tradition of being self-supporting?
A: While certainly many of our spouses, relatives or friends support our program in various ways, the Seventh Tradition does speak to being fully self-supporting, both financially and in giving service. This does apply to all levels, WSBC included.
The session you refer to was the “All About Conference” early-bird workshop. The Conference Planning Committee reviewed the content of this workshop and at future Conferences, it will be clearly stated: “If you have brought a spouse, relative or friend with you who is an OA member but not a delegate, and they would like to volunteer their time during the Conference, send them to the Conference Support Committee desk and ask for the volunteer coordinator, who will put them to work if we have a need.”
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