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LifeRing is present at Treatment Professionals’ Annual Conference

LRfourLifeRing board member Jeff K. submitted the following report about his attendance at the annual CAADAC conference in Sacramento:

The 2013 Annual Conference of the California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors was held in Sacramento earlier in October and LifeRing was there!  As in several past years, we set up a table in the Exhibit Hall, with flyers, newsletters, and books on display, as well as the all-important basket of Lifesaver candies to lure counselors to stop by and talk to us about recovery and about LifeRing. We had countless dozens of visitors, and interestingly most had heard of LifeRing already!  Talking with folks, it became clear that a large hole in our meeting list is Southern California, and while online support reaches everywhere, it would be beneficial for all to see growth of face-to-face LifeRing meetings in this region.  Many thanks to Bob and Jeff for paying for and manning the table, Carola for printing up stacks of (very popular!) LifeRing newsletters, and Robert for putting together the box of flyers and books!  Donations of time and money like these, to reach out to professionals and get the word out, are what keeps LifeRing going and growing. –JeffK

LifeRing’s 2013 Annual Meeting: One for the History Books

With members attending from far and near, the 2013 LifeRing Annual Meeting took place in Denver last weekend, May 31 to June 2. The weather cooperated with mostly clear skies and warm sunshine. Denver was bustling with downtown outdoor events, while our members joined together to strengthen the organization and learn more about addiction, recovery and our role in dealing with them.

I wrote a personal and light overview of the weekend which can be read by clicking here.

A great stride towards real democracy within LifeRing was made at this year’s LifeRing Congress, which adopted a bylaw amendment creating a system for absentee voting by delegates who are chosen by their meetings but can’t make the trip to the Annual Meeting. That provision was passed unanimously as the last bylaw change to be made without absentee voting. Another bylaw amendment was then passed along to be voted on by the membership, along with voting on who will fill four board of director seats. The amendment to be voted on by absentee ballots is a housekeeping change to increase the required quorum. for a board meeting from 4 to 5.

four board seats will be filled by the voters choosing between five candidates. You can read about the election and view statements from each of the candidates at our Election Central area of the website. Ballots have already been sent out to the delegates; they need to be returned by early July. Each candidate will be ranked by the voters and an instant runoff vote counting system will be employed to select the winners. The three most popular candidates will win three year terms of office and the next highest candidate will serve for two years, filling a seat left vacant by a resignation.

I’ll have more about the weekend events later.

–Craig Whalley

2013 LifeRing Annual Meeting Taking Shape

Denver, CO. May 31 to June 2. Be there!

Plans are well underway for the 2013 LifeRing Annual Meeting in Denver. Every year, LifeRing hosts a get-together to which all of our members are invited. It’s a social event, a learning experience, and a political gathering all at once.

Planning continues, but so far we know that the main speaker will be Gabor Mate, author of the bestselling In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction. Click HERE for details.

The whole weekend promises to be memorable. Great programs; warm companionship; maybe even a trip to the baseball stadium to see a game! Click HERE for more details, and check back — we’ll be adding more information as it becomes available.

LifeRing comes to Paris!

Kathleen Gargan, former LifeRing Executive Director and current board member, is on an extended visit to Paris, France, and will be hosting a weekly information table/informal LifeRing meeting in a Starbucks in that city starting Sunday, Nov. 25, at 10:30 a.m. and continuing through the end of December. She writes:

“I’m ready set up a temporary meeting in paris – I’ve found a Starbucks that has several little privacy corners, and have visited it at the time I would like to hold  the meeting. (10:30 am Sunday) it’s fairly empty at this time. I plan to sit there for an hour on Sunday mornings with a placard that says both LifeRing and Cercle de vie.”

Here are the details, in English and in French:

Starbucks Coffee
62 rue St Andre des Arts
6th arrondissement
Metro St Michel line 4

10:30 am Sundays
2nd floor – look for the the LifeRing/Cercle de Vie sign on the table.

In French:

Starbucks Coffee
62 rue St Andre des Arts
6 eme arrondissement
Metro St. Michel, ligne 4

10:30h les dimanches
Premiere etage; cherchez l’affliche qui dit “LifeRing/Cercle de Vie”

Kathleen is bi-lingual, so all are invited! For more information, email to

LifeRing Exhibits at Annual CAADAC Conference

The California Association of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors held their annual get-together this past weekend and LifeRing was there. Joe Mott, a LifeRing board member, and Cat H., an active member, manned a table in the exhibitor’s area for the largest annual gathering of California treatment professionals. Joe and Cat reported that they receive very warm responses from many in attendance, including requests that LifeRing meetings be started at or near various treatment facilities. It was a strong affirmation of the increasing demand for exactly what LifeRing offers: a secular approach to recovery that respects the intelligence and motivation of each member. Cat reported that “Overall people were very happy to see us, and agree there needs to be alternatives to AA.”