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LifeRing Online: You’ve Got Mail!

Several days ago, the first in a series of messages was posted about LifeRing Online. That was about Chat (click here to see it). Today, we’ll take a look at E-mail groups.

There are two large LifeRing email groups devoted to recovery support: LSRmail, with about 300 members, and LSRsafe, with about 200. The numbers are a bit deceptive since only a fraction of those who belong to the group actively participate in writing messages. The rest are content to ‘lurk,’ which is the term applied to people who read but don’t post.

Here’s a quick look at how email groups work. A message sent to the group address goes to everyone in the group in their regular email box at whatever address they signed up with. Replies to that email also go to everyone. So if Bob writes in saying he’s concerned about attending his sister’s wedding reception because alcohol will be flowing freely and he’s not sure he’s ready for that sort of situation, other members will reply, telling of their own experiences, or expressing sympathy and understanding, or maybe offering a little advice. All of the messages are there for all group members to read, although not for anyone outside the group to see — that’s one of the main differences between email groups and some other LifeRing venues: the email group is private and not open to the internet. Membership requires approval by the groups webmeister, although membership is available to anyone who is serious about finding a clean and sober life.

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LifeRing Advances in Sweden

Lars B. reports from Sweden that there has been steady progress in the growth of LifeRing there. There are now 3 meetings in Sweden, split between Stockholm and Malmo. Delegates from the meetings recently met in the first national gathering to discuss strengthening LifeRing Sweden with a website and perhaps start having online chat meetings.

Two New LifeRing Meetings in Sacramento

LifeRing continues to grow in Sacramento, CA! Mondo Bizarro Cafe will be the meeting place for two new meetings. It’s located at 1821 I Street, Midtown, Sacramento, Ca. The meetings will be on Thursdays at 5 p.m. and Saturdays at 1 p.m. There are currently 10 LifeRing meetings each week in Sacramento. Three of these meet at the Mondo Bizarro Cafe, until recently known as ‘Butch & Nellie’s’.

Two New Meetings Added in Victoria, Canada

The steadily increasing number of meetings in Victoria, B.C., Canada has grown by two. One is at the Saanich Neighbourhood Place, Pearkes Recreation Centre at Pearkes Arena, 3100 Tillicum Road. That meeting will be held on Fridays at 6:30 p.m., phone 250.415.5535 for details. There is also a meeting, closed to the general public, at a detox facility on Trent St. every Tuesday evenings at 8 p.m. This brings to eight the number of LifeRing meetings being offered in Victoria.

Concord, CA, gets Second LifeRing Meeting

A new LifeRing meeting has come to Concord, CA. Convened by Carola Z., a LifeRing Board member, the meeting will take place at New Connections, a treatment facility, at 2600 Stanwell Drive, Suite 220, Concord, CA 94520. The meeting, in Room 3, will be held on Tuesdays from noon to 1:30.