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Two New Convenors Show how to Publicize LifeRing

Two of LifeRing’s newest convenors are proving very adept at using both old and new media in efforts to publicize their meetings.

John in Albany, OR, used his local newspaper to gain a plug for his two meetings there. The local Democrat-Herald posted a note in it’s “Your Community” on-line edition telling about the meetings, with time and place and John’s phone number for more information. The paper managed to shorten our name to LifeRing Secular, but we’ll forgive them that. See the item here. An item like that may seem like a small thing, but community newspapers — and their websites — are often very well read.

And Troy S. in Modesto, CA, has prepared a website to give information about his new meeting, which attracted 16 people at the first get-together on Jan. 7th. Visit Troy’s website here.

LifeRing meetings are, of course, autonomous and convenors are encouraged to explore these types of publicity efforts.  We want to get the word out!

Irish Times Newspaper Features LifeRing

The Irish Times, one of the leading newspapers in the Republic of Ireland, is carrying a feature story on LifeRing’s efforts in that country and on the work of Dennis Stefan, founder of LifeRing Ireland. The story, which can be seen by clicking here, is headlined “Grouping up to defeat addiction.” It outlines the LifeRing philosophy, including the effort to strengthen the sober self and shrink the addicted self. It also touches on the 3-S idea of Sobriety, Secularity and Self-help. The article describes how Dennis started the first Irish LifeRing meeting in his home in 2009. There are now five meetings in Dublin and two in Belfast, with more to come.

Dennis is quoted as saying: “It’s up to each individual to create their own personal recovery plan and the meetings are used as an opportunity to modify that plan, talk to others, and to get and give advice. We believe that the power is within ourselves to control our use of drink, drugs or whatever we are addicted to and it’s our choice whether to use or not to use today.” The story features two very nice pictures, one of Dennis and one of a LifeRing meeting.

New LifeRing Meetings in Albany, OR and Modesto, CA

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The new year is taking up where the old year left off, with new LifeRing meetings springing up in Oregon and California.

In Albany, Oregon, John E. reports that a second meeting in that city is starting January 4th, and every Tuesday after that, at the Albany Public Library from 10 to 11 a.m. The library is located at 2450 14th Ave. SE and the meeting will take place upstairs in study room 3. The Tuesday meeting joins the original Albany meeting held on Wednesdays at 9 a.m. at Ray’s Food Place, 621 NW Hickory Ave.

And in Modesto, CA, Troy S. is beginning the first meeting there on Friday evenings at 6:30 starting on Jan. 7. The meeting will be held for now at a home, 1905 Kienitz Ave in Modesto.

Both meetings have been posted to the “Find Meetings” section of this website, where contact information can be found.


Second LifeRing meeting in Vancouver

Martin C., convenor of the first Vancouver, Canada, LifeRing meeting, reports that there is now a second meeting in that city. The meeting is on Saturdays at 4:00 p.m. at the Daytox outpatient treatment center at 377 E. 2nd St. in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Martin reports that folks from the Tuesday meeting dropped in to offer support, as well as people from the Daytox program. “In fact,” he said, “it was a nearly ideal mix of seasoned hands and newcomers.”

LifeRing Expands to Iceland

The Service Center has received word of three LifeRing meetings being held in Reykjavik, Iceland. There is a meeting on Wednesday at 6:05 pm at the SAA building, Von, Efstaleiti, 105 Reykjavik. SAA is the largest rehab center in Iceland. The Friday meeting is at the same address at 6:00 pm. On Saturday, there is a meeting at noon at Brautarholt 8, 105 Reykjavik.