The latest edition of the LifeRing Newsletter is hot off the press! Edited by LifeRing board member Carola Z., this edition features articles on topics ranging from the value of volunteering to proposed changes in the LifeRing bylaws. There are also articles on surviving the holiday season and LifeRing’s presence at a recent gathering of treatment professionals in San Diego. See the complete Newsletter HERE.
A committee of LifeRing members has produced a draft of proposed bylaw amendments that would move LifeRing in the direction of greater democracy. Presently, delegates to our Annual Meeting must be present to vote on bylaw changes and Board of Director candidates. This made sense when the great majority of meetings were in the San Francisco Bay Area. But now LifeRing has grown and there are dozens of meetings outside the Bay Area, including foreign countries, and those people often find the travel and lodging to be prohibitively expensive.
Each LifeRing meeting is entitled to select one voting delegate to the Annual Meeting — anyone can attend, but only delegates get to vote.
Jeff K., a convenor from Livermore, CA, has been working with a committee to deal with this problem. Click HERE to read the document. The idea is to allow delegates to vote on certain issues without physically attending the Annual Meeting. As with all organizational matters, this can seem arcane and complicated, but it’s very important for the future of LifeRing.
Carola Ziermann, LifeRing board member and chair of the Newsletter Committee, has issued the first new LifeRing newsletter in many years. The newsletter, which can be viewed HERE, contains articles on subjects including on-line resources, peer-to-peer support and Marty Nicolaus’s 20 year Soberversity. Don’t miss it.
LifeRing is reaching out to all who’ve been involved with us so that we can be represented in this landmark project. If you are a person in recovery, we hope that you will contribute your lived experiences to this important effort. Please go to WhatisRecovery.org.
The survey is being conducted nationwide by the Alcohol Research Group in an effort to gather basic information about recovery from the best source imaginable: people in recovery. It takes about 20 minutes. No identifying information is asked for or gathered and all participants are completely anonymous. We want to make sure that the LifeRing point of view is well-represented in the study, although, of course, all answers should be completely honest.
LifeRing will not know whether you decide to participate or not; your participation is entirely voluntary. The survey is anonymous and your answers will be confidential. For more information about the project and to access the survey, please visit the study’s web site at
Please consider participating in this important project. Go to the “What Is Recovery” web site (www.WhatIsRecovery.org) and add your voice. Help broaden public understanding of recovery and help LifeRing become better known in the recovery world.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at email@example.com. Thank you for helping with this important research.
A message from Jeff K., chairman of the newly formed LifeRing Bylaws Committee:
A group of us have begun to form and staff a Lifering committee that will
probably do a number of things, but will first be tasked with coming up with a
formal proposal to implement absentee voting at the next LifeRing Congress. This
was initiated at the 2012 Congress, the details are HERE
The goal of this effort is to give people a more direct say in how
Lifering evolves in the future, without placing unnecessary burdens on people
who are not local to the location of the annual Congress.
Currently, the Congress is the supreme deliberative and legislative body within