Category Archives: Organization

LifeRing Member Survey

surveyIf you are or have been involved with LifeRing, even just recently, we’d like to have you answer some questions in a Survey we’re doing. The answers you give won’t be identifable as yours; the purpose is to help us plan for the future growth of LifeRing. We want to find out what works and what doesn’t along with some general information about our membership (again, in general, not anything traceable to you as an individual). The survey is important to us and we need to get as many responses from members as possible. (A LifeRing “member” is anyone who participates by attending, or having attended in the past, meetings in-person or online.) You’ll find the survey by going here: Thanks for your help!

— Craig Whalley, Chairman of the Board


LifeRing Officers Re-elected Unanimously by Board; New Office Added

electionThe LifeRing Board of Directors met on July 14 , 2013, and held elections for officers to serve for the next year. The existing officers were all unanimously re-elected to continue in their roles, with Tim Reith as Secretary, Carola Ziermann as Treasurer, Craig Whalley as Chairman and Robert Stump as Executive Director. The Board voted to create a new position — Deputy Executive Director — and elected Mahala Kephart, a new member of the Board, to fill that role. Stump, the current Executive Director, is not a member of the Board — LifeRing officers need not be Directors — but the others are all members.

The meeting also brought the final certification of the recent election of four members of the Board, including Kephart and Reith along with Joe Mott, who won re-election to his seat, and Jeff Koch, who is new to the Board.

In addition, the board discussed the framework for a Strategic Plan, and agreed on the need to identify a pool of members who can be tapped for specific tasks that arise on occasion, often exceeding the time, energy and skills of board members.



LifeRing Board of Directors Election Results

election results

The full breakdown of votes and results can now be seen below

The numbers have been counted and re-counted and the final results are in on the 2013 election for Board of Directors. Four of the nine board seats were up this year — three are up every year and one seat was vacant and need re-filling. There were five candidates for the four seats. The winners were incumbents Tim Reith and Joe Mott, who were re-elected, and Mahaka Kephart, who will replace Kathleen Gargan who chose not to run for reelection, and Jeff Koch, who will fill the remaining two years in the seat vacated by Troy Spears. Bob Omohundro ran a spirited campaign but finished last.

The election was the first under a bylaw change that requires voting for board members and bylaw changes by elected delegates from each LifeRing meeting by absentee ballot. In the past, those decisions were made at the Annual LifeRing Congress by just those delegates who attended. The election campaign was fairly smooth with much learned that will be applied next year.

An amendment to the LifeRing bylaws — very much a non-controversial “house-keeping” change to increase the quorum for board meetings from 4 to 5 — passed easily.

A break-down of results will be posted very soon after some final tweaking. In order to make the voting process simpler, we used ‘ranked choice voting’ which requires a somewhat complex spreadsheet of results. It will be posted on the website as soon as it’s available.


 The raw voting data in a spreadsheet format is posted here. (Thanks to Tim R.)

A summary report of this raw data is posted here  (Thanks to Tim R.)


Canadian University of Victoria Survey for Peer-Support Groups for Alcohol

A group of researchers from Canada, led by Dr. Frederick Grouzet
(Associate professor of psychology at the University of Victoria) in
collaboration with Tyler Carey (Graduate Student), are currently
conducting a survey on peer-support groups for problematic alcohol use,
called “Sober Together.” They are inviting people (who are currently
attending or have formerly attended peer-support groups) to complete a
very brief online survey. The responses to the survey are kept
confidential and analyzed anonymously. This research has been reviewed and
approved by the University of Victoria Human Research Ethics Board. If you
are interested in helping them to better understand the role of
peer-support groups in recovery from problematic alcohol use, please use
the following information:


Invitation Code: SOBER2DAY

LifeRing has reviewed and approved this survey and we encourage everyone
who has had experience with peer-support groups to complete the survey.


New Developments in the LifeRing Election Contest

There are now four seats open on the LifeRing Board of Directors. Troy Spears, a Modesto, CA, member. has announced his decision to step down from the BOD before the end of his term. This means that the current five candidates will be vying for four seats in the election that begins at the LifeRing Congress on June 2 in Denver. The fourth place finisher will serve out the rest of Troy’s term while the top three take the three full-term spots. Others may, of course, enter the race. We strongly urge anyone still considering running to let the Service Center know that they’re interested by May 15 — an email to will suffice nicely and the office will respond with a simple form to fill out giving very basic information so that we know how to contact you.

We have a page on this website for use by candidates to make clear why they’re running and for interested members to make comments or ask questions. Four candidates are using the pages, which can be accessed at Those four are Mahala Kephart, Jeff Koch, Joe Mott and Tim Reith. The other announced candidate, Bob Omohundro, has opted not to have his own page at this time but has been posting comments on the pages of the other candidates.

We’re having some technical problems with the comment system, so please bear with us — if your comment disappears into the ether, send a copy to and he’ll be sure it gets posted ASAP