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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:

URL:  http://www.uvic.ca/wellbeing/sobertogether/

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.

SoberTogether_LifeRingUS

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 service@lifering.org 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 http://lifering.org/lifering-election-central/. 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 cswhalley@lifering.org and he’ll be sure it gets posted ASAP

 

LifeRing Candidates, Members Invited to Share Views

election centralA page on this website has been created for candidates and members to give their view on the upcoming election for three Board Of Director seats. It is hoped that each candidate will submit a comment on that page giving what they consider their qualifications and relevant experience, or anything else they consider appropriate. And all members are invited to give their views and preferences. It is hoped that a degree of civility will be maintained.

So far, there are five announced candidates for the three open positions. Unofficially (the list of candidates could change before it is firmly set), the candidates are, in alphabetical order: Mahala K., Jeff K., Joe M., Bob O., and Tim R. Board members usually use their full names in public, but candidates are not required to do so. If candidates would like a snapshot to accompany their initial introduction, that can be arranged (I think).

So all are urged to check LifeRing Election Central to read about the candidates

Kathleen’s LifeRing Travel Adventure

kathleenLifeRing Board member and former Executive Director Kathleen Gargan only recently returned from a lengthy stay in Europe, While there, she visited several LifeRing meetings in Ireland, Denmark and Sweden, talked to supporters in the United Kingdom and even held informal LifeRing meetings in a Paris coffee shop. Kathleen was kind enough t0o write up a report about her European adventures which is now posted to this website. See it HERE