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Category Archives: Organization

Absentee Voting Plan to be Introduced to LifeRing

absentee votingFor the past several months, a committee of the LifeRing Board of Directors has been working on a plan to bring more democracy to LifeRing. Starting at the 2013 Annual Meeting, in Denver from May 31 to June 2, we hope to implement a plan to allow absentee voting on elections to the BOD and proposed changes in the organization’s bylaws. As before, each LifeRing meeting will be entitled to choose a delegate to the annual LifeRing Congress. Until now, those delegates could only vote on things if they attended the Annual Meeting. From now on, though, we plan to have a system in place to allow delegates to have a vote, whether they attend or not. Our hope is that in addition to making LifeRing more democratic, this change will bring with it more interest and involvement in organization-wide matters.

Developing the logistics of the plan has not been particularly easy — there are all sorts of complications in setting up procedures that will be smooth, timely and easily understood. The committee is now ready to present its plan to the BOD and to the membership. You can read about some of the details of the plan HERE.



Lifering speaker on Democracy Now

Dr. Gabor Mate, who is the keynote speaker at Lifering’s 2013 annual convention or Congress, discusses stress and addiction issues on Democracy Now. It’s a full hour of compilation of three interviews from 2010.

Here is the link to the program should the video not load.

LifeRing’s Winter Newsletter Just Published

imagesThe 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.

Draft of Proposed Bylaw Changes is Offered for Study

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.

LifeRing’s Fall, 2012, Newsletter Now Available

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.