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LifeRing Annual Meeting Set for May 11, 12, 13 in San Francisco

Every year, LifeRing holds a get-together to handle organization matters, hear guest speakers, and get a chance for us all to come together to enjoy each others company.

The 2012 Annual Meeting will be held in San Francisco on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 11, 12, and 13. Friday and Saturday events will be at the LGBT Center at 1800 Market St., near the Castro, Mission and Hayes Valley neighborhoods. Sunday’s gathering will be at the nearby Alano Club at 1748 Market St.

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New Office Hours for LifeRing

Robert S., our erstwhile office administrator, is changing his hours. The new hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-4 and Friday, 10-3, with an hour off for lunch. In addition, Craig W., chairman of the LifeRing board, will be there most weekday mornings and there may be volunteers there at other times. And even when the office is unoccupied, phone calls pass through to a cell phone that Robert carries. So the change of “official” hours shouldn’t inconvenience anyone, at least not if you call ahead which you should always do. The new hours take effect immediately.

A LifeRing Keeper: Why Become a LifeRing Convenor

The subject of convening LifeRing meetings came up in one of our email groups the other day and produced a response that’s worth reading:

____  wrote last night about convening LifeRing groups and I thought I’d expand a bit on my own experience.

Being in an active group is, of course, very helpful to long-term sobriety. But it’s easy to sort of lose interest, to find the (totally necessary) repetition of advice to become tedious, to feel that the stories of the newcomers, struggling through early days, don’t relate well to one’s current life, and to drift away.

So I tend to think that working with people experiencing the intense struggles of early days is the best way to insure an ongoing engagement in recovery. Convening gives one just enough responsibility (along with tremendous psychic rewards for playing a “helping” role in the lives of others) to make newcomers a source of real interest and to put the familiar problems in a new light, rather like a teacher facing a new year with the same material but new students. Except the convenor is not a teacher — he/she is mostly an organizer who does the tedious but necessary things to make the group possible. Or at least that’s the LifeRing theory — inevitably, though, the convenor also becomes something of a role model, which can reduce his/her ability to seek support but greatly add incentive to staying on the recovery path.

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A Message From LifeRing’s Executive Director, Kathleen Gargan

LifeRing’s 11th Annual Meeting  and Congress will take place during the weekend of May 11th, 12th and 13th, 2012, in San Francisco. On this occasion, I will step away from my position as 2nd interim Executive Director and join the very limited but rugged ranks of LifeRing’s “Ex-Executive Directors”.

Occupying this role during the past year has been a tremendous education for me. I have gained a perspective on LifeRing as a whole that no other job would have afforded me. One of the important things I learned was how much work and heart my predecessors, Marty and Craig, contributed to keep the LifeRing boat afloat. Since I took over, Craig has continued to do as much work, if not more, as he did during his year as E.D. His help has been invaluable to me. Though I prefer not to wear the E.D. hat, I do intend to stay very involved with LifeRing, helping the new Executive Director in whatever way I can and continuing to work on projects that were begun this year. Craig has graciously offered to stay involved as well.

With my resignation, then, the LifeRing Board of Directors is seeking applicants for our Executive Director. Whoever applies should be prepared to accept the position for at least one year, with the possibility of more than one year. According to our current bylaws, applicants will need to have been continuously clean and sober for at least one year. A history of participation in LifeRing is also necessary, and applicants should have strong “people skills” with a demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in a friendly and respectful way.

Our current bylaws state that LifeRing’s Executive Director will be a volunteer. This will not change unless and until other expenses can be eliminated, or until donations and book sales are substantially increased. Thus, applicants for this position should be willing to work without financial remuneration.

Some of the responsibilities of LifeRing’s Executive Director will include:

—  Oversee the maintenance of official records and documents, and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations.

— Provide leadership in developing programs, working on financial plans with the Board of Directors and Director of Fundraising, and carrying out plans and policies authorized by the board.

— Promote active and broad participation by volunteers in all areas of the organization’s work. This is one of LifeRing’s important planning  initiatives.

— Assure that the organization has a long-range strategy which achieves its mission, and toward which it makes consistent and timely progress. LifeRing has begun a strategic planning process. The new E.D. will be working on implementing initiatives drawn from this process.

Interested applicants should contact LifeRing’s service center:
1440 Broadway Suite 312
Oakland CA 94612-2023
Toll-Free: 1-800-811-4142
Local: 510-763-0779
Fax: (510) 763-1513
24-hr. Cell, message or text: 510-207-6097

Report from the LifeRing Office Administrator

LifeRing has only one part-time employee: an office administrator who oversees the flow of book orders, emails, phone calls, etc. Robert Stump took over that job in mid-December and has been trying to systematically carry out his duties. He filed this report, which gives a good peek at what the LifeRing office actually does.

Report from the Service Center

Hi everybody, my name is Robert Stump, and If you haven’t heard, I am the new office administrator at the LifeRing Service Center. I have scheduled myself to be in the office Monday through Thursday in the afternoons from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM and on Fridays from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Craig Whalley, my partner in crime,  is usually at the Service Center for a couple of hours every morning, except on Wednesdays, shipping book orders and doing office stuff. If you’re planning to come down to visit please call first to make sure one of us will be in.

Here is a list of some of the things I been doing here at the Service Center in the first month of the new year:

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