Page Index: Definition * The Convenor’s Home Base * What can the Service Center do for me, the convenor * What can I, the convenor, do for the Service Center * Who can I talk to about convening * What is a Meeting Starter Kit * What resources can I get online * About insurance * What else may I need for a new meeting * About Money * About meetings online
LifeRing convenors are ordinary people in recovery from addiction with at least six months clean and sober who do something extra: they help bring people together in recovery. Convenors are the ones who start and lead meetings, and who perform any of the numerous other services, foreground and background, that it takes to maintain and grow a volunteer organization. Convenors facilitate sober connections and thereby make it possible for people to transform themselves from scattered, isolated individuals into members of a coherent recovery network. Without convenors there would be no LifeRing organization and no LifeRing recoveries. If you want to “give something back,” become a LifeRing convenor.
The convenor’s home base is the LifeRing Service Center. Here is the contact information in brief:
LifeRing Service Center
1440 Broadway Suite 312
Oakland CA 94612-2023
Toll Free 1 800 811 4142
Fax: (510) 763-1513
Click here for more information about the Service Center.
Among other resources, the Service Center can:
The Service Center is an important nexus in the LifeRing network. What you contribute to the Service Center goes out, directly or indirectly, to the whole organization.
The Service Center also helps to plan and to organize the annual LifeRing Expo/Congress. The date and place of the next event is usually announced at least six months ahead of time. Please connect with the Service Center regarding your meeting’s choice of a Delegate to the Congress, and other Congress issues.
You can connect with other LifeRing convenors several ways:
Convenors who isolate from other convenors tend to develop problems of leadership style and morale. Generally, successful and happy convenors are those who connect with other convenors on a fairly regular basis. There’s a lot to be gained — information and emotional support — from convenor-to-convenor dialogue.
The contents of the Meeting Starter Kit depend on your specific needs and circumstances.
Once you have a meeting room and a meeting time that can be posted on the LifeRing Meeting List which is located on the top of the home page of this website, the Service Center will provide you with a Meeting Starter Kit which contains the following books and brochures:
This is special pricing for convenors only
Meetings in the USA can also included these additional items in your Meeting Starter Kit if requested:
Because the Starter Kit cost money we ask you to pay for the cost of these materials. You can make arrangements with the Service Center to pay for these items over time, if needed. An invoice for the cost of the Meeting Starter Kit will be provided once the Kit is shipped. LifeRing will pay for all shipping and California sales tax if applicable.
Many LifeRing resources for convenors are available online. For example:
If you are planning to start a new meeting, the most helpful single thing to read is Chapter 13 of How Was Your Week, available as a PDF download.
A few meeting space providers require proof of liability insurance before they will allow use of their room for a recovery meeting. LifeRing has the required insurance. To obtain a copy of an insurance coverage certificate, send an email with details to email@example.com.
LifeRing is a free-standing organization. No fiscal sponsor, no corporate grants, no foundation behind it. All directors, officers, and convenors are volunteers. Nevertheless, we have expenses. There is a paid Office Administrator at the Service Center. There is rent, telephones, postage, printing, copying, office supplies, web sites, chat room, social network, online forum, the annual Expo/Congress, exhibit tables at professional conferences, and more. Therefore we need to watch our expenses very carefully, and we need to have revenue.
Meetings, as a rule, always pass the basket. Where meetings have rent to pay, that comes first. Any surplus beyond the meeting’s own expenses, and a reasonable reserve (to cover two months’ rent, approximately), is forwarded to the Service Center to benefit the whole LifeRing network. The Service Center can supply you with pre-addressed green envelopes for the purpose.
When a new meeting starts up — when it has a room and a time and is listed on the schedule — the Service Center will, on request, send the convenor a display copy of each of the LifeRing books and other media. These items are expensive, and need to be paid for when there is enough money collected in the meeting basket. If the meeting folds, the display copies need to be returned to the Service Center. OK?
More information about meeting money is in How Was Your Week?, Chapter 6.
Most LifeRing email lists and other online venues qualify as meetings in the LifeRing Bylaws, on a par with face-to-face (f2f) meetings. If you want to start an online meeting — an email list, a new chat hour, a conference call, or another online venue, the same guidelines apply as for f2f meetings. Of course, you won’t need a box or a signup sheet or a stamp or other paperwork. But you’ll still want to be listed on the website, and the Service Center will still need your contact information, just as if your meeting had people sitting in chairs in a circle. And you’ll still want to be connected with other convenors, and participate in the LifeRing organizational process.
Page Index: Definition * The Convenor’s Home Base * What can the Service Center do for me, the convenor* What can I, the convenor, do for the Service Center * Who can I talk to about convening * What is a Meeting Starter Kit * What resources can I get online * About insurance * What else may I need for a new meeting * About Money * About meetings online