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New Meeting in New Bedford, MA!

 

Thanks to the work of longtime LifeRinger Ewa C. and her co-convenor Jessie F., we’re thrilled to announce the very first LifeRing meeting in Massachusetts will start next Saturday, February 24th, in New Bedford!

Here’s all the meeting information:

WHEN: Saturdays at 11:30 AM

WHERE: First Unitarian Church (enter through side door near parking), 71 8th Street, New Bedford, MA 02740

CONVENORS: Jessie F. and Ewa C.

CONTACT INFO.: E-mail: LifeRingnewbedford@lifering.org

They also have a Facebook page – check it out here!

We wish Jessie, Ewa, and all new meeting members our very best!

 

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New Meeting in Port Angeles, WA Starts 2/1!

It’s always exciting to announce new LifeRing meetings, but if we do say so ourselves this one’s a little extra special  because it’s been started by our very own Craig Whalley! A little back story, for those of you who aren’t familiar…

After being a longtime member of LifeRing, which has included founding and moderating the LSRSafe e-mail group, moving to and living in Berkeley, California in retirement from running his bookstore in Port Angeles, Washington to be closer to the action in our Oakland office, where he spent lots of time doing any/everything asked of him – including helping lots of other people start meetings, being a leader and member of our Board of Directors, convening a meeting in Oakland, and so on and so forth – Craig decided recently to move back to his hometown of Port Angeles on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula to begin Phase 2 of his retirement…which he thought might include slowing down a little.

Little did he know he had a built-in meeting waiting for him when he got there made up of a group of friends and contacts he’d made remotely during his time in Berkeley, and voila! It’s been so successful he decided it was time to make it official, and lo – the new Port Angeles meeting has been born, and begins tonight, 2/1!

Here are all the meeting details:

When: Thursdays at 7:00 PM

Where: Olympic Medical Center, Wendel Room (in basement), 939 Caroline Street, Port Angeles, WA 98362

Convenor Contact Info.: E-mail Craig at cswhalley@lifering.org

 

We wish Craig and all new meeting members our very best!

New Meeting in St. Paul, Alberta Starts This Thursday!

 

We’ve got a slew of meeting information headed in your direction this, and we’d like to begin by announcing a new meeting in St. Paul, Alberta – the first LifeRing meeting outside of British Columbia! 

Sober for close to two years, Jo started out in AA but has been attending some of our online meetings, and since she has enough people she knows in her local area to start her own face-to-face meeting, she’s decided to give it a try!

The meetings are on Thursday evenings at 7:15 PM – the first one will be this Thursday, February 1st. If you’d like to join in, for more information please call Jo at (780) 991-3285.

We wish Jo and all her meeting members our very best!

 

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New LifeRing Meeting in Huntington Beach, CA Starts Tomorrow!

We’re very pleased to announce that the old, defunct Costa Mesa, California LifeRing meeting is resurfacing in Huntington Beach as the Orange County Lifering meeting, and it starts tomorrow night!

Here’s all the information:

When: Thursdays at 7 PM, beginning tomorrow 10/19!

Where:Huntington Beach Senior Center, Travel  Resources Room, 18041 Goldenwest Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Convenors:  Winsor B and Ginny D

Contact: oclifering@gmail.com

We wish Winsor, Ginny, and all new meeting members our very best!

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A Sweet Story: LifeRing ePals

LifeRing ePals is a program where anyone who feels like they’d benefit from one-on-one support is paired with a clean and sober LifeRing member via email.

Longtime LifeRinger Julie H. signed up to become an ePal and was eventually connected with a man from China seeking sobriety support. One might think it impossible to even communicate with someone when there’s a considerable language barrier much less create a supportive connection, but in spite of some challenges they’ve found a way.

Here’s an update Julie originally shared in a LifeRing e-mail group. We thought it was such an inspiration we’re sharing it with you here (with Julie’s permission, of course)…

“A quick update on my Chinese epal. For the newcomers who don’t know, he uses translation software to read and send emails between us. His sober time between relapses has been steadily growing and the length of each relapse is shrinking. 

His pattern before would be 3-5 days or maybe a week sober, followed by a 10 day relapse. He’s back with me today after a 2 day relapse which followed 27 sober days straight. 

It takes amazing determination I think and he’s definitely making steady progress. I’ve managed to find an App for English to Chinese which I sometimes use because he really appreciates that. He tells me Empowering Your Sober Self is now available in China which is awesome. 

By the way, I’m in no way advocating relapse but unfortunately it’s a fact of life. What’s important I think is to keep that pilot light on and to never ever give up. 

DDNMW 
Julie H.”

If you’d like to get an ePal or become one, please send an e-mail to Craig at cswhalley@lifering.org and he’ll be glad to get you started.

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