The LifeRing Organization
The core unit of LifeRing is the recovery meeting. Meetings are autonomous except in matters affecting other meetings and the organization as a whole. Click to see the current worldwide schedule of Face-to-Face (F2F) Meetings and Online Meetings.
For LifeRing organizational documents, see below.
The LifeRing Service Center in Oakland, CA. performs worldwide information & referral and other services for the meetings. LifeRing Press publishes books, brochures, and other media. LifeRing Inc., a California nonprofit corporation with 501(c)(3) charitable tax-exempt status, owns the LifeRing service marks and is responsible for finances. A nine-member Board of Directors, composed of alcoholics/addicts with a minimum of two years clean and sober, oversees the corporation and provides worldwide coordination needed.
LifeRing is a freestanding organization. LifeRing is not affiliated with any other organization and is independent financially, legally, organizationally and in every other way. LifeRing is supported by meetings that forward proceeds from passing the basket, literature sales, and by individual donations. The Executive Director, Officers, Board Members, and LifeRing convenors are all unpaid volunteers. There is a part-time paid staffer who works in the office.
Members of the LifeRing Board of Directors are:
- Dan Carrigan, San Francisco, CA. Dan provides workshop programs for non-profits across the United States. Elected in 2014, to fill out a vacant one-year term. Dan has been re-elected for a three-year term that ends in 2018. Currently, he is serving as board chair.
- George Gidora, lives in Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada. He has been involved with LifeRing since 2005 and started the first LifeRing meeting in Vancouver Canada. He currently convenes a closed meeting at the Pacifica Treatment Centre. He is the Vice-President of LifeRing Canada. Elected in 2016. His term ends in 2019.
- Byron Kerr, Milpitas, CA. Byron has started numerous LifeRing meetings throughout northern California, the newest ones being in Silicon Valley. Re-elected to the Board in 2017, his term ends in 2020.
- Lorraine Hull, Denver, CO Lorraine has been involved with LifeRing Colorado since 2013. She convenes the Tuesday night St. John’s library meeting and started the sober activities, Saturday morning, rotating location coffee gathering in 2015. Her term started in 2017 and will end in 2020.
- Harold Marquez, Sacramento, CA. Harold is the Sacramento Area Representative. Started a couple meetings in the Sacramento Area. Harold convenes a meeting for homeless veterans at the Veterans Resource Center in Sacramento. Elected in 2016. Harold’s term is up in 2019.
- Rob Mullally, resides in San Diego, Ca. and has been involved with LifeRing from its inception there, helping to grow it to 4 weekly meetings. Elected in 2016, his term is up in 2019.
- Mary Beth O’Connor, resides in San Francisco Bay Area, where she regularly fills in for several convenors. Her term started in 2017 and will end in 2020.
- Craig Whalley, Berkeley, CA. A long-time online member, email group convenor, and earlier Board Member, Craig was selected as Executive Director at the 2010 Congress where he was also elected to the board. After stepping down as Exec. Dir., he was re-elected to the board in 2012 and 2015. His term ends in 2018.
- Jason Groce, Seattle, WA, has been an active member of LifeRing Seattle since 2014 and is the convenor of the email dual diagnosis group. He was selected to fill a one-year vacancy in the Board in 2017. Jason’s term is up in 2018.
Current officers of LifeRing are:
Board members meet every month (except at the Annual Meeting where board members meet face to face) on the second Sunday of the month at 9:00 AM, PT via a Zoom conference call:
For a video link via the Zoom platform, please contact the Service Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dial-in number: (415) 762-0968
Access Code: 4268888595#
There is a member comment period at each meeting.
Current Regional Representatives for LifeRing:
Founder and CEO 1997-2010:
How to become a Board Director or Officer?
LifeRing Bylaws require a minimum of two years clean and sober to serve on the Board of Directors and a minimum of one year clean and sober to serve as an officer. Directors and officers must be people in recovery from a substance addiction. The board meets face-to-face at the annual LifeRing Congress and it meets monthly between Congresses by telephone conference call.
Who Leads LifeRing Meetings?
LifeRing meetings are started and led by peer volunteers called “convenors.” Convenors are ordinary people, with at least six months sobriety, who take turns performing the tasks necessary to keep the LifeRing meeting network going and growing. There are convenor workshops where convenors meet, exchange experiences, and help new convenors learn the ropes, but no formal training or certificate is required to be a convenor. To learn more, go to the Become a Convenor page.
Starting a New LifeRing Meeting
If you have substantial time clean and sober (at least six months) and would like to make the LifeRing approach available as a choice to other people in recovery, starting a meeting may be a helpful element in your personal recovery plan. First, check out the Meeting Schedule and the Online Meeting Schedule to see if there is already a meeting in the place and/or time that interests you. Then check out the Start a LifeRing Meeting page to see what resources are available to help you start a LifeRing meeting in your area.
History of LifeRing
LifeRing began as a publishing house, LifeRing Press, founded in April 1997. On May 23, 1999, a group of meeting representatives convened in Albany, CA and voted to adopt the name LifeRing Secular Recovery. LifeRing became a national organization at its constitutional Congress in Brooksville, FL in February 2001.
- Current LifeRing Bylaws.
- LifeRing’s 501(c)(3) IRS Determination Document
- California Articles of Incorporation (1997)
LifeRing Press, LifeRing Recovery, LifeRing Secular Recovery and the LifeRing graphic design are registered trademarks/servicemarks of LifeRing Inc. All rights reserved. The LifeRing meeting charter and Bylaws are official publications of LifeRing Inc., approved by the LifeRing Congress. All other publications, including, without limitation, the content of posts, blog items, comments, books, brochures, flyers, other publications, and linked sites on this website, represent the opinions of their authors.