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 resources including 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 501c(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 where needed.
LifeRing is a free-standing 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. All LifeRing directors, and convenors are unpaid volunteers.
Members of the LifeRing Inc. Board of Directors are:
- Dru Boyd, San Leandro CA. Dru has been a convener in Union City and Fremont. California. Reelected in 2012, term ends in 2015.
- Mahala Kephart, Salt Lake City, Utah. Mahala is the founder of LifeRing in Salt Lake City and an active convenor. Elected in 2013, term ends 2016.
- Jeff Koch, Livermore CA. Active local and online convenor, online co-moderator, and one of two physicists on the board. Elected in 2013, term ends in 2015.
- Joe Mott, Currently in training in Southern California. More than five years clean and sober, Joe is both an M.D. and a J.D. Reelected in 2013, term ends 2016
- Tim Reith, Tucson, AZ. Was convenor in Lafayette CO, and continues to remain in contact there. Now co-convenes one meeting in Tucson and convenes another. Reelected in 2013, term ends in 2016 He serves as Secretary of the Board.
- Steve Snyder, Marlin, TX. Involved with LifeRing’s online venues for a decade, Steve currently serves as Online Coordinator. Elected to the Board in 2011, term ends in 2014.
- Njon Weinroth, Currently convenes 2 San Francisco meetings and is the founder of 4 meetings, Available for Bay Area speaking engagements. Elected to the Board in 2011, term ends 2014.
- 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. Although stepping down as Exec. Dir., he was reelected to the board in 2012, term ends 2015. Currently serves as board chair.
- Carola Ziermann, Carola Ziermann. Walnut Creek CA. Carola has been actively involved with LifeRing for almost 10 years. Reelected 2012, term ends in 2015. She serves as Treasurer.
Current officers of LifeRing Inc. are:
- Robert Stump, Executive Director
- Craig Whalley, Board Chair
- Tim Reith Secretary
- Carola Ziermann Treasurer
Current Regional Representatives of LifeRing Inc. are:
Contact the service center for information at firstname.lastname@example.org
Founder and CEO 1997-2010:
The 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 between Congresses in an online chat room or via telephone conference call. Except during discussion of personnel matters, LifeRing board meetings are open to all LifeRing members. Notices of upcoming board meetings are posted on the liferingconvenors mailing list.
Who Leads LifeRing Meetings?
LifeRing meetings are started and led by peer volunteers called “convenors.” Convenors are ordinary people in recovery 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 Convenor page.
Start a New Meeting
If you have substantial time clean and sober 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 Chat Schedule to see if there is already a meeting in the place and/or time that interests you. Then check out the Meeting Starter Kit Page for the range of available resources for LifeRing convenors.
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 501c(3) determination letter and renewal letter (1997)
- California Articles of Incorporation (1997)
LifeRing Press, LifeRing Recovery, LifeRing Secular Recovery and the lifering graphic design are registered trademarks/servicemarks of LifeRing Inc. This website is Copyright © 1996-2013 LifeRing Inc. as to original material, and Copyright © 1996-2013 as a compilation of materials to which copyright is held by individual authors. 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.