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Monthly Archives: February 2013

Dealing with PTSD

Especially now that Lifering has gone public with its “dual diagnosis” email support list, this story from Scientific American is apropos to read. It’s primarily about PTSD in US military veterans, but due to PTSD occurrence being fairly high among alcoholics and addicts, it’s quite relevant to Lifering. It’s a good read for anybody who knows someone with PTSD, or someone suffering with its effects themselves.

It has a fair dose of “realism,” which I’ll note below the fold.

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Absentee Voting Plan to be Introduced to LifeRing

absentee votingFor the past several months, a committee of the LifeRing Board of Directors has been working on a plan to bring more democracy to LifeRing. Starting at the 2013 Annual Meeting, in Denver from May 31 to June 2, we hope to implement a plan to allow absentee voting on elections to the BOD and proposed changes in the organization’s bylaws. As before, each LifeRing meeting will be entitled to choose a delegate to the annual LifeRing Congress. Until now, those delegates could only vote on things if they attended the Annual Meeting. From now on, though, we plan to have a system in place to allow delegates to have a vote, whether they attend or not. Our hope is that in addition to making LifeRing more democratic, this change will bring with it more interest and involvement in organization-wide matters.

Developing the logistics of the plan has not been particularly easy — there are all sorts of complications in setting up procedures that will be smooth, timely and easily understood. The committee is now ready to present its plan to the BOD and to the membership. You can read about some of the details of the plan HERE.



Martin Nicolaus Talks About LifeRing

Late last year, LifeRing’s founding leader, Martin Nicolaus, addressed a group of San Francisco Bay Area meeting convenors. His words, as usual, eloquently present the LifeRing approach. See the 53 minute video here:


Contributors wanted for next newsletter

The third issue of LifeRing’s Newsletter is in preparation to be published on March 15th and I’d like to invite everyone to submit some contributions, ideas, questions or suggestions of what you would like to have included.

Editor Carola Ziermann will put the focus on our upcoming Annual Meeting in Denver in May/June. How about a letter to the editor on any issue you’d like to see addressed? Or a note for the Convenors’ Corner to start a discussion? Of particular interest is certainly the expected bylaw change to allow absentee voting. She says it would be great to read some view points of our members about it before we get to vote on it.

Please email Carola Ziermann to submit items or get more information.