General Information about the LifeRing Congress
Every year, LifeRing holds an Annual LifeRing Meeting. This year’s gathering is scheduled for June 5-6, 2021 in a virtual online setting. The purpose of this event is to provide a meeting place for the Board, LifeRing members, and the general LifeRing public to get together and talk about what is on their minds.
On Saturday morning of the Annual Meeting, June 5th, 2021, we will meet via the Zoom platform. Generally, LifeRing will have a convenor workshop, Q and A session, and maybe a speaker or two on a specified topic. This meeting will be open to the registered public. The registration link and agenda will be posted prior to the event.
On Sunday morning of the Annual Meeting, June 6th, 2021, Congress will meet via a Zoom meeting and select candidates for the LifeRing Board of Directors and decides on proposed changes to the LifeRing Bylaws. Congress will then prepare an absentee ballot for voting by the LifeRing delegates. This meeting will be open to the registered public. The registration link and agenda will be posted prior to the event.
LifeRing Board Candidates
Every year three individuals from the LifeRing community are voted in to be on the LifeRing Board. If you or someone you know is interested in running, we welcome you. We especially encourage women, minorities, LGBT, anyone from the online meetings, and members of our international community to apply. We are a working board whose members engage with the public and take an active role in promoting the LifeRing organization and its mission in the recovery population. Potential LifeRing directors must meet the following Eligibility Determination. We hope you will consider running!
Look here for a current list of Board Nominees.
Now’s your chance to change the bylaws governing LifeRing. Read something you don’t like or don’t understand. Want to add more people to the board – or less. Maybe change how the money is spent. Read the current Bylaws and propose a bylaw change. Go to the Proposed Bylaw Changes page and see what if anything has been proposed.
LifeRing Meeting Delegates
Each meeting, including each online group, is entitled to one delegate, who will cast the group's vote in the general election. An absentee ballot will be emailed to the delegate, and the completed ballot is returned via email. Once the voting deadline passes, the votes are totaled, certified, and the results are announced on the website. Please see the Election Guidelines for more information. The election is a 'representative democracy' so each delegate is elected by the meeting members. The only requirement for being a delegate is to have six months of sobriety. If you have the slightest interest in being a delegate, please let your meeting group know. Or if you want to suggest someone from your group, let your convenor know. See Eligibility Determination of Meeting Delegates for more information.
LifeRing Delegates at Large
5.6. Current members of the Board of Directors, officers, and current Regional Representatives shall be delegates to Congress. Please look here for more information.
Registrar of Voters