General Information about the LifeRing Congress

Every year, LifeRing holds an Annual LifeRing Conference. This year’s Conference is scheduled for June 3rd-4th, 2017. The purpose of the conference 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 mind. We generally have a speaker or two, workshops, and informal gatherings where LifeRing members can get together and talk about all things LifeRing.

On the Sunday morning of the Conference, June 4th, 2017, Congress will meet 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.


LifeRing Board of Directors candidates:

There are also three board seats that people can run for. If you or someone you know is interested in running for the BOD, we welcome you. We especially encourage women, representations from the online meetings, and members of our international community to apply. All LifeRing members, 21 and over, and with two years of uninterrupted sobriety are welcome to apply. We hope you will consider running! Look to the website for nominee qualifications. Look here for a current list of Board Nominees.


LifeRing Bylaws:

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 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 Rules and Regulations for the Election of LifeRing Board Members and Bylaw changes 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 six months of sobriety under your belt. If you have the slightest interest in being a delegate, please let your group know. Or if you want to suggest someone from your group, let your convenor know. See Eligibility Determination of Delegates for more information.



Registrar of Voters