General Information about the LifeRing Annual Congress

Every year, LifeRing holds the LifeRing Annual Conference. 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 the Annual Meeting will meet via the Zoom platform. Generally, LifeRing will host convenor workshops, Q&A sessions, 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, 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.

You can find the two-day 2024 LifeRing Annual Conference agenda here.

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!

You can find our list of LifeRing BOD Candidates here.


LifeRing Bylaws and BOD Directives

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 changes how the money is spent? Read the current Bylaws and propose a bylaw change. Attend BOD meetings and propose new BOD directives. Deadline to submit Bylaws changes and BOD directives proposals is May 10 2024.

You can find 2024 Proposed Amendment(s) to Current Bylaws here.



LifeRing Congress 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

6.8. Current members of the Board of Directors, officers, and current Regional Representatives shall be delegates to Congress.


Other resources are linked on the LifeRing Conference Information Portal


For more information, please email the LifeRing Registrar of Voters