LifeRing’s 2013 Annual Meeting: One for the History Books

With members attending from far and near, the 2013 LifeRing Annual Meeting took place in Denver last weekend, May 31 to June 2. The weather cooperated with mostly clear skies and warm sunshine. Denver was bustling with downtown outdoor events, while our members joined together to strengthen the organization and learn more about addiction, recovery and our role in dealing with them.

I wrote a personal and light overview of the weekend which can be read by clicking here.

A great stride towards real democracy within LifeRing was made at this year’s LifeRing Congress, which adopted a bylaw amendment creating a system for absentee voting by delegates who are chosen by their meetings but can’t make the trip to the Annual Meeting. That provision was passed unanimously as the last bylaw change to be made without absentee voting. Another bylaw amendment was then passed along to be voted on by the membership, along with voting on who will fill four board of director seats. The amendment to be voted on by absentee ballots is a housekeeping change to increase the required quorum. for a board meeting from 4 to 5.

four board seats will be filled by the voters choosing between five candidates. You can read about the election and view statements from each of the candidates at our Election Central area of the website. Ballots have already been sent out to the delegates; they need to be returned by early July. Each candidate will be ranked by the voters and an instant runoff vote counting system will be employed to select the winners. The three most popular candidates will win three year terms of office and the next highest candidate will serve for two years, filling a seat left vacant by a resignation.

I’ll have more about the weekend events later.

–Craig Whalley