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LifeRing Secular Recovery is an organization of people who share practical experiences and sobriety support. There are as many ways to live free of drugs and alcohol as there are stories of successful sober people.

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Convenor Support - The Convenor's Home Base

 

The convenor's home base is the LifeRing Service Center:
LifeRing Service Center
Toll-Free 1 800 811 4142

service@lifering.org

It is suggested that the following books be available for purchase at all LifeRing Meetings. 

  • Empowering Your Sober Self 

  • Recovery by Choice

  • Humanly Possible

  • "Welcome to LifeRing" pamphlet for handouts.

  • The other six pamphlets (optional) 

To help facilitate the distribution of books in the LifeRing meeting, we are offering the following convenor deals:

LifeRing convenors can request a $5 discount off of retail pricing on each of the books we offer. These include:

  • Empowering Your Sober Self

  • Recover by Choice

  • How Was Your Week

  • Humanly Possible

  • Free shipping in the US.

The other items that can be purchased are:

  • Pamphlets - they can be viewed and downloaded here.   Each pamphlet can also be purchased at $10.00 a pack for a count of 50 ea.

  • A LifeRing rubber stamp for stamping attendance slips. $25.00 ea.

  • Free shipping in the US.

Please email publisher@lifering.org to place an order. Along with this order, please include an email address, shipping address, contact name, and phone number.  An invoice will be generated and sent to your email address along with a payment link. Once paid for, your order will be processed and sent the next business day.

Note: If you do not want to prepay your invoice because of financial hardship, you wish to pay over time, or you want to get books on consignment to be paid for only when they are sold at your meeting, please include one of these alternate payment methods in your email order. The payment method will be reflected on your invoice.

Meeting Money

When possible, Meeting Money should be collected at your meetings and, after paying for meeting expenses, be sent into LifeRing on a periodic, but regular, basis.

As with any nonprofit organization, money is extremely important to keep LifeRing operations going and to ensure that convenors and members have the support they need. LifeRing derives its income from the following sources:

  • Donations

  • Book Sales

  • Meeting Money

 

The Convenor is key to providing the third leg of the stool. It is up to you, the Convenor, to "pass the hat" and ask your fellow members in recovery to put in a dollar or two after every meeting. Just remind them of all the money they're saving by not drinking or using and it will become apparent to all, that what money is being given is being put to a much wiser use.

 

Keep track of the money, or better yet, appoint someone in your group to provide this function. After all meeting expenses are paid for, please send in any additional money on a periodic, but regular, basis. More information about meeting money is in How Was Your Week?, Chapter 6.

This Meeting Money provides some of the much-needed funds to help LifeRing expand meetings and offer more services to the recovery community.

Click the payment button to send in Meeting Money by Credit Card or Check. 

Other Items Needed for a Meeting

  • Box or briefcase. If your meeting space provider allows you to store stuff at the meeting site between meetings, you'll want a box. If the provider won't let you store things at the meeting place, you'll need a briefcase or some other way to carry things back and forth.

  • Signup Sheet (optional). Some convenors like to maintain an email/telephone list of their group attendees. This can be downloaded here.

  • A few file folders: one for blank signup sheets, one for filled signup sheets, one for the opening statement, one for spare leaflets and miscellaneous. Some rubber bands will be useful to keep the bundles of handouts together.

  • Clipboard. To circulate the signup sheet.

  • Pen or pencil. For the signup sheet.

  • Collection basket. Almost anything will work in a pinch, but a nice collection basket can be bought cheaply from import stores or from many variety stores.

  • Money book. Some little notebook to record and add up the weekly basket collection amounts. It needn't be fancy. You need to track basket money and book money separately.

  • Envelopes. For holding the money that you collect in the basket. Write the date and the amount on the outside of each. That way you won't mix meeting money up with your own money. When it comes time to send the surplus to the Service Center, you can put the meeting money together with your own money and write a personal check for the meeting money to LifeRing and mail it to the Service Center.

  • Sheet Protectors. For the opening statement, the door sign, and any direction signs you may post.

  • Surgical Tape. Neater than masking tape and reusable many times, for posting door and directional signs indoors. Available at any drugstore. Avoid regular Scotch tape, it's messy.

Additional Convenor Resources

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  • Crisis Resources List for Convenors. Download PDF

  • Ideas for Meeting Discussion Topics Download PDF

  • LifeRing Convenors: For new and existing convenors, this email group is for you. To subscribe is a two-step process,  Step 1: click on the link: https://lifering.groups.io/g/lifering-email-groups and then click the "Join Button".  Once you have joined, you will receive an email from Groups.io with subscription options. Step-2: click on this link https://lifering.groups.io/g/LifeRing-Convenors and then click on the "Apply For Membership In This Group" button. Once approved by the moderator, you can send your first email.

 

Other Important LifeRing documents: