Eligibility Determination for 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, minority, 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 certain requirements listed below. We hope you will consider running! Please contact the Service Center (service@lifering.org, 800.811.4142) if you are interested or need additional information.


Note: delegates who wish to run for the Board or want to nominate someone to run for the board must inform the LifeRing Service Center (service@lifering.org) at least seven (7) days prior to the start of Congress.

Bylaw 8.2 Delegates in absentia may submit nominations for Board directors in connection with an Annual Congress so long as such nominations are submitted in writing to LifeRing, either by email at service@lifering.org or by mail at the mailing address listed on LifeRing’s website, at least seven days prior to the Annual Congress.




Eligibility Determination of BOD Nominees


Commitments Letter

Personal Information for posting on the website

  • You must be a person in recovery from substance addiction.

  • You must be a member of LifeRing Secular Recovery.

  • You must be at least 21 years of age.

  • You must have abstained from alcohol and illicit or nonmedically indicated drugs continuously for at least two years prior to commencing service.

Commitment Letter

You agree to abide by these conditions if elected to the Board of Directors

Time Commitment

  • As a Board Member, you will participate in our monthly Board meetings, which are usually held by conference call on the second Sunday of each month and last about ninety minutes. Please take the time to prepare for these meetings by reading any document sent to you before each meeting.

  • We encourage you to take on one of the Officer positions (such as Secretary or Treasurer) or any other of the administrative positions, since all work at all levels, except for our part-time office administrator, is done by volunteers.

  • We expect that you’ll be active in the organization in other ways as well, by starting a LifeRing meeting in your area, helping to convene existing ones, or by serving as a local, regional, or online coordinator. Alternatively, you could serve on one of our committees for fundraising, outreach, website planning, annual conference planning, etc.

  • Five to six hours of your time per month should suffice to meet these obligations. However, you are more than welcome to build your commitment as your situation allows.

  • You are strongly recommended to attend the Annual Meeting and Congress. This meeting is a two-day event that traditionally alternates between a San Francisco - Bay Area location one year and a location in the greater United States or Canada during the alternate year. (LifeRing is also exploring the option of having Congress online. Congress is about 4 hours on a Sunday morning. Date as selected by the board, usually at the end of May)


Fundraising Commitment


  • LifeRing’s continued success depends on fundraising. Fundraising is a critical Board function and the Board's Fundraising Chair has the lead responsibility here. However, each member of the Board must commit to working together with the Fundraising Committee, the Board Chair, and the Executive Director to develop an effective plan for improved performance in this area. You will be asked to participate in the organization’s regular fundraising operations, such as mailings, follow-ups, and writing thank-you notes.

  • We hope that you will be active in helping to identify sources of potential grant money, and to solicit individuals whom you know or members of your community with whom you are connected to make donations to LifeRing. We also ask that you as an individual set an example by making such regular financial contributions to LifeRing as your personal circumstances allow.


Electronic Communication Commitment

  • Communication is crucial to a well-run organization.

  • LifeRing, because of costs and the diverse location of Board Members, relies on email communication between monthly meetings to get the work done. As a result, we request that you, as a Board Member, make a conscious and routine effort to check your Board email every day and respond to it in a prompt and professional manner.

  • To help with LifeRing communications, each Board Member will be given a LifeRing email address. All Board communication will use this LifeRing email address. Please integrate this email address into your primary email client for easier access and communication.


Personal Commitment

  • LifeRing Board Members not only represent the organization and what it stands for but are also exemplars for other people in recovery who come to LifeRing for help and support. Members of the Board of Directors must themselves be in recovery and have at least two years of sobriety at the beginning of their term.  Board Members who do not remain sober automatically resign their positions.

  • Unless there is a compelling reason agreed to by the rest of the Board to the contrary, your name and LifeRing email address (see “Electronic Communications” above) will be published on our website, and your name and short biography may be included in grant applications that we submit to organizations or individual grant givers.

  • You must be familiar with the LifeRing Bylaws.

  • You will be protected by LifeRing’s Directors and Officers Liability Insurance in the unlikely case a claim is filed against the organization during the time you serve on the board of directors.




Personal Information needed:
  • First and Last Name (posted on the website)

  • Address (City and State/Provence information will be posted on the website)

  • Telephone number (not posted on the website)

  • Email address (not posted on the website)

  • Length of time sober (posted on the website)

  • Personal Statement - why do you want to be on the Board of Directors, what talents and abilities will you bring to the Board (posted on the website)

  • Headshot photo (optional) (posted on the website)

  • Resume or curriculum vitae (optional) (posted on the website)

Please forward this information to the Registrar of Voters (registrar@lifering.org) or by postal mail (LifeRing address listed in the footer) at your earliest convenience.

Note: Your Name, City and State/Provence, Photo, Length of time sober, Personal Statement, and Resume/CV will be posted on the website. Your other personal information will not be available for public viewing.

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