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Welcome to the GSSA Grapevine Worksho p Janie C., Chair Dorman P., Co-chair. In this session we will: Review tools & resources available to Grapevine Reps (GVRs) at www.aagrapevine.org Discuss the duties of a GVR Offer suggestions for GVRs (both group and district)

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Welcome to the gssa grapevine worksho p janie c chair dorman p co chair

Welcome to the

GSSA Grapevine Workshop

Janie C., Chair

Dorman P., Co-chair


  • In this session we will:

  • Review tools & resources available to Grapevine

  • Reps (GVRs) at www.aagrapevine.org

  • Discuss the duties of a GVR

  • Offer suggestions for GVRs (both group and district)

  • Consider other special activities and events to

  • encourage use of GV materials (i.e. Grape-a-thons,

  • GV meetings)


Www aagrapevine org

www.aagrapevine.org









Gvr registration or change of address
GVR Registration (or Change of Address)


You will receive
You Will Receive…

A Grapevine Representative Kit containing…

  • Who Writes the Grapevine? (flyer)

  • Catalog and order form

  • Subscription forms

  • Flyers about new Grapevine items

  • List of complimentary materials for Grapevine displays

  • Password to the Grapevine bulletin board


Grapenut forum
Grapenut Forum






What do grapevine reps gvrs do
What Do Grapevine Reps (GVRs) Do?

  • Make sure that copies of the magazines

    are available and displayed at meetings

  • Announce the arrival of each new

    issue

  • Share about articles in the magazines

  • Encourage the group to buy subscriptions in the group’s name


Gvrs may also
GVRs may also…

  • Stock other Grapevine items on the literature table

  • Announce the publication of new items and/or special features on GV website

  • Encourage members to submit articles and humor pieces

  • Initiate efforts to donate subscriptions to hospitals, prisons, doctor’s offices, churches

  • Suggest a Grapevine topic meeting for the group

  • Encourage the use of Grapevine subscriptions as gifts

  • Refer members to the Digital Archive for articles about AA history or discussion topics


Suggestions for group gvrs
Suggestions for Group GVRs

I. Encourage the Group to Subscribe:

  • Give an issue to the newcomer

  • Use a topic from the magazine for a discussion meeting

  • Begin a meeting by reading an article

  • Use the magazine or GV items as door prizes and raffles at special events

  • Give a magazine instead of a card at anniversaries

  • Share back issues


Ii ways to announce the new issue
II. Ways to Announce the New Issue

  • Describe the highlights of that month’s magazine

  • Read

    • a title or two from the Table of Contents

    • the opening paragraph of an article

    • the Quotation of the Month

    • a short letter or part of a letter

    • a joke from “Ham on Wry”


Iii encourage individuals to subscribe
III. Encourage Individuals to Subscribe

  • Describe the contents of the magazine

  • Mentionthe advantage of having an individual subscription:

    • Convenience of having one’s own copy arrive in the mail every month

    • Having an instant meeting whenever needed

  • Provide envelopes addressed to the Grapevine along with order forms


  • Why should i be a grapevine rep
    Why Should I Be a Grapevine Rep?

    • Perform service for both AA members & the magazine, linking it to those who might not otherwise read or be aware of it

    • Engage in practical hands on work:

      • work at group level, giving information about the GV, sharing stories from each issue, and encouraging use of each magazine as a tool of recovery

    • Engage in active Twelfth Step work:

      • The magazine’s stories, readable style and pocket size are useful to beginners in AA

    • Gain opportunities for involvement in wider circles of service

      • Regional forums, area assemblies

    • Encouraged to read the magazine every month!

    • Become more aware of AA history

      GV has been a part of AA since the Fellowship was nine years old. Learning about the magazine is a good way to learn about AA history



    What do district grapevine reps do
    What do District Grapevine Reps Do?

    • Serve as a link between group GVRs and the area service structure

    • Encourage every group to have a Grapevine Rep:

      • Encourage groups in the district to elect or appoint a GVR

      • Chair the district GV Committee

      • Stay in contact with all GVRs in the district and share ideas with them

      • Hold meetings for GVRs in the district

      • Make sure that GVRs have magazine flyers and order forms

      • Keep the area GV chair up to date on progress in the district

      • Send the new GVRs name, address and group to the GV office, if the rep hasn’t already done so

      • Keep an up-to-date list of group GVRs in the district


    Suggestions for district gvrs
    Suggestions for District GVRs:

    • Visit Groups (usually after contacting the group secretary or chair)

    • Organize Special Grapevine Events (Grapeathons, workshops)

    • Set up a GV display at district meetings/events



    Special gvr activities and events
    Special GVR Activities and Events

    • Start a GV meeting or a meeting based on The Language of the Heart

    • Spread the word via local AA newsletters or websites (general AA newsletters or GV)

      • Stories from current issues, books, pamphlets, archives

      • Upcoming local events

      • “Coming Attractions” from each issue

      • News about GV website and new GV items

      • Brief excerpts of GV history

      • Discussion topics

      • Quotes of the month

      • Reprints of useful literature like the Traditions Checklist

      • A list of “lost” GVRs to prompt GVRs to keep their registration up-to-date


    Special gvr activities and events cont
    Special GVR Activities and Events (cont.)

    • Encourage groups to give subscriptions to those

      in need

    • Pass it on: share back issues

    • Work with other AA service

      committees

    • Include the GV at AA events

    • Organize a Grape-a-thon or other

      special event





    Questions?

    Feel free to contact us at [email protected]


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