Grapevine/La Viña Committee
The Grapevine/La Viña magazine is the International Journal of Alcoholics Anonymous. It is the voice of the Fellowship and often referred to as “a meeting in print.” It preserves the “powerful unity of AA” from its early struggles for survival to the worldwide Fellowship it is today. The articles and recordings speak to you because they are written and edited by recovering AA members.
Each monthly issue offers a specific theme that reflects the geographic diversity and independent viewpoints of the Fellowship. The Grapevine/La Viña emphasis is on the Principles of AA.
A Personal Note: it has been enlightening to learn about the many contributions the Grapevine has made to the Fellowship since its first printing in 1944. I also became aware that The Grapevine holds the copyright for the AA Preamble that was introduced to us in 1947.
Among other surprises was finding out that the Serenity Prayer was first published by its author Dr. Reinhold Niebuhr, in the Grapevine’s January 1950 issue. The famous Man on the Bed painting was illustrated by a Grapevine volunteer in 1955, and The Five Slogans that appear in so many AA meeting rooms had its origin in the June, 1945 issue of the Grapevine. After 44 years of sobriety, I have an incredible heritage to uphold and taking the leap into general service has given me that opportunity. Thank you,
Sandra C, Committee Chairperson
The Grapevine/La Viña has been a lifeline to other alcoholics such as those living in remote communities, with special needs, in nursing homes, correctional and treatment facilities, and those serving in the military. La Viña has served Spanish alcoholics in the United States, Canada and wherever Spanish speaking meetings are conducted internationally since 1996. Both magazines are powerful twelve step tools used to help inform the public and the professional community about the way AA members stay sober.
The Grapevine and La Viña poster and table display is visible at every district 6 function and special event. The newly updated poster illustrates the history of both magazines, information related to the 2021 Carry The Message and Record Audio Projects, the new Grapevine website and books recently published by the Grapevine. Magazines, pamphlets, and new catalogs are available to members.
A gift certificate for a one-year subscription to the Grapevine or La Viña is offered to a raffle winner at every district event. If you are interested in having us display the Grapevine Information at your home group, please send requests to:
The Grapevine Committee supports the work of the Public Information/Cooperation with the Professional Community Committee, by providing issues of the Grapevine for public events such as County Fairs. The magazine is distributed to those in correctional institutions by the Corrections Committee. Every year the June issue of the Grapevine is devoted to stories of hope by AA members still inside the prison walls and those who have been released.
Interested in Helping? Committee Responsibilities are:
- Enthusiasm, Energy, and Interest in the Grapevine and La Viña Magazines.
- Attend monthly meetings of the committee.
- Willingness to assist with the Grapevine display at district events.
- Provide creative ways to increase the visibility of the Grapevine and La Viña.
Detailed committee responsibilities are in the Legacy of Service.
- The AA Grapevine's YouTube channel includes information about the Grapevine and La Viña including history, as well as stories and Grapevine uploads. District 6 members, check out “Trying to hear God talk.”
- The Carry The Message Project promotes gifting a Grapevine or La Viña subscription as an anniversary gift to sponsees, newcomers, correction facilities, doctor's offices and at other district and area events.
- GRAPEVINE Daily Quote via e-mail with media subscription.
- The new ePUB edition replaces the old Grapevine APP. It is readable on all computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones and your subscription includes a downloadable audio file and pdf every month, so you can also listen or read offline.
- AA Grapevine Store offers subscriptions, buying gift certificates and ordering books and other products. Some of the latest books include:
- Language of the Heart (audio)
- AA in the Military
- Young & Sober: Stories from AA Grapevine
- Sober & Out
- Voices of Women in AA: Stories of Experience, Strength & Hope
- No Matter What: Dealing With Adversity in Sobriety
- Take Me To Your Sponsor - Best Jokes & Cartoons from AA Grapevine
- Despertares Espirituales CD (Vol. 1 & Vol. 2)
- Frente a Frente
- Las Mujeresen A.A.
You will find Grapevines and many recently published books at your local intergroup office.
Thank you for letting us be of service
Your District 6 Grapevine/La Viña Committee
GRAPEVINE and LA VIÑA COMMITTEE SCOPE AND PREOCEDURE
The Grapevine Committee promotes subscriptions to the AA Grapevine and the Viña which is publish bimonthly for our Spanish speaking members
Promote recognition of the Grapevine/Viña magazines as the International Journal of Alcoholics Anonymous contribution to the preservation of the powerful unity of Alcoholics Anonymous through its subscriptions and submission of article and voice recordings that continue that continue to preserve the powerful unity of AA.
The committee promotes recognition of the Grapevine and Viña magazine's content each month and how the stories reflect the experience, strength, and hope of alcoholics and AA
The committee provides a visual display of Grapevine and Viña history, literature, current projects, magazines and subscriptions for group and district functions.
The committee collaborates with other district committees in their outreach efforts to carry the message to alcoholics by using the magazines as powerful 12 step tools.
The committee encourages AA members and groups to subscribe to the Grapevine/Viña magazines.
The committee encourages AA members to submit articles and recordings of their experience, strength, and hope to the Grapevine/Viña magazines.
The committee holds monthly meetings to fulfill its responsibilities.
To contact the District 6 Grapevine Committee and Viña please e-mail Grapevine@district6aa.org or contact the individual chairperson whose information is on the current District 6 agenda.
GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSONS AND ALTERNATE CHAIRPERSONS
This page is all of the general guidelines that the committee chairpersons have in common. This page will be in the legacy of service once only and the succeeding pages will be the selective scope/procedures for each chairperson position.
The qualifications for chairperson for these committees, per resolution (# 517 02/2014). Individuals must have a minimum of two years of continuous sobriety and one year as a past or present General Service Representative GSR) in any of our ninety three (93) areas within the United States and Canada. An alternate chairperson be appointed as a member of all the District 6 standing committees. The chairperson of these committees will appoint this person pe resolution (# 603 07/2019). The alternate chairperson must meet the same requirements set by resolution as standing district committee chairpersons and be defrayed at the rate set by resolution for attending area quarterly assemblies in the absence of the committee chairperson unless otherwise defrayed. The term of the DCM is two years and generally coincides with the South Florida Area election of officers. Elections are held in even years at the November District Meeting with service to begin the following January.
There will be no waived requirements/qualifications for any of the district officers, committee chairpersons, DCMs and ACMs
All of the district standing committees are composed of a chairperson that has been elected by the District 6 body per requirement resolutions. The Current Practice Committee Chairperson position, by resolution, is automatically filled by the immediate past District 6 chairperson when willing and able to serve. If this individual is not available to serve then the Current Practice Chairperson is selected as above. The Finance Committee chairperson is appointed by the current District 6 chairperson. The Finance Committee Chairperson appoints two members from the General Service body with financial backgrounds. An alternate chairperson is appointed by the chairperson also as per requirement resolutions, Other members of the committee are DCM's, ACM's, GSR's and AGSRs. Also, anyone from any of our groups, may be a member of these committees and they do not have to be participating in general service with District 6. The Finance Committee does not utilize volunteers
SCOPE AND PROCEDURE
These two items will be the responsibility of the current serving chairperson for evaluating the committee's business and functioning for the two year panel of service. This reflects the overall duties and activities of each service entity in District 6, Area 15. All of the currently serving District 6 Officers, Committee Chairpersons and the overall DCM Coordinator (alternate district 6 chairperson)
The following items pertain in general to all the above mentioned people
The committee holds a scheduled meeting, when necessary for members. Most communication and work distribution is done via computer
The Chairperson, or Alternate Chairperson in their stead, attends all District 6 business meetings and presents an oral report of no more than 4 minutes, providing a written copy to the Recording Secretary for inclusion in the district 6 business meeting minutes
The Chairperson, or Alternate Chairperson in their stead, attends the quarterly Area 15 committee meeting and the Area Assembly.
Receives defrayed funding, from the district treasurer, for the cost of attending the Area 15 quarterly weekends. This is usually one nights lodging at the agreed quarterly room rate. Or may receive defrayment to and from the quarterly, if they have not stayed overnight as above, at the current IRS reimbursement on mileage
Expenses incurred performing duties of this office must be submitted to the Treasurer, including items, which, you, individually, are absorbing as a contribution. These must be itemized to enable annual budgeting for the district as a whole.
All voting members of district 6, plus the chairperson (a non voter, who casts a vote only in the event to break a tie) have a right to put forth a motion to the body
All district 6 trusted servants refrain from standing on election day for the same position unless they are fulfilling an unexpired term. However after the election day is over they may stand for the same position if they so desire at any time when requests are done to fill empty positions
All District 6 officers, and committee chairpersons will provide, at the October business meeting during their report time, a description of what their position is and what has been done in the past two years This will give anybody a general idea of what each position entails in a general preview of the job description so as to let those interested make an informed decision about standing for the positions
Reviews the scope/procedure of the position listed in the Legacy of Service document and provides a notation of no changes or makes changes and submits the information to the Current Practice Committee Chairperson at the October business meeting at the two (2) year rotation time. In addition, changes needed to be added to the scope/procedure due to motions passed or committee decisions may be submitted, at any time, to the Current Practice Committee Chairperson. The Current Practice Committee Chairperson will be responsible for submitting the changes to the Legacy of Service document and to the Website Committee Chairperson for inclusion in the District 6 Website. These changes will be designed to guide the next chairperson selected for the position.