GVR hints and tips
My homegroup has never had a GVR so I nominated myself for the position. I was hoping for some tips about what I exactly do in this position.
Does AA Grapevine have a automatic renewal process or E-mail reminder for subscriptions?
Hi, I am new too working on the Grapevine. I volunteered to be the District Grapevine Rep because I love it and want to get the Groups to have material at their Business meetings for the GGVR so they can tell the members and newcomers that there is a service position open for that. I have put together a 7 page letter and a Grapevine magazine with updated subscription form and an AA meeting card describing what they do. I will report about it at our next District meeting. What do you think?
My guess is that a 7 page letter won't get read. Far better if you are able to visit their business meetings and ask for five minutes in advance to talk about Grapevine materials and what GV reps can do for the group.
Your enthusiasm is wonderful. One thing I would note from my experience is that sometimes less is more. The 7 page letter will be good for the members who want to dig in - but it can be helpful to have a one-page flyer to get people's attention. My district has a flyer for every group that asks "Do you have a Grapevine Rep.?" It then has information on our meeting time. ALSO- please don't get discouraged if you don't get an immediate response. It can take a while for groups to find reps and for those reps to do what they are supposed to and better yet, find the passion for the Grapevine that you have. Keep trying, keep talking about it.
Last month I attended the Pacific Region Alcoholics Anonymous Service Assembly (fondly known as PRAASA) in Bellevue, WA. PRAASA -- is a yearly assembly held in different parts of the Pacific Region of Alcoholics Anonymous.
The purpose of PRAASA is to develop greater unity among the members, groups, and areas of the Pacific Region; to encourage the exchange of ideas and experiences; and to provide an opportunity for members to discuss pertinent aspects of A.A. So for me to have the opportunity to hear GVR’s from the Pacific Region share what they are doing in their area was totally awesome! I’m looking forward to using what I learned from them.
What are some of the ideas that they shared with you? would love to hear more feedback.
GVR's give a back issue with a phone list to newcomers at meetings. A grapevine display will be at our Thanksgiving and Christmas alcothon, several GVRs will take turns manning the table. We also use GV cd's and books as raffle prizes at some of the speaker meetings. I visit meetings in our district (sometimes with GVR's or other AA members) with the Grapevine display. Being our district's GRV has refreshed my soberity and helps me to get out of my comfort zone to meet new people, while carrying the message of recovery via the grapevine!