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Group Grapevine and La Viña Reps

(Reprinted from  A Guide to the Grapevine, Page 33, with permission of A.A. World Services Inc. Available HERE!)

GVRs and RLVs act as advocates for Grapevine and La Viña at the group and district level, alerting their groups to the use of the magazines as recovery tools. It is, many say, the best service job they’ve ever had. Originally GVRs focused on Grapevine, and RLVs on La Viña. But as awareness of the needs of Spanish-speaking AAs throughout the United States has grown, some reps have begun to work with both magazines and refer to themselves as GVR/RLVs.
What Do GVRs and RLVs Do?
Group GVRs and RLVs:
• make sure that copies of the magazines are available and displayed at meetings
• announce the arrival of each new issue
• encourage members to visit andñol
• share about articles in the magazines or the websites
• encourage individual subscriptions
• encourage the group to buy subscriptions in the group’s name
In addition, a GVR or RLV may:
• stock Grapevine items on the literature table
• announce the publication of new items
• encourage members to submit articles and humor pieces
• initiate efforts to donate subscriptions to public and school libraries, hospitals,
prisons, doctors’ offices, churches, or to the place where the group meets
• suggest a Grapevine or La Viña topic meeting for the group
• encourage the use of Grapevine or La Viña subscriptions as gifts
• announce new features on the Grapevine website
• refer members to the Grapevine Story Archive for articles about AA history or discussion
• visit the Resources/GVR page on and the Esquina del RLV onñol for information and access to the GrapeNet Forum
• work with all other reps, including RLVs

The GVR may receive the magazine subscription on behalf of their group. Some GVRs also order back issues to give away. Making Grapevine and La Viña order subscription cards available or posting them on the bulletin board can be part of the job as well.


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