Grapevine is the International Journal of Alcoholics Anonymous. Written, edited, illustrated, and read by AA members and others interested in the AA program of recovery from alcoholism, Grapevine is a lifeline linking one alcoholic to another.
As Bill W. expressed it in 1946, “The Grapevine will be the voice of the Alcoholics Anonymous movement. Its editors and staff will be primarily accountable to the AA movement as a whole. . . . Within the bounds of friendliness and good taste, the Grapevine will enjoy perfect freedom of speech on all matters directly pertaining to Alcoholics Anonymous. . . . Like the Alcoholics Anonymous movement it is to mirror, there will be but one central purpose: The Grapevine will try to carry the AA message to alcoholics and practice the AA principles in all its affairs.”
This is to say that Grapevine is an avenue that allows the individual member’s voice of Alcoholics Anonymous to be heard across our fellowship. The General Service Conference is the best common denominator of the group conscience of Alcoholics Anonymous; Grapevine gives AA’s membership an avenue to voice and share our experience, strength and hope in a way that allows the breadth and depth of our membership to show through. With its sister magazine, La Viña for our Spanish speaking members, Grapevine gives us the opportunity to reach the still suffering alcoholic around the world.
AAGrapevine.org is the website for Grapevine and La Viña. Here is where one can get information about how to submit your story, joke or even a picture of your home group’s meeting place. You can find information about the many avenues to get the message of our membership through Grapevine such as digital archives, on-line subscriptions, AudioGrapevine, special publications, e-books, quote of the day, and of course the print magazine.
Conference approval was granted with the General Service Conference Advisory Action in 1986: “Since each issue of the Grapevine cannot go through the Conference-approval process, the Conference recognizes the AA Grapevine as the International Journal of Alcoholics Anonymous.” This is another way for our members to participate in sobriety, and carry our message to the alcoholic.
As a committee and as Grapevine/La Viña Representatives we have the opportunity to share the multitude of ways that, Grapevine, La Viña, and the many special publications, e-books and other digital media that are available at AAGrapevine.org, can be used as tools for recovery for newcomers and long timers alike. As representatives we share with our Areas, Districts, and Home Groups about the arm of Alcoholics Anonymous that brought about so much of our AA culture: from the Twelve Traditions and Twelve Concepts to the Preamble, and our slogans on the walls of many of our meeting rooms. We also encourage our membership to participate in Grapevine and La Viña through submissions and subscriptions.
The Area Grapevine Committee meets once a month. Our monthly meeting time is being determined. We will update this page with more details soon. Please feel free to contact us in the meantime using the link below.
Please contact your DCM, or the Area 10 Grapevine Chair with any questions you may have, or to participate in the many service opportunities that are available.