Chicagoland GA Pinnings Calendar

 

 

What is a GA Pinning?  A GA Pinning is a special Gamblers Anonymous meeting where a celebration of the Gamblers Anonymous program takes place and the acknowledgement of abstinence for its members. Chicagoland GA Pinnings are held to present members with service pins for their first year of abstinence, fifth year, and increments of 5 years after that.  Anyone is welcome to attend and observe our Pinning celebrations.

 

All Pinning celebrations are OPEN unless noted below, meaning anyone can attend.

An "In Room" pinning is closed to anyone outside of Gamblers Anonymous

 

For planning/scheduling upcoming pinning please contact your Intergroup Rep

New pinning information can be sent to: pinnings@gachicago.org

 

To correct any pinning information on this website page please contact info@gachicago.org

Updated as of 01/18/2018

 

Date

Day

Time

 Location

 Pinnee

Celebrating

February

1st

Thursday

Food First

7:00 PM

Early Start

 Burbank

  Our Savior's Lutheran Church

 

 Lety R

 

  1 year GA

February

8th

Thursday

 

7:00 PM

 

 Lisle

  Trinity Lutheran Church

 

 Mario S

 

  1 year GA

April

16th

Monday

 

7:00 PM

 

 Joliet

  First Presbyterian Church

 

 Cindy F

 Liz R

 

  20 years GA

  10 years GA

 
 

Pinning Guidelines:

To be eligible to be pinned, a member must have: (Per the GA Guidance Code)

 

Abstinence from gambling and regular attendance of at least thirty-nine (39) Gamblers Anonymous meetings (exceptions can be made, via group conscience decisions, for medical reasons) in the prior 12 months is required for pinnings and for all successive anniversaries.

 

Date of abstinence starts from your first meeting after your last bet.

 

 

Chicagoland GA Pinning Scheduling Guidelines:

  1. Pinnings should be submitted to the pinning chairperson at least 30 days prior to the pinning date and preferably at least one day prior to the monthly intergroup meeting.

  2. No meeting will schedule more than 1 pinning event in a 30 day period.

  3. To prevent conflicts, meetings may not schedule event on the same day as another meeting.  In the case of a conflict, the first meeting to schedule a pinning and inform the pinning chairperson will take precedence.

  4. For a pin to be purchased by Chicagoland Intergroup, a pinning must go through the pinning chairperson for approval.

 

Pinning Meeting General Guidelines: 

  • Announce at beginning of pinning that: “As this is a program of anonymity, we ask that Family & Friends be mindful of this & ask before taking pictures.  This is also why we provide first name and last initial only for GA members when introducing them.”

  • Announce prior to a collection being taken that:  “Donations will be accepted only from GA members.  While we appreciate contributions offered, our organization is self-supporting.”  (See Unity step 7 regarding declining outside contributions.)