Etiquette Regarding Sobriety Chips

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Etiquette Regarding Sobriety Chips

Postby Roman James » Wed Sep 14, 2016 4:57 pm

Is it customary to accept a chip from several meeting group locations, in addition to your home group? For example. a 30 day chip from multiple meetings?
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Re: Etiquette Regarding Sobriety Chips

Postby avaneesh912 » Wed Sep 14, 2016 6:59 pm

I have seen people picking anniversary chip at several meetings but leave the chip back on the table, just to show new comers that it works. Medallion are usually presented only at the home-group birthday celebrations.
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Re: Etiquette Regarding Sobriety Chips

Postby positrac » Thu Sep 15, 2016 2:22 am

Some people have so many 24 hour chips they could turn them in at the casino for cash :lol: Just about how it works and each to their own as I've given my B-day chips to other people in and out of AA as a means of hope.
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Re: Etiquette Regarding Sobriety Chips

Postby PaigeB » Thu Sep 15, 2016 6:53 am

One chip per celebration. We do however acknowledge all milestones with applause or murmured well wishes to those who speak up.
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Re: Etiquette Regarding Sobriety Chips

Postby Roberth » Thu Sep 15, 2016 11:19 am

My name is Robert and I am a Los Angeles area alcoholic. If you are lucky you will only get a chance to get them once. My next chip will be for 25 years but the person with two days can’t comprehend that, but 30 days doesn’t seem impossible. Enjoy each one.
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Re: Etiquette Regarding Sobriety Chips

Postby Carolyn » Thu Sep 15, 2016 1:11 pm

Most groups,that I know, are struggling financially & chips cost money. Money that's needed to fulfil our primary purpose - to carry the message to the alcoholic who still suffers. I would suggest accepting a chip from your Home Group only - at other meetings you can show newcomers that AA works by your example.
Actually, here in the UK, all the groups I know of don't buy chips out of the AA pot - they come out of the Social Pot with birthday cakes.
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Re: Etiquette Regarding Sobriety Chips

Postby Roman James » Thu Sep 15, 2016 3:53 pm

Yeah, my feeling is one chip only (from my home group). But being a newbie, thought I'd get other opinions. Besides, why do I need more than one 30 day chip? I like the idea of the chip. I carry it with me and it reminds me of why I'm in the AA program.
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