Lots going on at the old Bellaire Club this season. We will be busier than a condom machine on prom night. Christmas Eve Open House festivities will kick off with the regular Taco John’s Saturday Noon Meeting to be followed by a showing of that great holiday classic, It’s A Wonderful Life, starring Jimmy Steward and Donna Reed. (See if you can spot Carl “Alfalfa” Switzer.) The latest word is that it will be shown in the main meeting room. This showing is being sponsored by the Open Door Group and is being honchoed by Coach.

There will be snacks and other goodies available while you enjoy the show or simply hang out with all your friends.

The festivities will also include the regular Saturday  8:00 Candlelight Meeting and will culminate with the annual, special 11:00 Christmas Eve Meeting, sometimes known as the  Wrist Slasher’s Meeting or Christmas Meeting For Those Who, For Any Reason, Don’t Do Christmas.

Then, Christmas Day, following the regular Sunday Noon Meeting we will have a holiday feast, Dinner With All The Trimmings.

On New Year’s Eve, we will have our traditional Midnight Meeting to welcome in the new year. This meeting has been part of the club since its very beginning. A different format, it is a meeting that seems to grip all who attend. If you have not been, make your plans now to attend.

Come on out and join the fun. A sign up sheet will be appearing soon so you will be able to list your contributions, sweet and otherwise.


Looks like it might be a go for an Early Bird Meeting at the Bellaire Club. Our first ever. Watch for an announcement at meetings, bulletin board or the newsletter. Meanwhile, call your friends who might be interested in this group and let them know it is on its way.


The Fourth Step in the 12 and 12 is a lot different from the one in the Big Book. Which is better?

What do you mean by, “innermost self,” as in Chapter III – “We had to fully concede to our innermost selves…?”

What is the 13th Step and what is the big deal about it?

These are typical questions posed at the Wednesday Ask-It-Basket meeting at 8:00 PM. Come put your two cents in or walk away with someone else’s two cents of wisdom.


If your group is not specifically mentioned it is because the editor has no news from your group. Please ask the chair to let me know who is leading, impending group conscience meetings, chapters discussed, etc.


A couple of groups meet regularly before the meeting to share a meal. The Wednesday Ask-It-Basket meets at Los Tios at 6:30. Los Tios is on Beechnut directly across from Meyerland Plaza.

A group from the Sunday Noon Meeting meets for brunch every Sunday at 11:00 at Tacqueria Tepatitlan, 5545 SW Freeway, Chimney Rock exit on the northbound feeder. Superb inner Mexican cuisine and usually stimulating conversation preceding a stimulating meeting. All are welcome.


  • Margaret D. chair of the Thursday Noon Meeting has asked Arch A. to lead  this Thursday.
  • The Friday Two Dollar Meeting that meets at 12:15 is being chaired by Alice G. this month and she has announced that Pat P. will lead the meeting this Friday.
  • At the Sunday Speakers Meeting, being chaired by Doug DeB., the speaker this Sunday will be Donnie Y. With over seven years sobriety, Donnie calls The Spring Branch Club home. Come hear how he made it.
  • Rebecca S. chair of The Sunday Noon Meeting and has asked Andrew E. to take the lead this Sunday. Andrew is a regular at the Post Oak Club. Meeting time is 12:15.
  • The Monday Noon Hope and Healing Women’s Group will be led this month by Camora K.
  • And on the men’s side, The Monday Men’s Meeting is hosted by Larry A. or Barry K. Both have a slightly different but very interesting format. Come check it out.
  • Rick W. and Lynn L. will continue to hold down the Blankety-Blank It’s Tuesday Noon Meeting.
  • The Wednesday Where-U-At Group is being manned by Robert P. and he has asked Davasha S. to lead.


Your editor has long observed that people who look for jobs, find them. However, Robert P. recently added: People who wait for jobs, wait for jobs.

Great examples of the former is Rebecca S. who has just begun a new job and reports a super great first day.

Same is true of Mike R. who hit the decks running Thanksgiving week. In spite of the vacation and newly acquired cold, he is back in stride being a part of the work force.

Congratulations to them and best of luck to all who are still out there looking (and not waiting) for jobs.


It’s like your children talking about holidays, you find they have a quite different memory of it from you. Perhaps everything is not how it is, but how it’s remembered.  Denis Norden