The days are getting shorter and the time is getting shorter as we approach ourChristmas Eve Open House to kick off the holiday celebration. Taco John’s Saturday Noon Meeting to be followed by a showing of that great holiday classic, It’s A Wonderful Life. Possibly there will be other movies shown as well, all sponsored by the Open Door Group with Coach as the head honcho.

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 orChristmas Meeting For Those Who, For Any Reason, Don’t Do Christmas. This will be an eat while you meet meeting and hopefully, we will have plenty to nosh on.

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, the featured event will be our traditional Midnight Meeting to welcome in the new year. This will be the 30th meeting. Always a moving and poignant experience, make your plans now to attend.  This meeting is followed by the Southern tradition of eating black-eyed peas along with other favorites like cabbage and homemade cornbread. Guaranteed to make any snowbird say, “Well, shut ma mouth!” (At least while you are eating.)

A sign up sheet will be appearing soon so you will be able to list your contributions, sweet and otherwise.

Meeting eleven o'clock Christmas eve

So far we have five celebrants this busy month of holidays.
  • Cady F. will celebrate   two years sobriety at the God Squad Group that meets Mondays at 8:00 PM.
  • Victor M. with seven years to his credit will celebrate at the 10:00 Open Door Group.
  • Don R. will mark his 10 years at the Scottish Jack Big Book Study Group that meets every Tuesday at 8:00 PM.
  • Russell C. will celebrate 25 years at the group he founded over 10 years ago, theSunday Noon Meeting that meets at 12:15.
  • At the Thursday Women’s Emergency Room GroupJackie K. will be celebrating30 years of continuous sobriety.

Our congratulations to all of these celebrants of major milestones in their sobriety.

If you are looking for a nice gift to give any of the celebrants, have you thought of making a donation in their honor of any amount you choose to the Bellaire Club so instrumental in their sobriety? That gift will be most appreciated by the celebrants as well as the club. Also might spare you frenzied shopping during this month of frenzied shopping. Ask anyone behind the counter for a card.


Looks like a go with the brand new, first ever Early Bird Group to meet at Bellaire Club. A start date has been announced – Wednesday, January 4 at 6:30 AM. Mark your calendar and  plan to come on out early and help this fledgling meeting get off to a great start. If all goes well, it just might turn into a daily meeting to enhance our daily offerings. Larry A. will try to honcho the first meeting, so we know it will be in good hands.


To err is human, to forgive. . . pretty easy if the errant happens to be Larry A., our industrious and efficient club treasurer seen several times a week collecting monies, paying bills, writing payroll checks, distributing reimbursements, etc in addition to maintaining a good program of sobriety and running a major construction company while being a full time family man.

Larry says that he neglected to write down the name of a person who paid their dues for a full year in November. He remembers that the check was a computer generated check and asks if any of this sounds familiar to any of our readers to please accept his apologies and call him at 713-922-1432 so that you can be properly credited.


  • Margaret D. .chair of the Thursday Noon Meeting has asked Andy G. to lead this Thursday.
  • Alice G. is chairing The Friday Two Dollar Meeting that meets at 12:15 and has asked Margaret D. to lead the meeting this Friday.
  • At the Sunday Speakers Meeting, being chaired by Doug DeB., the featured speaker will be none other than our own Ed B., current president of the board of directors of the Bellaire Club. Ed’s is a great story. If you have not heard it, you are in for a treat. Even if you have heard it, you are still in for a real treat. Remember that is at 11:00 AM
  • Russell C., founder of The Sunday Noon Meeting will be celebrating 25 years sobriety this Sunday instead of the last Sunday, December 25, due to a conflict with another birthday celebration at that time. Chair Rebecca S. has asked Robert P. to take the lead.  Meeting time is 12:15.
  • The Monday Noon Hope and Healing Women’s Group will be led this month byCamora K.
  • And on the men’s side, The Monday Men’s Meeting is manned by Larry A. orBarry K.
  • Rick W. and Lynn L. continue to hold down the Blankety-Blank It’s Tuesday Noon Meeting.
  • At the helm of the Wednesday noon Where-U-At Group is Robert P. who has asked Mark W. to lead.


My favorite traditional Christmas movie that I like to watch is All Quiet on the Western Front. It’s just not December without that movie in my house. Tom Hanks (Do you see the irony in the movie title?)

Orphans, dead parents, lonely children at Christmas, morose spoken word recordings, everything you love about the holidays. Move the turkey over so you can fit your head in the oven. April Winchell

Our children await Christmas presents like politicians getting in election returns: there’s the Uncle Fred precinct and the Aunt Ruth district still to come in. Marcelene Cox