Hanukkah, the Jewish Feast of Lights began sundown December 20 and will last eight days. Happy Hanukkah to all of our members and readers who celebrate the holiday.

The Twelve Days of Christmas begin Sunday, December 25. AMerry Christmas to all who celebrate that holiday.

Wednesday, December 21 is the Winter Solstice. Another year around the sun! A Happy Solstice to all.


Saturday, December 24

the festivities kick off after the Noon Meeting with a showing of that holiday classic, It’s a Wonderful Life. Other movies may follow. All being sponsored by the Open Door Group that meets daily at 10:00. Coach is heading the holiday celebration details.

Then there is our regular 8:00 PM Candlelight Meeting and later at 11:00 PM will be our annual Christmas Eve Meeting. So, if you are not busy hanging your stockings with care or those visions of sugar plums just won’t dance in your heads, then this is the meeting for you. Our leader this year will again be Mark Z.

On Christmas Day we will follow our regular Sunday meeting schedule. After the Sunday Noon Meeting we will have a holiday feast, with food provided by our talented Bellaire Club cooks. Look at the sign up sheets to see the menu and add your offering.

On New Year’s Eve, we will have The Meeting of the Year, our 30th annual Midnight Meeting to welcome in a new year of sobriety. Special lighting and decorations along with a moving format always guarantees a very stirring experience that will last a long time.

As has been part of the get together,  the Southern tradition of eating black-eyed peas along with other favorites like cabbage, Hoppin’ John and homemade cornbread will follow the meeting.

Don’t forget to list your offering on the sign up sheet.


Remember that dream lease the board and members of the moving committee negotiated for us? It was a dream in that it allowed us to pay minimum rent until we finished the build out and got back on our feet. Looks like time is running out and we have to begin paying full rent soon.

Please keep that in mind when the basket comes around and maybe throw in a little extra. If money is tight right now, please encourage attendance and support all the new and young meetings. A butt in every seat at every meeting should be our goal for the new year.  And always time to encourage people to join the club.

Please remember to always greet anyone you do not know. Determine if they are visiting from out of town or just locals out slumming. No matter, make sure they are introduced to at least one other person and that they know where they can get coffee or other refreshments. Don’t let them leave without a warm goodbye and a meeting schedule.


We have seven celebrants commemorating milestones of sobriety this month.

  • Russell C. celebrated 25 years this past Sunday at the group he founded over 10 years ago, the Sunday Noon Meeting that meets at 12:15.
  • Cady F. will celebrate two years sobriety along with Sydney with one year 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.
  • At the Thursday Women’s Emergency Room GroupDebbie will be celebrating three yearsalong with Jackie K. who will be celebrating 30 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.


  • Margaret D. .chair of the Thursday Noon Meeting has announced that Jeff T. will lead this Thursday.
  • Alice G. is chairing The Friday Two Dollar Meeting that meets at 12:15 and has asked Joe L. to lead the meeting this Friday.
  • Mark Z. will be chairing the Sunday Speakers Meeting this Sunday. It meets at 11:00 AM.
  • The Sunday Noon Meeting Chair Rebecca S. has asked Josh B. to take the lead.  Josh has roots in the old Primary Purpose Group. Meeting time is 12:15.
  • The Monday Noon Hope and Healing Women’s Group will be led this month by Camora K.
  • And in the men’s , The Monday Men’s Meeting is manned by Larry A. or Barry K.
  • Rick W. and Lynn L. continue to hold down the Blankety-Blank It’s Tuesday Noon Meeting.
  • Steering the Wednesday noon Where-U-At Group this monthis Robert P. who has askedAndy G. to lead.


While deep in his daily orisons the day after the monthly board meeting, your editor was able to channel the famous Joan Crawford. What follows is a transcript of that encounter.

EDITOR: Good morning, Ms. Crawford. Delighted to have you here. I have always been a fan of yours.
JOAN CRAWFORD: Most queers are.
ED.: May I ask what brings you back to us today?
J.C.: I have a message to all the members of the Bellaire Club I would like to deliver.
ED.: I am sure we would all be most honored. What is your message?
ED. Excuse me. I don’t believe I understand.
J.C.: Sorry about that. I meant to say, NO MORE TAPE! NO MORE TAPE! NO…MORE…TAPE!
ED. What do you mean by that?
J.C.: No more use of tape, transparent or otherwise to attach anything anywhere in the club. No posters, flyers, notices, decorations are to be taped on any wall, door or any other damn surface in that newly renovated space. It leaves residue. Removes paint. Looks tacky. And makes the place look like a F*@#ing crack house! I won’t have it! If I see any more tape, I will chop down your rose bush!
ED. But, Ms. Crawford, we don’t have any rose bushes.
J.C.: Think I give a S#$@? I’ll chop down something.
ED. Well, thank you for your message, Ms. Crawford. Have a safe journey back. Don’t let any houses fall on you.


In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it “Christmas” and went to church; the Jews called it “Hanukkah” and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank. People passing each other on the street would say “Merry Christmas!” or “Happy Hanukkah!” or (to the atheists) “Look out for the wall!” Dave Barry – Christmas Shopping: A Survivor’s Guide

Most Texans think Hanukkah is some sort of duck call. Richard Lewis

Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart. Washington Irving