All’s Well That Ends Well, said the Bard and it looks like the Bellaire Club pulled another one off. Our 30th annual New Year’s Eve Midnight Meeting was well attended with some old familiar faces as well as some new faces in the crowd. The speakers were varied and on topic and the meeting moved at a steady pace. Of course, Jane E. was there to make sure it moved.

The food was plentiful and delicious. Plenty of black-eyed peas and greens to guarantee a prosperous and happy new year filled with romance for everyone.


Lest we rest on our laurels, we have coming up next month the Valentine offering of the Drunk Poet’s Society, called Love and Other Disasters. After that we will be celebrating our 31stanniversary before you know it.


From all reports, the very first meeting of the very first early bird group at the Bellaire Club went very well with about a half dozen or so in attendance at 6:30 AM. A committed crowd, all promised to return and try to bring someone with them. Help them out by attending if you are up at that hour, or pass the word on to someone you know who is up then. Looks like we got a great thing started here. Keep it up.


The Bellaire Club Board of Directors have set aside Sunday, January 29 following the regularSunday Noon Meeting as the official unveiling of the Fran B. Memorial Plaque to be placed in the coffee bar. Please make your plans now to attend.


The board will meet for its regular scheduled monthly meeting following the Sunday Noon Meeting on January 15. All members are welcome to attend as observers. Come see what keeps the wheels grinding around here.


Peggy S. will be chairing the Women’s Thursday Emergency Room Meeting that meets at 6:30 PM. This is a very old group, almost as old as the club itself. It began at our second location, the one facing Bert Wheeler’s, Bellaire Hospital and the Bellaire Funeral Home – all of our options in one spot! Lucy B., Jackie K., Linda K. D., Gale Y. and Agnes McR. were around to get it started. With everyone fairly new to sobriety and running in with some emergency or another, the name of the group seemed to come about naturally. It worked. All but one of the above mentioned are still sober or sober forever.

The group has traditionally been very active in events at the club, sponsoring projects, raising funds, etc. A few years ago when the club was about to fold and we were desperately trying to make a come back, the Emergency Room Group was one of our chief sources of support and income, out there selling cakes and other merchandise to help make the place look livable and inviting.


  • Arch A., who will be chairing the Thursday Noon Meeting this month has asked the inimitable Jane E.  to lead on Thursday.
  • The Thursday Women’s Emergency Room Meeting is being chaired this month byPeggy S. who has asked Ginny L. to lead the meeting at 6:30 PM.
  • Anne N., January chair of The Friday Two Dollar Meeting that meets at 12:15, has announced that Russell C. will be leading the meeting this Friday.
  • Doug DeB. will be chairing the 11:00 AM. Sunday Speakers Meeting. This SundayJudy L. will be telling her story. With over 21 years sobriety, Judy calls The Post Oak Club home, but is also well known at The Spring Branch Club and La Hacienda.
  • The Sunday Noon Meeting chair, returning native Baroque F. has asked returning native Davasha S. to take the lead this Sunday.  Meeting time is 12:15.
  • The Monday Noon Hope and Healing Women’s Group will meet as always in the small meeting room.
  • And over on the men’s side, 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 James W. who has asked Robert P to lead us to better things.


We had a good year with the Club Web Site – A few days ago we received our yearly report from the provider. The report noted, among other interesting facts, that the visitors we had last year would fill five New York City subway trains. You can read the full report on the website here.


Someone said that life is a party. You join in after it’s started and leave before it’s finished. Elsa Maxwell