It’s official. The Valentine’s Day offering of the Bellaire Club’s Drunk Poet’s Society will begin Friday, February 10 at 9:00 PM, following the We’ve Just Begun Group in the main meeting room. This year’s theme will be the familiar Love and Other Disasters. Still enough time to polish that poem you have been working on and present it to a very sympathetic audience of your friends. David D. will once again lend his charm and expertise to make sure the event runs smoothly. In addition, in honor of this sweet holiday there will be sweets to eat and purchase as well as our renowned cake auctions.


The regular monthly board meeting originally scheduled for last Sunday has been postponed until Sunday, January 29.


Sunday, January 29 has also been set aside for the dedication of the Fran B. coffee bar following the noon meeting. A stunning plaque will be unveiled at that time.


The new 6:30 AM Wednesday meeting appears to have dug in for the duration. Attendance has been good and discussions lively and topical. Well worth getting up early for.


So far we have six celebrants to kick off this first month of our new year.

  • Wil G. will celebrate three years sobriety and Ray M. will celebrate four. They have not designated which group they will celebrate with.
  • Jonathan L. has 22 years this month and will celebrate with the Scottish Jack Big Book Study Group that meets Tuesdays at 8:00 PM.
  • Anne Marie K. will celebrate 28 years with the Thursday Women’s Emergency Room Group at 6:30 and again with the Sunday Noon Group meeting at 12:15.
  • Robert P. with 29 years and Arch A. with 31 will both celebrate with the Sunday Noon Group

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,may we suggest 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. Ask anyone behind the counter for a card.


  • Arch A.  has been chairing the Thursday Noon Meeting and has asked David D. to lead this Thursday.
  • Davasha S. will be leading The Thursday Women’s Emergency Room Group, chaired this month by Peggy S.
  • Chairing The Friday Two Dollar Meeting that meets at 12:15 this month is Ann N.She has asked Davasha S.  to lead the meeting this Friday. We really have been working her since her return from Santa Fe! Shows how much we really missed her.
  • Doug DeB. is chairing the 11:00 AM. Sunday Speakers Meeting and has announced that by popular demand our board president, Ed B. will return with Part II of his fascinating story. Even if you missed the first part, the second part will prove to be equally as gripping.
  • Baroque F. is chairing The Sunday Noon Meeting and has asked Andy G. to lead us to better things this Sunday at 12:15.
  • The Monday Noon Hope and Healing Women’s Group is being led this month byAlice G.
  • And over in the men’s room, The Monday Men’s Meeting is manned by Larry A. orBarry K.
  • Rick W. and Lynn L. will be heading  the Blankety-Blank It’s Tuesday Noon Meeting.
  • The brand new, first ever and as yet unnamed6:30 AM Group will hold its fourth meeting Wednesday with Larry A.  and Robert P. leading the way.
  • Steering the Wednesday noon Where-U-At Group for the month of January isJames W. who will find a fine leader.


(Learn a word a day by using it in every way)
At lunch Friday with AA friends, someone used the word, “exacerbate” and another diner asked what it meant. At brunch on Sunday the discussion turned to favorite rarely used words. The idea of including a word section in the weekly newsletter was mentioned and met with general approval. Then at the Sunday Noon Meeting, the word, “exacerbate” was used by another member in his sharing. That confirmed it! We have a new column, WORD OF THE WEEK. Contributors are most welcomed to submit their favorites.


Word: exacerbate
Pronunciation: ig-zass-a-bait or ik-sass-a-bait
Definition: To increase the severity, violence, or bitterness of; aggravate
Use in a sentence: Drinking over a problem only exacerbates the problem.
Smoking with a cold will exacerbate your cough.


The old school bell is ringing once more after the Winter holidays break. Our ownMargaret D. is returning to classes at HCC, working toward an Associate’s Degree in Business Management which will provide the necessary expertise to open up her own dog grooming business.
Jeff T. began nursing school Tuesday and reports an exciting first day of class. Brushing another student’s teeth might not rank up there as a skill most of us would be excited to acquire, but it is basic for a nurse and was approached with enthusiasm. And with success, it might be added.
Best wishes to these and any other students from the club.


In the course of my life, I have often had to eat my words, and I must confess that I have always found it a wholesome diet.  Winston Churchill
We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out. Winston Churchill
Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.  Mark Twain