Fran B. picked up only one desire chip and she picked it up at the Bellaire Club. It lasted her for 21 years. Fran always felt a part of the Bellaire Club as her sobriety and growth were so intimately bound to it.

Her gratitude to the club was always expressed with far more action than mere words.  If the club, or anyone else for that matter, sent up the distress flag, Fran was there to help. Her baking skills were legendary. You could always spot Fran’s contribution to any bake sale, cake auction or any event the club sponsored. As with her sobriety, Fran was no dilettante. She knew what worked and committed to it.

It was a rare club event that did not see Fran’s artistic hand in the decorations. Hours were spent shopping and installing the intricate table decorations for our annual New Year’s Eve meeting. Just as well we got rid of the tables in the new place: they would never be the same without Fran’s hand.

Sadly, she did not get to see the new club completed. She hated the old location with a passion surpassed only by her devotion to the club and was ready to move anytime. She did get to see the new place in the first flashlight tour and liked its potential. She commented on the design appeal of the commercial slat boards remaining on one partial wall and stacked against another. These were developed into a design for the small meeting room.

There was no argument that the funds bequeathed by family and friends to the club in her honor after her death be used for the development of a  kitchen or coffee bar in our new facility. Her son, Asher, designed and installed the cabinetry. A plaque placed there in her honor will be unveiled Sunday following the Noon Meeting.

THE 12 & 12 GROUP.

The 12 & 12 Group is an old group that moved here when the Houston-Western Club closed. It meets at 6:30 PM every day except Saturday, offering a perfect time to end your work day and leave the rest of the evening free. As the name indicates, the group studies our book, Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions as well as the Big Book. The group generally works through the book page by page,  except when a newcomer attends. At that time they cover the First Step, where it all begins. Come check it out.


Busy week here at the club as the monthly birthday celebrations begin.

  • Wil G. will be celebrating three years sobriety.
  • Ray M. will celebrate four years with the new Blankety-Blank-It’s-Tuesday Noon Group.
  • Wally G. with seven years this month will celebrate with the Monday Men’s Meeting.
  • Sunny S. will celebrate nine years with the Saturday Noon Group.
  • 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.


The regular monthly meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Bellaire Club will be held this Sunday following the unveiling of the dedication plaque in the coffee bar. All members are welcome to attend.


In honor of Valentine’s Day, the Bellaire Club’s Drunk Poet’s Society will sponsor an open mike event aptly named, Love and Other Disasters. This will begin Friday, February 10 at 9:00 PM. Bring your original poem to read or you may choose to read the work of another poet meaningful to you. The general rule is three poems or anything not to exceed ten minutes. You will find it a very sympathetic and supportive audience. You are most cordially invited to participate as a reader or listener. In addition there will be sweets to eat and auction.


(Editor’s note: Special thanks to all the chairs this month who have been so prompt with the names of meeting leaders, most of the time without any nagging. You will be missed. Thanks to Peggy S., The Thursday Women’s Emergency Room Group has been in the loop. Let’s hope it continues with the February chairs. Once more a call to all groups to send in information that can be used to support your group meetings and activities. )

  • The Thursday Noon Meeting is being chaired by Arch A.  who has asked James N.  to lead this Thursday. James is a familiar face from the old Bellaire Club.
  • Ann N. will be leading The Thursday Women’s Emergency Room Group, being 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 Arch A.  to lead the meeting this Friday. (I know, this looks like two names under walnut shells we keep shuffling around.)
  • At the 11:00 AM. Sunday Speakers Meeting Doug DeB. is chairing and has asked Bill O. to tell his story. With over 20 years sobriety, Bill calls Our Common Journey home. Word is that his story is both inspiring and entertaining.
  • Baroque F. is chairing The Sunday Noon Meeting and has asked Russell C. to lead the special birthday meeting this Sunday at 12:15.
  • The Monday Noon Hope and Healing Women’s Group is being led this month by Alice G.
  • And over on the men’s side, The Monday Men’s MeetingLarry A. or Barry K. are manning the group.
  • Rick W. and Lynn L. will be heading  the Blankety-Blank It’s Tuesday Noon Meeting.
  • The brand new, first ever and as yet unnamed (Dark-30, an appealing contender) 6:30 AM Group is going strong with very lively meetings every Wednesday honchoed by Larry A. and Robert P. Walk-ins welcome.

For a complete list of all meetings held at the Bellaire Club, please go to our website and click on Meeting Schedule.


Word: inchoate
Pronunciation: in-ko-it
Definition: Early stage, vague, imperfectly formed
Use in a sentence: The leader’s introduction was filled with inchoate concepts.


A friend who dies, it’s something of you who dies. Gustave Flaubert

Life is better than death, I believe, if only because it is less boring, and because it has fresh peaches in it. Alice Walker