What a Sunday noon meeting that was! Exciting and uplifting. It was a regular birthday meeting preceding the unveiling of the commemorative plaque honoring Fran B. The place was packed. Extra seating had to be brought in to accommodate the crowd.

The new space seemed to work well with a crowd. (Remember the old club where we would all be fanning about halfway through a crowded event?)

The scheduled unveiling of the plaque went off without a hitch. President Ed B. designed it to be simple and sincere, just the way Fran would have liked it.

Kudos also to Jeff T. who took responsibility for ordering, installing and veiling the stunning plaque.


The Bellaire Club’s Drunk Poetry Society’s Spring offering is an evening of open mike poetry reading commemorating the hopes and sometimes unfortunate realities of Valentine’s Day aptly titled, Love and Other Disasters.
An open mike reading means simply that anyone may read. There will be a sign-up sheet either in the hands of our seasoned moderator, David D. or placed in a convenient spot. Just ask around. When the show begins, the moderator will call the names of those who signed in order and each will come to the podium and read. A three poem limit is suggested with a ten minute total of reading. There is usually a brief intermission.

To sweeten things up (forgive the pun) the club will have cakes and other goodies to sell and auction.

As always, we need readers but we also need an audience there to enjoy the readings. You will be surprised by what comes out of some of the people you see at meetings all the time. It has been observed that we are a sensitive lot. Poetry is one way of venting those feelings. Being a good listener is a way of sharing those feelings.  All of this will begin Friday, February 10 at 9:00 PM.


Friends, one of our groups is in dire straits and needs immediate attention. The Wednesday Noon Meeting, the Where-U-At Group has had a troubled history since its inception at our temporary location. It seemed to be holding its own, but there was an unfortunate altercation, then soon after that the original founder of the group suddenly abandoned it without notice. The ad hoc “steering committee” of the noon groups took over and tried to turn things around. That went well, but the major support of the group started attending the new 6:30 AM meeting on the same day and once more the group was abandoned and attendance dropped drastically.

Time to turn all of that around. Please, if you are free and can possibly make it, start attending the meetings and let’s keep it going. We have a lot of newcomers show up for the noon meetings these days and we really need for the club to be there for them.


The 12 & 12 Group will be holding its regular monthly Group Conscience Meeting the first Tuesday of the month, February 7, following the 6:30 PM meeting.


When dealing with family members that have been in and out of treatment, AA and other 12-Step groups and no matter how good they act, they just can’t get more than one or two days. Do I give up or keep letting it eat at me day by day hoping for change?

Can you really be happy sober?

How can I keep my expectations down without seeming to be depressed or pessimistic? I’ve heard that keeping expectations low is good for your serenity. 

These are typical questions asked each and every Wednesday night at the 8:00 Ask-It-Basket Meeting, moderated by board president, Ed B who is also responsible for the renaissance of the group. What a great opportunity to share your experience, strength and hope by answering the questions from your stand point. Always provocative. You can always learn something. You can always share something.


The women’s Hope and Healing Group that meets Mondays at noon seems to be attracting more and more visitors and regulars. The growing group decided to have a speaker the first Monday of every month as well as celebrate birthdays the last Monday of the month. Great signs of life. Congratulations, ladies.


The newly formed 6:30 AM Group is now in its second month and it looks like it just might be here for quite a while. They ask that if you are up at that hour to drop in and check it out. If you happen to know someone else who is, tell them about it. Things are really alive and jumping at the club at that hour. Everyone leaves happy. A great way to start your day.


The Bellaire Club will once more be responsible for answering the Intergroup phones, this time March 9 through 12. The sign-up sheets are already out on the kitchen counter by the phone. Sign early to get a prime spot.


It’s a brand new month with some brand new chairs. Some new and some familiar faces in new places. Looks like a good month ahead.

  • The 12 & 12 Group that meets daily except Saturday has announced its roster of leaders. Thursday will beRyan, Friday, Ben, Sunday, Ronald, Monday Steve, Tuesday Lawauna and Wednesday Ralph. Come check it out.
  • The Thursday Noon Meeting is being chaired this month by Mark W. who has asked Baroque F.  to lead this Thursday and report whether or not the Ground Hog saw its shadow.
  • Chairing The Thursday Women’s Emergency Room Group, this month is Mary F.who will ask one of the attendees who shows up Thursday to lead.
  • The Friday Two Dollar Meeting that meets at 12:15 is being chaired this month by Jane E. She has asked Alice G.  to lead the meeting this Friday. Worth it just to come see that pair of live wires at work!
  • Derek S. with over 28 years sobriety will be telling his story at the 11:00 AM.Sunday Speaker’s Meeting being chaired by Doug DeB. Derek’s home group is The Tuesday Night Men’s Group at Faith American Lutheran Church. You may also have run into him at “Red’s Meeting,” The Cathedral Group on Saturday mornings.
  • Jeff T. is chairing The Sunday Noon Meeting in February and he has asked Robert S. to lead the  meeting this Sunday at 12:15.
  • The Monday Noon Hope and Healing Women’s Group is being led this month byAnn N.  The newly revised format will have a speaker the first Monday of the month. Leading off the speaker roster will be Camora  K.
  • And over on the men’s side, at The Monday Men’s Meeting,  Larry A. or Barry K.are manning up and leading the group.
  • Rick W. and Lynn L. will continue to chair and lead the Blankety-Blank It’s Tuesday Noon Meeting if they have recovered from the Super Bowl by then.
  • The brand new6:30 AM Group thatmeets every Wednesdaywill begin its second month with Larry A. and Robert P. there to guide it along.
  • Davasha S. has agreed to lead the Wednesday Noon Meeting, the Where-U-At Group.

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


People who look for jobs, find jobs.

People who wait for job, wait for jobs.

Arch A. and Robert P.’s mantra seems to be working for two more of our crowd. Mary Kate B. starts a brand new job this week after much searching. And there is hope on the horizon for Baroque F. who appears to be on the (very) short list for a new position. Still out there looking and responding to promising nibbles is Davasha S. Encouraging news to all out there looking. Don’t give up. Keep looking. Don’t wait.


Word: germane
Pronunciation: jer-main
Definition: Relevant and appropriate; akin
Use in a sentence: The speaker’s example seemed germane to the topic.


The truth is the Super Bowl long ago became more than just a football game. It’s part of our culture like turkey at Thanksgiving and lights at Christmas, and like those holidays beyond their meaning, a factor in our economy. Bob Schieffer

If I had to live my life again, I’d make the same mistakes, only sooner. Tallulah Bankhead