BELLAIRE CLUB 31ST ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

We have a date! The white smoke emanating from the Sunday Bellaire Club Board meeting was met with wild acclaim. The 31st Anniversary Celebration of the founding of our club will be held Saturday, April 28th beginning after Taco John’s Saturday Noon Meeting.

Plans are still being formulated, but it looks like we will be treated to the first of what is planned as an Annual Chili Cook-off.  As we go to press, a special plaque is being designed to display this year’s winner and future winners. Details on entrance requirements, judging, etc. will soon be forthcoming.

In addition, we will have a raffle and a major auction, silent and otherwise. Heading the list of alluring items to be offered so far is a brand new acoustic guitar. More top quality items are being sought. Can you help?

Plans also include an “open house” for all our neighbors in the recovery community – hospitals, recovery centers, half-way house, etc. This is to let them know we are here and a potential destination for those needing outside meetings or being released.

Did you know that this is an integral part of our history as a club? The Bellaire Club was founded by the Thursday Night Triangle Group that sponsored meetings at the VA Hospital and Men’s Center. Volunteers would pick up patients to attend the Thursday meeting. The group was part of the Houston Western Club and when the club moved past the Loop, the Triangle Group stayed behind and started the Bellaire Club. Many patients from the VA hospital came to the club and became vital members. Look no further than today with our board president, Ed B. who was bussed here while in treatment and returned on his own when released.

Since our move to our present location, your editor knows of two attempts (since he made them) to reach out to the recovery community to take club sponsored meetings inside that did not come to fruition. This Open House may be exactly what we need to change that.

MARCH BIRTHDAYS

  • Celebrating with the 10:00 AM Open Door Group will be Samantha M. with one year, Kevin B.with 11 years and Anson B. with 31 full years of sobriety.
  • At the We’ve Only Just Begun Group meeting Fridays at 8:00 PM,  Shana K. will celebrate two years and Mike P. will be celebratingfour years of sobriety
  • At Taco John’s Saturday Noon Group, Ben H. willcelebrate his 10 years of sobriety.
  • And at the Sunday Noon Meeting at 12:15., Alice G. will be celebrating her 11 years 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.

BROTHER, CAN YOU SPARE A TWO DOLLAR BILL?

The Friday Two Dollar Meeting begins its seventh year this month. This group was a bold attempt to offer a noon meeting at the club when all but one of the weekday meetings had folded. Arch A. honchoed it by asking active members what they liked and disliked most in meeting formats. Most centered about the leader’s role. Ernie B., a founder of the Bellaire Club used to offer this advice to leaders: 1. Lead on a topic you know something about or 2. Lead on a topic you want to know something about and 3. It is the first person you call on who really determines what the topic is. Sage advice indeed. The only thing I could add was 4. Don’t comment, critique or otherwise share after someone has shared. Nothing will drag a meeting down more than that. Ed B. offered two suggestions that were incorporated into the format: 1. Read from Chapter Three: More About Alcoholism because the all too familiar How It Works tends to get tuned out and 2. Close with the non-sectarian Serenity Prayer, the “European Style” format.

We tried it and it worked.

The name of the group comes from the very first meeting that I led on the topic, “What did you hear in very early sobriety that has stuck with you until today?”  It was a lively meeting and at the end Scottish Jack announced, “This was a two dollar meeting!” It was a term he and Randy H. used to describe a very good meeting. The name stuck.

There was some objection to the implication that one needed to have two bucks to attend. It was pointed out that many detractors had no trouble taking a cup of coffee without paying for it, and many did not put any money in the basket at all, so why should not paying two bucks rather than not paying one buck make any difference. The matter rested. Besides, at the time the club really needed money and the two bucks really helped as it still does today at any meeting.

AND TODAY’S LEADER IS. . .

Please support all the groups meeting at the Bellaire Club. Remember: you may not need a meeting, but you may be needed at a meeting.

  • The 12 & 12 Group that meets daily except Saturday has this roster of leaders. Thursday will be Ryan; Friday, Julio; Sunday, Ronald; Monday, Johnny M.; Tuesday, Lawauna S. and Wednesday, Ralph.
  • The Thursday Noon Meeting will have Dona T. leading this Thursday. Dona was scheduled to lead last Thursday but had a mid morning emergency.
  • Chairing The Thursday Women’s Emergency Room Group, this month is Ginny.
  • The Friday Two Dollar Meeting that meets at 12:15 is being chaired this month by Jane E.She has asked Alice G. to take the lead this Friday.
  • The 11:00 AMSunday Speaker’s Meeting  is being chaired by Doug DeB.  He has askedPatrick B. to tell his story. With almost seven years sobriety, Patrick’s home group is The Spring Branch Memorial Club but can also be seen at the Serenity Group in The Woodlands and The 1502 Group in Conroe.
  • Arch A. is chairing The Sunday Noon Meeting in March and he has asked Andy G. to lead our special birthday meeting this Sunday at 12:15.
  • Serenity” Ann N. is once more leadingThe Monday Noon Hope and Healing Women’s Groupand helping to develop a new format.
  • 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.
  • The now well established  6:30 AM group,The Red-Eye Special Group meets every Wednesdaywith Larry A. and Robert P. there to guide it along. They have invited Arch A. to be the guest leader Wednesday morning.
  • Next Wednesday, Robert P. will chair 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 website bellaireclub.organd click on Meeting Schedule.

WORD OF THE WEEK

Word: Eponym
Pronunciation: Ep-a-nim
Definition:  A word, name place, era, tribe, discovery or concept. derived from the name of a person.
Use in a sentence: Murphy’s Law is a favored eponym by anyone working in the government or other institution.
In AA, Occam’s Razor is usually expressed as, “Keep it simple!”

PARTING THOUGHTS (ON ACCEPTING LIFE ON LIFE’S TERMS)

It isn’t what the book costs. It’s what it will cost you if you don’t read it. Jim Rohn
The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win you’re still a rat. Lilly Tomlin
You can only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. Author Unknown

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