Ah! That famous and infamous concoction with a history as colorful and zesty as the dish itself.  Officially proclaimed the State Food of Texas in 1977, the stew called Peppers with Meat or Chili con Carne is a harmony of old and new world cuisine.

Its reputed origins range from an Aztec dish of tomatoes and chilies prepared in anticipation of a victory over the conquistadores (the conquistadores themselves to be the carne) to a brick of dried beef and peppers to be reconstituted on the cattle drive. What is known is that in the 1880’s in San Antonio immigrants from the Canary Islands brought cumin to the mix and on weekends set up stands in the plaza to serve piping hot “bowls of red” to locals and tourists.  The ladies were called Chili Queens and operated well into the 20th Century. But it was the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago that introduced the dish to the rest of America.

As could be expected from a dish that evolved from different traditions, controversy became the side dish. Beans or no beans. Beef or venison. Tomatoes or no tomatoes. Cheese! Sour cream!!  No matter. On a cold winter’s night all Texans, native or transplanted would agree that there is nothing more comforting to the body and soul than a bowl of red. With milk.

Be sure to come to the chili cook off and sample our own Chili Queens’ (and Kings’) take on the dish. All part of our festive Bellaire Club 31st Anniversary celebration April 28 starting after the noon meeting.


Still a few days left in the month to acknowledge milestones of sobriety.

  • Thursday, at the Women’s Emergency Room meeting Angie B. will celebrate three years sobriety.
  • Friday, at  the 10:00 AM Open Door Group Samantha M. will celebrate one year, Kevin B.  11 years and Anson B. 31 years of sobriety.
  • At the Friday 8:00 PM We’ve Only Just Begun Group Shana K. will celebrate two years and Mike P. will be celebrating four years of sobriety
  • Saturday, at Taco John’s Saturday Noon Group, Ben H. willcelebrate his 10 years of 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.


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 Groupthat 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 Meetingis being chaired this month by Arch A. who in his dotage has forgotten who will lead this week
  • Chairing The Thursday Women’s Emergency Room Group, this month is Ginny who has asked Patty to lead Thursday.
  • The Friday Two Dollar Meeting that meets at 12:15 is being chaired this month by Jane E.She has asked Peggy S. to take the lead this Friday.
  • Mary F. will be leading the We’ve Only Just Begun Group birthday meeting Friday at 8:00 PM.
  • Taco John’s Saturday Noon Meeting will be there to celebrate March birthdays.
  • The 11:00 AMSunday Speaker’s Meeting  is being chaired by Doug DeB.  This Sunday he has asked Ray K. to tell his story. With over 24 years sobriety, Ray calls The Spring Branch Memorial Club home.
  • Victoria G. will be chairing The Sunday Noon Meeting in April and she has asked the group founder,  Russell C.  to lead us to better things this Sunday at 12:15.
  • Camora leadingThe Monday Noon Hope and Healing Women’s Group in April. The first Monday speaker this month will be Alice G
  • 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.
  • Beginning its fourth month, The Red-Eye Special Group meets every Wednesdayat 6:30 AM with Larry A. and Robert P. at the wheel. They have invited returning Georgia T. 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 and click on Meeting Schedule.


Word: Psychic  (Greek: mind; soul)
Pronunciation: Si-kick
A.Lying outside the sphere of physical science or knowledge: mental telepathy; mysterious sensitivity, perception, or understanding
B. Of the mind, mental
Use in a sentence:
A. TV’s The Psychic Friends Network was popular in the 1990s.
B. …unless this person can experience an entire psychic change there is very little hope of his recovery.Big Book, page XXVI


Is the glass half full, or half empty? It depends on whether you’re pouring or drinking. Bill Cosby.
Some people see the glass half full. Others see it half empty. I see a glass that’s twice as big as it needs to be. George Carlin.
I have a simple philosophy: Fill what’s empty. Empty what’s full. Scratch where it itches. Alice (“Princess Alice”) Roosevelt Longworth