In Memoriam
Mary Jane K. who usually attended the Friday 8:00 PM Candlelight Meeting. Her sobriety date is May F. 1967. She would have been sober 
45 years next month.
Sober Forever

ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION COUNTDOWN

The day is upon us. Celebrations begin following Taco John’s Noon Meeting. Eating the delicious chili cook-off entries is scheduled to begin at 2:00. Intermittent auctions and raffles will be held throughout the afternoon along with an Open House welcoming those in the recovery community. It will culminate with Wilma W. telling her story at 6:00 PM. From all reports she has quite a story to tell, so it looks like we are in for a treat.
A treat for the eyes awaits us with the work of floral artist Cathy S. Come on out and join the fun.

DRUNK POETS SOCIETY

Make your plans now to attend the special Mother’s Day weekend offering of the Bellaire Club’s Drunk Poets Society. This one entitled, If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Your Mother. That will be Saturday, May 12at 8:00 PM. Artist Baroque F. designed a special flyer for us. Baroque is an established artist whose work has been purchased by the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh.. For those of you not familiar with the art world, that is Andy Warhol’s hometown. Needless to say, the museum owns several of his works as well. Hopefully this will attract many more serious poets and sober quality artists willing to share their talent with us.
In spite of the theme title, your poetry need not be about mother. Much like a meeting leader’s topic, you are free to write about and read anything you want.

APRIL BIRTHDAYS

Please join all who are celebrating years of sobriety at the club, always offering proof that this program works!

  • At the 10:00 AM Open Door Group celebrants will be Cathy S. with 14 years and  Silvia E. with26 years
  • The 6:30 12 & 12 Group will have Samir D. with two years sobriety celebrating this week along with Randy R. withsix years sobriety.
  • Busy time at the Thursday 6:30 PM Women’s Emergency Room Group where celebrants will include Aimee D. with one year of continuous sobriety, Tammy P.  with five years, Amy W.with six years and Aldrinette with 28 years.
  • At Taco John’s Saturday Noon Group, celebrants include Randy R. withsix years andDylan C.with three years sobriety.
  • The Sunday Noon Group will haveVictoria H. celebrating 17 years of sobriety.
  • Scottish Jack would have had 34 years this month. Sober forever.

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.

AND TODAY’S LEADER IS. . .

  • 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.
  • Chairing The Thursday Women’s Emergency Room Group this month is Patty J. who has asked Peggy S.  to be the leader. The meeting starts at 6:30 PM.
  • The Friday Two Dollar Meeting that meets at 12:15 is being chaired this month by Jane E.and Mark W., fast approaching the one year mark, will lead the meeting this Friday.
  • Don’t forget Taco John’s regular Saturday Noon Meeting.
  • At the 11:00 AMSunday Speaker’s Meeting being chaired by Doug DeB., this Sunday Arch A.will be telling his story. Fortuitously, he was asked some months ago and the date happens to fall on the 31th anniversary of the club celebration weekend. With 31 years sobriety, Arch has been with the Bellaire Club from the very beginning and calls The Friday Two Dollar Meeting he founded home as well as The Sunday Noon Group. Or just about any group that does not ask him to leave.
  • Victoria G. is chairing The Sunday Noon Meeting and Bryce G. will be on hand to lead the meeting this Sunday at 12:15.
  • The Monday NoonHope and Healing Women’s Group is being led this month by Camora K.using the new format. Next month Alice G. will be chairing and the First Monday speaker will be Margaret D.
  • 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.will continue to chair the Blankety-Blank It’s Tuesday Noon Meeting even as his buddy and co-chair, Lynn L. moves out of town. Rick has announced that Marie H. will lead the meeting next Tuesday. Come see what is going on.
  • The new and well receivedThe Red-Eye Special Group thatmeets every Wednesday 6:30 AM Group, is beginning its fifth month with Larry A. and Robert P. there to guide it along. Larry A.will lead the meeting Wednesday.
  • 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.

MOUTH OF THE SOUTH

Lynn L., one of the founders of the Blankety-Blank It’s Tuesday Noon Meeting and long time supporter of the Bellaire Club has accepted a position with an architectural firm in Highland Village, a suburb of Dallas. Our best wishes go out to him and Mindy.

WORD OF THE WEEK

Word/term: Whoopee party
Ever been to a “plain ordinary whoopee party?” The Big Book on page 101 says we can go if we have a legitimate reason for being there. Learning what a whoopee party is would constitute a legitimate reason for being there in my book. Is this something we missed out on when we were drinking? No, I’m afraid it does not mean a gathering where everyone sits on whoopee cushions.
From my keyboard research I have found that whoopee means simply uproarious festivity, wild celebrations and merrymaking. The term, whoopee party was made popular by a Mickey Mouse movie,The Whoopee Party released in 1932, the year before the repeal of prohibition and was probably still a popular term when the book was written. I don’t know about you, but it seems to me we did not miss a thing.

PARTING THOUGHTS (ON INSISTING ON ENJOYING LIFE)

When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice Cherokee Proverb
I came into this world black, naked and ugly. And no matter how much I accumulate here, it’s a short journey. I will go out of this world black, naked and ugly. So I enjoy life. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
Live every day as if it were your last, because one of these days you will be right. Author unknown

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