What a great event that turned out to be. We had a very respectable crowd and everyone seemed to be having a good time hanging out and noshing on all the goodies we had to offer. The long anticipated, first ever Chili Cook-Off came off with surprising ease. We ended up with ten entries of most acceptable chili.  We took no leftovers!

There could only be three winners and first place went to Felicia B. who won with her Really Chili, an outstanding chicken and bean chili, followed by Arch A. offering his Kick-ass Tex-ass Chili in second place with Mary F.’s Beginner’s Luck Chili coming in third.

Jane E. won the blue ribbon for best decorated site, and following her mother in second place was Mary F. with Julie F., the “domino queen” bringing home third place.

Lots of eating, visiting and playing games in the lounge went on all afternoon, with Bingo and auctions and raffles to keep interest high.

The event culminated with a most dynamic presentation of her story by Wilma W.

From all of this we brought in one of the largest baskets in memory. Treasurer Larry A. reports that so far we show a $1,310 total with $76.00 coming from auctions and $41.00 from Bingo. The Raffle brought in $510.00 and Door and Donations, $638.00. Income from the Special Speakers Meeting is estimated at $45.00

Even with the best of intentions, it seems someone always gets left out when we list the special thanks due to certain individuals who made outstanding contributions toward the success of an event. However, there is no doubt that in this endeavor, one stood out above all others.

Special kudos are due Mary F. She always seems to find the time between managing a challenging and demanding career and full-plated family life to give her all to the club. She almost single handedly organized and led the anniversary celebration to success. Her tireless efforts, giving generously not only of her time but her treasure as well, were most rewarding for the club. Mary looks for what needs to be done and does it or sees that it is done. Thanks, Mary. A grateful club is thrilled you were there.

Others contributing their time and effort setting up were Mary Kate B., Kathleen, Carol, Susan, Robert S. and Genny. There was Cathy S. with her beautiful flower arrangements throughout the club. And Robert P. and Anne Marie K. behind the coffee bar all afternoon. Our chili judges were Delta, Charles, Karen, Kathleen and her husband.  Logan DeV.  helped with the addressing and mailing of invitations.

And, of course, all who attended and gave so generously to the events.


Don’t forget our next great event, the Drunk Poets Society’s Spring offering, If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Your Mother, Saturday, May 12 at 8:00 PM. Since its inception five years ago, the event has drawn more and more outstanding original poetry contributed by sober alcoholics throughout the Houston area. Anyone is welcome to share their work or simply read a favorite poem with special meaning to them. Or, you can come and just listen. We try to create a warm, inviting environment to make everyone comfortable. And seasoned moderator, David D. is always on hand to make certain everything progresses fluidly. In addition, there will be renown Bellaire Club sweets to eat and auction.


Plans are being formulated for a special Game Night or Game Afternoon at the club. Bingo, chess, dominoes, checkers, Scrabble will be available. Watch for date and details.


Actually, an old kid with a new set of threads. The Saturday Speakers Meeting has revised its format and has become a regular Open Discussion Meeting with a Speaker the last Saturday of the month. The group still meets at the regular time, Saturday at 6:30 PM.


We ask that all group chairs, leaders or any responsible person  make sure before locking up the club that the coffee pots are off as well as the lights and AC. A quick run through before locking usually does the trick.


Its graduation time and the newsletter would like to honor with a special section the last week of the month all those who have earned an academic degree since sobering up. Needed are details like degree, field, school, etc. Also included will be those presently working toward a degree. This is a great opportunity to be recognized for your achievements as well as service work to show fellow travelers what can be accomplished in sobriety.


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. Come see how it works.
  • Chairing The Thursday Women’s Emergency Room Group  this month is Ann N. and Thursday’s leader will be Amy.
  • The Friday Two Dollar Meeting that meets at 12:15 is being chaired this month by Jane E. She has asked Bill E.  Bill has been around a long time and has been active in meetings at the Bellaire Club as well as the Men’s Center and other inner city groups.
  • Don’t forget Taco John’s regular Saturday Noon Meeting.
  • The former Saturday Speakers Meeting at 6:00 PM now is an Open Discussion Meeting with a speaker the last Saturday of the month.
  • Our own Davasha S. with 12 years sobriety come Saturday will be telling her story at the 11:00 AM. Sunday Speaker’s Meeting being chaired by Doug DeB. And what a great story that is. The story of a REAL alcoholic with so many strikes against her who overcame it all to be named one of the top five women chefs in Texas.
  • Arch A. is chairing The Sunday Noon Meeting in May and he has asked Mike R. to lead the meeting this Sunday at 12:15. Mike was a fixture at all the noon meetings until he got a job. Still see him on noon weekends, but also at evening and night meetings.
  • The Monday Noon Hope and Healing Women’s Group with its newly revised meeting format is being led this month by Ann N.
  • 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. ‘s bud,  Lynn L. has moved to Dallas, but Robert P. will step in to fill the gap at the Blankety-Blank It’s Tuesday Noon Meeting.
  • The Wednesday 6:30 AM Red-Eye Special Group continues its fifth month with Larry A. and Robert P. there to guide it along. Georgia T. will be leading the meeting for us.

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


Word: Carom
Pronunciation: Kar-uhm
Definition: To collide and rebound; glance. A shot in billiards in which the cue ball strikes two other balls. In pool it is a shot in which an object ball strikes another ball before falling into a pocket.
Use in a sentence: The drunk driver’s car caromed off the guardrail to strike the tree.  Bill says that it was fun to carom around an exclusive golf course. (p. 4)


The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it. Michelangelo
Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out. Robert Collier
Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. Thomas Jefferson
The road to success is always under construction. Lily Tomlin