Ed B. has resigned as president of the Board of Trustees two months before his tenure was up to better concentrate on medical research that has made demands on his time. Vice President Mary F. will continue his duties until the Annual Membership Meeting on August 18th at 1:30. Service work, especially the president’s position, is a thankless job, but certainly all who understand the duties involved quickly respond with praise and gratitude to Ed for all that he has done, not only as president of the board, but his continuous support of the Bellaire Club with his time and with his treasure as well.
LET FREEDOM RING – FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION
Independence and freedom are concepts that resonate in a special way with recovering alcoholics free from our dependence and addiction to drugs and alcohol. The club’s contribution to our nation’s day of celebration is to send out our first Open Mike for Musicians. Similar to our established Drunk Poets Society presentations, musicians are invited to play and sing.
Festivities will begin following the regular Wednesday Noon Meeting with good ole American hot dogs and Frito pies. Everyone is asked to bring favorite side dishes and desserts. A sign up sheet for musicians will be available at the time. Come. Sign up. Share your music. Share your joy. Let freedom ring!
The Board of Trustees at its last meeting noted the success of relying on volunteers instead of paid custodians to handle the coffee bar and general maintenance. Back in the day, all of this was considered 12th Step service work: picking up empty cups, straightening up, making coffee and emptying ashtrays. (That last one really dates your editor!) In practice it became almost a rite of initiation for newcomers who were just learning the spiritual values of obedience from their sponsors. Beginner or not, spiritual or mundane, it remains a valuable and necessary means of contributing to the club.
One suggestion was to always pick one task you would take responsibility for. This could be picking up cups, straightening chairs, emptying garbage, cleaning the coffee bar, etc. Your editor’s weekly (Wednesdays) job is to clean both commodes and lavatories in the restrooms.
Please join all who are celebrating years of sobriety at the club, always offering proof that this program works!
- At the Thursday 6:30 PM Women’s Emergency Room Group, celebrants will be Pam W. with one year, Eleanor with 9 years, Dee with 24 years and Ann N. with 26 years.
- Celebrating with the Doug DeBakey’s Big Book Study Group, 8:00 PM Thursdays will be Wendy S. with three years.
- The 6:30 PM 12 & 12 Group will have celebrants Colin C. with three years and Lawauna S. with 6 years.
- Celebrating with the 10:00 AM Open Door Group will be Santoria with two years.
- The Friday 8:00 We’ve Just Begun Group will see Laura B. celebrate 18 years.
- The Sunday Noon Group will have celebrants Felicia B. with three years, Eleanor with 9 years and Ann N. with 26 years.
- Ernest H. will have four years sobriety this month.
AND TODAY’S LEADER IS. . .
All of the groups meeting at the Bellaire Club need your support. Remember: you may not need a meeting, but you may be needed at a meeting.
- The 12 & 12 Group that meets daily at 6:30 PM, 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 Mary F. who has asked Margaret D. 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 Davasha S.
- Don’t forget Taco John’s Saturday Noon Meeting.
- How many times have you heard old timers say that they wished they had grasped the program when they were young? This Sunday at the 11:00 AM. Sunday Speaker’s Meeting being chaired by Doug DeB. you will get a chance to hear someone who did just that. Dustin W. is 28 and has 11 years sobriety having sobered up when he was 16. The Journey Group is his home group but he can be seen weekends at the PARC.
- Jeff T. is chairing The Sunday Noon Meeting and Arch A. will be on hand to lead the birthday meeting this Sunday at 12:15.
- The Monday Noon Hope and Healing Women’s Group is being led this month by Koi 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. and Robert P. continue to chair the Blankety-Blank It’s Tuesday Noon Meeting.
- The Red-Eye Special Group that meets every Wednesday 6:30 AM with Larry A. and Robert P. there to guide it along. Baroque F. will lead the meeting Wednesday.
- Next Wednesday, Robert P. will chair the Wednesday Noon Meeting, the Where-U-At Group. He has asked Dan T. to lead.
For a complete list of all meetings held at the Bellaire Club, please go to our website bellaireclub.org and click on Meeting Schedule.
PARTING THOUGHTS (ON JUNE WEDDING BELLS)
- A man in the house is worth two in the street. Mae West
- Happy marriages begin when we marry the ones we love and they blossom when we love the ones we marry. Tom Mullen
- There is nothing nobler or more admirable than when two people who see eye to eye keep house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends. Homer: The Odyssey.
- Second marriage: the triumph of hope over experience. Samuel Johnson
- Marriage is the alliance of two people, one of whom never remembers birthdays and the other who never forgets them. Ogden Nash