Week of June 28 – July 4

AND THE BAND PLAYED ON

Big goings on at the Bellaire Club for the Fourth of July holiday next Wednesday. The highlight will be the first ever Bellaire Club Musicians Open Mike. You are invited to come on out and let us hear you music or come out and listen to the music. Amps, hand drums and acoustic guitars will be provided. If you have a song in your heart, bring it up to your lips or hands and let us know it.

The fun will begin following the holiday edition of the Wednesday Noon Where-U-At Group chaired by Robert P. and led on this very special day by our own Ed B.

We will also have traditional hot dogs – Hebrew National’s, to be exact. These provided by Russell C. Frito Pies, watermelon and just about any side dish and dessert that strikes the fancy of our club members to bring will complete the feast. Come. Share your music. Share your joy. Share your food. Eat with your friends. Let freedom ring!

LAST SATURDAY GAME AND CUPCAKE SOCIAL

Don’t forget that the second monthly Game and Cupcake Social honchoed by Jonathan L. has been moved to the last Saturday of the month following the noon meeting.  That will be this coming Saturday. The event will include Bingo, Chess, Checkers, Dominoes or Poker or any other game members can get going. In addition, Sarah L.’s to die for cupcakes will make you wish we did this every Saturday.

IT IS ABOUT THE MONEY!

Ouch!  A large chunk of our change just went out to cover the filing costs of establishing our 501(c)(3) status with the IRS. We are apparently in the home stretch of finally bringing about something you editor started when he was president of the board back in 1985. It has been picked up periodically. And subsequently dropped for varied reasons.

What does it mean?  501(c)(3) is one of the IRS tax code sections for non-profit organizations. Being non-profit does not mean that we will not be able to show a profit. It means simply that any profits generated must go back into the operation of the organization. In other words, we cannot sell stock or shares in the Bellaire Club and pay dividends.

It is far more than a status symbol. Once we have our 501(c)(3), all donations to the club can be claimed on the donor’s tax return. But what will eventually pay for the expenditure is that we will become a card carrying, tax-exempt organization which means we will not have to pay sales taxes on any purchases for the club. Anyone who has made a “Sam’s run” through the years can really appreciate that.

MEANWHILE , BACK TO THAT MONEY GAP. . .

Treasurer Larry A. reports we are not broke, but our cushion has deflated somewhat and he would be comfortable if it were brought back up. What can we do to help? One way would be to be extra generous when the basket is passed. Another would be to stop by the club bulletin board and check your status as a dues paying member of the club. A shocking number of blanks was noticed. Bringing your dues up to date, paying your dues for a year or joining the club if you do not already belong would be a tremendous help.

WHAT’S IN A NAME?

The 12 x 12 Group that meets daily at 6:30 PM (except Saturdays) has officially changed its name to The Bellaire Club 12 x 12 Group. This is a long established group that came to us from the old Houston-Western Club. The name and the group does the club proud.

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 Bellaire Club 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.
  • Arch A. chair of the Thursday Noon Meeting has asked Kern V. to lead.
  • Chairing The Thursday Women’s Emergency Room Group this month is Mary F. who has invited Angie B. to be the leader. The meeting starts at 6:30 PM.
  • The Friday Two Dollar Meeting that meets at 12:15 is being chaired  by Davasha S. and the ever dependable Ann N.  will lead the meeting this Friday.
  • Don’t forget Taco John’s regular Saturday Noon Meeting.
  • The group formerly known as the Saturday Speakers Meeting at 6:30 PM now is an Open Discussion Meeting with a speaker the last Saturday of the month
  • The 11:00 AM. Sunday Speaker’s Meeting is being chaired by Doug DeB. and he has scheduled Esper G. to tell her story. With 19 years sobriety, her home group is The Journey Group and you may also see her at The Drifters on Friday Nights. Esper also does lots of neat service work including making birthday certificates for her home group as well as making magnets with meaningful expressions on them that she gives away for free.
  • Russell C. is chairing The Sunday Noon Meeting  he founded over ten years ago and Peggy S. will be on hand to lead the meeting this Sunday at 12:15.
  • The Monday Noon Hope and Healing Women’s Group will be led in July by Adrienne W.  Adrienne will also be the first Monday speaker. 
  • And over on the men’s side, at The Monday Men’s MeetingLarry A. or Barry K. are manning up and leading the group.
  • Rick W. and Robert P.  will continue to chair the lively Blankety-Blank It’s Tuesday Noon Meeting
  • The Red-Eye Special Group that meets every Wednesday at 6:30 AM, is celebrating its seventh month with Larry A. and Robert P. there to guide it along. It’s the Fourth of July holiday so get up and come see what it is all about. They have asked Sonja M. to take the lead Wednesday.
  • Robert P. will chair the Wednesday Noon Meeting, the Where-U-At Group and has announced that for the special Fourth of July meeting,  Ed B. will be the leader.

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 FREEDOM)

  • In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved. Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it. William Faulkner
  • Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better. Albert Camus
  • Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose. Janis Joplin
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