March 7th, 2013

Greetings all!

Got a few updates, and some folks haven’t sent them in, soooo here goes!
….(speaking of updates, if there are new chairs, leaders, or announcements, please let us know at .

Yeah, man, I noticed that the can is tilted a weeee bit much over the USA.
What is up with THAT!? Ah, well. Looks like the majority of them got poured into in Canada.
Guess we’re safe for a little while. 🙂


I hope you consider joining me at the 50 Years of Miracles Convention, March 8-10. This convention is going to have more going on at it than any I’ve ever seen or heard about. You can register at

The convention is being held at the Westin, Memorial City, which is a beautiful hotel – An AAA 4 Diamond beauty that normally goes for $229-$279 per night. The special convention rate is $92. The speakers include (Friday night) Dave J. whose father, Larry J. was responsible for bringing A.A. to Houston and then having it spread throughout Texas. Dave’s been sober over 56 years now and really has some stories to tell. There’s going to be a huge talent show and we’ll be showing movies including the new Bill W. Documentary and Flight. Of all of the conventions around…this one simply shouldn’t be missed. I hope to see you register. Let me know if you have any questions. (Sent in by Mary F.)

New Meeting Announcement(s)
(as in, now there are TWO!)

Midtown Secularists Tuesdays 7:30PM @ First Unitarian Universalist Church: Mostly in the Fireside Room, sometimes in room 304.
5200 Fannin @ Southmore, Houston Tx 77004….Open Discussion “We honor the AA policy of not being allied with any religious sect or denomination.”
“We welcome all non-theists and non-theist ‘friendly’ people seeking to stay sober”. Enter on Fannin. Wheelchair accesible,
free parking off-street in the same block with church. Lite-rail Museum District stop Bus#1 Hospital

Agnostics and Atheists in Alcoholics Anonymous:
8:00PM Wednesdays (Beginning March 6th 2013 at Lambda Center, 1201 West Clay, Houston Tx 77019, 713-521-1243)
Certain? Uncertain? Somewhere in between? OMG this is YOUR meeting!
A&A in AA focuses on issues concerning Athiests, Agnostics, Materialists, and Secular Humanists…and of course everyone is welcome!
Half-hour speaker meeting, half-hour discussion. Come and be with people who also believe in an alternative Higher Power; Good, Love, Life Force, the Group,
School us on your Higher Power, chances are some of us agree….
And for your ‘sobering’ news and entertainment, 2 new websites I found that are quite cool!
Enjoy! I will try to find interesting websites here and there, post them in the newsletter, and who knows, maybe they will be deemed worthy to add to our main website’s links area




Join the Bellaire Club” – $20.00 per month or $200 for the year. 

It’s a great way to participate in your recovery and to help keep the doors open at the Bellaire Club.

March Birthdays: (so far….)

Samantha M. w/2 yrs
Laura F w/3 yrs
Alice (in Wonderland) G. w/12 yrs
Mary H w/1 yr



Movie Night this Saturday Night March 9th features a movie From Jonathan L’s collection, he just wasn’t able to get me the update in time! Make it out on March 9th,
and bring some folks with you,.. and as always, the movie is free, kid friendly, and the Popcorn $1.00!!!

Meeting Announcements

Margaret D. chairs the Sunday Noon Meeting (12:15) in March. I didn’t find out who she has set to lead the meeting, but I’m sure it
will be a nice surprise:-)

The Women’s Hope & Healing meeting for March, Mondays at 12:00 noon in the small meeting room, will be chaired by Mary H.
Davasha will be telling her story March 11th, and from what little she’s told me about what she was like and what she’s like now, it will be excellent.

At the same time there is the Monday Men’s Meeting at noon in the big meeting room, just unsure who is heading that up this month.

Tuesday Noon: there is a Meeting and is really needing some support.

Tuesday Night 8:00PM is Scottish Jack’s Big Book Study with Scott T. at the helm. It’s always a great weeknight meeting, and for those of you who haven’t opened your
Big Book lately…here’s your chance.

Wednesday 6:30am “Red-eye Special” meeting. It’s a small but happy meeting that really needs the support of a few more early risers. Thanks!

Also, Bryce G. will be chairing the Wednesday ‘nooner‘ meeting for the month of March. Come on over and participate!

Also needing an update on who is handling the Wednesday 8:00 ask-it basket this month.

Robert P. chairs/leads the Thursday noon meeting, always a great meeting, so make it to this one!

The Doug D’B Meeting on Thursday 8:00 is always a great mid-week meeting to catch. Besides that, Doug’s accidental irreverent wit will keep you in stitches.

Arch A. is chairing the Friday Two Dollar Meeting (12:15) for the month of March. Rick W. will lead Friday 8th, and the topic will be “Releasing the chains.”

Friday Night 8:00 is the “We’ve Just Begun” meeting. This is a great meeting if you are new to sobriety, and really looking for others to connect with.
Besides finding others that are new, you will find others with long term sobriety that come especially to be of some kind of service to newcomers. If you are looking
for a sponsor, this is also a good meeting to find one in.


Saturday Night, Ashli L. now chairs the 6:30 Speaker Meeting, and she’s told me she will be rotating each Saturday with an ‘old timer’ and a newcomer.
This Saturday, the speaker will be….DOH! Didn’t get the update! :-/

Al M. chairs the Sunday 11:00 Speaker Meeting. He hasn’t announced who it will be , but he’s been around quite awhile and i’m sure Al
will pleasantly surprise us. 11AM Sunday March 10th.

It helps to be redundant with this one: Friday and Sunday “noon” meetings start at 12:15 and end at 1:15.

If you’re new to the mailing list, definitely head back to the our main website and check the meeting schedule for other meetings listed.
Also, let us know if you have something special going on in your home group, or you wish to announce any changes within a certain meeting.
Send it to
Just get it in no later than Wednesday night by around 10:00pm.

And now I leave you then with this quote , from Psychologist Carl Jung. He and Bill W. communicated quite regularly while working
on keeping A.A. going, and Jung was quite helpful to Bill in formulating, along with others, what we know today as A.A….
“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”

So far, that’s about it for now. More to come!


*The 12 x 12 Group meets daily at 6:30 p.m. Sunday through Friday.

*The Open Door Group meets at 10 a.m. daily.

  • There are also daily meetings at 8 p.m. Consider attending:
    • The Peace of Mind Group meets Sunday.
    • The God Squad meets Monday.
    • The Scottish Jack Big Book Study meets Tuesday.
    • The “Ask-It Basket” Group meets Wednesday.
    • The “Doug d’B Big Book Study meets Thursday.
    • The “We’ve Just Begun” Group for beginners meets Friday.
    • The Good Word candlelight meeting is on Saturday.

And, here are the notable nooner meetings,…actually, they’re ALL notable, especially
when you really need a good “nooner” 😉

  • The Sunday Noon Group meets at 12:15 Sundays.
  • The Monday Men’s AA Meeting is held at noon Monday.
    The Women’s Hope and Healing Meeting also at noon Monday.
  • The Tuesday Noon Group meets at noon Tuesdays.
  • The Noon Wednesday meeting is held at noon Wednesday.
  • The Women’s ER Group meets every Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
  • The Men’s meeting also meets Thursday 6:30 in the other room.
  • The Friday $2 Meeting meets at 12:15 Friday.
  • The Saturday Noon Group meets every Saturday at noon.
  • The Saturday Speaker Meeting is at 6:30 p.m.

    These are Highlights of some meetings, but definitely check the main website at for the complete schedule.