September 5th, 2013

Greetings all!


On the edge of seasonal change, Autumn is just a moment away.


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

It’s a great way to participate in your recovery by giving back
and to help keep the doors open at the Bellaire Club.
It helps us
purchase supplies, pay utilities, literature and Big Books, etcetera.


Intergroup Phones September 6th through the 8th!!
Sign-up sheet should be at the coffee bar!
What an awesome way to be of service, to be the
sober voice on the other end of the phone when
someone is desperately looking for help.

Fireside chat with the president…of the board of trustees.

(If you are old enough to remember that reference, you probably
can’t remember what you ate for breakfast.)

What a great day the Labor Day Fiesta was for us! After two great women’s
and men’s meetings to get us pumped up, we all sang a spirited
America the Beautiful
before food serving began. In no time the line was literally out the front door. Steve
counted 90 and I counted 92. (How close is that!) We had a lot of people who only
attended the meetings and with stragglers,  I think it is safe to say attendance was well over 100.

The food was outstanding, thanks to Rick W. who brokered a deal with Demeris to bring
us 35 lbs. of superb beef and chicken fajitas and all the club members who provided the side
dishes and condiments. None of us (except for
Rick W.) was prepared for that crowd and we
began to run out of sides before serving ended.

Under Alice G.’s guidance the serving moved at a furious pace with the most capable
assistance of
Margaret D., Mary H., Jeff T., Larry A., Logan DeV. and of course,
Dinah M. on the donations box and VP Robert P. juggling trash cans behind the scene.

Even while some were still in line to eat we were treated to the audience pleasing sounds
Kindred Spirits, now a certified T-shirt and CD selling (see Rebecca S. for details) group
of talented musicians. When their mouths were no longer full, the audience was asked to join in
singing some of the offerings. Thanks to the band and
Rebecca S. for getting it together for us.

Special thanks to Cathy and her friend who spent an afternoon decorating the small
meeting room and
Kern V. who spent endless hours on a stepladder to make the place festive
and attractive.  And
Kern and his mother who guided the children in making elastic jewelry.
Scott T. and his clean up crew who left the place looking like nothing had ever happened
there. Great job everyone.

A debt of gratitude is owed our club Cassandra, Johnny Miller who predicted the
exceptional crowd. That’s why we did not run out of meat!

And a special thanks to all the Bellaire Club members and friends who helped support
this major undertaking with their time, talent and treasure.

And let us not forget the discovery of the decade. You know the dilemma of trying to
keep food warm for these events without a stove and oven in the club? You can keep the food
hot or warm in the trunk of a large (preferably black) car. The cowboy beans were heated
early in the morning in a pressure cooker (for transporting foods with lots of liquid without
spilling) and were still hot at serving time. The meats were kept warm the same way. Another
benefit of living in Hot Houston.

To say the event was NOT a huge success would be to be so nit-picky as to be
inconsequential. We have a great club here with a super hard working Board of Trustees.
We have an unbelievable diversity of vibrant groups that can co-exist under one roof and
come together to celebrate the joys of sobriety. We are not a glum lot. Nor are we a
one- note flute. We have a great thing going here. The Bellaire Club rocks! The word
in the halls was that the Bellaire Club is going places. Thanks to its members and friends
I have no doubt we will.


Keep those updates comin’ folks!
….(speaking of updates, if there are new chairs, leaders, or sobriety birthday
, please let us know at .


September Birthdays:

(They’re comin’, just need to write down what’s on the white board)
Also, if you ARE a September B-DAY send me your first name, last initial and
length of time in years at


Meeting Updates (if any) for September…
We have 6:30pm meetings each night of the weeks as well,
please feel free to tell me who is handling them!

Thursday: the 5th
Robert P. chairs/leads the Thursday noon meeting, always a great meeting, so make it to this one!

Brian K now heads up the Thursday 6:30PM Men’s Meeting.

Thursday evening Women’s ER 6:30, always a full house for this one.
Leslie has been chairing, this week Mary F. leads.

The Doug D’B Meeting on Thursday 8:00 is always a great mid-week meeting to catch.

Friday Two Dollar Meeting (12:15Arch A is chairing, and Zola C will
lead us on to better things.
(I really love this meeting when I can get to it!)

We’ve Just Begun 8:00pm. The chair is Donald S, and Leading: Laurie C.
Focus is on the first 3 steps, with many side topics explored as well.

Taco John
is still doing the deal at 12:00 noon on Saturday.

Saturday Night, Donald S. chairs 6:30 Speaker Meeting, with NY Teddy C
as the guest speaker for 9/7, with 13 years sobriety. Following the 6:30 Speaker meeting is the
Candlelight 8:00, after that at 9:30 our Saturday Night Movie.
Sorry, no titles have been given me lately, you’ll just have to call
the club before you get there at 713-771-3370 to find out.

Sunday:  the 8th
The 12:15 Meeting
– This Sunday marks the beginning of a week of AA Birthday nights, so
make it by your favorite meetings and congratulate the celebrants! Logan D will chair for
the month of September,and her leader this week is Alejandra W

11:00AM Speaker Meeting Chair: Al M —Speaker: TBA

Monday Noon Hope & Healing Women’s meeting chair/leader  is Alice G, and she has a great speaker lined up. Y’all come!

Larry A is still leading the Monday Men’s Luncheon Meeting. It is customary to bring and eat your lunch during the meeting.
Great for those with time restraints.
See you men, Monday Noon

Robert P and Rick W co-chair the Cookie Tuesday Noon Meeting for this month.
Maybe it will become a tradition 😉

8:00PM is Scottish Jack’s Big Book Study with Scott T. at the helm.

Wednesday the 11th :
6:30am “Red-eye Special” meeting is continuing to grow.

Wednesday Noon “Where You At” Group – Mary H will be heading this up
until further notice. If you know who she is, you know it will be a good one. Show up
and ‘keep it real’.

Ask-it Basket Wednesday 8:00PM Chair: Carrie Leader: Ed B. YAY! Looks like Ed has found someone to chair
the meeting for now, so, welcome Carrie!

Just to note: 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.

Thought for the day:

“The temporary or seeming good can often be the deadly enemy of the permanent best.”

 AA Co-Founder, Bill W., January 1955
“Why Alcoholics Anonymous is Anonymous”
Language of the Heart


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.