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A HISTORY OF THE CLEAR CREEK CLUB
group of people sharing their Experience, Strength, and
A group [of men and women] who had already sobered up were
meeting regularly every Saturday for coffee at the old Ramada
Inn on NASA Rd. 1 [ since June of 1960 ] which is now the
American Host Motel across from Fuddruckers. They all decided
they need their own place to be able to hold regular A.A.
meetings. So in November 1968 the following 12 men and women:
and Donna M., Meredith J., Harry and Betty C., Katy C.,
Henry and Frances M., Joe R., George and Dorothy K. and
got together and donated the money out of their own pockets
to put up two months rent for a two room space upstairs
in what is now HI-LO [O'Reilly's] Auto Parts on NASA Rd
!. At the time it was Louis Delhomme Marine. They bought
or donated all the furnishings and began holding a regular
Thursday night closed meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous.
first meeting that Dorothy K. went to attend was all men
so she left. She got outside and thought to herself that
had never stopped her from going in a bar, so she went back
and stayed and enjoyed the meeting.
membership grew rapidly and soon there were people standing
on the stairs and all over the place, and it became apparent
that a bigger place would be needed to accommodate so many
members. A big box supper type party was held on Valentine's
Day 1969 to try and raise funds to move to a larger, more
accommodating place. The party was a big success and the
decor of the women's boxes was the topic of discussion for
quite a spell. Enough money was raised and the group moved
to the little building next to HL&P [this building had
a picture window] on NASA Rd 1, now is an antique shop.
moving to this location they started an ALA-NON group also
and they hired their first custodian, a woman. Various forms
of entertainment such as dances, card games, and bingo were
held regularly. There were regular meetings being held by
various groups under different club names. A meeting was
held and it was decided to merge all the different clubs
into one and call it The Clear Creek Club.
first man the group tried to sober up was a man of many
talents. He was given the duty of chairing the regular step
study meeting. He was doing a fine job until he slipped
and got drunk again. However, he showed up to do his duty
and was bound and determined no one was going to keep him
from chairing the step study meeting. So they let him. It
turned out alright. This man sobered up and eventually became
a staunch member and helped many others to recover. He formed
an orchestra and they played regularly for the group. He
also wrote plays and recruited other members to act in them.
He contributed much to the group and is fondly remembered
with much respect by his fellows.
with playing bingo, the dances, plays and other forms of
entertainment, card playing among some members has always
been common. One of the problems with the building was that
the roof leaked. One night during a card game, it fell in
right on top of the card table. Some say this was a message
that was never received for the game just kept on going
and the roof kept on leaking.
On 28 June 1976 Easy Does It, Inc. was formed. The original
board of trustees were as follows:
Roy O., President
purpose of the corporation was to provide educational and
recreational facilities for person, groups, foundations,
and organizations desirous of achieving and maintaining
abstinence from the use of alcoholic beverages.
we got here...
group had about outgrown the facilities in use and the landlord
was very reluctant to make any necessary repairs to the
building so Easy Does It, Inc., purchased the property where
the group now resides [ 1310 Fifth Street, Seabrook Texas
]. The funds for the down payment were out of pocket donations
by members. The group moved in and held a big party on the
4th of July. Since this time the club has always been open
the building was a fertilizer factory and later a sail loft.
When the group moved in there were still some bags of fertilizer
stored in the end of the building where the coffee-and-conversation
room is now and of course there was a terrible smell. It
was readily agreed that this area would be used by the ALA-NONs.
The floor of the building was marine grade plywood and was
torn up and sold to help raise money for the club. One member's
son got a lot of it and built a house with it and today
it is still in good condition. The parking lot in front
of the building was a big mudhole until it was filled in
the years the building has undergone many changes, some
out of necessity. As was stated, card playing by certain
members has always been very common. At one time the club
officers voted to ban this, as it was considered a nuisance
to be playing cards over in the corner while a meeting was
going on. The card players threw a fit. The Agent trustee
[ and also a card player ] came to the rescue and made a
compromise with the card players. If they would refrain
from playing during meetings he would put up a wall and
make a separate room for this activity [at times called
the 'back room' - now it's the non-smoking room]. The officers
didn't like this but the wall remained and the card games
go on. Some say the card players haven't kept their end
of the bargain but no one has gotten drunk over it either.
At least none that we know of. Some of the oldtimers say
there used to be a lot more confrontation than there is
wall erected and re-erected is on the other side of the
main meeting room. It was contained the old coffee-bar and
has been changed, removed, put up & taken down. That
controversial wall now has French doors and leads into the
coffee-and-conversation room [formerly the ALA-NON meeting
new building never originally contained a picture window
like the old club house on NASA 1 ..... but almost got one...
One member having a bad day rammed his [truck] vehicle into
the rear end of his x-wife-to-be's car [a new Buick] and
pushed it through the front wall and window. This historically
became the first drive-in A.A. meeting. Well of course he
went to jail but he agreed to take care of the damages and
was released. This man became and remains a very active
A.A. fellow and is always very willing to help others.
the custodian came out to see the cigarette machine being
loaded in a man's truck. It was moved into the coffee bar
and later taken out altogether.
have been many incidents happen at the Creek which were
very serious at the time but now seem to be quite humorous,
proving maybe, that BANG!! BANG!! BANG!! These Too Shall
Through the years there have been men and women from all
walks of life sober up at "The Creek". Not all have stayed
but many other groups locally have been started by people
who sobered up here at the Clear Creek Club, and then moved
on for whatever reason.
Creek" has quite a reputation nationwide as being a sort
of maverick club being very autonomous. The club is very
well known for it's liberal outlook on members appearance
or their preference of communication. Profanity has always
been acceptable and never used intentionally to offend.
celebrations held on the last Saturday of every month to
mark milestones of sobriety are a tribute to the fact that
what has been happening at "The Creek" is working. Hundreds
of men and women are staying sober.
it is now...
rigorously honest attempt has been made to tell how it was,
and what happened to get us here. These are the facts depending
on which hazy-minded "Drunk" you talk to.
you really want to know how it is now, well, there are meetings
daily. The club is always open and there is someone always
hanging around in the coffee-and-conversation area to talk
just keep coming back and you'll see...
works if you work it.
Thanks for your support.
Provided by Cap'n James, Creek Reporter