Founders Club room focuses on local recovery history

By February 1, 2011News

Off the main lobby of Charlie’s Place is a special room called “The Founders’ Club” dedicated to the founders of Charlie’s Place. Open every Thursday from 2-4 pm, the room provides a quiet space for clients or others to view artifacts and memorabilia saved by several of the founders. In addition to reading materials, 450 recorded talks by local and national members of AA/NA are available via audio machines.

The historical information relates to Charlie’s Place, AA and recovery history in the Coastal Bend. Browse through news clippings of local AA events, documents related to the beginning of Charlie’s Place when it was called a “Halfway House,” the slogans taken from the walls of the old 18th Street Club, all four editions of the “Big Book” including Charlie’s own personal copy, and many other interesting souvenirs.

Bob Beck, one of the individuals in the group that founded Charlie’s Place, saved everything related to Charlie’s Place and AA, including recorded talks given at meetings, jamborees and state and international AA conventions. Through the papers and documents he saved, the history of Charlie’s Place can be traced from the original 24-Hour Club to the present. Beck, who served faithfully on the Charlie’s Place board for almost 41 years, passed away on February 22, 2008, but his influence lives on in the growth, expansion and stability of Charlie’s Place.

Charlie’s Place appreciates donations and encourages Charlie’s Place alumni or other founders’ families to add to the Founder’s Club collection. Furniture such as chairs, reading lamps, ends tables are needed for the room, and bookcases are needed to display the growing collection. After the tapes are cataloged, audio machines will also be needed.

If you have anything to offer, be assured that it will be carefully preserved and displayed with an acknowledgement of the person who contributed it. If you have something to donate, call Shevaun Beck at (361) 215-9035 and she will arrange to have your contributions to the collection picked up.

Although the Founders Club is housed at Charlie’s Place, it is an archive for the whole Coastal Bend AA/NA community, and anyone is welcome to use it. Charlie’s Place cannot fund it so monetary contributions are gratefully accepted. In addition to Thursdays from 2-4 pm, the Founder’s Club room is available by appointment by calling Mrs. Beck at (361) 215-9035.

– Dr. Shevaun Beck, Charlie’s Place Executive Board Member