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History of the Westside Club, Georgetown
As Recalled by George T.
the early spring of 1981, Doug M. asked Victor B. why we
did not have a club on the West side of Washington DC. Victor's
answer was "We can do that if we don't drink."
This came about because DC only had one club, the Metropolis
Club. Other clubs had started in both Virginia and Maryland.
and Victor approached Glenn T. who had gotten sober at the
Metropolis Club. In the meantime, George T. had been associated
with the Men's Home in Virginia and had some business knowledge
necessary for running a Club for Twelve Step recovery. The
four of these men met after the 8:30 meeting held at Foxhall
on Monday night for about six months. Others attended and
it was decided that $5,000.00 in seed money would be needed
to open the doors of a new club in northwest DC. They approached
100 people asking for donations of $50.00 each. When they
had collected $2,900.00, they were anxious to start, but
someone encouraged them to stick to their original goal
for the money needed to start a club.
October of 1981, these four men signed a lease for $15,000
per year for space in the basement of 2430 Pennsylvania
Avenue. The first meeting brought in six dollars. The entrance
for this room was through the lobby of a hotel, and the
hotel asked the club to find another location. In February
of 1983 we moved to the second floor of 1424 Wisconsin Avenue,
NW. The original business structure had to be redone.
January of 1990 we signed a 5-year lease with a 5 year option
with the American Security Bank for space on the second
floor of 1341 Wisconsin Avenue, NW. There was a three-month
construction project to make the club what it is today.
Since this is now a part of the real estate, the bank gave
us free rent for 27 months. There was a period of time when
we were behind in our rent and the bank had issued an eviction
notice. Fortunately God had the right people in the right
places and we were able to overcome the situation.
two strong meetings at the Westside Club, Attitudes and
Actions at 7:00 a.m. and the Bagel Meeting at 10:30 a.m.
on Sundays were both started at this new location at 1431
all clubs we live 24 hours at a time.
list of “Defects
of Character” hangs on the wall of the
Westside Club in Georgetown. (pdf)
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