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Still Standing: Tillman honored by Dallas 24 Hour Club

By Robert Proctor

The Cuero Record

Lee Tillman is probably a name many people throughout Cuero know well. What they may not know, though, is that he founded the Dallas 24 Hour Club in 1969. Started to help those suffering from alcoholism, the club celebrated its 50th anniversary on June 8, where they honored Tillman for his service.

Not only the founder of this club, which has seen over 20,000 go through, Tillman also knows first-hand how alcohol can affect one’s life. On Oct. 23, he celebrated 63 years of sobriety.

“I didn’t think I’d live to be 21,” Tillman stated. “I joined AA [Alcoholics Anonymous] in 1956. I’ve been a member ever since, a sober member. I was fortunate enough to be a member, that’s all. The good that I have gotten out of AA, I have tried really hard to give it away.”

From just a few members back in 1969, the club has grown to now offer housing, services for men and women, and hosts 37 12-Step Recovery Meetings each week. Tillman went to Dallas in 1968 to help with a new business. He noticed many nice AA clubs but not a 24-hour facility.

He realized the need for one, when a club was going to close one night with a man needing help.

“I picked the guy up, talked to him until 11 at night, when they had to close up,” he recalled. “I took the guy home to my apartment. I stayed up almost all night talking to him. I kept him for three days then his relatives took him to a [AA] meeting.

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