Welcome to the Griffoun Society

An Unincorporated Association of Artists, Writers, and Students of the Humanities

Chronicle

The Griffoun Society was first established in 1967. It was known then as the Griffin Roundtable and consisted of fewer than a dozen members, who met weekly in the coffee shop of the old Griffin Building in Dallas, Texas, to discuss not only art and literature but also alternative lifestyles and non-traditional forms of marriage, free schools, utopian experiments, humanistic and existential psychology, rational philosophy, secularism, and even liberal non-theistic religion.

Upon relocating to Austin in 1971, the club's name was changed to Gryphon Society. Only later was it learned that a debate club at Oxford University was using that same name. We then decided to change our spelling to Griffoun Society.

During the 1970s club membership grew to over one hundred; by 2001 membership numbered almost two hundred.  A clubhouse near the main University of Texas campus featured a luxurious reading room and a plush saloon bar, where non-alcoholic beverages, including Near Beer and alcohol-free wines, were served and conversation could be enjoyed in a cozy, civilized atmosphere.  In the 1980s a spa and several cooperative art and photography studios were added to that facility.

Unfortunately, after the dawning of the new millennium, our clubhouse suffered two fires. The first was costly, but recovery seemed possible. The second fire, a few years later, totally destroyed the building, and membership quickly declined.

Today, we are attempting to revive our club in Houston, Texas.  We'd dearly love for you to join us and be a part of whatever comes next for us.

 Raison d’ être

Article 5 of the Griffoun Society Charter:

The purpose of the Griffoun Society shall be to promote the Arts and Humanities for the cultural enrichment of our city and state by means of artistic and literary salons, discussion groups, lectures, colloquia, book fairs, public readings, art exhibitions, camera and sketchbook outings, life-model sessions, discussion groups, museum tours, field trips, and publishing.

A Tradition of Non-Tradition
From the very earliest days of our club's existence, our members have made a point to respect and even to explore alternative regimens, unconventional lifestyles, and non-traditional approaches to education, psychology, and other disciplines.  It is hardly surprising, therefore, that refreshments at all our events include NA (non-alcoholic) beer and alcohol-free wines.  We don't like to see anyone (non-drinkers, for instance) left out.
Jean Cocteau:  "Art is a priesthood."  
WebSite Manager: Xiomara Antonia Roma
 

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