Welcome to the Griffoun Society

A Cooperative 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

The Griffoun Society, although firmly committed to Humanism, Rationalism, and Progressive Values, has no specific political or religious agenda.  Our mission is fourfold:

1.  to provide our members the opportunity for friendly social interaction in a comfortable environment conducive to intellectual and artistic growth,

2. to encourage cooperation and mutual assistance between members,

3. to facilitate collaborations between creative individuals in complementary fields,

4. and to benefit our local community and the human family worldwide through promotion and support of the Arts as a means of expressing progressive values. 

Activities of the Griffoun Society have traditionally included salons and roundtable discussion groups, lectures and demonstrations, classes and instruction, drawing, painting and photography sessions, dinner parties, picnics, field trips or outings, art exhibitions, concerts, poetry readings, and publishing.

A Tradition of Non-Tradition
From the very earliest days of our club's existence, we 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 non-alcoholic beer alcohol-free wines.
Jean Cocteau:  "Art is a priesthood."  
WebSite Manager: Xiomara Antonia Roma
 

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