New year brimming with people to see, places to go


by Myndi Brogdon
If you've resolved this year to meet new people, be more active in your community or donate to worthy causes, Pine and Strawberry are busting at the seams with activities, organizations and service groups.

If you need something to do, want to meet some new friends or just want to get involved in the community, check out this list. If you see a group that sparks your interest, call the numbers provided or drop in for a meeting.

All of these groups and organizations are actively looking for new members.

Daily events

  • Senior center -- You can get a great hot lunch and visit with friends in the senior center dining room every weekday at noon. The senior center offers annual memberships to residents 50 years and older for $5. The center charges members $3 and non-members $4 for lunch.

For daily menus, or to make a reservation, call 476-2151.

Weekly events
• Canasta -- A nonsmoking bunch of women gather at 1 p.m. every Tuesday at thesenior center to play canasta. Call Willene Smith at 476-3587 for information.

• TOPS -- Taking Off Pounds Sensibly meets at 8 a.m. every Wednesday at the Mormon Church. This is a great place for group support. For more information, call Shirley Conklin, 476-3024.

• Kiwanis -- The Rim Country Kiwanis Club meets for a lunch meeting at noon every Tuesday in the Kiwanis Building in the back of the Pine Community Center. This community service group always welcomes new members.

• Bingo -- Our local Kiwanis also sponsor weekly games of bingo. Beginning at 6 p.m. every Saturday night, Kiwanis members call out the numbers in the Kiwanis Building at the community center. Everyone is welcome. The money raised goes right back into the community.

Bimonthly events

  • Strawberry Patchers -- Fans of quilting gather at 9 a.m. on the first and third Thursday of each month in the arts-n-crafts room at the community center. Members make quilts for themselves and forworthy causes.

For more information, call chairwoman Marlene Bonney at 476-4711.

Monthly events

  • Computer club -- A computer club meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month in the Pine-Strawberry School conference room to discuss, learn and ask questions about the Internet and computers. This is your chance to learn about downloading, zip drives, windows, viruses and more. Get a jump on those young people in your life and let them know you can surf with best of them.

Call Harley Follmer, 476-4720, or Ed Morrow at 476-0810.

• Pine-Strawberry Arts-n-Crafts Guild -- Each year the P-S Arts-n-Crafts Guild hosts three craft fairs at the community center. The group is always interested in new talent.

Members hold a general meeting at 10 a.m. the last Friday of each month in the arts -n- crafts room at the community center. For more information, call Geri Gillmore at 476-3677.

• P-S Pantry -- The Pine-Strawberry Food Bank meets at 1:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at the community center. Always looking for new members and help, the group wanted to pass on a thank-you to the community for its overwhelming support this past holiday season. Interested folks can call Joy Knapheide at 476-3042 for more information.

• Pine-Strawberry Archeological and Historical Society -- The P-S Archeological Historical Society meets at 1 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month in the P-S Museum at the community center and the public is invited. For more information, a list of activities or to become a member, call Melvin Van Vorst at 476-4791.

• Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library -- The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library Board of Trustees meets at 9 a.m. on the third Tuesday of each month in the Pine Museum at the community center. For information, call Board President Melvin Van Vorst at 476-4791.

The Friends of the Library meet at 1 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month in the Kiwanis Building at the community center. There is usually an entertaining speaker, and often there is a potluck. This group supports the library with fund-raisers and volunteers. For information, call 476-3678.

For those who can't make it to the Library -- Jerry Hatch provides a Books on Wheels service. Books can be delivered and picked up for those with physical handicaps or special needs. Call 476-2071 for more information.

• Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce --The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce holds public mixers monthly at different businesses. The P-S office located inside the Pine Museum at the community center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every business day. Call 476-3547, or 474-4515 for more information.

• PSIA -- The Pine-Strawberry Improvement Association meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month in the P-S School conference room. Most recently, PSIA helped Gila County secure a site for a fire-protection water reservoir in Strawberry. All residents are invited to become members. Call Barbara Johnson at 476-4300 or Lin Miller at 476-5934 for more information.

  • Tonto Rim Search and Rescue -- The guys in orange, also known at the Tonto Rim Search and Rescue Squad, meet at 7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at a posted location. In January, the meeting will be held at the Courtyard Apartments Dining Hall in Payson. Call for next month's meeting location.

This all-volunteer group spends a great deal of time, money and effort, training to rescue those of us who get stranded in the woods. For more information, call Commander Mike Taylor at 476-4947.

• Emergency Task Force -- The Pine-Strawberry Emergency Task Force meets at 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month in the meeting room at the fire station on Hardscrabble Road in Pine. This group of volunteers is organizing and training to respond to community-wide disasters. This group also was responsible for the funding and installation of the Pine-Strawberry Community Alert Siren System.

• CERCA -- The Community Educational Recreational Cultural Association meets at 3 p.m. the second Monday of every month in the senior dining room. This group oversees the activities at the community center, including the cultural hall, museum, thrift store and senior center. All residents are welcome to be members. Call Andy Ooms at 476-2164 for more information.

Elected governing bodies

  • Pine-Strawberry are not incorporated townships. They are not governed by town councils. But civic-minded individuals can run for 17 positions on three governing boards. These three boards oversee the fire department, the school and the water district. The public is always invited to attend their open meetings. Agendas are typically posted in advance at the post office and the community center.

• Fire department -- The Pine-Strawberry Fire Department Governing Board meets at 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of every month. The board's five members are elected by the residents of Pine and Strawberry and they meet in a public meeting.

• Pine-Strawberry Elementary School -- This is another governing board made up of five elected officials. The Pine-Strawberry School Governing Board meets at 4 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month in the school's conference room.

Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District -- The district in made up of seven elected officials. It's governing board meets at 1 p.m. the second Saturday of the month in the meeting room at the fire station on Hardscrabble road in Pine.

If I've overlooked your club or organization, let me know and I'll include it in a future column.

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