Welcome, kids and parents, to the Payson Roundup's newest weekly feature, The Birthday Club which, as far as clubs go, is far better than the Breakfast Club, the Mickey Mouse Club, and the 700 Club.
Why? Because by joining The Birthday Club, the Rim country's youngest birthday revelers can not only get a celebratory photograph of themselves published in the Roundup, but also a free ice cream cone from Dairy Queen.
"This is a free service we, as a community newspaper, want to provide for our readers," Roundup publisher Richard Haddad said, " just because we think it's a fun way to wish our Rim country children a happy birthday.
"We're grateful to Charlie at Dairy Queen for his offer to provide a free ice cream treat for the children who appear in our birthday club feature."
So there you have it a newspaper feature which offers children the two things they crave most: celebrity and dessert.
Here are the general details, guidelines and rules on how parents can help their children take full advantage of a membership in The Birthday Club:
1. The Birthday Club will be a regular weekly feature, appearing in the Roundup each Tuesday.
2. The Roundup will accept photographs submitted by a parent or legal guardian, of children age 12 and under.
3. Photos will be accepted in person, by e-mail or by mail. The newspaper cannot shoot photos for this feature.
4. Photos will publish the week of the child's birthday; belated photos will not be accepted.
5. Submitted photos must be accompanied by the child's first and last name, as well as the child's birth date.
6. Photos can be picked up at the Roundup office after scanning, or will be gladly returned if a self-addressed, stamped envelope is provided.
7. Photos will be published along with the child's name, birthday and age.
8. Each child featured in the Birthday Club will be entitled to a free ice cream cone from Dairy Queen. The child need only present the printed newspaper clipping with his photo at the Dairy Queen store on Highway 87 in Payson.