The Payson Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation invites Rim country residents to join the festivities at the annual RMEF Big Game Banquet July 16 at the Mazatzal Casino. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for a no-host happy hour. The dinner, filet mignon, chicken or vegetarian, will be served at 6 p.m. Auctions and raffles will be held later in the evening.
According to RMEF spokesmen Phil Daugherty, one firearm will be given away during the evening for every six to seven persons in attendance.
This year, Payson has been chosen as the chapter to auction the much-coveted Arizona Game and Fish Commission buffalo tag. The hunt, which can be done on any day of the year, is on the House Rock Ranch.
Also to be auctioned is an elk or mule deer hunt on the Navajo reservation.
Daugherty said there will be other hunts, camping equipment, archery, limited edition prints and ladies' items raffled and auctioned during the evening.
Tickets are $70 for a single or $110 per couple, and are available from any RMEF member. The price also includes a membership in RMEF.
The local chapter is in need of volunteers to serve on various committees and to participate in work projects.
For tickets or to help with RMEF, call Daugherty at (928) 478-4458 or Bill Masters at (928) 472-6186.
What is RMEF?
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is an international, mission-based, nonprofit wildlife habitat conservation organization. With more than 132,000 members, the foundation has conserved and enhanced more than 3 million acres of wildlife habitat throughout North America.
Founded in 1984, the foundation is headquartered in Missoula, Mont. with Canadian headquarters in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta.
The Elk Foundation is represented in all 50 states, plus an international membership in Canada and 26 foreign countries. The foundation's notable success stems largely from its dedicated and enthusiastic membership, particularly the foundation's local volunteer committee members who organize annual fund-raising big game banquets in their communities.
According to Daugherty, since 1985, the RMEF has funded 311 projects in Arizona at a value of $14 million.
Diamondbacks have softball
The Arizona Diamondbacks Training Center will host a softball as well as a baseball camp July 11 to July 15 at Rumsey Park. The camps are open to players 6 to 12 years of age. Call (800) 821-7152 for more information.
Teeing off for scholarship
The Jack Morris Memorial Scholarship golf tournament will tee off 7:30 a.m. June 18 at Payson Golf Course.
The entry fee is $85 per player which includes green fees, cart, food and prize money.
The field will be limited to the first 110 golfers who register.
Prizes will include closest-to-the-pin awards on all par-3 holes, longest drive in the fairways and a hole-in-one prize on a preselected hole.
Entry forms are available at the Payson Roundup, 708 N. Beeline Highway.
For more information about the tournament, call tournament director Gary Cordell at (928) 474-4401.
Final youth football sign-up
The Payson Youth Football Association will hold its final player and cheerleader registration from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 9 at Farm Bureau Insurance, 100 W. Roundup Road. Youths 6 to 13 years old are eligible to participate in the league. The fee is $60 for cheerleaders and $70 for players. A discount will be given to families with more than one player or cheerleader participating. Prospective players must bring a copy of their birth certificate to the sign-up.
The association is also seeking a coach for a mighty mite team and a board member. For more information, call Scott Geske at (928) 476-5354 or Angela Parker at (928) 468-6482.
Hawaiian basketball tourney
Payson teens Christina Deaton, Cydney Figueroa, Kayla O'Donnell, Jenna Robertson and Marquel Waterman, have received invitations from Tourney Sport USA to participate in a national championship basketball tournament July 11 to July 19 in Oahu, Hawaii.
To participate, the teens must raise $1,870 each to pay their expenses, which include meals, uniform, awards dinner banquet and lodging.
For donors who would like to help the girls make the trip, an account has been setup at the Payson office of SAFE Q entitled 8th Grade Girls Hawaii Classic. The girls also will do odd jobs to help earn the money needed.
For more information, call Deniese O'Donnell at (928) 978-0477, Melodi Deaton at (928) 970-0790), or Janelle Figueroa at (928) 978-6109.