Mogollon Sporting Association President Judy Baker lauded the people of Payson when the MSA was inducted Aug. 19 into the Arizona Outdoor Hall of Fame.
She said it was the support of the people that allowed the MSA to successfully carry out its mission of benefiting local youth programs, the Rim Country economy and conservation and wildlife projects.
MSA member Sandee Koon concurred. "Without the community, we couldn't do what we do."
MSA's road to the hall of fame, and two years ago to the Arizona State Schools Public Relation Association's Award Of Merit, is paved with funds earned at its annual spring banquets and a variety of other benefits.
Among those benefits: the MSA's "Great Summertime Give Away," which will culminate at 1 p.m. Oct. 31 with a drawing for a high tech, luxurious hot tub.
The drawing will be held at the Plant Fair Nursery.
Tickets are $50 each, and only 200 will be sold.
The hot tub is a Beachcomber 350 that seats six to eight adults and is equipped with all the bells and whistles, including underwater lighting, therapeutic massage, auto controls, microfilter filtration, 14 ports, ozone machine and a cover.
Setup by a Plant Fair professional is also included. Second prize wins a $200 gift certificate to Plant Fair.
Tickets are available from any MSA member or by calling Jack Koon at (928) 474-1662.
Koon is quick to remind residents that benefits like the annual banquets and raffle allow the MSA to fulfill its mission.
Since the founding of the association more than a decade ago, it has earned about $450,000.
Each spring, MSA profits are tallied and the governing board gathers to consider requests for donations.
There are always plenty of those to consider, mostly because strapped school budgets very rarely fully fund extracurricular activities.
In addition to the donations MSA doles out, members often join forces with game and fish officers, PHS and RCMS athletes, Forest Service employees and other volunteers to do clean-ups and other conservation projects.
"We hope people participate in the raffles and banquets because it allows the MSA to do what it does," Koon said.
Horse clinic set
John Lyons-certified horse trainer Steve Sikora has added a free demonstration to his two clinics to be held Oct. 8 and 9 at the Payson Event Center.
The demonstration, which will include bridleless riding and other equestrian techniques, will begin at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at PEC.
The Payson Parks and Recreation Department will co-sponsor the clinics and demonstration along with Sikora.
Various topics will be covered at the workshops Oct. 8 and 9. The fee for those with horses is $100 per day, or $25 per day for those without horses.
Sikora will remain on site to work individually with those equestrians who are having specific problems with their horses.
To register for the Payson clinics, or for more information, call Sikora at (602) 625-1961. For additional information, call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.