Plenty Of Rim Groups Offer Senior Outlets



To note that the Rim Country has many clubs and service organizations would be an understatement. To single out some that are just for seniors would be ridiculous. The following is simply a list of clubs whose primary purpose is social, when they meet and why.

Classic Auto Club


Whether its a love of the horseless carriage or horses of the four-footed kind, there is probably a club or organization where those of a like heart can get together.

The Rim Country Classic Auto Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month at Mazatzal Casino's entertainment room.

Payson Womans Club

Payson Womans Club meets at 1 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Womans Club building, 510 W. Main St. We would like to invite all ladies to join us.

For more information, call (928) 474-5999.

Strawberry Patchers

The Strawberry Patchers, a chapter member of Arizona Quilt Guild, meets at 9 a.m. the first and third Thursday of every month in the Kiwanis room of the Pine Cultural Center.

If interested, contact Sandy Tower at 476-5727.

Payson Horseman's Association

Payson Horseman's Association meets at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at Tiny's Restaurant on East Highway 260.

We cover all disciplines, including dressage, jumping, driving, endurance and trail -- competitive as well as just for fun.

We get together for rides, and to provide education on various aspects of owning a horse, mule or donkey.

For more information, call Cindy Love at (928) 479-3221 or email

German-American Club

The German-American club meets the third Monday of every month at Tiny's Restaurant. Dinner is at 6 p.m. and the meeting is at 7 p.m.

Everyone is welcome to join us. Meetings are held in English. German lessons are available.

Please call Alfred with any questions, (928) 468-0949.

Payson Rimstones Rock Club

Do rocks, minerals and fossils interest you? We have an annual Gem and Mineral Show. Members do wire wrapping and lapidary work and will speak to schools and clubs about our hobby.

Meetings are held at 3:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month at Payson Public Library. Families and visitors are always welcome.

For more information, call Bob Norman at 474-8777.

Rim Country Singles

The Rim Country Singles social group plans an event calendar every month. Activities include movie day, hiking, game day and a monthly special event, as well as dining out, and more.

The group has a dinner meeting at 5:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at Tiny's Restaurant.

For information, call Ruth at (928) 474-2567, or Quintin at (928) 978-3982

Creative Conversations

Community Presbyterian Church sponsors a monthly gathering of women interested in getting to know one another while creating hand-made items of their choice. The gathering is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. the fourth Thursday of each month in the church lounge. Bring your handiwork along and enjoy the company of women of like interests while we visit and share our talents.

This is a free, nondenominational activity welcoming all who are interested. Call Carolyn at (928) 474-2059 for more information. The church is at 800 W. Main St., on the corner of Main and Oak.

Veterans of Foreign Wars


The ROMEO (Retired Old Men Eating Out) Club provides a chance for older men in the Rim Country to get together and socialize with a group and enjoy a meal at one of the area's many restaurants.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars meet at 6 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month at the American Legion Hall. All veterans are invited. For information, call (928) 474-3486.

Friendship Bible Coffee

Friendship Bible Coffee meets from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. every Tuesday at Roadrunner Espresso. Be part of drawing closer to God and knowing Him in a deeper, more personal way by being part of our Friendship Bible Coffee and Study. We offer a warm and loving group of ladies to support you and become friends. Come be challenged by God's word and encouraged in the lessons that teach life-application of biblical truths.

Rim Country Toastmasters

Need to give presentations to your boss or clients? Frightened to death to speak in public? You need Toastmasters and Toastmasters needs you! Weekly meetings are held from noon to 1 p.m. every Wednesday at the Central Arizona Board of Realtors meeting room, 600 E. Highway 260.

For more information, call 474-0747.

Romeo Club

The Romeo Club (Retired Old Men Eating Out) is looking for new members. We meet at 11 a.m. every Wednesday at a different restaurant. Call Harvey at (928) 468-0125 for location and additional information or visit

International Police Assoc.

The International Police Association meets for breakfast at 9 a.m. Wednesdays at Tiny's. All active or retired law enforcement personnel are welcome.

American Legion

American Legion Tonto Rim Post 69 meets the first Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m. We have a fish fry from noon until 8 p.m. every Friday at the American Legion, 709 E. Highway 260.

For more information, call (928) 474-6969.

Support for Writers

Rim Country Writers is a group that supports both beginning and experienced writers. Members explore both nonfiction and fiction writing and discuss how to get work published. Meetings are from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at Fireside Espresso, 614 N. Beeline Highway in the Swiss Village.

For information, call (928) 468-9269 or (928) 472-4361.

Rim Country Flyers

The Rim Country Flyers meet at 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of every month at the Crosswinds Restaurant. The club's purpose is to provide a social and technical atmosphere for interested people to meet and share ideas and an airfield to fly their model airplanes. For information, call Dick Campbell at (928) 474-3089.

Single Women of Payson

Women from 21 to 100+ years old are invited to come meet new friends at the next meeting of Single Women of Payson (SWOP). We meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Thursday at the Oxbow on Main Street.

Contact Joni for more information at 468-9797.

Payson Scrabble Club

Payson Scrabble Club meets at 6 p.m. Thursdays at Fireside Espresso, 614 N. Beeline Highway. Test your word power or just enjoy the company of other Scrabble enthusiasts. All levels of players welcome.

For more information, call Rose at (928) 474-6200.

Tonto Rim Sports Club

The Tonto Rim Sports Club is a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching shooting safety.

The club meets at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month in the American Legion building at 700 E. Highway 260. Membership is $35 per year, which allows daily access to the Jim Jones/Northern Gila County Shooting Range.

For information and locations of applications, call David Palmateer at (928) 472-9136.

Humor Me comedy group

Humor Me, a comedy class for the improvisational comedy group, will meet at 7 p.m. every Friday.

Payson is rich with talented people looking for a place to give their gifts and have a great time doing it. If you would like to share your talent, call Kathleen Kelly at (928) 468-1614.

Marine Corps League


No matter what keeps the club or organization together, the members are sure to come away with at least two very important benefits for their quality of life -- companionship and a few good laughs.

The Rim Country Detachment of the Marine Corps League meets the last Saturday of each month at the Payson Elks Lodge, BPOE No. 2154, 1206 N. Beeline Highway. Marines, former Marines and friends of Marines are encouraged to come and enjoy the social from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The meeting begins at 10 a.m.

For information, contact Lew Joiner at 468-1089, or Gordon Holm at 474-6110.

Payson Packers

Seeing all the hikes that are available in the Rim Country may encourage you to start hiking with us. If so, contact one of our leaders: Diane, (928) 478-4567; Harry, (928) 472-8147; Dusty, (928) 468-6292; Bob, (928) 472-2239; or Dave, (928) 474-3040. There is no charge to participate .

18-Hole Lady Golfers

We welcome any ladies interested in joining the 18-Hole group. For further information, call President Mary Cain at (928) 468-0356.

High Country Xeriscape Council

The High Country Xeriscape Council of Arizona is looking for new members interested in garden strategies that produce a beautiful landscape with low-water use.

Visit the demonstration garden at Gila Community College; free literature is available in the kiosk. Call 468-0727 for more information.

Runner's High Club

The Runner's High Club will meet at 5:30 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday and at 9 a.m. every Saturday at Rumsey Park Ramada 1, next to the baseball field.

All runners, joggers and walkers of all fitness levels are welcome. For more information call Casandra Strouder at (928) 978-1744, or Jerry Baker at (928) 978-5363.

See the "Organizations" and "Almanac" pages in the Payson Roundup for details about these and other area groups.

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