Clubs And Organizations


Radio Control enthusiasts

People interested in RC cars and trucks — either parking lot racing or off road — are being sought to form a club. It’s good, clean fun for all ages. Call Tony if interested, (928) 970-1131.

New Hope Grief Support Group

The New Hope Grief Support Group is for those who have lost a spouse. It meets from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, Payson.

For more information, call (928) 472-9290.

Payson Masonic Lodge meets Tuesday

Payson Masonic Lodge #70 F&AM meets every second Tuesday of the month. Dinner for members, their families and guests is at 5:30 p.m. with the meeting at 7 p.m. All members of the fraternity are invited to attend the meetings.

Information about the lodge schedule and Masonry in general can be obtained from lodge secretary Richard Skoglund at (928) 970-1169 or on the Web at

Join the Gila County Sheriff’s Posse

The Gila County Sheriff’s Posse is looking for new members.

The Posse was founded back in 1967 as a volunteer group to serve the Sheriff and the people of Gila County. The Posse is called on for many emergencies such as forest fires, floods and snow.

Meetings are held at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Gila County Sheriff’s Posse building, located just north of Main Street on McLane Road. The public is invited.

Call the Sheriff’s Office at (928) 474-2208, ext. 8978 for further information or visit out Web site

Bereaved parents support group

The Compassionate Friends offers hope, reassurance and a safe place to talk about our children with others who understand the pain of losing a child. Anyone who has lost a child (or grandchild) at any time, at any age is welcome to attend.

The group meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at 102 W. Roundup, Suite D.

For more information, please call Bill Knauss at (928) 978-1492 or visit us at:

Payson Pro Rodeo Committee

Payson Pro Rodeo Committee meets the second Tuesday of every month in the Swiss Village Best Western’s conference building at 7:30 p.m. New members welcome.

For information, call (928) 474-8837 or (928) 474-4001.

TOPS #527

TOPS AZ #527 meets from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. every Wednesday at the Mogollon Health Alliance Auxiliary Activity Center, 308 E. Aero Drive, Payson.

For information, contact Janet Longbotham at (928) 474-9898.

Breast Cancer Support Group (Reaching Out)

At the April 14 meeting, Christy VanderMolen will speak on “Look Good-Feel Better” and there will also be a representative from the American Cancer Society discussing the Relay for Life.

The group meets from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. the second Thursday of every month in the building behind the Mount Cross Lutheran Church on Highway 260, east of Safeway.

For more information, contact Ilona, (928) 472-3331 or Jean, (928) 474-9312.

Weight Watchers

Weight Watchers meets at 5 p.m. every Wednesday at the Masonic Lodge, 200 E. Rancho Road (next to the fire station).

For further information, call 1-800-651-6000.

Rim Country Social Club

Come join the members of the Rim Country Social Club (formerly The Rim Country Singles Club) as they reorganize with a whole new outlook. We want your company, whether you’re single, hitched up, coupled up, or split up.

If you are looking for a group to do things with on a regular basis (or just occasionally) we’ll be getting together for dinner at 5 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month at Tiny’s Restaurant to see how much fun we can pack into the next four weeks.

No dues, no officers, no by-laws, bring a blank calendar and a pencil and join in the fun.

Rim Country Cowboy Church

The Rim Country Cowboy Church meets at 6 p.m. every Wednesday at Star Valley Baptist Church, 4180 E. Highway 260, Star Valley. The service includes live music by the Country Gospel Misfits. For more information, call (928) 474-5557

Lenten services

Rock of Ages Lutheran Church will have its sixth Lenten service at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 13. Pastor Sweet will speak on “One of the Mob, the Follower,” Matthew 27:20-23. There will be a free soup supper at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

TOPS #373

TOPS Chapter 373 meets at Shilow Christian Fellowship Hall, 502 E. Rancho Road every Thursday. Weigh-in starts at 7:20 a.m., with the meeting at 8:30 a.m.

For more information, contact Ilona Swenson at (928) 472-3331.

Payson Tea Party

The Payson Tea Party meets every Thursday night (except holidays) at Tiny’s Family Restaurant, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. There are great speakers and/or great interaction each week on local, state and federal issues. All are welcome. Call (928) 468-1131 for more information.

Scripture study

A non-denominational, in-depth expository scripture study is held at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays at Uptown Espresso, 612 N. Beeline Hwy., Payson.

The group is currently studying through the Gospel of John.

For more information, call Chris at (928) 474-3618.

Payson Lioness Club

The Payson Lioness Club is recruiting members and volunteers to join in helping the Payson community with bake sales, raffles, fashion shows and more. All proceeds go back to the public.

You are never too young or young at heart to be a Lioness. Those interested in the group are invited to attend the next meeting at 9 a.m., Saturday, April 16 at Tiny’s Family Restaurant or call Gina at (928) 978-4219.

Archaeology society

The Rim Country Chapter of the Arizona Archaeology Society meets at 10 a.m. the third Saturday of each month at the Church of the Holy Nativity at the corner of Bradley Drive and Easy Street.

The April 16 meeting features an excellent presentation by retired Mesa Verde Archaeologist Linda Towle. Her lecture titled, Rapa Nui: A World Unto Itself, explores the discovery of Easter Island, the culture that quarried and moved the immense stone figures (Moai), the environmental collapse of this isolated culture, and the realities of visiting the Easter Island today.

Area residents and visitors should feel free to join the members of the group for this informative and entertaining program.

PAL meeting

The Payson Art League’s April 19 meeting will feature artist Loretta Musgrave.

Musgrave wandered the back roads of Arizona with her father, George Linn, until he found that country ranch and farm tucked in the foothills of South Mountain in the Valley. She was assigned to care for the sick and injured animals, a project that provided her with quiet models for her drawing. At age seven, she won a state art competition, which included a small amount of money. Delighted, she began to draw for the local ranchers.

She earned a bachelor’s of fine art/specialty in painting degree in three years at Arizona State University and won the Moore Award for Excellence.

For many years she served as vice president of Arizona Cowboy Artists. She works in many painting mediums and just finished up the 12-week Fine Art EXPO in Scottsdale.

She will be doing a PAINT OVER for the group. She will need two or three members to bring in dry paintings that have frustrated them — ones from in the closet or under the bed — which have been given up on. She tapes a clear acrylic sheet over and paints a fix or upgrade. It’s an interesting solution to problems and fun to watch. So bring in a problem painting and Musgrave may just choose it to work on.

The meeting is at Rim Country Health & Retirement Community, 807 W. Longhorn Road. Social time and show and share session at 6:30 p.m., with the program at 7 p.m. The public is welcome.

Democratic Club

The Democratic Club of Northern Gila County will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 20 at the Payson Public Library meeting room, 328 N. McLane Road.

The guest speaker will be Kathy Bickert, ReStore Manager for the Payson area Habitat for Humanity organization. She will be reviewing the accomplishments of their organization and plans for the future. She will also review how to help in housing low-income citizens.

There will be a final report from the by-laws committee for action. There will be reports from each of the officers and leaders of the Women’s Club and Gila County Chair Chris Tilley.

Membership annual dues are only $5 and can be paid at this meeting. Membership is required to vote on club business.

Everyone is invited to hear the speakers and participation is welcomed. For more information, call President Jerry Foster (928) 978-4031 or vice president Cindy Backes (928) 595-2810 or go online to

Bridge results

Winners at the Wednesday Duplicate Bridge for April 6 were: Susan James and Wanda Sitz, first; Kay Hutchinson and Kent Teaford, second; Frances Schwartz and Phon Sutton, third.

For information and reservations call Kay Hutchinson at (928) 474-0287.

RCLP needs volunteers

The Rim Country Literacy Program is actively seeking new volunteers in 2011. Anyone with a background and/or interest in education is urged to contact RCLP for help in tutoring, office help, fund-raising and grant writing.

The Rim Country Literacy Program is an organization that is life changing for the people it helps.

No other organization offers English language instruction or daytime GED preparation in northern Gila County. All services are offered free of charge.

RCLP serves adults over 16 years of age who live in northern Gila County, generally the greater Payson area. All the students in the GED program have dropped out of high school. Most of the students in the English language program have the equivalency of an eighth-grade education; a few graduated from a college in their home country. English language learners represent seven different countries and six different languages. In 2010, RCLP served twice as many adults as in 2009 and doubled the number of instructional hours.

Anyone interested in helping or if you know someone who would benefit from these programs, please contact Marilyn Horne, program director, or Fran Yates, board president at (928) 468-7257.

Kaitie’s Closet collects clothes for needy kids

Kaitie’s Closet is a non-profit organization developed for the purpose of distributing clothing to children who, for one reason or another, are in need.

Clothing and shoes are collected through community donations of new and gently used clothing and shoes for children in kindergarten through the eighth grade. The clothing is distributed free through the local schools in Payson.

Collection boxes are located in the administration offices of Payson elementary and middle schools and at Payson Physical Therapy, Scoops Ice Cream & Espresso, Beeline Business Equipment and at 304 W. Corral Drive.

For more information, call (928) 468-1036.


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