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.

Tai Chi and Qigong

Tai Chi and Qigong classes are offered at 9 a.m. Saturdays at the Rim Country Health and Retirement Community, 807 W. Longhorn Road.

The program is especially designed for seniors 50 or older, but is beneficial for all ages. There is no charge, but donations are accepted

Payson Area Singles

This group has no dues, elections or couples.

Upcoming events:

• Saturday, April 16 - Like classic cars? Be at Western Village at 9:30 a.m. to welcome the Cannonball Phoenix Spree Car Rally. Junction 87 Band will be there.

• Monday, April 18, 10 a.m. - Bowling at Rim Country Lanes.

• The Tuesday Breakfast Bunch meets every week at 9 a.m. Tiny’s Restaurant. Come join and find out more about club activities.

For more information, call Nadine at (928) 476-4659.

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.

Payson Raconteurs open to new members

The organization Payson Raconteurs, a gathering of area writers, meets weekly at 6 p.m. on Mondays in a private dining room at Tiny’s Restaurant. The organization is open to new members. All serious writers are invited.

Members read their works in progress for critique. Too, assignments are given each week, for those who wish to participate.

For further information, contact Janie Allen, facilitator, (928) 472-3219.

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

Payson Amnesty

Support mothers here and around the world. Every 90 seconds one woman in the world dies from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. That’s nearly 1,000 women every day — more than 350,000 each year — who are dying unnecessary and preventable deaths due to a lack of access to timely, quality health care. 

Here in the United States, two to three women die each day from pregnancy related complications. 

Amnesty International, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning global human rights organization, is taking action to end the human rights crisis of maternal death. In the weeks leading up to Mother’s Day, Amnesty International will be sponsoring events around the country spotlighting the women who die every day from pregnancy and childbirth-related complications.

Join Payson Amnesty International as its members support the national effort to end maternal mortality.

The group meets from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., the third Monday of every month at East West Exchange, 100 N. Tonto St. It is planning a major event in April to support moms everywhere.

Call Penny at (928) 474-2391 or go to for more information.

Rim Country Republican Club

The Rim Country Republican Club will meet Monday, April 25 at Tiny’s Family Restaurant.

This month, the speaker will be District 1 County Supervisor Tommie Cline Martin, who will speak on events impacting Gila County.

Martin needs to leave early, she will speak from 11:15 a.m. to noon, so be sure to come before 11 a.m. to order brunch and socialize. The regular business meeting will be held at noon.

Ponderosa Baptist Church

Ponderosa Baptist Church will host a discussion on “Blended families: Tough Topics” at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 27. There will be a question and answer session with several blended families trying to do life God’s way. The discussion will include: the real life challenges that come along with being a blended family and practical solutions from families who have been there. The meeting is free of charge.

Bridge results

Winners at Tuesday Bridge Club for April 12 were: Wanda Sitz, first; Carolyn Caddy, second; Jerri Koch, third.

Play is at 12:30 p.m. every Tuesday at Rim Country Health and Retirement Community. Area residents and guest are welcome.

Please call Kelly Gunderson at (928) 595-1982 for reservations and information.


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