Clubs And Organizations



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High Desert Dentistry recently helped members of the Boy Scouts Troop 652 earn their dental badge. Heather Schneider of High Desert Dentistry and Nick Schneider watch as Benny Abney mixes alginate to make a mold of his teeth as one of the requirements to earn the Boy Scout dental badge.

Ponderosa Men’s Breakfast

Another fabulous “Breakfast for a Buck” will be served at Ponderosa Church, 1800 N. Beeline Highway, at 8 a.m., Saturday, June 4.

The featured speaker will be Pastor Nathan Nicely, who will share about his Christian faith and ways the Lord has worked in his life. 

Come with friends, young and older, to enjoy great fellowship, a super message and a special breakfast that still costs only $1.

For more information, call (928) 472-8178.

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.

American Legion Riders have meeting June 4

The American Legion Riders June meeting is at Tiny’s Restaurant Saturday, June 4.

Breakfast is at 9:15 a.m., with a business meeting to follow at 10 a.m. Topics will include a preliminary report on the results of our 2011 Fun Run to benefit Payson Supply Line and our ongoing efforts to improve our performance. Members will also discuss recognition of the Payson business community support.

All interested parties are welcome to attend. For further information, call Post 69 at (928) 474-6969.  

Woodland Meadows membership meeting

The members of Woodland Meadows Lot Owners Association Phases 2, 3 and 4 will have the annual membership meeting at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at Community Presbyterian Church, located at 800 W. Main St.

The election poll will open at 12:30 p.m. and close at 1:30 p.m. for the WMLOA members who have not voted by mail and would prefer to vote in person.

During the annual meeting, the polls will close, ballots will be counted and three winning directors will then be announced. Members are cordially invited to attend.

Kohl’s Ranch Outdoor Chapel

The Kohl’s Ranch Outdoor Chapel is now open at 8:30 a.m. every Sunday through Labor Day for multi-denominational Christian worship services.

To get to the chapel, take Highway 260 east about 15 miles from Payson to the Kohl’s Ranch turnoff where you turn right and then follow the signs and path south after the cattle guard.

This Sunday, the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated at the conclusion of the message. Pastor Kevin Kelley will lead most of the services.  For more information, contact him at (928) 474-0712; or Dick Lamb at (928) 478-4058.

Veterans of Foreign Wars

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States of America will meet at 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the American Legion Post #69, located at 709 E. Highway 260.

We would like to invite all members to join us. For more information, contact Post Commander Dwayne Cunningham, (928) 951-1691.

Moose Lodge events

The Women of the Moose meet at 6 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month at the lodge. The Loyal Order of the Moose meetings are at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.

The lodge has a Thursday Fish Fry from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and weekly dinner specials are available.

Anyone interested in community service hours may call the lodge at (928) 474-6212.

Kickin Cancer group

Kickin Cancer Support Group Meets from noon to 1 p.m., the first Wednesday of every month at the First United Methodist Church.

Call Bridget Gollogly at (928) 468-0991. Participants should bring lunch — drinks and dessert provided.

Payson Womans Club

The Payson Womans Club, the oldest service club in Payson, holds general membership meetings at 1 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Payson Womans Club building, 510 W. Main St. Membership is open to local women ages 18 and up.

For more information, call president Sarah Luckie at (928) 474-1548, or publicity chairman Anna J. Peace at (928) 468-1024.

Payson Masonic Lodge to meet June 7

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

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:

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

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.

Next Rock Club meeting is potluck at Rumsey

Payson Rimstones Rock Club will not meet at the Payson Public Library June 8. Instead, the club is having a potluck at Rumsey Park in Ramada 4. 

Setup will be 3 p.m. to 3:30 pm.  Every family and individual attending is asked to bring a pass-around dish. Also, the club will be having a food rock contest. So, if you have a rock that looks like some kind of food, bring it.

Democrats precinct committee meeting

The Gila County Democratic Party Precinct Committee meeting is at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 11 at the Reno Creek Family Restaurant in Tonto Basin (formerly called Mama Lou’s). 

Those attending will order Dutch treat meals after the meeting. 

Please plan to attend this very important meeting. Chairwoman Chris Tilley has an exciting agenda.  She will be sending it out before the event. If something needs to be added, contact her at (928) 468-9669 or (928) 517-2133. 

Bridge winners announced

Winners in Wednesday Duplicate Bridge for May 18 were: Flo Moeur and Joan Young, first; Jerri Koch and Frank Coristin, second; Judy Fox and Jim Lachner, third.

Tuesday Bridge Club winners for May 31 were: Wanda Sitz, first; Mary Kemp, second; Jerri Koch, third.

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

Please call Marilyn Castleman at (928) 474-6134 for reservations and information.

Fire station replica on display; bids invited

Do you remember the cold, wet, snowy Optimist Fishing Festival in April when it was impossible to have a silent auction? One of the items to be auctioned was an exact replica of NYPD Engine 94-Bronx, according to Russ and Mary Goddard, who donated it to support the Optimist Club’s work with and for youth. It is three floors (three feet) high and has electricity along with 100 small items to make the setting life-like.

Rather than have this interesting donation sit and gather dust until next year’s Fishing Festival, four area fire stations are displaying the replica for a couple of months or so and will have a silent auction sheet available for bids. All are welcome to stop and look and/or bid on the replica during each individual community’s fire station office hours when they are displaying it.

The Payson Fire Station is the first to host the replica of NYPD Engine 94-Bronx. It will be there until July 1. The Pine-Strawberry FD will then keep it until Sept. 15; followed by Christopher-Kohl’s Fire District and Houston Mesa.

At the end of January it will return to Payson and remain on display until the Fishing Festival.

This handmade fire station is a one of a kind that will delight “kids”


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