Clubs And Organizations


Stream cleanup

The Gila Trout Chapter #530 of Trout Unlimited Payson, Ariz. will be hosting its annual stream cleanup of the East Verde River Saturday, June 18.

Volunteers should meet at the south end of Home Depot parking lot on that day at 7 a.m. The group will break up into teams and proceed to areas of the stream to conduct cleanup. Trash that is picked up will be placed into plastic bags and put along the road to be picked up by the U.S. Forest Service personnel for disposal.

A barbecue will be hosted at the 3rd Crossing parking lot after the event for those participating.

Be sure to bring a good hat, gloves and anything that would help in picking up the trash. Also wear comfortable shoes. Last year, the cleanup was completed by noon.

Sons of the American Revolution meet June 18

The Rim Country Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution will meet at Tiny’s Restaurant at 8 a.m., Saturday, June 18.

Anyone interested in tracing their ancestors back to the American Revolution, please contact John Munro at (928) 468-6220.

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.

Bridge results

Winners at Tuesday Bridge Club June 14 were: Wanda Sitz, first; Jerri Koch, second; and Rowena Cole, 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 Marilyn Castleman at (928) 474-6134 for reservations and information.

Archaeological Society

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

This Saturday, June 18, will mark the last regular meeting before a brief summer break. This month’s lecturer is Allen Dart, a professional archaeologist working in Arizona and New Mexico since 1975. Dart’s presentation is titled Southwestern Rock Calendars and Ancient Time Pieces.

This presentation is organized in conjunction with the Arizona Humanities Council. The chapter welcomes nonmembers to attend the program.

Center for Spiritual Awareness has speaker

The Payson Center for Spiritual Awareness will host Earl LaShomb at its 11 a.m. service, Sunday, June 19. LaShomb will be speaking about the Keys to Spiritual Liberation. The center is at 107 W. Wade Lane, Payson.

Overeaters Anonymous

Overeaters Anonymous meets from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays at the Rim Country Health & Retirement Community, 807 W. Longhorn Road, Payson. (After turning in driveway, turn right at first driveway. OA meets in the Community Room in the center of the facility’s apartment complex.)

Call the following members for information: Mary Jo, (928) 978-4663; Denise, (928) 978-3706; Nancy, (928) 472-7661; Ted, (928) 951-3362.

There are no dues or fees.

Writing group issues open invitation

Meetings of Payson Raconteurs, an organization of writers, are at 6 p.m. every Monday in a private dining room at Tiny’s Family Restaurant.

With an average of 10 members in attendance each week, meetings are devoted to the reading and critiquing of stories, poetry, memoirs and novels-in-progress.

For further information, contact Carole Mathewson, facilitator, at (928) 474-0753.

Stand for Human Rights

Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize winning, grassroots human rights organization. Join the local chapter as it shines a light on human rights in the community and throughout the world.

The Payson Chapter will hold its regular monthly meeting from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday June 20 at East West Book Exchange, 100 N. Tonto St., on the corner of W. Longhorn and N. Tonto.

For more information, e-mail or call Penny Navis-Schmidt at (928) 474-2391.

Attention Red Hatters

The annual picnic is coming up. It is planned for 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 21 at Rumsey Park Ramada 3.

All Red Hatters are welcome, as are those ladies who are interested in The Red Hats.

Bring a lunch and beverage and come enjoy the fun and games.

Friendship Bible Class

Friendship Bible Class, formerly Friendship Coffee, a non-denominational Bible study for women, meets at 1 p.m. every Tuesday at Uptown Espresso. All women in the community are invited.

For information, call Marilyn at (928) 474-6712.

Payson Art League  

Tanya Lambrecht will be the guest speaker at the June 21 meeting of the Payson Art League. The PAL meets at 6 p.m. at the Rim Country Health & Retirement Community, 807 W. Longhorn Road.

Lambrecht spent her youth surrounded by internationally acclaimed artists. She received her degree from the Colorado Institute of Art in graphic design and ultimately opened her own graphic design studio. She now paints professionally, working in mixed media with a variety of textural and visual techniques. She will be demonstrating some of her techniques during the meeting.

There will be a social reception and a show and share at 6 p.m., followed by the program at 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 21. The public is welcome.

NARFE meeting

The Mogollon Chapter 1235 of the National Association of Federal Employees will hold its monthly meeting and no-host luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 22 at Tiny’s Restaurant, located on Highway 260. This month, an attorney and C.P.A. are the guest speakers and they will answer questions about trusts, wills and probate.

All active and retired federal employees are invited to attend. The Rotary Club will join NARFE members for this meeting. Remember Payson veterans and bring a nonperishable food item.

For more information, call Dale at (928) 468-6227.

Rim Country Optimist Club

Rim Country Optimist Club (Friends of Youth) works in a variety of ways to help youth in the community through benefit events, activities and financial support.

Each month, the board meets at a dinner at 5:30 p.m. the second Wednesday. The general meeting is held at 5:30 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday, with dinner and often includes a speaker at 6 p.m. Both meetings are held at the Crosswinds Restaurant at the Payson Airport.

The next meeting is June 22 and the speaker, and newest member, Su Connell, will introduce us to four students from the Payson Area Youth Council. All five will talk about the Youth Council.

The next event will be National Night Out, July 30, where members will be serving Mexican fare at its food booth. This is a free community event.

While on Main Street, feel free to visit the Fire Station office to see the Replica Fire Station. It is a club silent auction item, so bids are welcome.

Visitors are welcome at the Optimists meetings. For further information, call Mark Manelli, president, (928) 474-5957 or Joan Young, public relations, (928) 472-2264. See more about the group at

Genealogy seminar

The Northern Gila County Genealogical Society will be holding the seminar “Using Land and Tax Records to Establish Genealogy Relationships” at 1 p.m., Saturday, June 25 at 302 E. Bonita St.

This seminar will cover land, tax, grants and deed records and how to use them to determine relationships. There will also be a program how to use deed indexes in various parts of the country. Registration for the program must be made by June 23; the cost is $25 per person and the proceeds will go to the operational costs of the Genealogy Library. Please call the library at (928) 474-2139 to register.

Masonic Lodge raffle a success

The Payson Masonic Lodge extends a big thank you to all the friends of Payson Masonic Lodge that participated in Payson Masonic Lodge’s raffle fund-raiser.

The event featured two free tickets to anywhere in the U.S., into or out of Sky Harbor International Airport. The winning ticket stub was drawn on Tuesday, June 14. The winner was Pete Johnson from Holbrook, Ariz.

The lodge will use the net proceeds from the fund-raiser to pay for some deferred maintenance of its property at 200 E. Rancho Dr. in Payson and to continue supporting its charities including the child identification program, Clothe-A-Child, public schools week, widow and orphans program and Shriners Hospitals for Children.

For additional information, go to or contact Richard Skoglund, secretary at (928) 970-1169.


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