Clubs And Organizations


Teen meetings set by AA and NA

There are now 12 Step meetings for teens. Narcotics Anonymous will be Tuesdays from 5:15 p.m. to 6 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous will be Thursdays from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Both will be at Arizona’s Children Association, 900 N. Beeline Highway, Suite B.

Please feel free to contact Pam at (928) 472-4310 or e-mail PCerski@ with any questions.

Rim Country Toastmasters

Rim Country Toastmasters meets at 5:30 p.m., Tuesdays in the MHA Auxiliary building (next to Almost New Shop) at 308 E. Aero Dr., Payson.

For more information, call (928) 478-8820 or e-mail RimCountryTM

Beyond Limits Disability Ministry

A great evening has been planned for this month’s meeting of Beyond Limits from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 8 at Mountain Bible Church, 302 E. Rancho Road, Payson.

A delicious free dinner will be followed by a musical program by the Mountain Bible high school worship team. Pastor Jim Harper will provide encouragement and inspiration from God’s Word. Family members, caregivers and service providers are always welcome to join us.

Beyond Limits is an interdenominational Christian group for adults with developmental disabilities. The ministry, which began in the summer of 2005, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization. For questions or further information, call Mark or Jennie Smith at (928) 468-8434.

Payson Masonic Lodge

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:

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.

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

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.

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.

Ash Wednesday and Lenten services

Shepherd of the Pines

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, will celebrate Ash Wednesday Service with the imposition of ashes at 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 9. Holy Communion will be served. The theme for the service will be “It’s All About Pride.”

Mid-week Lenten services will be held the following six Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m.

The community is invited to join the congregation for all these special services. For more information, call Pastor Steve DeSanto (928) 474-5440.

Rock of Ages

Rock of Ages Evangelical Lutheran Church will begin its Lenten season with Ash Wednesday service at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 9. The theme for the services this season will be “People of the Passion.”

Free Soup Suppers are available at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall prior to the services. Lent services will also be held on Wednesday, March 16, March 23, March 30, April 6 and April 13.

Rock of Ages is located at the corner of McLane and Airport Roads. For more information, call Pastor David Sweet at (928) 474-2098.

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.

Daily Word Readers

Anyone interested in studying Unity teachings is invited to join the newly forming ministry in the process of affiliation with Unity Worldwide Ministries.

Activities include: Prayer and Meditation Group, Thursdays, 10 a.m., for location information, call (928) 468-2117; Study Group reading and discussing Emilie Cady’s Lessons in Truth, Fridays, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., for location information, call (928) 478-6906; Course of Miracles Study Group, donation, Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., My Sister’s Bakery & Deli, 1101 S. Beeline Highway, for information, call (928) 970-2490; monthly fourth Saturday family hike, meet at the far east end of the parking lot near the Payson Athletic Club, 10 a.m.; family and individual spiritual counseling, by love offering, for more information, call (936) 788-3181.

Reaching Out Breast Cancer Support Group

The Reaching Out Breast Cancer Support Group meets from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., the second Thursday of each month at Mount Cross Lutheran Church, 601 E. Highway 260 (just past Safeway).

Contact Ilona, (928) 472-3331 or Arlynne, (928) 474-9568

C.A.C. hears about redistricting

The Citizens Awareness Committee will host Linda Eastlick, director of Gila County division of elections, at 2 p.m., Thursday, March 10 at the meeting room of the Payson Public Library..

Eastlick will discuss what redistricting is and its importance.

Beginning in March, the CAC will have only one meeting per month, either the second or fourth Thursday, depending on speaker preference.

There has been a decline in attendance over the past few months in spite of timely topics and good speakers. An attendance of more than 10 to 15 people is needed to make a meeting viable.

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.

Community Breakfast

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church is hosting a community breakfast from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., Friday, March 11 at 507 W. Wade Lane. Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, coffee and juice.

Rim County residents and visitors are invited to join us for food and fellowship. A free will offering will be accepted.

The church hosts a breakfast on the second Friday of every month from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. For more information, call (928) 474-5440.

P.E.O. meeting

Chapter DF of the P.E.O. Sisterhood will meet at 9:30 a.m., Friday, March 11 at the Church of the Nazarene.

The Social Committee will serve as hostesses for this event with the assistance of Nancy Jones and Toni Sorel. Officers for the coming year will be installed.

Visiting P.E.O.s are welcome. For further information, please call (928) 476-2305. 

Daughters of the American Revolution

The March meeting of the Daughters of the American Revolution will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, March 11 in the Payson Public Library conference room. The guest speaker will be the distinguished DAR Honorary State Regent, Dawn Hines. Her topic will be the “World War II Monument.”  Guests and prospective DAR members are welcome to attend.

For more information about the organization and membership, please contact Regent Renee Durfee at (928) 472-4338 or Registrar Valerie Sullivan at (928) 978-2454.

Payson Area Singles

The group has no dues, elections or couples. Its upcoming activities include:

• The second Sunday of the month (March 13), at 4 p.m., members attend the Sports Sunday Dinner at the Elks Lodge.

• The Tuesday Morning Breakfast Bunch meets at 9 a.m. every week at Tiny’s Restaurant.

• A St. Patrick’s Day activity is planned for Thursday, March 17. Members who want to carpool to Cliff Castle Casino in Camp Verde will meet at Home Depot at noon. Wear green and Cliff Castle Casino will give you $15. Dinner is $8. The cost of gas will be at least $10 per person. The casino is awarding three $200 Hot Seats per hour.

• The car pools for the Friday, March 18 ride in dome car on the vintage Copper Spike Train in Globe will leave from the Sawmill Theatres upper parking lot at 9 a.m.

For questions or suggestions about the club, or to get more information about these activities, call Nadine at (928) 476-4659.

Photography and Camera Club

The Rim Country Photography and Camera Club will have a guest speaker at its monthly meeting Monday, March 14. David Halgrimson is a Friends of Arizona Highways photo workshop volunteer photographer. “Being a Friends of Arizona Highways volunteer and what I have participated in” will be Halgrimson’s topic.

The meeting is open to the public and there is no charge to attend. The club meets at the Rim Country Health & Retirement Center, 807 W. Longhorn Road, in the activity room. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. For questions, call Harold Rush, (928) 474-9673.

Rim Area Gardeners

Rim Area Gardeners meet at 7 p.m., the second Monday of each month at the Church of Christ, 401 E. Tyler Parkway, Payson. This month, March 14, the speaker will be from Home Depot. The subject will be “Tools and Other Helpful Items for the Garden.”

The public is welcome to join the group and learn the correct tools for the job and how to use them. Plus there might be unique ways to use a tool that you haven’t thought of and if you have a special tool that you use in a special way, please bring it along and explain.

Refreshments will be served.

March Not for Profit Organizations meeting

This month, the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce Business Buzz meeting is focusing on the Not for Profit programs in the area.

The topic will be advertising and public relations for NPOs and how to maximize impact for fund-raising. This does not mean that there is not something for everyone else, as many of the For Profit businesses volunteer time and give funds to NPOs.

The meeting will be at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, March 17 (wear green) at Mount Cross’s Lomona Lodge. The speakers will be Pat Johnson of KMOG, Pete Aleshire and Bobby Davis from the Payson Roundup and Mike Rose of Webbness. They will discuss the writing of press releases, timing of articles, maximizing media advertising dollars and when to use each form of media.

Cousins Subs will cater lunch; the cost will be $8 per person. To reserve a seat and a sandwich, please call (928) 474-4515.

Genealogy Society needs donations

The Northern Gila County Genealogical Society is accepting donations for its annual yard sale. The Society is a tax-exempt, nonprofit corporation, therefore all donations are tax deductible.

Please drop off donations at the Genealogy Library, 302 E. Bonita St., during regular business days and hours. The library is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday through Saturday.

Bridge results

Winners at Wednesday Duplicate Bridge for March 2 were: Judy Fox and Jim Lachner, first; Alice Bond and Harley Follmer, second; Frank and Susan James and Sherry Proctor and Myrtle Warter tied for third.

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


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