Clubs And Organizations



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The Gila County CowBelles celebrated their 40th anniversary Oct. 7, 2011 with a luncheon at Dream Manor Inn in Globe. There were 30 CowBelles, including 13 charter members attending to visit and share memories — Like the time the team would not pull their float in the parade so the ladies jumped off, grabbed the tongue and headed down Main Street in Globe through rain and snow. The CowBelles were organized in Douglas, Ariz. on Oct. 17, 1939. The Gila County CowBelles became the 15th local to organize on Oct. 16, 1971. It was chartered with 39 members. Last year, the group awarded a $1,000 scholarship to a Payson student and an award buckle at the Northern Gila County Fair in Payson. They paid tuition for four teachers, from Globe, Payson and Young, to attend the U of A’s Summer in Agricultural Institute and sent funds to the Great AZ Bale-Out to purchase hay for those ranchers affected by the fires in Arizona. They attend fairs and rodeos armed with recipes and information regarding the beef industry.

Payson Elks

Elks members and guests are welcome to enjoy lunch at the Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Highway, Payson, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday; Friday dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday dinner from noon to 5 p.m.

Basic refreshments are offered for sale at the Elks Jam Session, scheduled for 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12 and at Open Mic Night, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 16 and Nov. 30. Elks members and guests are also welcome at these events.

For more information, contact the Lodge at (928) 474-2572.

Unity of Payson and Daily Word Readers

Celebrate Unity of Payson is now an official church affiliated with Unity Worldwide Ministries. As a structure continues to be built for Sunday Unity Services, which are scheduled to start Nov. 20, those interested are invited to attend these continuing events:

• Unity Book Study Group, Fridays 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., for location information, call (928) 478-6906. No meeting First Fridays.

• Prayer and Meditation Group, Thursdays 10 a.m., for location information call (928) 468-2117.

Contact Unity of Payson at P.O. Box 2582, Payson, AZ 85547 or e-mail

Bridge results

Ladies Tuesday Bridge winners for Nov. 8 were: Pat Murray, first; Flo Moeur, second; Burnett Macnamara, third.

Play is at 12:15 p.m. every Tuesday at Rim Country Health and Retirement Community. Area residents and guests are welcome.

Please call Bonnie Sheldon at (928) 468-6811 for reservations and information.

Ponderosa Men’s Breakfast slated

Another fabulous “Breakfast for a Buck” will be served at Ponderosa Bible Church, 1800 N. Beeline Highway, at 8 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 12.

Keith Talley and his team will prepare breakfast, while the featured speaker will be Ed Warwick, who will share amazing and humorous stories about sharing Jesus with others.  

Come, with other guys, to enjoy great fellowship, a super message and a complete breakfast that still costs only $1.

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

Aglow Thanksgiving Brunch scheduled

A special Thanksgiving Brunch will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 12 at Crossroads Fellowship Hall, 114 E. Cedar Lane, Payson. All ladies are welcome to join us for a time of fellowship and sharing of thanks to God.

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.

Rim Country Celts

The Rim Country Celts’ last meeting of the year will be at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 13 at the Northern Gila County Genealogy Society Library, 302 E. Bonita, Payson.

The group’s executive board decided that December is a very busy, family and holiday time, therefore, the club is taking a break for the month of December.

Member Dennis Mac Allister, Clan Mac Allister board chairman, will be the guest speaker. He will be speaking on what makes a clan, what it does and how his group is attached to the World Mac Allister Clan.

Everyone attending the Nov. 13 meeting is asked to bring four cans of food or four packages of non-perishable food for the local food banks.

The 2nd Annual Ceilidh and Fund-raising Dinner is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012 at the Payson Elks Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Highway.

Tickets, purchased in advance by Jan. 18, are $15 for adults and $7.50 for children under 16; at the door the cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children under 16. For tickets, please call Lloyd Gibson at (575) 649-5015.

The Rim Country Celts have 30 frozen, 16-ounce Shepherd Pies for sale for $5 each. Contact Lloyd at the above number to place an order.

Payson Area Singles Club

This club has no dues or elections.

The group has bowling at 10 a.m. the first and third Mondays of the month. The Tuesday Morning Breakfast Bunch meets at Tiny’s Restaurant at 9 a.m. every week to visit and plan future activities.

Coming up, Wednesday, Nov. 16, members will carpool to Pine for lunch at The Early Bird Restaurant, attend the Fiddler’s Jam Session at 1 p.m. at the Pine Community Center, followed by dessert at a member’s home, then antique shopping.

The group will have Thanksgiving dinner at Tiny’s Restaurant at 11 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 24.

All singles are welcome. For more information, call Nadine at (928) 476-4659.

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.

Republican night meeting Monday

The Rim Country Republican Club is now offering a night meeting for those unable to attend its regular noon meetings.

The next evening meeting is at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 14 for socializing and to order dinner; at 6 p.m. there will be a presentation by Payson Mayor Kenny Evans. These meetings don’t include a business session. All are welcome.

For more details, call Nancy Cox at (928) 472-1172.

Pain management support group

Making Life Better, a pain management support group, meets from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Monday, excluding holidays, at the lobby of the Grant Clinic, 903 E. Highway 260, Payson. All are welcome to attend the free program.

Paulette Wright facilitates the group. For more information, call (928) 468-1337.


Do you have a loved one or friend with a drinking problem? Do you feel as if you need some support living with the alcoholic in your life? Then please join us for an Alanon meeting. There is help.

Alanon meets at 6 p.m. every Monday in the St. Philips Church Parish Hall. For more information, please call Lynn at (928) 472-8961.

Rim Photography Camera Club to meet

The Rim Country Photography/ Camera Club will meet at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 14. The meeting is open to the public and there is no charge to attend.

The club meets at the Rim Country Health & Retirement Community, 807 W. Longhorn Road. After entering the drive, turn right and go to the building marked 809. The meeting is in the activity room. For more information, call Harold Rush at (928) 474-9673.

Rim Area Gardeners

Rim Area Gardeners meet at 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month in the Church of Christ, 401 E. Tyler Parkway, Payson.

The Nov. 14 speaker will be John Schulz, who will discuss cold frames.

The January 2012 meeting will be on trees, with an expert speaker to answer any questions you have. Now is a good time to take photos or gather leaves from your favorite trees to have identified at the January meeting. Plan ahead and take your photos while the leaves are still on the trees.

The public is invited. Refreshments will be served prior to the business meeting.

Rim Area Gardeners are already planning for the 2012 Garden Tour and are looking for gardens in Payson and Pine to be included in the tour. Should you be interested or know of someone with a great garden, please call Garden Tour Chairperson Diane Arnold at (928) 595-1265.

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.

NARFE meeting

The Mogollon Chapter 1235 of the National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees will hold its monthly no-host luncheon and meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 16 at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260.

This month, the guest speaker will be John Wilson. All active federal employees are invited to attend. Please remember Payson’s veterans and bring a non-perishable food item.

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

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.


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