Clubs And Organizations


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.

Tonto Rim Sports Club

The Tonto Rim Sports Club’s Northern Gila County Jim Jones Shooting Range will be the site of the 5th Annual 22 Rimfire Championship, starting at 9 a.m., Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 10 and Sept. 11.

There will be Silhouette, Mid-Range and Creedmoor matches. The entry fee is $25 per day.

Friday, Sept. 9, the range will be open for practice from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For information, call (928) 468-1095 or (480) 540-9389.

To find the Northern Gila County Jim Jones Shooting Range: on Highway 87, go 2.2 miles south of the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino (.3 miles south of Gibson Ranch Road) and turn left (east) onto gravel road, then go 1.5 miles to entrance.

Rim Country Celts

Rim Country Celts will meet at 1 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 11 at Tiny’s Restaurant on Highway 260, Payson. All who are interested in the Celtic peoples, their customs and their history are invited.

The group is making more plans for its Ceilidh, to be held Oct. 1 in Payson. For more information, call Lloyd Gibson at (505) 649-5015 or check out the group’s two Web sites: or

The group’s first-ever Celtic Ceilidh, which means party with music and food, in Payson is Oct. 1 at the Lone Pine Hotel on Main Street. There will be a Celti Band, music, a storyteller, a comedian, possible dancers, etc. There will also be food and drinks for sale.

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.

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.

Night meeting for Republican Club

For those unable to attend noon meetings, the Rim Country Republican Club is now offering evening and day meetings each month. The first evening meeting will be Monday, Sept. 12 at Tiny’s Family Restaurant. Members and guests will gather at 5:30 p.m. to order dinner and socialize. There will be no business conducted at the evening meetings.

Beginning at 6 p.m., the speakers will be Gila County Recorder Sadie Tomerlin and Darrell Stubbs, potential candidate for Gila County Sheriff. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Call Nancy Cox at (928) 472-1172 for more information.

RCIA Catholic Faith Inquiry Classes to begin

Register now at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church’s education office for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program, which is a class for adults seeking information about the beliefs, doctrines and traditions of the Catholic faith. English and Spanish study guides are available.

The RCIA is ideal for people who are not Catholic, but wish to know more about Catholicism. Cradle Catholics will enjoy the RCIA to rekindle their faith, knowledge and understanding.

Also, Catholics who have been away from the church for a period of time find the RCIA useful in easing their homecoming to the faith community. Bonds of friendship grow in the discussions.

Please call (928) 474-1269 to discuss your particular goals in a meeting with Judy Carroll to register for classes, which start at 6 p.m., Monday, Sept. 12.

Rim Area Gardeners

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

At the Sept. 12 meeting the speaker will be Holly Crump. She is from Payson and worked with a florist in the past and is interested in building miniature gardens. She did two workshops at Plant Fair geared toward fair entries.

The public is invited, so please plan to attend. Refreshments will be served.

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 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.

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

Beyond Limits Disability Ministry

Beyond Limits is scheduled for a special treat at this month’s meeting at Payson United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy St. from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 13. After a delicious free meal, there will be a program possibly including the bell choir. Family members, caregivers and service providers are always welcome to join.

Beyond Limits is an international Christian group for adults with developmental disabilities, age 18 and older. The ministry is a 501c3 non-profit charitable organization. For questions or further information, call Mark or Jennie Smith at (928) 468-8434.

Moose Lodge events

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

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.

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 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 our Web site

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) 472-7294.

Bridge results

Winners in Tuesday Bridge Club for Sept. 6 were: Betty da Costa, first; Rowena Cole, second; Eleanor Love, third.

Play is at 12:15 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.

Rim Country Camera/ Photography Club

The Rim Country Photography/ Camera Club will meet on Monday, Sept. 12 and have as its presenter Harold Rush. He will speak on photographing fireworks displays. 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 begins at 7 p.m. in the activity room.

For more information, call Harold Rush at 474-9673.


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