Clubs And Organizations


Payson Art League meets tonight

The featured speaker and demonstrator for the Sept. 20 Payson Art League monthly meeting is Pat Stacy.

Stacy will be presenting “Tips & Tricks in Acrylic” and sharing many interesting procedures gleaned from experimentation and workshops she has been able to attend.

The PAL meets at Rim Country Health & Retirement Community, 807 W. Longhorn, Payson. From 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. there is a Show and Share of members’ artwork and social reception with light refreshments; the presentation is at 7 p.m. after a short business meeting.

Moose Lodge events

The Loyal Order of the Moose meetings are at 6 p.m. the 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.

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.

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.

Rim Country Cowboy Church

The Rim Country Cowboy Church meets at 6 p.m. every Wednesday at Star Valley Baptist Church, 4180 E. Highway 260, Star Valley. The service includes live music by the Country Gospel Misfits. For more information, call (928) 474-5557

Democratic Club to meet Wednesday

The Democratic Club of Northern Gila County will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 21 at the Payson Public Library meeting room located at 328 N. McLane Road.

The guest speakers will be Suzy Tubbs for the Payson Community Kids program and Chaya Schonberger, president of International Interns USA. They will be discussing their organizations and what they do to help others.

There will be reports from each officer and leader of the Rim Country Democratic Women’s Club and Gila County Democrats.

Membership annual dues are only $5 and may be paid at this meeting. Membership is required to vote on club business.

Everyone is invited to attend. For more information, call President Jerry Foster (928) 978-4031 or Vice President Cindy Backes (928) 595-2810 or go online to

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.

Unity of Payson and Daily Word Readers

Celebrate Unity of Payson, which is now an official church affiliated with Unity Worldwide Ministries. Services are planned to start this fall. In the meantime, the public is invited to attend these continuing events:

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

• Unity Book Study Group, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays; for location information, call (928) 478-6906 (no meeting the first Friday of the month).

• Family and individual spiritual counseling, love offering; for information, call (936) 788-3181.

Rim Country Writers

Rim Country Writers meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Scoops, located next to the Sawmill Theatres. The next meeting is Thursday, Sept. 22.

Marsha Ward, an award-winning Western novelist, leads the group. All Payson-area writers are welcome to attend, whether published or not. Please feel free to bring several copies of a three-page, double-spaced sample of your writing to share.

For more information, please contact Marsha at (928) 478-5086.

Friends of Ferals

Rim Country Friends of Ferals will hold its regular quarterly meeting at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 22 at the Twin Lakes Mobile Home Park Clubhouse, 902 E. Granite Dells Road. Members and friends are encouraged to attend.

RCFF operates the Trap, Neuter and Return (TNR) program throughout the Rim Country. For questions and information, please call Lisa Boyle at (928) 474-1836.

Payson Tea Party

The Payson Tea Party meets every Thursday night (except holidays) at Tiny’s Family Restaurant, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. There are great speakers and/or great interaction each week on local, state and federal issues. All are welcome. Call (928) 468-1131 for more information.

Scripture study

A non-denominational, in-depth expository scripture study is held at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays at Uptown Espresso, 612 N. Beeline Highway, Payson.

The group is currently studying through the Gospel of John.

For more information, call Chris at (928) 474-3618.

Rim Country Celts

The Rim Country Celts will meet at 1 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 25 at Tiny’s Restaurant to finalize the plans for the October 1 Ceilidh.

Everyone who is interested in the Celtic heritage and a “party” is invited to attend.

Any Celtic musicians, singers and dancers are invited come on stage at the Ceilidh, which will be held at the Lone Pine Hotel, 610 W. Main St., Payson. Call Anne James at (928) 951-4420 to register; there is no fee.

Republican Club will host Rep. Barton

The Rim Country Republican Club will meet at 11 a.m., Monday, Sept. 26 at Tiny’s Family Restaurant.

The speaker will be Arizona State Representative Brenda Barton. Her talk will include information on the new EPA restrictions on Arizona power plants and other Arizona concerns.

Members and guests will gather at 11 a.m. to order lunch and socialize. The business meeting begins at 11:30 a.m. and at noon Barton will speak. Everyone is welcome to attend. Call Nancy Cox at (928) 472-1172 for more information.

Payson Lions Club will host Mayor Evans

The Payson Lions Club will be hosting Mayor Kenny Evans at its next meeting, 6 p.m., Monday, Sept. 26 at the American Legion Hall., E. Highway 260, Payson. Mayor Evans will be addressing the status of Arizona State University coming to Payson.

The Lions Club meetings are open to the public and all interested are invited to attend.

The Payson Lions Club is a non-profit organization that supports the community of Payson by providing eye exams and glasses to those who are in need.

The Fly the Flag program is the primary means by which the club raises funds. The Fly the Flag program provides a flag at a participants’ home or business six times a year on national holidays. The Lions put them out and take them down after the holiday.

Because the club is a 501c3, and approved by the State of Arizona as giving aid to the working poor, all donations are tax credits on Arizona tax returns.

Anyone interested in becoming a member of the Lions is invited to call Bill Davis, membership chairman. Those who would like to fly the flag on national holidays, please call Bill at (928) 474-2176 or Curt at (928) 474-8833.


The JULIETs — Just Us Ladies Into Eating Together — meet for lunch and conversation at 11:30 a.m., the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Crosswinds Restaurant at the Payson Airport. It is just for fun, no book to read, no dish to make. Everyone is welcome, no reservations required. This month, the date is Tuesday, Sept. 27. For additional information, call Chris Tilley at (928) 468-9669.

NARFE meeting

The Mogollon Chapter 1235 of the National Association of Active and retired Federal Employees will hold its monthly no-host lunch and meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 28 at Tiny’s Restaurant located on Highway 260.

This month, the members will hear from representatives from the Rim Country Quilt Round Up. All active and retired federal employees are invited to attend. Please remember our Payson veterans and bring non-perishable food to donate. For more information, call Dale at (928) 468-6227.

Literacy program needs tutors

The Rim Country Literacy Program is actively seeking new tutors in math and language arts. Anyone with a background and/or interest in education is urged to contact RCLP. Additional volunteer help in the areas of office help, fund-raising, and grant writing is also needed.

No other organization offers English language instruction or daytime GED preparation in northern Gila County. All services are offered free of charge.

RCLP moved to larger facilities in August — 1001 S. Beeline Highway, behind the Knotty Pine Café. With the larger, more visible building, new students seeking help have already found the Literacy Program.

RCLP serves adults over 16 years of age who live in northern Gila County, generally the greater Payson area. A satellite program has also started in Pine.   

If you are a retired teacher or interested in helping, please contact Marilyn Horne, program director at (928) 468-7257.

A prospective volunteer open house is scheduled for 10 a.m., Friday, Oct. 7 at RCLP’s new offices, 1001 S. Beeline Highway, Suite F. 

Please call (928) 468-7257 if you know of a prospective student who would like to benefit from RCLP’s programs.

Rim Country Healing Rooms

Rim Country Healing Rooms now open by appointment at Uptown Espresso, 612 N. Beeline Highway.

To learn more, call (928) 478-7166 or email: or visit the website at

Bridge results

Winners in Wednesday Duplicate Bridge for Sept. 14 were George Aucott and Jack Parks, first; Kay Hutchinson and Kent Teaford, Judy Fox and Jim Lachner, Sherry Proctor and Myrtle Warter tied for second; Frances Schwartz and Jim Jasper, third.

For information and reservations call Kay at (928) 476-1470.


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