Clubs And Organizations

Dr. Michael Salwitz with Banner Health, center, was inducted into the Payson Kiwanis club Thursday April 19. Leading the induction ceremony were President Mike Clark, at left, and Lt. Governor Daniel Tantimonaco, at right.

Dr. Michael Salwitz with Banner Health, center, was inducted into the Payson Kiwanis club Thursday April 19. Leading the induction ceremony were President Mike Clark, at left, and Lt. Governor Daniel Tantimonaco, at right.


Payson Elks

Elks members and guests are welcome to enjoy lunch at the Lodge 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 Karaoke Night from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. every Wednesday in April and during the Elks Jam Sessions, scheduled at 3 p.m., every Saturday in April. Every Friday there is Karaoke from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Every Sunday there is Bingo at 1 p.m. and a Pool Tournament at 4:30 p.m. with Happy Hour from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Elks members and guests are welcome at all these events. The Elks Lodge is at 1206 N. Beeline Highway. For more information, contact the Lodge at (928) 474-2572.

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.


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. There is a meeting 10:30 a.m. every Wednesday in Star Valley. Call Patty at (602) 505-4584 for details.

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 Wednesday, April 25, starting at 11:30 a.m. and ending at 1:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at Tiny’s Restaurant on Highway 260. This month, the featured speaker will be physical therapist Scott Nossek.

All active and retired federal employees are invited to attend. Please remember to bring a nonperishable food item for the Payson food bank.

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.

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.


Nar-Anon is a 12-step program designed to help relatives and friends of addicts recover from the effects of living with an addicted relative or friend.

In Payson, the group meets from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday at 408 W. Main St., #11 (around the back of the building).

For more information, call Maxine at (602) 568-8747.

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

Kiwanis invitation

The Zane Grey Kiwanis and its Young Professionals group invite anyone interested in learning more about the organizations, which are dedicated to helping Rim Country children, to attend one of the meetings.

The Kiwanis meet from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. every Thursday at Tiny’s Family Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260. The Young Professionals meet at 5:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays at Macky’s Restaurant.

To learn more, contact Mike Clark at (928) 476-3283.

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.

P/S Arts & Crafts Guild

The Pine Strawberry Arts and Crafts Guild invites anyone interested to become a member and share the joy that your hobby or craft brings to you. The next meeting is at 9 a.m., Friday, April 27in the Arts and Crafts Room at the Pine Community Center, 3916 N. Hwy. 87, Pine.

The group is also looking for crafters who wish to have a booth on the weekend of June 30 and July 1. All crafts must be handmade.

The Pine Strawberry Arts and Crafts Guild is a non-profit corporation. The proceeds from its three festivals each year are donated to other organizations helping the community. For more information call Ruth at (928) 476-2588 or Gail at (928) 978-0469 or go online to

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.

P. E.O. Sisterhood

Chapter DF of the P. E. O. Sisterhood will meet at 9:30 a.m., Friday, April 27 at Messinger’s Funeral Home, 901 S. Westerly, Payson.

Linda Lanctot will be the hostess and co-hostesses are Judy Herbolsheimer and Fran Young.  The program will be “Gems of P. E. O. —- the Elf Scholarship and Scholar Award” by Edith Baker and Lynne Wayne, respectively.  Visiting P. E. O.s are invited.  For further information please call (928) 472-9160.

Flycasters Club

The Payson Flycasters Club will meet Saturday, April 28 at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 E. Hwy. 260. Breakfast is at 8 a.m. and the meeting starts at 9 a.m. The speaker will be Daniel Downs from Sportsmen’s Warehouse. He will be discussing bugs used in flyfishing. All interested fishermen and women are invited to attend.

Senior Center news

Payson Care Center’s educational series at the Payson Senior Center continues with a program at 11 a.m., Monday, April 30 with Jean Ramsey, a social worker at PCC and former hospice bereavement coordinator. She will present a lecture about going through the grief process. The lecture offers many simple tools needed to cope with the loss of a loved one or someone close to you. Payson Senior Center’s lunch will follow the presentation. Call (928) 474-4876 to make luncheon reservations.

Zumba Gold and Tone and Stretch classes with Christy are available at the Senior Center beginning May 2. Zumba Gold is at 9 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and Tone and Stretch will be held at 10 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. The cost is $3 per class or $5 for both classes back-to-back.

Board members are wanted to serve a three-year term at the Senior Center. Board members lead committees, raise funds and participate in implementing the policies and operation of the Center. For information, call (928) 474-4876 or e-mail

The Payson Senior Center is at 514 W. Main St.

Republicans host County Attorney, County School Superintendent

The Rim Country Republican Club will meet Monday, April 30 at Tiny’s Family Restaurant, 600 E. Hwy. 260, Payson. The speakers will be Daisy Flores, Gila County Attorney and Dr. Linda O’ Dell, Gila County School Superintendent. Members and guests may gather at 11 a.m. to order lunch and socialize. The speakers will begin at 11:30 a.m. and the business meeting will follow. Everyone is welcome to attend. Call Nancy Cox at (928) 472-1172 for more information.

Help Kaitie’s Closet

Kaitie's Closet Inc. is a non-profit organization developed for the purpose of distributing clothing to children who, for one reason or another, are in need.

Clothing and shoes are collected through community donations of new and gently used clothing and shoes for children in pre-K thru 8th grades.  The clothing is distributed free through the local schools in Payson.

Collection boxes are located in the administration offices of Julia Randall Elementary School; Payson Elementary School; and Rim Country Middle School. The boxes are also at Beeline Business Equipment; Payson Physical Therapy; Scoops Ice Cream & Espresso; and at 304 W. Corral Drive, Payson

For more information please call (928) 468-1036.


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