Gift Of Giving Lights Up Rim Faces

Youngsters with Payson Community Kids enjoyed gifts and a great party at the United Methodist Church.

Youngsters with Payson Community Kids enjoyed gifts and a great party at the United Methodist Church.


“For the gift of giving, you will receive.

You will see smiles on the faces of children,

Warmth in the places you go.

You will feel love from the love that you’ve given.”

These lyrics from Bill Withers’ 1972 song “The Gift of Giving” certainly do ring true, especially at this holiday time of the year.

For those of you who have in the past or currently donate your time, talents or resources to help others have a better life, or even just a better day, you know the good feeling that comes back to you through a smile, a thank you or just in knowing what you’ve done is making a difference in someone’s life.

Whether you have rung a Salvation Army bell, helped build a Habitat home, mentored a child, donated or helped raise money for a needy family or in some other way have donated your time to one of our many not-for-profit Rim Country organizations, you have felt many times over the warm-fuzzy return on your gift of giving.

If you have been thinking of becoming or returning to being a volunteer, but just haven’t gotten around to it, this just might be a good time, right before Christmas, to take the plunge. (Lord knows our volunteer organizations will hold the door wide open for you.)

If you stop by our local chamber of commerce office (on the corner of the Beeline Highway and Main Street), the good volunteers there will give you a list of all the clubs and organizations in the area. You can also call the chamber at (928) 474-4515. Trust me, it will be no time at all until you begin feeling the love that you give.


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Area children at the Moose Lodge in Star Valley enjoyed gifts and a great party.

R&B singer Bill Withers’ “The Gift of Giving” may not be familiar to all readers, as the song did not make it onto the Billboard charts. But during Withers’ 10-year music career, he did place four hits into the Top 10.

This week’s gift of giving music trivia question is: What is the name of Bill Withers’ top hit, which peaked at No. 1 on Billboard’s pop chart for three weeks in the late spring of 1972?

Was Withers’ top song titled: A) Bring it on Home to Me; B) Walk Through This World With Me; C) Lean on Me; or D) You Send Me?

If you’re the sixth caller this week and have the right answer, you’ll win a CD of your favorite artist’s greatest hits.

Last week’s Music Trivia Question

This past week’s trivia question asked you to name the Texas-born and Oklahoma-raised “Do-Wacka-Do” singer-songwriter-guitarist who was perhaps best known for his honky tonk-influenced novelty songs.

His most popular songs included the chart-topping country-pop hits “King of the Road,” “Dang Me” and “England Swings,” all from the mid-1960s Nashville sound era.

The choices were: A) Roger Miller; B) Faron Young; C) George Jones; and D) Arnold Palmer.

The correct answer was Roger Miller. Country music artists Faron Young and George Jones were also very popular in the 1960s. Arnold Palmer was among that decade’s most successful and revered professional golfers.

Congratulations to last week’s music trivia winner, Michael Collins, of Star Valley. For his winning answer, Mike won a “Greatest Hits of Roger Miller” CD.

Born an “Okie from Muskogee,” when he was in the first grade, Mike’s family relocated to Phoenix. After graduating from North High School in 1955, Mike “upped” for a three-and-half year hitch in the Navy.

Adventure then took Mike to California, where he soon began what would become a 42-year career with a major water district. “I started out digging ditches and eventually worked my way up to general superintendent,” Mike said. He and his wife, Margie, have been married for the past 29 years. Mike has a son and daughter and one stepdaughter.

After Mike retired in 1995, the couple traveled to the Rim Country to explore the area as a place to possibly relocate. They soon purchased a home in Diamond Point, on the eastern edge of Star Valley, where Mike spends most of his time maintaining their homestead. Margie is an active member in the Payson United Methodist Church.

A fan of classic country music, Mike lists Willie Nelson, George Strait, George Jones and Hank Williams, Sr. among his favorite artists.

A final note

New pictures I’ve added to my Web site are from last weekend’s Payson Community Kids Christmas party at the United Methodist Church, the Country Christmas Dinner benefit at Julia Randall Elementary School for the Joanne Clawson family and the Moose Lodge Children’s Christmas party in Star Valley.

’Twas a busy two days, but that was OK, because I saw a lot of children’s smiling faces, felt warmth in the places I went, and received a whole lot of love for the love I gave.

May you and your loved ones have a Merry Christmas.

DJ Craig, (928) 468-1482

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