From the Manager

Your success is our business


John Stanton

Dear Chamber Member or Prospective Chamber Member,

As this is the start of a new year, I want to thank you for your support of the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce. This is your Chamber, and we want to provide you with the best range of tools we can to assist your business in 2012.

It does not take a genius to know that we are involved in a trying time on a massive economic scale. It is the goal of the Chamber to provide you with as much information, networking opportunities, advertising availabilities and technical data as we can to assist you in the successful continuation of your business. The following items are potential actions that can enhance your Chamber involvement:

• Place your brochures and cards in the

Visitor Center

• Advertise in the 2012 Visitor’s Guide

(15,000 published, distributed

throughout Arizona) and in all

relocation packages

• Volunteer at the Visitor Center

• Advertise on the chamber website and

in the Chamber newsletter

• Inform the Chamber proactively of

your events, specials and important

dates so we can put them in our hard

copy calendar and on-line calendar

• Stop by the Chamber to let our

volunteers know about your business.

• Attend Chamber Mixers and “Business


Thank you, again, for your support of your Chamber. Please visit us or e-mail us at: with suggestions, comments, and yes, complaints.  

The Chamber relies upon its members for their involvement and welcomes your participation.

— John Stanton

Saluting our Volunteers of the Month

Irene McMann — January 2012


Irene McMann

Irene McMann volunteers on Friday afternoons in the Visitor Center. She is a joy to have as a volunteer as she is always upbeat and has an amazing sense of humor. Irene has been a resident of Rim Country since 1988, and a volunteer at the Chamber for 10 years. She loves the scenery in our area and believes the people are the greatest in Arizona. The biggest change in Payson that she recalls is the development of Highway 260.

Irene is a member of the Elks Club and attends Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church. Give her a call some Friday afternoon and ask her how many snakes are in the Payson area. You will get a kick out of her answer.

Irene is living proof that you are only as old as you feel. Oh, by the way, she recently celebrated her 90th birthday.

Gary Klein — February 2012


Gary Klein

Gary has been a volunteer at the Visitor Center since January of 2010. Gary is a very active volunteer; he recently painted the interior of the Visitor Center and it turned out great.

He has lived in Payson for 20 years and enjoys meeting new people and promoting the Rim Country.

Gary worked at Foxworth and Main Street Paint. Now that he is retired, he keeps himself busy doing volunteer work such as the Rodeo Parade, the Quilt Roundup, the Business Showcase and for the Town of Payson he takes care of the Dutch Oven Cooking contest at the Mountain High Games.

He recently went on his first cruise through the Panama Canal and has plans to cruise around the continent of Australia later this year. When he is not busy volunteering or cruising he enjoys woodworking, welding, camping, and photography. It is great having a volunteer who is able to share his knowledge with the visitors from around the world.


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