Clubs And Organizations


Payson Rodeo Committee meeting

The Payson Rodeo Committee is now meeting to make final preparations for the upcoming August rodeo. It will meet on the following Tuesdays — July 10, 17, 31 and Aug. 7 — prior to the August rodeo. The meeting time is at 6 p.m. at the Best Western Inn of Payson.

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 Gila County 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

Beyond Limits Disability Ministry

Beyond Limits, an interdenominational Christian group for adults with developmental disabilities, will hold its meeting this month at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, July 10.

The Seventh Day Adventist Church will host the event, where a free meal will be provided along with music and inspiration by Shirley Feather. Participants are encouraged to bring family and friends.

Beyond Limits, a non-profit 501 (c) 3 charitable organization, has been providing services in the Payson area since 2005. For questions or further information, call Mark or Jennie Smith at (928) 468-8434.

Senior Circle calendar

Attend the 11:30 a.m. Lunch and Learn Wednesday, July 11 — “My Aching Feet” with Dr. Ivan McLaws. He will discuss plantar fasciitis, heel spurs and talotarsal dislocation, some of the common conditions affecting millions of people of all ages throughout the world.

Just a reminder that July is open enrollment for the Tonto Apache Gym where Senior Circle members receive a substantial discount. For more information, please call (928) 472-9290.

Wednesday, July 18 is the monthly member luncheon. Pot roast and all the trimmings will be served, followed by an ice cream social. Cost is $4.

Senior Circle is located at 215 N. Beeline Highway.

Pine/Strawberry Writers Association

The newly forming Pine/ Strawberry Writers Association will have its first meeting from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 11 at the Pine Library annex, 6124 W. Randall Place in Pine.

Four local authors — Lana Swearingen, Nancy Burns, Dennis Lee and Dee Dees — are the organizers of the group, but hope other local writers will become involved. The group is being sponsored by the Pine Public Library.

The first meeting will allow for introductions of everyone present, followed by open discussion to share expectations and ideas for the direction of the group. This is an opportunity for you to have input on what you would like the group to become. Everyone is welcome to attend, regardless of writing experience or preferred genre.

RSVPs to deedees44@hotmail .com are appreciated, but not required.  

Paws in the Park

Due to the July 4 holiday, July’s meeting has been postponed to this week. The meeting will be at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 11, at the new building of the Humane Society of Central Arizona. A tour of the building is on the agenda. The new building is on South McLane behind where the old building was located. Enter just past the garage on the corner of Main and McLane. Visitors are welcome.

Rimstones Rock Club

Payson Rimstones Rock Club will meet at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 11 at Rumsey Park, Ramada #4, west of the Payson Public Library, 328 McLane Road.

This is the final off-site meeting and we will be back in the library for the rest of the year.

Crafters wanted

Crafters and exhibitors are invited to enter the annual Eastern Star Craft Fair, which will be Sept. 29-30. For details, contact Louise at (928) 478-6133 or Nancy at (928) 970-2147.

Calling all ladies

Have you ever seen a bunch of senior ladies, wildly dressed? Wearing beautiful, wild Red Hats with lots of feathers? Ever wonder what they do? Wonder no more.

Come to one of Fancy Flair of Red’s luncheon meetings and see for yourself. Good company, good fun and door prizes await you.

No RSVP needed. If you are 55 to 100, the door’s open. We meet the second Wednesday of every month at different establishments. Contact Queen Mum Mary Smith at 468-8766 for more information.

Reaching Out Breast Cancer Support Group

The Reaching Out Breast Cancer Support Group meets from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., the second Thursday of each month at Mount Cross Lutheran Church, 601 E. Highway 260 (just past Safeway).

Contact Ilona, (928) 472-3331 or Arlynne, (928) 474-9568.

Payson Tea Party hosts legislative candidates

Our legislative District 6 candidates Chester Crandell, running for Arizona State Senate; Brenda Barton re-running for Arizona House of Representatives; and new candidate Bob Thorpe running for Arizona House of Representatives; will speak at the Payson Tea Party meeting Thursday, July 12 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Tiny’s Family Restaurant. Please join us! Call (928) 468-1131 for more information.

Bridge results

Tuesday Bridge Club results for July 3 were: Jerri Koch, first; Betty da Costa, second; Mary Kemp, third.

We play 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.

Winners in Wednesday Duplicate Bridge for July 4 were: Sherry Proctor and Myrtle Warter, first; Sue and Larry Hoecker, second; Hallie Jackman and Phon Sutton, third.

For information and reservations, please call Kay Hutchinson at (928) 474-0287.

Rim Country Celts

The Rim Country Celts group will celebrate its first anniversary at 6 p.m., Thursday, July 12 with a potluck and birthday cake at the Payson Elks RV Park Gazebo.

All Celts, friends and anyone interested in the Celtic culture are invited and asked to bring a large dish to share.

For information, call Lloyd Gibson at (575) 649-5015.

Celebrate Recovery

Celebrate Recovery is a group for those with hurts, habits and hang-ups. Celebrate God’s healing power through eight recovery principles and Christ-centered 12 steps. Meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. Mondays at Mountain Bible Church.

For more information, call (928) 472-7800.

Democrats host wine and cheese reception

The Arizona Democratic Party invites you to a wine and cheese reception honoring the Gila County Democratic Party to be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 20 at Gila County Democratic Party Headquarters, 1101 S. Beeline Highway.

Tickets are $15 each (checks made payable to Arizona Democratic Party). RSVP online at or contact Rebecca Pringle at (602) 234-6821 or

Contributions are not tax deductible for state or federal income tax purposes.

Elks Lodge steak dinner

The Payson Elks Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Highway, will hold a steak dinner with all the trimmings Saturday, July 28. Guests are welcome.

The Payson Elks Jam Band performs from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., followed by the meal from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Junction 87 will play live music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. The cover charge for those not eating will be $10 or 2 for $15.


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