Hugs And Tears At Scaf Awards


The Senior Dining Room was packed Saturday night as the P/S Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation (SCAF) volunteers gathered for the 2013 Volunteer Awards Dinner.

It takes many hands and hearts to fulfill the SCAF mission, and you could feel the deep commitment of service to others permeate the room through the dedicated individuals in attendance.


In an emotional presentation at the SCAF Volunteer Awards Dinner, Walt and Willene Smith, who must relocate to the Valley, were honored for their extraordinary and dedicated service to the P/S community and Gila County for more than 20 years.

One could not help thinking, if all the goodness within the room could be harnessed and released throughout the world, what a wonderful and different world it would be.

Thrift Store Supervisor Rhonda Bossert spoke of the difficulty in selecting the Volunteer of the Year when every SCAF volunteer exceeds the highest expectations, performing above and beyond any preconceived notions of volunteerism. Bossert acknowledged the higher purpose served by each volunteer and how each person is as unique as the job they perform. Volunteers are matched to a job that fits their personality — whether making tacos, sorting through boxes, identifying mysterious objects or assisting customers.

She expressed gratitude for unity as everyone, without hesitation, jumped in to fill the shoes of another this year, when members were confronted by serious health issues.

The 2013 Volunteer of the Year went to Kathryn Weese, one of the thrift shop’s oldest volunteers, whose age doesn’t slow her down! She has reported for duty every single day the shop doors were open since 2009.

The evening brought nostalgia, tears and a special appearance by Gila County District One Supervisor Tommie Martin as SCAF President Dave Burkhart presented a special award to “two of the greatest volunteers in the community.”

Prominent, respected and beloved longtime area residents, Walt and Willene Smith, were honored for 20 years of dedicated service to the P/S community. Both have served on virtually every board, community group and project, having a significant and lasting legacy.

Highly regarded for steadfast commitment to fire safety as president of P/S Fuel Reduction, Walt has also devoted his time, talent and expertise to the fire board, zoning commission, CERCA, SCAF and numerous organizations.

Willene is a founding member and past president of the AZ Quilting Guild. She spearheaded the local Strawberry Patchers and DPS Quilt Angels, for which she earned the DPS Medal of Valor. In addition to devoted community service, she was inducted into the AZ Quilters Hall of Fame and participated in the AZ Centennial Quilt project.

Burkhart said, “Their contributions are far too long to list.”

There was not a dry eye as he announced the couple were relocating to the Valley for health reasons and wished that luck, love and laughter would be with them always.

In closing, Roger Fornoff stressed that more SCAF volunteers are needed and to spread the word to friends and neighbors.

Celebrate apples

The P/S Business Community (PSBC) invites you to kick off the holiday season this weekend with an old-fashioned family-friendly event at the Fall Apple Festival and Antique Show at P/S Community Center and Cultural Hall.

Festival hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Come enjoy food, vendors, entertainment, a children’s craft booth (Saturday), antique tractors, the second annual Antique Show and apples!

The Chili Cookoff is Saturday at 11 a.m. Get a wrist band for $5 and taste entries submitted by businesses and individuals who are out to knock your socks off and win great prizes with their delicious and unique chili recipe.

The Knights of Columbus will sponsor a pancake breakfast — complete with sausage and orange juice — at 7 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

Proceeds from the festival benefit local non-profit community groups.

Builder’s Club receives national award

The P/S School Builder’s Club members do numerous community projects and have received many awards. The students were honored once again Friday, Sept. 27 in a flag ceremony at the school.

They received the prestigious Zeller Award for their contribution to Project Eliminate. Recognizing them were the Kiwanis District Conference in Phoenix and the Kiwanis International Confer­ence in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The P/S students were the only Builder’s Club to receive the award.

Congratulations to the school, staff and students for continually bringing positive recognition to the community. Please let the local students know that you are proud of their efforts.

Rim Country Quilt Roundup

The Ninth Annual Rim Country Quilt Roundup is Friday, Oct. 11 through Sunday, Oct. 13 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Exhibition Hall in Payson.

This is a regional quilt show with quilt appraiser Gail VanHorsen, nationally recognized teacher Sharon Schamber, classes, lectures, vendor mall, shop hop, exhibit, awards banquet and $3,500 in prize money.

Admission is $5 (age 12 and under are free). Bring a non-perishable food item for the food bank and receive a ticket for a daily drawing. 

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P/S School encourages you to save boxtops through the Boxtops4education program. There are many products with the boxtops on them. Folks can also earn boxtops shopping online at Boxtop Marketplace.

So far this year, the school has collected over $600 worth of boxtops. They really add up.

Collection boxes are located at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library, post office and the school. 

For further information, contact Diane Bowman at (928) 476-3579.

Diane would also like to remind you that the holidays are coming and as the need continues to grow, your support is needed for the P/S Food Bank. All donations are tax deductible. Remem­ber those in need in our community.

Taste at The Bridge

Get ready for the Taste at The Bridge from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19 at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park. The Friends of Tonto Natural Bridge invite you to the second annual benefit dinner. The proceeds directly benefit the Friends’ efforts to improve this beautiful park and keep it open. They are still accepting sponsors of all levels and collecting donated items for an auction. Tickets are $50 per person and are available at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce in Payson.

For additional information on the event or sponsorship, please contact Maureen Walsh or go to

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