Clubs And Organizations, Jan. 14

Bill Pitterle

Bill Pitterle


Library Friends of Payson host Bill Pitterle

The Library Friends of Payson will host Bill Pitterle, commander of the Tonto Rim Search and Rescue Squad, at its 10:30 a.m., Monday, Jan. 20 program. Pitterle will speak about the mission and experiences of the local rescue team. The squad includes high-angle rope rescue specialists, emergency medical technicians, swift water rescue teams and trackers who respond to emergencies in the wilderness. These dedicated volunteers respond to about 30 to 50 calls per year, day or night, when summoned by the Gila County Sheriff’s Office. The meeting is held in the library meeting room, it starts with a short business meeting at 10 a.m., and the program will begin at 10:30 a.m. The public is invited to both the business meeting and the free program. The library will be closed for Martin Luther King Day, so please enter at the side meeting door. There will be signs on the doors to direct you to the meeting room. For questions, please call the library at (928) 474-9260.

Masonic Lodge

The Sy Harrison Masonic Lodge #70, located at 200 E. Rancho Road in Payson, meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m. A dinner is held at 5:30 p.m. every second Tuesday for members, families and guests with an after-dinner program followed by the lodge’s stated meeting at 7 p.m.

For more information, go online to or contact Tom Jones, secretary, at (928) 474-1305 or (818) 314-9950.

Payson Pro Rodeo Committee

Payson Pro Rodeo Committee meets the second Tuesday of every month in the Swiss Village Best Western’s conference building at 6 p.m. New members welcome.

For information, call (928) 472-7294.

Beyond Limits Disability Ministry

Beyond Limits will kick off the new year with this month’s meeting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 14 at Payson First Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway. A delicious free dinner will be provided, followed by music and an inspirational program.

Family members, caregivers and service providers are always welcome to join us.

Beyond Limits is an interdenominational Christian group for adults with developmental disabilities, age 18 and older.

The ministry, which began in 2005, is a 501(c) 3 non-profit charitable organization.

For questions or further information, call Mark or Jennie Smith at 468-8434.

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.

The lodge has a Thursday fish fry from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and weekly dinner specials are available.

The Moose Lodge is located on East Highway 260 in Star Valley. For more information, call (928) 474-6212.

Join the Gila County Sheriff’s Posse

The Gila County Sheriff’s Posse is looking for new members.

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

Rim Country 4 Wheelers

Members of the Rim Country 4 Wheelers invite anyone interested in 4-wheeling to join them at 9 a.m. each Wednesday in the parking lot at the east end of Bashas’ by Jiffy Lube. Normally anywhere from four to a dozen or more members participate and the destination is usually determined at that time. Runs also occur once a month on a Saturday and the destination is usually predetermined at the prior month’s meeting.

For more information, visit the Web site

International Police Association

The International Police Association (I.P.A. Region 61 Northern AZ) meets for breakfast at Mazatzal Casino Restaurant at 9 a.m. every Wednesday. All honorably retired law enforcement and active law enforcement personnel are welcome.

For more information, call Michelle Dyer at (928) 970-0247 or go online to


Soroptimist International of Zane Grey Country meets at noon every Wednesday at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260. For more information, please contact Sandi Scott, (928) 978-4748 or Audrey Wilson, (928) 472-9380.

Alzheimer’s caregivers support groups

The Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group invites caregivers, families, service providers and members of the community to attend any or all of the following:

First and third Wednesdays of the month from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Senior Center.

Second and fourth Thursdays of the month from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Senior Center.

For more details, call Shirley, (602) 697-4870 or Mary, (928) 474-3560. The Payson Senior Center is located at 514 W. Main St.

All Scouts registration

An all Scouts registration is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 15 at the Payson Elks Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Highway.

Registration for Girl Scouts is for those in kindergarten through the 12th grade; those in the first through fifth grades participate in Cub Scouts; while those in the sixth through 12th grades will register for Boy Scouts.

The program also needs volunteers and adult leadership of all ages.

For questions contact: Rhonda Evans, (928) 978-2098; Don Flowers, (480) 329-3314; or Alex Romberger, (928) 970-1892.

Democratic Club

The Democratic Club of Northern Gila County welcomes Jim Holway, candidate for Corporation Commission to its meeting at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 15 at the Payson Public Library meeting room. Everyone is welcome to attend and meet him.

Payson Area Stroke Survivors

Payson Area Stroke Survivors, a support group for stroke survivors and their caregivers will not have its regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday, Jan. 15. Instead the group will meet at noon, Friday, Jan. 17 at the Cedar Ridge Restaurant at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino for lunch and a speaker.

For information call Cyndi at (928) 970-0320.

Bridge results

Winners in Wednesday Duplicate Bridge for Jan. 8 were: Mary Kastner and Tim Demaray, first; Ruth Aucott and Judy Fox, second; George Aucott and Steve Fox, third.

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

TOPS 0373

TOPS 0373 Payson (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter meets at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, Payson. 

We meet every Thursday morning. Our weigh-in starts at 7 a.m.  Our meeting starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 8:50 a.m. 

We are a non-profit support group for anyone wishing to drop those extra, unhealthy pounds. You gain new friends, along with invaluable information and support in your weight loss journey.  Come check us out! If you have any questions, call Ilona at (928) 472-3331.

Archaeological Society

The Rim Country Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society will meet Saturday, Jan. 18.  Guest speakers Steve and Lois Hirst will discuss Earlier Days in Havasupai Country, 1900 - 1970. 

The Hirsts made their home in Havasu Canyon, at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, for 11 years.  Steve has authored several books, including the award winning I Am the Grand Canyon. 

The meeting will be in the Fellowship Hall of the Church of the Holy Nativity, 1414 Easy Street, Payson.  The program begins at 10 a.m.  The group meets the third Saturday of each month. Any residents and visitors with an interest in the prehistory of the Southwest are always welcome.

Flying Club

The Payson Flying Club will meet at 6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 20 at Tiny’s, 600 E. Hwy. 260, Payson. For details, call Bob Giarraputo at (928) 474-9482.

Payson Amnesty International

Amnesty International is one of the largest and oldest grass roots human rights organizations in the world.  Through letter writing, petitioning and human rights actions, members shine a light on human rights in our community and throughout the world. Join the local Amnesty International Chapter from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, Jan. 20 at Payson United Methodist Church, 414 Easy St. as members celebrate a year of human rights successes and plan for a new year of human rights actions and events. For more information call Penny at (928) 978-1268.

Financial coffee club

Learn about the market with a free cup of coffee at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 21 at Dimi Espresso, 612 N. Beeline Hwy., Payson. Discussing current events, the economy and investing in a relaxed, informal setting is a great way to get to know each other. Call today to reserve a space for yourself and a guest, (928) 468-1470. Hosted by Chris Walsh, Edward Jones Financial Advisor, member SIPC.

Senior Circle

Travel plans are being made for a trip to Mesquite’s Fifth Annual BransonFest Out West, Feb. 3-6. The cost is $350 per person, double occupancy and $450 per person, single.

Call the Senior Circle, (928) 472-9290, to make a reservation soon.

The Payson Regional Medical Center’s Senior Circle’s next Lunch and Learn is on neuropathy and nerve pain, presented by Dr. Kristy Gill at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 22.

Make a reservation 48 hours in advance by calling (928) 472-9290. The Senior Circle is at 215 N. Beeline Highway, Payson.


Kiwanis now meets at 6 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino and at 7 a.m. at Tiny’s on the other Thursdays. For more information call (602) 510-9431.


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