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Organizations: Thursday, October 18, 2012

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 14: The last general meeting had seven officers and seven members present; thank you! The Unit fell just two renewals short of reaching our first milestone of 55 percent toward our goal. Please keep those renewals coming in and be sure to change the envelope from National to show PO Box 4221 and 86402-4221. Approximately 35 Auxiliary members and Legionnaires from Districts 7 and 8 were present at Post 14 for the Department President's Special Project workshop on Oct. 6. We are needing help from our members to fill the "house and van" of clothing items, toiletries, and pet supplies for our homeless veterans. The Unit will be having a yard/craft/bake sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 8-9 at the VanHorn's home, and two additional fundraisers are in the works. Contact your officers for more information about any of these projects. Also at the meeting, the Unit voted to send $500 for various needs at the Bob Stump Northern Arizona VA Medical Center in Prescott. Thank you to our Kingman population who donated so generously at our last Poppy Day for helping to make this donation possible.

American Legion Post 14: A big thank-you to everyone who supported the Legion Riders' poker run last Saturday. The Toys for Tots program got a good boost. Also, thank you to DJ Wolfshade of for the rockin' music! Please make sure you check your newsletter for upcoming events, and if you didn't get one, call us at 753-3555 or stop by the Post and pick up an extra. We need Legion family members and their guests to support all of our activities. Post 14 is on the corner of Third and Oak in downtown Kingman. Our hours are noon to 6 p.m. every day, and we're flexible for events.

Kingman Area School Retirees Association: KASRA will meet at the Elks Club Tuesday [Oct. 23] for lunch, organization business and a program. Roger Jacks, superintendent of the Kingman Unified School District, will speak to our group about future plans for Lee Williams High School and other district issues. Members will be voting on a slate of officers for 2013-2015. Also, the winner of our annual mini-grant will be announced by the scholarship committee and we will hear a report about our participation in the Andy Devine Days Parade. We are encouraging all members who do volunteer work in any capacity and are not already connected to an RSVP station to bring their completed application forms to the October meeting. Forms will be available for those who have not yet picked one up. For questions or additional information, please call Roxie Marolf at 757-5492 or Duane Nelson at 692-1416.

Rescue Unwanted Furry Friends Foundation: A barbecue, dance and auction is being held Friday at Shugrue's in Lake Havasu. Proceeds go toward helping the 300 animals cared for by the shelter. For more information, go to or call (928) 565-BARK (2275).

Vietnam Veterans of America: This month's meeting takes place at 6 p.m. Oct. 25 at VFW Post 10386, 3036 John L Ave. in Kingman.

Kingman Pinochle Club: Winners for the games of 10-13-12 were: First, Pat Doty; Second, Warren Knudson; Third, Joann Brown.

Friday Bridge: Here are the results of last Friday's game, with four tables in play: 1. Donna Blaschak and Bryan Carlson; 2. James Blaschak and Trey Gordon; 3. Karla Kay and Dan Lordahl; 4. Lorraine Leenhouts and Bert Leenhouts.

TOPS AZ 0287: Kingman Take Off and Keep Off Pounds Sensibly met Oct. 12 for their monthly awards meeting and presentations. Joyce Smith called the meeting to order. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and all sang "God Bless America." The TOPS Pledge was recited as was the KOPS Pledge, with gold pins given out. Memory Burkett led the group in songs. During the business session, details were shared for the Fall Rally to be held Nov. 10, in Topock. The meeting was then turned over to Laura Hignite for September awards. The table was decorated in lovely fall decorations. KOPS Ballerina was achieved by Nancy Hilton, and TOPS Ballerina went to Diane Bush. Six months at or below goal charms went to Laura Hignite and B.J. Ridgeway. Gold beads were presented to 16 KOPS for being at or below goal. Darlene Sweet received charms for 12 weeks of consecutive losses. Ten unconsecutive losses went to April Senediak. KOPS turning in 13 gold pins for 13 weeks of being at or below goal charms: Marge Esposito, Pat Gnodle, Laura Hignite and Sylvia Schneider. Best losers in all divisions charms went to Norma Anderson, Ruth Angle, Diane Bush, Memory Burkett and Darlene Sweet. Six month perfect attendance was awarded to Peggy Smith. Perfect Attendance beads went to 35 members. Turning in five felt exercise bikes for first place was Venita Barnes. The walking award - first place felt shoes - went to Ruth Cisney. September walking and exercise awards went to Venita Barnes, Ruth Cisney, Dee Hudson, Donna Mumford and Darlene Sweet. Our chapter meets each Friday morning at St. John's Methodist Church in the social hall on Kino Street. Weigh-in begins at 7:30 a.m. and closes at 9 a.m. The meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. Visitors and new members are welcome. For more information, call Joyce Smith at (928) 377-5852 or (800) 932-8677, or look at our website:

Belles of St. Mary's: Did you know there is such a thing as a pumpkin-flavored Hershey's Kiss? The Belles know. Cruise director Chris C. presented goody treat bags to all the Belles at last Tuesday's meeting. Needless to say, the bags of treats held center stage for a prolonged time span - the smacking of lips was quite noticeable even as president Marietta brought us back to order. Our extremely well-attended meeting (22 ladies!) included newcomer Pam L. From the looks of her happy smile, we Belles met and surpassed her expectations for our ladies group! The meeting produced several allocations of funds - a sponsorship to the annual tea party on Saturday and a donation for the food concession set for the Oct. 27 Hallow's Eve Party hosted by our teen group. Our main fundraising raffle will have five categories: We propose a children's basket, a pet basket, a garden basket, a Christmas canopy basket and, of course, our ever popular Christmas Basket of Cheer! Ticket sales begin the weekend of Thanksgiving, so round up all those little free address labels and help the Belles set a record. Countdown: Four and a half weeks to the Day of Thanksgiving, and that means eight weeks to the Feast of the Nativity, or we can stress the five weeks to Advent. Got that? In other words, prepare to bid 2012 farewell. I pray we all did well with the time our Lord granted to us ... Don't miss Monday as the day set aside to remember Blessed John Paul II, a holy man.

Wednesday Party Bridge: The winners on Oct. 10 were: first place, Rita Selk; second place, Paul Tenoso; and third place, Barbara Gracin.

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