1/17/2013 6:00:00 AM Organizations: Thursday, January 17, 2013
AARP: The next Safe Driving classes will be 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday (both days required) at Kingman Regional Medical Center, 3269 Stockton Hill Road. Call Bob Welke at (928) 754-2541 for reservations and information.
American Legion Post 14: Mother Nature prevented District Commander Miller from attending our meeting last week, but he's going to give it another go for our next general membership meeting on Feb. 14. In the meantime, we have a District 7 meeting at 11 a.m. Sunday at Post 22 in Golden Valley. Weather is predicted to be nice, and it would be great to have a huge Post 14 representation. Don't forget the SAL pool tournament on Saturday starting at noon. Five bucks gets you in; double elimination. Call the Post at 753-3555 or check your newsletter for more information on this and other upcoming events. Post 14 is on the corner of Third and Oak in downtown Kingman. Our regular hours are noon to 6 p.m., and we're flexible for meetings and events.
Friday Afternoon Bridge Club: The winners on Jan. 11 were: first place, Jeannie Clegg and Virginia Mead; second place, Kay Klaus and Jerry Lipson; and third place, Shirley Lantz and Sandy Miles.
Belles of St. Mary's: We all remember Abbott and Costello, Martin and Lewis; comedy teams from our days past, yes? This past Tuesday, we Belles were introduced to the "Chris and Marie" celebrity team. We expected fun and games during our "Not So Silent Auction," but the night evolved into an uproarious knee-slapping series of outright comedy scenes. Chris unveiled her best impersonation of Vanna White and Marie gave Dolly Parton a run for her title! Mary St. J's cousin unexpectedly was stranded in Kingman and was rolling with laughter at the antics of these two "celebs." All the Belles joined in the fun, smiles beaming and arms loaded with treasure! Now to business: February is packed with events. We will have our annual Candy and Sweets Sale on Feb. 9 and 10. Our monthly meeting is set for Feb. 12, and we plan to start KP duty that night for Ash Wednesday serving. How's that for dedication? As to our spiritual enrichment, this past Sunday turned our attention to the Baptism of the Lord. St. John the Baptist points to the Christ and says, "Behold the Lamb of God." Once the prophecy was fulfilled, the voice of God the Father is heard to declare "this is my beloved Son, in You I am well pleased." Please note that this is one of only two times God gave testimony to a human being. (The second: at the Transfiguration of Jesus on the mountain.) This testimony (a declaration of fact given by God Himself) was pointed out by Father Matthew. Think on it - it is awesome!
Friends of the Golden Valley Library: The Friends Book Sale will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Books will sell for $2 a bag (our bag). We have many books on just about every subject - law, music, mysteries, romances, children's books, science and many more. Treat yourself to hours of reading pleasure. In case of rain, the book sale will be rescheduled. The Golden Valley Library is at 3417 N. Verde Road, and the phone number is 565-2989.
Kingman Area School Retirees' Association: KASRA will meet at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Elks Lodge for a luncheon and ceremony. Mary Ann Vath, president-elect of the state association (AASRA), will conduct the installation of new officers for 2013-2015. These officers are: president, Paul Tribbett; vice president, Marilyn Johnson; secretary, Theresa Grumbles, and treasurer, Sandie Womack. All school retirees are most welcome to attend. Please remember to submit your 2012 volunteer hours at this meeting (estimates acceptable) and also pay your 2013 dues if you have not already done so. There will be a drawing for something special, with funds going towards our mini-grant award, so be sure to bring a little extra cash if interested! For more information, call Duane Nelson at 692-1416.
Kingman Community Foundation: Come one, come all, for a fun night of bingo at the Kingman Community Foundation, 2985 John L. Ave. (Masonic Lodge No. 79) every Friday and Saturday. Doors open at 4 p.m., the kitchen opens at 5 p.m. and games start at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds help Masonic charities.
Kingman Pinochle Club: The winners on Jan. 12 were: first, Tom Suminski; second, Flo Ragsdale; and third, John Goryl. For more information, call Pat at (928) 718-1253.
Kingman Republican Men's Club: KRM is coming up on its first meeting of the New Year on Monday (the Martin Luther King holiday), and we will be starting off the year with a bang (pun not intended!). For our meeting, we will be having the only Mohave County appearance of the two candidates for the position of chairman of the Arizona Republican Party. The candidates are Robert Graham, a Phoenix businessman, and Doug Little, a Scottsdale NRA instructor and businessman. This is a very important position, as the central committee in Phoenix represents the nerve center of the efforts to strengthen the party in Arizona and to resist the federal government's encroachments on our freedoms. As always, we welcome the public to these meetings, and as this is a school holiday, we welcome children and families to the event as well. As has been noted in the Miner, women are now full voting members of the organization, and we now have our first female officer. The cost of the meeting is $13, which includes lunch, and the time of the meeting is 11:30 a.m. For more information, call 530-3637.
Laureate Beta Epsilon: Laureate Beta Epsilon had a very happy and enjoyable holiday season. Donations were made to the Kingman Regional Medical Center Tree of Lights in memory of the soldiers serving and those having served in the military who lost their lives for our country. Joann Reisbeck held the meeting at her home, where the sisters exchanged gifts with each other. The theme for the meeting was "traditions." A discussion was held on the tradition each had upon growing up and the traditions that they had changed with moving away from family and having their own families. Good food was served and much holiday spirit. The chapter members spent New Year's Eve at the home of Marsha and Bud Gatlin, visiting with each other and "remembering past New Year's Eves" was the theme for the evening. Laughter and friendship greeted the year of 2013 together to form further good memories. Guests for the evening were Ryan Saunders, Ray Saunders, Chris Russell and Sid Kindig. The first meeting for Laureate Beta Epsilon in 2013 was held at the home of Roxie Daniel. Author Donna Bainton was the speaker for the evening. Donna gave a talk on Meridian Tapping with a demonstration in which the chapter members participated. The evening was enjoyable and very informative to all members. We would like to thank Donna for all the information she gave to help reach goals for our inner selves. We also would like to thank Camille Patula for inviting our guest. Laureate Beta Epsilon would like to wish residents of Kingman a Happy New Year.
Mentally Ill Kids in Distress (MIKID): There will be a Kingman Family Support Meeting open to the public for anyone who has a special needs child or young adult in their life. The meeting will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Abundant Life Family Worship Center, 1212 Stockton Hill Road. This will be a free IEP/504 training workshop. Understanding a 504, IEP basics and parent's rights in special education will be discussed. For more information, call Tracy Sullivan at (928) 302-8251 or Cheryl Borden at (928) 550-2823.
Rescued Unwanted Furry Friends Foundation: It's time once again for the Sixth Annual Feed a Furry Friend for the Holidays Frenzy, benefiting RUFFF! Donations of dog and cat food and treats, or any pet items, can be dropped off at Swanty's Chrysler/Jeep in Bullhead City and Arizona Hay and Farm Supply in Golden Valley. Businesses participating in Kingman are Toni's Cleaner's, 2205 Airway Ave.; Stockton HIll Feed, 4250 Stockton Hill Road; Russel's Auto and RV Repair, 4065 N. Banks St.; Swanty's Chrysler/Jeep at 2620 Andy Devine; and Hyundai Martin Swanty, 4180 Stockton Hill Road, through Jan. 31. Call (928) 565-BARK for pickup of any large or heavy items. Gently used dog/cat beds, cat trees, dog houses, etc. are all needed and appreciated. Daily volunteers are also needed mornings for animal care! RUFFF has many wonderful animals for adoption please - give us a call today!
TOPS AZ 0287 Kingman: Taking Off Pounds and Keeping Off Pounds met Jan. 11 for their monthly awards meeting and presentations. Due to the illness of leader Joyce Smith, co-leader Ruth Cisney called the meeting to order at 9:30 a.m. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and the members sang "God Bless America." The TOPS Pledge was recited and the business session included Beverly Prader announcing the new contest and discussion concerning upcoming election and positions to sign up for. The KOPS Pledge was recited and gold pins given to each KOPS. Ruth Cisney announced that a celebration for Howard Snell's birthday will be held Saturday. Venita Barnes presented Spotlight on KOPS and Viola Emans received her 11-year numeral for maintaining at or within limit or below goal. Viola gave a short speech of her years achieving this special award. Following the business meeting, the awards presentation began with Laura Hignite and and Vera Gates. KOPS Ballerina was achieved by Vera Gates, KOPS Prince by Danny Velderrain and TOPS Ballerina by Peggy Perkins. Thirteen weeks of calorie charting: April Senediak and Darlene Sweet. Ten Non-Consecutive weeks of Losses charms: Sharon Early, Peggy Perking and April Senediak. KOPS turning in 13 gold pins awards: Mary Ann Chwaszczewski, Pat Gnodle, Laura Hignite and Dee Hudson. Division 3, first place best loser award: Peggy Perkins. KOPS six month at or below charm: Patsy Brocnik. Six months of perfect attendance: Ruth Cisney. Gold beads were given to 14 KOPS for being at or below goal for December. Perfect attendance beads to 25 members. Winners for exercising and walking awards: Venita Barnes, Ruth Cisney, Viola Emans, Donna Mumford, April Senediak and Darlene Sweet. Darlene Sweet won the 50/50. The meeting was adjourned and the Circle of Friendship formed. Our chapter meets every Friday morning at St. Johns Methodist Church social hall on Kino St. Weigh-in begins at 7:30 a.m., closing at 9. The meeting begins at 9:30 a.m., closing at 10:30 a.m. New member and visitors are most welcome. For more information, call Joyce Smith, (928) 377-5852 or (800) 932-8677. The website www.tops.org.
Vietnam Veterans of America, Mohave County Chapter 975: The VVA Mohave County Chapter 975 will be having their next meeting at 6 p.m. Jan. 24 at VFW Post 10386, 3036 John L Ave., Kingman. For information, call (928) 681-4709.
Wednesday Party Bridge: The winners on Jan. 9 were: first place, Sarah Peters; second place, Shirley McQuinn; and third place, Fay Pope. Last week's third-place winner was Barry Pope. We reported the wrong last name.
Xi Beta Phi: The only meeting in December was a potluck dinner at Colleen Faucher's home. The theme was "Christmas," with gifts exchanged for secret sisters. The January meeting was held at Betty Lou Reed's home with Pat Mullen serving as host and co-hostess. Pat presented an informative meeting about Women Making History. The deadline for submitting nomination forms is Sunday. The WMH quilt was on display for the sisters to view. The quilt was handmade by Karin Goudy. Facts about WMH are: in 1980, President Jimmy Carter proclaimed one week in March every year dedicated to women's history, and in 1987 the U.S. Congress declared March as Women Making History month. Our sister, Delores Shinn, lost her precious husband, John, on Dec. 19. Our thoughts and prayers are extended to Delores and her family.