American Legion Post 14: We've had an incredible response for the "early bird" event on Saturday! While it starts at 5 p.m., we'd like to ask participants to stagger your arrival times a bit so we can be sure to have enough seating for everyone. We appreciate your enthusiasm and support. Mark Dec. 7 on your calendars for our new member initiation and flag retirement ceremonies, and stay tuned for details. Post 14 is located at 225 E. Oak St.
Belles of St. Mary's: "The bitterest tears shed over a grave are for the words left unsaid and the deeds left undone..." Those stirring words were written by Harriet Beecher Stowe. We share them this November as we pray for all the holy souls in purgatory and march toward that special day of giving thanks - for our lives, our families and our blessings. And to whom do we offer these prayers of thanksgiving? In this secular world, be sure to stress we give praise, glory and thanksgiving to our triune God. The Belles' meeting last Tuesday will be reported on next week. We look forward to any updates, antics and accomplishments we can spotlight for all to enjoy. One of our younger Belles was feted with a baby shower - details to follow. This is newsworthy because most of our Belles are already grandmothers and many are great-grandmothers! An opportunity to coo and cluck over a newborn is a blessing to be cherished. We will end this week's article with a plea for donations to benefit our friends in need. Fact: 50-70 percent of the local Vincentians are Belles and Catholic gentlemen. With that said, we have permission to hand out grocery bags with a list of much-needed non-perishable food items on Nov. 23-24. We will collect these bags two weekends later on Dec. 14-15. Along with all turkeys donated to this cause on Turkey Tuesday (Nov. 26 at Basha's), the Christmas food boxes will be ready for distribution under the excellent command of Karen Putt, first vice chair. Anything you can donate is very much needed right here in our own back yard. In anticipation, we say thank you!
Downwinders of Mohave County: On Nov. 5, U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar took time from his busy schedule at the Eastside Shell gas station to address the Downwinders of Mohave County. He explained the lengthy steps it takes to get a bill through congress. Gosar was also available to answer any questions about the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act. Mohave County Supervisor Gary Watson, Downwinder treasurer Eddie Dene Pattillo and Downwinder representative Danielle Stephens were present for the conference. For more information, call (928) 765-2242 or visit www.downwindersofmohavecounty.com.
Friday Afternoon Bridge Club: The winners on Nov. 8 were: first place, Wolfgang Vorbau and Trey Gordon; second place, Dorothy Jackson and Mary Jane Clegg; and tied for third and fourth places, Lorraine and Bert Leenhouts, and Bryan Carlson and Donna Blaschak.
Kingman Elks Lodge No. 468: There will be a health fair and holiday bazaar in the dining room at 9 a.m. Nov. 23. You can see local artists and have a blood pressure and diabetes test. Also, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., there will be a Thanksgiving dinner in the lodge dining room. The cost is $10. For information, call (928) 753-2547. The following is a list of events for the coming week: Tacos: 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, main dining room; Bingo: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. (doors open at 4) Thursday, main dining room. Friday night dinner: 5 to 7 p.m., main dining room. Pizza night: 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, main dining room. Meeting Night: 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday (second and fourth of each month), food service in clubroom. Lunch: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, club room. For information on all regular events, call (928) 753-2547.
Kingman Pinochle Club: The winners on Nov. 9 were: first, Pat Dody; second, Joann Brown; and third, Flo Ragsdale. For more information, call Pat at (928) 718-1253.
Kingman Republican Men's Club: KRM, now with some great Republican women, invite the public to come to our next meeting at 11:30 a.m. Monday at the Dambar Steakhouse, 1960 E. Andy Devine Ave. We have three orders of business for this meeting, so you don't want to miss this one. First off, we have Sam Medrano making his first appearance. Sam is running for the position of Arizona state representative. He is a former vice-mayor of Bullhead City, and this is his first run for statewide office. Second, we will have members of the Kingman City Council discussing the general plan and ideas to raise revenue, and they will answer any of your questions. Third, we will be taking a poll as to whether we should change our name - this was discussed at the last meeting and is a momentous change. We also want to let everyone know that the meeting is open to the public and does not require reservations. Women are invited as well. It costs $3, with optional lunch on your own. We will now have a drawing, and the winner will have lunch paid for by the club. For more information, call (928) 530-3637, or just come to the Dambar the third Monday of each month.
Kingman Social Club: On Tuesday, the KSC will hold its "No Host" luncheon meeting at 11:30 a.m. at Dora's Beale Street Deli, 509 E. Beale St. There will be no speaker in November. Instead, we will vote for new officers and decide which organization to donate money to. The Kingman Social Club is an organization open to all of Kingman and surrounding areas. We do a variety of fundraisers throughout the year and donate the money to different organizations that help the less fortunate. There will be no "dine out" this month due to Thanksgiving. There will be a Christmas party at 5 p.m. Dec. 14 at Dora's. Please bring one wrapped gift if you are single, and two if you have a partner. Bring a gift you would give to a special friend or mom. No joke gifts please. You can make reservations with Vi Butler at the meeting, or you can contact her at (928) 377-3384. For more information about the Kingman Social Club and its activities, contact John Boersma, president, at (928) 692-7553.
Wednesday Party Bridge: The winners on Nov. 6 were: first place, J.T. Perkins; second place, a tie between Barbara Brown and Lorna Gabby.
Whistle Stop Railroad Club: The club members appreciate the community's response to the Kingman Railroad Museum's Special Model Railroad Exhibit last Saturday. The museum's permanent operating N-gauge, HO-gauge, and Lionel (O-gauge) model railroads were joined by a unique N-gauge layout depicting a Bavarian village. We hope that those who visited the museum that day enjoyed this special exhibit. The Whistle Stop Railroad Club operates the Kingman Railroad Museum for the purpose of preserving railroad history. The museum provides the public with the opportunity for discovery, education and recreation using scale model railroad equipment and railroad artifacts, memorabilia and historic displays. Anyone with an interest in railroad history, memorabilia or model railroading is invited to join us. The club is actively recruiting new members. We meet at the museum at 9 a.m. on the first and third Saturdays of each month. Our next meeting is this Saturday. The museum is located in the restored Santa Fe Depot, 402 Andy Devine Ave. in downtown Kingman. For more information, call us at (928) 718-1440.
Women Making History: Nominations are now open for the 2014 Women Making History awards. This year's theme is Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment. The steps to honoring a woman you believe deserves recognition are: (1) Fill out a nomination form. These are available in paper form at the Mohave County Library in Kingman, the Mohave Museum of History and Arts, and the Mohave Community College Student Center, and are also online at www.kingmanwomenmakinghistory.com; and (2) Submit the form and any additional material to support your nomination either online or mail to: Women Making History Committee, c/o Desert de Oro Foods, Inc., P.O. Box 4179, Kingman, AZ 86402-4179. You may nominate a woman in one or two categories, which include education, professions, the arts, business, religion, homemaking, volunteerism, pioneering, public service (including law enforcement, politics, fire fighting, state/county/city workers, military, etc.), or a category not specified that describes your nominee. To qualify for this honor, a nominee must have been a resident of Kingman for at least 10 years. The deadline for submitting a nomination is 5 p.m. Jan. 17, and the awards ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m. March 2 at the Mohave Museum of History and Arts.