Clubs: Thursday, November 26, 2009

Belles of St. Mary: This is it - the big weekend of ticket sales on the church house steps! Once again, a day of Thanksgiving has come, "Black Friday" shopping has arrived - and that brings us to the "Basket of Value" ticket sales after all the Masses at St. Mary's Parish. Dollars collected are utilized by the Belles for all parish receptions - specifically the funeral reception meat platters, paper goods (that is, cups, plates, napkins, etc.) along with the salads and desserts provided by our individual and faithful Belles. This past Saturday saw the outstanding efforts of our ladies at peak performance in hosting the after-Mass reception for Bishop Olmstead. The tasty hors d'oeuvres (suggested by Janice M.) were happily received by the many parishioners who turned out to meet our own bishop. Smiles and "yummy noises" were in ample attendance throughout the banquet room. A parting thought - tickets for the annual drawing (must not say raffle) set for Dec. 9 are offered at a dozen tickets for $10, half a dozen for $5, or for $1 each. Find a Belle or stop by St. Vincent de Paul, 218 E. Beale St., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday or Friday. We need your help.

Golden Valley Chamber of Commerce: The holidays have arrived and the Golden Valley Chamber of Commerce is as busy as Santa's elves. We are starting the holiday season with a free Thanksgiving dinner, in conjunction with Golden Valley Kiwanis and the Java Plum. The dinner will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at 4305 W. Highway 68, Golden Valley. Then the Golden Valley Chamber of Commerce "busy elves" will be hosting a Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony between 2 and 6 p.m. on Dec. 12, at the Chamber of Commerce, 3395 N. Verde Road. The most famous "Pistoleros and Roses" will be having their annual Christmas party at the Paradise Landowners Building between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. They provide food and toys for residents. We encourage the attendees of the most famous "Pistoleros and Roses" annual event to mosey on over and bring their Christmas cheer with them. At this Christmas Tree Lighting, we will be announcing the "Unofficial Mayor" of Golden Valley winner. We also will have carolers, cookie decorating, and hot coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. We have heard Santa will be at the Chamber. Vendors are welcome and please come celebrate the holidays with Golden Valley!

Good Sams Club, Route 66 Sams: Our chapter of Good Sams goes camping the third Friday of every month. For membership information, contact Betty Daly at (928) 757-8085 or e-mail to:

Help Animals Lives Today (HALT): A HALT fundraiser will be held from 4 p.m. until closing time on Wednesday at Lombardo's, 702 Eastern (corner of Eastern and Southern). Write HALT and sign your name on the back of your receipt for HALT to receive 20 percent of the proceeds.

Kingman Kutups: After a great success with our dances at the Avi Fall Country Fair, we are looking forward to our upcoming holiday dances. Our first will be our Turkey Trot dance on Saturday with guest caller Darrent Gallina and round dance cuer Nancy Mouser. We will begin dancing at 7 p.m. at the Kathryn Heidenreich Adult Center, 1776 Airway Ave. For more information, call Nancy at (928) 279-0466 or Don at (928) 757-1807.

Kingman Pinochle Club: The winners on Nov. 21 were: first, Glady Hoover; second, Barbara Stoefen; and third, Ray Tucker. For more information, call Pat at (928) 718-1253.

Kingman Republican Men's Club: For those who were unable to attend or didn't see the recap in the Kingman Daily Miner, our speaker at the Nov. 16 meeting was Ken Bennett, the Arizona secretary of state and Lt. governor. While, to be honest, the attendance was a bit disappointing, the speech was a barnburner, laying out exactly where Arizona gets its revenue, where it goes, the amount of revenue we have collected, the origin of the budget deficit, and his idea for several solutions to the current crisis. The entire audience was raptly attentive for almost an hour as Ken used his famous Kleenex boxes as props. We've had some great speakers this year, from Chris Simcox to Dean Martin, as well as our local reps, but this speech will be hard to top. It does show, however, that we have some tremendous conservative Republican intellectual firepower in our state, and I do know we are developing tremendous political talent in Arizona that will hopefully help lead us away from the far-left regime in Washington. Next month will be another treat. It seems sometimes our club specializes in debuting prominent new people on the political scene in Arizona, and next month is no exception. On Dec. 21, we will have Vernon Parker, who is a black conservative who is a declared gubernatorial candidate. He is currently the mayor of Paradise Valley in the Phoenix area and this will be his first speech in Mohave County. I look forward to hearing what he has to say. Look for details in upcoming editions. As always, we look forward to new members joining our club. Our meetings are at 11:30 a.m. the third Monday of every month at the Elks Club. Guests are also welcome; cost is $10 including lunch. For further information, feel free to call Dr. Schiff at (928) 530-3637 or e-mail at to get on the list for an expanded edition of the Club News.

Knights of Columbus: The Columbian Women's Auxiliary of Knights of Columbus is planning a Christmas Bazaar for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 12 at the K of C Hall, 2255 Butler Ave. The bazaar will be featuring local arts and crafts. Tables are still available for rental at $10 each. Deadline for table rentals is Dec. 5. To rent tables or for more information, please call (928) 279-2815 or (928) 757-5261.

Stitch and Bitch: The annual Yucca Art and Craft Fair is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Yucca Volunteer Fire Department building, 12349 W. Frontage Road. Admission is free and there will be many local artists showing and selling their work. If you have any questions about the fair or wish to be a vendor, please call Joyce at (928) 766-2385.

Wednesday Party Bridge: The winners on Nov. 18 were: first place, Leo Mortensen; second place, Nelson Gaska; and third place, Art Smith.