Clubs: Thursday, January 21, 2010

American Legion Post 14: A blood drive will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, in the main meeting room at Post 14, Third and Oak. For an appointment, please contact Dale Heckathorn at (928) 757-1878. All donors will receive a "National Blood Donor Month" long-sleeved T-shirt!

Belles of St. Mary's: Quoting a phrase used by St. Vincent de Paul, the Belles proved to be "Ladies of Means" as they bid on articles entered in the "Not-So-Silent Auction." Final tally of dollars raised is pending as checks still arrive. These funds are earmarked for a new processional cross. This Saturday at 10 a.m. will see the ladies answer the call for solidarity. More details later. On Monday after the 8 a.m. Mass, the Parish Center kitchen will see the "cleaning brigade" show up in full force. All ladies are needed. President Marietta Green has formed an events committee - Kami, Selena, Janice and Paulette will form the "think tank" and present ideas for final acceptance. The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, at the Parish Center. All Belles are re-invited and reminded.

Cactus Critters 4-H Club: The regular class for the Canine Group of the Cactus Critters will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Fairgrounds. Please be on time! Parents, leaders and any 4-H member with a dog are welcome. Bring water for your dog, plastic bag (for clean-up), and wear closed-toe shoes. Any questions, please call your instructor at (928) 565-9323.

Friday Afternoon Bridge Club: On Jan. 15, the winners were: first place, Jeannie Clegg and J.T. Perkins; second place, Karla Kay and Wolfgang Vorbau; third place, Kay Klaus and Jerry Lipson.

High Desert Astronomy Club: The HDAC will be hosting a Public Star Party on Saturday. The club will set up telescopes in Walleck Ranch Park starting at sundown. The park closes at 10 p.m. Anyone interested can come and look at astronomical wonders. We will show the craters of our moon, Jupiter and its moons, the Great Nebula in Orion and other sights. If you own a telescope you are welcome, too. HDAC meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Cholla Conference Room at KRMC. We have club star parties on the Saturday nearest the new moon each month; the date and location are set at the meeting.

Kingman Elks Lodge No. 468: The team representing Kingman Elks Lodge took first-place honors Saturday in the Arizona Elks Association North District Ritual competition contested in Holbrook. Kingman competed against teams representing Elks lodges from Bullhead City, Chino Valley, Flagstaff, Holbrook, Jerome, Page, Payson, Prescott, Sedona, Show Low and Winslow. Individual first-place trophy winners from Kingman were: Erin Moore, esquire; Chris Radley, lecturing knight; Bob Taylor, loyal knight; and Faith McKinney, the candidate. Chaplain Rob Webster won a second-place trophy and Leading Knight Mike Timm won a third-place trophy. Also winning first-place honors was Exalted Ruler Larry Carver and Inter Guard Allen Mossberg, but they didn't receive trophies because they have competed in previous years. The Kingman team will be heading to Southern Arizona and setting their sights on the AEA State Convention, May 19 to 22, with ritual finals being held in Tempe. The winning team at the AEA state contest will represent the state of Arizona at the National Ritualistic Contest to be held during the time of the Elks National convention July 4 to 7 in Orlando, Fla.

Kingman Kutups: Our Kingman Kutups club members and our ongoing class members enjoyed a great Halfway Hoedown on Jan. 9. We were joined by clubs from Las Vegas and Lake Havasu City, and our hall was filled with squares all having a good time. Our next club dance will be our Snowball dance on Saturday with guest caller Francois Lamoureax from Henderson, Nev., and our round dance cuer will be Nancy Mouser from Mesa. The dance will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Kathryn Heidenreich Center, 1776 Airway Ave. For more information, call Nancy at (928) 279-0466 or Don at (928) 757-1807.

Kingman Mothers of Preschoolers: MOPS (www.mops.org) stands for Mothers of Preschoolers. Meetings are from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at St. Johns United Methodist Church, library and nursery, 1730 Kino Ave. The next meeting will be Monday. For more information, call the church at (928) 692-8828 or Nina at (928) 757-1241.

Kingman Pinochle Club: The winners on Jan. 16 were: first, Jan Crosier; second, Gus Englehardt; and third, Joann Brown. For more information, call Pat at (928) 718-1253.

Mohave County Downwinders: Jan. 27 is National Downwinders Day. There will be a celebration for Eleanor Fanire Lindquist at 4 p.m. at the Kathryn Heidenreich Adult Center, 1776 Airway Ave. Please come and share memories. Light refreshments will be served.

Wednesday Party Bridge: The winners on Jan. 13 were: first place, Rita Selk; second place, Nelson Gaska; and tied for third place, Carol Selfridge and Mary Wallace.

Xi Beta Phi: Xi Beta Phi sorority held their annual Christmas Party on Dec. 5 at Calico's. The sisters and guests enjoyed dinner and participating in a Yankee gift exchange. Those attending were: Sandy Lyons, Joyce Onnen and Joe, Faye Rainey, Luther and Renee Fields, Janice, Roger and Christopher Ross, Barbara and Wayne Patterson, Yvette Stratton, Anna Tucker, Liz Mahan, Helen and Richard Bolt, Betty Lou Reed, Pat Mullen and Jim Lantz. The December meeting was held at Betty Lou Reed's home where she served the sisters a beautiful Christmas dinner. Secret sister gifts were exchanged, and special ornaments were selected from an assortment gathered by the members. A "service project" for a worthy individual was conducted. Each sister attending shared a memory of our passed sister, Barb Lantz. The Jan. 12 meeting was held at Janice Ross' home. The sisters recalled their recent events of Christmas and New Year's celebrations. Those attending were: Janice, Sandy Lyons, Yvette Stratton, Renee Fields, Barbara Patterson, Betty Lou Reed, Helen Bolt, Anna Tucker, Pat Mullen and guest Marie.

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TOPS AZ 287: Kingman Take Off Pounds and Keep Off Pounds Sensibly held their Friday morning meeting on Jan. 15. The meeting was called to order by Leader Beverly Prader. During the business session, discussion was shared regarding up-coming elections. The chapter lost a total of 531 pounds during 2009. Beverly Prader presented Viola Eman with her numeral number eight for maintaining KOPS status and desired goal weight for eight years. Viola gave an interesting account of becoming a TOPS member and achieving goal weight. Following the business session, the meeting was turned over to Awards Chairman Peggy Smith and assistant Lois Calderon for presentations to members for December achievements.

Gold beads were presented to 20 KOPS for being at or below goal for December. Perfect Attendance beads went to 31 members. Ruth Angle and April Senediak received charms for 10 weeks of non-consecutive losses. KOPS turning in 13 gold pins for being at or below goal for 13 weeks for charms to Tita Deskin, Marge Esposito, Laura Hignite, Jo Stoughton and Barbara Vass. Rae Bonney and Mary McNamara for 13 weeks of calorie charting. Turning in five felt shoes for first-place walking to Naomi Jiles and Viola Emans. Turning in10 turtles for being at same weight Barbara Vass. Achieving six months of perfect attendance to Sonjia Kinzer. Lynne McIntire reached goal weight and was welcomed into KOPS and received a gold vest and congratulations from all members. Marie Benoff received special recognition for losing 100 pounds and shared her happiness with everyone. Mary Byford has lost 25 pounds. Jan Klatt lost 10 pounds. Best losers for the month of December in all divisions are: Shirley Buck, Rae Bonney, Mary Byford, Carol Duckworth, Marge Dudley, Sharon Early, Lee McKinney and Liz Pharo. KOPS Ballerina awarded to Naomi Jiles. TOPS Ballerina, a tie between Shirley Buck and Mary Byford. TOPS Walking a tie between Rita Benoff and Rae Bonney, second place in both walking and exercising to Mary McNamara. First-place exercising to Darlene Sweet. KOPS Walking and Exercising: First place to Rachel Thalrose, second place to Laura Hignite. Our chapter meetings are held Friday mornings in the St. Johns Methodist Church social hall. Weigh-in begins at 7:15 a.m., ending at 9:15; the meeting begins at 9:30, closing at approximately 10:30. New members are very welcome to join our TOPS family. For more information call (800) 932-8677 or visit our Web site at www.tops.org, or call Area Coordinator Pam Estep at (928) 565-1877.