Belles of St. Mary's: In the weeks to come we propose to give the definitions of the following three words: Individualism, Hedonism and Minimalism - these are not good words. Good words follow the Belles as they roll up their sleeves and don their sneakers in preparation for the new fiscal year. Tuesday night sets the tone and pace for our agenda; stay tuned. In the meantime, this Belle wishes to publicly thank and praise our Holy God for His blessings on my family. My first-born grandson came home from the war in Afghanistan safely. He claimed his bride and saw his first-born son for the first time at 1 a.m. Sunday in Twentynine Palms at the Marine base. It was a holy moment as I saw him striding toward me in the scant streetlight (the field's lights automatically cancelled at midnight). He claimed his tiny bride (again in a holy moment); he is over 6 feet tall; she is 5-foot 1-inch - then he saw his son. Holy, Holy, Holy is our God. This weekend (on Friday) we spotlight and celebrate the Exaltation of the Holy Cross; Saturday is the day given to Our Lady of Sorrows, the Dolorosa. Our 1,979-year-old religion is woven through and through with rich traditions and proven miraculous events. Since the birth of our church dates from Pentecost, we subtract the 33 years our Lord walked this earth from our current 2012; thus 1,979 years of Catholicism - this is us!
Friday Afternoon Bridge Club: The winners on Sept. 7 were: first place, Gladys Smith and Coie O'Malley; second place, Karla Kay and Dan Lordahl; third place, Shirley Lantz and Sandy Miles; and fourth place, Donna Blaschak and Bryan Carlson.
Kingman Area School Retirees' Association: KASRA will hold its annual Ditch Day/Membership Drive from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the beautiful Hidden Pines Bed and Breakfast owned by member Tommie Upton. This year's theme is "Ride the Rails and Pick Up New Members." Retirees from any educational institution are encouraged to attend. Members are reminded to bring a dish to share for the brunch, which starts around 10 a.m. Also, bring some cash for an exciting raffle of a lovely set of sterling silver jewelry donated by Sandie Womack. All proceeds go to our scholarship/mini-grant fund. We will once again have a vehicle in the Andy Devine Days Parade and will be looking for volunteers to ride in the event. Steve Poe, president of our state association (AASRA), is slated to join us and present an update on current legislative matters of interest to retirees/seniors. A slate of new KASRA officers will be presented to the membership for consideration. Election will occur at our Oct. 23 meeting. Also in October, KUSD Superintendent Roger Jacks will give a talk about the newly opened Lee Williams High School. For further information or to arrange ride sharing, please contact Duane Nelson at 692-1416 or Sandi Minkler at 757-1585.
Kingman Army Air Field Historical Society, Inc.: The 70th anniversary of Kingman Army Air Field is May 7. Kingman Army Air Field Museum will hold events to help count down to the main event of the year. The next lecture in the series will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Kingman Community Center, 3345 Harrison Ave. The lectures will cover the start-up and the operation of the airfield. Also discussed will be Storage Depot 41. The lecture fee is $5.
Kingman Kut-Ups Square Dance Club: The club's next event is the Rodeo Days Dance from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, in the Mohave County Senior Center, 1776 Airway Ave. The caller will be Ned Newberg. For additional information, please call Jean (928) 565-3058.
Kingman Pinochle Club: The winners on Sept. 8, 2012, were: first, Flo Ragsdale; second, Paul George; and third, Joann Brown. For more information, call Pat at (928) 718-1253.
Kingman Republican Men's Club: After an enormously successful August meeting, where we had both Attorney General Tom Horne and Congressman Dr. Paul Gosar, KRM will have as an encore the four candidates for the two spots on the Kingman Unified School District Board. They are, in no particular order, Marvin Robertson, Laurie Barthlow, Bruce Ricca and Kevin Burgess. The meeting will be held at 11:30 a.m. to about 1:15 p.m., Sept. 17, at the Elks Lodge, 900 Gates Ave., our usual venue. While all of the candidates are Republicans, this is a non-partisan meeting, and the public is invited. The cost of the meeting is $13, which includes lunch, and there will be ample opportunity to meet and question the candidates. For further information, contact 530-3637 or check out our website at www.kingmanrepublicanmen.com.
Mohave County Union High School, Class of '62: The 50-year reunion for the Class of 1962 has been scheduled for the weekend of Oct. 5 and 6, 2012. The event will be held at the "Old" Elks Building in historic downtown Kingman at Fourth and Oak Streets. The celebration will begin at 6 p.m. each evening. Other classmates are invited to drop in and visit with the alumni of 1962. Classmates we are unable to locate are: Mary Billock, Sharon Campbell, Don Frederick, Mary Ellen Green/Siders, Mary Gutierrez, Jim Hansen, Wayne Hatfield, J.R. Jones, Tom King, Louella Moon, Pat Parker, Judy Porter/Lemley, John Privett, Pat Rankin, Dan Spinks, Claire Tennent, and Sheila White/Fagan/Bassett. If anyone knows their whereabouts, please call Corliss Markee/Foley at (928) 757-2406 or Mary Jane Hobbs/Pattillo at (928) 753-7825.
Morning Glories Community and Family Interest Club: The Morning Glories will meet on Thursday, Sept. 20, at the Mohave County Agricultural Center at 101 E. Beale St. Refreshments will be served at 9 a.m. and the meeting will start at 9:30 a.m. In September, we will have "stories from the past." This is one of the programs suggested by our members. We need a few volunteers to share their stories, so please let us know if you would like to participate. There will be a silent auction, as that is one of the fundraisers for the scholarship fund. The annual dues should be paid at this meeting. Morning Glories CFIC supports a scholarship program for Mohave County high school students and other local charities. The CFIC Clubs of Mohave County were formerly known as Extension Homemakers Clubs. Their mission statement is: "To strengthen families through programs of community leadership and continuing education; to empower citizens to actively participate in public decision-making on issues that concern children, families and home life; to promote effectiveness of volunteer action and support." New members and guests are welcome.
Wednesday Party Bridge: The winners on Sept. 5 were: first place, John Goryl; second place, Carol Selfridge; and third place, Carolyn Johnston.