Organization News: Dec. 4, 2014

Xi Beta Phi: Pictured from left are Parliamentarian Renee Fields; new pledge, Lori Hoover; President Yvette Stratton; and Joyce Onnen, vice-president. The November meeting was at the home of Colleen Faucher. The guest was Cathy Lantz, wife of our late Beta Sigma Phi Envoy, Jim Lantz. All committees were discussed. This year’s service project concentrates on the Kingman High School Displaced Students. Sisters have donated hundreds of dollars to that fund. A Pledge Ritual was conducted for our new sister, Lori Hoover. Joyce conducted the ritual with all sisters in attendance. Any questions, contact Pat Mullen at (928) 681-6385. (Courtesy)

Xi Beta Phi: Pictured from left are Parliamentarian Renee Fields; new pledge, Lori Hoover; President Yvette Stratton; and Joyce Onnen, vice-president. The November meeting was at the home of Colleen Faucher. The guest was Cathy Lantz, wife of our late Beta Sigma Phi Envoy, Jim Lantz. All committees were discussed. This year’s service project concentrates on the Kingman High School Displaced Students. Sisters have donated hundreds of dollars to that fund. A Pledge Ritual was conducted for our new sister, Lori Hoover. Joyce conducted the ritual with all sisters in attendance. Any questions, contact Pat Mullen at (928) 681-6385. (Courtesy)

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 14: Your donations for the Christmas Gift Shop and social services at the Bob Stump Northern AZ VAMC were delivered by Mary Ellis, Nora Armitage, Dana Brock, ViAnn Cruse, Rebecca Faris and Grace VanHorn. Tom Cruse and Ernie Faris also assisted. Thanks to all donors and deliverers. District 7 President Ellen Hampton will be making her official visit to the unit on Tuesday. Members are invited to meet her at 4:45 p.m. for pizza and salad before the 5:30 p.m. meeting. Let's have a good turnout for her. We will also be discussing in what ways unit members will participate in the Legion family Christmas party to be held Dec. 20. Hope to see many of you at this Saturday's breakfast, 8:30-10 a.m., hosted by the Legionnaires, after which all are invited to help decorate the tree.

American Legion Post 14: Breakfast at the post on Saturday will be from 8:30 until 10 a.m. For a requested donation of $6 per person, members and guests will enjoy a buffet of various quiches, fruit, thick-cut bacon, cheesy grits, yogurt, and coffee/tea/juices. After breakfast, you're invited to stay and help decorate our Christmas tree. On Sunday, Pearl Harbor Day, Commander Dusty will lead a short remembrance ceremony and flag-raising at the post at 8 a.m., followed by coffee and doughnuts; this is open to the public. Army and Navy folks, get ready to trash-talk on Dec. 13 at the Army-Navy game. Kick-off is at 1 p.m. (local), and we hear that Navy bean soup (and other food) will be served. Post 14 is on the corner of Third and Oak in old town Kingman; call us at (928) 753-3555.

Belles of St. Mary's: Holy day of obligation, Monday, Dec. 8; a day set aside to honor Mary, conceived without sin. The secular world has a problem with this, but we Catholics don't, do we? Our Blessed Mother herself divulged this title to Bernadette Soubirous as the miracle of Lourdes unfolded in 1858. Mass at noon and 6 p.m. Also, please reserve Dec. 12 as an event to attend. The local Hispanic youths will re-enact the miraculous appearance of our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico in the 1500s. We celebrate mass at 5 p.m. with the presentation to follow immediately. All Belles know that we have our annual Christmas Party this next Tuesday at 6 p.m., parish center. We add this paragraph for any new parishioners and stress you are ALL invited; bring a dish (pot luck) and an ornament for gift exchanges. A great evening is guaranteed. As we build to the world-changing event, Sunday, which marks the Second Sunday of Advent, we are once again rallied to prayer, fasting and alms giving. Let's add a couple more to this: let's call out unashamedly, "God bless you," when someone sneezes, (stress on "God"); let us all say "grace" when dining out; and let us "sign ourselves" with the sign of the Cross whenever we drive past our church or any other Catholic tabernacle all over the world. By doing these small but powerful gestures we all become part of the beauty, the majesty and the truth of the church entrusted to us by Christ himself.

Brunch Bunch Motorcycle Riders: The Brunch Bunch has no dues, no officers, no paperwork, no egos - we just ride and have fun with like-minded friends. Meet at I-40 Exit 48 Chevron, 777 W. Beale St. at 8:30 a.m. Sunday. Kickstands up at 9 a.m. This week's Wednesday ride is to the Dumas Walker's in Parker. Great burgers. For questions or information, contact Harley at (928) 530-2555.

Democratic Women's Club: The club will meet Wednesday at Calico's Restaurant. Social time starts at 11:30 a.m. and the meeting will begin at noon. This month we will be celebrating the holiday season with a gift exchange. Please wrap a holiday-themed gift and bring it to our party. Again this year we will be collecting hats, gloves and socks for those in need. We will decide what charity will receive them for distribution and deliver them after our meeting. Last month we nominated Marty Luna-Wolfe, president; Carol Solper, vice president; and Marietta Green, treasurer. This month we will vote in the new officers and hold the installation. Theresa Evans will retain her position as secretary. Look for new and exciting meetings beginning at our Jan. 13 meeting. Everyone is welcome to come to our meetings, but only Democratic women can join our club. For more information regarding the Democratic Women's Club, call Democratic headquarters at (928) 753-0006.

Kingman AGLOW: Come join the Kingman AGLOW Warriors and a surprise speaker from 3-5 p.m. Dec. 20 at 3730 Harvard St. "Heather recently graduated from Central B College. She's preparing to go to study abroad and will share with us her heart and vision. Come ready to hear her story." AGLOW prayer warriors will also share their testimonies. We will serve light refreshments at no cost; bring a gift to exchange! RSVP with Barbara McKune at (928) 380-4471.

Kingman Area Literacy Program: KALP has been combined with WELCOME, meeting quarterly (March, June, September, December) at 9:30 a.m. at the library administration building in the conference room. The public is welcome. For questions or information, call Bruce Carter at (928) 692-5744. Grandparents Parenting Grandchilden support group is held from 1:15-2:45 p.m. the first Wednesday monthly (dark June-August) at WACOG, 208 N. Fourth St. For questions or information, call Chris Meisenheimer at (928) 757-4616. The tutor literacy resource group is now quarterly at 9 a.m. beginning in January, following through April, July and October, and the public is welcomed. Contact Chris for more information. At 11 a.m. on the second and fourth Sunday of every month, a peace vigil is held on the corner of Airway and Stockton Hill Road. Contact Chris for more information.

Kingman Quilter's Guild: 9 a.m. every Wednesday at the College Park Baptist Church, 1990 Jagerson Ave. The cost is $1 and the meetings are open to the public. We sew and quilt during this time. For more information, contact Shirley Johnson at (928) 757-8703.

Kingman Social Club: The December luncheon will be at 11 a.m. Dec. 16. We will be making our donation to three local charities: Diane's Faith House, Help Animal Lives Today and Last Straw Horse Rescue. We do fun events during the year to raise funds for different charities. Officers will be installed to guide the club in 2015. All are welcome to attend. Our luncheons are held the third Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Garlic Clove restaurant on Beale Street in downtown Kingman. Contact John Boersma at (928) 692-7553 if you have any questions.

Kingman Tennis Club: We have evening walk-in tennis at 5 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. Morning walk-in tennis is at 9 a.m. on Saturdays. We meet at the tennis courts in Centennial Park. The cost is $2 for members and $3 for non-members. Wear tennis shoes and bring a racquet. Our club provides the tennis balls and pays the court fees. We will place you in a doubles match based on your skill level. Beginners are welcome and we will assign someone to help you get started. For more information, contact Brooke Fix at (928) 753-5684.

Kingman Pinochle Club: The winners for this week were: first, Marilyn Tiner; second, Rose Lesniewski; and third, Joann Brown. For more information on the Kingman Pinochle Club, contact Pat at (928) 718-1253.

Meadview Library Book Discussion Group: Meetings are at 10 a.m. on the third Friday of every even-numbered month (February, April, June, etc.) at the Meadview Library. The purpose of the discussion group is to promote reading and have a mature, interactive discussion with other readers about the chosen book. Meetings are one hour long. Stop by the Meadview Library and check out our next book selection to read and discuss, read the book at your leisure, then come to discussion.

Mohave Arms Collectors Association: MACA's December meeting will be held Dec. 18 instead of Dec. 25 due to Christmas. The theme this month will be "Anything Marlin." MACA is a group of firearms enthusiasts who normally meet the last Thursday of the month in the clubhouse of the Mohave Sportsman Association rifle range, located at 3155 N. Oatman Highway. For further information, call (928) 681-4476.

Rescued Unwanted Furry Friends Foundation (RUFFF): Rescued Unwanted Furry Friends Foundation is seeking volunteers to assist with the daily care of the animals at our sanctuary in Golden Valley. This includes cleaning, watering, feeding, brushing and playtime. If you have even two hours to spare, RUFFF needs you. Call (928) 565-BARK (2275) for more information on becoming a volunteer. RUFFF has many wonderful dogs and cats looking for forever homes. If you have room in your home for a furry friend, adoptions are held daily by appointment. We have many, many medium- to large-breed dogs, of all ages, that would love to be a part of your family. There are lots of nice kitties, too.

Teamster Retirees and Associates: The group meets the first Wednesday of each month at 302 Monroe St. (Moose Lodge) in Kingman. Friendly people, good conversation and food. For more information, call (928) 692-1071.

Wednesday Party Bridge: The winners for Nov. 26 were: first, Gladys Smith; second, H. Wayne Allred; and third, Barry Pope.

Whistle Stop Railroad Club: At the most recent club meeting on Nov. 15, members elected officers for the 2015 calendar year. Bob Cook was elected to serve as president, Gene Coccozza as vice president, Fritz Koehl as secretary-treasurer and Curly Edwards as superintendent of operations. Planning is under way for railroad-themed holiday decorations and lighting for the Kingman Railroad Museum, which is operated by the club. The museum is located in the restored Santa Fe Depot at 402 Andy Devine Ave. and is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. You are invited to attend our next meeting at 9 a.m. Saturday at the museum. For more information, call (928) 718-1440, visit our website, www.whistlestoprailroadclub.org, or see us on Facebook.