Organizations: February 6, 2014

Belles of St. Mary's: First order of importance: The Belles meeting is at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Also, a reminder of the FCCW meetings every first and third Tuesday and you have a choice of either 10 a.m. or 5:30 p.m. attendance; no room for excuses! Last Sunday's mass spotlighted the old familiar candlemas, originally called "The Festival of the Lights." We now gather together to commemorate the Presentation of the Lord, where Simeon sings his heartfelt canticle. We Belles have taught these truths to our young ones, yes? Here's a bit of fodder for this week's ruminations; we quote Dorothy Jackson, beloved bride of Al Jackson: "When all of us, our talents give, to help enrich our fellow man, we express to them why we live, and extend God's eternal plan. Think of what we could do on Earth, when all of our arts we combine, to multiply our total worth, and know that this is God's design. St. Vincents is the perfect place for one to exercise his skill, and extend to others God's grace, mindful of our Lord's sacred will." So, this illustrates the happy, busy worshipful life of the Catholic community; lots to do and much to learn and share. Last thought: As these crisp cold mornings greet us, carry this gem - since it's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.

Arizona Independent Party: On Jan. 30, we held our monthly meeting. It was a very good meeting. We formulated our committees to arrange for our music festivals, silent auctions, our petition drives and getting new people to work in Bullhead City and Lake Havasu City. We still need more workers. Anyone interested can contact the chairwoman, Janice L., at (928) 530-2552 or email azindependentparty@yhoo.com. All are welcome. Our monthly meeting is at 7 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month in the Mohave County Library, 3269 N. Burbank St. in Kingman. We want all to attend.

DMS Events: The next gymkhana Jackpot Series will be on Saturday, with sign-up at 9 a.m. and runs at 10 a.m. at GrayWood Stables, 2576 E. Calle Chavez (mile marker 14, North Stockton Hill Road). For more information, call (928) 692-0199.

Friday Afternoon Bridge Club: The winners on Jan. 31 were: first place, Kay Klaus and Jerry Lipson; second place, Trey Gordon and Wolfgang Vorbau; and third place, Julia Coughlin and Steve Hite.

Route 66 Good Sams Club: Our next campout will be Feb. 20-22 in Lake Havasu. If you are interested in camping with us, call Amy Dotson at (928) 530-2448 or email route66sams@outlook.com.

Good Sams Club, Mohave Roaming Sams Chapter: Our next campout brings us to California. We will be at the Needles Marina Park Feb. 17-20. Contact the park to make your own reservations and let them know you're with the Mohave Roaming Sams group. Their number is (760) 326-2197. Then be sure and let Robert Van Slyke know that you'll be attending. His number is (928) 693-3552. We have great plans for our camping year in 2014 and anticipate some really enjoyable outings in beautiful Arizona. If you enjoy RV'ing and being part of a congenial group, get in touch with us. We welcome visitors any time. The Mohave Roaming Sams Chapter is a part of the International Good Sam Club and is dedicated to the promotion and enhancement of the RV lifestyle. If you are interested in finding out more about our chapter and our activities, contact Ellen Kiefer at (928) 757-5504.

Kingman Arizona Computer Users Group (KACUG): KACUG invites you to join us from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the Kathryn Heidenreich Adult Center, 1776 Airway Ave. in Kingman. There will be a presentation by Gail Jones: Converting VHS tapes to DVDs. For more details, see our website: www.kingmanazcug.com. KACUG annual dues are $12 per person; you may pay at our meeting. As a member of KACUG you will be entitled to attend all meetings, run for office and participate in the voting on all major policies and officer elections, subject to the KACUG bylaws. You do not have to own a computer to be a member. All persons with an interest in computers are welcome, experience not necessary. For more information, contact President Gloria Richhart at (928) 377-6726.

Kingman Elks Lodge No. 468: Our special events for this month are as follows: We will be having a free dinner for local veterans and their spouses from 5-7 p.m. Feb. 13. The menu will consist of a taco bar with rice and beans. It will be in the lodge dining room. Our annual Valentine's Day dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 14. The menu is either coconut shrimp or steak; the cost is $20 per person. For more information, contact Tascha at (928) 753-2547. The following is a list of events for the coming week: Tacos: 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, main dining room. Friday morning: Business Network Breakfast from 7 to 8 a.m. 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 Experimental Aircraft Association: The Experimental Aircraft Association is offering a pilot private ground school on Saturday mornings at 9 a.m. for the next eight to 10 weeks. The class will meet at 4650 Flightline Drive. The course is free but students must purchase their own supplies, which include a book, plotter and E6B flight computer (total costs are roughly $50). The certified instructor is Alfred Fattouch, a commercial pilot. Students must be turning 15 this year. For more information, contact Fattouch via email at sierranevada@goldenvalleycable.com or David Amspoker at (928) 757-7742.

Kingman Kut-Ups Square Dance Club: The Kingman Kut-Ups' next dance will be the Valentine Ball on Saturday; Dance time: 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Senior Nutrition Center, 1776 Airway Ave., Kingman. The caller will be Mike Wilder. For information contact Jean at (928) 565-3058.

Kingman Pinochle Club: The winners on Feb. 1 were: first, Paul George; second, Keith Walker; and third, Warren Maryann Slupczynski. For more information, call Pat at (928) 718-1253.

Kingman Republican Men's Club (KRM): As our club is committed not only to introducing important state and local candidates for elected office, but also to bringing up important issues, KRM had as its January speaker Dr. Kevin Petersen of the No Insurance Surgery Center, who filled us in on alternatives to Obamacare and gave an excellent presentation on how medical insurance has changed over the years. Now for February, we are back to introducing bright young new candidates to Kingman, and our meeting on Feb. 17 (also President's Day) will feature state Sen. Michele Reagan, who is running for the position of secretary of state. This is her first run for such a high office - the secretary of state is in charge of elections and in Arizona is also the lieutenant governor, just a heartbeat away from the governor's mansion (it is how Gov. Jan Brewer came to the office). As always, our meeting will be held at the Dambar Steakhouse, 1960 E. Andy Devine Avenue. The meeting costs only $3, is open to men and women, and is open to the public with no reservations necessary. Lunch is optional and on your own, though each paid entrant gets a chip and there can be up to three lucky winners of lunch on the club. We are also collecting books to donate to the jail and prison. So come meet Reagan, make some friends, and enjoy yourself. For further info, email lschiffmd@frontiernet.net or call (928) 530-3637.

Mohave Community Choir: The Mohave Community Choir is practicing for their Spring Concert on Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the LDS Church on Rutherford Street. We are open to new members and have auditions at 6 p.m. every Thursday before our practices. The choir is looking for men and women, ages 16 and up, to fill all parts: Soprano, alto, tenor and bass. For more information, contact Roger Johnson at (928) 757-5567.

Mohave County District One Democrats: We will meet on Monday at the Kingman Public Library on Burbank. Let's make a New Year's resolution to plan on attending all our monthly meetings. Social time and refreshments will be at 6:30 p.m. The formal meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Chairman Dean Wolslagel has made arrangements for this year's meeting dates for Mohave County District One Democrats as follows: This Monday, March 10, April 14, May 12, June 9, July 14, Aug. 11, Sept. 15, Oct. 20, Nov. 10 and Dec. 8. Until further notice, we will continue to meet at the Kingman library. Anyone interested in the Democratic Party is welcome to join us.

Mohave County Genealogical Society: Elections for new officers were held at our December meeting. New officers are: president, Averil Endicott; vice president, Shirley Akin; secretary, BJ Thompson; and treasurer, Bobbie Morphew. The library committee of Gloria Dukeshire, Shirley Akin and BJ Thompson presented three books for our consideration to add to our library. The purchase was approved. This month's presentation was by Averil, who gave us information about finding information in cemeteries and some of the problems with old tombstones and wrong dates. The January meeting found there were some changes with the new officers. Ruth Simpson is now the vice president with a new office of librarian added. Shirley Akin was voted in as the new librarian. She will be in charge of the genealogy library at the museum, helping with the location of information and acquisition of new material. BJ Thompson was not present and we thank Jo Anne Furlong for taking the minutes. We welcomed back Jan Schehl and Chuck Cook after an extended absence. It was good to see them. Bob David was a first-time visitor. We hope he will continue with us. The yearly dues of $10 were collected. Most of the dues go toward purchasing new books and materials. We did not have a formal presentation this month. Instead we used the time to become acquainted or reacquainted with our library and do some research. Shirley discovered one of the books we were going to order was already in the library. It was deleted from our order. Chuck Cook kindly volunteered to do February's presentation. The Genealogical Society meets at 1 p.m. every second Wednesday of the month at the Mohave County Museum of History and Art, 400 E. Beale St. There is no museum fee for attending the meetings. We invite anyone interested in his or her family history to visit us even you are just beginning or have worked on it for a while. Our next meeting is on Wednesday.

VFW Post 10386: Come to our Wii bowling at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The taco lunch is from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. today. This is open to the public, and prices vary depending on the item ordered. We are having a post dinner from 5-6 p.m. Saturday. The menu is stuffed bell peppers. We are located at 3036 John L. Ave. For more information, call (928) 757-9191.

Wednesday Party Bridge: The winners on Jan. 29 were: first place, Sylvia Goryl; second place, Sharon Hayes; and third place, Barbara Brown.

Whistle Stop Railroad Club: The club's most recent meeting was held on Feb. 1 and was followed by the third session of the club's training series "How to Create a Model Railroad." This offering provided information on laying and wiring the railroad track. As designed and presented by club member Bob Batten, these informational offerings cover the full range of activities involved in building a model railroad layout. The next session in the workshop series will be from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. following the club's meeting on Feb. 15. That session will provide information on landscaping the layout, including creating realistic land features, grass and trees. These informational sessions are free to youth of all ages. The Whistle Stop Railroad Club operates the Kingman Railroad Museum for the purpose of preserving railroad history. We meet at the museum at 9 a.m. on the first and third Saturdays of each month. The museum is located in the restored Santa Fe Depot, 402 Andy Devine Ave. For more information, call us at the museum: (928) 718-1440.