Organization News: Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015

American Legion Family: By now, all members should have received the September/October newsletter. 2016 membership renewal is the hot topic at this time of year. The Legionnaires had hoped to have 50 percent of goal in by Sept. 4. As of today, 107 renewals have been turned in, or 37.9 percent. The Unit's goal is 102, with 35 submitted thus far, or 34.3 percent. Auxiliary members should be receiving renewal notices from National soon. It was so successful last week, we're doing it again! On Friday, from 5 p.m. until sold out, barbecue pulled pork sandwiches, pinto beans, and coleslaw for $5 a plate. The Sons are scheduled to host this month's "First Saturday Breakfast" from 8:30-10 a.m. Saturday for a donation of $6 per plate. The unit will again be having the meat drawing during the breakfast. Had a great turnout last month; let's do it again! On Sunday, the Sons will be meeting at 2 p.m. and membership renewals can be turned in then. The next general meeting for the unit will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Come on down to 225 Oak St. and support your organizations in their activities and meetings.

Belles of St. Mary's: Let's take care of business first: Belles meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Parish Center - this is it - the beginning of our new year! All Belles, now is the time to come to the aid of your Parish. Also, 5:50 p.m. First Friday and 3:15 p.m. First Saturday devotions will set the stage for a holy launch of this new year the day after Labor Day; how perfect is that? (Very perfect!) This Catholic witnessed a most unusual scene last Saturday: I caught sight of many teenagers (easily 60 or more) wandering through the hallowed ground of our local cemetery. Being a nosey busy-body, I made inquiry to the first adult I came upon. These youngsters were photographing our headstones for a church project; said photographs will be available to all peoples searching for their loved ones on the Internet! The children of the Latter-day Saints, AKA Mormons, were respectfully and diligently capturing a photo of each individual headstone. I was truly impressed with these kids and their project - many generations will benefit from their efforts. A big "thank you" is due to each of them and the chaperons watching over them - thank you. Will these five Belles please step forward: Marietta Green, Pat Mescher, Charlene Duff, Rita Young and Rose Gaia - these ladies will be installed as our 2015-16 officers this Tuesday. Once the formalities have been observed, I am sure we will all lapse into our usual mischief and merry-making. Join us as we set out on a new year of accomplishments. Tonight begins the Catholic Teen Program delving into "virtues and responsibility." Sixth grade and up, bring a friend - 5 p.m., Parish Center. "And do that which is pleasing and good in the sight of the Lord, that is may be well with thee." Deut. 6:18.

Brunch Bunch Motorcycle Riders: The Brunch Bunch has no dues, no officers, no paperwork, no egos - we just ride Sundays and Wednesdays and have fun with like-minded friends. Meet at I-40 Exit 48 Chevron, 777 W. Beale St. at 7:30 a.m. Kickstands up at 8 a.m. For questions or information, contact Harley at (928) 530-2555 or visit us online at harley3787.wix.com/brunch-bunch-riders.

Cactus Cuties Lady Bikers Chapter: Interested in joining other lady motorcyclists with common interests of motorcycles and riding? There is a new Women in the Wind ¬- Cactus Cuties Chapter in the Kingman, Golden Valley, Bullhead City and surrounding area! We meet the first Sunday of each month at 10 a.m. at Peggy Sue's Diner, 4305 Highway 68 in Golden Valley. Check out our website at www.womeninthewind.org or contact us at witwcactuscuties@yahoo.com or (702) 624-1160. We are also on Facebook: Women in the Wind - Cactus Cuties Chapter.

The Cerbat Garden Club welcomes all guests at meetings on the second Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. to noon from September through June. For further information, call Sandy Hampson at (928) 692-2778 or hampson2@suddenlink.net.

Cheap Shots Gun Club: A Christian gun club founded in 2008, we have been shooting at the Mohave Sportsman Club, aka Seven Mile Range, for the last five years. Our members (both men and women) are members of a number of churches in the area. We shoot on the first Saturday of each month at 8 a.m. and have a meeting at Praise Chapel, room four, on the last Saturday of the month. We also have a "fun shoot" to help you with personal defense skills. For more information, call Bill McCune at (928) 716-2872.

Dig It Kingman Community Garden: Mark your calendar and join the fun at the ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening garden party from 9-11 a.m. Sept. 12. The garden party is on the corner of Lillie Avenue and Harrison, near Cecil Davis Park, the site of Kingman's new community garden. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. sharp! The police car, military MRAP vehicle and fire truck will be there, along with face painting, Unisource goodie bags, seeds from Star Nursery, Home Depot building kits for the kids, donut holes, cake, Starbuck's coffee and water (while it lasts), garden tour and fun for all! The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Mohave County, Kingman Master Gardeners and the Cerbat Garden Club members will also be present to answering gardening questions.

If you'd like to get involved volunteering in this ongoing community effort, or would like to lease a garden bed, make a tax deductible donation or want more information, please call Mike Roundy at (928) 715-1165.

Friends of the Golden Valley Library will resume meeting at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Golden Valley Library, 3417 N. Verde Road. Come and support your community library. If you want to be a Friend, it's $5 a year for individuals and families and $10 for businesses. A lifetime membership is $100. Meetings are held at 1 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month, except for the summer. Applications are available at the GV Library, but you don't have to be a member to come. The library is open 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday and noon-6 p.m. Thursday. The phone number is (928) 565-2989.

Friends of the Library-Kingman: A book sale that benefits the Kingman Library and is sponsored by the Friends of the Library-Kingman will start at the library at 3269 N. Burbank St. from 6-7:45 p.m. Sept. 17 (which is our preview sale for members only, but you can join the Friends on the spot and The Book Nook inside of the library is always open to the public). There will also be an outside sale (weather permitting), which is open to the public all three days. On Sept. 18, the sale goes from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., and on Sept. 19, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. We have a huge selection of new and used hardbacks and paperback books, which include fiction, nonfiction, reference, children's, young adults, adult large print, plus audios and videos. The sale is held in the library program room, the Book Nook inside the library and outside in the south side parking lot (weather permitting). We also have a blowout sale of five books for $5 in the inside room from 1 p.m. to closing on Sept. 19, and outside the sale is 25-cent all books all day Sept. 19. Come join us and support your local library.

The Kingman Area Toastmasters Group holds meetings from 5:45-6:45 p.m. every first and third Thursday of each month at the Kingman Regional Medical Center cafeteria meeting room. We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.

Joining Toastmasters will help you: become a better public speaker, overcome public speaking fears, "practice" presentations for other audiences, gain the confidence and courage to lead and have fun while learning, network and practice new skills!

The 40th Annual Kingman Cancer Care Unit Arts and Crafts Fair is just around the corner on Nov. 14-15 at the Mohave County Fairgrounds. Preparations are currently under way. Organizers are now looking for vendors to be a part of this event benefiting cancer patients in the Kingman community. Vendors interested in participating in this year's event are encouraged to contact Penny at (928) 757-3760 to receive your vendor application. Handmade arts and crafts are required.

Kingman Elks Lodge No. 468 meets every second and fourth Wednesday at 7 p.m. This Friday, the dinner special is wild-caught Alaskan cod with French fries, salad bar and garlic toast for $12 per person. Lodge members are invited to Centennial Park this Saturday, to serve a barbecue lunch to the Special Olympians after their softball tournament. Meet at the Lodge at 9 a.m. Bingo is every Thursday starting at noon. Doors open at 10 a.m. Lunch is available. Lunch is served Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pizza night on Tuesdays from 5-7 p.m. Call (928) 753-2547 for more information on any of these events and follow Kingman Elks on Facebook for updates on all of the Lodge's activities.

Kingman Pinochle Club: The results for the Aug. 29 games were: first place, Tom Suminski; second place, Shirley Costain; and third place, Joann Brown. For more information about the club or to come play with us, please contact Connie at (928) 681-4934.

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 Shirly Johnson at (928) 757-8703.

Kingman Tennis Club: We have evening walk-in tennis at 5 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at Kingman High School, 4282 N. Bank St. Morning walk-in tennis is at 8 a.m. on Saturdays 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.

Korean War Veterans of Mohave County: We meet the first Saturday of every month at the VFW on John L Street. Turn on John L Street off of Bank Street. Join us, one hour of your time to honor the Vietnam vets also. We are of the few who are left and we welcome your support.

Living the Loss of Your Child Christ Care Grief Group: We meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Golden Valley Baptist Church, 100 S. Higley Road, Golden Valley. The meetings are open to those who have lost children or loved ones. The meetings are to share, show compassion and support, and encourage personal Christian growth during this most difficult time in our lives. Our main purpose is to care for others as Christ cares for us. For more information, contact Cynde Anthony at (928) 856-0847 or Angie Berg at (928) 716-9590.

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 meeting is at 6:30 p.m. the last Thursday of the month; the theme of this month's meeting will be the famous Browning-designed military sidearm, the model 1911 .45 semi-automatic. This fine weapon probably first saw service in Mexico in 1916; it then soldiered through two world wars, Korea and Vietnam and still serves our country today as a limited standard sidearm. Doors open at 5 p.m. for buying, selling and swapping (first liar doesn't stand a chance). 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.

Mohave County Genealogical Society: Andi gave us a pop quiz about the 1870 census presentation. Just what we wanted! Shirley gave her presentation on converting our research from paper to electronic files. Using the Ancestral Quest program, she showed how to take binders full of information and create a network of web pages with links to various files. This program lets one start with a pedigree folder, then go to an individual family chart folder and allows notes to be added. A member brought up a problem with locating information about common-law spouses. Another member mentioned a DNA report through Ancestry.com included a list of family members on file and one does not have to be a member of the site. Our presenter for September will be Kathryn, who is planning to talk about the DAR and what they have available for genealogical research, what is open to the public and what is on the NSDAR online site, among other topics. We welcome visitors to our meetings. We meet every second Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Museum of History and Arts, 400 W. Beale St., Kingman. There is no museum fee for attending.

Mohave Republican Forum: The public is invited to the Mohave Republican Forum meeting on Wednesday at the Golden Corral in Kingman, 3580 Stockton Hill Road, with U. S. Senate candidate and state Sen. Kelli Ward; Mike Ward, Mohave County Republican Central Committee chairman; and Steve Robinson, Mohave County Republican Central Committee District 1 chairman. They will speak and answer questions. This should be an interesting and informative meeting. Kelli Ward has much to share regarding her U.S. Senate campaign, including without limitation the need for border security and other issues. The drawing for the 1984 Oldsmobile Delta 88 (which belonged to U.S. Pearl Harbor Navy Veteran Howard Snell) will be held. Contest tickets will be available at the meeting, before the drawing. The meeting room should be available by 4:45 p.m. or before and the program begins at 5:45 p.m. or before. There is an admission charge of $2 per person to assist with the meeting costs. For reservations, which are requested and helpful or for further information, contact Rita Basinger at (928) 692-4771, ritabasinger@citlink.net; Mary D'Angina at (928) 716-4053, nerah7@gmail.com; or Kathie Sturtevant at (928) 718-0891, kathie2547@gmail.com.

Kingman Republican Women: At 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Kingman Republican Women invite you to join us at the Elks Lodge, 900 Gates Ave. Our meeting will feature Roger Jacks, KUSD No. 20 school superintendent. Jacks is appointed by the board and acts as its executive officer in administering their policies in the operation of the schools. He also acts as advisor in keeping the board informed of the needs and programs of the schools. Questions and answers to follow.

Lunch will be chicken stir-fry over white rice. Coffee and iced tea will be included. The cost for lunch and the meeting is $12; you can attend the meeting for only $3. Remember, you do not need to be a member of our club to attend the meetings; you may attend as a guest. Please feel free to invite others, too. For more details, see our website: http://www.republicanwomenofkingman.com/meetings.html.

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.

Thursday Party Bridge: The winners for Aug. 27 were: first, Coie O'Malley; second, Gladys Smith; and third, Sylvia Goryl.

TOPS 0551: Weight loss goals? Come join TOPS and Take Off Pounds Sensibly! Meet with us at 6 p.m. on Mondays, 2022 Golden Gate Ave. in Kingman. Contact Helen for more information at (928) 757-5631.

Wednesday Party Bridge: The winners for Aug. 26 were: first, Chuck Wallace; second, Vickie Greening; and third, Paul Greening.

Whistle Stop Railroad Club: The club operates the Kingman Railroad Museum for the city of Kingman and the enjoyment of the community. All museum activities, events, display preparation and maintenance are performed by club volunteers. The club's next meeting will be at 9 a.m. Saturday at the museum. Visitors are cordially invited to attend. You can see the museum the Railroad Club has created, meet some of the members and find out more about us. Potential new club members and museum greeters are always welcome. Club members are train fans and model railroaders with the purpose of preserving railroad history through the operation of the Kingman Railroad Museum. The museum is located at 403 E. Andy Devine Ave. in the restored Santa Fe Railroad depot and is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call the museum at (928) 718-1440 or see us on Facebook.

Xi Beta Phi concluded the season with ending day at Oyster's Restaurant. The party was coordinated by our president, Renee Fields. Sisters and guests that attended were: Faye Rainey, Luther and Renee Fields, Betty Lou Reed, Shay Ellis, Rand Holmquit, Colleen Faucher, Joyce Onnen, Heather Wilson with children Ellington and Emmerson Wilson. Also attending were: Barbara Patterson, Delores Shultz, Cathy Lantz and Lorri Hoover.