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Organizations: Thursday, February 2, 2012

American Legion Post 14: On Sunday at 1 p.m., we will hold the Four Chaplains ceremony at the Post. Everyone is invited to attend this short, but moving ceremony that commemorates the ultimate sacrifice of four service member chaplains. Later that afternoon, the Legion Riders will host the chili contest before Super Bowl kick-off. After judging, everyone can try the chilis and see how much heat they can handle. Tickets for Unit 14's Valentine's Dinner on Feb. 11 are now available at the Post for only $5 per person. The February/March newsletter is out; if you did not receive yours, please let us know. Call the Post at (928) 753-3555 for more information on these and other upcoming events. Post 14 is on the corner of Third and Oak in downtown Kingman.

Belles of St. Mary's: Ladies, let's take a moment and bask in the triumph of our January meeting. We had 25 Belles in attendance and two young gentlemen as an honor guard! Ladies present were: Marietta G., Marie W., Norma F., Chris C., Karen M., Tara V., Mary St. J., Kay DeS., Nancy R., Jessica McA., Angie D., Kami L., Gillie C., Donna W., Marge H., Ruby D., Patricia H., Jeanne H., Charlene D., Lisa M., Carol, Maxine K., Margaret L. and Paulette D. Did you notice - no duplicate names? The treats provided for this wonderful night of fun and merrymaking were homemade from the kitchen of Karen M. and her beautiful dotter (sic), Tara. The Belles were delighted and there was a nary a crumb left! The Belles are now planning two February events of great importance; mark your calendars so: "2nd Annual Sweetheart Candy Sale" - all Masses - Feb. 11 and 12. Next, Ash Wednesday, the Famous Lenten Soup - Feb. 22 at noon - scheduled to debut once again with 150 pounds of 'taters to be the center of attention! At 8:30 a.m. we need all of us to prepare, participate and partake!

Cerbat Garden Club: Meetings are held at our new location, St. Johns Methodist Church, 1730 Kino Ave. Our sixth meeting of the season will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Anyone interested in gardening, floral design, civic beautification, and conservation of our natural resources is invited to attend. No gardening experience required. Our meeting will be "Holiday Celebration." Following our business meeting we will have a short break with refreshments and then our program will be on "Bats." Zen Mocarski, program manager for the Arizona Game and Fish Department, will give a presentation on bats! He is extremely knowledgeable on this subject and will help us better understand their role in our ecosystem. He will show just how important these little creatures are and will dispel many of the misconceptions regarding them. Many bats are very cute and usually aren't seen until just at dusk when they start to fly around. Bats rely on sonar when they fly to find their food. They are voracious insect eaters and very important for our environment. Hopefully, we will learn to enjoy these strange creatures of the night and appreciate them after this most enlightening program. If you have any further questions, call Diana at (928) 757-8659. Please leave a message if I'm not there and I will get back to you.

Friday Afternoon Bridge Club: The winners on Jan. 27 were: North/South: first place, Karla Kay and Tom Wood; second place, Jim Blaschak and Trey Gordon; and third place, Shirley Lantz and Sandy Miles; and East/West: first place, Sylvia Goryl and Dorothy Jackson; second place, Virginia Mead and Zona Richey; and third place, Jeannie Clegg and Dottie Affayroux.

Good Sam Club, Mohave Roaming Sams Chapter: Members of the Mohave Roaming Sams chapter here in Kingman met at the bowling alley on Jan. 23, and began their convoy journey to Quartzsite. There were seven member and guest rigs that met at the Rose RV Park for the four-day campout. After getting set up in either the full hook-up area or in the dry camping spots, and after doing just a little shopping, the group gathered at host Jim Burtrum's for a hamburger cookout. Guest campers, Lou and Noni McGoldrick and Bob and Shirley Van Slyke, were welcomed heartily around the barbecue grill that night. We were happy to welcome back Cal Gabby, a former member who also joined in the gathering. Tuesday was our meeting and later that afternoon, a potluck steak barbecue was hosted by Jim. Everyone brought their own main course to throw on the barbie along with a dish to share. No one left hungry. On Wednesday morning, we all went to Q-Town for breakfast then almost everyone went shopping. Since we'd not had time to prepare for a meal, we forced ourselves to call for takeout pizza from Silly Al's for supper that night. (It was delicious and some people enjoyed leftovers the next morning). Later on, there was a campfire. Although marshmallows were offered, everyone declined and the fire was enjoyed by all along with all the tall tales that seem to be inspired by firelight. Thursday morning saw everyone but Jim, who l eft and headed for home. Late Thursday night, Joan Burtrum and friend, and former member Diane Bowtell drove into camp. They didn't want to miss out on the shopping opportunity that Quartzsite offered. After helping out the economy, the Burtrums and Diane headed home to Kingman on Saturday afternoon. We are planning a breakfast gathering at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday at Dora's on Beale Street. We'll order off the menu. If you would like to attend, give Jim Burtrum a call at (928) 757-8072. We'd love to have you join us. Our next campout is Feb. 20 through 23 at Trade Winds RV in Golden Valley. If you would like to camp with us, we'd enjoy your company. Give our wagon master for that campout, Dave Dunlap, a call and get the details of the campout from him. He can be reached at (928) 692-1619. 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 John Proffit at (928) 692-6628.

Good Sams Club, Route 66 Sams RV Camping Chapter: We meet the third Thursday of each month at various camp grounds. We welcome new members. For further information, contact Carol at route66sams@hotmail.com. Our next campout is Feb. 23 to 26 at River Palms Resort in Needles.

Kingman Elks Lodge No. 468: The upcoming special events scheduled: Sunday, at 4 p.m., Super Bowl potluck dinner in the clubroom; and Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m., Election of officers for the 2012/2013 lodge year. Regular events this coming week include: Thursday: Tacos, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.; Bingo, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Bring four cans of food and receive extra game sheets. Friday: Dinner, 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday: Pizza Night, 5 to 7 p.m. First and third Wednesdays: Meeting Night, 7 p.m. Food service: 5 to 7 p.m. Lunch: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information on any regular events, call Boot Quintana, (928) 753-2547.

Kingman Pinochle Club: The winners on Jan. 28 were: first, Joann Brown; second, Pat Doty; and third, Jan Crosier. For more information, call Pat at (928) 718-1253.

Kingman Republican Men's Club: At our meeting on Jan. 16, we had one of our most successful meetings ever. As it was a holiday, we were able to have two guests, both of whom left us wanting more time with them. First off, we introduced Sheriff Paul Babeu (pronounced Bab-i-yoo), running for the U.S. Congress. Second, we had Pastor Grif Vautier in the personage of Reverend Doctor John Witherspoon recreate the time of the American Revolution - several people came dressed in Revolutionary garb. A great time was had by all, though we almost ran out of food, so large was the crowd. Still, it is time to move on. Next month, we will meet in conjunction with the Women's Club in order to handle the city elections, which come up in March. On Monday, the Women will meet at the Elks, and will showcase the mayoral candidates. Then on Feb. 20, the Men will present the City Council candidates. We will have all of the candidates, as this is a non-partisan election. Both meetings cost the same, $13, and include buffet lunches. For further information, please call (928) 530-3637 for either of the meetings. Also, for a complete calendar of political events, you may check our KRM website www.kingmanrepublicanmen.com, beginning Wednesday. Also, tickets for all Republican events including the Feb. 25 Lincoln Day Cocktail Party and Dinner extravaganza, will be sold at both meetings.

Mohave County Genealogical Society: History may not have been one of your favorite subjects in school, but when you can place one of your very own ancestors in the picture, it takes on an exciting new meaning. Maybe we can help you find that connection. Our group meets the second Wednesday of the month, at 1 p.m., in the library of the Mohave Museum of History and Arts, 400 W. Beale St. Museum entrance fees are waived for those researching in the library and those attending meetings. We invite you to join us.

Mohave Republican Forum: You are invited to the meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, at the Elks Lodge, 900 Gates Ave. The speakers will be Mohave County Republican Supervisor Candidates for District 1: Supervisor Gary Watson and challengers, Travin Pennington and Jerry Sides. All county residents are encouraged to be informed and to vote! The cost is $13 which includes dinner. An RSVP is requested; please contact: Rita Basinger: (928) 692-4771 ritabasinger@citlink.net or Kathie Sturtevant: (928) 718-0891 kathie2547@hotmail.com.

Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD): The next meeting of the 2011 Victim Impact Panel will be at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, at the Mohave County Sheriff's Office, Training Room, 600 W. Beale St. To register call (602) 240-6500, option 2, then option 3 for Mohave County. Follow the detailed instructions. Class fee is $40, money order only, made payable to MADD. Classes are held on the first Tuesday of every other month. Our wonderful volunteers are asked to be there at 6 p.m. to set up. Hope you can all make it. Please advise if you are busy. Anyone interested in being a volunteer with this organization can contact June at (928) 681-3435.

Mutt Matchers and Friends: Mutt Matchers and Friends is having their second annual "Putts for Mutts" golf tournament at the Cerbat Cliffs Golf Course again this year. It will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 14. It will be the same as last year, shotgun start, and four people for a team. We do need sponsors again, so if anyone is willing to help sponsor our non-profit dog adoption center, it is the same as last year. It is $100 and your name, or business logo will be imprinted on the T-shirts. If you want to sponsor our wonderful dog adoption center, please call (928) 718-4364 and let us know! More details will follow in the next few weeks. Everyone who attended last year really had a lot of fun - please join us on April 14.

VFW Post 10386: This Saturday, the dinner is hosted by the Korean War Veterans. The dinner will be country style pork chops, scalloped potatoes, salad, biscuit and dessert for $7 from 5 to 7 p.m. On Sunday, our Super Bowl Sunday Party starts at 4 p.m. with kick-off at 4:25. We will have free food, drink specials and hand-outs. We will have two big screen TVs, one for non-smoking and one for smoking. Tuesday, Feb. 14, will be the Post Valentine Dinner. The dinner will be prime rib, baked potato, vegetable, biscuit and dessert for $10 in advance (until noon Tuesday) and $12 at the door. If you are a veteran and have a paid up membership card with any veterans group you are welcomed to our Post. Feb. 24 we will have a pre-Mardi Gras Party starting at 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. and on Feb. 25 we will have a Mardi Gras dinner and a party.

Wednesday Party Bridge: The winners on Jan. 25 were: first place, Steve Hite; second place, Nelson Gaska; and third place, Sarah Peters.

Whistle Stop Railroad Club: This Saturday, the Whistle Stop Railroad Club will host an open house and railroad yard sale. Come and ride the train for free, weather permitting. Get great deals on HO and N scale model railroad equipment. See our model trains in action. Sign up to become a member. All of this takes place at our headquarters at 4370 N. Lomita St. (between Northern and Gordon Avenues). Look for our signs. Hope to see you there. For more information, call (928) 753-4551.