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Organization News: Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015

Whistle Stop Railroad Club: WSRRC has elected a new board of officers for 2015. Bob Cook was re-elected president; Gene Coccozza, vice president; Fritz Koehl, secretary/treasurer; and “Curly” Edwards (pictured) as superintendent of operations, a railroad term. Bob Cook did a great job for the club in 2014. The rest of the officers have a good background in railroading and marketing, promising 2015 to be an exciting year full of changes and improvements. One new professional display case has already been purchased. It is needed to upgrade our fixed displayers. Changes in our rolling model train displays are also considered. The “N” Gage display has been outfitted with a block system involving 25+ switches and signal lights. This will allow multi-train operation on a single track, just like the real thing. We will also have special events throughout the coming year. Come visit us or become an associate member and play with us, no membership charge. 2015 will be a year of growth and change. Like us on Facebook at Kingman Railroad Museum or visit our website at www.whistlestoprailroadclub.org. The museum is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

Whistle Stop Railroad Club: WSRRC has elected a new board of officers for 2015. Bob Cook was re-elected president; Gene Coccozza, vice president; Fritz Koehl, secretary/treasurer; and “Curly” Edwards (pictured) as superintendent of operations, a railroad term. Bob Cook did a great job for the club in 2014. The rest of the officers have a good background in railroading and marketing, promising 2015 to be an exciting year full of changes and improvements. One new professional display case has already been purchased. It is needed to upgrade our fixed displayers. Changes in our rolling model train displays are also considered. The “N” Gage display has been outfitted with a block system involving 25+ switches and signal lights. This will allow multi-train operation on a single track, just like the real thing. We will also have special events throughout the coming year. Come visit us or become an associate member and play with us, no membership charge. 2015 will be a year of growth and change. Like us on Facebook at Kingman Railroad Museum or visit our website at www.whistlestoprailroadclub.org. The museum is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 14: The next general meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. next Tuesday. Hope to see many more of our members attending. At the December meeting, plans were started for a dinner featuring a Southwest food theme on Jan. 17 and a meatloaf dinner on Feb. 14. If you have not yet renewed for 2015, please do so soon. Senior dues are $25, for junior members $7, and past presidents should add an additional 50 cents. Mail your checks to ALA, Swaskegame Unit 14, P.O. Box 4221, Kingman, AZ 86402-4221 - please do not leave 2015 dues at the post home.

American Legion Post 14: Our general membership meeting is tonight, and Commander Dusty is really looking for some input and feedback from members. Participation in what we've been doing has fallen off, so what would you like to see happen? That said, the Auxiliary is planning a dinner on Jan. 17, and it would be great to see a few more than "the regulars" there. Looking forward, at 5 p.m. on Jan. 29, we'll be celebrating Tom Selleck's 70th birthday. Why? Because it's silly and we can! Bring a friend, dress as your favorite Tom Selleck character (there are a lot of them), and if you don't have a mustache, we'll give you one. Post 14 is still on the corner of Third and Oak; call us at (928)753-3555.

Belles of St. Mary's: Surely you all saw the magnificence of God's creation this past week; the snow, the example of innocence, stainless perfection and purity. This can be imagined as the appearance of our soul as we step from the communion line - forgiven and purified by the body and blood of the perfect sacrifice, our Lord Jesus Christ! These are the day-to-day examples we Belles share with our families, right? That brings us to the festivities planned for the next Belles meeting, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday (the operative word was "share"). Gather up all those trinkets and items you are not absolutely crazy about and give us a shot at them! Besides being hilarious, uproarious and chaotic, we are, in reality, doing a good deed. All monies gleaned from this enterprise are earmarked for the purchase of a new processional crucifix for our new temple of worship! We are talking win-win-win here. As we gallop, glide and slide into this brand new, never-been-used year, keep your focus on living a Godly life. God himself told us: "Be holy as I, your God, am holy." Happy New Year!

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 9:30 a.m. Sunday. Kickstands up at 10 a.m. This week's Sunday ride will be to the Temple Bar Marina. Return ride will be the Searchlight, Nev., loop. For questions or information, contact Harley at (928) 530-2555.

Democratic Women's Club: The Kingman Democratic Women's Club will hold the first meeting of the new year, with social hour starting at 11:30 a.m. and the meeting at noon on Wednesday at Calico's Restaurant. The agenda for the meeting is for prior and new members to become acquainted with each other as well as the newly elected officers. We extend an open invitation to all who would care to attend the meeting, but you must be a registered Democrat to join the club.

Kingman AGLOW: Rita Franklin will speak from 3-5 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Holiday Inn Express on E. Andy Devine. The cost is $6 to attend. Contact Barbara McKune at (928) 380-4471 to RSVP. From 6:30-9 p.m. every other Tuesday, Bible study takes place at 3730 N. Harvard St. in Kingman. The discussion is on Jonathan Cahn's "The Mystery of the Shemitah." Contact Barbara for dates.

Kingman Arizona Computer Users Group: We will meet from 2-4 p.m. this Sunday at the Kathryn Heidenreich Adult Center, 1776 Airway Ave., Kingman. There will be a presentation on security. For more details, see our website: www.kingmanazcug.com. 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.

Kingman Pinochle Club: The winners for the Jan. 3 game were: first, Joann Brown; second, Barbara Stoffen; and third, Warren Knudson. 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 County Genealogical Society: Anyone interested in finding their family history can visit us at 1 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month. We meet in the library of the Mohave County Museum of Art and History, 400 E. Beale St. There is no museum charge if you come to our meeting. Andi gave us information from her accountant about the advantages of a social club becoming a nonprofit. The nominees for officers for 2015 were presented. Kitty moved we accept the slate as presented, Ruth seconded. The slate was approved. New officers are president - Andi Multer, vice-president - Ruth Simpson, treasurer - Bobbi Morphew, and secretary - Averil Endicott. The Clark County Nevada Genealogy Society is having their annual seminar in March. For more information, go to www.ccgns.org. Jackie, research librarian at the museum, donated four books on Scotland and Ireland to our genealogy library. Kitty presented the top 100 genealogy computer websites in 2014 according to the site FileYourPapers.com.

Rescue Unwanted Furry Friends Foundation: RUFFF is hosting its annual "Feed a Furry Friend for the Holidays Frenzy" until Jan. 31. The goal of this pet food drive is to find dry dog and cat food, canned cat food, pet items, alfalfa or chicken feed for the animals. Donations can be made to Martin Swanty's Chrysler on Andy Devine Avenue, Toni's Cleaners on Airway Avenue, Stockton Hill Feed Supply on Stockton Hill, and in Golden Valley, Arizona Hay and Farm Supply on Highway 68 and Verde. You can also bring food or other items to the sanctuary located in Golden Valley by appointment or call (928) 565-BARK for pick-up. For more information, to adopt or volunteer, contact (928) 565-BARK.

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

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