Payson Clubs, Organizations & Churches


Church News

 All Rim Country churches and spiritual groups are welcome to share their information on this page. Services, meetings and events may be posted here free of charge. To send your information, go to

Payson Buddhist Study Group 
Anyone interested can contact 595-1378.

Payson First Assembly of God Church 
(at Green Valley Park) 1100 W. Lake Drive


Payson Center for Spiritual Awareness

Da Love Ananda Botanical Gardens
 515 E. Rancho Road in Payson.  Please telephone ahead at 472-4700 or 474-1605.
"Whoever loves in the present is not bound."  
Avatara Adi Da Samraj

St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church
School schedule for community announcements------St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Religious Faith Formation  school has reopened for elementary students from pre-school to grade 6 every Wednesday from 4 to 5:30 PM.      Middle and High school students meet Sundays from 5 to 6 :30 PM followed by ice cream sundaes on Sunday.  Teens are welcome to stay afterward for a youth group social including board games and ping pong.
Adult Bible Study on the Passion and Resurrection of Jesus is held Tuesday from 1 - 3 PM;  evening session of the same topic is held 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Parents requesting Baptism for their children should call 474-1269 for information.  Education office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 11 am -8 pm. 
Judith Carroll, Dir. of Religious Education

Mount Cross Lutheran Church
601 E. Highway 260 in Payson

Star Valley Southern Baptist Church
The church is located at 4180 Hwy. 260 in Star Valley.
Church Clerk Roma Davis may be contacted for further information at (928) 474-5557.

Community Presbyterian Church
The church is located at 800 West Main Street in Payson
Rev. Charles W. Proudfoot is the pastor. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call (928) 474-2059 or Fax (928) 474-0624 email
Sunday programs and services are:
8:30 a.m. Son Risers Adult Bible Study
10:15 a.m. Hymn Sing
10:30 a.m. Worship Service

St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Located at 1000 N. Easy Street in Payson, St. Paul's Episcopal Church has Sunday services at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. and has a Healing Service on Wednesdays at 9 a.m. On the last Sunday of the month Father Dan offers a Taize Service at 5:30 p.m. For information contact Church Administrator Diane Jackson at 474-3834 or Diane Morrison at 474-4857.  Visit their website at for a calendar of services, meetings, and events. Or email the church office at 

Local food banks need restocking

Community Presbyterian Church on West Main Street is one of several food banks in need of restocking supplies. The need is greater than ever this year. Please bring any canned goods you can spare and drop them off in the basket near the front door.
Clubs & Organizations

Western artist Conrad Okerwall's display at the Payson Art League's Show

Payson Art League
The Payson Art League meets at the Rim Country Health & Retirement Community., 807 West Longhorn, Payson. The public is invited. 6-7 pm; Show and Share of member’s artwork, social reception with light refreshments.

Calling All Ladies!

Fancy Flair of Red
  Have you ever seen a bunch of Senior Ladies, wildly dressed? Wearing beautiful, wild Red Hats with lots of feathers? Outrageous jewelry? Ever wonder what they do? Where they go? Wonder no more.

Come to one of Fancy Flair of Red's luncheon meetings and see for yourself. Good company and new friendships await you - but most of all FUN!

No RSVP needed. If you are 55 to 100, the door's open. We meet the 2nd Wednesday of every month at different establishments. Contact Queen Mum Mary Smith @ 468-8766 or Princess Janie Allen @ 472-3219 for more information.

Come Grow Your Family Tree

Northern Gila County Genealogical Society
302 E. Bonita
Payson, AZ 85541
(928) 474-2139

Our Genealogy Library volunteers can help you record and document your family history.
NGCGS meetings 1:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month.
The NGCGS is open for research on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Payson Woman's Club
Established in 1921
510 West Main Street

Dedicated to Helping Our Community

Join us for
Easter Fest
First Fridays
Payson Rodeo Parade
Holly Berry Fair
Electric Light Parade

We work in the following programs:
  • Children's Comfort Program making soft blankets and buying stuffed toys for the Payson Police Dept. to give to children who are in need of comfort
  • Woman's Angel Tree Program providing Christmas gifts for women (18 and older) who are in need or alone
  • Senior Lap Robe Program making lap robes for seniors living in care centers or those receiving Meals on Wheels
  • Food Bank Program collecting food and non-food items for St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank
  • History Outreach Program collecting photos, family histories, geneaologies, to share with schools, libraries, museums and other organizations
  • Adopt-A-Grave Program tending graves in Payson Pioneer Cemetery
  • Scholarship Program for Payson High School graduating seniors

For information on the Payson Woman's Club, contact Sharron Shill at (928) 476-3334 or by mail at P.O. Boxd 33, Payson, AZ 85547.

Rim Country Optimist Club
The Rim Country Optimist Club now meets on the first and third Mondays of the month at Cedar Ridge Restaurant at 5:30 p.m. Meetings are always open to visitors. Joan Young still our dynamite PR person, 472-2264.

Payson Raconteurs
   Meetings of Payson Raconteurs, an organization of writers, are at every Monday in a private dining room at Tiny’s Family Restaurant. Meetings are devoted to the reading and critiquing of stories, poetry, memoirs and novels-in-progress.

Payson Packers

Time Out, Inc.
Thrift Store at 500 South Beeline Highway in Payson All proceeds benefit the Time Out Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence.
Payson Tea Party
Thursday, November 29th, Payson Tea Party meets at Tiny’s Restaurant 6:00-7:30 pm.  Speaker will be Wayne Bentzen who will talk about Federal Taxes. 
Please consider who you might nominate for one of the Payson Tea Party Leadership positions.  President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and three “At Large” members of the board who will help plan events, plan meetings, promote policy and future direction.  (You are welcome to nominate yourself!)  Also bring your ideas for programs, speakers, outreach, how we can work to bring our Constitutional form of government (run by we the people) back from the brink of destruction, etc.  We will need to continue to be “silent no more”when it comes to local, county, state and Federal issues we need to stand for, or against.  The Tea Party movement is not going away! 
Remember our Mission Statement:  “We The People have been silent too long.  The Payson Tea Party is committed to practicing our civic duty as delineated by our U.S. Constitution, the Supreme Law of the Land.  We strive to educate, inform, and encourage all citizens to become involved in the political process, focusing on fiscal responsibility, less spending, and fewer regulations at the local, County, State and Federal levels.”

Rim Country Republican Club

County Chair-Chris Tilley 928-468-9669 home, 928-517-2133 cell
1st Vice Chair- Shaya Rodriguez 928-701-3039
2nd Vice Chair- Jacqueline Delacruz 928-951-1934
Secretary-Jerry Foster 928-978-4031
Treasurer-Mickie Nye 928-425-6294

The Democratic Club of Northern Gila County


A visit from our Senate Candidate Dr. Carmona


I have been informed that Dr. Richard Carmona, the Democratic senatorial candidate, will be in Payson on Sunday afternoon (9/2) from 5:30 till 7:00 at the OxBow.  Dr. Carmona has an impressive background from being homeless and hungry, to serving in the Special Forces, earning a medical degree, serving for 25 years as a Pima County deputy sheriff, detective and SWAT team leader  to serving as Surgeon General. He is currently Vice Chairman of Canyon Ranch, a nationally renowned health and wellness company and is a professor of Public Health at the University of Arizona.

If at all possible, please take this opportunity to meet this awesome candidate.


Membership annual dues for calendar year 2012 are only $5.00 and can be collected at this meeting.  Membership is required to vote on Club business.

Everyone is invited to hear our speakers and your participation is welcomed.  For more information, call President Jerry Foster (978-4031).

The Democratic Club of Northern Gila County meets on on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Democratic Headquarters located at 1101 South Beeline Highway.

We have an office space for the six month election period and will need volunteers for phone calls and visitors.  Your ideas and support will be both expected and appreciated. 

Membership annual dues for calendar year 2012 are only $5.00 and can be collected at this meeting.  Membership is required to vote on Club business.

Everyone is invited to hear our speakers and your participation is welcomed.  For more information, call President Jerry Foster (978-4031).

Thank you,
Jerry Foster,
President, DCNGC

Membership annual dues for calendar year 2012 are only $5.00 and can be collected at this meeting.  Membership is required to vote on Club business.
Please make a monthly or single donation to elect conservative candidates.  Arizona has been targeted to become a Blue State, and the redistricting has made that easier for the left to achieve their goal.  They have lots of outside money coming in.  We need to sacrifice all the resources we can to fight them.  You can set up a monthly donation to the AZ GOP or directly to a candidate of your choice, but they need our support.  You  may donate through the two websites below.
Also, don't forget all the resources at our web site,, where you can find an events calendar, county party info, volunteer sign-ups, contribution forms, news releases, letters-to-the-editor guidance and much more.

Democratic Women of Rim Country


Kirkpatrick Announces Launch of Campaign Website

FLAGSTAFF, AZ – In an email to supporters today, Ann Kirkpatrick announced the launch of her campaign website. The site highlights Ann’s focus on bringing jobs to Greater Arizona and protecting her district’s seniors from Rep. Paul Gosar’s plans to end Medicare.

Members of the media can follow Ann Kirkpatrick on Twitter and Facebook in addition to visiting the new site by clicking the preview below or heading to

Primary campaigns are in their home stretch now, as Democratic candidates are trying their hardest to persuade voters that they should have the Democratic nomination for public office. While these contests can get heated, it is critically important for us to come together afterward to unite for the November election. Please join the Arizona Democratic Party on August 29th as we present our 2012 Arizona Democratic Candidates!

The day after the Primary Election, Arizona Democrats will come together to support our 2012 Democratic Candidates for the November General Election. This will be your chance to speak with candidates for local office, state legislature and even our candidates for statewide office. They will be available to answer questions, you can sign up to volunteer, grab a yard sign and speak with campaign staff about strategy. It is important that we are united in the fight against the Republican Party's extremist policies. We hope you will join us.

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

VIP Reception begins at 5:00PM
Forward Together Rally begins at 6:00PM

Crescent Ballroom
308 N. 2nd Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

RSVP online at
or contact Rebecca Pringle or (602) 234-6821

There will be other Democratic Events featured throughout the state, including Pima County’s Election Night Unity Party at the Hotel Congress in downtown Tucson. For more information go to or contact the Pima County Democratic Headquarters at (520) 326-3716.

Rim Country Celts

Dear Fellow Celts and friends, Please come and join us!
Rim Country Celtic Festival
The 2nd Annual Rim Country Celtic Festival will be held April 14 & 15,
2012, at the Payson Elks Lodge Large treed location, 1206 N Beeline
Hwy. This is an all inclusive Celtic culture event. Learn about the
Seven Celtic Nations (Not just Scottish/Irish etc.)

Celtic dress up is encouraged! Wear your kilts, Pins, Hat's, Shamrocks,
Leeks, and Daffodil flowers, and plaid. Paint you face! Learn what they
all mean.
All are welcome.

This is an outdoor Festival and is open to the public.

Admission: Adults - $10/per day or $15/2 days; Children: 6 to 16 -
$5/per day or $8/2 days. under 6 - FREE
Lloyd Gibson 575-649-5015
Jim Eichberger 928-951-4420
Scottish American Club
Irish, Welsh - you're invited. too!
For information, contact Rim Country Celts president Lloyd Gibson at (575) 649-5015 or email Visit the Rim Country Celts web site at or

Water For Pine Strawberry

Hello Neighbor,
The PSWID board has scheduled a board meeting for July 28th at 10:00 AM in the Pine Cultural Center. Should be an interesting meeting.

Some items to consider:
1.      The water in Pine was heavily chlorinated for awhile. On Thursday mine was halfway to pool water. If you had that water going into your septic tank it might be prudent to give your septic tank an extra shot of Ridx in case the bacteria has been disturbed by the chlorine.
2.      As the notice below indicates, PSWID is asking residents to continue to conserve water. However, when asked about what conservation stage the district is in, the answer was that no change in conservation stage has been declared. That means that we are still at Stage 0 (equivalent to the old Stage 1) with no restrictions. If the conditions warrant the need to conserve water, why doesn’t the conservation stage reflect that?
3.      PSWID is hauling water to catch up with the water that was lost. When the water system was purchased, the PSWID board put in place the same water hauling surcharge that Brookes had. It will be interesting to see whether that shows up on next month’s bill.
4.      There may be quite a bill for this crisis. The contract with CH2M Hill only covers basic operations. The contract allows CH2M Hill to bill PSWID for emergency and major repairs. PSWID is responsible for the cost of all materials.
5.      Where are the missing board members? Mr. Robert Kuta, Regional Vice President for CH2M Hill became the face of the district. I am not aware of any communication to the public by the board members. While Mr. Kuta probably has a lot of experience speaking to the press and can adequately address the operational details, he is a stranger to the community. One would think that a board member should have always been present to provide the information on the situation for the community. There is also the question of where Mr. Kuta’s loyalties may lie between the interests of CH2M Hill and the community. That is where a board member could have added some balance.
6.      Mr. Kuta has been limiting the amount of information available about the problem. While the discussion of how and why the problem happened, and any responsibility for the problem, can wait for a later day, it is only fair that what has happened and the steps being taken to resolve it be described in detail. Clearly this was not a run-of-the-mill failure. It deserved more than the typical avoidance of providing information.
7.      While communication could have been more frequent and detailed, the methods did improve. I heard that flyers were put on doors on Thursday and I heard that people in the affected areas received a robo-call for the “all clear” message. Overall, responding to a crisis is difficult to do smoothly, in my opinion overall the response went fairly well.
8.      To maintain the public’s trust, the board needs to provide a clear explanation of how the problem occurred, the extent of the problem, whether the vulnerability to the same problem exist in other parts of the water system, and most importantly, what actions will be taken to ensure that it doesn’t happen again. That will go a long ways towards puting this event in the rear-view mirror.
6-22-2012 2:30 p.m.

Pine customers get OK to resume water use

Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District officials are pleased to announce that service has been restored throughout the system, reserve supplies are returning to normal levels and laboratory analysis of water samples indicates that the water is safe for consumption, so customers in the Pine area may resume normal use.

Although service is back to normal, officials stress the need for all customers to continue conserving water by eliminating all non-essential use. Although indications are that the system is functioning normally, District officials do not want increased usage to cause any further problems. In addition, the region continues to experience high temperatures and extremely dry conditions, making it imperative that an adequate reserve water supply remains available.

PSWID officials apologize to all affected customers for the inconvenience created by this service outage and express appreciation for their patience and cooperation as the District worked to resolve the situation.
Water For Pine Strawberry is a group of residents who are concerned about the community’s water issues and how they can best be resolved. Visit our web site,, for more information. The website for PSWID is . Emails on earlier meetings are available on our website: .

Directory of Payson Area Clubs and Organizations 

ABATE of Arizona American Brotherhood Aimed Toward Education, a non-profit motorcycle rights organization.
Call Bill Hensler (928) 474-6851

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
W. Main St.
Payson, AZ 85541 - 5359
Call (928) 474-3620

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) 474-3035

American Association For The Blind

American Cancer Society

American Heart Association

American Legion Post 69

American Legion Auxiliary

Americans with Disabilities

Arizona Archaeological Society

Arizona Rim Country Volunteers

Association for Retarded Citizens

Band Boosters for High School

Bonzai Club of Payson

Boy Scouts of America

Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks (BPOE #2154)
Dwayne Cunningham 474-2572

R-Bar-C Boy Scout Camp (Camp Sunrise)

Civil Air Patrol - Sqd. #209

Community Legal Services (formerly Legal Aid Society)

Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.)

Daughters of Gila County Pioneers

Daughters of the Nile
Web Site Link

Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA)
Web Site Link

Food Bank

Gila County Genealogical Society

Gila County Historical Society

Gila County Republican Women

Gila County Sheriff Posse

Girl Scouts of USA

High Country Garden Club

High Country Xeriscape Council of Arizona

H.O.P.E.S. (Helpers of Payson Elks)

Horseman’s Association of Payson
(928) 474-0346

Humane Society

812 S. McLane Road

Library Friends of Payson

Library – Pine

Lioness Club of Payson

Lions & Lioness Clubs of Payson

Little League

Longhorn Boosters Club

Loyal Order of Moose #852

225903 E. State Hwy
260, Star Valley Arizona
[Mailing Addr.: HC4
Box 33G
Payson, AZ 85547]
Phone: (928) 474-6212

Masonic Lodge #70

Military Order of Purple Heart

Modern Woodmen of America Payson Camp 14707
Tina Terry / 468-1111

Mogollon Montoneras

Mogollon Mountain Bicycle Association

Mogollon Stamp Club

Mogollon Sporting Association

Nat. Ass’n. Retired Federal Employees

Northern Gila County Genealogical Society, Inc
(928) 474-2139

302 East Bonita Street, Payson, Az 85553

Order of the Eastern Star

P. E. O. Sisterhood - Chapter DF

P. T. A. of Payson

Paralyzed Veterans

Payson Area Computer Association

Payson Art League

Payson Chess Club

Payson Choral Society

Payson Cowbells

Payson Fine Art Guild

Payson Flycasters /
Gila Trout Chapter of Trout Unlimited
Bob Youtz - President- 928-474-5024

Payson Habitat for Humanity

Payson Helping Payson

Payson Hospital Auxiliary

Payson Institute of Learning

Payson Ministerial Fellowship

Payson Motor Sports Club

Payson Packers (Hiking Group)

 Payson Raconteurs
 (a writers group)

Payson Rimstones Rock Club

Payson Rodeo Committee

Payson Shoestring Productions (theater)

Payson Toy Drive

Payson Wildlife Association

Payson Women’s Club

Pilots Association of Payson

Pineberry Promenaders

Payson Raconteurs (writers' group)

Pine Strawberry Business Community (PSBC)/b>

Presbyterian Women

Quilting Bees

Rim Area Gardeners Club

Rim Civic Orchestra

Rim Country Classic Auto Club

Rim Country Fibers Are Fun

Rim Country Flyers (model planes)

Rim Country Four Wheelers

Rim Country Hospice
Kathleen Hughes 472-6340

Rim Country Optimist Club of Payson
Meets 1st & 3rd Mondays at Cedar Ridge Restaurant 5:30 p.m. Meetings open to visitors.
Contact Joan Young, public relations, at 472-2264


Rim Country Republican Assembly

Rim Country Rotary – Payson Club

Rim Country Scottish Rite Club

Rim Country Singles
(928) 474-2567 or (928) 978-3982

ROMEO Club - "Retired Old Men Eating Out"
Harvey 468-0125 or visit Web Site

St. Vincent de Paul

Salvation Army

Shoofly Quilters

Soroptimist International

Special Olympics

Strawberry Patchers

Tai Chi Chuan Club
Rick Clark 472-1150

Toastmasters International

Tonto Amateur Radio Association

Tonto Community Concert Association

Tonto Rim Cowboy Shooters
Sid Dando (928) 595-1230

Tonto Rim Search & Rescue
(928) 476-4947
Dave Pirtle, Commander
Web Site Link    E-mail

Tonto Rim Sports Club

Tonto Travelers


United Methodist Men

United Methodist Women

United Seniors Association

VFW - Mogollon Rim Post #9829

VFW Women's Auxiliary

Veterans Helping Veterans

Women’s Aglow International

Zane Grey Cabin Foundation
(928) 474-6115

P. O. Box 3188, Payson, AZ 85541
Web Site Link

Zane Grey Shrine Club

Zane Grey Twirlers (Square Dancing)