February 2013 Newsletter

President Rick Bastyr

President Rick Bastyr


Well have you heard the news? The city is trying to raise the city sales tax by 1%. It will be on the ballot in March. It is time for the residents to stand up and say NO!! The Economic Recovery Committee, which was started by our own Larry Adams, is trying to show how affordable it is to move to Bullhead City. Kind of a tough sell when the city, who incidentally has 2 seats on the committee, wants to raise taxes. The Board of Directors and I have discussed this at length and have come to the conclusion that this is not in the best interest of the residents. They have said they will dedicate the funds to certain projects in the city. Sound familiar? They said the same thing back in 2006/07 concerning the AEL Funding. Funds were re-allocated to other projects in less then 6 months. Bottom line is you need to let the city council know that as business owners and residents this is unacceptable.

And you can get your chance at the next dinner meeting. Mayor Jack Hakim and City Manager Toby Cotter will be attending our general dinner meeting to discuss this very issue. They have been attending other organizations in the area with no opposition. Most of the other groups rely on funding from the city, so you know they are not going to bite the hand that feeds them. We need everyone to attend and to ask questions and let them know your thoughts on this sales tax increase. This is a very important issue and it needs to be addressed by all members. This affects all our current and future clients.

In other news, you may have noticed that the dates for the Home Show have changed. This was due to some legal issues that took longer then expected to complete. Spots are starting to fill up, so if you are interested in participating you should do so ASAP. We have gotten some great responses from people who are excited about a home show returning to the area So go on-line to our new website at www.mvcaaz.org and download the application and give me a call to register. The home show will be held March 23rd & 24th at the Crossroads shopping center next to Sprint.

That’s it for now. Remember to RSVP if you are coming to the dinner or not. We are trying to work out the bugs with the e-mail so we need a reply either way. I appreciate your help and I look forward to seeing everyone at the dinner, February 13th at 6:00pm, so you can personally tell the city your feelings on the new tax increase. Remember, the government is not intended to control us, we are to control it.

President Rick Bastyr

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BOARD LUNCH MEETING – January 8, 2013

Call to Order

The regular meeting of the Board of Directors was held on Tuesday January 8, 2013, at Scooters, 2750 Miracle Mile, Bullhead City, AZ.  The meeting was called to order at 11:55 a.m., by Vice President Larry Adams.


Vice President Larry Adams, Treasurer Steve Bouman, Secretary John Caponetto, Directors Darryl Connella, Don Grasse, Kim Camacho, and Catherine Lopez-Rajaniemi.  Absent were President Rick Bastyr and Director Steve Ramsey.


Vice President Adams asked if everyone had read last month’s Minutes, and if so, would like a motion to approve the Minutes.  Director Grasse made a motion for approval of the Minutes.  Director Camacho seconded the motion.  All were in favor of the motion.  Motion passed.

Treasurer’s Report

Treasurer Bouman reported on the current Treasurer’s Finance Report.  Vice President Adams asked for a motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report.   Director Grasse made the motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report, seconded by Director Camacho.  Vice President Adams asked for a discussion regarding the monies received from the Christmas Party. We spent around $4,000 and took in around $3,800.  Director Lopez-Rajaniemi said we took in a little more.  Vice President Adams thought it was great that we were almost in the black instead of red.  All were in favor of the motion.  Motion approved.

Old Business

Christmas Party

Discussion was held regarding this year’s Christmas Party.  Director Lopez-Rajaniemi questioned whether we should the members if they want a Christmas Party or maybe we should scale it down due to the economy.  Vice President Adams felt it should continue as is.  We need to reserve the same room, get the DJ lined up, and have the same list of donors.  He asked how the rest of the Board felt about this.  Director Grasse made a commitment to help out.  Vice President Adams requested that they check that the date of December 13, 2013 is available and he asked Director Lopez-Rajaniemi to reserve the room at the Riverside for December 13, 2013.  He also requested that Thank you Letters be sent out to all the donors that contributed prizes for the Christmas Party.  Director Lopez-Rajaniemi said she will get a list of donors and attendees for the next meeting.

Home Show

Vice President Adams asked how this was coming along.  Director Lopez-Rajaniemi said that she has sent President Bastyr the application for changes or additions, but he was out of town, so she has not talked to him regarding the application.  She is getting calls about spaces for the Home Show.  As soon as the application is approved by President Bastyr, the application will be ready to go for vendors and she will send them out.  They will be having the school sell water at the Home Show and the school will keep those monies.


Vice President Adams reported on the RV Show being held in Quartzsite January 19-27, 2013.  He said that he and Bob Brown will be manning a booth for two days for MVCA and also reported that Lisa McCabe gave them 21,000 brochures on Moving to Bullhead City to be put in gift bags and they will be passing out the brochures from the booth.  This was done with no charge to MVCA.  The booth will be there for 10 days.  They will be pushing the affordability of living in Bullhead City.

Winter Visitor Expo

Vice President Adams reported that the Mohave Valley Daily News is sponsoring the Winter Visitor Expo being held at the Chamber of Commerce on February 14, 2013.  It’s a form of Thank You for our winter visitors.  He asked if we wanted to have a booth representing MVCA.  Discussion was held about having brochures about what MVCA is all about and Secretary Caponetto will take charge of these brochures to pass out at this event.  Director Lopez-Rajaniemi will be in charge of getting a banner 6 feet by 16 inches to put on the booth.  We will have a booth and must man it.  The cost is $75.00.

Sales Tax

Vice President Adams reported on the sales tax that the City wants the citizens to support. Vice President Adams said he will oppose the City’s sales tax, and the Board indicated that our Association will actively oppose the increase.

“Where to Retire”

Vice President reported on a magazine he picked up at the barber shop called “Where to Retire”.  He was extremely impressed with it, especially when he turned the page and found Bullhead City, AZ being written about the affordability of living there.  They also had charts like we have of the different cities in the United States and where it was very inexpensive to live.  The people who put this magazine out are aiming for retirees.

Political Papers

Secretary Caponetto said that he has filed the six political papers that were necessary and none are necessary to file for next year.

Motion to Adjourn

Vice President Adams asked for a motion to adjourn.  Director Connella made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Director Grasse.  All were in favor.  Motion passed.  Meeting adjourned at 1:00 p.m.

Respectively submitted by
Laura L. Harrison
January 8, 2013

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Chaparral Country Club, venue for monthly meetingMONTHLY DINNER MEETING

Chaparral Country Club
1260 Mohave Drive
Bullhead City

Guest Speakers:  Mayor Jack Hakim and City Manager Toby Cotter.
Date:  February 13th, 2013
Social Hour:  6:00pm
Dinner served at 6:30pm sharp! Cost is $15.00 per person
CALL TODAY FOR RESERVATIONS, or reserve via email here.
John Caponetto 928-768-3798 Leave message with Reservation info. (name & number of guests) or Fax 928-768-3796.

Please note: We pay for all meals ordered. Once you have made your reservation, you will be charged for your dinner even if you do not attend.