March 2013 Newsletter

Chaparral Country Club, venue for monthly meetingMONTHLY DINNER MEETING

Chaparral Country Club
1260 Mohave Drive
Bullhead City

Guest Speaker: Tom Gallant
Around The River Publishing & Producing, Inc.
Date: March 13th, 2013
Social Hour: 6:00pm
Dinner served at 6:30pm sharp! Cost is $15.00 per person




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.

President Rick Bastyr

President Rick Bastyr


Hello members, happy March to you all. I hope you are doing well. Last month we talked about the 1% sales tax increase. First I would like to thank everyone who attended the meeting, it was the best turnout I have ever seen since joining the association. Approximately 95% of you are against this tax. However, only about 10% said anything against it at the last meeting. We talk a big talk, but if we don’t have the support of our members then why waste the time? The opportunity to stand up and be heard on the issues has passed. A few people told me the meeting got way off track and I should have stopped it. Most of the time spent was on the roads. What I took away from it, from the people that asked questions, was they were questioning how the city handled the projects and if they were done correctly and fiscally. Also, the ones that questioned me NEVER spoke a word during the meeting.

March 12th is the big day. So get out there and VOTE!!!!

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I hope to see everyone at the next dinner meeting on March 13th at 6pm.

President Rick Bastyr

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BOARD LUNCH MEETING – February 12, 2013

Call to Order

The regular meeting of the Board of Directors was held on Tuesday February 12, 2013, at Scooters, 2750 Miracle Mile, Bullhead City, AZ. The meeting was called to order at 11:55 a.m., by President Rick Bastyr.


President Rick Bastyr, Secretary John Caponetto, Directors Darryl Connella, Don Grasse, Catherine Lopez-Rajaniemi, and Steve Ramsey. Absent were Vice President Larry Adams, Treasurer Steve Bouman, and Director Kim Camacho. Guests were Candy Mason, owner of Silly Cactus, and Tami Ring, candidate running for Council.


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

Treasurer’s Report

President Bastyr reported on the current Treasurer’s Finance Report due to the absence of Treasurer Bouman. President Bastyr asked for a motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report. Director Lopez-Rajaniemi made the motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report, seconded by Director Connella. All were in favor of the motion. Motion approved.

Old Business

Christmas Party

President Bastyr asked Director Lopez-Rajaniemi how the plans for this year’s Christmas Party is coming along. Director Lopez-Rajaniemi reported that she has the Harbor Port rooms reserved for the Christmas Party to be held on Friday, December 13th. She also has the DJ reserved for the evening’s entertainment.

Home Show

President Bastyr said that Sunquist Solar has asked for changes in booth locations. President Bastyr reported that 15 businesses have signed up for booth space, and four businesses have asked for power. Director Lopez-Rajaniemi said she will have banners made and flyers made up on or before Thursday. She also said that they may have bags made up with logos to pass out. They also discussed whether to have a raffle.

Winter Visitor Expo

President Bastyr reported on the Winter Visitor Expo to be held on Thursday, February 14, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Chamber of Commerce. Director Lopez-Rajaniemi said she will be setting up on Wednesday working on the MVCA booth. The booth will have a table, two chairs, a banner and a brochure rack. She also passed out a signup sheet and hoped that people would sign up for at least an hour or more manning the booth on Thursday. The signup sheet will also be passed around for volunteers at the dinner meeting tomorrow night. She said that there will be around 40 vendors at the Expo.

President Bastyr said that they had an impromptu meeting. They decided not to do it. Also, regarding the Economic Recovery Committee, discussion was held and that there was a need to look at their marketing plan. It was decided to let Vice President Adam set up a meeting to discuss a marketing plan.

New Business

Secretary Caponetto brought up the subject of our website and that our Newsletter needs an area where you can check a mark for our monthly dinner reservations. We want to get away from phone calls.

Another problem is changing the membership list. We also want the ability to check on business advertisements.

Director Ramsey reported that Vice President Adams paid $100 for flowers for the funeral of Rick DeVine. A motion was called for to reimburse Vice President Adams the $100 he spent for flowers. Director Connella made a motion to reimburse Vice President Adams for $100, and seconded by Director Ramsey. All were in favor of motion. Motion passed.


President Bastyr reported that we received 19 renewals on membership. We also have two new members that submitted their membership applications. A motion was called for Cemex Construction Materials to accept their membership application. Director Lopez-Rajaniemi made a motion to accept the membership application for Cemex Construction Materials, seconded by Director Ramsey. All were in favor. Motion passed. A motion was called for Pioneer Title, associate member, to accept their membership application. Director Ramsey made a motion to accept the membership application of Pioneer Title, seconded by Director Connella. All were in favor. Motion passed.

Safety Meeting

President Bastyr reported that there will be a Safety Meeting around 20 minutes before the dinner meeting tomorrow night. Shelby Construction wants to be an SCF member.

Sales Tax

President Bastyr reported that our guest speakers at tomorrow’s dinner meeting will be Mayor Jack Hakim and City Manager Toby Cotter. They will be talking about the 1% sales tax that they want the citizens to vote on. There was a discussion on the 1% sales tax with Candy Mason and Tami Ring expressing their views on the 1% sales tax. President Bastyr reported that the City wants to keep the 1% sales tax after the state tax is dropped in June. He said we need to concentrate on questions to put to Mayor Hakim and City Manager Cotter. Secretary Caponetto wanted to know how did it get onto the March ballot. As an Association, we need to fight this sales tax bill. We need to gather funds, we need to put out newspaper ads, and put something in our booths fight this bill. It was mentioned that Neil Young, reporter for the Mohave Valley News, will be at the dinner meeting.

It was discussed placing ad in Our Town magazine for $199. Due to budget constraints, it was decided that we wait for next year.

Motion to Adjourn

President Bastyr asked for a motion to adjourn. Director Ramsey made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Director Lopez-Rajaniemi. All were in favor. Motion passed. Meeting adjourned at 1:34 p.m.

Respectively submitted by
Laura L. Harrison
February 12, 2013