July 2016 Newsletter

Chaparral Country Club, venue for monthly meetingMONTHLY DINNER MEETING

Chaparral Country Club
1260 Mohave Drive
Bullhead City

Speakers: Regina Cobb
Date: July 13th, 2016
Social Hour: 6:00pm
Dinner served at 6:30pm sharp! Cost is $15.00 per person

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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 all. I hope you’re keeping cool this summer.
In case you missed the last meeting, your board of Directors and officers will not change. I’m conflicted by this outcome. On one hand the board seems to work very well with each other. Things get done and messages get spread. On the other hand, not one single person has stepped up to be on the board or offer any new ideas for our association. The work cannot continue on the efforts of a few. We must all come together to create a better and stronger association. Without ideas and suggestions we cannot grow and prosper.
And speaking of ideas…..we are in the beginning stages of planning next years home show. I know, I know “But Rick, we just closed up the last show. Why are you starting next years show now?” Excellent question unnamed member. This next show will be our 5th Annual Home & Garden Expo. We are in the process of looking at new venues to support more vendors and a new experience for our attendees. We have made subtle improvements every year. This year I want it to all come together and be like no other Expo this area has ever experienced.
So I am looking for “ideas” to put it over the top. The #1 idea we get every year is a “beer garden”. We talk about it every year, and every year it’s deemed to much of a liability. But it is an idea that we look at every year. So give us your ideas for this year, and prepare for the best show in the Tri-State area. Check out our website at www.mvcaaz.org for all of our contact information and submit your ideas ASAP.
In case you haven’t heard, this is an election year. We’ll be working hard on getting candidates in to talk with us and give us a chance to pick their brains, ask some tough questions, have a great dinner and maybe a beer or two (cuz you know you won’t get one at the home show). This country and our values are dropping fast. If we don’t get ourselves out of this tailspin we’ll become another statistic in world history. And it starts with City Council. Pay attention to what’s going on in the city. Listen to what’s going on in the city. Become a concerned and informed voter. I know it’s not as interesting on this level as it is on the federal level. There’s no FBI investigations, no protests, no back stabbing and no bad hair. Well, that last one might have some merit. My point is, just because it’s not headlining the papers everyday doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be paying attention. Which is why we invite them to our dinners. To give everyone of you the opportunity to sit down and talk one on one with them. Ask them any question that comes to mind. Test them on their knowledge of the area and what their “ideas” are for the future of our communities. So please, please plan on attending all of the dinner meetings this fall and show the candidates that we, as business owners and residents are very concerned with the way things look in the future, because politicians come and go, but we’ll still be here.
Our guest speaker for our July meeting will be Regina Cobb. Gina is currently one of our representative at the Arizona Legislature. Last year Gina worked very hard with our association the Arizona Sales Tax problem. The sales tax issue was not resolved last year and it is on the States Priority list for revision again this year. This is an important issue that directly affects your bottom line.

Plan on attending this meeting to hear what Gina has to say and give her your input on Arizona Sales Tax as well as thanking her for her efforts on our behalf.

I look forward to seeing all of you on Wednesday July 13th at 6pm for an amazing dinner, interesting guest speaker and good company. Remember to RSVP online and receive a chance to win next months dinner for free.
President Rick Bastyr

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Call To Order

The regular meeting of the Board of Directors was held on Tuesday, June 7, 2016, at Scooters, 2750 Miracle Mile, Bullhead City, AZ. The meeting was called to order at 12:00 p.m., by President Rick Bastyr.


President Rick Bastyr, Vice President Larry Adams, Treasurer Steve Bouman, Directors Keith Parker, and Kim Camacho. Absent: Secretary John Caponetta, Directors Steve Ramsey, Jim Underwood, and Catherine Lopez-Rajaniemi.


President Bastyr asked if everyone had read the Minutes in the Newsletter. President Bastyr asked for a motion to approve the May 2016 Board Minutes. Director Parker made a motion to approve the May 2016 Board Minutes. Treasurer Bouman seconded the motion. All were in favor. Motion passed.

Treasurer’s Report

President Bastyr asked for the Treasurer’s Report. Treasurer Bouman reported on the current Treasurer’s Report to the Board. President Bastyr asked for a motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report. Vice President Adams made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report. Director Parker seconded the motion. All were in favor. Motion passed. Question was asked by Vice President Adams as to what was the total amount from the Home Show. Treasurer Bouman said he does not have an answer as yet because not everyone has paid.

Old Business

Membership Drive

President Bastyr said there will be no report because Director Lopez-Rajaniemi was not present at this meeting. Director Camacho said she was still working on the forms. Vice President Adams asked how the last dinner meeting went, and President Bastyr commented on the two guest speakers that did show up.

Guest Speakers

President Bastyr asked Vice President Adams if we have a guest speaker for tomorrow’s dinner meeting as we did not see that information in the Newsletter. Vice President Adams reported that Steve Moss, our current County Supervisor of District 5, and Gaynell Crews, representing Senator Sue Donahue who is running against Steve Moss, will be our guest speakers.

Economic Recovery Committee

Vice President Adams said that there is no activity and that he is now just waiting for our check back from the Chamber of Commerce.

New Business

President Bastyr asked Vice President Adams to report on the free wood that the Aquarius Casino is donating to the Academy of Building Industries School and said we could pick up. Vice President Adams said the Aquarius Casino have around 500 pieces of 2 x 2 cherrywood that they said we could have. Vice President Adams said he needed at least two pickups and four men to pick this wood up and take it to the Academy of Building Industries School. President Bastyr said he can help. Treasurer Bouman, Secretary John Caponetto, and Vice President Adams will go Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m., to pick up the wood and take it down to the Academy of Building Industries School.

Fund Raisers

Vice President Adams reported to the Board members regarding a fund raiser held at a Montessori school that he attended and was amazed at the amount of money that was raised. He passed the brochure to President Bastyr and they discussed the sponsors and the amount of money donated. Vice President Adams said if the Mohave Valley Contractors Association wants to do something like this, it would take a lot of work, and money needs to be invested up front to make this work.

Academy of Building Industries

Treasurer Bouman reported that the Academy of Building Industries had 40 students that graduated.


President Bastyr asked if anyone had anything more to discuss. Seeing none, he asked for a motion to adjourn. Vice President Adams made a motion to adjourn and Treasurer Bouman seconded the motion. All were in favor. Motion passed. Meeting adjourned at 12:33 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Laura L. Harrison
June 7, 2016