October 2016 Newsletter

Chaparral Country Club, venue for monthly meetingMONTHLY DINNER MEETING

Chaparral Country Club
1260 Mohave Drive
Bullhead City

Speakers: John Caponetto and Darlene Hiltner 
Date: October 12th, 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


It’s that time of year again, or at least according to the calendar, its time for the ghosts & goblins to make their yearly appearance. However, if you go to your nearest retail stores it’s Christmas time. Never mind the vampires, witches or even the turkey and pumpkin pie. It’s time to get your tree, decorations and wrapping paper. I swear it gets earlier and earlier every year. What ever happened to enjoying each holiday in its entirety? The year goes fast enough the way it is, let’s not fast forward it.We here in the Mohave Valley Contractors Association have our own seasons as well. This month is our big membership drive. Bring in as many paid new memberships to be eligible to win a free years membership. This is the time to bring your sub contractors in to show them what the association is all about and why it is beneficial for them to join.Our next season will be our annual Christmas party. It is by far our most popular dinner meeting of the year. Great food, good friends and a few presents. It’s a good time for everyone to catch up and have some fun. Last years party was very successful and this years will be even better.

Our next big season after that will be our home show.  This year marks our 5th anniversary and is a huge milestone for us. Every year the show has grown and this year is no different. I am already receiving emails and phone calls asking about dates. We still have lots of planning to do, so if you have any suggestions please let us know. We want this to be the best show ever.

The next season after that will be our election season. That is where a new president will be elected. So get your nominations in.

This months speakers will be John Caponetto, Secretary for the Association. Darlene Hiltner, Director of Community Financial Wellness, who teaches the Entrepreneurship Class at AOBI and representatives of the AOBI Student Council. John will give an informative recollection of the history of our association. The Student Council members will describe the Charter school that the Contractors Association built. This will give our new members a chance to learn what the association is and does.

We are all looking forward to a full house with new & old members enjoying a great meal and good company. We’ll see you at 6pm on Wednesday October 12th.

So in the spirit of the season Merry Christmas or Happy 4th of July or happy Labor Day or what ever the holiday of choice is for the retailers.

President Rick Bastyr

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Call To Order

The regular meeting of the Board of Directors was held on Tuesday, September 13, 2016, at Scooters, 2750 Miracle Mile, Bullhead City, AZ.  The meeting was called to order at 11:53 a.m., by Vice President Larry Adams.


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


Vice President Adams asked if everyone had received their Newsletter by e-mail. Some did, some did not.  Others have not read the Minutes in the Newsletter.  Vice President Adams asked for a motion to approve the August 2016 Board Minutes.  Director Lopez-Rajaniemi made a motion to approve the August 2016 Board Minutes. Secretary Caponetto seconded the motion.  All were in favor.  Motion passed.

Treasurer’s Report

Treasurer Bouman reported on the current Treasurer’s Report to the Board.  Vice President Adams asked for a motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report.  Secretary Caponetto made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report.  Director Ramsey seconded the motion.  All were in favor.  Motion passed.

Old Business

Membership Drive

Vice President Adams asked Director Lopez-Rajaniemi if she had anything to report. Director Lopez-Rajaniemi reported to the Board that she had talked to Karen at the Chaparral Country Club and there is no problem with the food arrangements.  She said that they can have hamburgers and hot dogs for the barbeque outside of the Country Club.  Right now she just has one door prize.  They need more door prizes and also raffle prizes.  Director Lopez-Rajaniemi said she would like to have a speaker to speak to the new members, maybe from the Academy of Building Industries.  She will be passing out the flyers for the membership drive at tomorrow’s general meeting/dinner for distribution.  

Guest Speakers

Vice President Adams asked the Board Members if they had any ideas for future guest speakers for our general meeting dinners.  A discussion was held regarding getting “interesting” guest speakers.  

Discussion was held regarding illegal activity by contractors that are not registered. There is no enforcement by the Registrar of Contractors office.  Director Lopez-Rajaniemi said they do have a Hot Line where you can complain anonymously regarding this out of control problem.  

Guest Speaker

Our guest speaker for tomorrow night’s general dinner meeting will be Joe Barswick from Golden Vortez Mining.  

Where To Retire

Our ad in the “Where to Retire” magazine will come out either in October or November and will have an article on Bullhead City.  

Survey Forms

Vice President Adams asked about the survey forms, but Director Camacho was not present to report on the progress of the survey forms.

Economic Recovery Committee

Vice President Adams said not to expect any refund payment from the Chamber of Commerce.

2016 Home Show

Vice President Adams asked Treasurer Bouman if we had received a check from Lowe’s.  As of this time, no check has been delivered.  Also, it was reported that we still have not received a check from Branson Doors.    

Christmas Party

Vice President Adams asked Director Lopez-Rajaniemi if she had anything to report. Director Lopez-Rajaniemi said that she is going to speak with Karen at the Chaparral Country Club and go over the menu for the Christmas Party.  Everyone agreed that last year’s Christmas Party menu was excellent.


Discussion was held regarding the distribution of the Newsletter.  Half the Board members did not receive their Newsletter last month.  Vice President Adams said that President Bastyr said they may decide to text the Newsletter.  Nothing was decided, but what we are doing isn’t working.

New Business

Vice President Adams said that President Bastyr received a letter from the same gentleman that always wants us to join him in his Home Show.  All the Board Members said to ignore it.  

Vice President Adams said that President Bastyr will not be at the general dinner meeting tomorrow night.  


Vice President Adams asked if anyone had anything more to discuss.  Seeing none, he asked for a motion to adjourn.  Director Ramsey made a motion to adjourn and Secretary Caponetto seconded the motion.  All were in favor.  Motion passed.  Meeting adjourned at 12:49 p.m.     

Respectfully submitted,

Laura L. Harrison
September 13, 2016