January 2017 Newsletter

Chaparral Country Club, venue for monthly meetingMONTHLY DINNER MEETING

Chaparral Country Club
1260 Mohave Drive
Bullhead City

Speakers: Glen Wiltse and Billy Chooniyom
from the Bullhead City Building Department

Date: January 11th, 2017
Social Hour: 6:00pm
Dinner served at 6:30pm sharp! Cost is $15.00 per person

DID YOU KNOW????Bring 1 ream of paper for a FREE 50/50 Ticket! Donation benefits the Academy of Building Industries




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


Happy New Year!!
I hope everybody had a nice Christmas and a safe and enjoyable New Years celebration. With all the parties over for the time being we all have a lot of work to do.
Everybody is scrambling to get their end of year reports done. And there’s all of them W-2’s to send out. Not to mention all the work to catch up on because of the holidays and vacations. Time to sit down and look into the future and get ready for what 2017 is going to bring.
I think the minimum wage has to be the hot topic. I’m sorry, but this is ridiculous. I can almost guarantee you that not one small business owner voted for this. And everyone that did vote to pass this insane legislation has no clue as to what is going to happen to our economy. I don’t think they realize the long term effects this will create. Cost of products will go up or employers will trim staff. That’s when the light bulb will come on and it will be to late.
Letters will be going out this month with details on the Home Show. Save March 25-26 on your calendars to help celebrate the 5th annual show. This year it will be held at the Riverview Mall near Marina & Hwy 95. With this larger venue we will have everyone under one roof. Do watch your mailboxes for more info. We will be sending out sponsorship and vendor applications.
Our guest speakers this month will be Glen Wiltse and Billy Chooniyom  from the Bullhead City Building Department. They requested to come speak to all the contractors about inspection information. It’s important to keep a healthy relationship with our local building department, so please be sure to attend.
Make sure to rsvp for your dinner and to receive a chance to win a free dinner next month.
I look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday March 11 at 6pm at the Chaparral Country Club.

President Rick Bastyr

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Call To Order

The regular meeting of the Board of Directors was held on Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 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, Vice President Larry Adams, Treasurer Steve Bouman, Directors Steve Ramsey, and Catherine Lopez-Rajaniemi.  Absent: Secretary John Caponetto, Directors Kim Camacho, Keith Parker, and Jim Underwood.  Guest:  Carey Fearing from Mohave Daily News.  


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

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 Ramsey seconded the motion.  All were in favor.  Motion passed.  Treasurer Bouman said our savings account got audited.  Everything was fine.

Old Business

Christmas Party

President Bastyr asked if everyone was ready.  Treasurer Bouman said he has cash for the envelopes.  Director Catherine Lopez-Rajaniemi said we should have two different drawings for prizes.  One ticket for dinner, and one for the 50/50 drawing.  Vice President Adams asked for a motion to have two separate drawings for the Christmas Party, and Director Lopez-Rajaniemi seconded the motion.  All were in favor.  Motion passed.

Where To Retire

Vice President Adams passed around three copies of the Where to Retire magazine that came out in December so that the Board Members could see our ads.  He said that we need to generate mailing labels.  Director Lopez-Rajaniemi said she will take care of this.  Vice President Adams said it will cost $1738 for the next ad we want to put in the magazine.  He said that if we are able to track the replies that come in, then it’s worth waiting for to see how many replies we get to track.  

New Business

Sales Tax

Vice President Adams that they are bringing this up again in Phoenix.  Gina Cobb was in Phoenix last Thursday regarding the Sales Tax Bill and did not do very well.  The League of Cities and Towns people came in and ruined the meeting.  Vice President Adams said that Gina Cobb needs to be more organized to be effective.  


Vice President introduced Carey Fearing, Mohave Daily News.  Ms. Fearing informed the Board Members what Mohave Daily News can do for them regarding the website, social media, and marketing ideas.  Ms. Fearing talked about availability; “niche” marketing; programmatic advertising; pinpointing targets by age, income, and availability; targeting overview; targeting consumers; how to track the replies on our website.  The website would be our domain.  Mohave Daily News would create and maintain our website.  It would cost $599 to maintain our domain; $50 a month to maintain our website.  Vice President Adams said we should do this.  Discussion was held on this.  Vice President Adams made a motion to have Mohave Daily News maintain our domain for $599 a month and our website for $50 a month for six months.  Director Ramsey seconded the motion.  All were in favor.  Motion passed.  They also discussed targeting the Midwest, Southern California, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, and targeting ages 40 and up.  Vice President Adams will ask Jean what we did for our website.


President Bastyr said that he had received a membership application from David Turnquist of Turnquist Excavating Inc.  Vice President Adams made a motion to accept the membership application from Turnquist Excavating Inc.  Director Ramsey seconded the motion.  All were in favor.  Motion passed.

Academy of Building Industries

President Bastyr informed the Board Members that by Federal law, all charter schools must have a gym for physical education.  So, the school has to expand.  The multipurpose room that AOBI used for everything else, is now a gym.  President Bastyr said he knows a person in Phoenix that has buildings they may use.  The concrete slab that is on the school yard is not good and has no footings.  Using steel is not economical.  They need temporary buildings.  President Bastyr said that there are grants for charter schools.  Director Lopez-Rajaniemi said she knew a couple of grant writers and will look into this.  They want to get Jean in for a meeting to see what the school needs.  They want to have more discussions regarding this topic in January 2017.   


President Bastyr 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 Director Lopez-Rajaniemi seconded the motion.  All were in favor.  Motion passed.  Meeting adjourned at 1:25 p.m.     

Respectfully submitted,

Laura L. Harrison
December 13, 2016