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Colleen and Mike Sutter
July 2017

A Conversation With Mike And Colleen Sutter, Act I

Chairman’s Message


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I was sitting down with my iPad beginning to write my article for this month when Colleen asked me what I was doing. This is how the conversation went.

Mike: It is time for me to write the Chairman’s article for the Masonry Magazine.

Colleen: Are you going to talk about the mid-year being in my hometown of Steamboat Springs?

Mike: Yes, the 2017 MCAA mid-year meeting will be held in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, August 28, 29, 30. For those who have not been there before, you will not be disappointed. Steamboat Springs’ summers have become very popular with all the outdoor activities offered. We will be staying at the Steamboat Grand which is just minutes from the Gondola Square at the Steamboat Ski Resort.

Mike: You know that Steamboat is commonly called Ski Town USA, due to the fact that more Olympians call Steamboat home than any other ski area. However, the area has a rich western heritage. Don’t forget to mention your favorite pastime is to count the number of FM Light & Sons signs on the drive from Denver to Steamboat each year. The signs for the Westernwear store are historic landmarks that can’t be replaced once they fall down.

Mike: Monday morning starts our Committee meetings. This is where we set our agenda for the coming year. All Committee Chairmen attend this meeting to represent their committees and also all MCAA members are invited to hear the committee goals and also express their own opinion on where we should lead the association. Our Vice-Chairman Paul Odom will be the facilitator for these meetings as they will be his committees for the next 2 years beginning in January.

Colleen: Be sure to tell them how excited I am that on Monday the Opening Reception/Dinner will be held at sunset at the top of the ski hill at Thunderhead Lodge. It is only a short ride on the eight-passenger Gondola, with views that are simply beautiful overlooking the valley below.

Mike: Somebody will need to hold Jeff’s hand, as he is afraid to ride the gondola, I’m thinking Larry Vacala can handle that duty.

We will continue Tuesday morning with Speed Dating. It is an event that offers a lot of information and this year it has become even bigger with additional suppliers/vendors. This is always a big hit with both the contractors and the vendors as we get time to connect personally and hear how our vendors can help us with very specific challenges we may face. That afternoon everyone will have the opportunity to enjoy golf at the Haymaker Golf Course with a PEC (Political Education Committee) fundraiser.

Colleen: For those non-golfers, Steamboat offers so many activities. Steamboat Flyfisher provides the angler the opportunity to catch some huge trout in the Yampa and Elk Rivers. Guides are also able to provide fishing in non-public areas. You can be an experienced angler or a beginner and still have a great time.

Mike: I know Alan Johnson and Heath Holdaway will be looking forward to it.

Colleen: Steamboat Zipline Adventures offers a state of the art six-segment zipline course with breathtaking views of the mountains and valley followed by an ATV ride back to the drop off point.

Mike: I’ll bet Paul Oldham will be leading the pack for this exciting adventure.

Mike: On Wednesday morning, we have our business meeting taking up the majority of the morning. While in the afternoon, everyone again will have the opportunity to take advantage of the many activities Steamboat offers. A trip to the Strawberry Park Hot Springs will be an unforgettable experience, especially after dark when you will find Mark Kemp there (clothing optional after dark).

Colleen: Yea, my parents didn’t allow me to go there growing up but now it is very family friendly, at least during the day. However, my favorite place to see is Fish Creek Falls. It is just a short hike down to the Falls with additional hiking to the top of the falls for the more adventurous hikers.

Mike: The closing dinner will be held at Saddleback Ranch. After leaving the hotel and arriving at the ranch, we will all ride on a horse drawn wagon ride to the Double Dollar Lodge where we’ll enjoy drinks, dinner and entertainment. It will be a great fun-filled evening while viewing the beautiful Colorado sunset.

Colleen: I believe this will be a destination that everyone will enjoy. In fact, there are so many things to do there that many are already planning on spending extra time there enjoying such things as the water sports, rock climbing, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, or enjoying one of the new Pedego Electric Bike Tours.

Mike: I know I am already planning on coming early to spend Saturday morning at Saddleback Ranch. Because the Ranch is a working ranch, everyone can get the opportunity enjoy the experience of a “cattle drive.”

I closed my iPad and Colleen said I thought you were going to write your article. I said, I just did. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone in Steamboat next month!


Chairman’s Message Archive

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February 2018
A New Beginning

Givers Gain

January 2018
Givers Gain

Things to Remember

March 2017
Things to Remember

Looking Forward

February 2017
Looking Forward

A Fresh Start

January 2017
A Fresh Start

Who Moved My Cheese?

September 2016
Who Moved My Cheese?

Giving back

December 2015
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An exciting year ahead

February 2015
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Defining success

December 2014
Defining success

Staying busy for you

August 2014
Staying busy for you

Ready for action

February 2014
Ready for action

Thanks

January 2014
Thanks

Happy holidays

December 2013
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MCAA Midyear update

November 2013
MCAA Midyear update

The MCAA in D.C.

August 2013
The MCAA in D.C.

A Lot Happening

July 2013
A Lot Happening

Eye opening

June 2013
Eye opening

Positive movement

March 2013
Positive movement

Headed to Vegas

February 2013
Headed to Vegas

New beginning

January 2013
New beginning

It’s finally over

December 2012
It’s finally over

My trip to the Rockies

November 2012
My trip to the Rockies

The 2012 election

October 2012
The 2012 election

Stay involved

September 2012
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Networking

August 2012
Networking

Summer time

July 2012
Summer time

Exciting time

June 2012
Exciting time

Working for you

May 2012
Working for you

New beginnings

March 2012
New beginnings

Farewell!

February 2012
Farewell!

One more to go!

January 2012
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Join us in Vegas

November 2011
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As the world turns

August 2011
As the world turns

A Bright Future

May 2011
A Bright Future

Tidbits From MCAA

March 2011
Tidbits From MCAA

Time Flies By

February 2011
Time Flies By

The End of the Year

December 2010
The End of the Year

Busy Times!

November 2010
Busy Times!

South of 40

October 2010
South of 40

What Are We Doing?

August 2010
What Are We Doing?

Moving Forward

March 2010
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A Fond Farewell

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A Fond Farewell

A New Year

January 2010
A New Year

Start the Year Strong

December 2009
Start the Year Strong

MCAA in D.C.

September 2009
MCAA in D.C.

Brick Voids

August 2009
Brick Voids

Vision 2020

February 2009
Vision 2020

State of the Association

February 2009
State of the Association

The Silver Lining

January 2009
The Silver Lining

Impact on the Hill

June 2008
Impact on the Hill

New Horizons

February 2008
New Horizons

Wrapping up Another Year

December 2007
Wrapping up Another Year

Greetings From Italy!

November 2007
Greetings From Italy!

We Need Your Help!

January 2005
We Need Your Help!

The Strength of Unity

November 2003
The Strength of Unity

Changing of the Guard

February 2002
Changing of the Guard

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