New Year’s Resolution? BBB Warns About Gym Membership Scams

Every year, millions of people make New Year’s resolutions hoping to spark positive change. One of the top annual themes is a more active approach to health/fitness and January has a surge in gym activity – 50 percent more than December – with many people embarking on
weight-loss resolutions in the new year.

Consumers report high-pressure sales tactics, misrepresentations about facilities and services, broken cancellation policies and lost membership fees when gyms go out of business.

Better Business Bureau shares the following tips to avoid becoming a victim of fitness scams.

  • Determine fitness goals. Making goals in advance can help a person select an appropriate facility. It’s also a good idea to check with a physician before embarking on a new fitness regimen, especially if medical conditions are present.

  • What is most important? Will a convenient location and extended hours be beneficial in reaching a fitness goal? Will a variety of equipment or classes keep people motivated? Work out while traveling and prefer a chain with numerous locations? Identify top priorities before shopping around.

  • Check bbb.org. BBB has business profiles on more than 15,000 health clubs, fitness centers and gyms nationwide and 231 are located in the Pacific Southwest region. Read what current and/or previous customers have to say and see how the business responds to complaints. This information may help narrow down the list of gyms selected to visit.

  • Take a tour. Does the gym have the equipment, classes and trainers needed, clean showers and available Wi-Fi? Ask questions and make sure to understand all the rules. What are the busy times, wait times for equipment, class registration requirements, availability and find out if there is an additional cost for personal training.

  • Ask about free trials. Fitness centers often offer a 2, 3 of even 6 free pass for potential members providing customers a great way to see if the gym is a good fit.

  • Do not feel coerced. Don’t give in to high-pressure sales tactics and join right away. A reputable gym will give consumers time to read the contract, tour the facility and help them make an informed decision.

  • Calculate the true costs. Gyms often use special introductory offers to encourage new members, but the price could go up once the initial period is over. Know and understand what the regular monthly fees will be and what they include.

  • Understand all terms. Read the contract carefully before signing. Make sure all verbal promises are in writing. The document one signs is what matters, so don’t take a salesperson’s word for it. What happens if a member moves or the gym goes out of business? Will the membership renew automatically? Can one cancel the contract and, if so, under what circumstances?

  • Certified trainers. Research certifications any personal trainer claims to have. When paying more on top of the gym membership, make sure the trainer is qualified with appropriate certification.

  • Never use a debit card. Be aware when using a debit card, this give the fitness center direct access to one’s bank account and money. Instead use a credit card. Credit cards serve as a barrier between your money and the people who want it and some offer benefits for purchases and even fraud protection. As a whole, credit cards offer more protection than debit cards do.

  • Get a receipt. Those who don’t like credit cards, often prefer to pay for things in cash. This includes gym memberships. There is nothing wrong with cash, but always make sure to get proof of payment – ask for a receipt.

Check out bbb.org to look up a business, file a complaint, write a customer review, report a scam, read tips, and follow us on social media and more!

 

Aquarius Team Members Raise $48,406 For River Fund, Inc.

Aquarius Team Members Raise $48,406 For River Fund, Inc.

LAUGHLIN, NEVADA July 23, 2018

Aquarius Casino Resort Team Members raise $48,406 for River Fund, Inc. for the 2018/2019 campaign.

River Fund, Inc. is a local non-profit agency that provides direct emergency and crisis services for individuals and families in the Tri-State area.  Team members choose to either contribute through payroll deductions or by making a one-time contribution.  Since River Fund was established in June of 2010, River Fund, along with the help of Aquarius employees, have now surpassed 1.87 Million dollars in assistance that has impacted more than 65,000 lives.  The funds are used to support many non-profit agencies to assisting individuals with utility bills, medical care and much more.

“The River Fund is very excited to once again have the support of the staff and management of the Aquarius for the upcoming 2018/2019 campaign year.” said Executive Director Mike Conner.  Through donations by employees from their paychecks, as well as variety of fund raiser proceeds such as employee rummage sales, the Aquarius has always led the way in supporting the community through the River Fund.”

Another part of River Fund, is the River Fund Employee Donor Crisis Fund.  This fund has provided over $13,117 in assistance to 85 Tri-State employees.

“Aquarius Casino Resort has the best team members, who enjoy helping in every way possible.” said Aquarius General Manager Sean Hammond. “And what better cause than our local River Fund!”

About Aquarius Casino Resort:

Aquarius Casino Resort is the largest 24-hour gaming resort in Laughlin providing 1,906 rooms and suites and a 57,000-square-foot casino offering 1,250 state-of-the-art slot machines, the widest variety of favorite table games, and an all new non-smoking race and sportsbook. The Aquarius Casino Resort offers multiple amenities including restaurants to serve every taste from fine dining to casual dining – For more information, please call (800) 662-5825 or (702) 298-5111. For further information visit www.AquariusCasinoResort.com and check out the Special Offers.

 

About Golden Entertainment, Inc.

Golden Entertainment, Inc. owns and operates gaming properties across two divisions – resort and casino operations and distributed gaming. The Company operates more than 16,200 gaming devices, 114 table games, 5,168 hotel rooms, and provides jobs approximately 7,000 team members. Golden Entertainment owns eight casino resorts – seven in Southern Nevada and one in Maryland. Through its distributed gaming business in Nevada and Montana, Golden Entertainment operates video gaming devices at nearly 1,000 locations and owns nearly 60 traditional taverns in Nevada. The Company is licensed in Illinois to operate video gaming terminals. Golden Entertainment is focused on maximizing the value of its portfolio by leveraging its scale, leadership position and proven management capabilities across its two divisions. For more information, visit www.goldenent.com.

Leadership Lake Havasu 2019 Program

Leadership Lake Havasu

Leadership Lake Havasu is currently accepting applications for the 2018/2019 program.  Interested candidates must complete an application, and will be scheduled for an interview during the program Orientation in August.

Leadership Lake Havasu selects 30 talented and emerging leaders for a 9-month community immersion experience. The class gains insight, inspiration and valuable knowledge while building strong relationships with each other and a broad network of community leaders.

Graduates often see beyond their own spheres of influence to the broader needs of the community and are empowered to heighten their efforts to make Lake Havasu City even better.

Our graduates mark it among the most significant learning experiences of their professional life; and join our vibrant and active alumni with a richer perspective of community leadership.

The program runs from September through May, and the class spends one day per month exploring ideas, learning about our assets, and building strong relationships throughout the Havasu area. The class will also plan, organize and execute a fundraiser to be held in the month of April.

Leadership Lake Havasu is a signature program of the Lake Havasu Chamber Foundation for Education and Leadership.

Tuition is $675 for Chamber members and $925 for non-members. Partial scholarships may be available on a limited basis.  Applications are available online at www.havasuchamber.com and are due by July 31.

Cruhsd Fieldhouse To Become “Anderson Auto Group Fieldhouse”

Cruhsd Fieldhouse To Become ‘Anderson Auto Group Fieldhouse’ In $625,000 Multi-Year Naming Agreement


BULLHEAD CITY – The Anderson Auto Group of Bullhead City, Kingman and Lake Havasu City has been awarded naming rights for the new voter-approved fieldhouse being built by the(CRUHSD).  The 125,000 square foot indoor arena, located at the southwest end of the Bullhead Parkway adjacent to the Mohave Crossroads Shopping Center, will be known as the “Anderson Auto Group Fieldhouse.”

CRUHSD Superintendent Riley Frei made the announcement during Tuesday’s Bullhead City Council meeting.  The sponsorship is for $125,000 annually for five years, and is renewable after that.

“We’re extremely pleased to partner with a wonderful community-based and community-minded family business in Mohave County,” said School Superintendent Riley Frei.  “The District and Anderson Auto Group share the same vision for quality academics, and we look forward to this partnership continuing well into the future.”

Anderson Auto Group was selected following a competitive bidding and review process that included several major businesses in the Tri-State area.  It will also host a naming ceremony at the Fieldhouse site, 3663 Bullhead Parkway, on June 23.

“We are very excited and honored to be the naming rights partner for the all-new CRUHSD Fieldhouse,” said Anderson Auto Group owner Jason R. Anderson.  “This state of the art facility is a tremendous addition to this region of Arizona.  This will provide a sports and activities experience that is second to none.  We are a community minded organization and supporting this project with CRUHSD and the citizens of Bullhead City is something we wanted to be a part of.”

The public open house marking the naming rights will be held at the Fieldhouse construction site on Saturday, June 23, beginning at 8:30 am.  Virtual reality tours will show what the Anderson Auto Group Fieldhouse will look like when completed, which is expected in the first quarter of next year.

Updated artist renderings and construction site photos are available on the current website, www.crsfieldhouse.com, which will soon transition to a new online address reflecting the Anderson sponsorship. The naming rights contract will be formally presented to the CRUHSD school board at its June 25 meeting.

Anderson Auto Group currently owns five dealerships in the Tri-state area: Anderson Ford in Bullhead City, Anderson Ford and Lincoln in Kingman, and Anderson Chrysler, Anderson Nissan and Anderson Toyota in Lake Havasu City.  It has had a presence in the region for 20 years, including two years in Bullhead City.

CRUHSD was created in 1989 and operates three public high schools: Mohave High, which opened in 1969 in Bullhead City, River Valley High, which opened in 1992 in Mohave Valley, and CRUHSD Academy in Bullhead City, now beginning its ninth year.  In addition to athletic facilities, the Anderson Auto Fieldhouse will also have classrooms for several CRUHSD career-technical and vocational educational programs.

Frei said that additional Fieldhouse sponsorships are being signed on a frequent basis.  A variety of levels are available through CRUHSD’s marketing partner, International Coliseums Company.  Contact information is posted on the Fieldhouse website.

New Horizons Presents Lake Havasu City’s First Community Garden

The Lake Havasu Area Chamber Ambassadors held a ribbon cutting ceremony for New Horizons celebrating 25 years as a chamber member.

New Horizons has been providing service to people with disabilities for 45 years. It offers community integrated activity programs like Lake Havasu’s first Community Garden, built on land donated to New Horizons.

Attending the ceremony from left to right were Ashley Bartosiewicz, Claudia Gonzalez, John Federico, Lindsay Hughes, Dempsey Nail, B.J. Dye, Terry Delia – CEO, Paul Vaughn, John Blosl and Teri Jameson