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SPRING 2020  Newsletter


​​​​​​​​​President Report

Shawn Schnell

Hello everyone!  Thankfully spring is almost here.  I think everyone’s ready for winter to be over.  

The feedback on the convention was good.  Everyone seemed to like the layout and how the convention was organized.  Attendance was low, likely due to the nice weather. I was elected president, which was not in my plans quite yet, but I will do my best.

I hope everyone is safe and healthy and has a great year ahead of you.  If you have any questions, please contact me at 573-239-3830. Thanks!


Vice President Report

Dan Beffa

The 2020 convention turn out could have been a little better. I think having the main day displays open leading into the dinner and scholarship auction turned out very good. I believe we almost broke the grand total for auction at this event. It worked out well, nobody had to leave the convention to go to dinner, most likely we will do the same thing for our 2021 convention. 

I would like to thank Jim Cook for doing a fine job as our past president and we will miss Teri Denney who has done a very fine job as our business manager - thank you very much. I would like to welcome our new board of directors: Shawn Schnell, president; Dan Beffa, vice president; Errol Choate, treasurer; and I would like welcome Ashley Beffa as our new business manager. Hope everyone has a very good up-coming season.

Secretary Report
Jim Klinkhardt

By the time you read this, it will be spring.  We are already a quarter of the way through the year.  The convention has come and gone, venue was great, attendance not so good.  Why can’t we get more attendance? Please give us some ideas why members and nonmembers don’t show.  We need new blood and younger contractors in our mix (any ideas). We need support to make this organization more beneficial to all.  I think the luncheon, dinner, and scholarship events worked well and those attending had fun. The seminars were well presented, just lack of attendance in my opinion.  We give away free scholarship money to those that apply and meet criteria. None of our members’ family applied this year. M&S had four applicants apply. Hopefully this year will be beneficial to all of us in the industry.  The coronavirus scare may affect us all in some way. Thanks to Jim Cook for his leadership as retiring president and to Teri Denney who is resigning her position in April. She will be missed. Ashley Beffa has been hired to taker her place.  Shawn Schnell (a third-generation president) will be the new president, with Dan Beffa vice president. I wish them the best leading our organization. We will be going back to Springfield in 2021. M&S likes the venue, easy to get in and out. By the way, someone left a pair of boots in the display area.  Contact me if you are missing them 573-760-2695. Thanks!

Treasurer’s Report

Errol Choate

Hello from the Treasurer! With the water well show over, we would like to thank all the reps and the M&S support of the MWWA. I also want to thank all of the contractors that attended and took their time to enjoy the classes that we had. The auction was a lot of fun and a special thanks to Tanner and the guys from Melton Auction Co. for making it a success. With the time change the days are getting longer and hoping for some sun to dry out all of this mud from rain every day. Have a great spring and stay healthy.    

District Reports

District 1
Mark Finch

 Spring is near up here in north Mo., plenty of moisture is keeping us from drilling as much as we should.

On another subject, this corona virus hysteria seems a little out of control.  What with all the school closings, NCAA tournament, and of all things Disney World?!  I stopped at one of the larger grocery store chains to get a few things, (at the wife’s request).  I noticed that the only products that were sold out were: bread, sugar, and toilet paper. You’d think that steak and whiskey would be the first to go, but I guess everyone has different priorities.  All I can say is, what the hell is this society gonna look like when we have a real nationwide disaster? Kinda scary.

Be safe and profitable!

District 2
Josh Schnell

I want to thank everyone who came out to our convention this year.  We had a good turnout and one of the best scholarship auctions we have ever had.  We appreciate all your support of the MWWA!

District 3
Jacob Buechting

It’s hard to believe that another convention has come and gone.  Thank you to all who attended.  I am looking forward to warmer and dryer weather soon!  Contact me if you have any questions.

District 4
Michael Tipton

It was late January 2008, in western Wyoming at 3 a.m. and -34 degrees Fahrenheit mixing frac fluid when I realized I had all I wanted of the brutal Wyoming winters in the oilfield.  Fast forward to September 2012, I am standing in Jim Cook’s office at Ark-Mo Well Drilling in Steele, MO surprised by his answer after asking him if he wanted to sell his business to me.  His response without hesitation was, “where is your checkbook son?” I will never forget that moment.

I ended up in the water well industry partially by chance but mostly by seeking a new challenge.  Growing up in extreme Southeast Missouri I spent my time hunting, fishing and farming with my dad along the Mississippi River.  As the years progressed, so did our farming operation. We irrigated every acre we could afford. Through these improvements I was exposed to well drillers as well as the use and protection of ground water most of my adolescent life.  After attending college at Mississippi State University and a stint in the oilfield I was back on the family farm. Always looking for something more, I ended up in Jim Cook’s office and in short order I was in the well drilling business.  I can honestly say that was one of the best decisions of my life.  

Jim has continued to work for the company and with his help we have expanded the business into a complete irrigation dealership.  Well drilling and pump service is our backbone but we also offer center pivot sales and service through Valley Irrigation, underground pipe sales and installation, an electrical division, and a fabrication shop.  We operate out of three locations in two states. Eager to learn and meet new people, I am looking forward to serving on the Board of Directors for the MWWA.

District 5
Josh Rupp

Hello from district 5! My name is Josh Rupp and I'm  the owner of B&B well and pump service LLC in Rogersville, MO,  as well as the new district 5 director. I've been in the industry since 2003 with two other companies before taking the leap to go on my own. 

I look forward to working with all of you. Hope everyone had a great holiday and winter season. Now please bring on spring and summer, and a little less rain wouldn't hurt!


I hope you all are looking forward to warmer weather, like I am.  I love the holidays but am always ready for spring.  

The 2020 MWWA Convention was held February 26-28, 2020 at the Oasis Hotel and Convention Center in Springfield, MO.  The format was a little different this year, and it seemed to be well-received. Approximately 27 M&S vendors participated in the show, and many of our contractors attended some or all of the convention.  We offered six CEU seminars, resulting in an increase in certified contractor certificates. The scholarship auction/dinner raised over $11,000 for our scholarship program. We are so thankful to all who made this such a success! 

We awarded four scholarships, compared to eleven last year.  All applications were from M&S this year. Please help us get the word out to our members and M&S who have children or grandchildren attending college.  This is one of the many perks of MWWA membership that we want to see taken advantage of.  

As many of you already know, I will be resigning as the MWWA business manager, effective May 1, 2020.  My family has more than doubled in the past three years. We have seven children and four grandchildren, many of whom are in different states and one in a different country.  It is becoming more and more difficult to balance my work life and home life, so of course, family has to come first. Ashley Beffa has been hired to take my place, and I am certain that she will do an outstanding job.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your support and kindness that you have shown me. I always say that this organization is made up of the most loyal and kind-hearted people I have ever met. I feel like I can call many of you my friend and will truly miss you.  I hope to be able to stay in touch and attend the convention in the future, if my schedule allows.  

Take care!