The evening of baseball included a networking picnic at the ballpark, game tickets and a Springfield Cardinals baseball cap. Sheri Hamilton, Executive Director of the association, notes “ASA-Midwest was very pleased with the outcome of the event. We had an impressive turnout, our members had a great time, and the home team won!”
Hamilton explains “we organize the baseball outings to bring the automotive service community together for a fun night out. There is time for networking, but it is also a setting conducive to a relaxed, enjoyable evening for shop owners, employees and their families. We had a great response to this event with positive feedback from those who attended. This event has become an annual outing for the Springfield Chapter, and we look forward to continuing it in coming years.”
Other chapters of ASA-Midwest have followed suit and begun holding similar events. Their St. Louis Chapter held their own Industry Night at the Ballpark on June 2nd when they cheered on the St. Louis Cardinals, and the Des Moines Chapter will also be holding a similar event, their first Ballpark Night, on July 12th in order to enjoy an evening of strikes and hopefully a few homeruns at the Iowa Cubs’ stadium.
Hamilton believes that hosting fun events for association members is nearly as important as providing education to the industry. “In addition to bringing our members great training opportunities, we place a high importance on networking and bringing the automotive service community together for fun and interactive activities outside of their shop. This not only gives our members the opportunity to meet other professionals in their area, but it also allows for idea swapping, relationship building and a time to relax with their team. We believe these types of events are important to the strength of our membership and organization – plus we always have a great time!”
ASA-Midwest recently launched several new chapters throughout the Midwest, including Tulsa OK, Oklahoma City OK, Little Rock AR and Lincoln NE. Hamilton states “we are very excited for this new growth and the opportunity to reach new members. We will be releasing a new schedule of events for all our ASA-Midwest chapters for the Fall which will include engaging training and numerous networking opportunities for our members.”