The meeting was called to order by president Chris Shepherd, collision instructor for the Caddo Career and Technology Center.
A few quick items that were discussed included:
- Dues are currently due for those that have not yet paid.
- Two more ads need to be sold. Please keep in mind that the NWLCRA newsletter is seen by shops over the tri-state area.
- The Johnny Dickerson Memorial Golf Tournament that I-CAR is hosting will take place on October 8 at the Firewheel Golf Course in Garland, TX. The NWLCRA will continue to watch for further updated information about the Golf Tournament.
- NACE is meeting in Anaheim, CA August 9th - 13th.
- The BPCC 100 will wave the green flag to start the race on September 24. For those that don't know, this is an annual race to raise money for scholarships. According to the NWLCRA, it's a great family event, so mark your calendars.
- 3M's "Hire Our Heroes" calendars are still available.
- The Auto Body Association of Texas (ABAT) is having a Texas Auto Body Trade Show with Mike Anderson as the Keynote Speaker. It will be held on September 16th and 17th.
- Bill Burnside with FinishMaster discussed the new delivery method that I-CAR is implementing. If you have courses that you need to complete, you will have to plan ahead.
The NWLCRA received a letter from the principal of Bossier Parish School for Technology and Innovative Learning thanking the NWLCRA for donating money to help the Collision Repair students attend the SKILLSUSA competition. Chris read the letter aloud. The NWLCRA is proud of their local Collision Repair students and their accomplishments. Congratulations to Austin Wallace, who placed 32nd out of 36 in the Refinish category, and Levi Glasgow, who placed 20th out of 45 in this National SKILLS competition. Congratulations to Mark Monroe, Collision Instructor for the Bossier Parish School for Technology and Innovative Learning.
SKILLSUSA will be adding more to the competition, including a structural component that will involve the Rail section. Students will have to determine if the rail can be repaired, and if so, how and what procedure will they use to repair the rail. Mark added that Bossier Parish School for Technology and Innovative Learning is working with the National Auto Body Council to "Recycle Rides". This program will involve technicians that are working in the Collision Industry and are willing to donate their time to work alongside the students to repair a vehicle. Once the vehicle has been repaired, it will be donated to a person in need of a vehicle.
The portion of the meeting devoted to discussing hot topics began with a discussion about pre and post-scan diagnostics. In the next few weeks, Mike Anderson will meet with Honda, Toyota, Ford, Chrysler, Audi, and Nissan. These automakers have stated that it is mandatory that a pre-scan be conducted prior to repair. Mike Anderson is scheduled to conduct a panel discussion at the upcoming NACE conference in Anaheim to discuss diagnostic scanning requirements. This panel discussion will be hosted by the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS).