August's monthly meeting for the Northwest Louisiana Collision Repair Association (NWLCRA) was held on August 2 in the Collision Repair Classroom at Louisiana Technical College. The meeting was brought to order by the NWLCRA's Secretary-Treasurer, Bill Burnside, by reading the anti-trust statement.
August‘s Guest Speakers were Billy Montgomery and Stephanie Rogers. Billy Montgomery, a former State Representative, and always a friend of the Northwest Louisiana Collision Repair Association spoke first. He talked about how great it is to hear of the accomplishments of local organizations like NWLCRA, Louisiana Technical School, our local High Schools, CC&TC, and Bossier Parish Community College. He stressed the importance of education AND trades. It’s great for someone to go on to a college or university for a degree, but the world NEEDS craftsmen, he said. He discussed how much he was involved with all these organizations when he was a Principal for Haughton High School and how he enjoyed being involved with the Collision Industry, both as a Principal, and Representative. He is currently the Chairperson for the BPCC 100, and announced the upcoming 3rd annual BPCC 100 at the meeting. For more information, you can see their web site at http://bpcc100.org. This event is sponsored by several local organizations by entering a race. All proceeds of this 2 Day Family event go to scholarships for Bossier Parish Community College and Louisiana Technical College. Ken Stephenson with Louisiana Glass and Mirror asked if more was going to be done at the High School level about training students for a trade while in High School during the meeting; he touched on the meeting where Richey Jackson, Director of the Truancy Assessment and Service Center for the Bossier Parish District Attorney's Office, came and talked to us about this very platform--Training students by offering Trade Schools. Montgomery said that due to the current budget constraints of local and federal governments, he doesn’t know how it will turn out, but because of his life passions of education and politics, and his involvement in both, he is definitely going to stay on top of it and would keep the NWLCRA and it’s members updated.
Stephanie Rogers is the Director of the BPCC Foundation, Inc. The BPCC 100 is one of the events the Foundation has as a fundraiser. She then told of us a story about providing a student with a scholarship and how great that made her feel, knowing that she and the Foundation have helped someone achieve a goal in their life. But just as that makes her happy, she becomes just as sad when she has to make the phone call or send out the letter telling countless others that there are no more scholarships available. That is why the BPCC 100 is important, as a fundraiser. Last year’s 2nd annual BPCC 100 raised $22,000. Every cent was used for scholarship money. The BPCC Foundation was able to spend $50,000 total last year on scholarships for students attending Bossier Parish Community College or Louisiana Technical College. The upcoming BPCC 100 is going to be Friday, September 23 and Saturday, September 24, 2011. Local businesses pay an Entry Fee of $1,500 and buy a car for $1,300. The Foundation provides you the car for the exact price they have to pay, no mark up. This car can be used by the business for all types of advertisement. If your business has an event where your company sets up a booth, the car is a GREAT tool for getting attention to your booth. People will see it from far away and come see what your company provides. For an application to the BPCC 100, http://nwlcra.org/files/Download/2011_BPCC100_Application.pdf.
She stated that for an Industry to survive, it must have a properly trained workforce. All the more reasons for local businesses to participate in this fundraiser. They are hoping to get 25 teams involved. At the time of the NWLCRA Meeting, they had 18 teams. Concessions will be provided by local area businesses and General Admission is free for all to come out and watch the running of the 3rd annual BPCC 100!
Also a reminder that the Northwest Louisiana Collision Repair Association’s 2011 Christmas Party will be December 3, 2011 at Fielder Paint & Body.