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Saturday, 31 October 2015 00:31

A Terrifyingly Hectic October for ASA-AZ

The Automotive Service Association of Arizona (ASA-AZ) had another insanely busy month in October. The association's events included the Mohave Chapter's Management Traveling Show on 10/3, the Tucson Chapter Roundtable on 10/6, the State Board of Directors meeting on 10/8, the Tucson Chapter's dinner meeting on 10/14, and the Phoenix Chapter's dinner meeting on 10/21.

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The association's hectic schedule commenced with their full-day board retreat in Laughlin, NV with representatives from the Yuma, Phoenix, Mohave, Tucson and Verde Valley chapters. Luz Rubio, Executive Director of ASA-AZ, notes that their purpose was "to put together a plan for 2016. The board also discussed ideas on how to help the Yuma and Mohave Chapters grow and establish ongoing activities. The meeting resulted in the Yuma Chapter scheduling a couple of Automotive Roundtables for the first Tuesday of the month; November 3 and December 1 have been confirmed."

On October 6, the Tucson Chapter held their monthly Roundtable at the El Corral restaurant in Tucson, and on October 9, the Chapter held their monthly member dinner meeting. Rubio shares, "Diane Schmidt Kelley of Sandbrook Benefits Group talked about cost savings plans for health care and shared update changes that will take place in 2016.

Several issues were discussed at the Verde Valley Roundtable on October 20, and the group plans to share ideas at their next meeting to put on a community event to promote ASA. Speaking at the Phoenix Chapter's dinner meeting on October 21, Rubio says, “Timothy S. Franquist, Deputy Director of the Air Quality Division for the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, talked about the Arizona Vehicle Emission Program and the new Waiver process. He shared information on the various types of test done at the emission station and also the tampering techniques that they have found on vehicles that have been installed by shops in order to pass."

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