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Northwest Louisiana Collision Repair Association meeting summary.

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NWLCRA Meeting

February 2, 2016

Our meeting was opened by Bill Burnside leading us in prayer and reading of the Anti-Trust law.  Abigail Shepherd led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Bill reminded us that it is time to renew our membership and pay dues.  Membership renewals can be made with our online Application process by going to or just click here

Feb 2, 2016 NWLCRA meeting photo

I-CAR has added more courses to the I-CAR website. Bill said to go to the home page of I-CAR and type in your Zip Code in the Class Search box to search for classes in your area. He said to be sure and check it out to see what new classes have been added.

He also reminded us that the SKILLS USA is going to be held on April 7th and 8th in Houma, LA. For those that are going, he said they might want to make the Southern Automotive Repair Conference in Biloxi, MS, which will be on April 8th and 9th. For more information, click here. The college SKILLS USA will be held at Northwest Louisiana Technical College in Shreveport, LA on April 21. There is a need for volunteers for this event and those wanting to help should call Bill Burnside at (318) 208-3895. DeMarcus Robinson will be the new Collision Instructor for Northwest Louisiana Technical College. He will start on February 8th, so everyone involved with the Collision Industry should go by and meet DeMarcus and give him your support. The Northwest Louisiana Technical College is only 1 of 3 educational institutions in the State of Louisiana that has a Collision program, so support from the Collision Industry is vital to its success.

We voted on officers and elected:
President - Chris Shepherd
Vice President - Kevin Adams
Secretary/Treasurer - Bill Burnside

Chris Shepherd and Gary Weese invited everyone in the Collision Industry to their annual Mentor/Business Recognition Ceremony on Tuesday, February 16, 2016. It will be at the Caddo Career Center, 5950 Union Avenue, Shreveport, LA at 6:30 PM. Entertainment will be provided by the Instructors and students. Dinner, refreshments, prizes, and recognition will be provided. For more information or questions, call Gary Weese at (318) 834-6633. To see the invite, click here. For a copy of their agenda, click here.

Bill stated that our Board met and has decided to change the format of some of our meetings. Rather than have all the meetings with a guest speaker, we are going to have some of the meetings as a hands-on demonstration of techniques relating to the Collision Industry. An example would be "What is the Difference between MIG and MAG welding". This would be held at one of our local schools Collision shop or a local Collision shop. This would allow everyone to see and demonstrate skills that would benefit both owners and technicians of the Collision Industry. Our next meeting will be a virtual tour of the RTS of I-CAR. If you don't know what this is or you haven't used this tool, be sure to come to our March meeting. It will be held on March 1, 2016 at the Country Tavern, so mark your calendar now.

Chris Shepherd was our guest speaker tonight and gave a demonstration of the free tools that were available on the Internet relating to the Collision Industry. He demonstrated how there are sites that offer step-by-step instructions on how to remove and replace parts. How to make certain repairs to various aspects a collision repair. Some of these sites also have videos of how to make the repair or replace the part. We decided to make these sites available on We will send out a newsletter once we have this ready, so you can bookmark the page. This will offer Collision shops a free tool to research techniques that some may not be aware of. Most at the meeting hadn't seen these websites and were encouraged to know that they were on the Internet for free.

Meeting adjourned at 7:30 PM.

Northwest Louisiana Collision Repair Association
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