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NWLCRA Meeting

September 6, 2016

The Northwest Louisiana Collision Repair Association met at the Country Tavern Barbecue at 6:30 PM. Our meeting was called to order by our President, Chris Shepherd, Collision Instructor for the Caddo Career and Technology Center. We were led in prayer by Duane Kimball, retired Collision Instructor for the Northwest Louisiana Technical College. Abigail Shepherd led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Chris then read the Anti-Trust law.

Old business covered seems like a repeat, but some of the information is still current. We only have one ad left to sale. For those that haven't paid their dues, you can fill out our online form for your dues by clicking here. You can then print the email you receive and mail it in with your dues, or bring it to the next meeting. If you are interested in sponsoring us, just click on one of the "Advertise With Us" buttons at the top of this newsletter. Our newsletter is seen by shops over the tri-state area. 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. For more information, click here. The BPCC 100 will drop the green flag on September 24, 2016. For those that don't know, this is an annual race to raise money for scholarships. It's a great family event, so mark your calendars. For more information, click here. Other business that was discussed was the Johnny Dickerson Memorial Golf Tournament that I-CAR is having on October 8, 2016, at the Firewheel Golf Course in Garland, TX. To read I-CAR's press release, click here

Next we discussed some new business. ServPro of South Shreveport will offer a two hour training course on Bio Hazard Clean Up. For more information, click here and look for the BioHazard Clean UP.  Louisiana Department of Insurance is having an all day conference on October 12th about Insurance Fraud and Automobile Theft. For more information, click here. Chris said Caddo Career & Technology Center will have his "Back-To-School" night, Thursday September 15. Mark Monroe, Collision Instructor for the Bossier Parish School of Technology and Innovative Learning will have theirs next week.

Our guest speaker was Thad Greer with PaintWorks, one of our newest sponsors! Thad talked about Nitrogen Welding. He had several videos that showed the Nitrogen Welding System. One showed the proper way to set up the welder and another video showed the proper way to start up and shut down the welder. Failure to properly perform these functions will cause damage to the welder. He also demonstrated how to Identify the plastic to be welded, and what can and can't be welded. He had a door panel that had a large split that had been repaired and a smaller area of damage on the same door panel. Both areas had been repaired with the Nitrogen Welder. He recommended that you assign certain technicians to the Nitrogen Welder, as practice is key. He said to have the assigned Technicians practice using the Nitrogen Welder on old plastic parts that won't be used, so they can get good using the techniques of Nitrogen Welding. We watched another short video on the basic welding process using a Nitrogen Welder. The final short video showed how to repair a tear to the edge of a bumper. To watch these videos and other, click here. Thad also had a worksheet that once completed, will show you how quickly a Nitrogen Welding System will pay off for you. For a copy of that worksheet, click here

We had a special event at this meeting where the NWLCRA thanked Duane Kimball for his years as the Collision Instructor for the Northwest Louisiana Technical College. He touched many lives throughout the years. He was presented with a small token of our appreciation, a plaque commemorating his years as a Collision Instructor. He stated that he has been stopped while out in public by former students that thank him for teaching them the necessary skills for performing collision repairs. Some of these students have had their families with them and Mr. Kimball stated the gratification he feels every time he sees that his efforts are helping families. He said he was grateful to have the opportunity to teach, because every time a former student thanks him, it means so much to him. There were several of his former students at this meeting, as you can see by the pictures. Thank you Mr. Kimball for your years of service as a Collision Instructor.

Bill presenting a plaque to Duane Kimball.

Bill presenting Duane Kimball with a plaque commemorating his years as a Collision Instructor. Thank you Mr. Kimball!

Duane Kimball receiving a plaque of appreciation for his years as a Collision Instructor.

Mr. Kimball receiving his plaque of appreciation for his years as a Collision Instructor. He is telling us stories about former students and how they touched his heart. He enjoys meeting them again years later and seeing how they have developed.

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