On Nov. 20, Women in Automotive and Collision (WAC) hosted its 2019 Holiday Party and Sponsor Thank You at Tequila’s Mexican Restaurant on Baumgartner Road in St. Louis.
According to WAC President Shelly Jones, “WAC held this event to thank our membership and sponsors for supporting WAC throughout the year and to celebrate our successes.”
In addition to members and guests, WAC welcomed four of their corporate sponsors: Enterprise, Mitchell, Weber, and Automotive Technology Inc. (ATI). The association presented sponsors with customized license plates as a way of expressing their gratitude for their support in 2019.
During the event, WAC shared a slideshow with pictures from the events that WAC participated in throughout the year. WAC Treasurer Julie Hemann stated, “It makes us proud to look back at the work we did to promote careers in the industry. It is exciting to share our industry with students, parents and educators that have little to no knowledge of the opportunities.”
In addition to holding 11 general membership meetings in 2019, WAC attended two presentations, six job fairs, one SkillsUSA Industry Panel, three car shows, three school open houses, one middle school summer camp, and a meeting of the St. Louis School-Business Partnership.
According to Jones, one of the most rewarding events of 2019 was a Junior Achievement Middle School Job Fair that the association attended. She shared, “Our WAC table was full, sometimes with standing room only, during each session. Students had choices of which tables to sit at, and we were thrilled to talk with over 100 students that day. Afterward, we received a letter from two students, thanking us for teaching them about careers in the industry.”
Jones read a letter from one student which stated, “Thank you for teaching me about automotive. I’m interested in working for my grandpa. This was very helpful. You should look him up. It is Spindler Auto Body. But once again, thank you for teaching me about what you do.”