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Tuesday, 24 April 2018 16:34

WAC Takes Shape at April Meeting

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Women in Automotive and Collision (WAC) members pose in front of the NHRA Suites at the starting line of the drag strip at Gateway Motorsports on April 17 for their monthly meeting with dinner, sponsored by ABRA.   Women in Automotive and Collision (WAC) members pose in front of the NHRA Suites at the starting line of the drag strip at Gateway Motorsports on April 17 for their monthly meeting with dinner, sponsored by ABRA.  

Women in Automotive and Collision (WAC) members gathered in the NHRA Suites at Gateway Motorsports on April 17 for their monthly meeting with dinner, sponsored by ABRA. 

WAC Vice President Jess Crump said, "The monthly meeting was held in order to give officers reports, discuss details of upcoming events and projects, and share leads for new members and sponsorship. I think we had a fantastic turnout, and attendees really enjoyed hearing the progress we have made thus far."


WAC’s newest officer, Sponsor Coordinator Sheena Wagner, shared that she has elicited over $1,000 in donations from companies eager to support the association’s efforts. 


WAC President Shelly Jones added, “Another surprise that Sheena and Jess brought to the meeting was a WAC welding helmet that Sheena personally assisted in painting. This will be a great conversation starter when talking with young people about jobs in the industry.”


"The meeting went great. The organization is really starting to take shape, and we are so excited to start talking to young people about the automotive industry," Crump stated. "It definitely seems like we are gaining some more members and interest in the St. Louis area."


Sarah Young of Original One Parts, who attended as a guest, decided to join the association during the meeting. Within a day, she designed a career information sheet for WAC members to hand out at industry events. The fact sheet covers career options, training paths and potential wages. It is designed to attract young people to the automotive industry in accordance with WAC’s mission statement. 


Jones noted, “I’m impressed with all of our members. They all lend their expertise to the group. Although this is a women-led group it’s not just for women. In fact, we have a few men that haven’t missed a meeting.”


WAC plans to meet on the third Tuesday of each month at various locations. The next meeting will be held on May 15 at Gateway Motorsports. For more information on WAC, visit its Facebook group.