NWA TD Club Rolling

The Northwest Arkansas Touchdown Club is selling founding memberships. Bobby Petrino will be the club's first speaker on Aug. 30.

The Northwest Arkansas Touchdown Club is rolling. In fact, about the last thing left is for memberships to be sold.

The details have been covered. Speakers are confirmed. There's even been a trial run to sample the food at the Holiday Inn Northwest Arkansas Convention Center in Springdale. Yummy.

I wouldn't have thought to do that, but Joe Goddard and his board at the NW TD Club cover all the bases at their weekly meetings. There's another one early Friday morning.

Between Carter Clark, Adam Rutledge, Darrick Bradley, Tim Brisiel, Marvin Caston and Goddard, the foundation of the TD club has been built in impressive fashion over the last six months. With invaluable advisory help from David Bazzel, executive director of the Little Rock Touchdown Club, things are set for the NWA TD Club's first meeting with Arkansas head football coach Bobby Petrino. Set for Monday, Aug. 30, it will provide an excellent preview for the Razorbacks season opener with Tennessee Tech that weekend.

"What makes that date so attractive, we'll have Coach Petrino give us the fall camp wrap just four days ahead of the start of the season," Goddard said. "With the intensity that's building for Razorback football, I can't think of a better place to be that Monday. I'm excited just thinking about it. It will be the most in-depth report you can get.

"We expect a big crowd, maybe 500, a great beginning for a new club."

It's time to buy your membership. You can do it several ways. And you'll speed your process of getting a preferred seating at each meeting.

"We'll have a VIP line for our members," Goddard said. "You'll want that. You won't have to wait in line to buy your lunch. We do expect big crowds, so this is the way to go."

Here are the different ways to get hooked up: • Send $50 with your business card to the NWA TD Club, Suite 1-114, 1826 N. Crossover Road, Fayetteville, Ark., 72703.

• Email your name/address to nwatdclub@yahoo.com and you'll get an invoice.

• Hand your business card to a board member. They'll send you an invoice.

"We will sell founding memberships through Aug. 25," Goddard said. "Anyone who joins by that date will have their name displayed at all meetings as a founder.

"Our response has been outstanding. We expect to make a large donation to the Razorback Foundation in our first year. We think we will beat our initial goals. We've sold some table sponsorships and we've sold quite a few founding memberships."

All profits will go to the foundation, along with other local charities, per the club's by laws.

The club will meet seven times, every other week, this fall. After Petrino, the next five meetings, in order: Chris Mortensen, ESPN's NFL expert; Ken Hatfield, former Arkansas coach and player; panel of former UA quarterbacks; Frank Broyles, former UA coach and Athletic Director; Jeff Long, UA Athletic Director.

For more information, go to NWATDClub.com.

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