North Carolina Locksmiths Association, Inc.
120 Timber Hollow Dr.
Linden, NC  28356
(910) 273-4926

Dear NCLA Family,

I want to start out by thanking everyone who came in August to the Hickory meeting. It was a great time, and we were able to get a few things accomplished. We are currently working hard to line up for a great weekend in November and we will have some awesome updates for the tradeshow in February! We are looking to put together one of our best shows ever. Be ready to spread the word, because it will take the whole family to make it a success. That leads me to my topic for today: family, friends, and fellowship.

When I started to get more involved in the association, I can remember one of my first “long” conversations I had with Reid. I didn’t know Reid well, but I bumped into him on one of the floor balconies at the Embassy Suites in Cary. I bet we talked for about two hours. It was great getting to know someone who had been a part of the association since practically the beginning. To hear stories from years ago is such a blessing. That one conversation has led to many other conversations that have helped me many times in the locksmith world. I do my best to do the same for others when I'm called upon. I believe that everybody wins when everybody shares. I believe the association goes against the flow when it comes to culture. People these days don’t want to divulge information in fear of competition. However, in this association, we want people to succeed! It’s a great feeling when you help someone through a lock problem that they would have never gotten through if they didn’t have the fellowship to rely on. Jesus did not create us to be alone. We need fellowship.

One of the strengths of the NCLA is its family culture. Years ago, when I first joined the association, there was a strong sense of family. People would just hang around and talk for hours on end. I would dare say that there were many times I learned more out in the hallways than I did in some classes. I have also made many friends that I could call on at any time if I needed help. Some of you have already experienced that for yourselves. In the last few years culture has really shifted and life sems to have become very very busy. The rise of the internet and social media (or lack of real social interaction) has really had an impact on real, tangible, and meaningful conversation and growth. You get it, right? You are at a restaurant and see a group of people or family come in and instead of wholesome family time around the table, everyone is looking down at their devices. The Eagles got it right when they said, “We are all just prisoners here, of our own device.” I say that to be silly, but there is some truth to it. In this, I believe there is a disconnect between fiction and reality. Instead of calling on a friend for help, we turn to Google, Youtube, Facebook, etc.... So, what am I getting at?

Over the last few years, we have had to overcome some obstacles and are continuing to learn and grow as culture changes. How do we create a place where people still come to learn, grow, and fellowship? We do our best to adapt and come up with new ideas that don’t take away from the association but rather add. Starting in November, Friday, the first day of classes, we will have a great round of classes from 1-5. However, there will a change for Friday evening. Friday evening we will host a social event with food and other family friendly activities to bring the component of fellowship together. Everyone along with their families are invited to come. We will have a short business meeting to settle a few things and continue with the fellowship afterwards. We are always looking for more ideas to better meet the needs of the membership. If you have any suggestions, I am always ready to listen!

Waldo Smith Locksmith, LLC

231 Turner Dr
Reidsville, Nc 27320
336-613-5307 (business)
336-613-8082 (personal)