Thanks Ya’ll

Thanks Ya’ll

A simple thank you note. It lifts your spirit and causes that moment in time of remembrance. The simple note acknowledges and affirms that someone else got what was sent and appreciates you enough to give of their time in return. A Thank you. No matter if it is hastily written or long thought out letter of gratitude, the note matters. Some come quickly and others longer or never arrive. These are some of the Notes of my Life and Times of a simple community Man.

The memory is aided by some notes I have made and interviews to gain perspective and others tales that coincide with my stories.This is a Thank You to all who have served and assisted me in my Life in Vienna.

My Thanks will include Men n Women of our community and beyond. Fire Department Friends and Brothers n Sisters. Family. Close knit leaders in community and business. Some Thank Yous will be broad and far reaching. Others will be direct and very personal.  Roberta, Jim, Paul, Brian, Annette, John, Benjamin, Walt and Kathy, Alex , Bolton, Mom, Rowena, James n John. Richard and Billy, JD and Clara, Marvin n Annie Mae, My Whole Scouting family, and Brookstown UMC, Vienna Civic Club, IGONC…

Tonight I want to start with Rick Goins.

Early memories of Rick are fun to think about and enjoy. We joined the Fire Department about the same time. We hung out at the station . We were youth members of nearby churches. We rode together to school on the bus and when Rick drove and Mom let me ride. We double dated, We cruised. We trained and trained and trained together. We were mentored by the same group of men. We learned about life and death… a lot of Death. We survived together. We are very different and very alike in many ways. Strong love of our Lord, Wives, Children, Community and Churches. We have pulled together as a group and as a Pair. (Pair of Niceuns).

I want to formally Thank You for the friendship, unity, commiseration, and happiness we have shared through the Years. I want you to know that I have seen with you the terrible things that humans do to each other and we have been called to help with. I thank you for standing with me as we buried many of our retired members of Vienna and Mt. Tabor. Thanks for being the friend I needed when we buried our friends and contemporaries. Thanks for making our community safer and a better place.

I remember following John Shore down a hallway with my nose to the wood floor. Vienna’s newest cadets were under the smoke layer pushing and pulling the hose toward the glow. Quickly we were patted on the shoulder and told to flow the line into the room. Rick cracked open the nozzle and cool fresh air was sucked past my nose as I struggled to hold the line so he could attack the fire. I took a deep breath and the heat and smoke dropped down on us . We were ready holding our breath waiting for the lift. Someone hollared and Rich shut down. The smoke layer rose slightly and the heat was replaced by warm smoky air. We backed out on command and spitting and sputtering arrived outside. We had attacked our first Fire. Training fire. I have followed Rick and he has followed me over the years.

I have many stories of our friendship but I cannot tell them all. I do know that if I need help I can Call Rick.



That Feeling … Some may never Understand

That Feeling … Some may never Understand

There was nobody in 12 counties that did not know a Tornado was on the ground in Iredell, Davie, Yadkin, and Stokes counties. The system and Social media worked as planned. Devastation and Chaos spread through the 4 counties. Wx networks tracked the Tornados every move. Reporters sped to the source of the damage reports fast enough to warn others in adjacent counties.  Fire, Police, and EMS along with Emergency Management responded to help. Old fire dogs called in their locations in case of standby or Help Needed.

The urge to help your neighbor gets stronger as you gain experience. Proper knowledge and Equipment coupled with training causes even more readiness. Knowing past history or past experience when “All Hands were Working” makes it even harder to stay put and wait for the CAll.

The Storm had many busy. Wx folks were filled with the need to warn others. Especially after the storm reports started coming to the newsrooms. Many stopped what they were doing just to get ready. I personally got my house in order to have to leave. My family was getting together to Eat. Perfect timing. FF always leave during meals. I don’t know Why but thats when calls come in.

If you have answered the Call you know the pull to answer the next. Adrenaline junkies or just extremely valuable assets or cannon fodder it does not matter. We all get that FEELING.

Labor for the Future

Labor for the Future

I spent the best part of the day attending an IGONC Board meeting.

The Independent Garage Owners of North Carolina (IGONC) was established by a group of dedicated garage owners in August of 1959 to help members deal with the many challenges that face owner-operators of independent garages in the State of North Carolina. (

2017 is no different. Owners and Technicians need the group support available to over 400 shops in NC. The IGONC family has an Executive Director and Executive assistant  working everyday to find discounts, legislative assistance, and preparing for the We gather in the Fall and have a Trade Show, Nationally recognized speakers and trainers, and group interdynamics.

Mark Your Calendars!

September 29-30th, 2017 is a must attend date as IGO presents ASTE 2017. Shop owners, service advisors & technicians will be able to take part in the largest automotive aftermarket event held in the Carolinas. This event has some of the nation’s top trainers delivering cutting edge information at a price that one would expect to pay for one seminar.

Event Highlights

  • Automotive Tradeshow on Saturday
  • 2 Days Full of High Tech Automotive Training
  • 16 Management & Technical Seminar

I am a committed member trying to share my success and make the Auto repair industry better. My 2 Sons are entering the business and I want them to enjoy the great collaboration I had through the Years.

Electronics and Technology have helped but also create issues on their own, How to Get and keep customers, How to get and keep Technicians, and Why can I not pay my Bills… I have been Busy ?

Our Website IGONC.Com, and are Loaded with information and can help Owners, Service Advisors, and Technicians. WE also Have a Facebook Page.

Like Us on Facebook and Twitter



Babies, Graduations, New Home ownership, Work, Vocation, Awards and More. These are the goals that can be attained and have been in this Spring 2017.  These are just a few of the goals that have been written, dreamed, or bam became the reality. The future is in the hands of those dreams and plans. The hard work to stay on task and finish the race is also the future. Even after the race and the winners and losers go home there is a new race to be run.

I have always said if I didn’t have a deadline I would never get anything done. I try to be diligent and keep my commitments. I have attained many of my Goals in life. I should quit saying I also. We is how my life has evolved. Roberta was sent by God and We have built the life the Lasley Family enjoys. We prayed about our business, our having children and our living quarters. Then hard work and patience have lead us to the best community and friends and family ties we have ever known.

Mom Lasley and Mom Gilstrap have guided us through our early years. Our extended Family with Brother Brian and Sister Kathy and Roberta’s Brother James and Sisters Cathy and Laura n Norman have given us opportunities we would never have enjoyed. Also Heaven sent. Working with Walter and Rick and Richard in the Fire Department has also been like family. Helping guide an organization that is based on a huge team effort is wonderful to watch succeed. Building a small business into a life and family supporting enterprise is also guided by God. Get involved in your Community.

Put Christ first. Pray about all major decisions. Do Your Best. Follow the Scout Motto and Do a Good Turn Daily. Listen to the gentle nudgings of God. Work hard. Relax Hard too.

Attain Goals. Congratulations



Richard retired from the Forsyth County Fire Department. He had gotten married and was asked to stay home and comfort his New Wife when the Storms rolled through Vienna and Forsyth county.  He laughed as he told it … Ha He said “Honey I’m a Fireman and when it Storms we are always out in it”.  Truer words are never spoken. We are always out in it!

Vienna is blessed to have 2 brush trucks, multiple command level individuals, and very “wood” talented chainsaw masters. Down trees are not like any other wood that need cutting. Felling and sawing up trees is a simple task compared to the bent, twisted and pressure packed trees that fall on the roads. Asphalt waiting to kill the chain, power,cable,and phone lines add serious pressure to the simple task of cutting trees out of the road.

Clearing the road includes watching out for Traffic, More falling trees, the storm that caused the damage, and the tree(s) itself. The chain-sawyer and brush pullers have to work in harmony. Sometimes the obstacle prevents getting around even on foot . When that is the case we usually send someone around so traffic does not crash into us from that direction. We then can also work on two sides of the stuff. Trees, lines, vines, poison oak and ivy, piles of ice or snow all block the road. When its just a leaner or super large we call in DOT. Its magnificent to see the backhoe!!!

Storm Mode occurs once every 4-5 years. The term came into being because the Communications center receives more calls than they can dispatch. Usually it is a particular area of the county. Geographically departments share a common talk around channel put into use because the Emergency and Tactical channels get busy. Life safety emergencies are still dispatched on F1 and E1 but all Public service and non -life threatening are called into the stations. All stations set-up a call taker and dispatcher and divide into work crews. Call are received and handled according to priority.

We usually get a couple of  summer like storms each season and spring May storms roll through every Year. Just remember that there are Thousands of us out across the State when the Thunder Rolls. Working to save a life includes access to the areas of our district. Many are risking their lives so You will not be inconvenienced too long. Thanks for the support and as always- When you need help Call 911. Lots of Times you will be calling out a Firefighter into the Storm….

Musing from the Gate

Few activities take as much effort and mental stress as working with traffic. Most of the time I am working in the Emergency situation and there is no solution to the traffic issue. The road is closed or blocked or multiple roads are closed. Other times I am parking cars and  answering questions. The questions and route map was the case this past SR7B Conclave at Camp Raven Knob. Many of the 1500 arrowmen that arrived Friday were Wahissa Lodge members. Many knew nothing about our lovely CRK.

Camp Raven Knob is a special place that causes many to return again and again. The physical challenges of walking around camp are special to CRK. Sometimes it is uphill both ways to your campsite. Finding the way around after driving halfway across the state can be a challenge. We had our best and brightest at the Gate to welcome Arrowmen from  across the State. Parking passes were emailed and mailed and talked about continually for the past few weeks. We knew most would still need a map highlighted to their campsite.

Parking for Conclaves is always a challenge. Everybody would like to have the vehicle near the site. We have tried to accommodate most. Some areas of Camp had real North Carolina mud. We Spent 24,000 dollars on gravel but still we had mud. Parking for most sites filled up by suppertime. We had overflow parking scheduled but rain had another plan. The rain arrived as most of our folks showed up at the Gate. Maps were still highlighted and questions were answered. Delegates, Lodge advisors, Section officers, Council executives and Wahissa folks all had to stop and pass through the Gate. Almost all were still in a friendly mood even though it was raining.

Folks started getting their vehicles stuck almost immediately.  Lucky for us and them Keith Cook was johnny on the spot and got most issues handled. We had 8 to 10 vehicles in sight from noon till about 8pm at the Gate on Friday. Logistics had about 20 youth and adults for the early work Friday and our numbers swelled to about 50 by the end of the day. It takes about all 20 to keep parking lots and street directions monitored. The gate itself took 8-10 meeting and greeting the folks arriving.  We kept Admin busy sending out for maps and sending our Wahissa folks to Registration in the Barnhardt Training Center. We kept a presence on the Gate until about Noon Saturday. We then shifted the Logistics command position to the Front porch of the Log Cabin. The Adults tried to make sure the Youth of the Lodge were able to join our Delegation at the events. We had a tremendous Youth Leader and he had a faithful following of hard workers.

Logistics worked with all other groups providing whatever it took to make things happen for our guests. Some of the members of Logistics did not eat inside until the Saturday evening meal. We stayed available on the radio for about 18 hours of the day Friday and Saturday. We worked tirelessly along side all of our other chairmen and went out of our way to listen in and help ease everyone’s pain. We got to see almost all of the arrowmen that came through CRK’s gate. We fielded thousands of questions and gave thousands of answers. Some were classic questions and others were very funny. One of my favorites was “Do you think it will Rain?”… “YES”… It will rain at Raven Knob. Put the top up and come have Fun…. We are #1 –18


There is never a more humbling experience then receiving an award of achievement. Some are recognition and some you strive to achieve. The Vigil Honor was an individual but group experience. I was honored but my service paled against what others have achieved in Scouting. Sitting in my first VNC was where it really hit home. Lists of individuals and achievements way longer than I had served or been alive. Well I have found 2 other such achievements in my Life. Silver Beaver and a little reception Troop 919 did for me on Bear Island.

The Silver Beaver Reception of 2017 honored 4 individuals that have given their lives to Scouting, community, and Service to fellow man. It was especially humbling to go Last and listen to the Biography of each and watch the faces. We were surrounded by both other Silver Beavers and Veterans of Scouting. The Historical association also gave lofty awards of achievement and merit.

I know I am busy and have a life of service…. There are others just like me in each and every community in the good old USA and possibly the world.  Our Scouting Service Awards are a reminder of how much everyone around does for his or her fellow man.

One of my seven deadly sins is Pride. I am proud of my accomplishments and the family of service I have had the chance to nurture. I really love it when one of my nurturees gets recognized. I pray I don’t let it get to my head.

This weekend was a total blur. Workweek and Silver Beaver Reception. Packing for a 6am start to canoe to Bear Island. Preparations for Adults and youth to survive and enjoy the trip to one of the North Carolina crown jewels. I take a trip to the coast every year. I enjoy the seemingly endless ocean. I love the solitude that even a crowded place can provide. Just walk a bit up or down the beach and alone!

We arrived with very little issue and found the T919 Adults and Youth unpacking the canoes and stuff. We set about getting waterproofed and packed for water. The youth leadership chose youth for the canoes and tent partners and we all shoved off. All canoes had patrol stuff and personal stuff. I backpacked so I could just carry whatever was needed. WE had very little issue and arrived at the dock in about an hour. We lunched and had less to carry on. We walked about a mile to our site. We setup and started enjoying the sun,sand and surf.

After we ate and cleaned up I walked up to the bathhouse to wash up and fill my water. I was met by Mike and we spent some time gazing at the constellations. When we got back the whole group forced me to sit and Thanks me for my Service 40 yrs and the Silver Beaver award. Then they went around the group and told Lasley stories. Some were hilarious and some were so touching  we got tears. I think there is no other tribute then to positively affect others lives. Thanks for showing me Why I continue to Participate.