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Pleasant Surprise

ASTE/ IGO Convention was a pleasant surprise this year for a number of reasons. We had some trouble attracting vendors initially. I personally spoke to a couple that thought they had seen all of the regulars and did not get a lead last year.By convention time the spaces were full and attendees had filled our block of rooms. Transition to a new President and Sale of our old building were going to happen.
Thursday was Director and Board meeting. We got the great news that we had great trainers and lots of attendees. Reports went quickly and IGO and IGO insurance were in good standing. The building was sold and closed over the weekend.
The convention started with the arrival of many attendees and a Great Hotel staff and atmosphere.
Friday morning classes were over capacity for most and well instructed and attended. Management tracks and technician tracks had great presenters and enthusiastic attendees. Craig and Deb Van Battenburg brought ACDC Hybrid technology to the weekend. Craig attended classes Friday and Taught all day Sat, Trade-show remained packed Saturday and lots of attendees made everyone happy.
We missed a few folks that had Hurricane issues. We missed those vendors that thought IGO was Dead. We all are looking forward to another magnificent year of Auto repair at Wilson’s Garage of Pfafftown. We may have added services? We will see… The Future’s so Bright We gotta wear shades!!!
P.S. Thanks JIM
And great to see Paul in Raleigh


I have written love letters and journals. I wrote a handwritten letter to my girlfriend everyday of my Senior Year at NCSU. We corresponded by mail because phone charges were too expensive. We were separated by distance only. She wrote me back and our letters crossed in the mail. I thought she would never leave her family and beloved New Mexico. I WAS WRONG. We fell in love writing to each other. I found my soulmate and we had a magnificent courtship. I asked her to marry me after I had written her parents a letter. I got permission and the Appalachian Kid brought the New Mexico girl to North Carolina. Well I am ahead of myself…
We fell in love with music and our mutual love of God and family. We hoped and prayed we would be ok for my job was low pay and long hours. She would go to school. Scratch that! Roberta was tired of school. I graduated NCSU and went straight to work for Mr. and Mrs. Wilson. I ran the garage. Roberta went back to N.M. after my graduation party of having her travel to see me!!. We thought she would go to School at State and we would continue the long distance relationship. NOT!
We married September 3 1983. We honeymooned back to NC with the Belair named Myrtle. Full of stuff and no AC. We had love and 2 coolers. We hunted a motel with 2 criteria, Pool and 2 beds…
WE would jump in the pool, cool off then find some dinner, and then swim again. This continued all across the USA.
Life was magnificent and Roberta started jumping right in to our community. Church, Civic Club, Fire Department, and Scouts kept us busy. She found work cruising timber and then worked for Beroth Oil.
When the boys started coming we made a conscious decision to keep the business small and Roberta to work at Home. This was tough until we moved in next to the garage in ’95. Roberta started keeping the books and raising boys. We were and still are into everything in our community. Roberta is a loving mother a caring EMT and Wonderful partner. Love is not defined but expressed. Roberta expresses her love of family and community by her radiant smile and enthusiastic outlook. She backs it up with a strong conviction and work ethic. She completes me!
Love you this……… Much!!!
Thanks for the best partner and lover and wife a man could have.
Love ya


Borrowing from a cool Fire Service author – My Gen 2 #2 is my youngest son Paul. Paul came into the world having a little stress. Paul is under very little stress now that he cannot handle. Paul has followed his Brother Jim and Dad into every group and network of friends and family. He leads us in thinking and acting on those thoughts.

Paul is and Eagle Scout and Vigil honor member of the Wahissa lodge 118. Paul is very nearly a FF1&2 from NCDOI. Paul elected to work on the transfer to NCSU following both Mom n Dad into Biology… Dad- Biological n Ag Engineering. Mom Ag Biology – Entomology, Paul will be studying Biology in the School of Forest Resources.

Paul is very creative and has a great talent to draw and create. He is always thinking and acting on his imagination. One example is the surfboard. Paul wanted to learn to surf and talked Jim into camping at the Beach in Winter/Early Spring and catching NC’s best waves. Paul followed the family camping and hiking and has kept walking in the woods through out his life.

Paul has made some great friends and keeps close contact with his cousins, John and Ben and Alex and Bolton . The Donald Lankford family  is a great group of friends. Our hometown friends and Vienna FD members form a special bond in Paul’s life. Lyle and Paul  and Chris have been best friends as long as I can remember. Many evenings you can find Paul and Chris and Lyle at the campfire ring in our field.

Paul helped with Chris Warner’s Vigil as well as Adam Moore’s and a few others. Jim and Paul and I  along with Mike Warner and Andrew Erickson and Steve Tucker, A few of my Best friends. We helped Honor Chris and worked extremely hard and Paul and his younger friends visited many of the candidates.

I am so proud of Paul. My NCSU son, My Firefighting Brother, Scouting Brother, Youth to my Old age and treachery.

Thanks Son. Love Ya



Jim is my son. Jim has grown up and gotten married. Jim and I have the opportunity to work together everyday. Working with family can be especially hard. With my family it has been really easy. I think my relationship with my Wife Roberta has had the greatest impact on both my sons. Jim has an easy going attitude.
Jim comes to work everyday and very seldom whines. He is most studious and very much a reader. He knows the situations as they unfold. He knows when to come get DAD. He also knows when to geterdun too.
Jim is a Firefighter with Vienna. He is always willing to help with all the special projects a Fire Chief has to accomplish. Jim understands the son of the Fire Chief is held to a higher standard. He makes the training and has built his life around Monday nights. We get to do fire training together. I love this!
Jim is an Eagle Scout, Vigil honor member of Wahissa Lodge #118, and a leader in Troop 919 . We have camped all over the United States. We have hiked together as Scouts and Family.
Jim found a girlfriend with many talents. Jim married this girlfriend because she Gets it. I really think he fell in love and God put them together. Victoria is now a part of Jim. This makes her a part of our Family.
The past few weekends Jim and I along with a great many others were honored to participate in both the Vigil weekend and Festival at Brookstown. I was so tired both weekends and if it had not been for Jim I would never be able to participate like I do. Thanks to a magnificent Son, Co-worker ,and Brother in Scouting, and Christ. Love Ya.

Weekend Warrior?

My life gets more and more complicated but easier to manage because of my Family and Friends.I have grown into the man I am, easing my way into multiple leadership positions. I have been followed and actually grown 3 community leaders. Roberta, Jim, and Paul have followed and are poised to surpass everything I am doing or accomplishing. Other very magnificent friends and their families are involved in service to organizations and communities and beyond.

I look back at my Blog after 2 amazing weekends and I write the same remarks. I am so Blessed. I have had the awesome opportunity to be heavily involved in the Scouting Vigil process with Wahissa 118. I got honored in 2008 and a Scout or Scouter from our Troop919 has been honored almost every year since. A wonderful exhausting but exhilarating weekend helping to Honor the Vigil Candidates each year. We honored Chris Warner and Adam Moore from our Troop this Year. It was a great weekend as we also honored the 16 candidates this year.
Following the Vigil the next weekend has been Brookstown UMC Community Festival. Intense amounts of planning and setting up and tearing down with sharing our Church and Faith with the community and world beyond. My church family is committed and involved. The Lasley Family is committed. The Swart Family is Committed. The Macemores are Committed. The Appersons are committed. The Mendenhalls are committed. The Powers are Committed. The Mocks are committed. Many many more are committed. Marge Lanier has family that has driven 300 miles to attend and helpout. Many Many more families are committed. Sharpes, Cofers, Webbs,Collins, Troop and Pack 919, Vienna FD members,. You get the picture. I have missed someone and do not intend to slight anyone. Magnificent efforts and yet each year we get more and more folks attend our church or come to know Jesus because of our labor of LOVE.
Family of Roberta and Jim and Paul pull off the impossible and get all ready for the 9-2pm run and then teardown like a group of ants. When we get done and the dust settles Will, Jim, Bill and Chip and Ralph are usually around. This year we wanted to water the oak tree. Ralph drove spikes into the ground and we flooded it with water. I could hear the old tree singing.
Chip Webb our Pastor spoke about Aprons and Bibs Sunday morning. We need both at times in our lives. My family and others live to serve… Weekends the time for Warriors


Blood BrotherI love my job and really I should say I love my life. I am blessed to be able to live and work in the Vienna Community. I am intelligent, diligent, surrounded by the people I love, and have a wonderful family. I work for folks that I can never call strangers. I volunteer for many positions but Church, Scouting, and Volunteer Fire Department are the big 3. I am healthy and fit. Thanks to many, many, many of my family, friends, and others that raised me, molded me, and shaped my brain and my world. I owe God and many servicemen for my freedom. I thank all those that got all the organizations started. I became rather than invented. I joined most of my positions and grew into the role. I am first a very few times. I am working from the firm foundations laid in some cases centuries ago.
As I work each day with the family and friend as colleagues I marvel at the magnificent team we form. Adversity and tough situations seem to bring us closer. When presented with a problem we can solve by research, trial and diligence. We accept responsibility and deal with the consequences. The business of Wilson’s Garage of Pfafftown Inc. goes beyond the repair and maintenance or automobiles and light trucks. We provide a much needed ear to listen, we spring into action for all kinds of emergencies. We provide a place of meeting and direction. We are also here to repair that Car!!!
Wilson’s has been that place to gather since the 1950s’. Many community issues and problems have been solved around the stove and water cooler. I grew up listening to the old guys planning for community events, emergency preparedness and fun outings with family and friends. We develop internal and external relationships. Customers become family and son’s begin their families. Roberta is the female stronghold around all these men. She had boys and My brother and sister had boys so lots of Boys/Men around.
Everybody I work with is committed to Family, Church, and Community Values. Faith and truth are cornerstones of relationships. I have developed business, personal , and internet relationships across Vienna, Lewisville, and Winston-Salem. Joining IGONC sent me into the State. ASA took me nationwide and Worldwide. My Fire Service brothers are worldwide and recently Twitter and Instagram, and Facebook goes beyond comprehension.

My relationships are very important and really why I get up everyday!
Thanks Yall

I love my Job!!!

I have the Greatest Team in the World. I get to go to work everyday that and never dread the job. I am usually in anticipation of the issues that drive, drag, or walk in the door. I have a most demanding Boss-man and co-workers. I work in my Family owned business nearly 50 hours a week and interact with friends, family, community members, church members, and friends I have not met yet everyday.

My second job is just as demanding and rewarding. I am allowed to be a Volunteer Fire Chief for my community. I have the skills for the Fire Service and love to provide the services demanded by our community.

Everyday Wilson’s Garage is presented with problems, and situations that challenge our talent, skills, and brains. We do mundane work and love to serve. The Team is made up of Roberta, Jim, Paul, Billy , Richard, and Tyler. I juggle the staff hours according to the various schedules. Billy works 9-1pm because he used to put his daughter on the bus before work. Richard works on days off from his regular job at Forsyth County Fire Department. Jim grew up in the garage and after Forsyth Tech Body School came to work Full-time. Tyler is part-time after school and cleans and assists the mechanics.

Billy is retired from the Detroit Police Department and 30 yrs with Chrysler. I asked him to help me when a friend and mechanic of 20yrs had to retire suddenly. Billy brings a joy and positive attitude mixed with steady work ethic. Richard is always working to get the job done. He has other stuff to take care of and getting the job finished and out the door is always a goal. Jim and Paul are developing into some of the best mechanics because the are both intuitive and enjoy the mission of the Garage.

Roberta starts us off everyday and Richard calls her the Scheduler!!!. Even when she is not around She seems to have an impact on the business that arrives in our doors. Roberta joined my Life in 1982 . We got married  Sept 3 1983. Everything I do or have done Roberta has been right beside me and many times leading the way for all my endeavors. She worked outside the home, Raised our family of boys, and joined the business Full-Time when both Jim and Paul got in School. She is the reason we are successful on the front counter and in everyday life. A calming presence and forceful time-keeper. When you are measured in 6 minute increments and paid accordingly there must be an accurate account of everyone’s time.

Reasons I love my Job are numerous. I love the problem solving. I enjoy my interaction with each person everyday. I most enjoy when we get to do the impossible or most challenging. The core 4 of Billy, Richard, Jim and myself do 90% of the mechanic work. We sometimes have to do work we don’t like or actually hate… there is always a joking word or a helping hand that never waits to be asked. Working individually or in the team concept we have a great mix of skills and insight.

I love the relationships developed in the Shop and with our Customers… More on those next time … See Ya



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