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Greater Philadelphia Locksmiths Association

The association provides support for its members through continuing industry education classes and an annual conference. We also offer The Connelly-Singer Scholarship Fund for deserving locksmiths.

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Welcome to the Greater Philadelphia Locksmiths Association

The association provides support for its members through continuing industry education classes and an annual conference. We also offer The Connelly-Singer Scholarship Fund for deserving locksmiths.

JOIN GPLA

GPLA GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING MAY 17, 2021

Food & refreshments at 7:00 pm.

50/50 chances

The drawing of the 0.03 Pin kit donated by LAB will be at this meeting.

Where: GPLA Headquarters
Time: 7:00 PM
Program: A review of LSDA products by Steve Kaufman from IDN. Distancing and Masks will be required

A Note From Your GPLA President

Hello Members,

I am very excited to announce my pet project, the free CPR certified training program is going to happen. I have received the Boards approval and have made arrangements for it to take place at June’s membership meeting, Monday, June 21st at 7:00 pm. All members in attendance of this approximately 1 1⁄2 hour training course will receive FREE of charge, compliments of GPLA, CPR certification. So that someday you may be able to save a life.
I do need to give a headcount several days before the event, so PLEASE register with me by email at SKHLOCK@AOL.COM or phone me at 215-442-9191. Don’t pass this great opportunity to learn something new for free. This course is normally priced over $100 per person. We will also have a special menu with good eats on this night. Something a little different all around. I thank all members for their continuing support of your association and GPLA is very happy to offer this life-saving program to all members.

Thank you from your President,
Sven K. Hellwig Sr., CRL

2021 GPLA Scholarships Update

GPLA has made the decision to increase the number of Scholarships offered for our 2021 convention. Many locksmiths have seen their businesses experience a significant decline due to the effects of the pandemic, so this year we will be awarding six scholarships for up to 3 days of classes each (excluding any lab fees), instead of the usual two scholarships of up to 2 days of classes each. We encourage all interested locksmiths to apply for the Scholarship using the appropriate application (GPLA member or non-member applications) linked below.

2021 GPLA Convention Dates

Mark your calendars! The Greater Philadelphia Locksmiths Association is excited to announce the dates for our 2021 Convention:

September 22-25, 2021

The convention host hotel will once again be the DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia Airport. We were disappointed that we had to cancel our 2020 Convention due to the COVID-19 pandemic and missed seeing all of our many industry partners and friends. The 2021 Convention Committee has already been hard at work to make sure this year’s Convention is bigger and better than ever, and as always, presented with GPLA’s legendary style and hospitality! It’s sure to be a party you won’t soon forget!

Clifford L. Shafer, CPS, CML
GPLA 2021 Convention Chairman

Our Newly Elected Officers and Directors

2020 GPLA Officers and Directors

L to R: Director-Jim Handschuh, President-Sven Hellwig, Director-Joe Reustle, ALOA AIL Director-John Truempy, Recording Secretary-Cliff Shafer, Director-Paul Kline, Director-Ed Fitzgerald, Director-Barry Wilensky, Vice President-Maurice Onraet, Treasurer-Marty Arnold, Corresponding Secretary-John Williams, Sargeant at Arms-Orvis Kline.

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