KCS General Chairman Sam Parker reelected by acclamation
CLEVELAND, May 22 — General Chairman Sam W. Parker was reelected by acclamation to his fifth consecutive term of office at the Kansas City Southern General Committee of Adjustment’s quadrennial meeting in Shreveport, La., May 15-17, 2012.
Brother Parker has held continuous membership in BLET Division 599 (Shreveport, La.) since he joined the Brotherhood on July 1, 1979. He was first elected General Chairman in 1996, and was subsequently reelected in 2000, 2004 and 2008.
Brother R. W. “Bud” Pickett of Division 599 (Shreveport, La.) was reelected to continue serving as 1st Vice Chairman. The following Brothers were reelected by acclamation: 2nd Vice Chairman Jim O. Fisher Jr., Division 612 (Nederland, Texas); Secretary-Treasurer David A. Spradlin, Division 573 (Greenville, Texas); and Alternate Secretary-Treasurer David M. Grubbs Jr., Division 569 (Heavener, Okla.).
BLET National Division President Dennis R. Pierce attended the quadrennial meeting and made a presentation to the delegates on May 15. First Vice President E. Lee Pruitt and National Secretary-Treasurer William C. Walpert also addressed the delegates on May 15.
“It was my honor and privilege to address the Kansas City Southern officers and delegates,” President Pierce said. “For many years, Brother Parker and the entire General Committee of Adjustment have done an excellent job of representing our Kansas City Southern membership.”
Also representing the National Division were: Vice President Cole Davis; Special Representative Jim Bradford; Special Representation and Coordinator of Education & Training Ken Kroeger; and Special Representative and Director of Organizing Kent Confer. Brother Confer delivered a mobilization presentation to the delegates on May 17. Also in attendance as a special guest was Louisiana State Legislative Board Chairman Arlin Todd.
The Kansas City Southern General Committee of Adjustment represents more than 400 members from seven different BLET Divisions in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Kansas.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012