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Savannah to host BLET for 87th annual SMA

CLEVELAND, March 24 -- Arrangements Chairman D.C. Dickey, Local Chairman of Division 646, his wife Patty, and the members of Division 646 are proud to host the 2014 Southeastern Meeting Association (SMA) annual convention at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa in Savannah, Ga.

The 87th annual SMA will run from June 15-19, 2014, and will offer numerous educational workshops for members as well as ample time to relax with family and friends. BLET Advisory Board members in attendance will give officer reports during a closed meeting for members only, and there will also be meetings for the BLET Auxiliary.

Registration will begin on Sunday, June 15, followed by a welcome reception. The opening ceremony will be held on June 16 followed by a closed meeting for BLET members only that afternoon. Also that afternoon, the BLET Auxiliary will host an open meeting for all spouses and family members. June 17 is the annual SMA golf tournament and family day. Non-golfers will enjoy Savannah-area attractions such as Daufuskie Island, River Street and City Market. Workshops will be held throughout the day on June 18 and 19, and the 2014 SMA will conclude with a banquet the evening of June 19.

“We are very excited about the banquet we have planned for Thursday night, as we have secured a very unique entertainment experience we are sure you will enjoy,” Brother Dickey said.

Guests will stay at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, and room reservations can be made online through www.ble-t.org/sma or by calling (912) 201-2000. Room rates are $175 per night plus a $21 per night resort charge and Georgia state tax. The deadline for reservations is May 8, 2014. The resort fee includes: self parking, in-room high speed internet access, on-resort shuttle transportation, free water taxi across the Savannah River; fitness club access (including workout room, steam room, and sauna at the Heavenly Spa by Westin), use of tennis courts and racquets, golf club storage, use of chipping and putting greens and driving range (including the use of complimentary clubs); and access to the private beach located at the Weston Savannah’s sister resort, The Westin Resort on Hilton Head Island.

“During the week you can take the free water taxi across the Savannah River to the famous River Street, which is full of unique shops, restaurants and pubs,” Brother Dickey said. “City Market is another favorite for visitors as it offers live music, restaurants, shops, carriage rides and more. We will have discount tickets for ghost tours, trolley tours, and others. All of this is within walking distance of the hotel… no vehicle needed for your entire stay!”

Workshops will focus on specialized training for Local Chairmen, Secretary-Treasurers, Legislative Representatives and Division Trustees. A Representing Trainmen workshop is also on the agenda. The National Division will once again conduct a class on its mobilization network. Additional classes will be offered regarding insurance benefits, Railroad Retirement and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

“BLET Division 646 is excited to be your host this year for the 87th Annual SMA,” Brother Dickey said. “We look forward to seeing you in Savannah in June.”

Registration information is available online at http://www.sma2014.net or through the National Division website, www.ble-t.org/sma.

Monday, March 24, 2014
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