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Cleveland to host BLET for 76th annual EUMA

CLEVELAND, June 7 — Eastern Union Meeting Association (EUMA) Arrangements Chairman Patrick Redmond, Local Chairman of Division 607, cordially invites everyone to Cleveland for the 76th annual EUMA convention, August 4-8, 2014.

Brother Redmond and Co-Chairman James R. Blum, Legislative Representative of Division 526, have planned what is sure to be a memorable EUMA. Guests will stay at the newly remodeled Westin Cleveland Downtown, which is within walking distance of BLET National Division headquarters.

The Westin Cleveland Downtown (777 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland, OH 44114) recently opened on May 15, 2014 following a $64 million renovation. Reservations can be made by calling (888) 627-8085. Be sure to ask for the BLET group rate to receive the discounted room rate of $145 per night. The hotel is only 15 minutes from Cleveland Hopkins airport and is in close proximity to top downtown attractions such as the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Progressive Field, Horseshoe Casino, Great Lakes Science Center, and the new East Fourth entertainment district. The deadline for hotel reservations is July 21.

Brother Redmond and Brother Blum have established an exclusively online reservation system for the 2014 EUMA. There will be no paper registration forms used this year. All parties planning to attend the 2014 EUMA must register online here.

This year EUMA begins on Monday, August 4, and the day’s itinerary includes a tour of BLET National Division headquarters, featuring the Brotherhood’s historic murals and recently updated historical museum featuring BLE and railroad artifacts dating to the 1850s. There is also a welcome reception in the evening at the nearby House of Blues.

The convention kicks off on Tuesday morning, August 5, with the opening ceremony featuring guest speakers. Following lunch, BLET members will participate in a closed meeting while the BLET Auxiliary will hold an open informational meeting. During the online registration process, members also can purchase $15 tickets to Progressive Field as the Cleveland Indians will host the Cincinnati Reds.

The annual EUMA golf outing will be held at Cleveland’s Manakiki Golf Course on Wednesday, August 6. For non-golfers, nearby attractions include the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Great Lakes Science Center, Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, Greater Cleveland Aquarium, Cleveland Zoo and Rainforest, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, A Christmas Story House and Museum, Horseshoe Casino, Cedar Point Amusement Park, and many other family-friendly locations.

Members will participate in numerous workshops on Thursday, August 7, including training sessions for Secretary-Treasurers, Local Chairmen, Legislative Representatives and Division Trustees. The 2014 EUMA is also offering sessions on hazardous materials, Railroad Retirement, health and welfare, Federal Railroad Administration regulations, and the BLET Mobilization Network. The 76th annual EUMA concludes with a banquet the evening of August 7.

“We look forward to seeing all of you in Cleveland for the 76th annual EUMA,” Brother Redmond said. “

The early registration deadline is June 22. After that, registration fees will increase by $40 per person. Click on the link above to register. For more information, please visit the National Division website.

Saturday, June 07, 2014
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