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Groose elected Chairman of Missouri State Legislative Board

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, May 17 — Calvin L. Groose was elected the new Chairman of the Missouri State Legislative Board at its quadrennial meeting in Jefferson, Mo., May 6-8, 2018.

Brother Groose is a Union Pacific locomotive engineer and member of BLET Division 609 in Jefferson City, Mo. He has held continuous membership in the Brotherhood since January 1, 2000. He replaces outgoing Chairman Brian P. Kelley, who did not seek reelection due to his pending retirement. Brother Groose was elected to serve on the Board’s Executive Committee in 2010 and again in 2014.

Also elected at the quadrennial meeting were: 1st Vice Chairman Steven C. Gillett, Division 107 (St. Joseph, Mo.); and 2nd Vice Chairman Michael A. McGill, Division 42 (St. Louis, Mo.). Reelected by acclamation were: Secretary-Treasurer Tim L. Morgan, Division 86 (Moberly, Mo.); and Alternate Secretary-Treasurer William D. Honeycutt, Division 285 (Thayer, Mo.). Elected to serve on the Executive Committee were: Brian J. Young, Division 48 (St. Louis, Mo.); and Alan J. Primanzon, Division 83 (Springfield, Mo.).

The following Brothers were elected to serve on the Auditing Committee: Jeffrey M. Gassen, Division 502 (Kansas City, Mo.); J.S. (Shawn) Early, Division 8 (Slater, Mo.); and Michael A. McGill, Division 42 (St. Louis, Mo.).

Representing the BLET National Division at the meeting were: National President Dennis R. Pierce; 1st Vice President E. Lee Pruitt; National Secretary-Treasurer Stephen J. Bruno; Vice President and National Legislative Representative John P. Tolman; and Vice President Cole W. Davis.

“I am proud to congratulate Brother Groose and all officers of the Missouri State Legislative Board,” President Pierce said. “They will have their work cut out for them, but I have every confidence in their ability to rise to the challenges that lie ahead. Also, I wish all the best to outgoing Chairman Brian Kelley. It has been a pleasure to work with him over the years and I thank him for his years of distinguished service to our union. On behalf of the entire BLET, I wish Brian Kelley a long, happy and healthy retirement. You have earned it, Brother!”

Special guests included: Pat Pfiefer, Nebraska State Legislative Board Chairman; and Tyler Jones, Kansas State Legislative Board Chairman. Brother Pfeifer and Brother Jones acted as parliamentarians for the business portion of the meeting.

The Missouri State Legislative Board’s 2018 quadrennial meeting in Jefferson City began with an “ice breaker" welcome reception/pizza dinner on May 6, followed by a full day of business conducted by the delegates and officers on May 7. On May 8, the Board concluded its meeting by visiting the State Capitol where several Brothers climbed the 200-plus stairs to the top of the dome before heading back to their respective homes around the Show-Me State.

“Although the quadrennial only ran for about 42 hours total, it was a very productive and festive event filled with camaraderie and brotherhood,” outgoing Chairman Kelley said. “Thank you to all who attended. I commend you for your dedication and involvement to our Union and our Board.”

The Missouri State Legislative Board represents more than 2,000 active and retired BLET members in 22 different Divisions.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

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