Reminder: Registration deadline approaching for SMA in Savannah, Ga.

CLEVELAND, April 23 -- As a reminder, the registration deadline for 87th annual Southeastern Meeting Association (SMA) is quickly approaching.

The registration fee for BLET members is $120 if postmarked by May 1, 2014. You can still register after that date, but the fee increases to $160 per person. The registration fee for spouses and children also increases after May 1.

Arrangements Chairman D.C. Dickey, Local Chairman of Division 646, his wife Patty, and the members of Division 646 are hosting the 2014 SMA at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa in Savannah, Ga. It 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.

Guests will stay at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, and room reservations can be made online through 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.

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).

Registration information is available online at or through the National Division website, Also, our previous News Flash on the 2014 SMA can be found here:

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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