February 2003 Calendar & Events


JUNE 1-5, 2003... 63rd Annual International Western Convention in Sparks, Nevada

Jeffrey Valentine welcomes BLE and GIA members to Sparks, Nevada, for the 2003 International Western Convention. The 63rd annual IWC will be held at John Ascuaga's Nugget Hotel & Casino in Sparks. For reservations, call (800) 648-1177 and ask for the IWC room rate, or identify yourself as a BLE member. A room rate of $89 per night has been secured from May 30 through June 7. More details to come when available. Those wishing to contact Chairman Valentine may do so by phone, (775) 857-2013, or by e-mail, <jval@accutek.com>.


JUNE 15-20, 2003... 76th Annual Southeastern Meeting Association in Pigeon Forge, Tenn

Chairman W.M. "Bill" Overton and the members of BLE Division 239 (Knoxville, Tenn.) will host the 2003 SMA at the Grand Resort Hotel & Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. (hotel website: www.grandresorthotel.com). Members can make early-bird reservations by calling: (800) 251-9752. Room rates are $69.77 per night (plus tax). Attractions include the Great Smokey Mountains National Park, Dollywood, and the annual golf tournament. Registration is on June 15; the banquet is on June 19. For details, contact Brother Overton at: (865) 945-5027 or by e-mail, wmo4719@hotmail.com.


JUNE 29-JULY 3, 2003... 65th Annual Eastern Union Meeting Association in Baltimore

Arrangements Chairman Fred Cox and the members of BLE Division 52 will host the 2003 EUMA at the Baltimore Hyatt Regency in the inner harbor area of Baltimore. Early bird reservations can be made by calling (410) 528-1234. Arrangements Chairman Fred Cox reports that tentative activities include a tour of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum, a harbor dinner cruise, golf tournament, and a Baltimore Orioles baseball game. For more details, contact Brother Cox at (717) 244-4855 or e-mail: euma03@aol.com.


SEPTEMBER 28-OCTOBER 2, 2003... 68th Annual Southwestern Convention Meeting

General Chairman Rick Gibbons, BNSF-SLSF & M&NA, is Chairman of the 68th annual SWCM, which will be held in Branson, Mo. Members and their families will stay at the beautiful Chateau on the Lake Resort Hotel & Convention Center. Reservations can be made at a rate of $114 per night by calling: (888) 333-5253. A hugely popular tourist destination, Branson offers abundant and unique entertaining and dining options for the entire family. Members planning to attend the SWCM are encouraged to visit Branson's website, <www.branson.com>, to learn more about its diverse entertainment opportunities. More details and registration forms will follow.




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