March 2003 Calendar & Events


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

Jeffrey Valentine and members of BLE Division 158 welcome 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, <>.


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: 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,


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 harbor dinner cruise, golf tournament, and a Baltimore Orioles baseball game. For more details, contact Brother Cox at (717) 244-4855 or e-mail:


JULY 12-16, 2003... BLE International Association of State Legislative Board Chairman

The BLE's provincial and state legislative board chairmen will gather in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. for their annual conference. Meetings will take place at the Woodlands Inn and Resort, 1073 Highway 315, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. The telephone number for reservations is: (800) 762-2222.




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