65th annual International Western Convention

An experience of a lifetime is what you will be missing if you do not attend the 65th annual International Western Convention in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. That's according to Brother Mike Linkletter, Chairman of the upcoming IWC, which will take place from July 3-8, 2005.

Brother Linkletter says that once the hard work is done, a party begins in Calgary. That will definitely be the case in July when not only the IWC will be in town, but also the greatest outdoor show on earth - The Calgary Stampede. The Stampede begins on July 9, and members are encouraged to extend their stay in Calgary to witness this must-see rodeo.

Hosted by Brother Linkletter and the members of Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) Division 355, the IWC will be held at the Fairmont Palliser Hotel, which is sure to impress. The historic hotel was formerly owned by CP Limited, giving it a rich background in railroading. A room rate of $144 per night (Canadian dollars) has been secured (using code GRBRL1) for reservations by the June 3 deadline.

Early-bird IWC registration - before April 30, 2005 - is $60 per person ($75 Canadian). Registration after April 30, 2005, is $75 per person ($99 Canadian). A special "early early-bird" registration is being offered to those who register with the IWC before March 31, 2005. Those who take advantage of the "early early-bird" registration will have their names entered into a special prize drawing to have their banquet fees waived, a $25 value ($30 Canadian).

While in Calgary for the convention, members will find that there are many things to do and see around the city. Heritage Park, Spruce Meadows and the Rocky Mountains are only a few.

Activities will include a tour of Banff, a bar stool rodeo dinner, and the annual golf tournament. Educational opportunities and workshops will be offered for Legislative Representatives, Secretary-Treasurers, and possibly Local Chairmen. In addition, the theme of the 65th annual IWC is effective communication. Brother Linkletter is planning a number of guest speakers including two professional arbitrators. Other educational sessions will focus on effectively communicating with managers (dealing with difficult people), effectively communicating with arbitrators, effective communicating with our union Brothers and Sisters, and preparing and communicating with the media.

A tentative agenda calls for a July 4 golf tournament and sight-seeing in Calgary; July 5 is the opening ceremony; July 6 is scheduled for workshops and training; July 7 is more workshops and a gala ball; and July 8 is check-out and the beginning of the Stampede, highlighted by the Calgary Stampede Parade.

IWC registration forms are available here:


(Photos courtesy: Tourism Canada)




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