78th annual Southeastern Meeting Association

BLET members are in for a dose of southern hospitality at the 78th annual Southeastern Meeting Association in Montgomery, Ala., June 12-17, 2005.

Brother David Bowen and the members of BLET Division 332 will host this year's SMA, which will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in downtown Montgomery. A room rate of $114 per night has been secured for the convention, and reservations can be made by calling 1-800-EMBASSY or (334) 269-5055. Be sure to use discount code SLE when making your reservations. The deadline for room reservations is May 13.

A number of entertaining activities are planned for BLET members to compliment the various educational opportunities also on the agenda. Tentative plans include a trip to the Victory Land Dog Racing Track (includes a buffet dinner), a trip to the Montgomery Zoo, a historical tour of Old Alabama Town, and a formal banquet. Members will also have the opportunity to attend a bluegrass music show featuring Brother Rod Sanders, a member of BLET Division 332 (Montgomery). This year's golf tournament will take place at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Prattville, Ala.

In addition to these activities, educational workshops will be held for Local Chairmen, Secretary-Treasurers, Legislative Representatives, and Division Presidents (pending membership interest levels).

Early-bird registration for the SMA is $60 per person for those who register (and pay-in-full) before April 15, 2005. After that date, regular registration is $70 per person.

The 78th annual SMA offers something for everyone and is a convention you will not want to miss!


Tentative Agenda -- 78th annual SMA
(This tentative agenda is subject to change.)
Sunday, June 12
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.: Check-in and registration Special rate at Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail (tee time only $53.00)
3:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.: Bluegrass music featuring BLET Division 332 member Rod Sanders and his band Open night; Light hors d'oeuvres will be served; Dinner on your own
Monday, June 13
(Railroad Retirement Board representatives on hand today through Wednesday)
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.: Registration
7:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.: Breakfast in hotel restaurant
8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.: Opening ceremonies
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Husband and wife luncheon sponsored by Designated Legal Counsel (DLC)
12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.: BLET closed meeting
5:00 p.m.: Busses load for a night of dining and dog racing at Victory Land Race Track; Children's Night while parents are at the race track, including baby sitting service, dinner, movies, popcorn, games and a moon walk.
Tuesday, June 14
7:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.: Breakfast
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.: Workshops for Local Chairmen and Secretary-Treasurers.
Noon-1 p.m.: Lunch for workshop participants sponsored by BRCF.
9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: DLC Legal Fair
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: GIA luncheon
12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.: GIA bead workshop
6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.: Casino Night
Wednesday, June 15
7:00 a.m.-8:30 a.m.: Breakfast
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.: Golf tournament
9:00 a.m.: Busses depart for GIA shopping trip and fashion show, sponsored by Dillards; Trip includes lunch at Bonefish Grill at 11:30 a.m., door prizes provided by local shops and a dessert party at Dillards; Busses return at 4 p.m.
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.: Historical tour of Montgomery and visit to Montgomery Zoo (lunch and transportation furnished) Open night, dinner on your own
Thursday, June 16
7:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.: Breakfast
9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: BLET closed meeting
1:00 p.m.-2:45 p.m.: BLET meetings
6:30 p.m.-11:00 p.m.: Banquet
(Auction prizes available for children.)
Friday, June 17
7:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.: Breakfast
Check out and good-byes. See you next year in Chattanooga.
(Baby-sitting services available for all evening events. This tentative agenda is subject to change.)
SMA registration forms available here:



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