2006 International Western Convention
Rapid City, S.D.
BLET Division 94 is proud to host the 66th annual BLET-GIA International Western Convention in Rapid City, S.D., from July 17-23, 2006.
IWC Host Chairman Steve Halbrook reports that Rapid City is in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota, home of Mount Rushmore and a host of other quality attractions.
Tentative events include a "chuck wagon" dinner in conjunction with a stunning nighttime viewing of Mt. Rushmore. A trip to the gaming community of Deadwood is also in the works. Deadwood is a historic gold rush town that hosts a variety of medium sized casinos set in an old west atmosphere.
Division 94 is also working with the Gillette AVA Community Arts Center to host a traveling art exhibit titled "Art in Locomotion." The exhibit will host a viewing throughout the convention culminating in an auction of select pieces at the IWC's closing ceremonies.
In addition to the art auction, the closing ceremonies will feature a semi-formal dinner, a raffle, and a mystery theater put on by the Balck Hills Payhouse.
And if that isn't enough, the 2006 IWC will also feature a ride on the historic 1880 train through a portion of the Black Hills. Entertainment plans also include the annual IWC golf tournament, and for the non-golfers a hosted tour to several attractions in the Rapid City area.
In addition to the entertainment venue, the BLET will offer a number of educational programs, including Local Chairman, Secretary-Treasurer, Legislative Representative and Presidents workshops. The IWC will also offer a luncheon featuring FELA representatives to inform and educate us on many issues facing our industry. Speakers will be featured from various offices such as Railroad Retirement Board and the Federal Railroad Administration.
"Things are really coming together on this event, with the cooperation of our members and officers this should be a convention to be remembered," Chairman Halbrook said.
Guests will stay a the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn in Rapid City. Use the booking code "BLE" when making reservations online. Reservations can also be made by phone at: (605) 348-4000.
Brother Halbrook advises members to book their rooms as early as possible as rooms will go fast.
© 2006 Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen