May 25 deadline approaches for SMA 2001

Online registration forms available below

SMA Chairman W.J. "Bubba" Spriggs invites everyone to Georgia for some good old fashioned southern hospitality at the 74th annual BLE-GIA Southeastern Meeting Association.

Division 779 and BLE members throughout the state of Georgia are hosting the event, to be held in Pine Mountain, Ga., at beautiful Callaway Gardens.

Members planning to attend the convention have until May 25 to make hotel reservations and take advantage of discounted room rates.

A hotel registration form has been provided below as a PDF file for your convenience in making hotel reservations. Please mail completed hotel registration forms to Callaway Gardens.

Registration for the 74th annual SMA begins on June 24. The formal banquet is the evening of June 28, so it is recommended that guests check out of their rooms the morning of June 29.

Members who have not already done so are encouraged to pre-register for the SMA by using the form provided below. Please mail completed SMA pre-registration forms to Brother Spriggs at the address provided on the form.

There's something for the whole family at Callaway Gardens, including fishing and boating, golfing at three PGA caliber courses, an amusement park, the Florida State University Flying Circus, bicycle trails, and a Gun Club that includes skeet, trap and sporting clays.

Members with questions can contact Brother Spriggs by calling (706) 989-0064, or writing: P.O. Box 8511, Columbus, GA 31908.

Members can also e-mail him at:

Once again, the hotel reservation deadline is May 25, and members should use the pre-registration form provided on Page 6 of this issue.

Members with questions can contact Callaway Gardens at: (800) CALLAWAY, or online at:

A tentative schedule of events is published below for your convenience.

2001 SMA
Tentative Schedule
(Subject to Change)
Sunday, June 24
Registration (location TBA)
Hospitality suite open
Monday, June 25
Opening Day
7:00-8:30: Breakfast (registered guests must show identification)
9:00-11:45: Opening meeting
Noon-2:30: Lunch/legal fair
2:45-3:30: United Healthcare
3:40-4:30: Federal Railroad Administration
4:40-5:30: Railroad Retirement Board
Tuesday, June 26
7:00-8:30: Breakfast, briefing on daily events
9:00-11:45: Closed meeting, BLE-GIA, International officers
Noon-1:00: Lunch
1:15-2:45: General Committee meetings
3:00-4:45: State Legislative Board meetings
6:00-midnight: Barbecue dinner in honor of retired locomotive engineers
Wednesday, June 27
Open Day
7:00-8:30: Breakfast, briefing on daily events
9:00-9:30: Prepare for golf tournament (pre-registration)
10:00-5:00: Golf tournament (Callaway Gardens course)
10:00-5:00: Fishing, skeet, tour Callaway Gardens, and various other activities
5:00: Open evening
Thursday, June 28
7:00-8:30: Breakfast, briefing on daily events
9:00-noon: Local chairmen's workshop
9:00-10:00: Merrill Lynch (401k presentation)
9:00-noon: Secretary-Treasurer workshop
Noon-1:00: Lunch
1:00-2:30: Workshop for all delegates to International Convention
2:45-5:00: SMA business meeting (bylaws, election of officers, selection of 2003 site, etc.)
6:30-midnight: Banquet, dinner, dancing, live entertainment
Friday, June 29
Check out by noon
Use this form to pre-register for the 74th Annual SMA:
SMA Pre-Registration Form
Use this form to make hotel reservations for the 74th Annual SMA:
Callaway Gardens Hotel Registration Form


2001 Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers