Date change announced for 2002 EUMA

Dates for the 64th annual Eastern Union Meeting Association were changed from August 18-23 to August 18-22, EUMA Arrangements Ken Kertesz announced.

The new schedule (subject to change) is as follows:

Sunday, August 18 - Registration; EUMA kickoff with bus trip to Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton, Pa., including a steam-powered train ride to the Poconos, departing the hotel at 1 p.m.; Return to hotel at 5:30 p.m. for evening buffet reception from 6:15 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Brother Kertesz and members of BLE Division 263 will host the 2002 EUMA at the Woodlands Inn & Resort in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Nestled in the Northeastern Poconos, members will enjoy a discounted room rate of $95 per night (plus tax) for a single or double. Room rates include a fully cooked breakfast each morning and a shuttle service to and from the Wilkes Barre-Scranton International Airport.

Reservations can be made by calling (570) 824-9831 or (800) 762-2222. Be sure to mention the EUMA in order to receive the discounted room rate. Members can check out scenic views of the hotel at its website, However, BLE registration information is not available on the resort's website.

Tentative activities include a golf tournament, formal banquet, and a tour of the Poconos. For further details, contact Brother Kertesz by phone at (570) 675-2417 or by e-mail at: <>.

As a reminder, the other 2002 regional meetings are scheduled as follows:

Chairman T.C. Emory is hosting the 2002 SMA at the Virginia Beach Resort Hotel & Conference Center from June 16-20, 2002. Discount room rates of $99 per night have been secured and the reservation deadline is May 24, 2002. Reservations can be made by calling (800) 468-2722 (in Virginia please call (800) 422-4747). A dinner cruise is being planned as part of the festivities. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so you must register as soon as possible if you are interested. For pre-registration form, please contact Brother T.C. Emory at 4912 Euclid Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23462. E-mail requests can be sent to Brother Emory at: <>.

Hosted by Chairman William Amaya in the Tri-Cities area of Washington State, the 2002 IWC is a convention you will not want to miss. Guests will stay at the Westcoast Tri-Cities Hotel at: 1101 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Kennewick, WA 99336, and reservations can be made by calling (509) 783-0611. Mention the BLE convention to receive discounted room rates of $85 per night (U.S. and Canadian currency).

For details, contact Chairman Amaya at (509) 628-8844 or by e-mail: <>. IWC 2002, the "Unlimited Convention," will coincide with the "Unlimited Hydroplane" race series. Guests can extend their stays a few days to enjoy the Columbia Cup hydroplane race, one of the fastest sports on the planet.

Chairman Mark Banton and members of BLE Division 500 host the 2002 SWCM, to be held at the Radisson Hotel, 815 Main Street Fort Worth, Texas, 76102. Reservations can be made by calling (817) 870-2100. The tentative agenda is as follows: Monday, September 23: convention registration and golf tournament (8 a.m.); September 24: opening ceremony and barbecue dinner; September 25: workshops and formal banquet; and September 26: closed meeting and SWCM business meeting. For more details, contact Chairman Banton at (817) 641-4606.



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