Deadlines near for IWC-03, Sparks, Nevada

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IWC Chairman Jeffrey Valentine and members of BLE Division 158 will host the 2003 IWC at John Ascuaga's Nugget, Northern Nevada's premiere Hotel Resort & Casino.

This luxurious property has all the amenities, including eight restaurants, indoor pool, full service spa and nightly entertainment. The has secured a room rate of $89 per night, which is valid from Friday, May 30 through Saturday, June 7. For reservations, please call (800) 648-1177 and mention IWC '03 or BLE to receive the special room rate. Reservations should be made by May 1 in order to ensure availability.

The annual golf tournament will be held on June 2 at Wildcreek Golf Club, a short distance from the Nugget.

For the non-golfers, there will be a short bus trip to historic Virginia City, Nevada - location of the great silver boom of the 19th century - on June 2. Travelers will enjoy shopping and sightseeing at the bustling "ghost town."

A sunset dinner on June 3 - aboard the M.S. Dixie on Lake Tahoe - promises to be the social highlight of the convention.

Unscheduled attractions include: the National Automobile Museum in Reno; the Ponderosa Ranch (Home of the "Bonanza" television series) in nearby Incline Village; Wild Island theme park; and Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City and the Portola Railroad Museum (both are less than one hour away).

Travel to Sparks is easily made on I-80 by automobile; on Amtrak's California Zephyr by train (Sparks depot is walking distance from the Nugget); and by most major airlines to Reno/Tahoe International Airport. Transportation to and from the airport is included when room reservations are made. Rental cars are available, but are not a necessity. The Nugget also has RV parking (no hook-ups) available to guests at no charge.

Air and Travel arrangements can be secured by contacting: Rebecca Schalla at Travel Services of Nevada (775) 629-0568 Or e-mail:

For more details about the 2003 IWC, members may contact chairman J.L. Valentine at: (775) 857-2013 or

2003 IWC - Sparks
Tentative Itinerary
Sunday, June 1, 2003 (Arrival Day)
-- Registration 3-7 p.m.
Monday, June 2
-- Registration, 7 a.m.-11 a.m. ($65)
-- Golf Tournament, 8 a.m. ($70)
-- Virginia City Tour, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. ($19)
-- Registration, 3 p.m.-6 p.m.
-- FELA reception, 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Tuesday, June 3
-- Registration, 7 a.m.-10 a.m.
-- Continental Breakfast, 8 a.m.- 9 a.m.
-- Opening Ceremonies, 9 a.m. - Noon
-- Luncheon, Noon-1 p.m.
-- BLE/GIA closed mtgs., 1 p.m.- 4 p.m.
-- Dinner Cruise on Lake Tahoe, bus leaves at 4:30 p.m. ($60)
Wednesday, June 4
-- Continental Breakfast 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
-- IWC delegates mtg., 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
-- FELA luncheon, 11a.m.-1 p.m.
-- Local Chairman's Workshop, Part 1, 1 p.m.- 5 p.m.
-- United Health Care, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
-- Barbecue, outside at the Nugget, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. ($20)
Thursday, June 5
-- Continental Breakfast 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
-- Local Chairman's Workshop, Part 2, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
-- Secretary-Treasurer's Workshop, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
-- Legislative Rep's Workshop, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
-- Convention closes


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