Release of tentative national contract on hold

Registration is now underway for the 80th annual Southeastern Meeting Association (SMA) convention at the Coronado Springs Resort at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., from June 10-15.

Co-hosted by Earl D. Karper Sr. of Division 35 and Michael L. Tanner of Division 769, the 2007 SMA promises to be an exciting, relaxing and fun event for the entire family. The Co-Chairmen and members of the SMA arrangements committee have been hard at work putting together events such as a Polynesian luau, a tour of the Walt Disney Railroad steam trains at the Magic Kingdom, a golf tournament on a PGA graded course, a motorcycle ride and many other exciting possibilities. In addition, families will be able to look for adventure not only at Walt Disney World, but throughout the greater Orlando area as well.

Members can register and pay online through the SMA's all-inclusive website,

The website also includes many links and information to assist members in putting together their SMA convention vacation, including a virtual tour of the resort and an overview of the property.

Also this year, the SMA is offering a "register early for less" option that will not only save members money, but will help the SMA arrangements committee get a better head count in advance.

The SMA's reduced room rates are $129 per night (for rooms that are normally upwards of $179 weekdays to $199 weekends). Please call (407) 939-1020 to make hotel reservations - an when making reservations, it is extremely important to make sure you announce that you are part of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers & Trainmen's SMA group in order to get the discounted room rates.

Convention rates will be available for five days before and five days after the actual convention period (which includes Father's Day weekend) to allow members and their families extra time to enjoy the parks and other Orlando attractions.

Many, many other amenities are available to BLET members who attend the SMA, including discounted tickets to the parks, extra time in the parks, meal discounts, and complimentary transportation and baggage handling from the airport.

"Brother Tanner and I look forward to seeing you and your family here in Orlando," Brother Karper said.


2007 SMA Registration Form
Download as a PDF here


Tentative Agenda
2007 SMA
June 10, Sunday
Noon to 9 p.m.: Registration
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Hospitality
June 11, Monday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Registration continues
9 a.m. to 10 a.m.: Opening ceremonies
10 a.m. to Noon: BLET-GIA open meeting
12:15 p.m. to 2 p.m.: SMA closed meeting #1
2:00 p.m. to TBD: General Chairmen's meetings (as desired)
June 12, Tuesday
9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.: SMA closed meeting #2
10:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: Morning training opportunities/workshops
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Afternoon training opportunities/workshops
June 13, Wednesday
"Free" Day
Golf tournament
Motorcycle ride (Rentals available ­ information provided upon request)
Behind-the-scene Steam Train tour
Possible additional special dinner
June 14, Thursday
9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.: SMA closed meeting #3
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: DLC Displays
5:30 p.m. to ?: Awards, banquet, and entertainment
June 15, Friday
Breakfast & Good-byes
Check-out by 11:00 a.m.



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