BLE News Briefs

Golf tournament held in memory of late member

BLE Division 778 (Des Moines, Iowa) held the 4th annual Randy Oertwig Golf Tournament on May 7.

Brother Oertwig, a member of Div. 778, was killed in a grade crossing accident on November 6, 1999. A total of 156 golfers played in the event, the largest crowd to date.

"This event continues to grow in size and popularity," said Chuck Hintz, Chairman of the Iowa State Legisaltive Board. "Funds raised at the tournament are used to send underprivileged children to the Easter Seals Camp Sunnyside."

The event was organized by Division 778 President Jeff Lukehart and Brother Jim Widlund.

"Brother Oertwig's widow, Shelly, would like to thank everyone for coming out for this wonderful tribute and hopes that it can continue," Brother Hintz reported. "She said that Randy, an avid golfer, would be amazed at the size and organization of the event, and would most likely want to play in it himself. She would like to thank Brothers Lukehart and Widlund for their wonderful job of organization."

BLE International President Don Hahs attended the event, and was featured at a Town Hall Meeting for members on May 6.

BNSF helps railroaders called to military service

BLE General Chairman Pat Williams (BNSF, former AT&SF) reports that the Burlington Northern Santa Fe is going "above and beyond the call of duty" to support railroad employees called into service by the U.S. military.

Brother Williams says the railroad is "making them whole" - making up the difference between their military pay and their railroad pay - as these brave men and women serve our country in Operation Iraqi Freedom. BNSF is also paying for their health care, which is a big help for the families.

The railroad will continue to do so until the employees are released from service. "As a former military man, I think the railroad is going above and beyond the call of duty," said Brother Williams, who noted that some other railroads are not doing the same for their employees.



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