Craig Gilchrist reelected Montana State Legislative Board Chairman

Craig A. Gilchrist (Division 298) was re-elected by acclamation during the regular quadrennial business meeting of the Montana State Legislative Board at the conclusion of a three-day session in Billings, Mont., in mid-May. This will be his third term as Chairman.

"It is an honor to continue to serve the Brotherhood as an elected officer," he said. "We have a committed Board, with Legislative Representatives who work hard to serve the interests of the Brotherhood. All eight Montana Divisions sent delegates to the meetings, which were very productive with broad participation by all the attendees.

"The members of the Board put in three long full days of hard work and we had a very ambitious agenda each day and they discharged their duties admirably," he said.

During the meeting sessions, the Board heard from BLET National President E. W. Rodzwicz who addressed the meeting on the first day. Vice President and National Legislative Representative John P. Tolman also gave a detailed report.

Brother Gilchrist noted with pride that the first day of their business meeting coincided with the occasion of the 145th anniversary of the founding of the Brotherhood, which was on May 8, 1863. He noted that the Montana State Legislative Board was itself founded on May 17, 1904. "I was also pleased that our National President and other BLET officers chose to spend the day that marks our Brotherhood's 145th anniversary with friends and Brothers here in Montana," he said.

Also elected were Murray Hurlburt (Division 392) to the office of First Vice-Chairman; James Cowan (Division 262) as Second Vice-Chairman; and David V. Torgerson (Division 499) who was returned to the position of Secretary-Treasurer. All were elected by acclamation. The Board also elected three auditors. All officers will serve a four-year term.

Also present at the meeting were newly elevated BLET Vice President Dennis R. Pierce and BNSF-MRL General Chairman Matt Wilson, and J. W. Partridge (Division 298), BLET Montana Division Safety Coordinator, all of whom addressed the Board.

Regional Legislative Chairman Mike Muscha, who is also Chairman of the North Dakota State Legislative Board, attended as well and addressed the Board.

The Board was briefed by members of the BLET Designated Legal Counsel firms of Rossi, Cox, Vucinovich, Bremseth, and Flaskamp; and, Ingebitson and Associates.

Three officials from the Federal Railroad Administration district office in Billings, Mont., made a detailed presentation to the delegates as well.

In addition to approving changes in the Board Bylaws, delegates heard from candidates for state elective offices, approved candidate endorsements and authorized BLET-PAC contributions for the upcoming election cycle. The Audit Committee also reviewed the financial records of the Board.

Seated, from left: First Vice Chairman, Murray Hurlburt; Chairman Craig Gilchrist; and Secretary-Treasurer David Torgerson

Standing, from left: D.B. Kenner; Dewey Stark; Barry Green; Second Vice Chairman Jim Cowan; and Mark Frickel.


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