Califronia State Legislative Board reelects Tim Smith as Chairman

Tim Smith of BLET Division 415 was reelected Chairman of the BLET's California State Legislative Board on May 2 at the Board's Fifth Quadrennial Session in San Diego. Smith was reelected by acclamation.

Smith will serve a four-year term in accordance with the Board's bylaws. Also reelected by acclamation were: First Vice-Chairman Darrel N. Azarcon (Division 692); Second Vice-Chairman D.D. "Diz" Francisco (Division 739); and Secretary-Treasurer Mike G. Holt (Division 800). Alternate Secretary-Treasurer Robert B. Frank (Division 839) was elected by acclamation.

BLET National President Don M. Hahs, First Vice-President Ed Rodzwicz, and National Secretary-Treasurer Bill Walpert attended the meeting and addressed the delegates regarding affairs of the National Division, including national contract negotiations and organizing, among other items. NST Walpert provided delegates with a report on the financial status of the Brotherhood. BLET National Vice-President Lee Pruitt addressed the delegates as well.

On hand to show support for the Brotherhood's legislative arm were leaders of the Brotherhood's protective arm: General Chairman Bill Hannah (Union Pacific-Western Lines) and General Chairman Pat Williams (BNSF-former AT&SF).

Chuck Mack, Vice President of the International Brotherhood of Teamters, and Al Settje, Regional Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration (Region 7), were also on hand to address the delegates.

Sereena Hogan, 3rd International Vice President of the BLET's Grand International Auxiliary, hosted a GIA breakfast and made a presentation regarding the importance of spousal support of BLET members and issues.

Officers of the California State legislative Board, from left:Darrel N. Azarcon, 1st Vice Chairtman; Tim Smith, Chairman; Diz Francisco, 2nd Vice Chairman; and Mike G. Holt, S-T.



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