Traverse City, Mich., to host 2007 EUMA

Arrangements Chairman Don Zatteau and the members of BLET Division 286 are welcoming members to Traverse City, Mich., for the 69th annual Eastern Union Meeting Association (EUMA).

Registration is now underway for the 2007 EUMA, which will take place August 20-24 at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Traverse City.

Brother Zatteau and his Arrangements Committee are planning a fun-filled, family friendly EUMA that also includes valuable education and training opportunities for BLET members.

Members can choose between an Old Mission Winery tour or a Tall Ship Excursion on August 22. The Tall Ship Manitou is a replica of an 1800s "coasting" cargo schooner, similar to those that sailed the Great Lakes & Atlantic Ocean. Specifically designed for passenger service, her hull was constructed in Portsmouth, N.H., in 1983 and finished by Vermont carpenters on Lake Champlain. With a 62 passenger capacity, there is plenty of space for sitting and moving around the decks while under sail. Her overall length of 114 feet, beam of 21 feet, and displacement of nearly 100 tons ensures a comfortable, relaxing motion, soothing to both landlubbers and "old salts" alike.

The annual golf outing will take place at The Bear, one of three courses on the resort's grounds.

In addition to these scheduled events, members can enjoy countless other activities on their own, such as hiking and biking trails, fishing, boating, beaches on Lake Michigan, the Sleeping Bear Dunes, shopping and dining destinations, and numerous other golf courses off the resort grounds.

In terms of educational opportunities, the EUMA Arrangements Committee is offering workshops for Local Chairmen, Secretary-Treasurers, Legislative Representatives and Division Presidents. In addition, there is a special workshop regarding the transportation of radioactive materials by rail, directed by Brother Scott Palmer, Chairman of the BLET's Oregon State Legislative Board.

Members will stay at the Grand Traverse Resort, and must mention "EUMA 2007" in order to get the BLET group rate. Reservations can be made by calling (800) 748-0303. Members will have various room options to choose from, including: Hotel guestroom, $149; Tower guestroom, $179; Studio condo, $149; One bedroom condo, $189; Two bedroom condo, $229; or three bedroom condo, $269.

Additional convention information and registration forms are available below, or on the 2007 EUMA website,, or

Members with questions may contact Arrangements Chairman Don Zatteau at (616) 460-6768 or Golf & Events Chairman Scott Hockin at (616) 293-9918. Brother Zatteau's e-mail is:

2007 EUMA Registration Form:
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