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JUNE 29-JULY 2... BLE-GIA Southeastern Meeting Association (SMA) convenes in Roanoke, Va. Special BLE convention room rate is $79 per night, single or double. To make your hotel reservations, call the Hotel Roanoke at (540) 985-5900. For convention details, call SMA Chairman Ben Blissett at (540) 334-2827, or e-mail him at: <>. Or write: Ben Blissett, 425 Creekview Drive, Boone's Mill, VA 24065. Activities include Mill Mountain live theatre and petting zoo, Virginia Transportation Museum and more!

JUNE 29-JULY 2 BLE Secretary-Treasurer Training Class in Virginia. Held during the BLE Southeastern Meeting Association regional convention at the Hotel Roanoke, in Roanoke, Va.; hotel phone (540) 985-5900. Call BLE's Carolyn Copeland at (216) 241-2630 ext 253 for class info.

JUNE 19-JULY 23 International Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Safety Conference. Held at the Madison Hotel in Seattle, Wash. Information updates available from web site: <>. For registration details, contact Jessica Franklin at: (409) 845-5817 or e-mail <>.

AUGUST 1-3... BLE-GIA Eastern Union Meeting Association (EUMA) convenes in Niagara on the Lake, Ontario, Canada. To reserve your hotel stay, call the Queen's Landing Inn at (800) 361-6645. Questions?, call EUMA '97 Convention Chairman Jack Murphy or Pat Murphy at (716) 627-5454. Activities include cocktail party, full buffet breakfasts, horse-drawn carriage rides, jet-boating, Niagara Falls guided bus tour and much more!

AUGUST 1-3 BLE Secretary-Treasurer Training Class in Ontario. Held during the BLE Eastern Union Meeting Association at the Queen's Landing, in Niagara on the Lake, Ont., Canada; hotel phone (800) 361-6645. Call BLE's Carolyn Copeland at (216) 241-2630 ext 253 for class info.

OCTOBER 13-18... BLE-GIA Southwestern Convention Meeting (SWCM) holds its annual convention in El Paso, Texas. Call SWCM Chairman Mike Ortega at (915) 581-0758, or write him at: 321 Rainbow Circle, El Paso, TX 79912-3717. For room reservations, call the Camino Real Hotel at (800) 769-4300 during business hours, Mountain Standard Time. Activities include golf tournament, shopping, sight-seeing and several educational seminars.

OCTOBER 13-18 BLE Secretary-Treasurer Training Class in Texas. Held during the BLE Southwestern Convention Meeting Association at the Camino Real Hotel in El Paso, Texas; hotel phone (800) 769-4300. Call BLE's Carolyn Copeland at (216) 241-2630 ext 253 for class info. ·

Want to read this a week ago?

CLEVELAND ­ Did you know that you could've been reading this newsletter a week or more ago! If you have an Internet connection, you can access and read your BLE newsletter each month by visiting the BLE Home Page at this Internet address: <>.

Besides reading BLE news sooner, you'll help your union save money, energy and trees.

If you prefer to read your newsletter on the BLE website and no longer wish to receive this paper version via second-class "snail mail," just e-mail your preference along with your Membeship Reference Number (that's the top line of digits from your newsletter mailing label below) to: <>.

Also, if you prefer, you can read our union's quarterly magazine on the BLE website. Just let us know!

Please note that eliminating the hardcopy of your BLE publication(s) will not change the status of your other mailings from the BLE International Office. ·


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