73rd annual Southeastern Meeting Association

The 2000 Southeastern Meeting Association was held June 18-21 in Louisville, Ky., at the Galt House East hotel.

Several hundred BLE members and their families attended the convention, which included a keynote address by Democratic congressional hopeful Scotty Baesler, a one-time member of the U.S. House who is seeking re-election this fall. Members also visited the Louisville Slugger baseball bat factory and the famous Churchill Downs race track.

Next year, the 74th annual SMA will be held in Pine Mountain, Ga., at Callaway Gardens. Chairman W.J. Spriggs Jr. and members of BLE Division 779 (Manchester, Ga.) are hosting the event. The convention is tentatively scheduled for June 24-28, 2001. More details to come when available.

The keynote speaker at the convention's opening ceremonies was Scotty Baesler, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Kentucky who lost a tightly-contested race for the U.S. Senate in 1998. Baesler, a Democrat, is now locked in a tough race to win his Sixth District House seat back from incumbent Republican Ernie Fletcher of Lexington. Seated to the right is SMA Convention Chairman Jim Goodman.

From left: Grand International Auxiliary President Ruth E. Pillman-Windham; GIA Guide Janie Wallace; and GIA Vice-President Jewell Graben, preparing to march down the aisle as part of the SMA's annual flag presentation ceremony.

John Conklin, Operating Practices Specialist for the Federal Railroad Administration, gives members a brief presentation on the changes to locomotive engineer certification regulations. The new regulations became effective at the beginning of this year.

From left: International Vice-President William C. Walpert; International Vice-President & U.S. National Legislative Representative Leroy D. Jones; International Vice-President Paul T. Sorrow; General Secretary-Treasurer Russ Bennett; and First Vice-President & Alternate President James L. McCoy.

From left: Rick Skidmore, Local Chairman of BLE Division 782 in Etowah, Tenn., and John Norman, BLE Division 239 in Knoxville, Tenn.

The ballroom was filled with members who turned out for the opening ceremonies.



2000 Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers