2003 International Western Convention, Sparks, Nevada

BLE International President Don Hahs, podium, receives a standing ovation after his introduction by GIA President Onita Wayland during opening ceremonies on June 3 at the 63rd annual International Western Convention in Sparks, Nevada. From left: International Brotherhood of Teamsters representative Greg Bell; IBT General Counsel Patrick Szymanski; IBT Secretary-Treasurer C. Thomas Keegel; GIA President Wayland; BLE President Hahs; IWC Chairman Jeffrey Valentine; Sparks City Councilman Gino Martini; and BLE Nevada State Legislative Board Chairman T. Joseph Carter.

A member of the Native American Pudumunu Tribe 4-H Drum Group performs the "butterfly dance," which is a good luck dance, as part of the opening ceremony.

From left: Division 28 (Tucson, Ariz.) Local Chairman Jim Booth and Division 228 (Pocatello, Idaho) Local Chairman Jim Lance. Brother Lance is also Secretary-Treasurer of the IWC.

Don Anderson of BLE Division 898 (Jasper, Alberta) played the bagpipes during opening ceremonies. He is the Provincial Legisaltive Board Chairman of Alberta and serves as Legislative Representative of Division 898.

President Hahs, left, with Ronnie D. Hall and his wife, Sherry. Brother Hall is Local Chairman of BLE Division 566 (Del Rio, Texas), which is President Hahs' home Division.

Candy Valentine, wife of IWC Chairman Jeffrey Valentine, works as a belly-dancing instructor and was gracious enough to perform at the IWC barbecue with several of her students. Mrs. Valentine is third from the left.

Members of the Nevada Army National Guard present the flags during opening ceremonies.



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