Members can make early bird reservations for 2001 conventions

Formal announcements have already been issued for two of next year's BLE regional meetings.

The 74th annual Southeastern Meeting Association's convention will be held in Pine Mountain, Ga., at Callaway Gardens, from June 24-28, 2001.

Chairman W.J. Spriggs Jr. and members of BLE Division 779 (Manchester, Ga.) are hosting the event. For more details, members can contact Brother Spriggs at: (706) 989-0064.

In addition, the 61st annual International Western Convention will be May 30-June 2 in Denver, Colo.

Chairman Skip Colyer encourages all BLE members to head West for the "Mile High" convention, which will be held at the Hyatt-Regency Tech Center.

Members can make reservations now by calling (800) 233-1234, but make sure to ask for the BLE room rate. Discount rates of $105 per night are guaranteed three days before and after the convention, but reservations must be made before May 6, 2001.

Tentative plans include a golf tournament, tours of the Denver Mint, Denver Botanical Gardens, and a barbeque at the Colorado Railroad Museum.

Members with questions can contact Brother Colyer via telephone at (970) 224-9716; or via fax at (970) 223-5794.

Nominations for division officers begin in September; elections in December

As outlined in Section 7(a) of the BLE Constitution & Bylaws (page 64), nominations for division officers will be held at the first regular meeting in September.

The Secretary-Treasurer of each division will post a notice stating the date, time and location of the September meeting (the notice may also be mailed). A member may be nominated for office whether he/she is at the meeting or not, but he/she must be a member in good standing at the time of nomination.

The election of officers will be held at the first division meeting in December. Another notice will be posted stating the date, time and location of this meeting. At least 15 days before the meeting, the S-T will mail the printed ballot along with envelopes to each division member. After voting, the ballot can be mailed to the post office box for the division.

The ballots will be counted at the December division meeting.


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