August 2002 Calendar & Events


SEPTEMBER 20 Railroad Retirement Board Informational Conference in Decatur, Ill.

The U.S. Railroad Retirement Board will conduct a free informational conference in Decatur, Ill. On-site registration begins at 8 a.m. with sessions starting promptly at 8:30 a.m. All sessions end at 12:30 p.m. To be held at the Best Value Inn & Suites, 450 E. Pershing Road. For details, visit the RRB website at <>, or call the toll-free RRB Help Line at (800) 808-0772.

SEPTEMBER 23-26 67th Annual Southwestern Convention Meeting, Ft. Worth, TX

Chairman Mark Banton and members of BLE Division 500 host the 2002 SWCM, to be held at the Radisson Hotel, 815 Main Street Fort Worth, TX 76102. Reservations can be made by calling (817) 870-2100. The tentative agenda is as follows: Monday, September 23: convention registration and golf tournament (8 a.m.); September 24: opening ceremony and barbecue dinner; September 25: workshops and formal banquet; and September 26: closed meeting and SWCM business meeting. For more details, contact Chairman Banton at (817) 641-4606.

OCTOBER 4 Railroad Retirement Board Informational Conference in Philadelphia, Pa.

See Page 2 of this issue for more details.

OCTOBER 13-18... Local Chairman Workshop, George Meany Center, Silver Spring, Md.

Among other assignments, the workshops will include BLE organizational structure and functions, representing members at disciplinary and decertification hearings, union leadership skills, claim and grievance handling, and writing and editing skills. Participants also will learn how to effectively use the BLE arbitration database. A highlight of the workshops is when attendees participate in a simulated disciplinary hearing. These classes are not just for new Local Chairmen, and the BLE encourages all Local Chairmen to attend one of these workshops. Registration is on a first come, first served basis with class size limited to the first 25 who register. To register, please contact Ken Kroeger of the BLE Education & Training Dept. at (216) 272-0986 or

JUNE 1-5, 2003... 63rd Annual International Western Convention in Sparks, Nevada

Jeffrey Valentine welcomes BLE and GIA members to Sparkes, Nevada, for the 2003 International Western Convention. The 63rd annual IWC will be held at John Ascuaga's Nugget Hotel & Casino in Sparks. More details to come when available. Those wishing to contact Chairman Valentine may do so by phone, (775) 857-2013, or by e-mail, <>.




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