September 2002 Calendar & Events


NOVEMBER 10-13... Secretary-Treasurer Workshop, George Meany Center, Silver Spring, Md.

During the three-day session on the campus of the Meany Center, members will learn proper record keeping techniques, computer applications and minute-taking techniques. They will also learn methods for filing various Department of Labor and Railroad Retirement reports, as well as Federal tax returns. The BLE pays the cost of books, equipment, tuition, while BLE members who attend are responsible for the cost of room and boart at the Meany Center and for their transportation. To register or for more details, please contact Ken Kroeger of the BLE Education & Training Dept. at (216) 272-0986 or


FEBRUARY 2-7, 2003... 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 Sparks, Nevada, for the 2003 International Western Convention. The 63rd annual IWC will be held at John Ascuaga's Nugget Hotel & Casino in Sparks. For reservations, call (800) 648-1177 and ask for the IWC room rate, or identify yourself as a BLE member. A room rate of $89 per night has been secured from May 30 through June 7. More details to come when available. Those wishing to contact Chairman Valentine may do so by phone, (775) 857-2013, or by e-mail, <>.


JUNE 22-26, 2003... 65th Annual Eastern Union Meeting Association in Baltimore

The 2003 EUMA in downtown Baltimore will coincide with the 175th anniversary of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad museum. More details to come when available. To be held at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel, 700 Aliceanna St., Baltimore, MD, 21202. Reservations can be made by calling (410) 385-3000. Visit the hotel online at: <>.




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