GTW General Chairman Karakian reelected by acclamation

The Grand Trunk Western (GTW) General Committee reelected General Chairman John Karakian by acclamation for a fifth consecutive four-year term at meetings in Troy, Mich., on August 2.

Also reelected by acclamation was Vice General Chairman Marty J. Tyler of Division 650 (Durand, Mich.). Brother Tom Greenman of Division 33 (Battle Creek, Mich.) was elected as the new Secretary Treasurer to fill the void created by Brother Larry Gilbert, Division 33, who announced that he would not seek reelection due to his impending retirement plans.

The Grand Trunk quadrennial meeting was held in Troy, Mich., on August 2, 2007. BLET National President Don Hahs and Vice President Paul Sorrow, who has a long-standing association with the GTW General Committee spanning over 14 years, were also in attendance and addressed the delegates. The business of the organization was handled in proper form and a good time was had by all in attendance.

The Grand Trunk Western General Committee of Adjustment is one of the five original Committees that founded and established the BLE in 1863.

The GTW represents 250 locomotive engineers who operate over approximately 700 miles of track predominately in Michigan. The GTW's main corridor is from Port Huron, Mich., to Chicago, but also has operations in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and the province of Ontario, Canada.

Delegates, officers and guests attending the Grand Trunk Western General Committee of Adjustment meeting in Troy, Mich., on August 2. From left: Dan Harris, LC Division 812 (Detroit); Brian Miscikowski, LC Division 850 (Flat Rock, Mich.); Paul Sorrow, Vice President; John Karakian, General Chairman; Don Hahs, National President; Tom Greenman, LC Division 33 (Battle Creek) and newly elected S-T of the GCofA; Marty Tyler, LC Division 650 (Flint, Mich.), Vice-General Chairman and Alternate S-T fo the GCofA; Dave Butler, LC Division 920 (Pontiac, Mich.); Jerry Tibble, LC Division 122 (Port Huron, Mich.); and Larry Gilbert of Division 33 (Battle Creek, Mich.), who is the outgoing ST of GCofA.



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