October 2002 Calendar & Events


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 at (216) 272-0986 or kroeger@ble.org.


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, <jval@accutek.com>.


JUNE 15-20, 2003... 76th Annual Southeastern Meeting Association in Pigeon Forge, Tenn

Chairman W.M. “Bill” Overton and the members of BLE Division 239 (Knoxville, Tenn.) will host the 2003 SMA at the Grand Resort Hotel & Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. (hotel website: www.grandresorthotel.com). Members can make early-bird reservations by calling: (800) 251-9752. Room rates are $69.77 per night (plus tax). Attractions include the Great Smokey Mountains national park, Dollywood, and the annual golf tournament. Registration is on June 15; banquet is on June 19. For details, contact Brother Overton by fax at: (865) 945-3715 or by e-mail, wmo4719@hotmail.com.


JUNE/JULY 2003... 65th Annual Eastern Union Meeting Association in Baltimore

The 2003 EUMA will coincide with the 175th anniversary of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad museum. EUMA 2003 Arrangements Chairman Fred Cox reports that due to last-minute contract issues with the hotel, however, the 2003 EUMA will not be held at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel, as reported in last month's Newsletter. More details to come when available.


SEPTEMBER 28-OCTOBER 2, 2003... 68th Annual Southwestern Convention Meeting

Rick Gibbons is Chairman of the 68th annual SWCM, which will be held in Branson, Mo. More details to come when available.




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