Photo recap: 68th annual Southwestern Convention Meeting (SWCM)

Color guard and bagpipe processional during the opening ceremonies.

 

From left: Scott Rhodes, Division 83 (Springfield, Mo.); Mike King, Division 567 (Springfield, Mo.); Don Gordon, Division 567; and Bill Dake, Division 83.

 

BLE International President Don Hahs discusses political issues during an informal meeting with several BLE legislative leaders. Seated, from left: Raymond Holmes, BLE International Vice-President & U.S. National Legislative Representative; J.T. Norris, Virginia State Legislative Board Chairman; Jim Ussery, Secretary-Treasurer of the Texas State Legislative Board; and President Hahs. Standing: Terry Briggs, Texas State Legislative Board Chairman.

 

Ruth and R.W. "Windy" Windham. Ruth is GIA International President Emeritus and Windy is a retired member of BLE Division 182 (North Little Rock, Ark.).

 

From left: Janice Hahs and Frances Srubas, who were instrumental in planning and organizing many of the GIA events at the SWCM.

 

General Chairman Gil Gore, Union Pacific-Southern Region.

 

From left: George Leyndecker, Tex-Mex Railway General Chairman; Mike Clark, BLE member from Tex-Mex Railway; Don Hahs, BLE International President; and Juan Garza, BLE member from Tex-Mex Railway.

 

BLE International Vice-President Rick Radek during an impromptu performance with the Richard Bruton Band during the banquet. Vice-President Radek has a Bachelor's Degrees in Education and Music from Northern Illinois University and spent time as a professional musician prior to working full time on the railroad. Richard Bruton is the brother of Janet Walpert, wife of BLE General Secretary-Treasurer Bill Walpert.

 

Ron Hagar of BLE Division 462 (Arkansas City, Kan.) with a future locomotive engineer, both having a good time at the banquet.

 

BLE and GIA officers at the head table during opening ceremonies of the 68th annual SWCM.

 

 

 

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