Cleveland hosts final Secretary-Treasurer workshop of 2007

The BLET Education and Training Department will conduct its final Secretary-Treasurer Compliance Workshop of 2007 in Cleveland from December 2-5. The class will start at 7 p.m. on Dec. 2 and conclude at noon on Dec. 5.

The meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency at the Arcade, 420 Superior Ave., which is within walking distance of the BLET's National Division headquarters.

As most STs already know, many changes have been implemented regarding the filing of LM reports this year. The changes to the LM Report along with the new 990-N and EFTPS will be explained in class. STs will be shown how to use the BLET National Division's web-based reporting system. STs use the online system for membership reporting and tax compliance.

During the three-day session, members will learn proper record keeping techniques, computer applications, and minute-taking. They will also learn methods for filing various Department of Labor, and Railroad Retirement reports, as well as Internal Revenue Service Federal tax returns. A representative from the Department of Labor will be on hand to answer ST questions and provide tips regarding the preparation of LM reports.

Presenters will include Bill Walpert, BLET National Secretary-Treasurer; Ken Kroeger, BLET Special Rep & Coordinator of the Education & Training Department; Bob Broka, Director of Records; Dr. Elaine Reese, Director of Compliance; and Walt Schmidt, BLET Webmaster.

The BLET National Division pays the costs of books and equipment, while STs who attend are responsible for their transportation costs as well as their room and board.

Upon successful completion of the course, attendees will qualify for a $109 per day stipend from the North American Railway Foundation (NARF). The stipends will be paid directly to the Division. NARF is a non-profit operating foundation formed by the Brotherhood's Relief and Compensation Fund (BRCF) to support rail history, education, safety and technology in the United States and Canada. With initial funding and continued Board of Directors stewardship coming from the BRCF, NARF has supported many varied non-political projects throughout the United States and Canada over the past ten years. The primary focus of these efforts has been in support of organized rail labor giving back to all of the men and women of the railroad community across North America.

STs must register for the workshop online through the BLET website at: Hotel registration information will be made available to those who sign up on the website.

Registration for the workshop is on a first come, first served basis with class size limited to the first 25 who register. For details, contact Ken Kroeger at (216) 272-0986 or



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