BLE regional meetings set for 2002

With 2001 drawing to a close, BLE members are making vacation plans for 2002.

Many BLE members prefer to spend their vacations honing their skills at one of the many workshops offered at the BLE’s annual regional meetings. Others attend to rekindle old friendships. Either way, the BLE’s four regional meetings provide a popular vacation destination for members and their families.

What follows is a tentative agenda for the 2002 regional meetings. All dates and locations published below are final; however, certain activities and events listed are subject to change due to unforeseeable circumstances.

June 16-20, 2002
75th Southeastern Meeting Association
Virginia Beach, Va.

Chairman T.C. Emory is hosting the 2002 SMA at the Virginia Beach Resort Hotel & Conference Center from June 16-20, 2002. Discount room rates of $99 per night have been secured and the reservation deadline is May 24, 2002.

A dinner cruise is being planned as part of the festivities. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so you must register as soon as possible if you are interested.

Hotel reservations can be made by calling (800) 468-2722 (in Virginia please call (800) 422-4747). For a pre-registration form, contact SMA 2002 Chairman T.C. Emory at 4912 Euclid Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23462; or via e-mail at: .

July 21-25, 2002
62nd Annual International Western Convention
Kennewick, Wash.

Hosted by Chairman William Amaya in the Tri-Cities area of Washington State, the 2002 IWC is a convention you will not want to miss.

Guests will stay at the Westcoast Tri-Cities Hotel at: 1101 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Kennewick, WA 99336, and reservations can be made by calling (509) 783-0611. Mention the BLE convention to receive discounted room rates of $85 per night (U.S. and Canadian currency). For more details, contact Chairman Amaya by calling (509) 628-8844.

IWC 2002, the “Unlimited Convention,” will coincide with the “Unlimited Hydroplane” race series. Guests can extend their stays a few days to enjoy the Columbia Cup hydroplane race, one of the fastest sports on the planet.

August 18-23, 2002
Eastern Union Meeting Association
Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

Arrangements Chairman Ken Kertesz and members of BLE Division 263 host the 2002 EUMA in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., at the Woodlands Inn & Resort.

Nestled in the Northeastern Poconos, members will enjoy a discounted room rate of $95 per night (plus tax) for a single or double. Room rates include a fully cooked breakfast each morning and a shuttle service to and from the Wilkes Barre-Scranton International Airport.

Reservations can be made by calling (570) 824-9831. Be sure to mention the EUMA in order to receive the discounted room rate.

Tentative activities include golf tournament, formal banquet, visit to Steamtown National Historic Site, and a minor league baseball game. For details, contact Brother Kertesz by phone at (570) 675-2417 or by e-mail at: .

September 23-26, 2002
67th Annual Southwestern Convention Meeting
Fort Worth, Texas

Chairman Mark Banton and members of BLE Division 500 host the 2002 SWCM, to be held at the Radisson Hotel (815 Main Street Fort Worth, TX 76102). Reservations can be made by calling (817) 870-2100.

The tentative agenda is as follows: Monday, September 23: convention registration and golf tournament (8 a.m.); September 24: opening ceremony and barbecue dinner; September 25: workshops and formal banquet; and September 26: closed meeting and SWCM business meeting. For more details, contact Chairman Banton at (817) 641-4606.


2001 Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers