December 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


May 2-5, 2003... AFL-CIO's Union Industries Trade Show in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Produced by the AFL-CIO Union Label and Service Trades Department, the Union Industries Trade Show is the world's largest exhibition of union workers' skills and services, featuring millions of dollars worth of union-made products. It will be held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, May 2-5, 2003, in Pittsburgh. Show hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and admission is free. More than 250,000 visitors turned out for the 2002 show in Minneapolis. For more details, please visit the Union Industries Trade show website at: <>.


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. Activities include a golf tournament at The Resort at Squaw Creek, a Robert Trent Jones designed course in the High Sierras, a bus trip to Virginia City, America's largest historical landmark, and a dinner/dance sunset cruise on Lake Tahoe. Those wishing to contact Chairman Valentine may do so by phone by calling (775) 857-2013, or by e-mail: <>.


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: 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; the banquet is on June 19. For details, contact Brother Overton at: Fax (865) 945-3715, or by e-mail,


June 29-July 3, 2003: 65th Annual Eastern Union Meeting Association in Baltimore.

Arrangements Chairman Fred Cox and the members of BLE Division 52 will host the 2003 EUMA at the Baltimore Hyatt Regency in the inner harbor area of Baltimore. Early bird reservations can be made by calling (410) 528-1234. Arrangements Chairman Fred Cox reports that tentative activities include a tour of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad museum, a harbor dinner cruise, golf tournament, and a Baltimore Orioles baseball game. For more details, contact Brother Cox at (717) 244-4855 or e-mail:


September 28-October 2, 2003: 68th Annual Southwestern Convention Meeting.

General Chairman Rick Gibbons, BNSF (SLSF) and M&NA, is Chairman of the 68th annual SWCM, which will be held in Branson, Mo. Members and their families will stay at the beautiful Chateau on the Lake Resort Hotel and Convention Center. Reservations can be made at a rate of $114 per night by calling: (888) 333-5253.

A hugely popular tourist destination, Branson offers abundant and unique entertainment options for the whole family. Members planning to attend the SWCM are encouraged to vist Branson's website, <>, to learn more about its diverse entertainment opportunities. More details and registration forms will follow.




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