Regional meetings set for 2004

BLE and GIA members who are making vacation plans for next year may wish to consider attending one of the Brotherhood's four regional meetings.

Whether its educational opportunities, hearing about the latest issues from International officers, or the pleasure of socializing with fellow railroaders, each 2004 regional meeting offers something for everyone.

BLE members can participate in hands-on workshops for Local Chairmen, Legislative Representatives and Secretary-Treasurers. GIA members may also attend one of the informative meetings planned with United Healtcare and/or the Railroad Retirement Board. In addition to these educational opportunities, various social events are also planned as part of each regional meeting experience.

Typically, a golf tournament and banquet are part of the festivities. While specific details are not yet finalized, the dates and locations of next year's regional meetings are listed below.

SMA - June 13-17, 2004

The 77th annual Southeastern Meeting Association will be held in Greenville, S.C., at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Greenville Commons. Brother W.R. "Roger" Peace and members of BLE Division 598 in Greenville, S.C., will host the event. Early bird hotel reservations can be made by calling: (800) 233-1234 or (864) 235-1234. (Be sure to ask for the discounted BLE rate.)

EUMA - August 8-12, 2004

The 66th annual Eastern Union Meeting Association will be held in Grand Island, N.Y.

Jim and Janet Louis and the members of Division 421 will host the 2004 EUMA at Grand Island's Holiday Day. August 8 is the check in date; August 11 is the annual banquet; and August 12 is check out. Rooms are $99 per night. For reservations, call (800) Holiday or (800) 465-4329. (Use group code "BLE.") For more details, contact Arrangements Chairman Louis at: or (716) 695-0789.

IWC - August 17-22, 2004

Pat and Barbie Lynch and the members of BLE Division 446 (Gallup, N.M.) will host the 64th annual International Western Convention in Albuquerque, N.M. Reservations for the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque (330 Tijeras NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102) can be made by calling: (505) 842-1234.

SWCM - The week of September 13, 2004

Local Chairman G.Y. Bailey and the members of BLE Division 62 will host the 69th Annual Southwestern Convention Meeting in The Woodlands, Texas, a suburb of Houston. His wife, Kathie Bailey, will serve as GIA chairperson for the event.

Reservations can be made by calling The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center at: (281) 367-9797. The address: 1601 Lake Robbins Dr., The Woodlands, TX 77380.

Members with questions can contact Brother Bailey on his cell phone or by e-mail at: (281) 250-7629 or



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