If your area does not have a local BLET auxiliary, but has an interest in forming one, a petition may be submitted to the National Secretary requesting a Charter.
The Petition for Charter must contain at least ten (10) signatures, seven (7) of which must be spouses, widows, widowers, mothers, fathers, or daughters or sons 18 years of age or older, of BLET members of the particular BLET Division with which the auxiliary will be associated. Membership in an auxiliary is not limited to the associated BLET Division. Once signatures have been gathered, the petition form needs to be verified by the secretary-treasurer of the associated BLET Division.
The BLET Auxiliary has several local auxiliaries that are not only city- or area-wide, but also have members whose spouses work for different railroad carriers. While there may be times that issues that are addressed at meetings only involve one carrier, it provides better insight to all as to the different types of problems that exist on the different railroads. Of course, many issues that affect the quality of life, safety, security, and welfare of our locomotive engineers and trainmen have no carrier boundaries and exist nationwide.
Once the Petition has been completed, please forward it to:Helen Brand, National Secretary
38768 Crescent Hill Road
Osawatomie, KS 66064
together with a check in the amount of $25.00. Once a Charter has been authorized and the charter members have submitted their applications, a national representative will be sent to formally organize the auxiliary.
If you have additional questions, please feel free to call National Secretary Helen Brand at (913) 256-2741, National President Sereena Hogan at (520) 297-0944, or any other national officer for assistance.