BLET Auxiliary National Secretary

Lawana Poss.lowres

My husband, Mike, is an engineer with Norfolk Southern Railroad. He began his Railroad career in 1978 with Southern Railroad and now Norfolk Southern. For many years Mike was Secretary/Treasurer for BLET Division 696. Today he is Secretary/Treasurer for the Georgia State Legislative Board.

Mike and I met in July 1973 when my family moved into a house on the same street where his family lived. We went to school together and, for me, it was love at first sight. We married in 1976 and lived in southern California and also Bremerton, Washington while Mike was in the Navy.

Railroad life is about all we know and this life is constantly changing. Changing jobs, changing hours of work and changing sleep hours is very hard, not only the employee but on the whole family. this is especially hard when children are in the picture. Missed Holidays, performances, birthdays, Ball games and numerous occasions are a few of the sacrifices made for this career.

We are so blessed to have three beautiful children and five extraordinary Grandchildren. I think our children were able to learn a lot growing up in a railroad environment. They had to learn to be patient, be flexible, be on time, and be dependable, and they always knew that just because someone is not always able to be there, it does not mean they do not care. They are very strong and independent, understanding and hard working. I believe it is in a great part, due to the railroad lifestyle. You have to stick together and take advantage of the time you have together.

I have been an Auxiliary member for many years, but only recently became more involved. I am sorry about my hesitation because I have met so many wonderful railroad family members in the last few years.  From 2011-2014, I was the Secretary/Treasurer for the Southeastern Meeting Association (SMA) Auxiliary. In 2014, I became the Auxiliary Chairperson for the SMA.

I was a Delegate at the National Convention in Reno, Nevada, and was elected Alternate National Secretary. It was quite an honor. Today I am so delighted and more than honored to say that I am officially the BLET Auxiliary National Secretary. I know this position will have many new challenges, but I will learn as I go. I am sure it will be a wonderful experience because of the Executive Council. Their knowledge is extensive and I am blessed beyond belief to have this opportunity to work with and learn from such wonderful people.

If there is any way I can be of help to you, please do not hesitate to contact me. If I do not know the answers, I will locate the person who does. Please try to attend your regional meetings. Bring your whole family. I look forward to meeting you at one of the upcoming regional meetings. Railroading is a difficult lifestyle and we are all family; we are in this together.