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BLET Auxiliary Educates in Various Ways by Mabel Grotzinger

By William Wallace | September 1, 2006

I don’t believe that changing our name from the GIA to the BLETA is really that big of a change.  We are basically the same organization, the same people, we just…

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Goodbye GIA, Hello BLET Auxiliary by Becky Schneider, President BLET Auxiliary

By William Wallace | July 1, 2006

“So if you’re tired of the same old story, turn some pages, (we) will be here when you are ready, to roll with the changes.”  – REO Speedwagon circa 1978 While I was growing…

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Embracing the Future One Member at a Time by Onita Wayland, International President

By William Wallace | May 1, 2006

Over 118 years ago, the GIA to BLE came about as a result of a recognized need to organize the various groups of railroad wives, which met informally around the…

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Legislative Issues Should Matter To Us All by Becky Schneider, 1st Vice President/US National Legislative Rep. Grand International Auxiliary

By William Wallace | April 1, 2006

National and state legislative developments have a profound effect on the policies and operation of every industry in today’s modern world. Staying in touch with legislation that impacts the Railroad…

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Mobilization: A plan that works! by Sereena Hogan, 3rd International Vice-President Grand International Auxiliary

By William Wallace | February 1, 2006

Surely by now most of us have at least heard the term “mobilization” used in connection with the BLET, and are aware that the GIA has a Mobilization Program as…

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Patience and caring during the holiday season by Mary Anna Mullins. Chaplain Grand International Auxiliary

By William Wallace | December 1, 2005

As a young person growing up in the country, my father’s work permitted him to always be home every night and all holidays. I attended school in town, and crossed…

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Working to Preserve Everything We’re Thankful For by Pat Murphy, 2nd Vice President/Asst. US National Legislative Rep. Grand International Auxiliary

By William Wallace | November 1, 2005

If you have been reading the articles that have preceded this one in the GIA Dialogue series, then you already have a good sense of what the GIA is all…

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If it happens all the time, then the problem needs to be fixed by Mabel Grotzinger, Vice President Grand International Auxiliary

By William Wallace | October 1, 2005

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making plans.” – John Lennon Life comes at you fast sometimes. My husband and I were planning for retirement a few…

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Advice From a Seasoned GIA Spouse: “Get Involved” By Sereena Hogan, 3rd International Vice President

By William Wallace | August 1, 2005

In last month’s issue, Mabel Grotzinger did a fine job of outlining the challenges and frustrations involved when your spouse is employed by the railroad. In keeping with Mabel’s promise…

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Just what is the GIA? by Sereena Hogan, 3rd Vice President Grand International Auxiliary

By William Wallace | September 1, 2004

As an International Officer of the Grand International Auxiliary (GIA), I am frequently asked this question, especially at the annual regional conventions. Perhaps a little history will explain what today’s…

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Confessions of a Former Republican by Becky Schneider

By William Wallace | June 1, 2004

I have admitted to a few that, yes, because of my conservative upbringing, for most of my life I voted Republican – not straight ticket, but for the most part,…

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In Case of Injury . . . by Mabel Grotzinger, Vice President Grand International Auxiliary

By William Wallace | October 1, 2003

A few days ago I received a phone call from a GIA friend.  She told me her husband had been hurt on the job.  She said that her husband at first thought…

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