From left to right: Lori Bennett, Secretary/Treasurer; Joan Sherman, Vice President; Sharon Atkins, President
Sharon Atkins, Idaho
Vice President
Joan Sherman, Montana
Lori Bennett, Idaho

2012 Western States Conference

April 12-14, 2012
Missoula, Montana

The 2012 Western States Conference was held at the -
Hilton Garden Inn
3720 North Reserve Street
Missoula MT 59808

(406) 532-5300 or 877-STAY HGI


THURSDAY: 7:00 pm - Labor Relations/Steward Operations
Director of Steward Operations, Robert Horne; and Director of Labor Relations Joey Johnson provided conference attendees with information on labor relations and steward operation including updates on the National Steward Program, the expiration of the MOU on withholding residual vacancies, and information allowing for a greater understanding of PS Form 4241-A.

Above and below: Conference attendees had the benefit of a Q & A session with the National Officers



All National officers in attendance made themselves available to any of the attendees who had a personal question or comment.

It wasn't ALL business!
National Secretary-Treasurer Clifford Dailing shows his lighter side.
FRIDAY: 8:30 am - Conference Convenes

Western States Conference Vice President Joan Sherman
opens the conference prior to presenting the gavel to WSC President Sharon Atkins

The conference was called to order and following the presentation of colors the invocation was provided by Reverend Tom Krantz

Conference attendees were welcomed by Missoula Mayor John Engen

The highlight of the morning was a passionate presentation by NRLCA President Jeanette Dwyer
Information on the Auxiliary was provided by
Auxiliary President Lucretia Nobles
Long-term disability and life insurance information was provided by Susanne James of CIGNA Insurance
APCU information provided by Dianne Yost
A wealth of information was provided by NRLCA Legal Counsel

Break time provides an opportunity to visit!
Health Insurance information provided by NRLCA Secretary-Treasurer Clifford Dailing
NRLCA National Officers
prepare for questions from the floor

NRLCA Vice President Ronnie Stutts
responds to one of the questions


NRLCA President Jeanette Dwyer &
U.S. Senator Jon Tester

Just playin' with my peeps!

SATURDAY: 8:00 am - Conference Convenes

WSC President Sharon Atkins
opens the day's business
WSC Secretary-Treasurer
Lori Bennett records the proceedings


NRLCA Executive Committeeman Don Maston
provides extensive information of interest to WSC members

Don pauses for a photo-op
The last order of business was the election of officers for the 2012-2013 WSC association year
NRLCA Executive Committeeman Don Maston
swearing in the conference officers


Officers of the Western States Conference 2012-2013
From left to right: Joan Sherman, President; Todd Floyd, Vice President; Lori Bennett, Secretary Treasurer
History of the Western States Conference