2016 ANNUAL REPORT – CMA Education Foundation
October 3, 2016
Dear Supporters and Friends of All About Mining:
I would like to thank all our supporters for their assistance, whether it be providing financial support, hosting field trips or providing “live” lecturers at our In-Class portion of the course on the CSM campus. I would like also to specifically thank our partners, CSM’s “Special Projects and Continuing Education” (“SPACE”) Office for continuing to support All About Mining in its’ digital version. Without SPACE’s support, this course would not be able to continue. THANKS to each of YOU for your continuing support!
The year 2016 has been a very good year for CMAEF’s digital version of All About Mining! This past June we conducted our second In-Class and Field Trip session following the participants’ completion of the 48 digital lessons found on our website www.allaboutmining.org. This year’s In-Class-Field Trip session had seven K-12 participates, all from Colorado. In addition, three individuals completed the digital version but had conflicts with the In-Class-Field Trip segment and will take that portion of the course in 2017. An additional five individuals currently have almost competed the digital version in order to participate in the 2017 In Class session.
Our recent In-Class session consisted of two days of ‘On Campus’ activities on the Colorado School of Mines campus in late June, 2016. These two days were a mix of refresher lectures of the digital sessions, introducing new items such as where to find additional resources, laboratory demonstrations of metallurgical processes where the ‘students’ participated in the conduct of the demonstrations, and visits to sites such as the USGS Earthquake Center, the Geology Museum, CSM’s Earth Mechanics Institute and Hazen Research Laboratory. The third day consisted of a field trip to the Dinosaur Ridge area to review geology, the Chieftain Mine where clay is mined in a suburban setting, and to view a uranium roll-front and crude oil seep near the intersections of E470 and Hwy 285. Following these areas, the group took an informative underground tour of the Edgar Mine at Idaho Springs operated as a “training facility” by CSM.
Our field trip session consisted of on-site visits of the following mines and operations:
- Monday - Martin Marietta Quarry in Golden, then to the EVRAZ steel facility in Pueblo;
- Tuesday – Newmont’s open pit – heap leach Cripple Creek and Victor Mine at Victor and to the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum in Leadville;
- Wednesday – Freeport-McMoRan’s open pit Climax Mine and Mill near Leadville; and American Gypsum’s Quarry and Wallboard Plant at Gypsum;
- Thursday – The open-pit Trapper Mine and Tri-State Generation Plant near Craig and the underground Twenty-Mile Mine near Steamboat Springs; and
- Friday – Freeport McMoRan’s underground Henderson Mine near Empire.
This five-day field trip is the “capstone” portion of the overall All About Mining course as it really “sells” the participant on how our modern mining industry operates in an environmentally sensitive manner to provide our nation with the minerals on which its’ economy is based. Comments from the participants reflect this sentiment:
“The lectures and field work are experiences I will remember for a lifetime. If you ever need volunteer work to support your organization please keep me in mind, I would be thrilled to give back” – DY 2016
CMAEF has spent 2016 upgrading how we operate. Late last year our Board established a committee to research and develop new marketing efforts for the organization. As you have probably noticed from our letterhead, we established a 21st Century letterhead for All About Mining to reflect the modern, environmentally sensitive manner in which our modern mining industry operates today. Our new logo, ”21st Century Mining for K-12 Educators” likewise reflects this theme. This new letterhead and logo also appears on our web site which we are continually improving. As part of this effort we have also developed a new Rack Card for distribution at various educator events. In addition, we have established a CMAEF Face-Book page which we hope you will visit and a banner to use at conferences.
We have also modified how we manage the business aspects of CMAEF in an effort to make it more functional. A part of that effort is to elect two current teachers to our Board of Directors to provide “Educator” input into our thought making process. This process is ongoing. At the end of July, 2016 we have $56,947.28 in our bank account. While this is a significant amount, it cost money to promote, operate and improve our program. We hope you will receive our upcoming fundraising letter in the very positive manner it is intended.
Shannon Mann, our Course Coordinator, has made presentations to several mining groups in the Denver area about our new, digital course and recently operated a booth at the National STEM conference for K-12 educators which was well received by those in attendance.
Our new website has been operating since November, 2013 and continues to attract educators from all over the world. In the past 10 months since October, 2015, the site has hosted 3328 users of which 38% were repeat users. Fifty-eight percent of our visitors are from the U.S. followed by 15 % from Russia, 5% from the U.K., 3% from Brazil and 2% from China.
It has been my pleasure serving CMAEF as a Director since the mid-1990’s and as your Board Chairman for the past seven years. At our Annual Meeting in October I do not plan to stand for re-election as Chairman but anticipate your current Vice Chairman, Guy Johnson, will be elected as Chairman. I hope you will join me in supporting Guy as he continues our positive effort to educate K-12 educators about the need for and operation of our modern mining industry in America.
In closing, I want to restate what I said at the beginning of this report. Your CMAEF Board of Directors sincerely thank each of you for your past and continuing support of our unique All About Mining curriculum. Without your continuing financial and in-kind support our ongoing efforts to conduct and improve our digital version of All About Mining will not be possible.
Paul C. Jones