The Denver Pick and Pen – January 2018

January Meeting

Linda Brown with AddOns will be the January Speaker. The meeting will be hosted in Linda’s office: 8040 Southpark Lane, Littleton, CO 80120.

The meeting date has been changed to January 24. The meeting will begin at 6:00 pm and dinner will be catered at a cost of $12/person. If you would like to attend the meeting YOU MUST RSVP TO AMANDA ADAMS AND REQUEST PAYMENT FOR DINNER THROUGH VENMO. Payments made via Venmo require a credit card.

The topic: Basic Sale Skills to Gain Commitment.
Come with a business idea and we will work in small groups to learn how to build a “sales” message for the key stakeholders involved in deciding or approving your idea. This is designed for engineers and managers not in sales roles, but want to learn the basics.

  • What business issue does your idea target?
  • What is the size of the problem?
  • What are the options?
  • What are the features, advantages and benefits? What is the difference between them?
  • How do you figure out which type of person you are communicating with and how to customize your message to them?

Mining-4-Beer with Colorado SME

We look forward to combining forces with the Colorado Section of SME on January 18 for one incredible Happy Hour. Big thank you to Garlic Media Group for providing the event space and Trimble for bringing some great technology for participants to try! 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Trevor Hall
President, Clear Creek Digital

When: Thursday, January 18th, 5:00 to 7:00 pm

Where: Garlic Media Group Production, 1195 South Lipan Street, Unit A, Denver, CO 80223

What: The local Colorado chapter of Society of Mining Engineering (SME) will partner with the Mining-4-Beer Denver monthly networking group on January 18th. The Happy Hour event will provide a unique opportunity for SME members and Mining-4-Beer participants to strengthen their local mining-industry network. Nathan Pugh of Trimble will also be on hand providing event participants an opportunity to experience a 3D mine project experience with their Microsoft HaloLens platform. This will be a wonderful opportunity to test some innovations and become more aware of where technology is leading the mining industry.

This month’s gathering will take place at the Garlic Media Group studios, located at Mississippi and Lipan. It is a private business with a large studio space where we will be meeting and gathering. There is plenty of free street parking around the building.

Science Fair Judges Still Needed!

Corden Pharma Colorado
Corden Pharma Colorado is hosting their Regional Science Fair in Boulder on February 22nd. They are in need of a few good judges! The science fair goes from 8 am to 3 pm and there are morning/afternoon shifts that you can sign up for also. The science fair showcases 12 project categories ranging from junior to senior level students (grades 6-12). The flyer for this is attached to the newsletter.

The link to register is here. 

If you have any questions please contact Ryan Oblock by email at or by phone (720)561-2215.

CU Boulder UMC, Glenn Miller Ballroom
1669 Euclid Avenue

Colorado State Science Fair
The 2018 CSEF will be held on Thursday, April 5 so mark your calendars now! Grand Awards Judging is an all-day event and judges need to be in attendance at the fair from 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. The registration for 2018 Grand Award Judges is now open – returning and new judges can register from the Grand Awards Judge Database Access Page.

Needed: Scientists, Engineers, Educators, Physicians, Veterinarians, Nurses, Psychologists, Other Professionals, Retirees, Graduate Students…

from the fields of science, engineering, mathematics, computer science, medicine, physics, etc. to help select the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th Place, and Honorable Mention winners from the 2 divisions and 12 categories. To register as a Grand Awards Judge, your background needs to reflect the experience, education and expertise for the three categories selected on the registration form. Undergraduate students are able to judge in the Junior Division (grades 6-8) categories. Graduate students and professionals may judge in the Senior Divsion (grades 9-12) categories, but may choose “Junior”, “Senior”, or “Either” division on the registration form. The awards given are based upon the CSEF Grand Awards Policy.

Please pass this link on to those interested in being a Grand Award Judge –

This is an all-day commitment for Thursday, April 5th.

And this link for those interested in helping out with our other needs –

Letter from the President

Lois Brooks

Usually, our thoughts in the New Year are of plans and goals and charging ahead. This year my thoughts are of gratitude and hope. I am thankful that we are seeing an uptick in jobs open in mining which is in turn an indicator of the health of the industry. I am seeing greater interest in diversity and inclusion for people as well as ideas — new and innovative ways of doing our work through the various Disrupt and Unearthed  movements in our mining societies and encouraged by corporations and those seeking to build a better and more efficient industry that young people will seek to join.

One of WIM’s goals in Denver this year was to draw upon our membership to provide new programs and locations for meetings around the metro area. We are fortunate that multiple companies have contributed space and we will build on that in 2018. Stay tuned for the re-opening of our website (thanks to the team of Linda Brown and Resa Furey). Happy New Year! All the best in 2018!


December Social Event

It was so wonderful spending time with WIM Members at Silver Vines Winery in Arvada for our December Social Event. The venue was very relaxing and our private back room was cozy, the wine was excellent, and our members contributed delicious snacks and appetizers. Thank you so much to everyone who was able to attend!

In addition to gathering together for some holiday fun, our December event also had another purpose. A large number of donations were received which were given to a women’s charity. The donations consisted of commonly needed toiletries (things like small bottles of shampoo, lotion, soap, etc…). Thank you to Karen Jass for delivering our donations, and to all of the members who contributed to the cause!

We look forward to coordinating an even bigger and better event next year so if you have ideas please share them with the Board!

January Downloads

Zinc Snapshot

Thanks to our Sustaining Members:

  • Mr. Tim O’Neil
  • Colorado Mining Association
  • Pershing Gold
  • Rocky Mountain Coal Mining Institute
  • Trapper Mining Inc.

Newsletter Submittals

If you would like information published in the P&P, please have this information to the editor (acting, by the 20th of each month.

Membership Dues Reminder

Our fiscal year begins April 1. For your convenience, please can download your form for the 2018-2019 year.

This can be completed and mailed to:

WOMEN IN MINING – Denver Chapter
ATTN: Membership Chair
P.O. Box 260246
Lakewood, CO 80226-0246

Or if you want to pay online send an email to: requesting an online payment through Venmo. You will receive a separate email with instructions to pay using Venmo and can either use a credit card or pay directly from your bank account (please note that credit card payments charge a fee).

If you pay by check or online, please include an updated membership form with your payment (see attached at the end of the newsletter). Email completed forms to  membership Committee Chair Jackie Dorr at:

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