The Denver Pick and Pen – October 2018

In This Issue

Letter from the President

Joint October Denver/CSM Student Chapter Meeting

Upcoming Events

WIM Bits!

News from National

Items for Sale: WIM Mugs & More

2018 Denver Chapter Officers

President: Alicia Polo y la Borda

Vice President: Anita Berisen

Treasurer: Brenda Steele

Recording Secretary: Eileen Sullivan

Corresponding Secretary/Membership: Jackie Dorr

Senior National Rep.: Linda Brown

Junior National Rep.Nyssa Loeppke

Alternate National Rep.Resa Furey

Pick and Pen Editor: Karen Jass

Fall Mine Tours

Ames and Tacoma hydroelectric plants near Ophir and Durango Colorado

October 11-13, 2018 (cancelled earlier due to fires)

Ames Hydroelectric Plant, the world’s first commercial AC hydroelectric plant, built in 1890 to serve the Gold King Mine, and Tacoma plant built in 1905 to serve various Silverton Mines are only accessible by a short train ride and both are still operating today!

This is a 6+ hour drive from Denver, Thursday Oct 11, then a very long day (10+hr) to see both sites Friday Oct 12. Camping and hotel options will be available. Please check availability & to RSVP on the website, or to by Oct 1.

This is a 6+ hour drive from Denver, Thursday Oct 11, then a very long day (10+hr) to see both sites Friday Oct 12.  Camping and hotel options will be available. Please RSVP on the website, or to by Oct 1. There are 3 spots available first come-first serve.

Upcoming WIM Chapter Meetings

November 14, 2018
Newmont – Lab Tour and Meeting

WIM will TOUR the Newmont Metallurgical Laboratory at 4 p.m., prior to the Meeting held in their offices.

Tour the Newmont Corporation’s Plato Malozemoff Technical Facility, located at 10101 East Dry Creek Road, Englewood, Colorado 80112 (about a block east of the lite rail station at Dry Creek. Arrive by 3:45 p.m.

For the MEETING to follow, please arrive by 5:45 p.m. at Newmont’s Corporate Offices, 6363 South Fiddler’s Green Circle, Suite 800, Greenwood Village. The Panel discussion will be on the topic “Fostering Diversity and Inclusion: The Importance of Allies”, to begin at 6:00 p.m (ending by 7:30).

Finger food will be served prior to the meeting to maximize networking opportunity.

Be sure to RSVP to either or both events individually by COB Monday, Nov. 12 using the Events section of the website,

December 2018
Options are being discussed for an informal event, and if you have a great suggestion please send it to Cailli at

Suggestions might include an informal brunch or a volunteer day for team building– we’re open to ideas. Stay tuned.

Letter from President Alicia Polo y la Borda

Thank you all who attended our “Importance of Networking: Sustaining a fulfilling 30 year career in mining” panel discussion. Thank you Resource Capital Funds for hosting and helping to organize. Thank you current, new and potential new members for attending. Please look further into this Pick and Pen to find more about the event.

Our first monthly meeting of the fall/winter season left us inspired and positive for WIM – Denver Chapter to continue moving towards supporting women’s careers in mining. We are aligned with the newly adopted objective “To advance the interests of, attract and retain diverse minorities in the mining and related industries by providing opportunities for networking and professional development” approved by Women in Mining National to be included into their By Laws and Policies and Procedures.

We are looking forward to meeting with WIM and SME student chapters at Colorado School of Mines in October. We would not only support our student chapter, but also learn about some new trends in academia with a presentation by PhD student Heather Lammers.

Please do invite your colleagues, female and male, to join us.

Stay safe and have a great month,
Alicia Polo y La Borda

October WIM Chapter Meeting

The Denver Chapter will hold its joint meeting with the CSM Student Chapter of Colorado School Mines on Wednesday, October 10th
(NOTE: the 2nd Wednesday of the month)

Ph.D Candidate and WIM member, Heather Lammers will lead a panel of speakers on the topic “Balancing a successful career and heavy workload with personal time and family”. The list of speakers will be posted on the website’s meeting announcement.

The meeting will begin with finger foods at 5:30 p.m. at the CSM Berthoud Hall, Room 243 (west side of building) at 16th & Illinois St, Golden, CO. After 5 p.m. street parking is free with no permit requirements.

RSVP by COB Monday, October 8 at

NEW – WIM National Website

Save the new WIM National website as your primary site for WIM and all Denver Chapter WIM events at

This is in addition to the existing Education foundation website (  The New National President, Linda Brown, has undertaken and lunched a new format for the National organization’s website: check it out!  Each chapter will now be able to update its own webpage and events.  If you have suitable material send it to National President directly at

NOTE: All correspondence for tours and other upcoming events is now through this new website.

WIM Social Media Site

From our NEW Social Media Coordinator, Ms. Gravning:

Follow the Women in Mining Denver Chapter’s social media page on Facebook and engage with our discussion group on LinkedIn.

YOU can help our chapter participation grow by sharing our events with your contacts!


October Downloads

Upcoming Earth Science Events

Sat., Oct. 13, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Dinosaur Discovery Day at Dinosaur Ridge, featuring “Girl Scout Day”. Public tour day at Dinosaur Ridge, 16831 W. Alameda Parkway, Morrison. Walk up and down the Ridge to see interpretive guides explain the various fossil and geology stations, or ride a guided shuttle up and/or back for $4. There will be special activities and earth science badges to complete for Girl Scouts, who may register in advance [$6 for Scouts to register]. See for more info.

Thurs., Oct. 18, 7:00 p.m., Colorado Scientific Society October meeting, “Structural Geology of Colorado” by Ned Sterne, plus a possible 2nd speaker. Shepherd of the Hills Church, 11500 W. 20th Ave., Lakewood.

Sat., Oct. 20, 12 noon, Littleton Gem & Mineral Club, silent and verbal auction. Seller setups (club retains 20% commission) at 11, silent auction begins at noon, verbal auction at 1 p.m., checkout starts at 3:30 p.m.

Newsletter Articles – Due the 20th of each month

If you have information you would like to share in the P&P, please have the content & any high quality photographs to the editor ( by the 20th of each month.

WIM Bits! – Jackie Dorr

Ms. Dorr is a long-time member of the original WIM Chapter, the Denver Chapter. She is currently the manager of Communications with the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration, Inc.

  1. Why did you choose mining? It chose me. I had applied for secretarial positions with several different companies in the Denver West area. Mining giant AMAX hired me.
  2. What was your first job in the mining industry? Secretary/receptionist.
  3. What was the first conference that you spoke at, or organized the theme and speakers? The 15th Annual Minerals Education Coalition Conference. I spoke about the Mineral Information Institute’s new poster – The Periodic Chart of the Elements: Creating a Universe.
  4. What has been the favorite task or responsibility you have ever held? Every job I have had is the one I enjoyed the most at that time. Each has been unique and different, so I cannot choose one. AMAX/Climax: worked for lobbyists and environmental division. AMAX Mineral Resources: secretary to the president. Stoller Mining Services: office manager of environmental remediation contractors. BHP Exploration: executive assistant to geochemists and geophysicists. Mineral Information Institute: Vice President and fulfillment of educational and outreach materials. SME: currently Manager of Communications (press releases, newsletters, webinars).
  5. What is your favorite mineral or metal to invest? I tried investing in a rare earths company, but it tanked. So I guess I’ll stick with gold.
  6. What is the mineral or metal you use the most in your daily life? Aluminum. Not only is it the most common metal in the Earth’s crust, it has hundreds of uses.
  7. What additional degree would you like to study? Plate tectonics.
  8. What do you enjoy about WIM? Friendships formed, networks established, learning experiences through field trips, speakers and meetings, volunteer opportunities, mine site and industry-related tours. Opportunities to expand my knowledge about various aspects of the industry.

News from WIM National

Submitted by Resa Furey


WOMEN IN MINING USA has reached an exciting milestone!

During the August 25, 2018 National Board meeting amendments to the WIM National bylaws, and their policies and procedures (P&P’s) guidance document, were approved!

The board voted to add the new objective “To advance the interests of, attract and retain diverse minorities in the mining and related industries by providing opportunities for networking and professional development,” to the Article II, Section 1 of the WIM National by-laws. The National Board also approved the added language, “that chapters must incorporate at least two of the four WOMEN IN MINING National’s objectives”, giving each chapter flexibility to determine whether they want to modify their current bylaws or keep them as is. This same language was added to Article II, Section 1 of the National organization’s Policy & Procedures manual.

This new objective aligns WOMEN IN MINING NATIONAL more closely with International WIM organizations and will help create new chapters, recruit at-large members and new corporate sponsors. The board unanimously agreed that this provides WOMEN IN MINING NATIONAL with a tremendous opportunity for growth!

The next step is for each chapter to vote on acceptance of these additions to the by-laws and P&P’s before the next National Board meeting on October 27, 2018. National Reps, please make sure your chapter votes on acceptance of these changes to their bylaws and P&P documents.

Also – New At-Large Members Added and New Name for At-Large Members Proposed!

During August and September, WIM added 42 new at-large members – all employees at Caterpillar Inc., and another 13 members from Freeport McMoRan Inc.!

At the National level, there is a proposal to change the name of “at-large” membership to “WOMEN IN MINING USA” membership. The benefits of this change are:

  1. We don’t need to create a new chapter for at-large members, they automatically get the benefits of the WOMEN IN MINING USA membership.
  2. WOMEN IN MINING USA is a popular search, so finding this group will be easier than locating the existing WOMEN IN MINING National website.
  3. We can use this new name to launch “WIMinars”, online webinars highlighting speakers from our WIM community to educate all members on topics we choose. This provides benefit to any member who does not live near a chapter or who may have a hard time getting to in person meetings.

Upcoming CSM Summit

The 2018 Mines’ Summit – “Beyond Closure – Repurposing Mines” will be held on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.) at Fossil Trace Golf Club in Golden.

You are invited by the CSM Mining Engineering, Civil & Environmental Engineering, & Engineering, Design & Society Departments to discuss best practices and potential opportunities continuing the discussion and navigate the complex environmental, political and social aspects of repurposing mine lands beyond closure. The agenda will be finalized mid-October. For more information contact Linda Figueroa (, Robin Bullock ( or Priscilla Nelson (

Registration is at:

Denver Chapter is hosting the 2019 Annual Meeting in Golden

Contact Chair, Amanda
( ) if you are interested in participating in the committee’s developmental meetings.

For Sale: WIM Merchandise

NEW – WIM Mugs!

The Denver Chapter has received it’s order of WIM Mugs in the WIM official colors.  You can order these from Ms. Dorr at and arrange for pickup or delivery. The cost of the mug is $9 each (shipping extra).

Polo Shirts

All embroidered with the WIM logo.

Cost: $22 each or 2 for $40 (shipping is extra).

Please contact Ms. Jass for current availability and to purchase.

WIM Cosmetic Bags

Show off your WIM spirit with a beautiful and convenient cosmetics travel bag! The bags are embroidered with the WIM logo and provide convenient storage space for all of your personal products when you are on the road!

Cost: $25 (cosmetics not included, shipping extra)

Please contact Ms.  Dorr to purchase:

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