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ANNUAL FLY-IN - April 30-May 5, 2017


Women’s Mining Coalition (WMC) members traveled to Washington D.C. for its 25th annual Fly-In for meetings on Capital Hill during the week of May 1, 2017. The women work in the hardrock, coal and industrial minerals industries and for companies that provide goods and services to mining companies. During the Fly-In WMC members work hard to educate the members of Congress about the importance of a robust domestic mining industry.

WMC Group at 2017 FlyIn

Summary of the 25th annual Fly-In to Washington D.C. on April 30 – May 4, 2017! More

Mining Associations List

Issues Papers
Trip Pictures  
Quick Look:

43 participants
3 ½ days of meetings
58 Senate meetings (63% of total Senate offices targeted)
151 House meetings (74% of total House offices targeted)
209 face-to-face meetings
88 emails to non-visited offices, including digital issue papers
Grand Total: 297 Congressional and Senate Contacts
21 meetings with actual Senators and Congressmen
23 meetings with Legislative Directors
5 meetings with Chiefs of Staff or Deputy Chiefs of Staff
17 meetings with Senior Policy Advisors
9 meetings with Legislative Counsels
1 meeting with regulatory agency (DOI - BLM)

Sponsors and Donors


American Coal Council
American Exploration & Mining Association
Arch Coal
Balfour Holdings
Clean Coal Solutions, LLC
Coeur Mining, Inc.
Corvus Gold Nevada
Debra and Eric Struhsacker
Express Marine
Golder Associates
Express Marine
Hecla Mining Company
Kappes Cassiday & Associates

Kinross Gold Corp.
Klondex Mines
Law Office of Adele L Abrams PC
Mining & Metallurgical Society of America
National Mining Association
Pershing Gold Corporation
Ron and Connie Parratt
Sumitomo Pogo Mine
Teck American Inc.
United Bulk Terminals
Utah Mining Association
Venable LLP
Western Lithium Corp.


Trip Pictures


Debbie Massengill, Cathy Suda, Dawn Kolkman in front of the Capitol Building
MoniqueAndRuthDebbie M Monique Hayes with Ruth Carraher and Debbie Massengill ready to head for the Hill.
Spring In DC
Sarah Lightner and Marilyn Treacy taking a sit-down break between meetings with Springtime beauty in DC.
TurnerIversonSudaCrumCPearce C. Steve Pearce (R-NM) with Carolyn Turner, Aimee Iverson, Cathy Suda, and Michaela Crum.
ThorneMassengillCrumHulsizerCHood C Darin LaHood (R-IL) with Sarah Thorne, Debbie Massengill, Michaela Crum and Stacey Hulsizer.
GietzenJohnsonKolkmanCNolan C. Rick Nolan (D-MN) and his wife Mary, meet with LaTisha Gietzen, Kelsey Johnson and Dawn Kolkman.
LightnerMasonStruhsackerHallSHeller Sarah Lightner, Susie Mason, Debbie Struhsacker, and Deanna Hall with Senator Dean Heller (R, NV)
GietzenKelseyJohnsonCEmmer LaTisha Gietzen and Kelsey Johnson with Congressman Tom Emmer (R-MN) and his wife Jackie on the Speakers balcony.
CLabrador Rep. Raul Labrador with Carolyn Turner, Monique Hayes, Becky Colotti, and Hanna Mihara.
CRisch Sen. Jim Risch with Becky Colotti, Hanna Mihara, Carolyn Turner, and Monique Hayes.
Orientation2Orientation1 Monday Morning Orientation at the National Mining Association Offices.
At Filomenas WMC enjoying an excellent dinner at Filomena's Italian restaurant after an exhilarating day visiting Congress.
At Filomenas  
Summer Visits  

WMC Meets Senator Daines (R-MT)

  • Ericka Bartlett, Geological Engineer & Project Manager, Imerys – Yellowstone Mine
  • Nicole Hinze, Intern, Ash Grove Cement Company
  • Chevonne Hall, Chief Chemist, Ash Grove Cement Company
  • Dr. Lisa Kirk, President and Principal Geochemist, Enviromin Inc.
  • Senator Steve Daines (R-MT)
  • Tammy Johnson, Executive Director, Montana Mining Association
  • Julia E. Gwinn, Director, Business Development, Specialty Minerals Inc. / Barretts Mineral Inc.
  • Charmaine Weyer, Quality Technician, CRH - Trident Plant