2012 Annual Business Minutes

The 88th National Mine Rescue Association’s Annual Dinner Meeting was held on Friday, November 2, 2012, at the Hilton Garden Inn, Southpointe, Canonsburg, PA.  Jeff Kravitz called the meeting to order at the request of President James Manuel.  The meeting was started with the pledge of allegiance to the flag, and invocation was given by Mike Demchak.  A motion was made to dispense with the reading of the minutes from the previous meeting due to the absence of the Secretary/Treasurer.  The motion was seconded.  Virgil Brown reported that Post 1 had a good turn-out for their MR Contest that was held at Bluefield State College.  Mike Demchak gave a report on the activities of Post 5.  Chuck Edwards, Membership Committee Chairperson, reported no new business.

Jeff Kravitz also told members that MSHA will be holding a follow-up meeting for the Mine Rescue Summit in December at the Academy.  Details will be provided on the MSHA web site.

A very informative presentation on the Hopedale Recovery was given by Mike Kelley, District 3 Roof Control Specialist.  The incident occurred at the Hopedale mine in Hopedale, which is located about five miles east of Cadiz in Harrison County.  Two miners were bolting the roof when it collapsed, trapping them inside the mine.  The roof had to be stabilized before they could be rescued.  They were safe with no reported injuries and did not go to the hospital.




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