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Chairman's Message by Josh Holland, Uranium Resources, Inc.

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Being Thankful

I used to dread when it was my turn to share what I was thankful for as everyone took turns sharing around the dinner table on Thanksgiving Day as a child. Much has changed since then, including my disposition toward some traditions that I thought were trivial. Over the years I’ve learned that there are many things to be thankful for, but some of the most important things are our relationships. Good and meaningful relationships with our families, friends, colleagues and communities can be invaluable.

Likewise, I have developed a deep gratitude for TMRA as an organization because of the meaningful relationship possibilities it presents. By collaborating with colleagues across several mining industries, TMRA has been able to expand its impact in our communities through avenues such as the Teacher’s Workshops and various governmental relations efforts.

This year’s Annual Meeting at the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort & Spa was a great success. The highlight of the meeting was definitely the auction, which was great fun and a tremendous success. For over 25 years TMRA has worked to develop community relations. Much gratitude goes to those who contributed to the auction and to Sponsor-a-Teacher; these contributions will ensure another successful year of Teacher’s Workshops and other important TMRA Outreach, furthering TMRA’s legacy and impact on our local communities. Thank you to all who attended, and a special thank you to all the speakers and those who labored behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly.

Another important aspect of TMRA’s community relations is the Governmental Affairs Committee whose vigilance going into this Legislative Session is apparent and very much appreciated. They are constantly building connections with state and federal policy makers in order to convey the mission of TMRA and its members. They live and breathe the mission of responsibly mining and utilizing natural resources while promoting safety, education and environmental stewardship.

I consider being a part of TMRA to be a great honor, and I’m looking forward to this year as incoming Chair of the TMRA Executive Committee. I’ll be working with a team of colleagues I now consider friends and will make every effort to carry on the mantle of wisdom and leadership exhibited by past Chairs.

The holiday season can be a chaotic time. I believe firmly that it is critical that we intentionally and continually realign our priorities. We truly have a lot to be thankful for as we take some time to spend with our families as the year comes to an end. After all, the provision and future well-being of our families is of the upmost importance and is the reason why we care so much about the success of the mining industry.

Best to You All and Happy Thanksgiving,

Joshua Holland,
TMRA Chairman


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