National Volunteer Week
First and foremost, there are no words to describe what our world has been through over the last several weeks. The coronavirus / COVID-19 global pandemic has significantly altered and impacted our communities. Our hearts are with you and all members near and far who’ve been impacted.

This week is National Volunteer Week which runs from April 19 – 25, 2020. We would like to take this opportunity to recognize the impact of volunteer service and the power of volunteers to tackle society’s greatest challenges, to build stronger communities and be a force that transforms the world. Many of you are ISEE members and we are grateful for your contributions.

Today, as people strive to lead lives that reflect their values, the expression of civic life has evolved. Whether online, at the office, or the local food bank; whether with a vote, a voice, or a wallet – doing good comes in many forms, and we recognize and celebrate them all.

ISEE had a tremendous support by many volunteers at its 46th Annual Conference in Denver. As the ISEE staff works diligently planning for the 47th Annual Conference to be held February 7 – 10, 2021, at the Caribe Royale Hotel in Orlando, Fla., we once again look forward to your support.

Many of us are fortunate that the mining industry is considered essential. However, in these trying times, we would also like to bring your attention to ISEE’s online training program – Level 1 Practical Blasting Fundamentals. If you’re interested in finding out more, please send us an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Again, our sincerest “thank you” for supporting the International Society of Explosives Engineers. Please keep yourself, your families and your co-workers safe during these challenging times.

All the best,

J. Winston Forde
Executive Director, ISEE