CHINA LAKE MUSEUM FOUNDATION

Science - Armament - Technonolgy

aka U.S. Naval Museum of Armament and Technology   |   Ridgecrest, CA   |  www.chinalakemuseum.org

Mission

The China Lake Museum Foundation (CLMF) has directly supported the U.S. Naval Museum of Armament and Technology since 1993. China Lake represents 85% of the Navy's land for research, development, test and evaluation use, and half of the Navy's land holdings worldwide. The museum is part of the Navy Museum System formed under the CNO realignment of all official U.S. Navy museums under the Naval History and Heritage Command, but receives no direct funding support. The CLMF is chartered to maintain, support and operate the U.S. Museum of Armament and Technology. The Foundation is incorporated in the State of California as a non-profit public corporation organized for educational purposes. The IRS recognizes the Foundation as a charitable organization as described in Section 501(c)(3).

Ruling year info

1993

President

Laura Hickle

Main address

PO Box 217

Ridgecrest, CA 93556 USA

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EIN

77-0340083

NTEE code info

Science & Technology Museum (A57)

Citizen Participation (W24)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Recent earthquakes in July 2019 (6.4- 7.1) have created urgency in adding additional square footage to the off base Ridgecrest location of the China Lake Museum due to damage on base. where majority of exhibits have been located. As a Foundation, we are finding it difficult to draw in a younger generation of folks to our Museum and Membership population.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Distinguished Lecturer Series

The Foundation hosts intellectually stimulating educational lectures in which experienced engineers and scientists from the China Lake Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD) share stories and experiences from their careers developing armament and technology for the Navy. These lectures are free to the public.

Population(s) Served

The CLMF hosts summer camps as well as special events to introduce and cultivate familiarity of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) disciplines to children. We transfer the knowledge that our pool of scientists and engineers have to the future generations so that they may continue the legacy that we have created.  The kids will find out what rockets are, the history of their development, parts of a rocket, how a rocket works, guided robots, homing on a target using a simple seeker, the differences between a dumb bomb, guided bomb, unguided rocket, and guided missile. The children will get the opportunity to visit local squadrons and see aircraft and visit with pilots. The children will work with mentors who are scientists and engineers in a variety of disciplines such as physics, chemistry, computer science, and aeronautics. Our camps build confidence in the child as they construct their own simple rockets and launch them.

Population(s) Served

The museum established the Ridgecrest location outside of the base fence in March 2018. This Phase 1 project included an museum, gift shop, parking lot, wall and infrastructure. The museum will be constructing a 4,000 sq. ft. addition to the museum in 2020. The museum will continue to raise funds for an additional10,000+ sq. ft. museum and new interactive science center on its leased County land in Ridgecrest- 130 E. Las Flores Ave.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Blue Star Museums 2018

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The goals of the Foundation include: creating, maintaining, improving, and operating a self-sustaining, historical, educational, and entertaining Museum.
Through these goals the Foundation also;
* Collects, documents, displays, highlights, and shares with the general public the fascinating and critically important weapons development history of China Lake and its development of much of the Naval Armament and Technology of our Nation.
* Nurtures curiosity in science and engineering in our school age youth through displays, presentations, and special programs such as the "rocket scientist program".
* Provides a tourism draw for the Indian Wells Valley, Kern County and Southern California.
* Provides a community resource for both government and public networking events.

The China Lake Museum Foundation is utilizing a variety of strategies to accomplish its goals.
MOVING THE MUSEUM off base will increase attendance and allow the museum to charge admission which is not currently allowed at its current location on the base. Expansion of the military armament museum to include an INTERACTIVE SCIENCE CENTER will increase the visitor base and expand interest in the region.
The China Lake Museum Foundation has been moderately successful and continues to actively recruit FOUNDERS- interested partners willing to contribute $5,000 or more towards on-going or capital expenses. An ENDOWMENT was established in December 2015 and has received its first contributions shortly thereafter. The Capital building program is PHASED to make it manageable and sustainable within our limited resources.

Our isolated geographic location has limited opportunities for funding due to a population base of only 32,000 in the valley. The main employer, the military base, is unable to provide direct financial support but does provide the museum access to a wide variety of materials for exhibits. The museum is actively seeking grant support via businesses, as well as state and federal grant resources. Additional members with specific skills for fundraising and strategy development have been added to the organization's structure.
The Board of Directors are active and motivated and serve without compensation. Many of them, along with over 30+ volunteer docents, worked on the base and were involved with many of the defense weapon development efforts. They are a can do organization.

We have completed Phase 1 of our Capital Building Program. March 2018
Funds raised for Phase 2a ($400,000)- additional 4,000 sq. ft. slated for completion in 2020.
An endowment account with first contributions has been established for ongoing maintenance and operation costs.
Funding has not been secured for Phase 2b building efforts. A business plan and fundraising strategy hare being finalized.
Initial planning for the Interactive Science Center has begun but limited space at this time will severely limit the ability to house planned exhibits.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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CHINA LAKE MUSEUM FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 08/28/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Laura Hickle

Retired- Educator

Term: 2017 - 2021

Alice Campbell

Retired Mathematician - Department of Defense

Robert Campbell

Retired - Engineering Manager Department of Defense

Robert Smith

Retired Engineer and Technical Team Leader NAWCWD

Charlie White

Retired Officer - Navy Reserves and Operations Research Analyst - NAWCWD

David Maxwell

Orbital ATK

Dave Cobbel

Active Duty Chief Equipment Operator - USN

Arthur Hickle

Retired Engineer- Dept of Defense

Brian Siela

Engineer- Dept of Defense

Megan Rawson

Mathematician- Dept of Defense

Charlie May

Engineer- Dept of Defense

Dennis Cott

Retired- Public Works

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No