The ongoing social events "help maintain contact and friendships," said Beach, but with the added bonus of fundraising success. While he says more work needs to be done, the golf tournament has been successful in raising more than $12,000 for the U of S Michael D. Welch Memorial Book Prize and $80,000 for the U of S Ore Gangue Alumni Bursary Fund. "I am sometimes asked how the Ore Gangue is so successful at raising funds. My answer is simple—we know supporting the next generation of students is a valuable goal and we always have fun while we do it," said Beach.
Jim Merriam, professor and head of the Department of Geological Sciences, is appreciative of the Ore Gangue's good work. "The Ore Gangue Alumni Fund is targeted towards students in need of financial assistance. We put on field schools, which means additional travel and accommodation costs over and above tuition, so many of our students may not be able to participate without this valuable support," he said.
Merriam looks forward to attending more Ore Gangue events in Calgary and perhaps some closer to home. "The resource industry in Saskatchewan has seen such impressive growth in the past 10 years that there are now a significant number of Ore Gangue alumni in Saskatoon. It would be great to see a Saskatoon Ore Gangue formed."
Photo caption: (L-R: Wayne Pridham (BE'75), Dale Coburn (BComm'74), Gordon Beach (BSc'74) and Cliff Herman
(BSc'73) at the Ore Gangue's 2007 annual golf tournament (photo: Erin Beach)