BY DENNIS BROOKS, P.ENG., P.GEOPH.
Education Foundation Columnist
It always seems that my column deadlines are out of sync with APEGGA Education Foundation Board meetings. The board meets again next week, after my deadline. However, I didn’t want us to get into summer without some brief news of what’s happening.
One item on the board’s agenda is recognition of the contributions of the late Dr. George Ford, P.Eng. Dr. Ford died recently after a long and illustrious career as a mechanical engineer.
He was a professor at the University of Alberta, rising to become dean of engineering. His contributions went beyond academia to all areas of our professions, including service to APEGGA and to the Camp of the Seven Wardens for the Iron Ring. It is fitting that this service be recognized.
Another item on the board agenda deals with the Bank of Montreal affinity card. It seems that all is in order to begin for the bank its appeal to our members to take up the card. I am told that about the time you read this, notice will be on the APEGGA website and that the September PEGG will have details and an application form as well.
This is strictly a voluntary option for our members __ but it is a simple and direct way you can support the work of the foundation.
The board continues to work on policy to deal with funding requests it gets and to set criteria for independent scholarships. I’ll try to keep you posted as this work proceeds.
And lastly, here’s an update on donation receipts. Since last year, the board has created new categories of receipts to better track progress. Unfort-unately, because of these accounting changes, corresponding numbers from last year are not available.
Here is the story as of June 14, 2005.
Life Member Donations, $350
Single Person Donations, $845
Summit Awards Tickets, $30,000
Voluntary Donations Via APEGGA, $15,311.51
Total Revenues, $46,606.51
Last year at this time, total revenues were $54,998.06.
We are a bit behind last year but it is too early to tell if this has any significance.