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SEG September 2014 Enews Update

After a month off, today’s newsletter takes a look at the calendar of events for Smithers Exploration Group for the coming months. Of course first up is the annual golf tournament a week from Friday on September 12. We launch a new season of Rocks 'n Rambling the first Friday on October, October 3. SEG Outreach handled two great events in August - a scavenger hunt at the Farmers Market in Smithers won by Travis Knibbs pictured above with his new GPS and the Fall Fair booth. Special thanks to AME BC for a new $25,000 grant that makes those kinds of Outreach possible. And thinking ahead - the Christmas party is December 6 and the Roundup booth could use some staffing volunteers.

Join us next week SEG Annual Golf Tournament Friday September 12

Get out the clubs; shine up the golf cart; limber up your shoulders. Smithers Exploration Group’s annual golf tournament is coming up quickly on Friday September 12. It takes place at the beautiful Smithers Golf and Country Club in Smithers.

Basic details are below and for full details check out the poster.

Registration: Thursday September 11, 7 – 10 pm, Smithers Legion

Champagne Breakfast:  Friday September 12, 7:30 – 9 am, Hy-Tech Drilling

ShotGun Tee Off:  Friday September 12, 10 am, Smithers Golf Club

Dinner: Friday September 12, 5:30 pm, Smithers Golf Club

Golf and Dinner:  $80 – cash or cheque (no credit cards)

Dinner alone: $35 - cash or cheque (no credit cards)

To pre-register, contact Judi L’Orsa at

If you want to sponsor the tournament, contact Shauna Peter at

Rocks ‘n Rambling Friday October 3

A new season of Rocks ‘n Rambling starts next month, with the first RnR slated for Friday October 3 at the Eagle Peak/Gavin Mines office.

Date: Friday October 3

Time: 4:30 pm to 6:30pm

Place: Gavin Mines Inc. office at 3431 - 19th Ave

AMEBC Outreach Funding

SEG’s Outreach program has launched its fourth year, again with the support of the Association for Mineral Exploration BC (AME BC). The association has provided SEG with a $25,000 grant to continue its 2014/15 Outreach work under the leadership of administrator Lorie Farrell.

SEG's Outreach work makes it possible for us to talk with any group, class or council that wants to learn more about the importance of exploration and mining to community sustainability. That works helps AME BC increase awareness of the contribution of the mineral exploration sector to the economic health of BC and Canada.

These are the highlights of spring and summer 2014:

  • Pacific Northwest Science Fair
  • Gitanyow Job Fair
  • Dease Lake Job Fair Day
  • Houston Job Fair
  • Smithers Trade Expo 
  • Brown Bag Lunch
  • Mining Week Luncheon
  • “Drilling Cupcakes” – Muheim School Career Day-Smithers, John Fields Elementary School-Hazelton
  • “Stump the Geologist” Main Street Fair
  • Smithers Farmers Market
  • Bulkley Valley Fall Fair

If you have any ideas for Outreach in 2014/15, contact Lorie Farrell at

SEG at Farmers Market

A new Outreach project at the  Bulkley Valley Farmers Market this summer was a real hit.

The Bulkley Valley Farmers Market is a popular market that has a Make Bake or Grow theme. SEG was invited as a community group. We brought a Make Bake Grow or Mine it theme to that day with a “Metals on the Farm and in the Market” scavenger hunt and a GPS draw prize. Travis Knibbs (pictured above) won and he’s the proud owner of a new GPS.

 The hunt highlighted the importance of mined materials in every day including raising local foods.  We also had displays of local rocks, cookies for a mine and reclaim activity, information on mined materials in everyday items, and a display. We let everyone know about the prizes we have for the many events we have underway including the scavenger hunt GPS, the geocrawl prizes of a labradorite pendant and mica & tourmaline mineral specimen and the Fall Fair “Guess the Gold” competition prize.

People were able to partake in the scavenger hunt to see how metals are commonly used on farms, gardens and all around us and enter a draw to win a GPS. They were also able to use a toothpick to mine out an M&M from a chocolate chip cookie and they weren’t allowed to eat it until they reclaimed any extra crumbs that they disturbed.

The SEG booth at the farmers market and scavenger hunt attracted 175 people. We certainly appreciated the opportunity provided to us by the folks who run the market. 

SEG at Bulkley Valley Fall Fair

The SEG Fall Fair booth in Smithers was a also popular spot again this year with people dropping by to check out our mineral display and ‘minerals in our lives’ information,  look at the industry photos from present and past,   and pick up SEG Directories, information on industry activity in the NW, and industry colouring books.  250 people tried to “Guess the Gold” for a chance to win a gold pan, minerals set, hand lens, etc.  It was great to see many familiar faces as kids and their families made the SEG booth their first stop at the Fair.

Christmas Party December 6

I know it’s far too soon to be talking about Christmas….but all you have to do is pencil in the date. Join us on Saturday December 6 to kick off the festive season. Details for tickets etc. will be available in late fall.

Roundup 2015 SEG booth volunteers

Mineral Exploration Roundup 2015 will be in its new venue next year the Vancouver Convention Centre East, under the sails of Canada Place January 26 – 29, 2015.  SEG will have its booth at Roundup on Monday January 26 and Tuesday January 27. Of course we’ll be in a new location at the convention centre – no longer at the entrance to the trade show.

Norma Jean Adzich has enthusiastically taken on the job of chair to co-ordinate the SEG booth. She’s already getting the booth crew lined up. If you’re going to be at Roundup, drop her a line and volunteer to help staff the booth -;  250-847-4657, 778-210-0669

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