MINOT – When asked why he volunteered to help, his answer was brief and to the point.
“It’s the way it should be,” said Bill Schaller, Killdeer.
Nearby dozens of people, young and old, were fishing off the large pier at the Conservation and Skills Park at the North Dakota State Fair. Others were talking excitedly about their catch, or moving about with cane pole in hand, picking out a favorite spot to fish.
The scene, repeated over and over each day of the fair, was the reason for a smile locked onto Schaller’s face.
“It’s a great time for everyone,” said Schaller. “I’m amazed at how many kids catch their first fish out there on the dock.”
About half the staff at the Conservation and Skills Park consists of volunteers eager to assist Game and Fish. Schaller thoroughly enjoys the experience.
“Everyone should have an opportunity to give back a bit to the people and the resources of the state,” explained Schaller. “We have almost a thousand Hunter Education volunteers. Where would we be without them? Game and Fish could not possibly do all that they do without all the volunteers. Period.
Work? No. Rewarding? Yes.
“Late here on day there was a young gal, I’m guessing five years old, sitting on the dock. Beside her, helping her fish, was her dad,” remarked Schaller. “It was just one of those things that was neat to see.”
Schaller retired a few years ago following a 39-year career with Game and Fish. During those years he saw the need for volunteers.
“It’s not just for Game and Fish, but in our general lives,” said Schaller. “We all need a little help once in a while.