Volunteers, boats sought for Fishing Has No Boundaries

Sue Kraft, Lifestyles Editor
Organizers, volunteers and participants in the 2010 FHNB?events pose for a picture at the Spirit Lake Resort.

Fishing Has No Boundaries is a unique project that allows people with disabilities a day of fishing on the lake, but it requires a lot of money — and man power.

Merlyn Greene, who initially brought the program to the Lake Region, said they are currently seeking participants, volunteers and sponsors for the 2011 event, which will be held Aug. 13-14 at the Spirit Lake Casino and Resort.

“By the time the first boat goes in the water, we have about 350 hours of volunteerism in,” he said. “That's what it takes to put 20 anglers with disabilities on the water.”

To raise funds for the project, a pancake and sausage breakfast is planned at the KC Hall this Sunday. Serving will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 2 p.m.

But, Greene said, more help is needed.

He estimates that 12 watercrafts will be required, each 17-foot or longer.

And, he noted, volunteers are always welcome.

Greene said this is the fourth year that FHNB has held an event on Devils Lake and he estimates the event grows by 25 percent each year.

“Spirit Lake Casino, overlooking North Dakota's natural largest body of water, provides a wonderful setting for the local chapter's outreach,” Greene said. “The chapter wants to empower anglers with disabilities who want an opportunity to go fishing.”

Greene said a large number of people and organizations join forces to make the event possible, including the Spirit Lake Casino and Resort, the N.D. Army National Guard and the communities from the Lake Region, Greater Grand Forks area and the Spirit Lake Nation.

He hopes the hard work will mean every person who wants to go fishing on Devils Lake will have the chance.

“Chinyeh Chapter FHNB will continue to work very hard at this thing called inclusion,” he said. “Every elder, wounded warrior, adult and child with disabilities in the U.S. and Canada should get a chance to experience the joy of fishing on Devils Lake.”

For more information, to register or to volunteer, call Greene at (612) 251-8301 or e-mail: chinyejchapterfhnb@hotmail.com.