When you hear ‘non-profit’, you may not think of the word rich in the same sentence. But if you consider all our non-profit organizations, you will see that we are indeed rich here in the Williston Area! The Chamber is hosting an expo this weekend to showcase our rich community. Come check it out for yourself – get connected with all the opportunity and organizations in our community. Over 30 of our local nonprofit organizations will be available to you and your family throughout the day. And what better place to host it than the National Guard Armory Gym! To know that we have the proud legacy of the North Dakota Army National Guard right here in Williston makes us even richer – and safer!
I was lucky enough to be offered a chance to ride in a BlackHawk helicopter and tour Camp Grafton’s Regional Training Institute (RTI). The ND Army National Guard is here to protect our state with disaster relief during state emergencies and to support the Army during a national emergency. But that’s not all. The RTI which was built at the Camp in 2010 has state of the art technology and over 12 classrooms. They train how to be a soldier and vocation training through virtual training experiences and hands on learning. I was surprised to see the soil lab, general construction and concrete labs for learning trades, and hear about even more in depth education such as engineering, electrical, plumbing, etc.! I am grateful that SGT David Passmore offered me that experience so that I could let others know about it. Although he couldn’t offer a 160 mph ride at 1,000 feet to Devil’s Lake, ND to everyone, he will be at the EXPO so that you can learn more. The same is true of the other 34 organizations.
So come out on Saturday to the New Armory anytime from 9am-4pm. Educate yourself on how rich and exciting our community is! I bet you won’t walk away without being proud of our community and without some new information to know, remember, and share with others. You will have the opportunity to help support these organizations as they support the community.