The last ten weeks I spent at the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce were more trans-formative than I could have imagined. I expected to come to Williston, work, and then leave. However, through my internship at the Chamber, I feel more connected to Williston than even my college city of Spokane, WA.
I’ve come to know many of the community activists and organizers in this city. From our Chamber board to the shop owners, there are so many people who care about making Williston a better place to live. This outlook rubbed off on me. I’m excited for what this city has to offer its ever-growing population. Who knows, I might even end up here after I graduate. I’d love to help grow this community with all the people who have worked so hard to make Williston what it is.
Since I’ve been a part of the Williston community, I’ve gone to countless ribbon cuttings, committee meetings, and events aimed at improving Williston. I loved all the events and taking part in the organization process made me gain respect for event planners. I feel that Baily, Amanda and Rachel also shared a passion for making these events perfect.
Once everything is worked out, the events are awesome! That’s when we get to visit with the community and show off our hard work. Even though many people may never know that the Chamber of Commerce organizes Ribfest and Lemonade Day, the events themselves are a reward, and there sure are a lot of them.
It’s hard for some people to believe how much can happen in a city in North Dakota, but as I’ve heard a true Williston native say, “If you think there’s nothing to do in Williston, you aren’t paying attention.”
I want to thank everyone for making my time in Williston so special. The Chamber staff, the Cooks on Main staff, my fellow interns, Jim Powers, Vicki Hucke and all the others I’ve met along the way have made this internship truly unique. It is an experience and a city worth a five-star review.