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Dear Mike:

Many of the benefits we enjoy from living in a small community are the direct result of the dedication and selflessness of community volunteers.

Whether it is a major event like the recently-completed Rainy River Walleye Tournament or the Giant Pumpkin Festival, none of these would happen without an army of volunteers.

Parades, picnics, community beautification, roadside clean-ups, health care facility improvements, recreation programs, trade shows, concerts, and a host of other local benefits we enjoy are the direct result of an army of community-minded folks who bend their backs and open their wallets to the benefit of all.

We saw two dozen residents show up on a weekday morning to take down and stow away the big tent after the RRWT. A truck was loaded with rental returns and a stage disassembled.

Much of the additional work was completed by a handful of volunteers with little thanks or recognition—just the personal satisfaction of a job well-done.

So a big thank-you to all who volunteer. And get involved. Don’t wait to be asked. Volunteer yourself.

That way, we all win.

(Signed),

Jack Elliott

Rainy River, Ont.

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