Bass tourney still seeking volunteers

Duane Hicks

Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship each year and with “Bass Week” now underway here, organizers still are looking for anyone willing to lend a hand to make this community event a success once again.
“It’s never too late to volunteer,” FFCBC summer intern Jody Maguire stressed yesterday, noting those wanting to sign up can call the FFCBC at 274-0316 or drop by the volunteer office set up at the Memorial Sports Centre.
“They can register, and we’ll put them to work,” said Maguire, adding there’s still plenty of jobs to do.
“Mainly we need people to help set up because we have the big bands coming in,” she explained.
“So we need help setting up the stage area and seating.
“I [also] could use help with bar services, on the docks—we can fit anybody in anywhere.”
Maguire said a wide variety of talents and skills are required to do all the volunteer jobs, and organizers will try to set volunteers up with the right job for them.
As well, some jobs, like being a bar server, require a volunteer to be of age and have their “Smart Serve” certification.
The FFCBC sees volunteers aged 10-80 donate their time each year, noted Maguire.
She added helping out is a great way for high school students to work off the volunteer hours needed to graduate, and each year quite a few Fort High students step to the plate.
Maguire added that volunteer hours are very flexible, but people should keep in mind that the more hours they volunteer, the better their chances to win prizes ranging from a fly-in fishing trip to “Stereos” tickets.
All volunteers get a T-shirt and food vouchers.
Maguire said organizers make an effort to contact volunteers from past bass tournaments and ask them to volunteer again.
Those who have not been contacted so far are encouraged to stop by the volunteer office and they’ll get them registered.
According to the FFCBC’s website, the bass tourney attracts close to 600 volunteers each year, which represents around 10 percent of the adult population of the community.