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By James Walling
Northern Plains Independent 

Passing the volunteer torch

Graying Pains

 

August 20, 2020

James Walling, Northern Plains Independent

Arlyss (left) and Clint Long were honored July 11 at the Wild Horse Stampede in Wolf Point for decades of service leading the volunteer-based Stampede committee.

As longtime volunteers grow older, many want to take a step back to allow for more travel and leisure time. What will volunteer organizations do to fill the void, and how can we keep older volunteers active? Many communities are struggling to find an answer.

Wolf Point's Clint and Arlyss Long have been at the head of a small army of volunteers behind the Wild Horse Stampede, the oldest continuous rodeo in the state of Montana, for nearly 40 years. Along with the many challenges experienced across the nation in 2020, including COVID-19's economic impacts and public health restrictions, the...



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