While it's easy to see the work that's done by the Rotary Club of Portage la Prairie in the city, the club also focuses on the betterment of the rest of the world.
Two Portage Rotarians were honoured with the Paul Harris Award, which is given to Rotarians who donate $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation. Vern Crandell and Gord Selinger have been donating steadily over the years, as Crandell notes that you don't have to give the $1,000 all at once.
"They support all kinds of things all over the world," explains Crandell. "From shelter boxes to water wells and education. PolioPlus is a big one as well. We've been trying to eradicate polio since the 80s."
Recipients of the Paul Harris Award are given a pin to symbolize their contribution to the greater worldwide Rotary Club and the causes it supports.
"Most of our fundraising that we do is spent here in Portage, but we do have an annual amount that we donate to other things around the world as well," notes Crandell. "From hospitals in Uruguay to books in Guatemala, countless things."
The Rotary Club is glad to have both Crandell and Selinger as they were both recognized as longstanding Rotarians this past summer.