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The long-time Rotary member tabbed the recipient of the 'Spirit of Rotary' award recently

Burt Aus (left) receives the Spirit of Rotary award from Kathleen Jordan, this year's Canby Rotary President.

A Canby real estate broker and longtime Rotarian Burt Aus was recently awarded the Rotary Club of Canby "Spirit of Rotary" Award.

This award recognizes an individual in the community who exemplifies the true spirit of Rotary by active participation and involvement in the community and by demonstrating their ethics through their actions throughout the year.

The recipients are selected by a diverse committee of Canby Rotary club members. The candidates must be involved in service projects and must observe the Rotary four-way test in their professional and personal lives.

Col. Alfred "Burt" Aus (Ret.), served in the Army National Guard for 35 years, and along with his parents, the Aus family owned and operated Oregon Typewriter in Portland, Salem and Eugene. When computers took over the world, Aus decided it was time to retire from the industry. He and his wife Judi have now worked in the local real estate profession for nearly 30 years. They built a successful and ethical real estate practice, and are currently serving as referral brokers. Together, the couple have one son and seven daughters, 19 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Aus has served as State FFA secretary, sang in the National FFA Choir, and served as president of the National Office Machine Dealers Association. He first joined Portland Rotary in 1972 and moved his membership to Canby Rotary in 2004. In his 45 years of Rotary service he and his wife have hosted Rotary teams from Argentina, Honduras, India, and the United States. They've traveled to international meetings representing Canby Rotary in Sydney, Australia; Singapore; Barcelona, Spain; Copenhagen, Denmark and Belize.

He is a strong supporter of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International and is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, a major donor and a member of the Bequest Society. As an active volunteer of Canby Rotary, he's served as a local volunteer in numerous activities and is known as being fair and honest

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