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Canby Rotary's Spirit of Rotary for 2017 goes to the Clackamas County Event Center and Fairgrounds

The Clackamas County Event Center and Fairgrounds in Canby was selected the 2017 Spirit of RotaryAward in the organization category.

This award recognizes a business that exemplifies the true spirit of Rotary by active participation and involvement in the community and by demonstrating ethical business practices.

The recipients are selected by a diverse committee of Canby Rotary Club members. The business must be involved in service projects and must observe the Rotary four-way test in its business practices.

Laurie Bothwell (left) accepts the award on behalf of the Clackamas County Event Center from Canby Rotary President Kathleen Jordan (right).

Event center Director Laurie Bothell leads an organization that provides the spiritual home to many community-based activities in Clackamas County.

The center is an example of effective cooperation with other organizations and adheres to ethical principles that reflect high standards of organizational and individual behavior.

The president of the County Fair Board, Gary Linton, is a charter member of the Rotary Club of Canby and is responsible, along with the six other board members, for maintaining facilities open and welcoming to many diverse organizations and inviduals.

The Clackamas County Fair and PRCA Rodeo is well known to residents of Canby for its family friendly atmosphere and opportunity for community organizations to participate and run fundraising booths.

The center provides horse boarding and open riding for youth and adults; hosts numerous events such as the Canby Wine, Food, and Brew Festival which is an official Rose Festival Event; and serves as a place for other projects such as blood drives, Boy Scout tree and can recycling, Kiwanis Food and Toy Drive staging, annual Chamber of Commerce Shred-It Day, and a large dog show that attracts visitors from around the world.

During emergencies the community will turn to the Center for help; ie. boarding of animals and fowl during the Eagle Creek Fire evacuations in 2017.

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