2016 promises to be a busy year for local Rotarians. Portage la Prairie Rotary Club President Shannon Moffat notes this year will see the annual events such as the Peace Ride and Pond Hockey tournament take place, as well as the return of the Royal Canadian Air Force Ball in the spring.
However, on top of their annual fundraising work, Moffat explains they're hoping to take on a more active role in the community. She says they're discussing the option of getting involved with a local event or organization, to provide more than just proceeds.
"The club does a lot of fundraisers. We're approached by a number of different people and organizations to help with different projects. What we want to look at is to look for a project that we want to put not only proceeds into, but our time and effort as well. We want to get our hands in there and start working on stuff."
Moffat indicates membership will continue to be a focus in 2016, noting they've seen several applications come in this this year. She says while they have a great group, they're always looking for diversify the Rotary Club's members.
"We have a very good mix right now, in terms of age range and gender. What we'd like to see is more younger members getting involved."
She notes they'll put a real focus on memberships in February, which is their membership month. Moffat encourages community members to take the time to learn more about the club online, or by attending their Tuesday meetings, adding there's no pressure to join and you can take your time making the decision