Ben Weese was born on a farm at Bath, Ontario around the turn of the century to parents who declared proudly that they were descents of United Empire Loyalists. He was educated at Bath Public School and Kingston Business College and at the age of 17, struck out for Western Canada, where he worked on railway construction and farming in Saskatchewan. Returning to Ontario in December, 1919 he got involved in highway construction, working for contractors and later for the Ontario Department of Highways. Ben Weese joined the Rotary Club of Haliburton on July 26, 1956, and served as president in 1959-60. It was the year that Harold Black was District Governor, and the club was called upon to host what turned out to be a highly successful District Conference at Chateau Woodland. While the men got down to the serious business of plenary sessions on Rotary service and projects, interspersed with group singing, a separate women's programme was underway. It included a boat trip to Wig-a-Mog Inn, a luncheon and a guest speaker on antique glass. Boat trips were available to delegates for $2, or they could take an airplane ride to view the fall colours for $3. Those who preferred to keep their feet on the ground were offered taxi rides to photogenic Skyline Park and Loon Lake for $1.25 a person, minimum four per car. Golf was also available at the Haliburton Highlands course, with green fees of $1.50. Attracting new people to Rotary was a high priority in Ben Weese's year, and 14 new members were inducted. Another significant occurrence in 1959 was the decision to move the weekly meetings to the United Church, where they have continued for 35 years. Meals in 1959 were $1.50. A Haliburton Rotary tradition got its start in Ben Weese's year as president. The Fred Jones award for Haliburton's Rotarian of the year was donated to the club in 1960 by Anna Jones in honour of her husband, who had died in 1957. Club records indicate that Ben Weese left Haliburton Rotary in February, 1961. No other biographical information about him is available. He died on December 2, 1966.