A decade ago, Brian Black had the honour and responsibility of wearing the president's chain of office when the Haliburton Rotary Club gathered to celebrate the 40th anniversary of its charter night. It was a memorable evening, poignant in retrospect since it was the last Rotary function enjoyed by the club's founding president, Ron Curry, who died only days later. No doubt it will be warmly recalled by Brian and other long-standing Rotarians on May 24, 1994, when the club marks half a century of service. The strength of Rotary has always been the commitment of its members to the local and wider community, and Brian Black has shown that commitment in many ways over the 19 years he has been a member. Brian was born in Haliburton on January 30, 1948, the son of former Rotary president Harold Black, and has lived here all his life. He began his working career in automotive retailing, but in 1986, he embarked on a new challenge as owner of Sid Stamp Fuels Ltd., a Minden based pretroleum distributor. Although the 40th anniversary festivities were the highlight of Brian's year as president, the club was involved in many other worthwhile community projects throughout his term in office. Among them were contributions of $1200 to purchase three canoes for Camp Illahee Northwoods, $1150 for improvements to the Rails End Gallery, purchase of an organ for the Mountain Street senior citizens apartments, $500 for Christmas baskets, $350 for a children's table at the Monmouth library, $1800 for trash containers on main street, the purchase of a portable heart monitor for Haliburton Hospital, a donation of $500 to help vision impaired runner Nora Good compete in the Special Olympics, and $1600 for improvements to Sam Slick Park. Outside Rotary, Brian has had a long-standing involvement with local recreation. He served on the executive of minor hockey and coached from 1968 to 1992. He was also on the executive of the Haliburton Huskies Jr. D team from 1972 to 1982, and coached the team from 1972 through 1975. He served on the Dysart recreation committee from 1978 through 1985, and chaired it from 1981 through 1983. Playing, coaching and helping to organize local hockey have occupied much of Brian's free time, but he also enjoys golf and hunting. Another dimension of Brian's community service is his commitment to the international youth exchange programme. He and his wife Dorothy have welcomed several past exchange students into their home to share family life with their son Jeff and daughter Andrea. Brian served as secretary of the Haliburton Rotary club from 1988 to 1993, and had achieved 17 years of perfect attendance by June 30, 1993. For his exemplary dedication to Rotary, Brian received the Fred Jones award for 1986-87.