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In 39 years of commitment to Rotary, Cliff Dawson has taken quiet pride in the club's contributions to community life. But he has left his mark on community life outside of Rotary as well, as a hard-working and highly respected member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 129, and as a successful businessman. Cliff Dawson was born on a farm at Maple Lake in 1920, the second oldest of eight children. He joined the army in June, 1941 and transferred to the Royal Canadian Airforce in August of that year. After a winter of training in Saskatchewan, he was sent to England, arriving in June, 1942. In May of 1943 he was posted to North Africa. After a six month tour of duty he returned to England, serving there and in Northern Ireland until January, 1946, when he at last returned to Canada. He was discharged to civilian life in March, 1946. Pursuing a career in the insurance business, he founded his own company in Minden in 1952, and a year later, relocated it to Haliburton, where it continues to thrive. Cliff Dawson joined Haliburton Rotary on September 2, 1955. It was a time of unrest for the club. With the prospect of having to return it's charter facing the club in 1957, Bud Thayer agreed to move up to the presidency. At the end of his term, Cliff Dawson volunteered to take over the reigns, if he had the full support of the club's 29 members. They responded with 21, 100 percent attendance meetings, a record that still stands today. It was also the year in which the club supported Harold Black in his successful bid to become District Governor. For his efforts on behalf of Rotary, Cliff Dawson received the Fred Jones Memorial Award in 1971-72. He became a Paul Harris fellow in 1987. The Legion also has benefited greatly from Cliff Dawson's volunteer spirit. He joined Branch 129 right after returning from overseas, and served as president in 1955. When the Legion hall was destroyed by fire in 1963, Cliff Dawson served on the committee that replaced it with the present building, and later chaired the committee when a major addition was constructed. He was presented with a life membership in 1978. When a need for more seniors housing in the community was identified, Cliff Dawson was asked to chair a committee to get the project underway. After four years of effort, approval was granted for a 50 unit building. The Parklane Apartments were completed in 1987 with substantial financial help from the Legion and Rotary. Pressing on, the committee succeeded in getting funding for another 40 unit building, Echo Hills, which was completed in March 1992. For his outstanding dedication to the aims and objectives of the Royal Canadian Legion, Cliff Dawson was awarded the organization's highest award, the Meritorious Service Medal, in 1991. Cliff and his wife Betty have three children, Arthur, Paul and Kathryn. "I have always enjoyed Rotary" he says, "the good fellowship, the work and results in helping crippled children, and the many improvements to our community. I am most grateful to my wife and family for their support and patience these many years."