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The founding of Rotary in Haliburton was a natural outgrowth of Ron Curry's dedication to the community's future. He recognized a need to get local business leaders working together in a spirit of generosity for community betterment. Rotary's principles were in harmony with that vision, and so the groundwork was laid to form a club in Haliburton. Ron Curry was elected president and devoted himself to building a strong and respected club. The accomplishments of that first year are documented in Ron Curry's own words on previous pages. They were substantial, setting a tone that carried the club forward to new challenges in subsequent years. Throughout his years in Rotary, Ron Curry remained a leader. Many of the club's most prominent accomplishments - creation of Sam Slick Park, acquiring the historic locomotive, developing Rotary Beach, purchasing the Reid House and founding the Haliburton Highlands Musuem, were assisted by Ron Curry's skill and knowledge. Wearing the mantle of statesman for the community, he prevailed on others to embrace his desire to build and improve. In 1970, when he was deeply involved in the campaign to fund a new hospital in Haliburton, Ron wrote a letter to Col. Sam McLaughlin of General Motors, asking if he would help the effort. The Colonel responded with a cheque for $10,000, a major boost to the project. Business and community concerns occupied prominent places in Ron Curry's life, but he also enjoyed family life, especially at his cottage on Drag Lake. His daughter, Sheila Popple, remembers that Sunday was always a family day. Hiking in the woods was a regular Sunday event, as were drives to Algonquin Park, or around the area to view whatever was new. Music was also very important to Ron. "He was not a performer himself" recalls Sheila, "although he did play in the bands that Haliburton had, but he loved it when Mom played the piano for a sing song, usually at the cottage." He had a deep love of the Haliburton woods, and enjoyed hunting, a tradition carried over from the days when deer were an important source of food for young familes. He was also a dedicated amateur historian. Over the years he amassed an impressive collection of photographs and documents related to community development, and to Rotary. He compiled a local history book which was published by Haliburton Rotary in 1964 and updated for the County's centennial year in 1974. For many years the book was presented as a gift to people who spoke at the club's weekly meetings. Ron Curry received the Fred Jones Award in 1962-63, and became a Paul Harris fellow in 1979. He had more than 30 years of perfect attendance, and continued to be interested in Haliburton Rotary until his death in 1984. Ron and his wife Maxine had two children, Sheila, and Peter. Mrs. Curry died in 1992.