His heart may be in the Highlands, but Don Popple is still known in Haliburton Rotary as an enthusiastic defender of his hometown of Penetanguishene, He's also a keen participant in the traditional weekly sing-songs, punctuating the pause between choruses with a distinctive grace note that no one else can equal. But most importantly, he's highly respected for his positive outlook, his business acumen, and his dedication to the community. Don Popple was born in Pentanguishene in 1944. He earned a B.A. in economics from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1965. In 1975 he left a teaching position at Sir Sandford Fleming College in Peterborough to become involved in Curry Motors Limited, the General Motors dealership of which he is now president. He has been a member of Haliburton Rotary for the past 18 years. Major projects during his year as president included an expenditure of $10,000 to refurbish and repaint the historic locomotive, a $10,000 donation for a wheelchair van for the community, and a $3000 grant to the Five Counties Children's Centre. In international service, contributions also were made to Operation Eyesight Universal and to a well drilling project in Malawi. Asked if he has any special memories of Rotary, Don says: "One of my fondest memories of Rotary is from when Frank McIntyre was involved with the club, and still was sing-song chairman. It was always a great delight to watch and hear Frank sing the tunes. Our song time has never been the same since Frank passed on." While the demands of running Curry Motors now consume much of Don's time and energy, he has been involved in many organizations over the years. He is a presently a member of the GM Dealers Council, a group that liaises with General Motors' management. He is also a past president of the Haliburton Curling Club, has served on the Haliburton and District Association for the Mentally Retarded, was chairman of the board of stewards of Haliburton United Church for five years, and treasurer of Haliburton minor hockey for four years. In his free time Don enjoys curling, golf (during weak moments, he says), downhill skiing, and family activities with his wife Shiela, daughter Tracy and son Jeff, particularly boating and snowmobiling at Drag Lake. For his outstanding commitment and valuable contribution to Haliburton Rotary, Don was honoured with the Fred Jones Award in 1990-91.