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Doug Devolin's involvement with Rotary began at an international level before he became a member of the Haliburton club. From late January to mid March, 1974, Doug travelled to India as a member of a Rotary Group Study Exchange team, the first person to do so under the sponsorship of the Haliburton club. On October 3, 1974, only a few months after his return, Doug became a member of Haliburton Rotary, and he remains one today. Doug Devolin was born in Marmora, Ontario in 1939. Following high school he attended Peterborough Teachers College, graduating in 1960. He went on to earn a B.A. degree from Queen's University in 1968, and a B.Ed, degree from the University of Toronto in 1972. Doug came to Haliburton in 1969 when he was hired by the new County Board of Education as principal of Victoria Street School. In 1972 he became principal of Haliburton Highlands Senior Elementary School, (later renamed J. Douglas Hodgson Elementary School in honour of the county's first director of education), and he continued in that position for 21 years, until his retirement in 1993. Doug Devolin was president of the Haliburton Rotary Club in 1982-83, a year in which no major projects were underway, but many smaller contributions were made to community life, including improvements to the West Guilford ball field. Doug has been an active supporter of Haliburton Rotary's efforts on behalf of crippled children. He served as a director of the Five Counties treatment centre in from 1980 to 1987. He has also been chairman of Haliburton Rotary's Snowarama for the past sever-al years, a major responsibility he approaches with irrepressible enthusiasm. For his many contributions to Rotary, Doug received the Fred Jones award for 1984-85. Doug's Rotary involvement has extended to his family. His son Barry was a youth exchange student in Holland, and Doug visited him there along with his host club and families. Barry later became a member of the Haliburton club, but stepped down when he accepted an executive position with the Reform Party of Canada in Ottawa. Doug lists his personal interests as snowmobiling and yard sales. His is a member of Lakeside Baptist Church. Doug is married to June, and they have two children: Brent, and Barry.