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Rotary's positive influence and generosity is felt worldwide, but it is the projects funded or assisted by the Rotary Club of Haliburton in local communities that give the club a high profile. In the year that Gerald Barry was president, 1972-73, the club supplied and installed lighting for the Haliburton ball diamond and added a scoreboard, at a cost of $4000, improvements that opened up new recreational opportunities for local residents. Gerald Barry was born in West Guilford in 1930. He joined Haliburton Rotary on March 17, 1966, the same year he purchased Newbatt Plumbing and Heating and joined the community of local business owners. He assumed the club presidential duties in June, 1972. As well as the ball park improvement project, the club formed a commit-tee to work toward building the Five Counties Children's Centre in Peterborough, a project that is still supported in part by the Haliburton club. Club members also got involved in hosting a Group Study Exchange team from India in April, 1973. A dinner meeting was held at the Haliburton Legion to welcome the visiting GSE team, and the Minden Rotary Club was invited to share in the evening. Gerald Barry resigned from Haliburton Rotary in 1975 and left the community in 1977 to pursue his career. In 1985 and 1986 he was one of the top 100 sales people in Canada with the Ford Motor Company. He is an honourary Kinsman and a member of the Masonic Lodge. He and his wife Myrle have three children: Anne, Lynn and Janet. He lives in Perth, Ontario.