The man who served as Haliburton Rotary's eighth president also had the distinction of being the first club member to serve as Governor of District 701. Harold Black was born on May 22, 1916 in Chatsworth, Ontario. He attended Stratford Normal School to become a teacher, and in 1938, moved to Eagle Lake to teach in that community's school. In 1941 he purchased Eagle General Store from his wife Olga's father, and began a career in retailing. On April 8, 1946 he bought Mr. Earle's share of the Earle and Dart General Store in Haliburton and the name was changed to `Darlack - the Highland General Store'. The partnership was dissolved in 1954, and in March, 1956, Harold Black renamed the store `Black's Hardware and Home Furnishings'. Mr. Black joined Haliburton Rotary on February 13, 1947 and served as club president in 1951-52. Projects which were underway or completed at that time included the purchase of a resuscitator at a cost $660, with 10 members being trained to use it; contributions to various recreation projects, a fish derby at Haliburton Lake, and the raffling of two cars. Tickets for one of the cars went for a mere one dollar each, while tickets for the other cost $10 and were limited to 450. In 1959-60, Harold Black was chosen to serve as District Governor, and the Haliburton club and community hosted the District Conference. The club honoured his commitment to Rotary ideals by presenting him with the Fred Jones Memorial Award in that year. Later he became a Paul Harris Fellow. As well as taking a leadership role in Haliburton Rotary, Harold Black served as chairman of the high school board of education in 1948-49. While on the board he was involved in the decision to build a new high school in Haliburton to serve the entire county. He also helped lay the framework for a teachers' salary schedule that was used as a model by other boards. Mr. Black's community service also extended to municipal politics. He served as reeve of Dysart et al from 1950 to 1953, and was County Warden in 1952. Harold and Olga Black had two children, Brian, a former president and current member of Haliburton Rotary, and Marlene. Along with Rotary, Mr. Black's interests included education matters, hunting, fishing, curling and hockey. Harold Black died on April 30, 1963, aged 46.