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Rotary has played an important role in the lives of countless local people over the past 50 ears, but few have taken a more active role, or found more satisfaction in Rotary ideals, than Harold Herlihey. One of only two Haliburton Rotarians to serve as Governor of District 701 (now 7010), he and his wife Bea have travelled the world to attend Rotary International conventions, often with their fellow Haliburton Rotarian and good friend Chester Schwandt, making and renewing friendships with Rotarians from many countries. Harold Herlihey was born in Kinmount in 1908. In 1919 the family moved to Tory Hill, where Harold became involved in his father's general store and lumber business. He attended Technical high school in Toronto, then returned to Tory Hill, marrying Beatrice Schickler, a school teacher from Harcourt, in 1933. In 1937 they moved to Wilberforce, where Harold was involved in building a sawmill for the Oakville Basket Company that became the Wilberforce Veneer and Lumber Company. He served as general manager of the mill, acquiring an interest in it and becoming vice-president. Wilberforce Veneer was sold to Curvply in 1968. He remained as a consultant and general manager for a further two years, and then retired. Harold Herlihey was inducted into Haliburton Rotary on September 27, 1945, and 49 years later, he still attends. The club held its first car draw during his presidency in 1950-51. In 1959, he organized the District Conference on behalf of Harold Black, who was serving as Haliburton Rotary's first District Governor. In 1970-71 Mr. Herlihey had the honour of serving as Governor of District 701. His District Convention was organized by Joe Iles and held at Chateau Woodland. When Harold and Bea journeyed to Sydney, Australia for the 1971 International Convention he had already attended nine previous world gatherings, including the historic 1961 convention in Tokyo, Japan, where emperor Hiro Hito made his first-ever address to a public meeting. International service has always been a particular focus of Mr. Herlihey's Rotary involvement. He also worked closely with W.R. Curry for many years on Rotary's service to crippled children. In 1963-64 he received the Fred Jones Memorial award, and in 1979, became a Paul Harris Fellow. Despite his substantial commitment to Rotary, he has found time over the years to serve the community in many ways. He has been a dedicated worker for the United Church, reeve of Monmouth Township, a member of the school board for 18 years and chairman in 1957, a member of the Masonic Lodge, a Shriner, and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. He also was actively involved in building the first arena in Wilberforce. Harold and Bea have two children, Carol Jean Marcus and Gloria Jane Stepanek. Boats were the focus of the family's summer recreation. He owned many over the years, including the hydroplane Miss Supertest, which was the fastest boat in Canada in 1943. Photography also has been a major hobby since 1955. He built a darkroom in his Wilberforce home and assembled a large collection of older and current cameras. Harold Herlihey has always taken the Rotary motto seriously, and his activities at the club, district and international level have provided him with a great deal of fulfilment.