The man who served as Haliburton Rotary president in 1949-50 is today remembered not only as an active Rotarian but as one of the community's most avid curlers. In fact, Haliburton Rotary's annual bonspeil is named after him. The Jack Robertson Memorial speil brings many local service clubs and organizations together for a day of competition and fellowship each February. Jack Robertson was born September 15, 1902 on a farm at Allsaw. Like many other people of his generation, he was educated in a one room school house. In 1928 he opened a grocery and meat store in Haliburton, an occupation he pursued for the next 30 years. He was proud of the fact that in 1955, he joined the IGA group, bringing city prices to main street and fulfilling a long-time ambition to operate a self-serve store. He sold the business in 1958 and used his free time to rebuild an old home. In 1965 he began what turned out to be a three year project to build another home. Haliburton Rotary's major project under Jack Robertson's presidency was the purchase of X-ray equipment for Haliburton's Red Cross Hospital at a cost of $2,400. His Rotary involvement continued for 34 years. A charter member in 1944, he served as secretary of the club from 1952 to 1964 and treasurer from 1968 to 1978. He was honoured with the Fred Jones Award for 1961-62 and was made a Paul Harris fellow posthumously in 1978. Jack Robertson's wife Aileen shared his involvement in Rotary. She has fond memories of Charter Night in 1944 at Wigamog Inn and the 40th anniversary celebration held there in 1984. Together they attended nine Rotary International conventions over the years, and every district conference. She headed up the ladies committee for the two which were held at Chateau Woodland when Harold Black and Harold Herlihey were District Governors. Mrs. Robertson recalls that the ladies of the United Church first served Rotary dinner in 1959, and have been involved ever since. "Ladies nights were always something we enjoyed, and where we made many friends", she says. Jack Roberston was a member of the Masonic Lodge, a charter member of the Order of the Eastern Star, and a charter member of the Haliburton Curling Club. He also enjoyed fishing, golfing, snowmobiling, photography, travelling, carpentry, gardening, genealogy ( he helped put together a family history of his grandmother Roberston and his grandfather McPhaden's family), and card playing. Jack and Aileen Robertson had one daughter, Jacqueline. Jack Robertson died in 1978.