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D.B. (Joe) Iles Few Haliburton Rotary presidents have met or had business relationships with more people than D.B. (Joe) Iles. He got his first job with Curry Motors Limited in 1941 as a gas pump attendant, and began working for the company full time in 1945. He moved into the sales side of the business in 1949, and went on to become vice president and sales manager. In more than 45 years with the company, Joe "wheeled and dealed" with thousands of people. Local legend has it that if you wanted a white car, he'd try to talk you out of it. But his suggestions were always good natured, and formed part of the lore of Joe and his customers. His powerful voice was a familiar sound at Curry Motors as he talked on the speaker phone or greeted the steady stream of customers who dropped by to talk business or pass the time of day. Today, he takes a lower profile, savouring his retirement and a chance to enjoy his favourite outdoor pursuits. His involvement with the community over the years has been deep. Born in Haliburton in 1927, he has spent a lifetime participating in the village's growth and improvement. He was inducted into Haliburton Rotary on January 15, 1959, and remained a member until 1986. During his year as president in 1964-65, the club made a donation toward x-ray equipment for a hospital in India, and got involved int the project to build a new arena in Haliburton, providing $2,500 for the concrete floor. Over the years Joe Iles attended many district conferences with Jack Robertson and others, but he has special memories of the conference he attended as president in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec. Some 22 Haliburton Rotarians accompanied him, hosting an `Irish Breakfast', resplendent in Haliburton tartan pajamas and night caps. In 1971, when Haliburton Rotarian Harold Herlihey held the office of District Governor, Joe served as his representative, organizing the District conference. It was held at Chateau Woodland, and was a great success. For his work in Rotary, Joe was named Rotarian of the Year in 1971, receiving the Fred Jones award. In addition to Rotary, Joe Iles has been active in other community organizations. He was president of Haliburton Minor Hockey, president of the Haliburton Curling Club, a founding member of the Glen Dart memorial hockey tournament, and chairman of the board of stewards of Haliburton United Church. His most prominent public service, though, was as a 40 year member of the Dysart volunteer fire department, and for many years its chief. He helped to establish the county-wide mutual aid system among municipal fire departments. For his service to the community he was presented with the 125th anniversary medal of the Confederation of Canada. An avid hockey player in his younger days, Joe has also enjoyed curling, golf, fishing, snowmobiling and travelling, pursuits that happily occupy him in retirement. Joe and his wife Jean have three children: Joe Jr., Mike and Pam.