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Although he is one of the club's younger members, Kim Emmerson has had a life-long connection with Haliburton Rotary. His father, Bill, was president of the club 25 years before Kim assumed the office, and both of his grandfathers, W. O. Bailey and Jack Emmerson, were members of the club in its charter year, 1944. It was fitting then, that when the 50th anniversary committee proposed this publication as one of its projects, Kim took on the challenging job of researching it. "The club has great strength in its history and that became even more evident to me when I was digging through old documents", Kim says. Born in Haliburton in 1957, Kim attended Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in Toronto, making the Dean's List for academic achievement in all three years and graduating with a diploma in business administration. He joined his father's business. Emmerson Lumber Ltd., taking full responsibility for the company when Bill Emmerson died suddenly in 1986. Kim joined Halibuton Rotary in 1978 and has contributed to the club in many ways in the years since. During his term as president the club made a major contribution of $10,000 to YMCA Camp Wanakita to help fund a new kitchen and dining room. A fund raising dance resulted in a $1000 contribution to Operation Eyesight Universal and the restoration of sight to 40 people in India. At Kim's initiative the club hosted a first Past Rotarians Night to appreciate and reminisce with former members. The annual Tri-County meeting involving the Fenelon and Minden club was held in Haliburton in Kim's year. As chairman, he was instrumental in moving the 1992 summer carnival to Head Lake park, a change that has enhanced the success of the carnival, and been widely praised. Another project that bore Kim's stamp was the idea of distributing 1500 composters at a low price to area residents - a project that was successfully chaired by Amin Shivji. Kim and his wife Ann also hosted exchange student Alex Kundoch from Germany. He has twice been chairman of the club's Snowarama ride, and has helped mark the route every year since its inception. While Rotary has been a major commitment, Kim has also served on other organizations. He is a former chairman of the Haliburton Community Industrial Training Committee, a former executive member of the Haliburton Squash Club, a former executive of the Men's Industrial Hockey League, a minor baseball coach, and is involved with the Haliburton County Homebuilders Association. His leisure activities include playing hockey, golf, baseball, snowmobiling, fishing and travelling. Kim received the Fred Jones Award for 1992-93. As of June, 1993 Kim had 14 years of perfect attendance at Haliburton Rotary. Kim and Ann have two children: Ryan and Haley.