Among Haliburton area businesses, few were better known than the one operated for several decades by Haliburton Rotary's tenth president, Lester Walling. In fact, the last vestiges of it remained until November, 1993, when fire gutted the building that once housed the thriving enterprise known as Walling's Dairy. Lester Walling was born in Haliburton in 1907 and spent his entire life in the community. His father, Samuel, began a dairy business in the 1920's on the north shore of Head Lake. Les and his brother Stephen later took over the farm and dairy, supplying milk to the village and area resorts. In 1946, to meet growing demand, the brothers moved their operation to new brick building. Lester Walling's wife Mary remembers the dairy as a thriving business that employed many local students in the summer, and during World War II, ran double shifts to meet the demand for dairy products. As the tourist industry grew and demand was greater than the Wallings herd of Holsteins could supply, milk was shipped in by truck from Victoria County for pasteurizing. At it's peak in the 1950's, the dairy was producing 5,000 to 6,000 quarts of milk a day. In 1966 the dairy was sold to Silverwoods and the Wallings operated it as a franchised distribution centre, providing home delivery until 1974, when they sold the business to Nancy and Mike Stinson. Lester Walling joined the Haliburton Rotary Club on November 27, 1947, and remained an active member until June, 1969, when he resigned for health reasons. As president in 1953-54, he arranged to have the club sponsor movies at the Molou Theatre on Hallowe'en night and provide costume prizes for youngsters, a tradition that continued for several years. He also assisted in a student exchange programme involving youngsters from LaSarre, Quebec. Mary Walling remembers attending the 50th annual Rotary International Convention held in New York in 1959, where her husband was a guest speaker at a luncheon for Rotarians world-wide whose classifications spanned the dairy industry. Lester Walling was active in many aspects of community life. He served as the first president of a Bantam, Midget and Juvenile hockey organization under Rotary's sponsorship. He was chairman of the Dysart et al school board from 1950 to 1956, and president of the Haliburton curling club in its early years. He later took an active part in seniors curling, both on committees and on the ice. He was past master of North Entrance Masonic Lodge and a member of the Ramses Shrine Temple. His hobbies included gardening, particularly the cultivation of roses, hunting and fishing. Lester and Mary Walling had five children: Janet, Faye, Judy, Peggy and Gregory. Mr. Walling died in 1989.