Crippled children have been a major focus of Rotary's fund raising efforts over the years, and few club members have dedicated more time or been more committed to that cause than Haliburton Rotary's 17th president. Lloyd Coneybeare was born in Haliburton in 1919 and chose to make it his home throughout his life. When Britain declared war against Germany in 1939 and Canada followed suit, he joined the Royal Canadian Airforce, serving until the war's end as a sergeant based in Yorkshire. Upon his discharge he returned to Haliburton and began construction of a garage and service station, opening for business in April, 1946. He obtained a vehicle dealership in 1950 and acquired the franchise for a different marque in 1962. His involvement in Haliburton Rotary began with his induction into the club on April 29, 1954. He assumed the president's chain of office for the club year 1961-62. From 1970 to 1976 he served as both a member and chairman of the crippled children committee, and was very active in the creation of the Five Counties Children's Centre in Peterborough, which Haliburton Rotary helps support. When the Centre was completed he became of member of its board of management in 1975, and the following year he took on the responsibilities of second vice president of the board of directors. For his work on behalf of crippled children,Haliburton Rotary honoured him with the Fred Jones award for 1974-75. Lloyd Coneybeare's involvement in the community was both wide-ranging and demanding, not only of time but of wisdom and responsibility. He served on municipal council in 1946 and `47, and from 1965 to `74. That was followed by two years as deputy reeve. He chaired county council's finance committee and the Hyland Crest board of management, and was a member of the planning board from 1971 to 1984. His involvement with the Royal Canadian Legion began as soon as he returned from overseas. He served as first vice president in 1946 and `47, and was president twice; in 1948 and `49, and in 1952 and `53. He was also president of the Haliburton Curling Club in 1964-65. Lloyd Coneybeare's interests included the North Entrance Masonic Lodge, which he joined in 1969 and served as master of between 1975 and 1977, the Order of the Eastern Star, Ramses Temple in Toronto and the Kawartha Shrine Club. In 1981, he sold his business, Coneybeare Motors Limited, and retired, stepping down from Rotary in the same year. Lloyd Coneybeare and his wife Rosamond (Rose) had three children, Beverly, Linda and John. He died in 1985, his wife Rose in 1993.