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No member of the Haliburton Rotary club knows more about its history and traditions than W. J. Rea Stinson. He is the only surviving member who was present on charter night in 1944, and as the club's second president, in 1945-46, he helped lay the ground work for the years of service and accomplishment that lay ahead. Today, at age 84, he still attends meetings as often as he can, and Rotary remains an important part of his life. Rea's involvement with the Haliburton Rotary Club is actually older than the club itself. He recalls discussing the need for a service club in the community with Ron Curry and subsequently travelling with him to Lindsay, where they met with a gentle-man named Dan McQuarrie, who was a Rotarian, to learn more about service clubs. The two Haliburton men had been thinking about forming a Kiwanis Club, but Mr. McQuarrie suggested they consider Rotary, since he was more familiar with it. It was arranged that Mr. McQuarrie would come to Haliburton to explain more about Rotary to interested local citizens. The organizational meeting was held on March 3, 1944, with sixteen men, including Rea Stinson, present. Two months later the club officially had its charter. Rea Stinson was born in 1909 in Peterborough, and spent his early years there. On April 5, 1940 he came to Haliburton to join Cliff Maunder in operating a service station on main street, later the location of Elstone Motors and most recently Cordell Interiors. He married Lorna Blanche Johnston and they had two children, Richard Rea and Michael John. Later Rea became a distributor for McColl-Frontenac oil company, and subsequently, for Texaco Canada, the business from which he retired. As Haliburton Rotary's second president, Rea looks back on the challeneges of getting the club organized and functioning, and attracting new members, as his major accomplishements in 1945-46. His commitment to Rotary was strong in those early years, and it remains so today. He achieved 22 years of perfect attendance. In 1965-66 he was honoured with the Fred Jones Award as Rotarian of the year, and in 1983, he was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship. As well as his Rotary involvement, Rea served the community in other ways. He was president of the Tuberculosis Association, was a founding member of the Haliburton Curling Club, and a member of the Haliburton North Entrance Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite and the Eastern Star. Today, Rea divides his time between his home in Haliburton and cottage property on Depot Bay, Drag Lake, where he enjoys Highlands life with his family. And, of course, he still takes an active part in meetings of the Haliburton Rotary Club, after half a century of service.