Sometimes Haliburton Rotarians are remembered in club lore not only for the positions they held and the work they did but for the quirkier and more amusing aspects of their personality. William 'Big Bill' Emmerson, for example, was once fined by the sergeant -at- arms for wearing an unmatched pair of shoes. And despite his business success, he was notorious for having to borrow money to pay for Rotary meals because he seldom carried cash. Bill Emmerson was born in Donald in 1928, and remained in the Haliburton area all his life. One of his first jobs was as postmaster for Donald, a task he took on in 1952. In 1958 he founded Emmerson Lumber Ltd. on the former site of the W.O. Bailey and Sons sawmill in Haliburton. In subsequent years he developed the business and branched out into other ventures. He was a partner in Halcan Holdings and RedKenn Developments, which created subdivisions in the Kennisis and Redstone Lake areas. He was also a partner in Halbiem Investments and initiated the development of the Haliburton By The Lake subdivision on the former Walling farm on Head Lake. He was also a director of the Lumber Building Association, Dynasty Building Materials, and Bold Lumber Ltd. Bill Emmerson joined Haliburton Rotary on February 4, 1960 and served as club president in 1965-66. Several projects were initiated or completed during his term, including a $500 donation toward furnishings for the public library, planning for the Highlands Museum project and purchase of the Reid House as a location to display artifacts, conveyance of Sam Slick Park to the municipality, and an exchange trip between local children and youngsters in LaSarre, Quebec. His efforts on behalf of Rotary causes were acknowledged with the Fred Jones award in 1973-74. His other community activities included serving as reeve of Dysart in 1958 and 1959. When he wasn't tending to his lumber business and development projects, he liked to fish, snowmobile and travel, always enjoying the opportunity to attend other Rotary club's meetings. Bill and his wife Lois have four children: Cheryl, Kim (a past club president and cur-rent member), Laureen and Janice. Bill Emmerson died suddenly and unexpectedly in 1986. Lois continues to reside in Haliburton.