The Hartley & Dorothy Houston Community Fund

In 1996, the Dorothy Huston Community Fund was established to commemorate her contributions to the community through music, agriculture orgizations, fall fairs, seniors' clubs, local history, service clubs, and municipal politics.

It was the wish of John and Robin Houston that when Hartley passed away, the fund would be renamed "The Hartley and Dorothy Houston Community Fund". Therefore, upon his death on December 24, 2007, all memorial donations received were directed to the fund.

As we are well aware, Hartley Houston's contributions to the community and to Northern Ontario are well known and widespread. His lasting legacy of volunteerism include Junior Farmers, Farm Radio Forums, agricultural societies, service clubs, seniors' clubs, CNIB, Canadian Cancer Society, and numerous local events. During those years Hartley's contributions were highlighted when he was appointed provincial president of the Ontario Agricultural Society in 1982, appointed District Governor for District A6 of Lions International, appointed Director of Seniors Zone 41 for North Eastern Ontario, as well as being involved in the establishment of The Earlton Steam and Antique Show, and the local CNIB club called "Light in the Dark".

In addition to these activities, Hartley is perhaps best known for his five volumes of writings that are based on local history, as well as for his weekly newspaper articles that appeared in the Temiskaming Speaker for many years. These writing were later assembled and compiled into two published books entitled "Ramblings" and "Remembering".

Through the grants provided by "The Hartley and Dorothy Houston Community Fund". their commitment to the community will continue to live on.

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