Meet Jack White OAM, nonagenarian Rotarian. 
 
Jack White was born on 28 August,1929 in Melbourne, the son of Harry Owen White MP. He joined the Rotary Club of Canberra-Weston Creek on 8 April, 2002 and has been a significant contributor to Club activities since 2002, notably in the Book Fair between  2009 and 2013. Outside of Rotary, Jack has made a major contribution to the community through his many-years involvement in Neighbourhood Watch, the local Fire Emergency Unit, and the Deafness Resource Centre. Read more, to see Jack's full story.
Meet Jack White OAM, nonagenarian Rotarian.
 
Jack White was born on 28 August,1929 in Melbourne, the son of Harry Owen White MP.
 
He and Norma were married in 1955 and celebrated their 66th anniversary on 8 January, 2021 with their 3 daughters, one son and two grandchildren.
Jack commenced his Rotary career on joining the Rotary Club of Naracoorte, SA on 1 March, 1964, having moved to Naracoorte to take up a farming consultancy.  He had returned to Australia after 13 years as an Agricultural Extension Officer in PNG.
 
In 1967, the Naracoorte Rotary Club sponsored a young lady from Ipoh, Malaysia who had arrived to study nursing at the local hospital.  Jack and Norma and their family of four welcomed Choy Lin into their home where she stayed for two years before moving to Adelaide to complete her training.  Jack and Norma remain in contact with Choy Lin.
 
In 1979, Jack was posted to Suva, Fiji as Trade Commissioner and he joined the Suva Rotary Club on 1 November of that year.  While a member of this club he initiated a book-mark fund raising project involving local women.
 
Jack did several Trade Commissioner postings in the Middle East, South America and Europe, before retiring in Canberra in 1968.  He joined the Rotary Club of Canberra-Weston Creek on 8 April, 2002. Although suffering a major setback when their house was totally destroyed in the 2003 bush fires, Jack has been a significant contributor to Club activities since 2002, notably in the Book Fair between   2009 and 2013. When the Fair concluded, he organised a container-load of boxed books for transport to PNG.  The Club recognised his contribution with a Paul Harris Fellowship in 2009.
 
Outside of Rotary, Jack has made a major contribution to the community through his many-years involvement in Neighbourhood Watch, the local Fire Emergency Unit, and the Deafness Resource Centre. 
 
His outstanding contribution to the community was recognised with a Medal in The Order of Australia (OAM) in 2009.
  
Suffering a hearing-loss disability, Jack initiated the installation of a hearing loop in the Club’s meeting room at the Canberra Irish Club. He continues his contribution by arriving early for dinner meetings to fulfil the role of audio manager, ensuring that the microphone functions effectively for the benefit of all members.
 
Jack regards the major changes in Rotary since he first joined in 1967 as the introduction of  women members and the transition to more relaxed dinner meetings, without Rotary grace, the National Anthem and a less formal dress code.  His most memorable highlight was the hosting/mentoring of Choy Lin, the young nursing student from Malaysia, back in 1967.