Janette Jackson DG 2011 - 12


Janette is a country person from the Warrumbungle Ranges in North-Western NSW. Her early education was by correspondence, till her family moved to Newcastle where she attended Newcastle Girls High School. She became an Art Teacher in 1964 with her first appointment being Swansea High School. After marriage to Steve the following year, she worked in the western suburbs of Sydney for a number of years, having substantial involvement with students from non-english backgrounds close to the Villawood area. They moved to Cessnock in 1980 where they settled on a small farm and raise cattle. Janette resigned from teaching in 1991 to take up a florist business.

Steve accepted an invitation to join the Rotary Club of Cessnock in 1981 and Janette supported him in varius activities within the club. They were involved as members of the District Youth Exchange Committee from 1988 till 1994. Janette was active in manageing the Youth Exchange Program (YEP) Gift Shop.

Even with no children of their own, they became involved in hosting youth exchange students in 1985 and have hosted students from most countries in the District 9670 Program. In turn the students have always remembered their kindness by inviting them back to their homelands for such occasions as weddings.

Janette was invited to join the Rotary Club of Cessnock in 2001 and became President in Rotary's Centenary year. At club level she has held the positions of Secretary, Community Service Director and Program Director. At District level she has been the Chair of the Model United Nations Assembly and Try-a-Trade for 3 Years. She has been the Convenor of Group Study Exchange and Assistant Governor for Zone 6 for two years.

While involved in Small Business, Janette was Secretary and President of Cessnock Chamber of Commerce and worked for a more aesthetic panorama of the CBD, which has become a reality. Both Janette and Steve have been involved in the Rural Fire Service for many years. She is a Deputy Captain and holds an

MR driver's licence to drive larger appliances when required. She has been Training Officer and Secretary of the brigade, Chairman of the local Learning and Development Committee for some years and of a local larger body. She has been a representative on the State L&D committee for many years and was Group Captain Support. During an emergency in 2002 was responsible for logistics support which resulted in her being awarded the Australian Fire Service medal.

Prior to Steve becoming a Magistrate of the local court, he was a Solicitor in Cessnock. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Cessnock but has been a member of three other clubs due to his vocation. He has been President of the Rotary Clubs of Cessnock and Newcastle Sunrise as well as serving as Assistant Governor of Zone 8 for three years. Steve is a Paul Harris Fellow. He holds a private pilot's licence and is a member the International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians.