Jackie White, Lead
Who says a high school romance doesn’t last?
Our quarterly spotlight member, Jackie White, started dating Dick White as a junior in high school. On June 6, they will have been married 53 years! Four children and 9 — yes, NINE, grandchildren later, Jackie and Dick’s marriage is still going strong. The Nashua couple, who lived overseas in Germany while Dick was in the Army during the Vietnam era, has four children: Amber, Mark, Matthew and Steve.
And Dick most definitely should be part of this NEVIH spotlight as well. He helped set up our old, beastly heavy risers for years; has worked as a volunteer at all our shows, plus he volunteers at all our Area and International conventions. Jackie certainly knows how to pick ‘em.
Jackie, of course, is a bedrock member of the chorus. A charter member, she joined in 2000 and has held several positions in the Board of Directors. With an associate’s degree in accounting from Northern Essex Community College, she began as corresponding secretary on the BoD, a job she held for three years. She served as vice president for several years, and as president for one. “Before Groupanizer, I did the weekly announcements ,” she adds. For years, all while working full time as a library assistant at the Merrimack High School library and raising a family. Jackie also chaired or co-chaired committees whenever there was a need.
She currently co-chairs the Costume Committee, and although there is no official chair for the Social Committee, she runs that. This means that she organizes food and beverages for everything the chorus celebrates, and we celebrate a lot. “I enjoy the friendships that have developed with the women of this chapter,” she explains, “and I enjoy the singing.”
She not only sings with us, she is in the seasonal choir at St. John Neumann Catholic Church. Jackie is also an Eucharistic Minister at her church and volunteers each week at the church food pantry. She’s been singing since high school. An accomplished seamstress, she has, on more than one occasion, helped various chorus members alter their performance outfits. Her current project is a denim quilt to raffle off, and she has been busy collecting old denim clothes from everyone.
Both Jackie and Dick are always ready to help out anyone in need due to illness or whatever. Their generosity with time and gifts is astounding. She comes early to every rehearsal to open up the building. She is a Granite Gem, which is a group of Nashua Granite Statesmen wives who help out the men’s chorus with all their shows. As such, she explains that she organizes “a monthly lunch for retired or non-working wives of the Granite Statesmen.”
Lunch is Jackie’s “thing.” As one of the folks who spearheaded her 50th and 55th class reunions, she still organizes a lunch with 12-20 classmates every other month, “weather permitting,” she adds. She also periodically organizes birthday luncheons for members of the chorus. All are welcome—some of our members have been known to play hooky from work!
Making jewelry is also Jackie’s “thing.” She comes up with dazzling creations, and even designed and created a chorus necklace to be worn with our red blouses, at no expense to any member.
As with all things, life changes occur, and Jackie and Dick have decided to avoid lovely things like blizzards and nor’easters, by now spending February and March in sunny, warm Florida. However, she’ll still be an active member of NEVIH when she returns. She says “I see Voices continuing to strive for excellence by improving their skills through the help of our Director, Assistant Directors, and Music Team…” and Jackie White, for now, wants to continue with that.
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT is a new quarterly column for the website. Four times a year, we will focus on a member in a new and hopefully, interesting way. Enjoy!