Roz and Jeff White honored for their generosity and community spirit

by Charlie Koenig - Posted on Oct 26, 2011 - 04:08 PM

Photo: Jeff and Roz White speak to a gathering held last Thursday in their honor at the Mathews Visitor and Information Center. The Whites were recognized for their philantrophic work and community leadership. Photo by Charlie Koenig.

Jeff and Roz White speak to a gathering held last Thursday in their honor at the Mathews Visitor and Information Center. The Whites were recognized for their philantrophic work and community leadership. Photo by Charlie Koenig.

From the county’s Visitor and Information Center to the Boys and Girls Club, from the Williams Wharf Landing project to the White Trust that has become an indispensable part of the public school system, there is little doubt that Gwynn’s Island residents Jeff and Roz White have made Mathews a better community.

Now, the General Assembly has made it official.

A reception was held last Thursday at the Mathews County Visitor and Information Center to celebrate the couple’s numerous contributions, and to present them formally with a copy of House Joint Resolution No. 725, which passed unanimously earlier this year.

The bill, patroned by Harvey B. Morgan (R-Middlesex) in the House of Delegates and Ralph Northam (D-Norfolk) in the Senate of Virginia, commended the Whites for "their longstanding history of philanthropy and leadership in Mathews County."

Representatives of some the many civic organizations that have benefitted from the Whites’ largess took part in the event in the former Sibley’s General Store building that has, thanks in large measure to Jeff and Roz White, been transformed into a permanent home for MCVIC.