Don is a member of the Highgate RSL Sub-Branch and joined the RSL on June 9, 1978. His military career began in August 1955 on being called-up for National Service and he continued service in the CMF and Reserve until 1985.
Don has been involved with Highgate Sub-Branch management committee from 1997 to 2010, serving as President for two years in 2002 and 2003.
He was appointed a State Trustee of the RSL in 2004. He is Patron of the 28 Bn Swan Regt AssN and a Sub-Warden at the State War Memorial. He was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow Award by the Rotary Club of North Perth.