Meet the Members - Woodbridge Probus Club

Always a good lunch followed by a fascinating talk
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Meet the Members
Howard Davies joined Woodbridge Probus Club in 2008. He has been a committee member for about seven years. He enjoys meeting members who have had had different occupations, and also the guest speakers. His main leisure interests are Music and Literature. He was a teacher and head-teacher for forty years.
Tom Zabel joined Woodbridge Probus Club in 2008. Tom served on the committee for two years as publicity officer. In 2018 he became the club’s vice chairman. He especially likes the opportunity to meet a variety of very accomplished and interesting people. He particularly likes the random number seating system at the lunches which ensures he meets and associates with a wide variety of the membership. He is interested in sailing which may be of interest to new or existing members. Prior to retiring he worked in the US Air Force and US Civil Service.
Phil Owen joined Woodbridge Probus Club in 2000. He has been a committee member, vice chairman in 2005 and chairman in 2006 when the club’s 30th anniversary was celebrated. He instigated the club’s move to Waldringfield Golf Club and organised it’s outings until 2016. He enjoys meeting like-minded people at the club. Apart from Army service Phil’s whole career has been in agriculture. He enjoys gardening, and current affairs and all music especially big bands and military bands.
Erik Crichton joined Woodbridge Probus Club in January 2018. He likes the club because it has a very interesting membership and offers the chance of wide and varied conversations across a broad spectrum. He especially looks forward to attending the lunches and events throughout the year. One of his main interests is military history and medal collecting. He joined the Army at fifteen, served for nine years and then eventually became a fire-fighter in the London Fire Brigade for 27 years until his retirement.
Roger Brown joined Woodbridge Probus Club in 2013. He joined the committee in 2016 and has served as the lunches organiser since 2017. He finds the monthly Probus lunch meetings extremely sociable. He owns a classic car and writes about them for several car club magazines, as well as a monthly article for the Co-Op Coastal newspaper. He reads extensively, and enjoys cinema, jazz, big bands and classical music. After retirement he moved to Suffolk from West London where he worked as a Sales Manager.
Jim Colthup joined Woodbridge Probus Club in 2016. He joined the committee in 2016 and became the club’s Publicity Officer in 2017. He particularly enjoys the camaraderie at Woodbridge Probus Club, the food and the excellent speakers. Prior to retirement he had various positions  in sales and marketing, sales promotion and  building exhibition stands. Prior to that his career spanned Thornycrofts, the Southampton shipbuilder, the Merchant Navy as an engineer sailing with Royal Mail line and British Rail channel packets.He worked for eight years on the Apollo programme in the US and for an electronics company.
Jefferey Franklin joined Woodbridge Probus Club in 2002. He has been Chairman and Vice Chairman. He feels the combination of the company of other members, many of whom have had successful and interesting working lives, a good meal and a talk from an interesting speaker makes for a special and enjoyable day each month.. His interests include Sailing and Duplicate Bridge. He is a member of Round Table and Rotary International. He was a partner in a large dental practice in Chingford Essex.
Kim Fisher joined Woodbridge Probus Club in 2011.He was vice Chairman in 2015 and Chairman in 2016. He particularly enjoys talking to members with their diverse backgrounds and experiences. He is very much involved in designing and building innovative sailing boats. Kim is a committee member of the Amateur Yacht Research Society and has built and sailed his own radical boats for many years, some of which have been exhibited at the RYA Dinghy Show. Previous to retiring Kim was an industrial designer with Russell Hobbs, Gillette, Philips and then BT.
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