News: September 2018

A minutes silence was observed in memory of John Berry who passed away on August 21st .

David Slack reported that he had taken on the role of Events Co-ordinator and would be responsible for the organisation of events such as the Xmas Lunch and the Presidents Lunch. Menus for the Xmas lunch had been issued with a request that selections must be returned by the October Meeting.

Graham Hannen was congratulated by the Vice President on the excellent holiday members had enjoyed in Mid Wales.

The “This is Your Life” candidate this month was Tom Price Jones whose family details and personal accomplishments were laid bare.

David Slack reported that following the involvement of some of this Club’s Members in the creation of a Ladies Probus Club in Sandbach, the Club is now up and running with more than 40 members. This Club and its Members have no further involvement.

The speaker this month was Club Member Dennis Fricker. Dennis gave an interesting talk that started off with a summary of his career from Technical Apprentice to first group Quality Engineer with English Electric. This was followed by a number of directorships for major UK organisations including Manweb and Wales Quality Centre.

He was able to describe three fascinating methods by which electricity consumers tampered with their meters to avoid paying for electricity.

Dennis became a member of the British Standards Committee where he was appointed as the UK Representative in establishing the International Standard for Quality Management. Members were invited to select from a list of topics from which Dennis gave a talk about his experience on the respective topic.

Dennis had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease some years ago and was asked to give some details of his involvement with the Parkinson’s Society of which he had been President for many years. The Society had raised thousands of pounds for research into the disease and care for sufferers.