Oxfordshire WI Chairman March 2018-May 2020

Many of you will know by now that our lovely Jane Probitts has stepped down from her role as Chairman of Oxfordshire WI after serving us for two very successful and busy years. Jane has been a very popular Chairman and has visited so many of our WIs and met many members during her time in office and I know I speak for everyone when I say that we will all miss her hugely. However, the good news is that she has kindly agreed to stay on as a Trustee where her support and experience will bring so much to the team.

During her term in office Jane has brought so much to the organisation. Having been a National Trustee on the NFWI Board for several years she was able to bring invaluable experience and expertise to Oxfordshire WI. Looking back on her term of office, perhaps most memorable for many of us will be her leadership through our unforgettably successful Centenary year in 2019. Jane was seen at so many events during the year including donning her bright pink high viz jacket while helping at the Great British Spring Clean weekend, to dancing the night away to the music of the Abba Tribute band at Denman during the Oxfordshire WI centenary celebration weekend! Who could forget that! Behind the scenes though and on a more serious note, Jane has worked extremely hard for our members and her commitment to the WI and all our members has been massive.

However, most of all, we will miss Jane as Oxfordshire WI’s Chairman for her friendship, kindness, guidance and leadership and the calm way she has steered the good ship ‘Oxfordshire WI’ through calm waters and stormy seas so effectively and successfully. Her final port of call as Chairman was unfortunately a world pandemic –but we definitely won’t hold you responsible for that Jane!

Jane will now have much more time for her beloved garden, her beautiful quilting, and opportunities to travel – once the pandemic is over of course! So, finally Jane, from all of us at Oxfordshire WI we thank you for your service and we wish you well for the future.

Catherine Blaxhall Chairman Oxfordshire WI


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