PDG Probsdorfer is PETS Chair
Jim has been active in Chesapeake PETS for a number of years. In fact, he and PDG Bert Lamkin of District 7610 co-founded “Virginia PETS, the first time two districts had shared PETS. He established and has hosted the DGN/D Roundtable at PETS. Most recently, he was PETS Training Coordinator for two year.
Jim grew up in the Ohio River Valley near Pittsburgh. Upon graduation from high school, he ventured south to Charleston, SC to attend college at The Citadel, where he played baseball and served as Regimental Commander of the Corps of Cadets in his senior year. He graduated with a B.A. in Political Science in 1967.
Jim went on to a career in the U.S. Army as a combat arms officer. He is a U.S. Army Ranger and a recipient of a Purple Heart. For the next 21+ years, he served in various line and staff assignments in the USA, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Jim culminated his successful military career at Fort Monroe, VA, in 1988.
Upon retirement from the Army, Jim joined Newport News Shipbuilding, where he served for the next 21+ years as a training program developer, marketing administrator, program administrator and subcontract manager in both the submarine and aircraft carrier programs. He retired a second time at the end of 2010.
Along the way, Jim earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Research from Bucknell University, and his PhD in Urban Services, with a Management Concentration, at Old Dominion University. He currently is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Business Administration at ODU.
Jim has been active in Rotary International since 1988, serving as President of the Warwick Rotary Club in 1994-95, Governor of Rotary District 7600 in 2006-2007, Delegate to the Council on Legislation in 2010, General Chair of the Rotary Zones 33-34 Institute in 2011 and RI President’s Representative to the 2013 Rotary District 6960 Conference. He serves as the District Rotary Foundation Chair in District 7600. Jim has served as an officer in the local council of the Boy Scouts of America and as Chairman of the Board of the Smart Beginnings Virginia Peninsula, a non-profit pre-school initiative.
Jim and his wife, Lynn, have one daughter, Amy, who is a civilian planner for the U.S. Navy. Amy’s husband, Mike, also works for the U.S. Government in San Diego. Lynn has recently retired as teacher in the Newport News Public Schools.