How long have you been a member?
I have been a member for about 1.5 years now, having joined the JCI in December 2009.
Why did you join?
I wanted to increase my skils and experience. Originally I was particularly interested in governance and council work, and then saw how many other skills I could also develop — project management, team work, budgeting…
What is your role this year?
I am Regional Group Chairman for the Southern Region within JCI UK. This means that I act as a facilitator in the collaborations between the JCI Local Chapters in the South and also act as a link between the Presidents and the National Board.
What made you take on this particular role?
I was interested in coordinating and facilitating collaborations on a larger scale. The year before (2010), I had been International Director and Deputy Business Director within JCI London, had enjoyed the work and felt ready for a bigger challenge!
What are you hoping to achieve this year?
I am hoping to help the Southern Region lay some useful cornerstones for current and future collaborations between the Chapters. Just improving communications will also be an achievement! I am glad to say that we are on track on both accounts.
Is there anything you have done as a JCI member that you never would have thought possible before you joined?
I would not have imagined working on a regional basis, or winning Best Project/Programme prizes on a national level, or being successful in a Public Speaking competition, or indeed winning national awards in Debating!
What do you enjoy most about being a JCI member?
I enjoy getting to know different people and working with them, and of course socialising with them! Moreover, I really enjoy challenging myself and learning new skills.
**A final word — please could I encourage all those interested in regional events and regional collaborations to contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org? Loads of exciting opportunities available!
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This post was written by Sarah Beckwith