If you don’t know me by now, let me take a moment to introduce myself and welcome you the National President’s Blog. This little slice of the internet is intended to help you get a glimpse of what it’s like to serve as the president of one of the world’s premier organizations for young people. My name is Noelle Nachreiner and for the past year, I’ve had the honor of serving as your 98th National President.
One of the most exciting parts of being National President has been the opportunity to meet members from around – not just the country – but the entire world. While it began here in the United States, JCI is an international organization spanning more than 120 countries with more than 200,000 members worldwide.
This week, I have the honor of representing JCI USA at World Congress in Goa, India. The schedule is filled with leadership development training, award ceremonies, business meetings, and social activities. If you’ve never attended a World Congress before, let me give you a little taste of what you’re missing.
Keynote Speakers – World Congress always features a line-up of sensational speakers who bring inspirational messages of cultural change, challenging the status quo and working hard to create impact – the epitome of what we aim to do as Jaycees. Last year, the JCI USA delegation had the honor of hearing from former United Nations Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Kofi Annan mere months before his unfortunate passing. Mr. Annan reminded us that injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere. I’m excited to hear what this year’s speakers’ message will be!
Officer Elections – During World Congress, we come together to elect the leaders of the global organization for the following year. These individuals will shape the future of the organization and lead it with integrity. I want to wish the best of luck to our very own Jay Johnson who is running for International Vice President. Jay is from the Redford Junior Chamber and currently serves on the Executive Committee as the Leadership Development Director.
Global Village – One of the highlights of World Congress is always Global Village. This is where the party happens! Many countries set up booths with traditional food, drink, and dress from their nation. It is a cultural experience like none other. If you ever get the chance to attend a Global Village, I have two pieces of advice – arrive early, it fills up VERY quickly and pace yourself – it’s a marathon, not a sprint, people!
I am humbled and honored to serve as your national president. I am even more grateful to have the opportunity to represent the founding organization of our global movement in India at the 2018 World Congress. Follow my adventures in India this week!
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