Introduction Letter from Pieter Bruyninckx – JCI Cambridge 2019 President

Introduction Letter from Pieter Bruyninckx – JCI Cambridge 2019 President

January 5, 2019 8:32 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Dear Jaycees and friends,

A few weeks ago, the JCI Cambridge president chain was handed over to me, and I have been inaugurated as JCI Cambridge 2019 President. I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and share highlights of my JCI journey with you. 

It feels like just yesterday I was attending my first JCI event, in early 2017, a talk about financial planning presented by Duncan Hannay Robertson. There are a couple of things that I still remember about that event. Firstly, the friendly setting and the people, and secondly that the talk, while being about finance, actually seemed to focus more on making attendees aware of what they wanted. And I realised that I had absolutely no clarity on that.

But it wasn’t until the next talk, the following month (by Rich Wainwright, on the power of personal development), that I realised that JCI might be able to help me with that, and I became a member. 

Having tested the waters, I decided to jump in. I have attended many events as a member of JCI Cambridge and have taken part in many training. Some of the memorable moments of my journey include an awesome twinning event in Finland, the highlight of which was a sauna experience next to a lake, and my participation to LEAP and the Public Speaking Academy in a bid to constantly improve myself. The public speaking academy had a huge impact on me, as I learned that you can overcome your fears and be stronger.

One of JCI’s slogans is ‘Be better”. While I believe that I am slowly transforming into a better version of myself – although nowhere near perfect – being able to give back is an excellent reason to work on oneself. I want to help all of you in your own empowerment journey and I believe our ultimate goal is to serve others.

Over the last couple of months, I’ve had individual chats with some of you. I have really enjoyed these sessions, and they have helped to give me more clarity on what you want. The feedback will be extremely instrumental to the creation of a plan for next year. Our initial vision is to turn the highly successful CEO panel into an annual event. Also, we envisage running a hack(athon) to help Cambridge charities. I can already announce our first workshop on goal setting taking place on the 29th of January, more workshops to come…

If you want to find out more about any of the things I mentioned, or if there is anything you would like to get involved with, or if you would have some exciting ideas for JCI Cambridge, you can contact me at [email protected] and I’ll be more than happy to meet you for a coffee. 

While I’ve just spent a lot of time talking about myself, please remember that JCI is about you, and I’m here to serve you. I want to help you to be better, and to have more impact on the world around you. In a similar way, I’m also in this role to learn, so your thoughts and feedback are welcome.

Finally, I would like to thank all of you who talked to me, helped me, and offered to do so. I would not have been able to do this on my own, and I am really grateful for your support. After all, the best way to create change is by working together.

Yours faithfully,

Pieter Bruyninckx

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