Nihal ZOROĞLU – #76990 – Turkey

What did your country gave to Europe (music, literature, theatre, politics…)?
TarkanJ (The song of Kiss Kiss) , hazelnut, history, diversity, extremely beautiful beaches, Turkish TV seriesJ, Turkish coffee

What did Europa gave to your country (generals, kings & queens, artists, concepts)?
Export opportunities, quality education methods ( i hope we will implement them soonJ) , traveling culture.

In result of your time at JCI: What did you love about JCI?
The answer is for sure the DIVERSITY!  

We have a huge diversity and harmony in JCI, from east to west,  from past to present….
I love the unity  that JCI creates between the nations.We become only human beings in JCI, we talk about needs and goals , we work to improve ourselves.  And that gives me hope for future. Thank you JCI!

What do you love about the Senate?
I love the JCI in senator’s bloodJ  And JCI Senate is an organization where all those crazy change markers come along to dream a better future and mentor the young generation. This is an endless  effort and timeless commitment.

What is your vision for Europa in 2044, the 75th anniversary of the European Senate?
Continue being the living examples of young generations.

What is the action you take to make that vision happen?
Continuing being the ambassador of JCI Vision, Mision and Values.

Hermine Haug – # 54246 – Liechtenstein

What do you like about Europe? 
Definitely the short distances. As someone who enjoys travelling and appreciates getting to know foreign cultures, the easiness and liberty of travelling is wonderful.

What did your country give to Europe (music, literature, theatre, politics)?
Tina Weirather and Marco Büchel as a famous skiers. Josef Gabriel Rheinberger, who was an organist and composer, born in Liechtenstein and resident for most of his life in Germany.

What did Europe give to your country (generals, kings & queens, artists, concepts)?
The principality of Liechtenstein is not part of the EU but of the EEA. That probably was one of the best decisions ever made in terms of benefits for our country. Yet Liechtenstein has the advantage to share a currency with Switzerland, being the very stable Swiss Franc, but can profit from free movement of goods, services and capital in Europe.
Also Liechtenstein is part of the Erasmus-program, which is a support program of the EU.

In result of your time at JCI: What did you love about JCI ?
A lot! In 1992 I became the first female president of the JCI in our local area! Therefore I always enjoyed the networking, the friendship, being able to achieve leadership skills and finally to visit different countries and encountering their cultures. It was a wonderful opportunity to make friends all over the world. I am grateful to be a member of the JCI and having improved “learning by doing”!

What do you love about the Senate?
In the first place I loved to be an essential link between generations and supporting our youth wherever possible. Also to be accepted and invited all over Europe, always meeting interesting people who greeted us with friendliness!

What is your vision for Europe in 2044, the 75th anniversary of the European senate?
Honestly it would be my dream to be invited to the festivity of the anniversary.

What is the action you take to make that vision happen?
In 2044 I will reach the age of 88. So my goal would be reached right there. I will maintain national and international friendships and of course support the JCI as far as possible!

Nadja Maraite #77379 – Belgien

What do you like about Europe?
Europe is for me like a big family. Since the European Union exists, it is so easy to travel from one country to another and discover different cultures. Having the same currency makes it even easier. It gives me a feeling of freedom, of liberty. And the more I travel around the world, the more I get to appreciate these advantages that many of us take for granted.

What did your country give to Europe (music, literature, theatre, politics,…)?
Well, we have some great singers and bands in the last decades, like Jacques Brel or more recently Stromae.
But we have had for sure also many painters and artists like Rubens, Magritte, Delvaux, Rops that are well known outside our borders.
Who doesn’t know that Belgium is the heart of Europe with the Headquarter of the Euorpean Union?
And of course, Belgium is the most famous supplier of Fries, Beer, Waffles and Chocolate.

What did Europe give to your country (generals, kings & queens, artists, concepts)?
Belgium is a puzzle state having got parts as well from the Netherlands than from France and later from Germany. Our first king was also German.
Belgium has become a Federal State where different languages and cultures live alongside. Belgians are the champions of compromises.

In result of your time at JCI: What did you love about JCI?
During the 8 years of official membership, JCI gave me many opportunities, but only because I wanted to take them.
This organization has so many things to give to each member but it is very important to to be receptive for any experience.
JCI also gave me the opportunity to travel the world and to discover parts of the world I would not have travelled to without JCI.  Altough I have to admit that I barely see the country. However, I can say that I have friends and feel home in about 100 countries around the globe.

What do you love about the Senate?
Well, this question is still a bit tricky to answer as I am only a Senator for less than 6 months, and still an active member for 9 more months.
Although I have never taken any position or responsibility in order to get granted with a Senatorship, I am very happy being a lifetime member. Because this lifetime membership will give me the opportunity to continue participating in events, meeting with friends around the globe but also supporting the younger generations.

What is your vision for Europe in 2044, the 75th anniversary of the European Senate?
Well, seeing the latest changes in different political matters, I really hope that European citizens will again understand what the advantages of the European Union are and collaborate rather than put spoke in wheel.
With the technical evolution and the multitude of transportation, Europe and the world became like a village.
I hope that people will stop thinking within their borders and consider each human being as such instead of stigmatize someone because of his/her nationality or religion.

What is the action you take to make that vision happen?
First of all, I need to stay openminded myself and avoid to start thinking in categories or having any prejudices. Next to this, I have to teach my environment to do the same, each time I see something contrary.
As a JCI member, I have learned so much about other cultures and realized that it is not necessarily my education, my culture, my conviction that is the best one.
I will continue to defend those values over the next 25 years and beyond. 

René’s story

JCI organ donation – initiated by JCI Iserlohn (Germany)

« Hello, I’m René! I need your help – and eventually, unfortunately, a donor liver.

Many of you know me from various trainings, from national and international conferences or my posts from #WJochenende.

After several years of professional and JCI full throttle, I pushed the constant fatigue and almost no recovery on overexertion and went – completely unconcerned – to my family doctor. The following health check revealed liver abnormalities. It was followed by a marathon to doctors and specialists, numerous investigations … and in the end, the suspicion was confirmed: it is an end-stage liver cirrhosis of unknown cause!

The fright for family and friends was great!

I was until recently, apparently, perfectly healthy! What was missing for a long time was the cause.

Alcohol, drugs, poisoning, autoimmune diseases, everything could be gradually eliminated.

 

In the second half of the year, my health deteriorated dramatically, and I have not been able to work since then, spending several weeks in the hospital during periods of stress. Twice I had to jump the devil, but my will remained strong. I did not want to accept on my own that the cause could not be found out.

By chance, my illness then got a name: I suffer from the very, very rare Budd-Chiari syndrome (hepatic venous thrombosis), a progressive closure of the blood vessels in the liver.

Since then it was clear that I am at some point and then only a donor organ can help. Since January 2019 I am now on the transplant list – and wait! Now I am the often nameless patient who needs an organ donation in weeks, months or perhaps years.

 

I know that some can not trust that everything is right when choosing a donor or assigning organs. So far, I have seen the system as very precise and positively bureaucratic in this context, also because of the great doctors and supervising departments.

Please inform yourself exactly and then decide!

The encouragement of families and friends from the WJ network is overwhelming and gives me tremendous strength. Spontaneous, serious offers for living donations, financial support and always an open ear, for almost 1.5 years now, touch me a lot. In all humility, I am very grateful for what I receive from you.

I wish that more people – and especially my JCI friends – would choose to save a person’s life after their death. No matter how healthy you live, it can hit anyone! « 

 

René Elsässer

#76921

  

More information available (in German language): www.organspende-info.de

©  2019 Wirtschaftsjunioren Organspende

Diana Mardarovici #76385 – Romania

What do you like about Europe?
The freedom of movement! What I most value is the opportunity of choosing where you live, where you work and what place best represents who you are.

What did your country gave to Europe (music, literature, theatre, politics…)?
Music – George Enescu, Art – Constantin Brancusi, Theater – Eugene Ionesco, Politics – Nicolae Titulescu, two terms President of the General Assembly of the League of Nations, Sports – Nadia Comaneci

What did Europa gave to your country (generals, kings & queens, artists, concepts)?
The Romanian Royal Family: Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen dynasty
The European Union – most important event in recent history

In result of your time at JCI: What did you love about JCI?
I love the personal growth, the learning opportunities, the friendship, the ideas and the spirit. I love so many things about JCI it’s hard to think about something I don’t like.

What do you love about the Senate?
That they help active members when they are asked.

What is your vision for Europa in 2044, the 75th anniversary of the European Senate?
An enlargement of the European Union, even more unity, an environmentally aware society and even more diversity.

What is the action you take to make that vision happen?
Promote the values of JCI and open hearts and minds to the ideals of a truly prosperous community!