It’s hard to describe the magic of a World Congress while keeping it short and simple (sorry, trying to make these blogs less detailed). Imagine 10,000 young active citizens from around the world, an entire city with banners hanging from lamp posts to welcome you, the Dalai Lama and Prince of Japan meeting with members of your association, a privatized Universal Studios with no lines, great food and parties in sports stadiums, inspiring speakers, fascinating professional and personal development trainings... oh and a wee bit of sight-seeing.
I think the pictures speak for themselves:
|Pre-conference sight-seeing with Jacob|
|Asia-Pacific Party with Jai from JCI India|
|Asia-Pacific Party with pretty Jaycees|
|JCI Morning Show with Alisa from JCI Newport Beach|
|Trade show with Maude from JCI Menton and Denisa|
|Osaka: thanks for the great weather!|
|Universal Studios with Jacob and Denisa|
|Japan Night at the Kyocera Dome|
|National President JCI France Nicolas Lefévère with Denisa and me|
|Kickin' it in the outfield|
|JCI Pays Niçois and special guests|
|JCI World President Rolan Kwemain with innocent bystanders|
A big thanks to my local association, JCI Pays Niçois, for sponsoring my participation, along with Thea and Jacob, to promote the JCI Challenge next year. The dates have changed so make sure to check your calendars! The new dates are May 30 and 31.
I also want to thank the French delegation and in particular Kevin and Sonja for all the logistical planning before and during the congress. And congratulations to Nicolas Lefévère, JCI France’s 2010 National President for being named national president of the year by JCI World President Roland Kwemain. Finally, thanks to Jacob and Deni for making this time in Osaka so memorable.
Congratulations JCI Osaka and JCI Japan for hosting such a good congress.
Impatient once again to see you all again in Brussels for next year’s world congress!
Next stop: Hirakatashi, Japan!