Our September member of the month is a familiar face at our Charlotte Square Club. As Club Director Henrica organises all of the Public Speaking and Debating training, as well as being a talented debater herself. As a member who has gone from Charlotte Square Club newbie to representing JCI Scotland at the European Conference in Finland, Henrica is a fantastic advocate for CSC.

Henrica Blomqvist

How long have you been a member of JCI for?

I joined in January 2015 so it will soon be two years.

What made you decide to join?

My decision to join JCI was a combination of wanting to step out of my comfort zone and wanting to expand my social circle.

You’re currently the Charlotte Square Club programme director. What would you say to anyone thinking about coming along for the first time?

I would like everyone who is thinking of coming along to first of all know that they’re very welcome, regardless of how much or how little public speaking they have previously done. Speaking in public can be a very scary thing to do but every single one of us can become good at it with a bit of practice. The Charlotte Square Club training sessions are always fun and everyone there is very friendly so it feels like a safe place to practice these skills.

From winning awards and running programmes to competing internationally, you’ve achieved a lot in your JCI career so far. What are you most proud of?

I’m proud of my determination to continuously challenge myself by getting involved in all sorts of things in JCI, even when I’m nervous and most of all just want to stay at home. But, if I should mention just one particular event then it would have to be the European Debating Championship in June. That was definitely one of my highlights this year and I am looking forward to learning more about debating and hopefully getting a chance to compete again at some point.

What are you most looking forward to in the future?

I know that as a JCI member I will get the chance to travel extensively and meet lots of different people from across the world.

In one word, describe what JCI means to you?