It’s always great to hear from members about why they joined JCI and what JCI has done for them. Today it’s the turn of Lewis Houghton, JCI Rotherham’s newest and keenest member.
How long have you been a JCI member?
Just about 5 months now
What made you join?
It was mainly the fact I am self employed and I was getting a bit isolated at home, I wanted to be able to be more social and meet more people mainly. The training and networking opportunities that JCI offer were a bonus.
What is the most interesting JCI event you’ve been to and why?
I would have to say the big safe at last quiz where we raised money for charity. I had never been to anything like that before and getting to see the mayor and people like Miss South Yorkshire and miss Rotherham (I didn’t know those women existed)
Had JCI presented any unusual/interesting opportunities?
The main thing its given me is the chance to gain more confidence meeting new people and getting me out of my comfort zone I would have to say 🙂
What is your job/career/profession/business?
I’m a freelance illustrator and artist for children’s books.
Has JCI had any impact on your job/career/profession/business?
Its offered me the chance to meet other people my own age who own their own businesses and get tips and general advice and support in helping me with my own goals and aspirations in business
Who is a leader you admire?
I don’t know if she counts as a leader but I think I would personally. Lady gaga has been a big inspiration to me. She’s the one person I seemed to admire and connect with when she first came on the scene and I knew there was something special about her from the start. She helped me to question beliefs I had about myself and what I considered to be right and wrong. I admire all she has achieved since she has been in the public eye and I think she is a good role model for acceptance and self love, two things that I think are probably the most important things to have in life. I love the fact that no matter who you are and where you come from when you go to one of her gigs all judgement is thrown out the window and for that two or three hours that your inside the concert hall you feel safe, inspired and important.
What’s your proudest achievement?
That would have to be finishing the first draft of a book I’ve had floating around and developing in my head for over two years. I find it hard to write and its never come naturally to me but I love stories and characters and being able to start and finish something like that was a big thing for me since I never thought I would be able to.
What’s your dream car?
The pussy wagon from kill bill
What’s you perfect weekend?
I guess my perfect weekend would be doing something fun with close friends, doesn’t really matter what as long as we had a good time.
Tell us something crazy/dangerous/inspiring/unusual you have done
Well I’ve never been a super fit healthy type of person, in fact for most of my life I feel like I’ve struggled with fitness and health. Last year I started to get into running with my best friend and gradually over time we’ve come a long way and improved so much. At the start of this one we managed to do a half marathon together, was so proud of myself that I ran the whole thing without stopping it just showed me how much we are capable of if we put our minds to something. We can change over time and become people we never could imagine ourselves as being in the past.
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