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Ladies' Circle International Friendship & Service Put Your Heart Up Board Introduction 2013-2014

Dear Ladies, I am Cindy, your new international president 2013-2014, member of Ladies Circle since 2004. I am 38 years young and live in Landen, a small town located between Brussels and Liège, and married to David since 10.10.10. We have 4 lovely girls called Hanne (17), Lien (14), Léana (8) and Lorane (3). For the past 17 years, I have been working for PwC located in the Brussels area, an international audit and consulting firm. My current position there is Senior Audit Project Officer, which means I am dealing with administration and project management matters in the audit department. For those who were not at the LCI Conference in Zambia, I would like to say something about my motto and logo ‘Put Your Heart Up’. I have chosen for a teddy bear because it represents so many things: love, care, sympathy, friendship, warmth, comfort: it’s usually given in the matter of caring for people and or showing affection. And that’s what LCI stands for. Our teddy bear is wearing a pink shirt to give it a female touch, putting its heart up. I have attended a lot of international meetings and I am always overwhelmed by the way Ladies connect to each other through the spirit of friendship and service. Let’s continue that, but let’s share more with each other about local and national traditions, ways of working, and organization of LC activities and charity events. You all have original and good ideas, so pass them on to each other. Put your heart up and share with each other ! Tell people we are a special and unique international organization, working together in friendship for service. This will be an added value to recruitment, which is crucial to guarantee our future. That’s why I would like us to focus on public relations. Put Your Heart Up and speak about LCI ! Experience the travel and explore LCI. So keep on travelling and visiting each other, encourage your members to attend other member countries events. This is a good way to promote our association because returning from such trips, they will definitely tell their fellow Circlers and friends or colleagues about the fun, laughter, friendship, service and so much more. Put Your Heart Up and visit each other ! Let’s think about giving some of our time to help people in need, even more than we might already do. Let it be a challenge for this year and Put Your Heart Up and give a little happiness !


Ladies' Circle International Friendship & Service Put Your Heart Up Board Introduction 2013-2014

With the daily stress, people forget to talk, to smile, to help, to give...If we talk, people might think talking too – if we smile, people might think smiling too – if we help, people might think helping too – if we give, people might think giving too. If we give a little love, maybe we could change the world. So let’s spread such a positive behaviour. Put Your Heart Up by leading through example and give a little love ! And last but not least let’s also Put our Heart Up for Round Table, walking Side by Side and keep our good relationship with Tangent and Agora, locally nationally and internationally. I also invite you to browse the LCI website to have a look at my video, which reinforces the spirit of my motto. These are my idea behind my logo and motto, which will hopefully inspire you for this new LCI year to come and I am sure we are all ready to learn from each other and to broaden our Ladies Circle experience under this year’s motto. For this new circle year, I wish you all a wonderful time in Friendship & Service. I am looking forward meeting and working with you. I will do my utmost best to serve and represent LCI by ‘Putting my heart up’ for friendship & service. Thank you so much for your support, friendship, congratulations and presents, you reached out to me putting your heart up, I couldn’t imagine a better start. It was an amazing experience ! I will Put My Heart Up for you, so please do not hesitate to contact me at any time, I’ll be honoured to assist you. With lots of love, Cindy Kempeneers LCI President 2013-2014 Put Your Heart Up


Ladies' Circle International Friendship & Service Put Your Heart Up Board Introduction 2013-2014

Hello Friends from around the world! All the way from sunny South Africa, my name is Chantess Wiggill and been living an incredible life for 39 years. With me being single and no dependants, life has afforded me adventures and opportunities that I have taken with both hands from thai boxing, ballroom & latin dancing, sport shooting (no animals are harmed if you consider an A4 poster being demolished) and love travelling. I am the Senior Supply Chain Manager for the warehousing and distribution of KFC and McDonalds across Africa and into all our local stores. I have been part of this amazing organization of Ladies Circle for 14 years and as I don’t like missing out on any friendship and service, I have taken on most positions several times within South Africa, attended every national AGM, most MTM’s and a few LCI’s. With every opportunity I have taken in Circle, I have been privileged to give back what I have learnt and valued, so many times. My passion is to encourage new Circlers to take every opportunity that Circle presents as Circle has taught me so many skills and abilities on many different levels, and would love for them to gain the same value. My belief is, You get out what you put in, and this is exactly what Circle has done for me. Circle brings out our confidence that spills over into our family and working life, self esteem, passion, drive, energy, skills we never knew existed, opens doors into our communities and more importantly, we meet new friends that become true life long friends. Travel as much as you can, open your heart to meet new friends (you never know what you have in common with them) challenge yourself and try a position in your Circle or Country and most importantly, have fun while doing it. I am truly honoured to have been voted in as the LCI VP for 2013 – 2014 and look forward to working with an amazing team - Cindy, Gitte, Leontien, Anne and Mariame and then of course, you, our friend in Circle. We are truly, Many Hearts, One Spirit and I would love to hear from each of you as we take on another awesome year together while we Put our Hearts Up for this organization we all love and believe in. Put Your Heart Up in Friendship & Service !!! Yours In Circle Chantess Wiggill


Ladies' Circle International Friendship & Service Put Your Heart Up Board Introduction 2013-2014 LCI Vice President 2013-2014

Dear friends, I am Gitte Høyer, a 44 years old Circler from LC 17 Hillerød, Denmark. I joined Ladies Circle back in 1993 – I will celebrate my 20 years anniversary this year in December. Circling has always been a natural part of me and my family life. I am married to Peter (member of Ex-Table). Together we have two children, Frederik age 16 and Anna age 12 and we live in Hillerød, which is a town north of Copenhagen. In my daily work I work as an auditor at PwC – a worldwide auditing and accounting company.

First I would like to say thank you for all your support last year when I was LCI President – Memories will be in my heart and mind forever. Thank you for showing everyone that we are Many hearts – one spirit. Now, I am ready to be your IPP! Here my role will be to help our associated member countries to become full members and to inform new countries about the structure, relations and traditions – new and old - within Ladies Circle. Our association is full of movements and energy – let us use this force and help each other to an even more solid, bigger and stronger LCI in the year to come. I want all of you to Put Your Heart Up for Friendship and Service and for each other throughout this LCI year! Gitte Høyer Immediate Past President 2013-2014


Ladies' Circle International Friendship & Service Put Your Heart Up Board Introduction 2013-2014

Dear Ladies, My name is Leontien from The Netherlands and I am 41 years young. I am married to Jan for 14 years and have two children Florence almost 13 and Fons 11 years old. My Ladies’ Circle life is short but intens, I joined my Circle LC47 Noord West Veluwe in 2007 in the centre of the Netherlands. In 2010, I became member of the National Board as a VP and never regret that moment. I finished last year in the National Board as IPP at the same time I became secretary in the International Board. So this is will be my second year in the International Board as Secretary. I enjoyed it very much last year to work with you Ladies to improve the service and friendship. I would love to share a second year my energy and enthoisiasm with YOU. I think being LCI secretary is a great opportunity to meet other cultures and learn even more from you Ladies than I already did at the past AGM’s. I am looking forward to work with you together and please contact me with the questions you have at secretary@ladiescircle.org. Ladies let’s PUT OUR HEART UP this year!!! Leontien Van Rooijen Secretary 2013-2014


Ladies' Circle International Friendship & Service Put Your Heart Up Board Introduction 2013-2014

Dear Ladies from all over the world, First of all I would like to thank LC Zambia for the fantastic work making this great and truly unforgettable LCI conference 2013 in Lusaka. I also wish to thank you all for supporting my nomination and giving me the chance to live a LCI experience. Thank you for your precious friendship you gave me through those magical and warmhearted days. I am so happy I have explored Zambia with you! My heart will always be full of so wonderful memories! I am 43 years young and have been married for 13 years to Rick (a past Tabler). Together we raised his two sons, Gregory (25) and Christopher (23) who now have started their own lives. We live in Court-Saint-Etienne, a small town located in the center of Belgium, with our stubborn but very cute dog Gucci. As graduated in psychology, I’m currently working for the regional government as responsible in the educational area for disadvantaged children. I’ve been a Circler since I joined LC26 Wavre in 1999. Right from the start I have been a board member of my circle, as well as president of my area and 4 years member of the National board (National editor and shop lady). 14 years full of constant challenges and a wonderful thrilling experience. I love circling, singing with my choir friends, travelling, reading, eager to learn and meeting amazing ladies. I have family living on 4 different continents which has really widened my horizon and gave me the opportunity to build relationships all over the world. I am very happy and honored to be your treasurer this year. And thrilled to share the board with such fantastic Ladies. I really look forward to get down to work (and I promise to do my best!) and to live this LCI adventure with you all for the coming year. I am at your disposal. You should never hesitate to contact me for any question, doubt, precision, or even to say Hi! ;-) I am looking forward to hearing from you! Ladies, life is short, break the rules. Forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably and never regret anything that makes you smile. And Put Your Heart Up for Friendship and Service! Lots of love, Mariame Hichaux, LCI Treasurer 2013-2014


Ladies' Circle International Friendship & Service Put Your Heart Up Board Introduction 2013-2014

Greetings from Finland to all the Circlers! My name is Anne Oksanen, age 42, and I am from LC-7 Hyvinkää to which I joined a few years back, in 1996 to be exact. I and my husband Petteri have two lovely and very active boys, Veini (13) and Elmeri (11).

As for me, I like doing different kinds of handicrafts, gardening, sports and cooking.

In the years 2009-2013 I’ve been a member of LCSF board. I was also the LCSF president in 20112012 and now I’m broadening my experience within LCI by serving as your Weblady. I still have 4 years left in the Ladies’ Circle, so I’m full of energy and eager to make the most out of them. As the new LCI Weblady I’m ready to serve all the Circles all over the world and to use every information channel effectively. Let’s make this a fantastic and a wonderful LCI year for all of us. Show your Circlerhood Yours, Anne Oksanen


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