News — September 29, 2017

1991 JCI President Reginald Schaumans Passes Away

It is with great sadness that JCI announces the death of former JCI President Reginald Schaumans on September 28, 2017.

A past member of JCI Belgium, 1991 JCI President Schaumans died at the age of 66. Schaumans was born on May 11, 1951.

During the 45th JCI World Congress in Puerto Rico, Schaumans was the second Belgian to be elected as the JCI President. He ran on the motto “You make the difference.”

In his opening speech at the 1991 JCI World Congress in Helsinki, Schaumans stated,

“In the face of changing interrelation among the nations of the world, we will have to meet many challenges in the decades ahead. No longer can we solely depend on our nation-states to decide for individuals the direction for the future, nor can we ignore the messages being sent to us by our global home, Planet Earth.”

It is necessary for all citizens of the world to take responsibility as the stewards and trustees of our existence. It is up to us, as citizens of the world, to make a difference in the areas of the environment, economic development and the future of our children.”

On behalf of JCI members worldwide, 2017 JCI President Dawn Hetzel and JCI Secretary General Arrey Obenson would like to extend their deepest condolences to the family and friends of 1991 JCI President Reginald Schaumans. He will be remembered with respect and admiration for his leadership and commitment to JCI. 

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