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27th Jan, 2015

JCI Leeds New Members Night
by Fiona Silvester on January 27, 2015 15:59


JCI Leeds made a flying to start to the year with their launch and new members event on 21st January 2015.  Alex Byers, Georgina Freeman and Emma Eastwood's hardwork paid off and the event was a huge success.  Alex Byers said:


"2015  started with a great event on Wednesday.  Despite the snow that threatened to prevent people attending we had nearly 20 people at our launch.  With fantastic support from across the region we talked to all the potential members in the room.  Within 24 hours we had 3 membership forms returned and are now looking forward to talking to the other attendees in the next couple of weeks."

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JCI Leeds have already got events planned for the next few months so be sure to check them out.  A list of February's events is below.



4th- Council Meeting @ Browns 6.30pm

12th - Social @ The Adelphi 6.30pm

17th - Training- Self Defence with Ben Higo from AEGIS Martial Arts venue TBC 6pm

21st - JCI Impact and JCI Achieve in Sheffield

28th Feb-1stt March- Marketing Academy


Congratulations to the whole JCI Leeds team - your hard work is paying off.


Like us on facebook /JCILeeds or follow us on twitter @JCILeeds to get more event updates!!


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12th Jan, 2015

JCI Yorkshire 2015
by CharliePearson on January 12, 2015 09:53


Well it's 2015 and the Yorkshire chambers are going full force! At the end of each month I will be pulling together a list of what they are all up to and sharing it with everyone, there will be two this month to make sure we don't miss all the fantastic stuff happening in January!

Before we do cover off the list of events I wanted to introduce myself. For those of you who don't know me I am Charlie and I am Yorkshire Regional Group Chairman for 2015. I joined JCI at the very end of 2011 and quickly became involved becoming JCI Barnsley Deputy President in June 2012 and then President in 2013. I was a fantastic year (top three most outstanding chambers in Europe!), one I couldn't believe was going to come to an end so I decided it didn't have to and with the Rotherham Relaunch team behind me I became President of JCI Rotherham in 2014. Yes I know three very busy years! So time for a new challenge and a very different role. During 2015 I will be supporting all the chambers in Yorkshire, mentoring and coaching local presidents, chairing and co-coordinating regional activities and events, supporting regional events and representing the region on National Board. It is safe to say I am going to have a busy year and everyone is going to see a lot of me!

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It's only 12 days in but we have been busy already. The  JCI Yorkshire Presidents and Deputies meet for the first forum of the year last week and I was blown away with everything going on, we also set all the regional event dates for the year. To add to that the new JCI UK board meet for the first time last weekend and I have to say it looks like it is going to be a very exciting year!

Over the next few weeks there is loads going on around the region and UK. Check it all out!


14th - JCI Rotherham Open Night

-  JCI Sheffield Develop to Succeed Training Session

16th - JCI Barnsley Annual Dinner

21st - JCI Leeds 2015 Launch Night

23rd - JCI Sheffield New Members Night

26th - JCI Rotherham Goal Setting Training Session

28th - JCI Sheffield Network Wednesday

- JCI Harrogate Training Session

29th - JCI Sheffield Panto

- JCI Barnsley Program Launch Night

JCI Doncaster AGM

31st - JCI UK Inspiration Day


1st - National training session for local council teams

6th - JCI Rotherham Annual Dinner

9th - JCI Sheffield First Aid Training Session

12th - JCI Leeds Social

21st - JCI Rotherham Come Dine With ME

- JCI Sheffield Training (JCI Achieve and JCI Impact)

26th - JCI Rotherham Stargazing

28th - JCI UK Marketing Academy


This year we will also have a range of Regional events held across Yorkshire so keep these dates in the diary!

23rd March - Big Supper hosted by JCI Bradford

26th May - Extempore Competition hosted by JCI Sheffield

30th June - Wharfedale Quiz hosted by JCI Barnsley

12th July - Run With Us - Leeds 10k run (run or volunteer)

1st August - Yorkshire Day

17th October - Yorkshire Conference hosted by JCI Rotherham (including public speaking and debating competitions as well as Regional awards dinner and loads more!)

8th December - JCI Yorkshire AGM &social hosted by JCI Leeds


As well as all that going on during the year you will probably hear myself talk about Yorkshire Story. This is the project we will be running in line with the world 100 year website that share stories of JCI around the world. JCI chambers in Yorkshire have been united since 1955 so lets shout about what we do and share our stories! We have a couple of plans for this and you will certainly hear more about that from me later in the year.

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I think that is all from me this month Yorkshire see you all soon!


Charlie Pearson 

JCI Yorkshie 2015 Regional Group Chair








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31st Dec, 2014

Pound a Day hints, tips and FAQs
by Katie Ogley on December 31, 2014 17:20


It is fantastic to hear of so many members undertaking this challenge for the first time!  So, below are some tips and FAQs gathered from people in previous years to help you along your way.


Hints and Tips

As we’re going to be living on limited resourced, here are a couple of tips on ways to make the most of the food you have and avoid wastage.

Plan your meals

When making your shopping list, try to choose foods that can be made into meals, rather than random individual items. That way you can make the most out of what you buy and avoid having leftover items at the end of the week. 

Know your dates

I’m sure we all check the dates on food when we buy it, but do we know what these dates mean and are we throwing good food away unnecessarily?

• Use by: Food can be eaten up to the end of the ‘use by’ date, but not after even if it looks and smells fine.

• Sell by: You can ignore these dates as they are for shop staff, not shoppers.

• Display until: You can ignore these dates too, as they are also for shop staff.

• Best before: These dates refer to quality rather than food safety. When the date is passed, the food won’t be unsafe but might begin to lose its flavour or texture. One exception, however, is eggs. Never eat eggs after the ‘best before’ date. 

Be fridge smart

• Store your leftovers in clear containers, that way you can see them so you’re less likely to forget about them.

• Don’t slice your food before putting it in the fridge. When slicing meat and vegetables you are increasing the surface area that is exposed to air. Keeping them whole in the fridge will ensure they stay fresh for as long as possible.

Use your freezer

• If there are fresh items that you won’t use before their best before date, such as bread, freeze them and defrost just the quantity you need as and when required.  A number of people have even frozen milk!  Putting it in ice cube trays makes it just the right size for tea and coffee and you only have to defrost what you need.



You’re doing what?!

I’m living off £1 a day for a week for all food and drink, including luxuries such as dining out and alcohol etc!  Unlike most people living on such a tight budget, we don’t have to worry about how much it costs to get to the supermarket, to cook the food or to keep ourselves entertained when we’rehungry!

Why?  How will this raise money?

The money saved from there difference between the £7 budget and a persons normal weekly food and drink spend, is donated to Save the Children via  Save the Children was chosen as the challenge’s chosen charity as they work on preventing food poverty, not only in developing countries, but also in the UK.

The challenge isn’t just about raising money though.  Our members undertaking the challenge will see what it is like to live in this situation and actually experience the conditions they are trying to improve.

Can you eat food you already have? Or things people buy for you?

No! Every year people kindly offer to buy us drinks or to have us round for dinner. Accepting donations of food defeats the purpose of the challenge, as most of us could live quite easily on the generosity of our friends for a week.  A lot of other people aren’t so lucky and are in the situation much more long term.   

Is it unhealthy?

The kind of diet certainly does have limitations long term, but for a week most people actually eat healthier in many ways. Mainly because they can only afford one coffee a day and no alcohol, chocolate, cakes etc. Also having to plan all meals and eat at home so less eating out and take out foodA number of members reported weight loss during the week, but the aim is to try and achieve a manageable, healthy diet, not use the challenge as a kick start to a diet.  We would advise anyone to consult a doctor if they have any medical conditions before taking part. 

Has it changed your perception or food habits?

Absolutely!  Since undertaking the challenge in the past, many members have reviewed their spending habits and certainly taken action on how much food they waste.  It also gave an insight to how lucky we are and how difficult it can be to run a home and manage a job when you are hungry and irritable.

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27th Dec, 2014

The Pound a Day Challenge is Back!
by Katie Ogley on December 27, 2014 16:24


As I’m sat here writing this, I’m feeling full and bloated after all the Christmas festivities.  I am also feeling grateful that I have the means to celebrate in such a lavish way.  The Pound a Day Challenge is a perfect way to remedy this!   Not only does it mean that I will spend a week without the unhealthy luxuries, such as takeout food and alcohol, but also do something positive to help those who are less fortunate.

The question is, who’s joining me?!

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Whether you're taking part for the first time or need a refresher from last year, below are the rules for the Pound a Day Challenge!

- Your £7 weekly budget has to include both food and drink. 

- You donate the difference between your £7 budget and your normal food and drink spend and donate it through the Just Giving page.

- You can use basic seasonings of salt and pepper from your cupboard. However, you cannot use additional spices such as chilli and garlic unless you buy them from your budget. 

- You can use oil for cooking purposes, but only in small qualities. It cannot be used in large amounts for things such as salad dressings unless you purchase it specifically for such dishes. 

- You cannot use sauces or condiments such as mayonnaise or ketchup unless you purchase them from your £7 budget. 

- You can buy items that come in large quantities, such as tea bags, split it and exclude the percentage of money for the amount taken out. However, you must declare this before the event and make sure you are not tempted to cheat and dip into the part that is from outside your budget!

Ways to get involved

- Undertake the full challenge, using the rules above.  We encourage this one the most as part of the challenge is understanding what it is like to live on such a small budget, as many people in the UK do.

- If you don’t feel able to commit to the full challenge, consider giving up a luxury item, such as alcohol or your favourite sweet treat, and donate what you would have spent.

- Sponsor other members taking part.

Registering for the Challenge

Register by making your donation (cost of your normal weekly shop minus £7) to the Just Giving page

Let us know what you're doing

We are big fans of active social networking so, whether funny or serious, get posting! 
We want to see your shopping list, recipe ideas and meal photos. We also want to know how you're doing throughout the event; is it easy? Are you struggling? Utilise the facebook group or tweet using #jciukpoundaday to share ideas and keep each other motivated.  JCI UK also has a Pound a Day Pinterest board so be sure to follow that for motivation.

Don't suffer in silence!

Participants are taking on a mighty challenge by doing this event and personally making valuable contributions to charity. So spread the word about what you're doing. Share the Just Giving link and get friends, family and colleagues to give up something small and donate the money in support of what you're doing. If they don't want to give something up then they can just make a donation as sponsorship. Good luck, I can't wait to hear how you get on!

If you have any questions about the event please contact Katie Ogley, Pound a Day Project Manager on or 07780642469.


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3rd Nov, 2014

Meeting JCI Minneapolis and JCI Saint Paul
by Fiona Silvester on November 3, 2014 23:08


Recently I started a new job that would mean travelling to North America on a regular basis.  My first trip was in September and last 6 days!  It left little time to escape work and see what America had to offer.  This trip is 12 nights and I knew I'd have a completely free night on Halloween.  What to do??  Sit in the mall ad people watch or find something else to do...


I knew JCI or Jaycees was a big deal in the US from other member's international experiences but that was all I knew.  I sent an email to JCI Minneapolis on the odd chance that something might be happening that I could tag along to - after all it was Halloween.  Kathleen from Minneapolis replied straight away saying she'd see what she could do.  Minneapolis and Saint Paul are twin cities so surprisingly close together and it turned out that night Elyssa from Saint Paul had arranged a meet up so Kathleen invited me along.  


It had been a long two days with work and as I sat for an hour and a half on two different trams (light rail to the US guys) I could feel my eyelids closing and I wondered what I was letting myself in for.  Surely a warm hotel room and an early night would've been a more sensible option!  Especially as it hadn't got above freezing all day!  (I hear the UK is still experiencing warm temperatures so please don't rub it in hehe - I've had to buy a woolly hat).  


As with all JCI events/meetings it was DEFINITELY worth the effort.  Everyone made me very welcome and I even got some delicious Thai food.

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Afterwards Elyssa, Kathleen and Samantha took me on a tour of Saint Paul and presented me with their 75th anniversary cook book.  I'm already excited for some of the recipes in there.  I'm now planning my next trip and hoping to make the the USA National Convention in March.  Thanks JCI Minneapolis and JCI Saint Paul!


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24th Oct, 2014

Who wants to join Team Deputy 2015?
by Sarah Beckwith on October 24, 2014 19:01


I was absolutely thrilled to be elected as JCI UK Deputy National President 2015 at our AGM in September. I am really excited about next year. My role as deputy involves supporting National President, Drew Charman, the National Board team and local chambers in any way I can and planning the JCI UK strategy for 2016 and beyond. The thing I am looking forward to the most is working with the local deputy presidents. I can't wait to find out who the members are that I will be taking those roles. Could it be you?

Why be a deputy?

Leadership - JCI is an organisation dedicated to providing opportunities for our members to develop their skills and help others to do the same. The most important role in the organisation is local president (with preparation and support by the deputy being a big part of this). There is no better opportunity to develop your leadership skills - you will learn an incredible amount.

International experience - You get the chance to apply for one of the JCI UK places at JCI European Academy, the 5 day academy in Sweden for incoming local presidents. It is one of the most unique and brilliant experiences you can have as a JCI member. You can read about some past delegates' experiences on these blogs:

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Local Deputies Wasim (Leeds), Soraya (London), Luke (Birmingham) and Mark (Sheffield)
at European Academy 2014

Meet great people - Those you work with as deputies and presidents are your support network. I challenge you to spend two years working with these inspiring individuals and not come out with friends for life. I certainly have, in fact many of us have gone on to work together at a national level.

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Drew (National President 2015), Kate (National President 2014) and I were Deputy Presidents then Presidents together in 2010/2011 for Southampton, Sheffield and London respectively and are now all on the National Board team

Team Deputy - Isn't being a Local President hard work I hear you ask? Well, yes, I'm not going to lie, it is always a challenge (otherwise you're probably not doing it right), but it is totally worth it. Going on the leadership journey of deputy president then president of JCI London has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and something which I am unbelievably proud of. Don't believe me? Just read some of the blogs from local presidents from chambers around the country (for example:

And you will not be alone! Over the past few years JCI UK has implemented a training programme for deputies and presidents. This takes place at the National Events (Inspiration Day, Presidents and Deputies Day, AGM & National Convention). I've started working on what this will cover for the deputies, including skills for preparing to be president, sharing best practice and working on ideas for how to make JCI UK the best it can be (locally and nationally). The most important thing is that we build a team and how we spend our time together will be driven by the members of that team - we will decide what we do and how we do it.

If anyone would like to have a chat about Team Deputy 2015, please drop me a line at and we can arrange a time to talk. Also get in touch with your chamber deputy (Local President 2015) who can take you through their experience of being deputy, plans for your chamber next year and the process for election.


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18th Oct, 2014

All the info you need about National Convention 2014
by Sarah Beckwith on October 18, 2014 16:56


Follow this link to find the stunning brouchure for the JCI UK National Convention 2014, taking place in Canary Wharf on the weekend of 14-16 November.  You can find trainers bios, details of the programme and pictures of all the venues.  

For a limited time only, you can get a full convention ticket for £150. The ticket price includes:

  • Keynote speaker on Friday
  • Buffet dinner on Friday night
  • Access to all our fantastic training sessions on Saturday
  • Buffet Lunch on Saturday
  • The excitement of the JCI UK Public Speaking, Extempore and Debating Competitions
  • Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony on Saturday night including pre-dinner drink, 3 course meal and half a bottle of wine or soft drink alternative
  • Inspirational training session with a community steer on Sunday morning

You can sign up to this exciting event here.

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10th Oct, 2014

How I Came To Be On National Board - Michaela Schaller
by Michaela Schaller on October 10, 2014 18:40


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I had been a member of my Local Council team since January 2014 when I read Kirstie Draper's post on facebook with her news that she was pregnant and therefore would be standing down from her role as the National Marketing Director.  I was looking after marketing, strategic and operational, in my job at that time and thought I also could gather some relevant experience during my JCI career.  As I was looking to get involved on the National Board at one point anyway, I thought: why not now?  I contacted Kirstie and Kate Senter, 2014 National President. to learn about the process and finally handed in my Intention To Stand form.

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4th Oct, 2014

How I Came To Be On National Board - Debbie Worthington
by Michaela Schaller on October 4, 2014 18:00


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I joined JCI Barnsley back in 2005 when I was looking for a way to meet new people in a new town and get some business skills to boot!  My employer pointed me in the direction of JCI and I attended the Yorkshire Regional Extempore event being hosted in Barnsley soon after.  I was amazed by the confidence on display that night and the supportive atmosphere that spurred on the first-time competitors to give it a whirl.

The following year I was encouraged to join my Local Council as Newsletter Editor and Personal Development Director for the National Convention and have been active at a local council level ever since. I even gave the extempore competition hosted by JCI Bradford a go!  In 2009 I had the honour of leading JCI Barnsley as Local President which gave me more of an insight into what could be achieved by the National Board.

Having shown interest in taking on a new challenge the Deputy National President at the time, Lesley Young, was keen to find out what I could bring to the party.  So in 2010 I was elected into the role of Administration Director where I got to make good use of my organisational skills and became the 'Admin Bird'.  I can't have messed it up that badly as Alli Cowell, the 2011 National President, asked me to stay on for another year!

After two great years learning loads of new skills, meeting new people and serving the organisation, I took a couple of years off to get married, buy a new home and support my local chamber as they went from strength to strength.  The international element of JCI has always been an unexpected bonus to my membership and the International Director role was one I'd always hoped to hold.  This year I took the plunge and submitted my intention to stand to Kate Senter, 2014 National President, which she thankfully supported, along with the members, and I was voted in at the AGM.

I've loved my roles on National Board and every year has been very different and rewarding in unexpected ways.  If you think you have something to give, make it known to your Local President, Regional Group Chair or a member of National Board and see where those conversations take you!


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1st Oct, 2014

Meet a Senator!
by Sarah Beckwith on October 1, 2014 21:19


Ever wondered what a senator is and does?  We talk to Senator #44100 Peter Duffy, who has recently been elected as 2015 Vice Chairman of the British Senate.

Please could you explain to us what a senator is?
Established in 1952 at the 7th JCI World Congress in Melbourne Australia by Philip Pugsley, a Senatorship is the highest award that can be bestowed on a JCI Member and is a unique way to pay tribute to an individual for his/her dedication and outstanding service to JCI.  It also bestows a lifetime membership of the JCI Organisation providing an enduring link to JCI members worldwide, thus creating a link from the past to the present.

I understand you started your JCI career in Africa - could you share some experiences from your time as a JCI member there?
Indeed, I was invited by my then girlfriend to a Chapter meeting in Harare Zimbabwe back in early 1982, met the most interesting group of people and was hooked!! Joined as a member within weeks and so started a series of experiences including being a member, Chapter Secretary, Vice President & President, moving on to be a National Secretary, Executive Vice President and then National President in 1986. Along the way running, as well as participating in various projects, as you do.  The biggest was being a member of the COC for the 1984 JCI Area A Conference, but also being National Conference Director twice.

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My year as National President was amazing, travelling to the Area A Nairobi Conference where I met my future wife.  Actually we met, got engaged and married all in 6 months and are still together 28 years later!!

I was honoured to be appointed the JCI Area A Growth & Development Director for East & Southern Africa by the World President in 1987, as well as serving as National IPP and Senate Chairman.  I served as the COC Chairman for the 1992 Area A Harare Conference and of course was awarded my Senatorship in 1989. I have attended 3 World Congresses (Leipzig will be my 4th), 5 Area A Conferences and some 15 National Conventions over my JCI career.

This may sound like a resume, but anyone who has held Chapter, National offices or run projects will understand the camaraderie and special experiences that both JCI and its members offer, they are all for the memory books and help to give special meaning to being a member of this wonderful organisation.

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Honestly through the internet......

When I first arrived in the UK in 2003 things were very hard for me, I really had to start again from scratch, like a school leaver, but once things improved and I was more settled I realised I missed my JCI family.  With a small amount of searching on the internet I reached out in 2010 to the then Senate Chairman Marretta Coleman who encouraged me to attend my first UK Senate weekend in St David's. Once again both my wife Dominique (who is also a Senator) and I were blown away by the openness and welcome we received, it was just like I had never left. Once again I was hooked and got involved, slowly at first but attending more & more events each year till I was elected to the Senate Council for 2014 and have/will attend every Senate Weekend in the UK this year, and have now been elected the British Senate Deputy Chairman for 2015.

What has JCI done for you professionally and personally?
This is a tough question, it's so much - but to sum it up briefly I feel that it has made me a better citizen - I am more in tune with humanitarian affairs worldwide and in the work place I feel that the exposure JCI has given me during my younger years has stood me in good stead, making me a more rounded individual. My career has, without a doubt, developed due to the experiences I learnt in running projects and holding office within JCI. I have always loved the international fellowship of JCI, it also gave me a wife & best friend, and I can personally say I have friends in dozens of countries around the world, special people that I can share a bond with.

What resulted in you being awarded a Senatorship?
A Senatorship is a surprise, an honour, recognition as well as a status, I honestly don't know what part of my career with JCI resulted in my award, I would like to believe a bit of it all - dedication, lots of spare time dedicated to service? Perhaps you tell me...

What does it mean to you to be a senator?
Firstly to be so honoured by your peers is a great buzz, you for sure don't want to let the organisation down, so behave as a true JCI member.

Secondly to quote 4 lines of the JCI Creed would for me sum it up:
That the brotherhood of man transcends the sovereignty of nations.
That service to humanity is the best work of life.
That earth's great treasure lies in human personality.
That governments should be of laws rather than of man.

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Party, Party, Party - well that's part of it!!  Each year the British Senate Chairman will, with support from Senators, arrange a number of social events that will foster fellowship and the spirit of JCI - the coming together of Senators in friendship + social interaction = party!!

There is a serious side as well - at these functions there will usually be a Council meeting to conduct the business of Council, an Annual AGM to elect officers to Council and to encourage interaction with Senators from around the world but usually from the ASE (Association of Senators of Europe).

How can senators help JCI UK and its members?
It's a fine line to balance help vs interference, and so Senators may appear aloof & distant - this is because (in my opinion) as soon as you say "when I was in JCI", or any variation of that, you are not helping but directing, this is NOT what Senators are about. So what can we do to help?

Personally I believe we are a storehouse of history of the organisation, a group that questions can be asked (for information) and at times with the right briefing support at events like new members evenings & National Conventions where personal experiences can be shared to encourage people to join or stand for office, to be an inspiration.

The British Senate also sponsor the Best New Member allowing them some financial support to attend an international event to learn more about JCI.

Finally, and to support the "non-interference" point - the request, question, invite needs to come from JCI UK members, Chapter Presidents or the National Board, I strongly believe this is the best approach, and am positive if asked you will always find a Senator willing and able to help to the best of their ability.

What's your best advice for JCI UK members?
Enjoy to the full your time with the organisation!!  This is an unbelievable group of young and old(er) people, participate, party and enjoy, work hard and rest assured the time and effort will reap benefits - it has for me.

Thank you very much Peter for some really interesting and inspiring stories!


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