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31st Jan, 2012

New Year, New Challenge
by Sarah Beckwith on January 31, 2012 23:16


In the last two years JCI has definitely taken me outside of my comfort zone - way out of it in fact!  The roles of JCI UK National Convention Director and JCI London President were a big challenge.  And while I love a challenge, I am looking forward to my role this year as national admin and membership direction, which suits my organised and detail-orientated personality.

That does not mean the role won't be challenging.  Co-ordinating this year's national board, with its high proportion of impulsive extroverts will be one.  Helping out our very diverse chambers across the country, who will each have different needs and challenges of their own will be another.  I can't wait!

One of the things I enjoy most about JCI is the chance to work with a broad mix of people with different personalities and professions.  I am excited to be on national board with members from chambers across the country, which I'm sure will be a very different experience to being on a local council.

I am looking forward to using my two years of experience as JCI London's membership director to develop and bring new ideas to my role.  I am already getting a buzz every time I get a notification that a new member has signed up on the website (and the year has started VERY well in this respect!). 

f there is anything I can help with, let me know.  I'd love to hear your ideas on membership - how can we improve the JCI experience for our members?  What are we doing well?  What is missing?  Contact me on



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23rd Jan, 2012

Planning into Action - First National Board weekend of the year
by Solveig Malvik on January 23, 2012 15:25


It was a long weekend, but it passed too quickly! This last weekend JCI UK National Board for 2012 had our first proper meeting as National Board and team.

And we focused a lot on the team. Looking at personalities, values, where we think the UK and JCI in the UK will go, and what we would be if we were to be an app...We laughed a lot and amazingly despite working from 10am to 7pm on Saturday, the talk and mood was still going strong when we went for dinner later Saturday night.

Saturday night did not get late, because we all had an early start Sunday morning. Sunday started with website training, then planning the whole year.

Overall we did a lot of planning, a lot of discussing, and a lot of trying to get our heads around how things will work in 2012.

On Sunday the project leaders joined us and were able to pull together the whole year from January to December and look at what has to happen when. We have lots of exciting plans to launch at Inspiration Day and in our email newsletters to all of our dear members.

A big thank you to Steven Vandevelde, RGC North and General Manager Holiday Inn Sheffield for allowing us to use his hotel the whole weekend.

JCI UK national board planning the year
Pulling together the plan for the year

JCI UK national board playing muscial chairs
Musical chairs

Kate Senter putting feedback letters into envelopes at the first national board weekend of 2012
Feedback and encouragement is also needed

JCI UK national board sharing plans of action
Discussing plans of actions for 2012

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17th Jan, 2012 how is it going?
by Solveig Malvik on January 17, 2012 16:50


Solveig Malvik, 2012 JCI UK National PresidentThis weekend I had my first full weekend of JCI engagements as JCI UK National President. The first weekend of many to come. I think I have a free weekend some time in May, otherwise my weekends are filled with National Board meetings, international meetings, training weekends and international conventions. All good fun and all of it things I'm really looking forward to.

The weekend started in Barnsley with the JCI Barnsley 60th Annual Dinner. JCI Barnsley as always did a brilliant job with good speeches, good food and good people. It is no little feat to celebrate a 60th anniversary. How many other clubs and organisations, even companies, do you know that has survived for 60 years? 

The weekend continued at the British Senate Drumming Out in Northampton. 2011 JCI UK National President Allison Cowell gave a speech at the dinner drumming out 2011 Senate Chair David Butcher, while I gave a speech at the breakfast the next day, drumming in 2012 Senate Chair Julie Blakey.

It was a great experience and it's a good feeling thinking that in 10, 20 or 50 years it is us sitting there sharing memories of our active days.

I lost count over the weekend how many times I was asked how my year is going so far, and all of two weeks in, I could answer honestly that so far I'm having fun, having a great time, working with amazing people.

I hope you've all signed up for Inspiration Day in Birmingham the 28th of January. We have more than 40 sign ups, and even guests from as far as Mongolia and Finland. If you haven't, sign up before 22nd January!

See you soon!





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9th Jan, 2012

JCI World President Bertolt Daems to visit the UK
by Solveig Malvik on January 9, 2012 11:41


JCI World President Bertolt DaemsWe've just received news that the JCI World President Bertolt Daems from the Netherlands will be visiting the United Kingdom 9th to the 11th of February!

President Daems will arrive in London the morning of the 9th and leave from Sheffield for Scotland for his visit to JCI Scotland the morning of the 11th.

The JCI World President, like all positions in JCI, has one year to lead. The President is elected at the World Congress the proceeding year and takes office the 1st of January in the year, holding office until the 31st of December. You can read more about what it takes to become World President on our "get involved" page.

Typically the World President visits between 70 and 90 countries in his or her year in office, we are therefore grateful that the President has chosen to visit us here in the UK.

Where can you meet the President?

While the details of the schedule is still being ironed out (for information on what it takes to host a World President, read the protocol document), the plan is that members can meet the President in both London and Sheffield during the visit. 

Plans are being put in place and in the meantime, save the date for

London: 9th February
Sheffield: 10th February

Both JCI London and JCI Sheffield as well as National Board are busy preparing an outstanding programme for the President's visit.

For more information about President Daems you can read his bio, read his (or JCI's) Plan of Action for 2012 or visit his campaign page.

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4th Jan, 2012

Video message - Welcome to JCI UK in 2012
by Solveig Malvik on January 4, 2012 10:49


2nd Jan, 2012

Junior chamber members are saving lives by halting the spread of malaria, and helping to sell Yorkshire to a global audience.

Yorkshire entrepreneurs are leading a UK revival of Junior Chamber International (JCI), the organisation that supports young business leaders.

JCI’s Yorkshire and Lincolnshire network has almost 170 members, and Kate Senter, the president of Sheffield JCI, is helping to relaunch the operation in Birmingham, where JCI has struggled in recent years.

Yorkshire’s growing importance as a base for the JCI network is reflected in the fact that the county has staged the JCI UK National Convention twice in the last three years – Sheffield in 2011 and Leeds in 2009.

JCI – a volunteer network for people in their twenties and thirties – was founded in 1915 in St Louis, Missouri. It spread to the UK in 1925. JCI gives young professionals the chance to take part in community projects.

“The Yorkshire chambers support each other in a way that is not replicated elsewhere in the UK,” said Ms Senter. “We are all proud of our individual chambers but we are extremely proud to be JCI Yorkshire. That’s why we collectively hosted the JCI UK national convention, which was held in Sheffield and billed as ‘The Only Way is Yorkshire’.”

Sheffield is one of the biggest individual chambers with 80 members, while Leeds has 50. Bradford, Doncaster, Barnsley and Boston in Lincolnshire have 38 members between them.

Over the years, JCI in Yorkshire has provided mentoring for young people who have gone on to achieve national prominence. Bernard Hogan-Howe, the new Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, is a former member of JCI Sheffield.

Former US Presidents Al Gore, Bill Clinton and John F Kennedy were all members of JCI in the US.

In Leeds, JCI members have been doing their bit to fight malaria as part of a national campaign. Members produced a charity calendar to support the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign and they held a fashion show.

Ms Senter added: “2011 has seen many chambers increase their numbers and deliver award winning programmes. We are already seeing chambers working together to provide a truly regional offering to members and this is where our strength lies.

“In Yorkshire, we work as a team to provide the best value and the best experience for members.”

Ms Senter has been given the job of “rebuilding” JCI in Birmingham, where the chamber is due to be revived at an event this month (JAN). She added: “2012 will be about strengthening our chambers and ensuring that we continue to be a relevant and accessible organisation for ambitious young people who want to make a positive impact.”


Published in the Yorkshire Post on Monday 2 January 2012 10:50

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