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29th Aug, 2015

Membership is power!
by Drew Charman on August 29, 2015 19:46


Membership is power

Having just sent out one of my regular emails to the 2015 JCI UK Local Presidents, Deputy Presidents and the National Board team which commenced with a section on Membership I thought I'd post that particular element here as it's a pertinent reminder about what local Chambers, and indeed other membership organisations, can do to ensure a good focus on membership is retained

We all know that membership retention and growth in particular are two constant hot topics for JCI and similar organisations – locally, nationally and indeed globally.  We are a membership-based organisation and without continued focus on this we essentially cease to exist.

Membership Tree

Unfortunately members don’t grow on trees and there’s no one solution which fixes all but there are a number of best practice hints and tips to help with membership activities.  JCI UK Membership Director Fiona Silvester has previously shared some of these with the local Chambers via their Membership Directors and I would encourage local Council teams to keep referring back to these.   

But what else can you do?  Well, there’s lots!  Off the top of my head:

- Regularly engage with your members personally – I can’t emphasise enough how much the personal touch helps.

- Remember the JCI UK Pathways Framework and get members to utilise it by following it and getting involved with both attending and helping organise events.

- Start planning (if you haven’t already) your New Member Evenings for September/October.  A good NME is a great way to introduce potential new members to the benefits of joining your orgnaisation

- Work on your websites – an up-to-date content-rich website is one of your primary marketing tools.

- Keep blogging and posting articles to ensure your our online marketing presence is current.

- Don’t forget to engage local business and community leaders to champion the benefits of joining an organisation like JCI.  Meetings with HR Managers/Directors of firms inyour area plus meetings with the Chamber of Commerce and other similar groups/orgs can be a great way of getting your chamber/organisation back into people’s minds, and can also help forget those all important strategic partnerships.

- Encourage your members to attend events at all levels – it’s not a big secret that getting members to attend national and international events over and above local events usually results in a long lasting membership for most as members get to see that there's much, much more to the organisation than they might already know.  Bursaries are usually available to help with this.

- Consider introducing a local recognition/reward scheme to acknowledge all members who have brought in guests.  It doesn’t have to be big – even a little gift such as chocolates or a card to say thank you can speak volumes.

- Even if there is low attendance bookings for an event, still go ahead with it.  Just one impressed attendee can generate great feedback and important leads.  Continuity matters so don’t give up!

- Remind, repeat and reiterate!  Don’t leave renewals to chance. Make sure there is plenty of warning for your members over and above the emails they automatically receive from JCI UK.

- Don’t forget we’re approaching Membership Impact Week (or month for some) so plan what your chamber will be doing to promote this.

Working effectively together with your leadership team, including your Membership Director, is key.  Work closely together and always keep your eye on this important part of running an effective local organisation.


Drew Charman
2015 National President - JCI UK National Board
Senator #73605

Tel: +44 7730 594408
Twitter: @JCI_Drew

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21st Aug, 2015

Introducing our candidates for Deputy National President 2016
by Sarah Beckwith on August 21, 2015 15:56


We are very excited to announce that there are two members standing for the position of Deputy National President 2016. The person elected will go on to be the JCI UK National President in 2017.

It is fantastic that we have two passionate and dedicated members who have put themselves forward for this role. The candidates are Michael Steel from JCI Southampton and Mark Smith from JCI Sheffield. You can download their intention to stand documents by clicking on their names.

Over the next few weeks leading up to the election, you will have the opportunity to get to know the candidates further via blogs, videos and newsletters. We encourage you to read the candidates' intentions to stand, listen to their ideas and ask them questions.

The election will take place at the JCI UK AGM on 12 September in Sheffield. Each local chamber will be able to vote for their preferred candidate and we encourage you to let you Local President know your thoughts on this important decision for the future of JCI UK.

If you have any questions about the election process, then please contact 2015 Deputy National President Sarah Beckwith.


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20th Aug, 2015

2015 UK TOYP Honouree - Jane Burston
by James Lambert on August 20, 2015 07:30


Jane Burston has been selected in the final 20 of the world competition. Please see below why Jane was selected as a JCI UK TOYP honoree.


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As a strong believer that climate change will be the defining issue of her generation, Jane Burston takes no shortcuts. Cycling to work daily, supporting energy reduction and sustainability initiatives in the office and attempts not to fly for work whenever possible, Burston is wholeheartedly committed to leading a conscious lifestyle that sustains the earth.

In 2008 Jane co-founded Carbon Retirement, a social enterprise that reformed emissions trading and carbon offsetting, securing government and NGO clients. The social enterprise won itself and Burston numerous awards for outstanding innovation and entrepreneurship. During this time Burston began volunteering much of her time to advocate for sustainable climate practices and improve emissions trading. It was in 2011 that Burston made the move to the National Physical Laboratory to establish and run the Centre for Carbon Measurement, providing the measurements critical to ensuring we can mitigate and adapt to climate change. The Centre is the first of its kind in the world, bringing together the work of 120 scientists. At the Centre, Burston grew funding and partnerships significantly in the area of climate change including developmental links with the World Economic Forum, the UK Department for Energy and Climate Change and the Climate Change Committee.

Burston is dedicated to creating a future where people have a better quality of life, in a way that protects the planet and preserves the same quality of life for future generations. She is dedicated to her principles both personally and professionally, making a real difference to a global challenge.

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19th Aug, 2015

Meet the Member - Abdulkader Aljandani (JCI London)
by Fiona Silvester on August 19, 2015 09:07


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Introducing the lovely Abdulkader.

Which chamber are you a member of?

How long have you been a JCI member?
8 months

What made you join?
I went to the last world congress in Germany and realised how big and amazing JCI is so it felt like a privilege to be part of such an exceptional network of young people!


What is the most interesting JCI event you've been to and why?
Field visits to Porsche and DHL in Leipzig, Germany organised by JCI World Congress committee. An eye-opener to the almost perfect management style that makes the German companies what they are today. Thanks to JCI contacts, I went back to visit the same sites with my students last February :)

I have been to the EA in Sweden recently and had a blast!!!!

Had JCI presented any unusual/interesting opportunities?
Yes - I have a full network of JCI friends now which have been invited to join us for the twinning weekend organised by JCI London in September! I am also looking forward to connect with other JCIs next month when I attend the Know How Transfer event in Brussels!  Also, I am in touch training directors in the UK to organise workshops for JCI members!

What is your job/career/profession/business?
I work as a Senior Lecturer (Quantitative Analysis) in the higher education in Regents University London. I am also the director of a startup company that delivers training in business and financial forecast, MC Analytics.

Has JCI had any impact on your job/career/profession/business?
Yes - please see above!

What's your proudest achievement?
PhD in Quantitative Analysis Finance

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If you were given the chance to enter the Big Brother house would you?
I would probably shy away!

Tell us something crazy/dangerous/inspiring/unusual you have done
Quitting my job as a manager in Toyota Motor Corporation and going back to university to pursue my dreams!!


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18th Aug, 2015

New Partnership
by MichaelSteel on August 18, 2015 16:38


We are delighted to announce that Youth Employment UK (YEUK) have joined us as our latest partner!

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YEUK is the leading campaigning and membership organisation dedicated to tackling youth unemployment in the UK.

They believe that their approach to youth unemployment is unique and sustainable and one that will have the biggest impact on the growing crisis. Their campaign is supported by an advisory board of members who have extensive knowledge and experience within youth employment which ensures that they deliver on their mission detailed below.

- To support young people (Age 16-24) not in employment, education or training (NEET)
- Bring together organisations working to support NEET young people, in order to share ideas, information and best practice; to encourage collaboration.
-Encourage organisations to become members of Youth Employment UK CIC and sign up to the Positive Youth Charter
-To support employers to reduce barriers which currently prevent young people from gaining employment
-To support schools to cultivate well equipped employees of the future
-To improve links between business and education
-To support young people with quality information and sign posting of the services and opportunities available to them
-To listen to young people's voices
-To campaign as one central voice on matters regarding youth employment to government

To find out more information about YEUK visit their website at:

"I am thrilled to have YEUK on board with JCI UK. Both our organisations are making so much positive impact within the lives of young people and together our voice becomes louder. I have been truly inspired meeting some of their Youth Ambassadors and am extremely excited about future work and projects together." 
Michael Steel, JCI UK Strategic Partnership Director  

"YEUK and our Youth Ambassadors are proud to partner with JCI UK. Together, we will be even more effective in helping to bridge the gap between the needs of young people and employers. We are looking forward to bringing together our regional teams with JCI Members and working on local projects to support our vision of a more youth friendly culture among UK employers."
Sylvia Mclevy, Youth Ambassador Mentor Youth Employment UK

More information on how you get can involved will be made available through your local JCI UK Local President shortly.

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14th Aug, 2015

Small Talk Project: Investing in Inter-Cultural Dialogue
by Drew Charman on August 14, 2015 17:16


 Small Talk Project


It gives me great pleasure to announce the Small Talk Project – a fantastic ‘nearly-all-paid-for’ cultural exchange training programme which I've been working on, on behalf of JCI UK, with JCI Malta and 3 other NOMs (JCI Estonia, JCI Jordan & JCI Morocco).

Initiated and led by JCI Malta, this project has been a few months in the making.  Each participating NOM has had to apply for EU / Erasmus funding.  I’m pleased to let you know that following our successful application, JCI UK has been allocated 10 delegate spaces with travel funding worth 8,200 Euros.


What’s it all about?

The European Union since its inception has always underlined the importance of respect for diversity - be it cultural, religious or linguistic.  In fact, a very important term has been coined that is synonymous to the European Union - ‘unity in diversity’.  Despite the drive by the EU to underline the importance of intercultural dialogue and inclusion, at times people tend to focus on what divides the people coming from different backgrounds and cultures rather than what unites us especially in light of what is currently happening in the world and in the immediate vicinities of Europe. The key is therefore to find common ground while appreciating the differences and focus on dialogue.

It is for this reason that JCI Malta decided to come up with a project that focuses on inter-cultural dialogue and inclusion.

This course will offer an opportunity for delegates to reflect on issues which are common to all of us; a Europe which is made up of different cultural minorities and how we can improve dialogue between the different cultures co-existing in one country.

The training course will thus focus mainly on three issues:


  1. Inter-cultural dialogue enhanced through inter-cultural communication
  2. Inclusion and young people within a European context
  3. Project Management and active participation of young people


As the team from JCI Malta have put it “This training will result in opportunities to actively participate; thus stimulating initiative and innovation. Therefore, the event shall generate an environment to support partner’s capacity building in the region on topics of inclusion and intercultural communication.”

The course leaders will use informal learning tools and outdoor education throughout this training week.  Graduating delegates will be awarded the Youth Pass – an official European certificate which assesses key competencies to be a better 21st Century citizens.


When & where is it being held?

27th September - 3rd October 2015 (Rabat, Malta)


What funding will delegates get?

The course plus all accommodation and meals will be free to the delegates (inclusive from arrival on Saturday 26th through to departure on Saturday 3rd October).  A travel budget of 8,200 Euros has been secured for JCI UK’s 10 nominated delegates, representing 820 Euros each – more than enough for a return flight and transfer costs.

Reimbursements of travel costs will be paid upon submission of all original receipts, tickets and boarding passes of both departure and return trips to JCI Malta.

Delegates will be housed in single rooms at the training and hosting facilities of the Archbishop Seminary in Rabat, Malta in a quaint and calm environment.


Who can apply?

We want those JCI UK members who might not normally have the opportunity to travel abroad to benefit first and foremost from this amazing opportunity.  Those members who have already been to conferences, academies or other events abroad (even with the assistance of a JCI UK or Senate bursary) are still free to apply however please note that preference will be given to those members who have yet to experience an international conference.

The course is open to non JCI members too, but again preference will be given to JCI UK members first & foremost.

Delegates must be free to attend during the dates outlined above. 


How do people apply?

As stated above, we want to maximise the benefit of this amazing opportunity.  Although we have a very limited time to market this event, we expect a number of people will want to attend due to it essentially being free. 

All interested applicants should apply to Drew Charman (JCI UK National President) Sarah Beckwith (JCI UK Deputy National President) and Wasim Alfaisal (JCI UK International Director), stating their name, chamber, contact details and why they would like to attend (i.e. what they expect to gain from attending).

The National Board team will review all applications to decide who to put forward based on this information, as well as which individuals/chambers we believe will most benefit from participation.  Successful applicants will then be directed to complete an online registration form.


Application Deadline(s)

JCI UK member registration of interest = COB Tuesday 1st September

Online application submission for successful UK delegates = COB Friday 4th September



More information on the project can be found on Facebook and on the dedicated website link below:

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JCI Malta website information:



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13th Aug, 2015

Believe the hype - a life changing experience at European Academy
by Sarah Beckwith on August 13, 2015 23:14


Fellow Jaycees said to me attending JCI European Academy was the best four days of their life - it was life changing - the best experience of the whole life so far. To be honest I thought it was an exaggeration and didn't think four days in Sweden would actually change my outlook on life and on JCI.

I applied to attend EA on behalf of the chamber as I wanted to put JCI Leeds is the best possible position during my year. I'm completely for the chamber and can't wait to share my knowledge with the rest of the members. I was extremely lucky to be selected as one of the 76 attendees this year and everything I learnt in those jam packed four days will remain skills and goals for the rest of my JCI and personal career.

I can't explain the ins and out of everything that went on during those four days because if you are lucky enough to have the opportunity to go you will feel what I feel at this moment in time. I may not be able to explain everything but I would like to share this picture with you.

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A picture really does say a thousand words.

During my four days I learnt a lot. I learnt a lot about myself and how I work as an individual and about how I can work as part of a team to get the best possible outcome. Everyone is different, their minds and personalities are different and everyone's colours can change at any point. As Jaycees we need to embrace this. Now I may not be the best digital marketer or the best at budgeting but someone in your team whether discovered or undiscovered will have these strengths and to fully succeed everyone has to contribute what they are brilliant at. By doing this as an organisation we will, one day, be able to achieve our vision of being the ‘leading global network of active citizens', our mission ‘to provide development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change' and achieve our values.

As an incoming local president for JCI Leeds 2016 I now feel I have the knowledge and the skills to do my best for the Leeds chamber and to help my team be the best they can be. I feel I can comfortably organise and help out with social events, development sessions, training sessions, community events and many many more in collaboration with many local businesses and more importantly our new Strategic Partner Chadwick Lawrence LLP.

It turns out those people - you know who you are - were right, I was naïve and EA is living proof that four days really can change your life.

By Georgina Freeman, Deputy President, JCI Leeds

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12th Aug, 2015

United Nations' International Youth Day 2015
by Drew Charman on August 12, 2015 13:01


Today is the United Nations' International Youth Day and this year’s theme is Youth Civic Engagement, which is about young people getting involved in issues that affect them, including both political and non-political topics.

Each year, people across the world put on events and share their stories.

You can find out more about International Youth Day at their website and see what events are going on across the country.


We'd love to know if you’ve been involved in anything, or have heard any other great stories of things going on within your local area (be it your local JCI chamber, workplace or community), that relate to International Youth day!

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12th Aug, 2015

Meet the Member - Chrissie Lewis (JCI Sheffield)
by Fiona Silvester on August 12, 2015 12:48


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Today we meet Chrissie Lewis who has bravely joined the JCI Sheffield council team in her first year.

Which chamber are you a member of?

How long have you been a JCI member?
6 months

What made you join?
I heard about JCI through my work place, but I decided to join because everyone was so friendly and welcoming.

What is the most interesting JCI event you've been to and why?
The JCI committee training in Manchester was interesting as we got to meet others in our roles in the region, we also got to understand a bit more about how our varying personalities work together.

Had JCI presented any unusual/interesting opportunities?
Most definitely, just the networking Wednesday's events alone are always interesting as all sorts of people, from every type of business background come along and there is always someone new to chat too!

What is your job/career/profession/business?
Student Voice Coordinator at Derby University. (Previously PR Account Exec)

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Has JCI had any impact on your job/career/profession/business?
It has made me far more confident in approaching new people.

Who is a leader you admire?
Not as such a leader, but Betty Friedan who is acknowledged as a writer who set off the second wave of feminism, by writing the influential book 'The Feminine Mystique'. She shaped the way that societies views are changing around women in the work place/ home and the way women are seen in the media.

What's your proudest achievement?
Achieving my personal best in the Great North Run last year.

If we came to your home and looked inside your refrigerator, what would we see?
Lots of veg, Onken yoghurt and smoothies!!

What is a good weekend to you?
A long run somewhere beautiful!

Tell us something crazy/dangerous/inspiring/unusual you have done
Zip trekked across Mont Tremblant in Canada.

Thanks Chrissie

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8th Aug, 2015

Meet the Member - Natalie Hutchins (JCI Southampton)
by Fiona Silvester on August 8, 2015 12:59


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Today I'm thrilled to introduce our newest member to complete a MTM post - Natalie Hutchins.

Which chamber are you a member of?


How long have you been a JCI member?
Only a couple of months!

What made you join?
The opportunity to network with people my own age. I wanted to meet people I had things in common with on both a social and professional level.

What is the most interesting JCI event you've been to and why?
I have only been to one event so far which was a drinks event but it was great to meet so many different and interesting people in such a lovely venue. I am looking forward to some of the amazing events coming up in the future!

Has JCI presented any unusual/interesting opportunities?
I was very lucky to have been given the opportunity to join the council as Community Director which I am very excited about and I look forward to finding the right community project for JCI Southampton to support in the next year.

What is your job/career/profession/business?
I am a fundraiser for a local charity called No Limits which is a youth information, advice, counselling and support charity working with and for young people aged under 26 years young people in Southampton and the surrounding areas of Hampshire.

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Has JCI had any impact on your job/career/profession/business?
JCI allows me to network with other professionals from a range of industries so I can tell them about the work that we do to raise awareness and see if there is any way we can work together.

Who is a leader you admire?
I don't have one I am afraid. I know I probably should but I generally tend to admire those who have been through some tough times in their life and remain positive and grateful or those whom I can relate to in terms of experiences.

What's your proudest achievement?
I think this is probably still to come so watch this space..............

If we came to your home and looked inside your refrigerator, what would we see?
Tupperware! I keep all my fruit like melon, mango, strawberries, blueberries etc stored in Tupperware boxes and it takes up a whole shelf in the fridge! I also have a whole shelf with jars of preserves & chutneys. I can't help myself I just love buying jams and chutneys and then it takes me months to eat it because I have so many open in one go!

What is a good weekend to you?
Whatever the time of year I always like to start Saturday and Sunday mornings with a workout in the gym. In the winter Saturday would be a coffee and cinema date with hubby and Sunday maybe going for a nice walk followed by roast dinner. In the summer time Saturday would be going to Lymington market in the morning followed by a BBQ in the evening with friends and Sunday maybe a bike ride and a picnic (preferably including a pub with a nice view for a drink at some point!)

Tell us something crazy/dangerous/inspiring/unusual you have done
I am probably one of very few people who have been to the most Northern Post Office (Svalbard) and the most Southern Post Office (Ushuaia) in the world within 4 months of each other. Not very rock & roll

Thanks Natalie!



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