Happy new year to you all!
I am absolutely honoured to be the JCI UK National President for 2019 and look forward to seeing as many of you as possible throughout the year.
As we go into a new and exciting year, our focus as a National Organisation shifts towards good health and wellbeing.
If we feel good about ourselves we are more likely to feel empowered and confident to create positive change, which is at the heart of what JCI is all about. There’s no doubt that this is easier said than done: it’s so easy to ‘beat yourself up’, be your own worst critic and to doubt your abilities and that can include grappling with mental health challenges. As your National President I want to make a difference by encouraging members to push away their self-doubt and to Step Up. I want to help you become the best person you can and want to be.
To kick this off, I encourage you all to take part in our #JCIUKStepUpJan campaign which gets you to take up some sort of exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, everyday in January and the idea is by doing it everyday, it will help to become a habit as part of a healthier you! Some of the activities I’m personally planning to do include: walking to work; cycling (I’ve not ridden a bike for years!); taking the dog for longer walks and on different routes and I’m even hunting down some dance classes!
It’s great to see lots of activities already being planned by lots of different chambers including park runs, netwalking events, charity walks and lots more in the pipeline. Ask your local council team or look out on Facebook to find out more. Remember to share what you are doing using #JCIUKStepUpJan on social media and to log your points – points mean prizes and a lucky winner will nab a package of goodies!
We already have an exciting first quarter planned for 2019 that includes our first national event of the year Mindful Matters on 2nd March, with JCI Impact training on 3rd March (details to be released soon). For those budding trainers out there, we will be running the brand new course of JCI Facilitator on 9th and 10th March for the very first time in the UK.
Check out what else we have in store for 2019 by watching our video.
Our keys actions will be based on creating impact; motivating our members; investing in our members and the organisation; collaborating with the right and key partners and connecting our members with each other.
I am lucky to have a very strong National Board team to support me in 2019 to implement our plan of impact Updated FINAL 2019 JCI UK Plan of Impact – #StepUp. We are also giving members the opportunity to join us for some of our meetings. If you are interested in this, please ask your Local President to be considered and also drop Vicky Biggs a line our Admin Director.
I am willing and able to Step Up for JCI UK and I call upon your support and help for you all to also Step Up in 2019.
National President 2019
This post was written by Mark Smith