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24th Apr, 2016

What it means to me to “Choose extraordinary”
by Celestine Onomo on April 24, 2016 20:24


Everyone who has joined JCI did it for a specific reason and everyone who has been in the organisation probably stayed for others.

I personally joined JCI because I wanted to make new connections within the city and extend some of my marketing skills. I stayed in JCI because I realise that there is more to learn that I could have imagine and that I actually love to learn.

JCI will connect not only people but also organisations. We were last year approached by the American Embassy to join a program they have created. At first, my reaction was to think that it is another commitment, that I won’t have time for it and then I remembered that opportunity rarely knock at the door, you have to create them.

I decided to apply for the program and was successful after a few days. The program aims to reinforce the link between the young leaders in the UK and the American government giving you access to monthly invitations to attend virtual talks or physical events.

 Now, have you ever seen on TV or looked at pictures in the news and thought how do ordinary people attend ‘’THESE” events? I have an answer, maybe not the only one but one. These people choose to push their boundaries, they choose a life where they are not scared by the unknown, they are not scared by the lack of sleep, they are scared of what they could be missing by not seizing an opportunity. That for me is my definition of “Choose extraordinary”, our 2016 National Theme.

On Thursday 14/04/2016, I received an email from the American Embassy, inviting me to attend President Barack Obama speech in London Saturday 23rd April 2016. Yes, that’s right, the American ambassador wrote an email to invite me (and program participant) to meet with “POTUS”.

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Due to the high demand, a ballot system was organised and I was placed on the waiting list. I can fairly said that I was not bothered to be on the waiting list but I was honoured and proud. I have the privilege to be part of an organisation that is well recognise in the world and that give me the opportunity to meet Barack Obama. How many of us can actually say it? I was part of the 500 members onwards in the UK who have been given the chance to receive an email offering me the possibility to attend Barack Obama speech in London. If I didn’t realise straight away how amazing this opportunity was, the faces and the reactions among the people I decided to tell reminded me how “uncasual this is”. One of my favourite was “ Now, I wish I had joined the program”.

What I’ve learnt and that I would like to share with you is to make sure you don’t live with regrets, don’t miss out on an opportunity to choose an extraordinary path because you are afraid you won’t be able to commit or you won’t have time. If an opportunity arises, you will find a way to make time for it.

Joining a group of young professionals such as JCI is like planting seeds and waiting for it to grow. Opportunities like meeting the President of the United States of America don’t happened by coincidence, I had to plant my opportunity by joining JCI and joining the US Embassy program and I just waited for it to grow and seized the opportunity to meet him.

Célestine, 2016 Local President

If you have any questions about JCI please do get in touch with me

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11th Apr, 2016

JCI Southampton visits No Limits by Minna Janhonen
by Celestine Onomo on April 11, 2016 11:43


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This year JCI Southampton’s Charity of The Year is No Limits. This means that we work closely with this particular charity, and try our best to help with their current activities as well as creating new ways to raise funds for the great cause. No Limits is a charity for young adults and it offers information, advice, counselling, advocacy and support for young people under 26 living in Southampton and Hampshire. 

On the first week of April JCI Southampton’s Council Board paid a visit to the No Limits drop in centre on High Street, Southampton. During the visit the board learned from Mrs. Natalie Hutchins, who works as a fundraiser for No Limits, of all the different ways this wonderful charity helps the local youth. Some of the projects are more permanent in their nature, some are more ad hock and based on acute need. 

Nevertheless, No Limits helps over 5 000 local young people annually, and the work is very valuable. One of the ways JCI Southampton is helping No Limits to raise funds is by taking part to the Southampton APB 10k and Half Marathon. On top of this the council board used some of the visiting time to come up with new ways to help the charity to raise funds; ideas are being developed, but one of them was to put the JCI Southampton’s members professional skills into action next Autumn in No Limit’s benefit. How this happens is yet to be confirmed. Don’t we just love to help the local community and come up with innovative ways to do it!

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11th Apr, 2016

"JCI Southampton runs for No Limits" by Christelle Robertson
by Celestine Onomo on April 11, 2016 08:07


JCI Southampton are going the “extra mile” again and are embarking on a fun filled yet rewarding day by participating in the ABP Southampton 10K & Half marathon run in Southampton on the 24th of April 2016.

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The purpose of this community event is to try and raise funds, as well as raise awareness of our nominated charity No Limits to which JCI Southampton are supporting this year, as well as also having fun!

In total we have 6 runners members and non-members who have kindly dedicated their time to this wonderful cause and will be sure to do JCI Southampton and No limits very proud.  Listed below are the list of runners and their donating pages, please feel free to donate to a member or multiple members if you can to show your support, every little certainly helps!!

List of Runners:

Sophie Delaporte:

Kathryn Haines:

Ritchie Mazivanhanga:

Natasha Manuel:

Victoria Odey:

Gabriel Odey:

Sportingly yours,


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