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26th Aug, 2016

I Took a Leap and I Liked It!
by Celestine Onomo on August 26, 2016 14:02

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I took a Leap and I liked it…

A year ago, I graduated from Leap and immediately emailed the 2016 COC Director to let him know that I wanted to get involved in the next year’s programme.  This was an important goal for me in 2016 and I am so pleased to look back and realise that I did it.

Moving from delegate to trainer, I have managed to learn more about myself and others. I was able to reinforce some of the outcomes from the year before and realise some new ones. Last year, I was a Local Director  and this year I’m President and over the past year the skills I gained during LEAP 2015 have come in  handy during a very busy and challenging year.

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From receiving advice to giving advice: I realised that I have a lot to offer to others and vice versa. One of the best moments was when I saw our ex Intern Ruthie, who took part in the academy, and realised how much she had gained and learnt by our side.

Taking me out  of my comfort zone (again), I delivered two training sessions with advanced trainers (thanks for your patience guys!), led the icebreakers as well as a team exercise. This really was an experience like no other. Why? Because it feels incredibly good to share your knowledge and experience with others and see how different delegates learn from each other.

It is such a positive and empowering experience to be listened to for what you know and to be congratulated for what you’ve achieved, even when you didn’t realise how well you have done!

And finally, to see how our great delegates have changed across the weekend.

Don't be scared to challenge yourself, it feels just good. I have enjoyed every minute of it and I can see my desire for training is also growing. This is definitely an outcome I didn’t see coming as it was not one of my main reasons for joining JCI.  But it is definitely one that will make me stay(until I’m too old for the J in JCI ).

 

Want to know more about LEAP? I guess I will see you next year because what happens on LEAP stays on leap.

Célestine, a great trainer to be.

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3rd Aug, 2016

New Intern on the Block: Off the Block
by Ruth Pinion on August 3, 2016 13:54

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And this is it. 4 weeks later and it's all over. 4 weeks of social media, CMS and list making, and now its back to being a student. Here we are.

It's not been what I expected. But then again, what right-minded 21 year old intern would expect to be welcomed so warmly and with so much trust. I certainly didn't anticipate the crash course in marketing that I've been given (though I'm not sure the Boston Matrix and the 7Ps are going to stay in my head). And most of all, I didn't expect to be leaving with this sense of accomplishment. I didn't think I'd be leaving and being able to look back on the website or the facebook or the eventbrite and say "I did that. I wrote that". I've learnt a lot. I've done a lot. I've met a lot of really great people. And I've had the best time.

Since I last wrote, I've been focusing on the new membership benefits package, the bid for national convention, and sourcing donations for the Gala Dinner. I've been sending a lot of emails. A lot. Like, so many. And I have been overwhelmed by the support that JCI gets from the local business community. A lot of the great work we do, be it training, networking or community, we couldn't really do without their help. Also Google. Google has been a godsend.

The strange thing is, in true "life-changing moment" style, I'm not really leaving. Sure, I'm not going to be a member of JCI Southampton, and I'm not going to be in the Kaplan office looking for local independent restaurants and sourcing JCI flags, but as I said last time I'm still a member. Come September I'll be with JCI London, and later this month I'll be going to LEAP for the first time. Come October I'll be back for the annual Gala Dinner (because after writing about it for 4 weeks solid I couldn't exactly miss it). If you're headed to any of these, look out for the girl with a massive grin on her face. That will be me. Please say hi.

So, to anyone who I've met while on socials: it was great to meet you, sorry for being a massive nerd. To the guys at Kaplan: thanks for putting up with me, you guys make the best tea. To Celestine: thanks for taking the chance on me, I hope I've made you proud. To my parents: yes I'm sorry I'm coming home now.

It's been a dream JCI Southampton. I'll see you soon.

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27th Jul, 2016

Become an Emergency Reserve Volunteer!
by on July 27, 2016 13:26

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BECOME AN EMERGENCY RESERVE VOLUNTEER!

At JCI, we've always been heavily focused on helping our community. Be it through events such as our Gala Dinners (this year in aid of No Limits) or challenges (APB Southampton 10k and half marathon), we spend a lot of our time volunteering or fundraising in the local community. For those of you who are community-minded, we have another opportunity for you to get stuck in and really make a difference in a crisis.

The British Red Cross is recruiting Emergency Reserve Volunteers to build a workforce to handle many of the practical tasks which arise in emergency situations. This will range from filling and moving sandbags and cleaning up after a flood to sorting through supplies and fulfilling administration roles. All they ask is that you are over 18, live in the UK, have access to a phone which can send and receive SMS, and be fit enough to undertake basic manual tasks. By being a registered volunteer, the support that many of us offer the Red Cross in a crisis can be properly co-ordinated and we can be sent where people need volunteers the most.

This scheme is currently being trialled in Hampshire and Scotland, and the British Red Cross are currently looking for 250 volunteers. If you are able to help, and want to, please go to http://www.redcross.org.uk/reserves and fill out the registration form. The British Red Cross do amazing work both at home and abroad, and JCI Southampton wishes to support them in any way we can. 

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26th Jul, 2016

The half way point: 2 weeks in. How have they gone so quickly? Two cups of tea down, half way through my to-do list. I've had a busy two weeks. Not only have I been working in the office on all things marketing related, but I have also been out and about on socials and to meetings, meeting professionals, fellow Jaycees and Senators alike.


Hampshire Chamber of Commerce

Last Tuesday, I was given the privilege of attending the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce Southampton Business Board (long name, I know). As part of JCI's agreement with the International Chamber of Commerce, every local branch JCI is entitled work alongside their local Chamber of Commerce. For us, that means getting a seat where other business owners would have had to be members. It's a big honour, and despite not entirely knowing what was going on (it was 8am, forgive me for not being entirely awake) it was an interesting learning experience none-the-less.

 

JCI Winchester

That Thursday, Celestine, Drew and I went on a little road trip over to Winchester, where work is underway to set up a new Chamber. It was a fun, informal meeting where members of JCI Southampton talked to people who might be interested in setting up their own Chamber and generally networked. We drank, we laughed, it was a nice night all around. Thanks so much to Luke and James for organising such a productive evening and we look forward to hearing more about JCI Winchester soon.

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The British Senate

On the Friday, I had perhaps my favourite social to date. The British Senate were on their weekend trip to the city and we joined them for dinner at the Dancing Man Brewery. One thing I'll say: Senators are wild. These people are some of the most interesting, fun, and genuinely kind people I have ever met. I was given a guided tour of Southampton as we walked them from the hotel to the pub, was invited to a gin tasting session the next day, met the most well behaved Springer Spaniel to ever have existed, heard so so SO many stories of "the old days" (funnily enough, in most of these stories I hadn't even been born yet), and generally chatted to a fantastic group of people. Also I got pie and gravy which, as a Northerner, is very difficult to come by in Southampton unless you know where to go. A wonderful night all around, and I can't wait to meet up with them again soon.

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Two weeks ago, I don't think I could have imagined where I'd be now. I probably wouldn't have thought it was possible to become so passionate about something in such a short space of time. I said I'd hold off on buying my membership until I moved to London in September. I was wrong. I set up payment this morning, I've been telling everyone I know to sign up, and I've set my sights on National Convention 2016. I still have two weeks left. I wonder what will happen next?

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19th Jul, 2016

MEET THE MEMBERS: Celestine
by on July 19, 2016 09:44

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MEET YOUR MEMBERS: CELESTINE ✎

Over the next couple of weeks, we'll be introducing you to our council members! This time, we're speaking to our Local President, Celestine Onomo

Council team » 12087089_908124182589794_3302963158041519210_o.jpgWhich chamber are you a member of? Southampton

How long have you been a JCI member? 19 months

What made you join? I heard about JCI when I was at University and was encouraged by lecturer and the employability to join to broaden my network. I also wanted to gain new skills and meet new people.

What is the most interesting JCI event you've been to and why? Without any hesitation, JCI European Conference. My answer would probably have been different a few months back but now that I had a taste I can’t get enough. The European convention was the place to be with people coming from all around Europe and the world, lot of knowledge exchange and ways to push yourself, meeting old friends and making some more and amazing parties.

Had JCI presentted any unusual/interesting opportunities? Too many! The most recent one was my invitation to the American Embassy to celebrate 240th US Independence. The opportunity was given to JCI members to join a program for Young Leaders in the UK.

What is your job/career/profession/business? I’m an E-commerce & CRM Executive Northern Europe & MEA

Has JCI had any impact on your job/career/profession/business? Yes, by becoming last year Marketing Director for JCI I was able to learn new things that I put in practice at work such as HTLM..I do love HTML now..

Who is a leader you admire? My brother!A famous one..Nelson Mandela!

What is your proudest achievement? Being the youngest permanent member of the whole EMEA Marketing Team

If we came to your home and looked inside your refrigerator, what would we see? Cheese..French cliché

What is a good weekend to you? 1 day out, 1 day In

Tell us something crazy/dangerous/inspiring/unusual you have done! Dangerous: I stood up in front of a crowd of German people during France – Germany a few weeks back singing the French anthem..in Germany. Inspiring: I’m doing mentorship with students to help them in the future careers. Crazy: Everyone knows that I don’t do crazy things or perhaps I will just keep quiet on that one. Unusual: I travel with two luggages: One for my shoes, one for my clothes. Apparently, it’s not common so I guess it fits the unusual box.

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18th Jul, 2016

MEET THE MEMBERS: Sophie
by on July 18, 2016 08:00

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MEET YOUR MEMBERS: SOPHIE ✎

Over the next couple of weeks, we'll be introducing you to our council members! This time, we're speaking to our International Director, Sophie Delaporte.

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How long have you been a JCI member? I’ve been a member since March 2015

What made you join? Friends, the opportunity to meet new people and take part in activities I don’t do at work

What is the most interesting JCI event you've been to and why? I attended in September 2015 the JCI Malta Small Talk which aimed to invest in intercultural dialogue. It was a life changing experience. We met JCI members from Malta, Italy, Estonia, Jordon and Morocco. We spent a week in Malta to discuss the opportunities and challenges of intercultural societies, how to deal with prejudice and discrimination. We met politicians and NGOs to discuss the migration crisis and we also met migrants. This experience really changed my vision of the world and our society. I really enjoyed it and learnt a lot from it. e

Had JCI presented any unusual/interesting opportunities? The JCI Malta Small Talk project has been my best experience so far but I have had a lot of fantastic opportunities since I joined JCI. We have twinned with JCI Kortrijk, I have attended National Convention in Barnsley and took part in English Debating, I was part of the JCI UK French Debating team at European Convention in Tampere this year, I have made friends with people from all over the world, I graduated from LEAP, Public Speaking and National Training Academies. So far JCI has provided with amazing professional and personal development opportunities.

What is your job/career/profession/business? I am the Marketing and Communications Manager at Union Southampton (the University of Southampton Students’ Union)

Has JCI had any impact on your job/career/profession/business? YES!

Which leader do you admire? My dad. He’s got a great career, he is very experienced and knowledgeable in management and in business at national and international level and I know I can count of him for advice and support. But if I had to pick someone more famous, I’d say Sheryl Sandberg from Facebook.

What is your proudest achievement? I don’t really know… Moving to the UK maybe?

If we came to your home and looked inside your refrigerator, what would we see? A bottle of Martini

What is a good weekend to you? Going for a run, spend time outside (in the rare occasions when it gets sunny and warm), going out with friends and going shopping. I like the JCI training weekends too, they are tiring but totally worth it. But because the last couple of months have been so hectic, I’d probably say a weekend when I can sleep at least 10 hours (each night!).

Tell us something crazy/dangerous/inspiring/unusual you have done! Punting at JCI South SummerFest in Cambridge last year. I thought we’d never make it back in one piece.

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13th Jul, 2016

MEET THE MEMBERS: Natalie
by on July 13, 2016 09:33

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MEET YOUR MEMBERS: NATALIE ✎

Over the next couple of weeks, we'll be introducing you to our council members! This time, we're speaking to our Fundraising Director Natalie Hutchins.

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Which chamber are you a member of? Southampton

How long have you been a JCI member? 1 year

What made you join? I wanted the opportunity to meet new people and network with other young professionals in Southampton

What is the most interesting JCI event you've been to and why? I really enjoyed the wine tasting we did in March. We sampled some fantastic wines with some delicious food! It was perfect!

Had JCI presentted any unusual/interesting opportunities? Yes, it has opened up doors for me professionally, and it has enabled me to develop more relationships with key people in Southampton which is a huge part of my every day job. It has also enabled me to organise some fantastic and different events to entice members and non-members to come along and find out more about JCI and support our nominated charity.

What is your job/career/profession/business? I am a fundraiser for No Limits; a youth, information, advice and counselling charity based in Southampton and supporting around 5,500 young people a year!

Has JCI had any impact on your job/career/profession/business? It has had a massive impact on my job. I have developed relationships with so many new people across Southampton which has ultimately benefited our charity. In addition to this, JCI themselves have been working hard to fundraise for us all year through various events and even taking on running challenges such as the APB 10k and half marathon!

Who is a leader you admire? My Father. I worked for him for a couple of years when I was just starting out and his ability to juggle the stress of running a business and supporting all of his employees fairly blew me away. He was the kind of leader who was firm but fair, honest and cared about his employees' welfare- and sometimes if we were lucky he brought us muffins!

What is your proudest achievement? I'm pretty sure this will happen later this year when my baby is due!

If we came to your home and looked inside your refrigerator, what would we see? Lots of fruit, greek yogurt, salad, milk, butter, and a ridiculous number of opened jars that have only been used once! If my husband hasn't eaten them all there might be some kit kats in there too!

What is a good weekend to you? Saturday morning I love doing my gym classes- Body Pump followed by Body Attack. Then I love to go to the market in Lymington and look at all the lovely food and stuff they have on offer! Food is a massive part of my weekend: I love cooking and eating out so either having family over and cooking for them or going out for a nice meal would be perfect! Sunday are for lazing so chilling out watching a film if it's raining but if the weather is nice then walking into our local town, having a coffee and sitting in the sunshine.

Tell us something crazy/dangerous/inspiring/unusual you have done! I worked on cruise ships for 4 years and I did some pretty unusual stuff then, including visiting the most northern and the most southern post offices in the world in the space of six months (Svalbard and Ushuaia).

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13th Jul, 2016

New Intern on the Block
by on July 13, 2016 07:32

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New Intern on the Block

11th of July, 8.30am. Cut to me standing outside Broadcasting House Southampton and looking incredibly lost. Celestine is getting out of a car, ready to show me in to the office I'll be working in for the next month. I'm Ruthie, and for the next 4 weeks I'll be working as a marketing intern for JCI Southampton.

What does this mean? Well, unlike my mother's suggestion of "filing, photocopying and stapling" (thanks Mum), it means that for the next couple of weeks most online content (be it twitter, blogposts or events) will probably be at least posted by me. Also lots of cups of tea. The office has a lot of teachers. Supply and demand really. If I'm honest, I wasn't really expecting this much when I applied. I too imagined a lot of grunt work and sitting in the back of meetings and generally not doing very much of consequence. Cue the shock when Celestine tells me that I will be running most of these channels on my own back, as well as getting to attend lots of different meetings and socials. I might be sat in the back, but I'm still excited to get to watch what happens at these kind of events. These kind of opportunities are incredible for a recent Philosophy and Politics graduate like me and I can't wait to see what I'll learn while I'm over here.

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I don't know what I was really expecting out of JCI as an organisation but whatever it was, I was wrong. After only really being part of this community for a couple of days I'm already incredibly passionate about the ideals and opportunities it wants to support. Young people are, as much as it is cliché to say it, our future and to be able to provide us with these chances for us to train and travel the world and meet people just like us is all part of setting us up for bigger and better things than our parents. Again, at risk of becoming a walking parody of every self-help book known to man, "Be the change you wish to see in the world". JCI really is one of the best ways to help you do this. I think it's safe to say that I will be becoming a full member as soon as I can!

It's going to be an exciting month working here and I can't wait for all the challenges and opportunities I'll be facing over the next four weeks. If there's one thing for sure, it's that I imagine JCI is going to become a big part of my life from now on!

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13th Jul, 2016

★ An Intensive Month in the Life of a Local President! ★

Three weeks, five countries: From Southampton to London, London to Helsinki, Helsinki to Tallinn, Tallinn to Helsinki, Helsinki to Tampere, Tampere to Helsinki, Helsinki to London, London to Southampton, Southampton to Dover, Dover to Calais, Calais to Kortrijk, Kortrijk to Calais, Calais to Dover, Dover to Southampton, Southampton to London, London to Frankfurt, Frankfurt to London and London to Southampton. 

Independence Day celebration at US Embassy:

I’ve written previously about the great opportunity you get by being a member of JCI. This is one perfect other example. I’ve been recently invited to attend the 240th Celebration of US Independence Day at US Embassy in London.

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This event is a one of chance given to me by the YLUK program that I’ve joined thanks to JCI. That night, they expected around 3,000 people. I attended the event with Max K-Thompson, 2016 JCI Southampton Immediate Past President. A pleasant surprise, among the 3,000 people we managed to find familiar faces from JCI London Epi and Immaculate. This shows howour organisation creates opportunity. The Garden Party way available only to restricted guests with invitations and we still manage to meet fellow Jaycees. 

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As member of JCI, we want to create tomorrow leaders and what a best way for leader to become better leaders than meeting leaders like the American Ambassador.

Ambassador Barzun speech was very inspirational; he is really approachable and dedicated to give people opportunity like the one we had to attend this event. We will miss you once you leave Winfield House.

The event was very rich with the traditional British and American anthems, performers such as Bastille, and the best of America’s food. Everything you can think of, unlimited. Max, Immac, Epi & I enjoyed America finest food.

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We’ve met with American soldiers and learnt more about their life to. I felt really privileged and proud to be amongst this chosen crowd and represent again JCI colours.

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12th Jul, 2016

MEET THE MEMBERS: Ritchie
by on July 12, 2016 10:57

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MEET YOUR MEMBERS: RITCHIE ✎

Over the next couple of weeks, we'll be introducing you to our council members! This time, we're speaking to our Finance Director Ritchie Mazavinga.

Blog » RItchie meet the members.jpgWhich chamber are you a member of? Southampton

How long have you been a JCI member? 1 year

What made you join? Friends

What is the most interesting JCI event you've been to and why? It has to be the Malta Multicutural Dialogue and Diversity Conference

Had JCI presented any unusual/interesting opportunities? That particular trip to Malta and the massive educational platform that it entails

What is your job/career/profession/business? Property

Has JCI had any impact on your job/career/profession/business? YES!

Which leader do you admire? It's a three way tie between Mandela, Obama and Richard Branson.

What is your proudest achievement? I'd have to say it was starting up my own company

If we came to your home and looked inside your refrigerator, what would we see? Meat. Just meat. 

What is a good weekend to you? Arsenal and Southampton winning their matches after an amazing business week!

Tell us something crazy/dangerous/inspiring/unusual you have done! Two things come to mind: being in a lion enclosure with young lions and being in very close proximity to elephants

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