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7th Jan, 2016

by Celestine Onomo on January 7, 2016 18:54


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JCI Southampton chamber has nominated local charity No Limits to support through-out  2016. 

Every year JCI nominates a charity to support and raises funds through their networking and  social events. This year No Limits a local charity that supports nearly 5,000 young people every  year with information, advice and support will be benefiting from the support of JCI’s Southampton Chamber.

JCI has a year of exciting events lined up to help raise funds for No Limits including speed networking, a quiz, and even a 9 month entrepreneur challenge! It all kicks off this month with an Open Evening on Thursday 21 January, 6pm-8pm at Boulangerie Victor Hugo. This will be an opportunity for members and non-members to find out more about JCI and the benefits of joining as well as finding out more about their nominated charity. 

No Limits CEO Annabel Hodgson says, ‘We are delighted that JCI Southampton has chosen us as their nominated charity for 2016. It is a fantastic opportunity to work with a local organization that holds the same values and ethics as No Limits and the money raised will support vulnerable young people in Southampton and the surrounding areas of Hampshire ’

JCI Southampton Deputy President Célestine Onomo says, “We are very excited to support No Limits in 2016. We have been working hard to plan some great events for our members which will serve as a platform to help raise funds for No Limits.’’


Notes for Editors

1. No Limits is a charity offering support to children and young people under the age of 26 who live in Southampton and Hampshire. Services include: city drop-in centre; counselling; advice on housing, benefits and debt; DASH alcohol and drugs service; sexual health and relationships services; homelessness services; employment-seeking support; support for young parents; washing facilities; and access to food in a crisis; family support.

2. JCI Southampton Junior Chamber International (JCI) is a global network for young people in their 20s and 30s and is celebrating it's 100th year anniversary. We are present in more than 100 countries and have almost 200,000 members across the world. Meeting on a regular basis for fun and friendship, we run many inspiring events and projects with our members. JCI Southampton was formed in 1959 and has had a strong base in the community since.

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23rd Nov, 2015

In just 11 months…
by Celestine Onomo on November 23, 2015 18:08


…and it feels like I have been part of the JCI family forever!

How many times in 11 months have I heard: What’s JCI? What’s in for me? Why should I join JCI? Are you paid to do that? The best way to answer all these questions is simply to take you through my personal JCI Journey.

 I joined JCI in December 2014 and 11 months after joining, I am proud to say that I am not the same person today that I was when I joined the organisation.

In just 11 months (not in a specific order):

  • I became Marketing Director of my local organisation
  • I took part in the life of my chamber by attending almost all our Council Meetings, Social Events, Business & Networkings events, Trainings ect..
  • I attended my first JCI UK Academy Public Speaking
  • And because I loved the first one so much I took part in another one LEAP (Leadership Excellence in Action Program). Colours are not a secret for me anymore…
  • I attended JCI UK Summerfest in Cambridge
  • I attended JCI UK 2015 AGM & JCI Sheffield Gala Dinner in Sheffield
  • I was elected by my local chamber to become Deputy President
  • I have been awarded one of the 4 Bursaries to attend JCI UK LEAP
  • I spend a full week in Malta for the “Small Talk Project” among with a delegation form Jordan, UK, Morocco, Malta, Italy, and Estonia.
  • I met Malta President HE Marie-Louise Coleir Preca
  • I have been accepted to a program for Young Leaders run by US Ambassador M.Barzun
  • I met 2013 JCI World President Chiara Milani
  • I have become a Students mentor for my local University
  • I started a new job (#Ilovemyjob) with more responsibilities for one of the biggest cruise company in the world!
  • I attended my first JCI UK National Convention!
  • I took part in a Debating Competition
  • I was elected Most Outstanding New Member in the UK! 

I could carry on writing this list forever because every day or week brings on a new opportunity or challenge but one thing is sure, I would never have had done all of this without JCI and the great people I have met throughout the year. Every single action from this list triggered the next one and this is the reason why by expecting nothing when I have joined, I have earned everything.  

In just 11 months, I gained:

More skills: Public speaking is a great example. It has never been an issue for me until I started to do it in another language and then…I heard about JCI Public Speaking Academy. Attending the academy was a great way for me to improve myself to become a better speaker. With public speaking competition organised across the year, you get to practice all the things you have learnt across the year! Another great example is that one time where as a Junior I was offered a Senior role in Marketing & Business development because of the relationships JCI has with local businesses and the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce.

More friends: You obviously pay for the experience and you end up meeting exceptional people, some of them that I could probably call friends soul mates! I have indeed met exceptional people with high ambitions willing to embark you on their journey and make you a better person everyday so you can one day be that person!

More holidays destinations: From sunny Malta to sunny not so sunny UK every person from another city you meet is someone who open your eyes on something different. We have a wide range of international opportunities that everyone should takes part in. (Watch this space for 2017)

More hotels loyalty cards: JCI doesn’t only takes you out of your comfort zone everyday it will also takes you out of your bed…But positive note is you will take advantage of the coolest benefits a loyalty card can offer you! i.e. Late checkout until 2pm :-)

More opportunities: at Local, Regional, National, European and World level. It’s also a powerful network of Jaycees, Senators, friends always willing to support you! 

I am proud of what I have achieved on a personal level this year and will encourage everyone who wants to grow and add something fun in there life to join JCI.

Here is to 2016, here is to another 11 months of fantastic projects, people, travels, memories, laughs and smiles! 


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5th Sep, 2015

JCI Southampton Quiz
by Kathryn Haines on September 5, 2015 16:01


JCI Southampton hosted their annual quiz on 3rd September at Orange Rooms. This year it was to raise money for our charity of the year: Countess Mountbatten Hospice Charity.

This year I offered to read the questions for the evening along with James Lambert, JCI Southampton's Finance Director. We thoroughly enjoyed the evening and had a lot of fun. This was the first time I had hosted a JCI event and everyone was extremely helpful in making sure everything went smoothly.

All particpants did extremely well but it was E3 Consulting who took home first prize! Congratulations!

We also managed to raise over £250 for our charity of the year and would like to thank you everyone who took part and donated!

If you would like to join us for another event to help raise vital funds for Countess Mountbatten Hospice Charity, join us for our annual gala on 10th October. Tickets can be booked here.

                             Quiz night                                                                                                                  Winning Team E3 Consulting

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5th Sep, 2015

This talk was hosted by Garry Lane of One Vision Life Coaching, who explained how life coaching can help you in your careers, business and personal life.

He described how he can help with goal setting, developing confidence, improving performance, becoming more assertive, dealing with stress and helping to get your career where you want it to be.

It was fascinating to learn how life coaching works and how it can benefit anyone in any part of your life.

If you would like to find out more about life coaching, please do not hesiatte to contact Garry. His website is 

                                            Garry Lane

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23rd Jun, 2015

Southampton Solent University Mentoring Program by Victoria Odey
by Celestine Onomo on June 23, 2015 20:22


JCI Southampton is actively supporting students and graduates from Southampton Solent University.

Our Deputy President Victoria Odey has been awarded the Mentor of the year for her support and commitment towards the programme.

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The annual Southampton Solent University Mentoring Celebration was an inspiring afternoon for students and graduates. Hosted by the employability and enterprise team, the event thanked and recognised the contribution of businesses, students and recent graduates to the success of this year’s programme.

Individuals and organisations become 'professional friends' to Solent students

Every year a range of individuals and organisations give their time regularly and freely to become a 'professional friend' to their mentee.

This year 85 mentors and 102 mentees participated in the programme, which includes a formal training element. Over the course of six months mentors provided student mentees with work-related personal advice, practical employability skills and industry-specific information.

In addition to the more traditional one-to-one support, some participating organisations such as E3 Consulting, Carnival UK, Old Mutual Wealth, Ordnance Survey, and Countess Mountbatten Hospice Charity took a group-mentoring approach, and provided workshops to support employability needs.

Mentor of the year: Victoria Odey, Hampshire Chambers of Commerce

Victoria's mentee said: "Victoria was flexible, making sure we continued to communicate even at the busiest times. She helped me explore different options and opportunities, gave me endless support and advice. Best of all she helped me develop industry contacts and enabled me to secure a social media marketing role."

Mentee of the year: Emily Alcock

Emily’s mentor was from Hampshire Constabulary and said:" “Emily was always willing to address the key issues. She wasn’t intimidated by people or processes and used her previous work experience and focussed on the outcome ahead. She gained a great place on the JP Morgan Graduate Scheme that will see her flying around the world over the next two years."

Outstanding Contribution 2015: Carnival UK

Received by Bob Dixon, General Manager – EMEA Sales, and Frank Somers, Solutions Architect.

Outstanding Contribution: E3 consulting

Received by Zoe Toseland, Marketing Administrator & Ian Barwick, Research Administrator.

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18th Jun, 2015

JCI Southampton #Thirstday Social Networking Event
by Celestine Onomo on June 18, 2015 15:47


2nd Jun, 2015

LEAP (Leadership Excellence in Action Programme) is a weekend leadership academy held annually towards the end of the summer.  Delegates come from chambers across the UK, as well as internationally, to take part in this flagship training programme.

The programme aims to develop your leadership skills so you have the confidence and authority to make a real difference in your business, your community and your personal life.

Here are five reasons why you should attend LEAP 2015:

1. You'll find out more about yourself and others

2. You'll get tips on how to motivate and lead your team

3. You'll learn and develop new skills

4. You'll meet JCI members from across the UK

5. And feedback is pretty good.

This year, LEAP is taking place in Birmingham from 21-23 August 2015.

To find out more about the programme and/or book your place, please visit JCI UK website

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11th May, 2015

Volunteering at the Southampton Half Marathon
by Kathryn Haines on May 11, 2015 17:49


On the 26th April, JCI Southampton's President, Max K-Thompson, and our Fundraising Director, Ruth, ran the Southampton Half Marathon. 

Myself, Celestine our Marketing Director and Sophie our PR and Communications Director volunteered as Mile Makers for the event to support our fellow council members and all the other runners taking part.

Although we were kept busy throughout the day carrying boxes, hanging up marketing materials and handing out thermal blankets, we had plenty of energy for cheering on all the particpants and congratulating them as they passed through the finish line.

It was a great day to support our friends and the city of Southampton, and we hope that next year we will be able to do the running!

Mile Makers

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29th Apr, 2015

April's Training Event was 'Starting your new business and what to consider' with Sandeep Sesodia.

Sandeep is the Relationship Manager within the Corporate Banking Lending Business and Healthcare sectors at RBS and has an active role in the business community and the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce. He has over 30 years experience in banking and finance, business development within the sectors and in the wider business community.

He aims to work with customers to develop their business and to achieve strategic and long term goals, originate and structure new businesses to meet client needs and provide appropriate lending solutions and develop new customer relationships by collaborating with colleagues and with key business partners and professionals within the Business and Healthcare sectors.

When people say to think outside the box, he asks "why does it have to be a box?"


At the Training Event, Sandeep explored what is required in a business plan and answered questions about how this should be dealt with. He said the three questions which should be considered when starting a business are: Where are you now? Where do you want to go? and How do you get there?

A business plan should be about 10-12 pages long, with a page for each section, with the last section covering the 'what if' scenarios. This shows the bank manager that you have considered the possibilities of where your business could go and how you would deal with them.

The training was very informative and helpful and had a very successful turnout by current and future members of JCI Southampton. 

Don't forget to keep an eye on our Events page and Facebook page to hear about our future training events!

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