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12th Aug, 2017

Who knows where JCI could take you...!
by Fiona Morgan on August 12, 2017 18:28


So looking back on when I first joined JCI: I saw their advert in the local paper, I heard Junior Chamber International and I immediately thought- that sounds perfect, as a young business owner, I'd love to do networking with like-minded people. Looking back, I wouldn't say I was wrong but I definitely underestimated this organisation.

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It's not just for young entrepreneurs, although it certainly helped me with my business, to be fair JCI did find me an accountant, a social media expert and a commercial solicitor - who are always helpful to know. But this organisation has provided me with lifelong friends from different backgrounds, experiences and fields, the link isn't profession, experience or contacts. I think the link has to be more personal, JCI gives active citizens the opportunities to create positive change. Whether that's to make yourself better, make your community better or meet more people around the world.

Another misconception I had was how small I thought JCI was. Could I have been more wrong! I have travelled to chambers around the UK and around the world. I have seen Turkey, Finland and Japan! I can never truly explain to someone else how remarkable a JCI international event is. You can have a week in a new place, meet people from around the world who you've never met before but they immediately feel like your friends, JCI provides a great connection and an immediate community you are part of.

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I also never envisioned the difference I could make for my local community. I've always supported local charities where I can but I didn't think JCI would be an outlet for that passion. Through JCI though I have raised hundreds of pounds for the foodbank, volunteered at charity events including 'Not so strictly come dancing' and the 'Colour Run' and I seen and supported charities that are close to members hearts and heard more about them.

I've not even mentioned the amazing training courses I've been on, the public speaking opportunities I've had- and loved! The fun of annual dinners. The friends I've made and memories created.

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You know my conclusion, I may have ended up in a different place to where I thought I was going... but it's so much better. I still can't believe I get all this for £10 per month. I look back over the memories and I'm so glad I took the plunge and tried out that first training session. My recommendation, if you haven't yet, I'd give it a try too, because even if it wasn't what you were expecting, I bet it will be better.

For more information about joining JCI Rotherham - click here.


Charlotte Scothern

2017 President - JCI Rotherham




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18th Jun, 2015

Meet the Member - Lewis Houghton
by Fiona Morgan on June 18, 2015 12:14


It's always great to hear from members about why they joined JCI and what JCI has done for them.  Today it's the turn of Lewis Houghton, JCI Rotherham's newest and keenest member.

How long have you been a JCI member?
Just about 5 months now

What made you join?
It was mainly the fact I am self employed and I was getting a bit isolated at home, I wanted to be able to be more social and meet more people mainly. The training and networking opportunities that JCI offer were a bonus.

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What is the most interesting JCI event you've been to and why?
I would have to say the big safe at last quiz where we raised money for charity. I had never been to anything like that before and getting to see the mayor and people like Miss South Yorkshire and miss Rotherham (I didn't know those women existed)

Had JCI presented any unusual/interesting opportunities?
The main thing its given me is the chance to gain more confidence meeting new people and getting me out of my comfort zone I would have to say :)

What is your job/career/profession/business?
I'm a freelance illustrator and artist for children's books.

Has JCI had any impact on your job/career/profession/business?
Its offered me the chance to meet other people my own age who own their own businesses and get tips and general advice and support in helping me with my own goals and aspirations in business 

Who is a leader you admire?
I don't know if she counts as a leader but I think I would personally. Lady gaga has been a big inspiration to me. She's the one person I seemed to admire and connect with when she first came on the scene and I knew there was something special about her from the start. She helped me to question beliefs I had about myself and what I considered to be right and wrong. I admire all she has achieved since she has been in the public eye and I think she is a good role model for acceptance and self love, two things that I think are probably the most important things to have in life. I love the fact that no matter who you are and where you come from when you go to one of her gigs all judgement is thrown out the window and for that two or three hours that your inside the concert hall you feel safe, inspired and important.

What's your proudest achievement?
That would have to be finishing the first draft of a book I've had floating around and developing in my head for over two years. I find it hard to write and its never come naturally to me but I love stories and characters and being able to start and finish something like that was a big thing for me since I never thought I would be able to.

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What's your dream car?
The pussy wagon from kill bill

What's you perfect weekend?
I guess my perfect weekend would be doing something fun with close friends, doesn't really matter what as long as we had a good time.

Tell us something crazy/dangerous/inspiring/unusual you have done
Well I've never been a super fit healthy type of person, in fact for most of my life I feel like I've struggled with fitness and health. Last year I started to get into running with my best friend and gradually over time we've come a long way and improved so much.  At the start of this one we managed to do a half marathon together, was so proud of myself that I ran the whole thing without stopping it just showed me how much we are capable of if we put our minds to something. We can change over time and become people we never could imagine ourselves as being in the past.

Thanks Lewis!



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26th May, 2014

My first month as Deputy President!
by Charlie Pearson on May 26, 2014 12:44


My first month of being deputy…

I can’t believe that it’s only been a month since being voted into the position of Deputy for JCI Rotherham. As they say… time flies when you’re having fun and what a busy month it has been. I’ve been to President’s and Deputy’s Day in Leeds, organised our first Come Dine with Us Social and attended Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce’s Annual President’s Ball, as well as attending other chambers events and training.

Presidents and Deputy’s Day was a fantastic first event to go to, only recently becoming a member of JCI, it was a fantastic opportunity to understand more about the organisation and it’s values, meet people from the National Board and other Chambers and just generally have fun. Everyone was so amazingly friendly and welcoming… so thank you for that if you were there, I really appreciated it, nothing scarier than going into a room full of people you don’t know, but so far I haven’t been to a JCI event where I haven’t felt welcomed straight away J Nothing better to finish off a great day, with a tasty curry, we all went to Akbars and it was great to have the chance to chat to people over some amazing food… speaking of food…

Friday 9th May, marks the start of many Come Dine with Us events, this is where a member gets to choose a restaurant and invites everyone to Come Dine with Us, our first event was my choice at the wonderful Elif Turkish Restaurant, ever stuck for somewhere to go I would definitely recommend it. The food was amazing, so tasty and so much of it… ok I am bias since it was my choice, but that’s why we have scores, each time we dine scores will be sent in, each place scored on Food, Presentation and Service, and along with the photos we took on the night, we will create our own Come Dine with Us montage programme. It’s perfect… all the good food of Come Dine with Me, without the cooking and washing up at the end of the night. Next is Tom’s choice, so watch this space J

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The event to finish  of my first month as Deputy was the spectacular Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce’s Annual President’s Ball, and spectacular was definitely the word that optimises the evening, from the entertainment, which I still can’t get over the skill of the magicians and the dancers, the amazing theme of James Bond,  remarkable costumes and the brilliant atmosphere of the evening. It was a great night, that was fantastic from start to finish and we now have a mascot of Nick Nack, who has the JCI Rotherham logo on.

It been a fantastic and fast paced month I’ve had as JCI Rotherham’s deputy and I hope everyone else in Rotherham has enjoyed it as much as me… look out for all next month’s events, as I will most certainly be there, having as much fun this month. 


Charlotte Scothern 2014 JCI Rotherham Deputy President

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9th May, 2014

Natalie Senior
by Charlie Pearson on May 9, 2014 08:49


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Name: Natalie Senoir


How long have you been a member? I joined in Febuary 2014


Occupation: More recently looking for employment as my contract with the EA has ended. But my husbands business Eternal Images Photography Ltd and my own business plans are keeping me busy in the meantime.


Why you joined JCI? To network with local businesses and develop my skills - I am told the social gatherings are good fun too!


What you hope to get out of your membership? I would like to add skills to my resume but developing a network is also important to me, maybe add to my list of friends too.


What do you get up to in your spare time? SPARE TIME! LOL WHAT SPARE TIME! When I do get a moment I like to drink and sing (karaoke) and spa days are always good bit of TLC.


Something interesting about you: I am told by those who know me that if you want something organised event/function/get together etc I'm the person to call - I love it when a plan comes together! My mission in life is to inspire, support and encourage optimism and accomplishment in myself and others.

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