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.
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.
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.
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.
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2017 President – JCI Rotherham
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