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14th Apr, 2013

JCI London Buddies
by Eleanor Handslip on April 14, 2013 13:43


The membership team have been working on some ways to improve your membership experience using the results of the recent questionnaire and forum. Most people join JCI London for personal development opportunities and to meet new people. We want to make it easier for you to get involved, become active and meet more members. To achieve this we will be allocating a member of this year's committee to act as a contact point and buddy for each member. Before we do this you will receive a telephone call from either Dexter, Anniina or me so we can find out about your skills and JCI interests. If you have any questions about this just drop me an email.


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6th Apr, 2013

JCI Pathways to Active Citizenship
by Eleanor Handslip on April 6, 2013 14:33


JCI UK has launched the JCI Pathways to Active Citizenship. There are 3 levels of achievement: active membership, active pathways and active citizenship. It is designed to guide you through the varied opportunities offered as part of your JCI membership and help really make the most out of your membership. 

Keep an eye out for the next JCI London Newsletter that will have more details. The membership team will also be sending out further details shortly.

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10th Mar, 2013

Meet the Members
by Eleanor Handslip on March 10, 2013 12:49


The membership team are really excited about our next membership event on Friday 22nd March. We are holding it in the Symbolic London art gallery in Mayfair, London (thank you to Jason for this.) Tickets will sell out fast so don't delay - see you at the Encounter with Pablo Picasso.


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22nd Feb, 2013

Looking to test your public speaking skills?
by Eleanor Handslip on February 22, 2013 13:44


We are looking for some members to come along to the Introduction to JCI London event on 5th March to tell potential new members about their experiences as a JCI member. If you are looking to practice your public speaking skills here is your opportunity! Just let me know if you are interested.


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11th Feb, 2013

JCI London Membership Questionnaire
by Eleanor Handslip on February 11, 2013 17:21


Hopefully you received my e-mail about the JCI London Membership Questionnaire, please take a few mins to fill it in. We want the Chamber to be the best it can be so please give us your views. Here's the link:


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23rd Nov, 2012

2013 JCI European Conference in Monte-Carlo - just 187 days to go
by Anke Brandts on November 23, 2012 10:17


Just 187 days until the 2013 JCI European Conference in Monte-Carlo on 29 May 2013!

Online registration - Registration for EC2013 is open, both for online credit card payment and for bank transfers. To register, please go to The early bird fees of 349 Euro are available until 31 January 2013.

Accommodation booking platform - The 2013 European Conference might be taking place in the middle of the high tourist season but we have negotiated exceptional low season rates in all the best hotels of the Principality of Monaco for an unforgettable experience. Once you have registered, you will be e-mailed the links to the booking platform. We can guarantee that you will not find better prices elsewhere on the internet for hotels in Monaco. But please note that these rates are only available until 31 January 2013 and are on a first come first served basis, so don’t wait too long.

Travelling to Monaco
- Monaco is easily accessible from all over the world thanks to its proximity to Nice Airport, France’s second busiest airport, just a 35 minute drive away, with easy access to low cost flights from all over Europe. Save up to 20% on travel with the STAR ALLIANCE™ NETWORK promotional convention code. For full information and an idea of flight prices, please see

Is Monaco really that expensive? - Monaco is no way near as expensive as you may think for such a glamorous location, as long as you follow our advice. Please see the article on our website for more information about how to make the most of the best that Monaco Monte-Carlo has to offer without breaking the bank

Snap the Schmurtz contest - Our Snap the Schmurtz contest is still in full swing and the winners will be decided after the 2012 JCI World Congress in Taipei. Prizes will be announced soon. For more information and to see the photos that have already been submitted, please see

F1 Grand Prix pre-tour - The COC have established some unforgettable F1 Grand Prix pre-tour packages to suit all budgets, these are now online at If you wish to join, please book as soon as possible to avoid any disappointment as demand is extremely high. We would also advise you to book accommodation in Nice and flights very quickly in order to benefit from the best prices.

If you have any questions, we will be happy to answer them by e-mail at

The latest information will be posted on our website and on our Facebook group.
We look forward to welcoming you next year!

The JCI EC 2013 Monte-Carlo Organising Team

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7th Nov, 2012

The end of an era...
by Sarah Beckwith on November 7, 2012 21:29


In one week's time, I will perform my last official duty as a member of the JCI London council, as I give my President's Report about JCI London's year in 2011 at the AGM. After six years on the council during which time I have held five roles (Community Director, Membership Director, Deputy President, President and IPP) this will be somewhat the end of an era for me.

As a member of the JCI London council, I have:

  • Council team » Coucnil 2011.jpgDeveloped my project management, public speaking and leadership skills
  • Learned how to think around problems
  • Been presented with some unique opportunities such as speaking in the House of Lords and attending life-changing academies in Sweden and Austria
  • Worked with some amazing and inspiring people
  • Discovered a love of blogging
  • And met some of my best friends

As an experienced member, I now take most pleasure from JCI in seeing new members join the organisation, discover its limitless opportunities and develop themselves through active involvement in chamber activities. The new members I have seen join JCI London in the past few years have been outstanding and as I step down from the council, I know the chamber is in the safe hands of ambitious, talented and creative young active citizens who will take JCI London to a whole new level.

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I can whole-heartedly recommend a role on the JCI London council to every member wishing to get the most out of their membership. Anyone wanting to find out more or come to the AGM, can find details here.


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26th Oct, 2012

Travel Bursaries for JCI UK Convention!
by Simon James Bucknall on October 26, 2012 09:09


Chamber » travel-suitcase.jpgPerhaps the most distinctive benefit of JCI membership is the opportunity to build a national and an international network. Attending events (especially conferences) outside your local chamber is a great way to develop that network. As they say in Lonely Planet travel guides, "all you have to do is go!"

In support of this, we have already awarded a series of travel bursaries in 2012 to support the cost of travel for active members to travel to conventions outside of London. In addition, the winner of the JCI London Public Speaking Competition next week will receive a £150 bursary to support the cost of travelling to Belfast in late November to represent the Chamber.

I am delighted to announce that we can now make a small number of additional bursaries available (for the sum of £100) to support the cost of attending JCI UK National Convention to be held in Belfast on 30th November - 2nd December.

Since we don't know the number of people who will apply, we cannot guarantee that your application will be successful - but we shall do our best! Be assured, convention attendance is already very strong with more than 140 members booked from across the country. The JCI London delegation is also HUGE - don't have the final numbers, but we'll be there in force!

Bursary application criteria:

  • you must be a JCI London member in good standing (i.e. have paid your dues!)
  • you are an active member, contributing to projects and events during the course of 2012
  • you will be attending your first ever JCI UK Convention
  • you are willing to write a short article on your experience afterwards (or give a brief presentation)

For full details (including an application form), please email our Honorary Secretary, Nahas Abdul:

Good luck and see you in Belfast if not before!

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20th Oct, 2012

Dream Team...the FUNdraising continues...
by Alexandra Illsley on October 20, 2012 21:28


On 7th October, after lots of training, the Dream Team ran the Royal Parks Half Marathon. 

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Everyone did really well, Sandor overtook me and came in at around 2hrs (Ok, Ok it was 1 hour 48!) Joe and Soraya also did fantastic finishing 13 miles! David and Lina also did brilliantly though they are unfortunately absent from the photo but there in spirit as part of the Dream Team!
Most importantly we raised much needed funds for our partner charity, KIDS. However, it does not end there! You can still sponsor us here
The FUNdraising continues on the 5th November when we will be hosting a fundraising pub quiz and we would love to see you there! Booking details here:
Many thanks for your support! 

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18th Sep, 2012

Why a JCI Conference should be high on your list of “Things to do”

The JCI European Conference is an annual event which sees Jaycees from all over Europe (and the rest of the world) converge on an European destination for several days. 2012 was no different with the Conference being held in Braunschweig, Germany in June. Although I had heard of the legacy of JCI European Conferences from other Jaycees, my experience as a delegate surpassed all expectations. I was fond of JCI before, but after European Conference: I love JCI !

European Conference officially ran from 13th - 17th June 2012. However, it began two days earlier for me as I was a participant in the Official JCI Trainer course. Taking the course with international Jaycees and being trained by two of the best international JCI Trainers you are likely to come by (Marcel and Marju) was a phenomenal experience.

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Although the international element did make the two day course that much more intense, it also made it that much more valuable as I got so much more learning out of it.

For the remainder of the Conference I had registered myself to tour a Jägermeister factory, attend a keynote speech by the CEO of Volkswagen Financial Services, attend separate workshops and seminars on personal branding, groupthink and business success factors, as well as squeeze in some time for sightseeing of Braunschweig via an Old-timer bus.
Quite a schedule but the Conference was not all work as play was definitely present with a phenomenal party each night. Whether it was the party following the Conference opening ceremony, the Alps Night, or the Nothing but Nets Charity Night, Jaycees let loose from the day's activities, mingled and partied up a storm, and then some!

In particular, the opening ceremony held on the evening of the 13th June stands out for me. Held in Volkswagen Halle - an indoor sporting arena whose arena has a capacity of 7,000 people and which is home to the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig basketball team - the opening ceremony can only be described as an extravaganza. For anyone looking to find the UK delegates, they were the lively group decked from head to toe in Union Jacks and animatedly waving a Union Jack!

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In closing this blog post, I must agree with the guarantee stated on the JCI UK website about JCI Conferences: "once you've been to one, you'll want to go again." The 2012 JCI European Conference was fantastically organised, well-executed, packed with brilliant keynote speakers, workshops, seminars and training sessions, and professionally unparalleled to any other networking event I have previously attended. To add to this, I met some truly amazing Jaycees from all over the UK and Europe.

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See you in Monte Carlo for the 2013 JCI European Conference!


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