Friday, February 7, 2014

News: JCI Rotherham getting ready to relaunch

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An expanding worldwide network for young business leaders is increasing its presence in Yorkshire and relaunching in Rotherham.

Junior Chamber International (JCI), which currently has 200,000 members worldwide and 150 members in five existing chambers in the region, is launching a new chamber in Rotherham later this month.

People wishing to develop their skills in Rotherham will have the chance to take part in the exciting projects which JCI offers for people aged between 18 – 40, joining existing opportunities already available in Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield, Barnsley, Harrogate and Doncaster as well as an exciting new monthly program held in Rotherham.

Founded in 1915 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA by Henry Giessenbier as a constructive approach to civic problems, the movement spread, and Junior Chamber International was founded with eight other countries in 1944. JCI provides young people with the opportunity to develop their leadership skills, social responsibility, entrepreneurship and fellowship necessary to create positive change. Past members of JCI include Kofi Annan, Bill Clinton and Bill Gates.

The program includes networking for business and socially, developing confidence in public speaking and debating, taking part in local, national and international events and supporting the local community and charitable projects.

JCI's membership is diverse – from start-up entrepreneurs to people working in blue chip companies, non-profit organisations and charities, as well as people looking for work. JCI members come from all walks of life, and from all around the world. But they are united in one common aim: Be better by being who you want to be.

JCI Rotherham was originally founded in 1955 by DR Clarke and it spent 44 years making a difference in the local community. In 2001, JCI Rotherham and JCI Barnsley merged following the example of the chamber of commerce at that time but now the Rotherham branch is back.

Charlie Pearson, who was a President of JCI Barnsley last year and who is now the relaunching President of JCI Rotherham, said: "I have gained so much from JCI and when the opportunity came up to re-launch the organisation I wanted to give young people of Rotherham who just want the chance to better themselves or their community."

A relaunch event is being held at Rotherham College of Arts & Technology's (RCAT's) town centre campus on February 17 at 6:30pm.

JCI Rotherham

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