What is the Junior Chamber International (or JCI)?
Well for those who arent in the know it is a non-government, non-profit organization of young active citizens that seek to create positive change. It first started in the United States in 1915 (yes we are celebrating our 100 years anniversary) and quickly spread throughout the world.
Personally, JCI for me has become a family tradition. My grandfather was a former chapter president of JCI Legazpi. My father was an Executive Vice President for JCI Paranaque Pambato. My husband and I became presidents of our respective chapters in the same year. And so many of our uncles, cousins and relatives are members too.
Being members of this organization has continued to strengthen our family value of being civic-oriented.
And I didnt realize how much it molded me until I attended and facilitated a training during this weekend's Regional Training Celebration called PA-HABOL (Bicol for "weave").
There were many available courses and I was lucky enough to attend those by JCI Sen Romme Gerodias (from San Pedro, Laguna).
The first course I attended was all about managing a chapter -- new members, succession planning, administrative functions, etc. And it couldn't have come at a most opportune time! After my term, we are now faced with the challenge of grooming the 2016 Board of Directors. Who will step-up from the ranks of our regular members to continue the legacy of JCI Daraga?? It is a question I dont have an answer to just yet.
JCI EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATIONS
I followed up the Admin course with one on how to effectively communicate. This course isnt just applicable in running a local organization but in everyday life. Communicating effectively is a fundamental characteristic everyone should develop -- by making sure your messages are properly sent, received and UNDERSTOOD-- this will help curb a lot of the misunderstandings, confusion and negativity in this world.
Wouldnt you agree?
The last training I participated in for DAY 1 was one I had to facilitate myself -- JCI NETWORKING.
It was kind of ironic for me to train this particular course, especially when some people have started to get the perception that our organization was a gateway to multi-level marketing even if it isn't.
But push on!!
By conducting the course it laid a lot of the misunderstanding to rest because the essence of CORRECT networking is turnign your contacts (people you meet) into CONNECTIONS and RELATIONSHIPS. It shouldnt be about selling and buying -- which is just a byproduct of a good relationship. But more about creating meaningful friendships with people that you encounter.
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