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4th Sep, 2012

Sign up now for discounted tickets to the best party in town!
by James Mitchell on September 4, 2012 15:14


JCI Cambridge is proud to be sponsoring the Cambridge Young Professionals Group (CYPG) summer ball on Saturday 15 September 2012 at Emmanuel College, Cambridge.

The biggest ‘non-university’ charity ball of the year brings together an array of young professionals from a variety of industries in support of local charity Wintercomfort.

JCI members are entitled to a special discount price of £52.25 per ticket to this strictly black-tie event. The price includes a drinks reception, three-course meal, disco and DJ, as well as a casino, pampering session and raffle where you can win a Kindle or Apple TV.

So, if you fancy spending a glittering evening with like-minded young professionals, sign up now for your ticket. You’ll be in good JCI company too, as JCI President Patrick McCrae will be attending along with other members of the committee.


To book your ticket to the best party in town this summer visit

and use the code LSDSG35 to claim your discount.

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15th Aug, 2012

Engage - September issue now available online
by James Mitchell on August 15, 2012 22:01


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JCI Cambridge's new member magazine, packed full of interesting articles and information about what we've up to is now available to read online.

This month's highlights include:

  • All Stars strike again!
  • JCI take the plunge
  • Next Business Event:- Sex & Networking
  • Join JCI Cambridge for the European Conference 2012!

To read the September issue of Engage click here


If you would like to contribute to future Engage issues or have any feedback then please email us on at

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15th Jul, 2012

Blog written by JCI Member Kelly Tennick

Another successful day for team JCI All Stars at the Cambridge Race For Life on the 1st July. A team of 5 JCI Cambridge ladies, including myself, Harriet Bastiani, Diana Waterer, Lisa Bredahl Thomsen, Sarah Butler Ford completed the Race For Life in a respectable 36m45s and raised a fantastic £214 for Cancer Research.

Starting at Parker's Piece we followed a 5km route through the town and King's College before finishing at Jesus Green. Although the weather at times looked threatening, the rain held off and all of us were running sporting a celebrity look with our sunglasses on! The overall turnout for the event was amazing and the atmosphere had an encouraging buzz. With ladies everywhere dressed in pink the JCI All Stars team stood out in our fantastic blue JCI Cambridge t-shirts, although we have decided to 'pink it Race For Life Teamup' a bit for next year.

The support from spectators all along the route was amazing and so encouraging, especially when I decided to get a stitch half way round! It was the best feeling to reach the finish line on Jesus Green, all of us crossing it together before collecting our goodie bag and medal. Big thanks goes to James Mitchell, Vice President of JCI Cambridge who supported us on the day and took pictures and film of our effort...and even wore a bright pink curly wig ;)

Overall, we managed to raise a fantastic £214, majorly exceeding our £100 target! A big well done, and thank you to all the ladies that took part: Harriet Bastiani, Diana Waterer, Lisa Bredahl Thomsen, Sarah Butler Ford and myself, Kelly Tennick.

Another perk of completing this challenge is that we can now add another 25km to our '2012 km in 2012' challenge which is great news!

If you would like to be involved with any of our charity or sporting events, we are always looking for new faces and would love to have you join us. Please email or speak to Patrick or James at our next event.


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19th Jun, 2012

By JCI Cambridge member Kelly Tennick

Having never been to a JCI International event before, I have to be honest and say I literally didn’t know what to expect. Yes, I had been told snippets by others that had been before, and knew that I had booked my workshops and events online before we left. So in my head I guess I just thought I would be sticking to my online timetable, meeting lots of new people, learning new things and then going out every night! And to a point, that is what happened...but it truly turned out to be so much more than just following a timetable and meeting new people.

JCI Cambridge at the airport of their way to the European Conference

The whole thing started at 5.50am, Stanstead Airport enjoying breakfast and drinks with the other JCI Cambridge members. And by drinks, I do mean a cheeky gin as well as the orange juice! The flight was very quick and before we knew it we had arrived at the check-in lounge at Hannover Airport where we were greeted with free drinks and the first opportunity to start meeting and catching up with other members. I will be honest here and say I felt a little bit daunted at this point! It was probably due to a shortage of sleep and wanting to stare at things rather than talk, as well as it kind of dawning on me for the first time that JCI is slightly bigger than our monthly meetings in Cambridge....

Another journey, by bus this time, and we had arrived at the Stadhalle – one of the main ‘campus locations’ of the event. We registered, received our (slightly amazing) delegate cards and collected a delegate bag which was not only a pretty good bag, it had all the conference information in it and was full of goodies including sweets, perfume and plasters.....fantastic!

Arriving at the hotel a short time later, it became clear that the timetable that had been booked online was not necessarily set in stone! UK members all enjoyed a drink and lunch in the garden before meeting up to go to the first evening’s event: the Opening Ceremony. It was here that I realised why other UK members had been adamant that Union Jack items or ‘Jackage’ would be required. I realised It’s not that we want to rub it in that we are British, but being surrounded by delegates from all across Europe is a wonderful feeling, everyone is supportive of each other’s heritage and wants to show they are proud of their country. Everybody joined in and it was a fantastic feeling. The only competition was which country could make the most noise!

What a wonderful first evening. The opening ceremony was great fun and really demonstrated the togetherness and ambition of JCI. The disco after was just totally enjoyable, as was the continuously flowing free alcohol and the many stands supplying free food including meats, pancakes, sweets and baked cheese, my favourite...yes I think I had about 4 of these by home time! I get hungry after a few drinks.

The next morning found us getting the bus at 8am to the Stadhalle for the ‘First Timers Meeting’. This was the first ‘workshop’ that I attended and it was enjoyable, informative of the week ahead and even included some dancing. I then watched the official opening of the trade show which contained some great stands, including stands from other JCI countries such as Turkey and Monaco, all offering information about their country alongside national delicacies such as Raki, the most horrendous disgusting alcohol I have ever tasted (no offence Turkey!). That was a free alcohol I definitely said ‘no thank you’ to!

Lunch found us enjoying a Chinese buffet just a short walk into the beautiful town of Braunschweig. In our delegate bags we all had 5euro vouchers to use within some of the local shops in the town, meaning lunch with a drink cost me about 4euros! The generosity of the conference continued to surprise me.

The second evening found us partying in a tram station! I know this sounds odd, but really it was a fantastic location. There was lots of space for everyone to dance, socialise and enjoy themselves as well as lots of fresh air so that it didn’t get too hot. On top of this there were free tram rides around Braunschweig as well as again having all free alcohol and a beautiful melted cheese and bread ‘snack thingy’ which was amazing!

The JCI Cambridge team still smiling at the JCI European Conference

The third morning did NOT find me getting up for the bus at 8am! However, I made it to my first workshop at 10.30am which was called ‘Passion Into Action’. This was an absolutely fantastic workshop and really focussed on how to change your perspective to realise that the things you want to achieve are actually achievable! I really enjoyed this workshop and found that it was delivered excellently, passionately and I just soaked up the information like a sponge. I even managed to talk to another delegate who had several businesses in many different countries – proof that JCI really does include everyone from grass roots divisions or start up businesses right through to top entrepreneurs and business people. In the afternoon I attended some of a workshop called ‘To Flirt or Not to Flirt’. I enjoyed the first half and the presenter was interesting and engaging, although I found the content to be a bit stereotypical. However I had to leave half way through to ensure I got back to the hotel in time for UK drinks in the garden and our ride to the third nights entertainment.

Another fabulous night was in store, this time at a cinema complex which offered an amazing amount of space, more alcohol and food (not so interested in alcohol at this point!) as well as the football game being shown on a cinema screen with free popcorn and beer! There was a great display from a Jagermiester band, as well as the performance of the evening, JCI UK delegate Tim Metcalf appearing in a ‘mankini’ to raise money for the ‘Nothing But Nets’ charity. Literally hilarious and extremely brave, this highlighted that not only is JCI serious, business and networking. Its a group of people all with the same frame of mind who, yes want to learn and improve themselves but also have a brilliant time socialising with each other and dedicating time effort and appreciation to charities and those in need.

The JCI UK delegation

I’m not sure how I got up on Saturday morning but I arrived promptly for ‘How to Succeed in Business’ which was a really good workshop covering all the basics for starting your own business. I have to say I didn’t really hear anything new in this workshop, but it certainly was a great tool for remembering techniques and ideas that I may have let slip or thought not useful and reapplying them to evaluate and move my business forward.

Following a brief yet much needed afternoon nap, I donned my glad rags and at 6pm met the other UK delegates for the Gala Dinner. Everybody looked really lovely and it was fantastic to be celebrating the last night with all the wonderful people that I had met over the last few days. The Gala Dinner was really special. The venue had been wonderfully decorated and the atmosphere was just fantastic. The food was enjoyable and the drinks were flowing. We (JCI UK) even won the Best New Member award which was a really proud moment and I felt really privileged to be a part of the evening.

A fantastic Conference rounded off with a brunch at the town square which was totally picturesque and wonderfully relaxing....just what was required after a week of hard socialising, learning (and drinking). It was a great place to have a last catch up with all the great new people I had met, grab some food and enjoy the sunshine before making our way back to the airport.

The JCI Cambridge team enjoying a relaxing drink!

Definitely the best experience of my JCI membership so far, the European Conference was totally worth the effort and I had a fantastic time. I would urge any delegate, new or established to try out an international event if they have not already done so. It really illustrates what JCI is all about, shows you a much bigger picture that what you see through each chapter and demonstrates how what you do within each chapter is part of something that is going on worldwide. A truly amazing time and I can’t wait to attend another international event next year!


And a video of the whole event!!




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3rd Jun, 2012

Employer Mentoring Scheme Awards
by James Mitchell on June 3, 2012 16:59


Blog written by Anglia Ruskin student and JCI Member Marcel Goerlich

Business mentors from JCI Cambridge attend awards ceremony in recognition of their contribution to Anglia Ruskin University's Employer Mentoring Scheme.

For the last year a number of members from JCI Cambridge have been guiding, advising and imparting their business, experience and skills to second year students of Anglia University to help them understand and make the transition to employment and the business environment.

The JCI Cambridge mentors that volunteered to take part in the scheme were matched to the university students according to their career aspirations and the mentors skills. The mentors' role was to act as a 'business mentor' on a one-to-one basis providing a voice of experience for students. The JCI mentors helped to develop the students' their workplace skills, business awareness and gain an understanding of the workplace environment, its expectations and demands. The long-term purpose of mentoring is not only helping students to develop their professional skills, that one day the mentees would also be able to be involved at a later stage and pass on my knowledge and experience to a mentee.

Mentoring Awards 2012Marcel Goerlich who was mentored by JCI Cambridge's Vice President James Mitchell explains "The mentoring scheme has been a very useful and enriching experience for me. This is due to th good mix of one-to-one sessions with my mentor James and the business networking/training events provided by JCI Cambridge.

My initial introductory session with James took place in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere where we discussed what we wanted to gain or offer to the scheme including what my main aims of being involved in the scheme were. For me, it was primarily to improve my professional skills such as giving presentations, networking and interview skills. For James it was that he wanted to help young people like me kick-start their careers by coaching them and giving honest, constructive feedback.

Based on this discussion we started talking about how James could help me during the following weeks and months. He suggested that I come along to JCI Cambridge events where I could practice my networking skills and take part in a variety of training events. In addition to this, James offered an opportunity to talk to his contact who worked in a recruitment agency and arranged a mock interview to practise my interviewing skills. After this meeting, I realised that it had been a really good idea to enrol on the scheme and that it would be really helpful, not just because of the opportunity to be mentored by James, but also to benefit from the opportunities provided by JCI Cambridge.

Now, several months after that initial meeting, I can confirm that the scheme has met all my expectations. At the JCI Cambridge meetings I had the chance to meet many interesting and like-minded people and I have definitely become more confident in group situations and networking. I received helpful hints to improve my interview skills and James successfully coached me to speak freely in front of people.Mentoring Awards 2012

I was amazed by the commitment I encountered when working with my mentor. James took the time to prepare me for actual job interviews and always had creative ideas to improve my skills. The feedback I received was always fair and helped me to understand how other people perceive me and what areas I can improve upon.

I can really recommend the mentoring scheme to anybody who is open-minded, ready to get feedback and willing to develop themselves. I gained invaluable skills that I am sure will help me personally and in my future career."

If you help an Anglia Ruskin students learn about the realities of the workplace, the opportunities available as well as the obstacles they are may be likely to face? If so, please get in touch by emailing us at To find out more about the Employer Mentoring Scheme visit Anglia Ruskin website.

Remember - all volunteer hours can be logged as part of JCI ACE, where the efforts of JCI members will be recognised through an awards scheme - please check out our blog post for more information. 


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1st Jun, 2012

Blog written by JCI Member Kelly Tennick

Wow! What another fantastic evening courtesy of JCI Cambridge. This time, the event was volunteering to help raise much needed funds for Wallace Cancer Care at the Cambridge Beer Festival.

The evening started pretty sombre, sociable and relaxed. It was nice to have a good catch up with other JCI members and to meet the other, non-JCI volunteers that were there. Time was spent behind the book stall encouraging passers-by to browse and hopefully purchase as many books as possible (at only 50p each a bargain) and with Adam not failing to point out the ‘saucy’ books on the end table we were definitely on to a winner! The free drink vouchers also started making the rounds and we were soon all enjoying a nice pint of beer or cider, or in my case - apple juice. Well somebody had to be designated driver!

We were then briefed on the basic info of Wallace Cancer Care to arm us with valuable knowledge for the evening before being let loose on the public with our buckets! We had a great time winding our way through the ever increasing crowds, having a chat with some great people and collecting a good amount of cash for the start of the evening.

As people (us included) became slightly more inebriated, things seemed to go from good fun to hilarious! All sorts of tactics and conversation starters were used to get the good people of Cambridge to drop their pennies in our buckets. My favourite was definitely Harriet’s story of being a weight lifter in the Olympics that needed a heavier bucket to do her training! Her arm curls were in my opinion impressive, to the men more comical but it was a fantastic way to get people engaged with what we were doing and raised a fantastic amount of money.

I had an absolutely fantastic evening and would not hesitate to volunteer with JCI Cambridge again! It’s the perfect evening in one...there is a great social aspect, personal development opportunities for approaching and engaging with strangers and getting results, It’s confidence boosting, great for team morale and not forgetting that it was all for an amazing cause, Wallace Cancer Care.

Figures tell me that on the Friday evening we raised £1323.05, a brilliant amount! Overall a staggering £8928.70 was raised which is truly fantastic, and will hopefully be a great help in enabling Wallace Cancer Care to continue with their inspiring, dedicated work.

Thanks JCI Cambridge, another top notch evening!

Remember - all volunteer hours can be logged as part of JCI ACE, where the efforts of JCI members will be recognised through an awards scheme - please check out our blog post for more information.

Adam Choosing a book at Cambridge Beer Festival JCI Cambridge Volunteering at Cambridge Beer Festival 2012

Harriet and Kelly at the Cambridge Beer Festival

JCI Cambridge volunteers for Wallace Cancer Care at Cambridge Beer Festival 2012
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Adam Choosing a book at Cambridge Beer Festival

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31st May, 2012

JCI Cambridge’s charity of the year for 2012 is the Arthur Rank Hospice.  So in early May some of the committee went to visit the main centre.  Lucy Day, one of the Arthur Rank spokespeople talked about how they work, their excellent care both in the centre and through the ‘Hospice At Home’ initiative which helps them reach and help so many local Cambridge residents who are suffering with terminal illnesses.

JCI Cambridge visiting Arthur Rank Hospice

Arthur Rank excel not only in providing care for their patients, but to their families too.  In fact, they have been known to train the Marie Curie nurses as well!  What was clear from our tour was that they have so much more they want to give.  This depends on two strands: voluntary help and raising money.

This year JCI Cambridge, in associate with the Gold Challenge 2012, will raise £2012 in sponsorship by travelling (by all means) a distance of 2012km for Arthur Rank Hospice.  We are also dedicating our charity time to put in hours to help at the hospice. 

If you are interested in volunteering, helping with the fund raising, getting involved in the 2012 challenge, or just want to hear more about the great work Arthur Rank do, just contact

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28th Apr, 2012

Big River Clean Up Update
by James Mitchell on April 28, 2012 20:38


River Projects 2012 Update

As part of the World Clean Up 2012, JCI Cambridge members took part in the "Cambridge Spring Clean" organised by the Cleaner Cambridge Campaign on Saturday April 14th 2012.

The JCI Cambridge Committee would like to say well done and thank you to all JCI members who attended this event - there were more than 100 volunteers in total on the day and it has been confirmed that more than 80 full sacks of litter were collected, ensuring a clean and beautiful River Cam in readiness for the Summer!!

As the second part of our "River Projects 2012" we will be organising a team to clean up a river near Sturmer on Saturday 21st July 2012.  If you would like to get involved in this rewarding and very social event, please get in touch via!

Remember - all volunteer hours can be logged as part of JCI ACE, where the efforts of JCI members will be recognised through an awards scheme - please check out our blog post for more information.


You can find out what you missed by watching our JCI Cambridge River Cam Cleanup 2012 video on our new Youtube video.


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23rd Apr, 2012

Following on from the very successful Present Youself with Confidence session presented by Kate Atkin of Aspire 2, Kelly Tennick provides a round-up of the evening's event.

We began with an informal networking session which as usual was a great warm up for the evening. It was nice to be able to catch up with some regular faces as well as meet several new ones. No two people that walk through the door are the same so it's great to meet such a variety of fantastic people, as well as enjoy the nibbles and wine which are always lovingly prepared for us as we arrive!

As a person who feels pretty lacking in the confidence department, this month's JCI Cambridge work shop 'Present Yourself With Confidence' was one I simply could not miss, and thank God I didn't! As usual, the workshop surpassed all my expectations and I came away at the end of the evening feeling very positive and ready to take on the world....

Presented by the wonderful Kate Atkin, the workshop provided fantastic ways to 'train' your thoughts to help you feel more confident, from re-directing negative focus to positive focus as well as providing hints, tips and tricks to help you appear full of confidence, even when you may not feel it inside!

The fact that all the information Kate presented was given in small chunks, along with supporting scenarios and member participation (Eeek!) made it very easily digestible and understandable - even I sat there believing I could put her methods into action.

We began with the topic of 'Self Talk' and discussed that a big step to becoming more confident within yourself is to accept that you are only human. Stop believing you have to be perfect, that you cannot make a mistake. Don't grill yourself for forgetting something. After all - we are all only human and we all make mistakes.

Something I found very interesting is the fact that when you tell yourself 'Don't Forget....." your brain doesn't always register the 'Don't' part and so we are in fact often telling ourselves 'to forget!' Maybe this is why I have a brain like a sieve. A better way to phase this so you DO remember is 'I Must Remember....' mmm, I must remember that!

We then discussed working with negative self talk and how to refocus it to more positive thoughts. My main area for negative thoughts is with driving. I have had two crashes in the past both caused by bad weather conditions, therefore causing me to be very nervous when driving in bad weather. I would focus all my thoughts on 'Oh no, bad weather, I'm going to swerve into the other lane or off the road and I'm going to crash.' Kate advised me that I was focussing on driving off the road rather than staying on it and that I needed to focus my thoughts on positive scenarios such as 'I am going to stay straight on my side of the road, everything is going to be ok'. Something which sounds so simple, yet it is very effective and can be applied to almost any scenario - what more could you want?!

A simple but what I think will be a really effective technique to help me focus on the positive things about both myself and around me is to create a list or picture board that represents all the different positive, proud and happy situations, memories, people and achievements.  this can be anything you want such as getting a new job, memories of a particular holiday, completing an important course.  You can then pin this up somewhere obvious so you can see it on a daily basis, such as on the fridge door or the back of the bedroom door, to remind yourself of the most important things around you.  A technique that I definately plan on putting nto practice.


We then discussed a few techniques to help you appear confident even when you don't necessarily feel it, such as:

  • During presentations, stand still with both feet flat on the floor when you are making a key statement or stressing a point/important information.

  • Wear clothes that make you feel comfortable and confident. For example, if wearing red makes you feel happier and black makes you feel dull and less confident, then of the two wear red.

  • Visualise things going positively.

  • Remember the three V's:

Verbal - What you say is important

Vocal - How you say it is important

Visual - How you look is important.


We then finished the workshop by writing three things we thought about somebody we didn't know very well, to highlight the fact that how we may feel inside is not necessarily how others perceive us. Very effective as everybody suddenly became very chatty and positive after receiving the words written about them!

The evening concluded with more networking and finishing the last of the nibbles, which is always very enjoyable especially as by this time I am rather hungry!

Another great workshop from JCI Cambridge, I had a fabulous time and am very much looking forward to next month's Business Skills Day.

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15th Apr, 2012

JCI Cambridge All Stars need YOU!! - 2012 Challenge
by James Mitchell on April 15, 2012 13:29


Blog » Community projects » Arthur_Rank_Logo.jpgThis year JCI Cambridge is calling upon its members to take part in our 2012 Challenge, a great way for JCI Cambridge members to celebrate the Olympic games, have fun, get fit and fund raise for our charity of the year - Arthur Rank Hospice.


So, what is the 2012 Challenge? 

The JCI Cambridge team (aka "JCI Cambridge All Stars") will cover a total of 2012km (1250.198 miles) by the end of the year via as many sports as possible. So far we are planning to include running, walking, cycling, kayaking, rowing, punting (is this a sport we hear you ask!?), sky diving and any other sports that create a "challenge".

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Fund-raising events planned:

  - Summer Party punting
  - Cambourne 10km Run
  - Race For Life
  - Various marathons


Interested? please join us!

If you would like to get involved with the JCI Cambridge All Star team, please contact us at:



As an additional limb we are aiming to raise £2,012 for Arthur Rank Hospice, the JCI Cambridge Charity of the year 2012. There are a number of ways you can sponsor us:

any donation, no matter how small, is gratefully received.


So, how are we getting along?

You can track our progress with our online Totalizer at All stars

You can also keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages for regular updates

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