Junior Chamber International Glasgow is the oldest chamber in Scotland. We held the Scottish National Conference on the weekend of 20-22 April. Itwas a wild weekend & everyone loved tis. We also had the JCI world president in attendance. We are celebrating our 70th anniversary this year although we are all still looking really young.
Having been informed of Glasgow Junior Chamber of Commerce, a couple of years ago, I decided, on returning to the UK last year, that I would join up, with the aim of broadening my horizons, meeting new people, and hopefully enjoying a few glasses of good red, whilst doing all the above. Glasgow Junior Chamber of Commerce, has the largest membership, for its type in the UK. However, this is only 151 members, so it isn't huge and faceless. The main aim is overall personal self development, and this gives you an opportunity to do this, with like minded people and away from the workplace. you are only allowed into the Junior Chamber until you are 40, when you are chucked out!! So a few more years for me then.. I believe the membership is good value for money. It currently costs £75 per year. For that you get a diary, with all the main event dates shown in it, and a list of all other members, their organisations and their addresses, telephone numbers, email etc. NOTE the idea is not that you can try and sell to people, indeed anyone who makes a direct approach to someone, with this idea, will be frowned upon. There are three streams of activity within Glasgow Junior Chamber of Commerce. These are Social and Networking, Personal Development and Public Speaking. There is typically one activity per month, for each stream, meaning on average there are three activities to attend. you are given the dates well ahead of time, so hopefully, you can plan your work diary, so you are able to go. Social and Networking, is exactly that. They meet once a month, usually just for drinks, or perhaps dinner. There are also regular dinners, such as Burns Suppers , Colquhoun Dinners. These are black tie affairs and usually have good amusing speakers or motivational trainers. Other events include Weakest Link competitions, Ready Steady Cook competitions, Scuba diving, Ghost Walks, Brewery visits, you get the drift, whatever people think is
a good idea really. Public Speaking is an excellent opportunity, and it is worth £75 for this alone. The idea is to turn gibbering idiots into accomplished Public Speakers, there are plenty of debating competitions during the year, and also the Junior Chamber of Commerce' networks all compete against each other from time to time. There is one meeting each month, dedicated to this. I recently attended a debating competition, which was the newer members against the older members, and also had two Scottish politicans, one on each team. Last night I attended the Dallas Lecture in Glasgow. The speaker was Ranulph Fiennes, the greatest living explorer, who has circumnavigated the earth on its polar axis, as well as a host of other expeditions. He was also signing his book. The Dallas lecture was started in Glasgow in the 1940's and is intended to be a free, educative lecture for the people of Glasgow. The Junior Chamber organise this event each year. Last year, they had Jackie Stewart as their speaker. I unfortunately missed this due to business commitments in other parts of the country (see bit about diary earlier). This was a disappointment to me, as I have had the fortunate experience of seeing him speak at the Australian Grand Prix, in 1999 (thanks, IBM). So you can see Glasgow Junior Chamber is good at securing excellent speakers. Personal Development includes events around Leadership, motivation, and excellent Motivational Trainers are secured for these events. A not to miss event this year, for me, is the Career Management lecture with Coutts. There are also conferences, which are opportunities to visit other countries, at discount prices, and enjoy a few days, of activity, similar to the activities above. Finally, GJCC have a new group formed, for those who have, or are thinking of starting their own business. For new members, someone from Chamber will meet you outside, and introduce you to other
members, so no need to be apprehensive about joining on your own. For Glasgow, you can now join up via their website, I am not sure if all Junior Chamber's have this facility as yet. Alternatively, there are new member nights, when you can go along, meet the Chairperson, and other members, sit and have a bit of wine, and discuss the membership before you join. you can also go along with a friend, for an evening, although this is frowned on if you keep doing this and don't pay your way yourself! And quite right too. All in all, an excellent opportunity, and great value.