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Mid Year Update 2015

Author: jcicork

Hello Members, Supporters, Patrons and Friends of JCI Cork - welcome to our Mid-Year Update! 

As we reach the end of the second quarter we have some fantastic progress to share with you.

1. Growth

JCI Cork is Ireland’s fastest growing Junior Chamber. We would like to take this opportunity to welcome all our 23 new members to the local organisation! We are a network of young professionals in our 20’s and 30’s and our mission is to provide development opportunities to these young people so they can bring positive change to the Cork community. See the Membership Form available here.

2. European Conference in Istanbul, Turkey

JCI is a global organisation with 200,000 Members worldwide. This provides us with an abundance of travel opportunities to visit other chambers, discover new cultures and expand our network across boarders. JCI Cork Members travelled to Istanbul for European Conference where we joined over 1,000 JCI Members form across the continent! JCI Cork President, Mary-Kate Portley, represented Ireland in the World Public Speaking Championships. The Irish debate team also finished 2nd place in Europe!! Members took part in Admin/Management, Effective Leadership and Mentoring training. Key Note Speakers from Coca Cola, IBM and the UN Foundation addressed Members. It was a great event that allowed us to put Cork on the map!

 3. Cork’s Friendly Business Awards Launched!

Do you know Cork’s Friendliest Business? JCI Cork have teamed up with Clayton Hotel Silver Springs, The Evening Echo, The Cork Chamber of Commerce and RedFM to search for Corks Friendliest business. Nominations close on July 10th- so get your friendliest business nominated now! Click here for the entry form - follow the conversation via #FBAcork. Well done Ciara O'Leary Fitzpatrick on leading this flagship project!

4. Government and Political Meetings

It was a great honour to meet with Minster Sean Sherlock and  United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon during his recent visit to Dublin. JCI Cork was also supported by Cork City Council, and spoke with Deputy Lord Mayor Ken O’Flynn in relation to Project Impact 100. Next week JCI Cork will attend the launch of the Innovation and Entrepreneurial Passport with Damien English TD. We have also kept up contact with several political youth groups. JCI is a non-partisan organisation which represents the voices of young professionals.

5. JCI Cork Training Day

On July 11th we have two trainers travelling to Cork for Impact and Achieve Official JCI Training Courses. Thank you to the fabulous Clarion Hotel in Cork City who are a great support to us providing meeting and training space. Four Star Pizza are also sponsoring our lunch. As a non-profit and voluntary organisation we would not be able to run projects and train young people without the support of local businesses here in Cork. Would you like to support the development of active young professionals volunteering in Cork? Click here!

6. The Outstanding Young People of Cork (TOYP) Awards - Follow Up

We had two National Winners from Cork! Both Joanne O’Riordan and Julie O’Mahoney were named in the “Top 10 Outstanding Young People of Ireland.” They have now been submitted to the World level of the competition. Will they be named as one of the top Ten Outstanding Young People of the World?? We will find out soon - well done girls! You are a great representation of Cork and Ireland! Check out the event video here!

7. Project Groups

Community: This is an empowerment through education project which aims to provide the elderly with computer skills so that they can stay in contact with their family members who have emigrated from Ireland. This project is run in conjunction with S.H.A.R.E and sees JCI Members create a curriculum and teach the elderly. Ali Khan and his team are doing great work on this!

Business: Preparations are underway for #BizBatering - a skills bartering business speed networking event. This project aims to target young professionals and entrepreneurs and provides a platform for idea collaboration and growth. It is a barter of skill-sets needed to succeed. Well done Alex Mittler and your team!

Project Impact 100: We just launched the planning stages of “Project Impact 100” where we aim to positively impact 100 people in Cork city. This is to acknowledge the 100th year of the JCI organisation.Click here for the history of the JCI movement

8. Want to find out more?

Check out our Facebook and Website here. We also have a monthly meeting the last Thursday of the Month in the Clarion Hotel - have you an idea to share? do you have skills to teach? Cork’s Young Professionals would love to hear from you and your business!

Thank you all for your support!

Is mise le meas,

Mary-Kate Portley

2015 President.



"The organisation has opened so many doors for me, on both a professional and personal level. It is heartwarming to be involved with a group of young people who take charge of change and make the Cork ..."

Mary-Kate Portley, JCI Cork President, 2015

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