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May 13, 2012 7:53 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Presidents Blog – By JCI Sheffield 2012 President Sandra Pilarczyk (@HagsSandra)

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Last week I met with two of our fantastic JCI Sheffield patrons: Nichola Atherton ( and Tim Rumboll ( We had a long overdue catch up about what’s happened at JCI Sheffield since the beginning of the year. Let’s just say it took a while!

Nichola suggested that I should write a blog about my year as president, which was something I haven’t thought about before. After all – what’s there to tell? I pick up my kids from school, walk the dog, go to the gym, clean and cook, run my own business and yes there is that JCI thing!


Right then, here we go:

Under my motto of ‘Impact of One’, I have a few specific goals for 2012:

Increase membership numbers to beat JCI London’s membership number

Increase membership engagement by running projects

Have a highly motivated council team by 2013

Raise £ 5000.00 for Nothing But Nets (

Nothing too far reached…well, maybe a little bit!

We started the year with a crazily enthusiastic council team and hit the ground running: A 2012 launch event, weekly training courses, and community projects. We sorted out the storage room at the Archer project, where I was introduced to the Full English breakfast in a tin. We branded ourselves via JCI Sheffield T-Shirts and professionally made business cards. Our new website was launched, thanks to the hard work of my marketing goddesses ( AKA Marketing Directors )  Niki Davies, Vicky Bulman and Kim Parkin and our favourite social member Ben (@copperchunk). We slept outside the Sheffield Cathedral and raised a stack of money for the homeless and delivered over 250 Chocolate Easter Eggs to the Sheffield Children Hospital. We hosted the JCI World President Bertolt Daems for two days, which gave us the opportunity to show that we are not just a local organisation and part of an international community of active citizens (

I travelled to JCI Bradford and JCI Barnsley to deliver training courses, participated in the national JCI UK marketing academy and JCI Inspiration day in Birmingham, attended JCI Yorkshire regional forums and went to my first chain event ( yes I have a presidents’ chain!)  at JCI Barnsley’s annual dinner.

I was also invited as top table guest to the Sheffield Law Society annual dinner, second chain outing!

As JCI Sheffield president, I have a seat on the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce council. We are very fortunate to have a great relationship with SCCI and Richard Wright, SCCI Chief Executive has written us a letter of support, which we will be using to write a business case to support other chambers in the UK. Watch the space!

Recently, I had great meeting with Creative Sheffield, to start the conversation about how JCI and the city can form a strategic partnership.

Just last week I had two VIP invitations to attend the Lord Mayor’s inauguration ceremony and the prestigious Cutler’s feast- tough job, but somebody has to do it!

The list of events goes on, however the best bits so far for me are all people related, as all these great individuals who make me want to do and be better:

Ilona Alcock, JCI Sheffield Personal development director, launched and decided to quit her job and start her own company (@hh_comms).

Kim Parkin, JCI Sheffield marketing director, found a new job, thanks to JCI.

James Alcock, JCI Sheffield community director, got his first client payment, after JCI inspired him to start up his own company ( ).

Katie Jackson, JCI Sheffield social director, also found a new job, whilst introducing us to trampolineing, pies and being the Easter bunny, delivering chocolate eggs to the children hospital.

Dan Senter, JCI Sheffield deputy president, was asked to speak at PEX ( – you can go and listen to him next week, if you have £ 1500.00 spare cash for the ticket!

JCI Sheffield member, Fiona Morgan (, delivered two fantastic JCI training sessions and her cheesecakes got a royal approval by HRH Prince Andrew earlier in the year.

James Oxley, JCI Sheffield member,  joined our marathon team to run the Edinburgh Marathon with us ( and he also has been seen at all other JCI events since he came to the marketing academy!

JCI Sheffield members, Laura Lashmar ( and Lucy Harper (@luharper) took the challenge to introduce TOYP (Top outstanding young person) to JCI Sheffield.  (

Lastly, I will have to mention, Vicky Bulman, JCI Sheffield marketing director, who created a social media campaign, which I think will go viral (@JCIDucky1 and @JCIDucky2) – the best part was to see and feel her excitement about these two little ducks, which are more than just two rubber ducks with a union flag printed on them, going on a local and international JCI tour: For me they sum up the spirit of JCI Sheffield so far in2012: Fun, current, international and on a mission to make an impact!

By Sandra Pilarczyk

JCI Sheffield President 2012

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