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Reginald Schaumans, ITF 008 (JCI Belgium), 1991 JCI President...

Reginald Schaumans, ITF 008 (JCI Belgium), 1991 JCI President

Het document geeft een kader van de missie en het credo. Trainer manual vermeld uitleg over active citizens, niks meer. En al zeker géén hertaling naar acties.

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  • 1. PARTICIPANT’S MANUAL JCI Vision, Mission and Values A JCI One-Hour Training Course Course designed by:Reginald Schaumans, ITF 008 (JCI Belgium), 1991 JCI President
  • 2. JCI Vision:“To be the leading global network of young activecitizens.”JCI Mission:“To provide development opportunities that empoweryoung people to create positive change.”JCI Values:The declaration of principles:We believe:• That faith in God gives meaning and purpose to human life;• That the brotherhood of man transcends the sovereignty of nations;• That economic justice can best be won by free men through free enterprise;• That government should be of laws rather than of men;• That earth’s great treasure lies in human personality;• And that service to humanity is the best work of life. 2
  • 3. THE DECLARATION OF PRINCIPLES "We believe: That faith in God gives meaning and purpose to human life; That the brotherhood of man transcends the sovereignty of nations; That economic justice can best be won by free men through free enterprise; That government should be of laws rather than of men; That earths great treasure lies in human personality; And that service to humanity is the best work of life."The year was 1946; the place, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, international meetings and functions. During that timeU.S.A.; the event, the United States Junior Chamber there has been much discussion of the interpretation ofNational Convention. Visitors came from Canada, the Creed. The author himself said, "Every Member isMexico, South America, Europe and the Philippine free to interpret the Creed in the light of his ownIslands. It was here that the idea of a JCI Creed was conscience."born. "We believe..." Everyone must believe in some ideal,Past President of the Ohio Junior Chamber and National principle or philosophy. To believe is to practice what isVice President of the United States Junior Chamber C. believed to be true.William Brownfield realized at this convention that theorganization did not have a Creed. He was inspired by "That faith in God gives meaning and purpose tothe devotion of Junior Chamber members "to the human life..." "God" here does not refer to any specificpurpose of serving mankind in a thousand different religious God, but to a supreme omnipotence. It doesways, right down at the grass roots where freedom lives not matter who or what your God is; the line is justor dies." saying that you must believe in something. Brownfield interpreted it in this way: "The Junior ChamberBrownfield saw Junior Chamber as "the potential for a membership, drawn from many religious backgrounds, isnew force in the world, one capable of changing the united by a common bond of faith; that man lives by thebalance between victory or defeat for our chosen way of will of (his/her) God, that Gods will for man is good; andlife in a time of crisis." that the life worthwhile is lived in harmony with His eternal plan."The actual writing of the Creed took place in July 1946during a drive from Brownfields hometown of Columbus, "That the brotherhood of man transcends theOhio, to his coal mine in New Lexington, a journey of sovereignty of nations..." This line breaks down all theabout 75 minutes. He started that journey with a firm boundaries that have been imagined by mankind. Itconviction in his mind to work on the Creed. It was simply means that all men and women are equal. Itduring that trip that the following words came to mind respects allegiance to ones country, but, at the sameand were put on paper: time, reinforces the idea that man is a citizen of the world. Brownfield put it this way: "Man-made boundaries• The brotherhood of man transcends the sovereignty have been drawn and redrawn, separating the human of nations. race into many nations. But across these unnatural• Economic justice can best be won by free men divisions there has been an intercourse in art, science, through free enterprise. commerce and religion; evidence of mans universal• Government should be of laws rather than of men. brotherhood; proof that man himself, not his territorial• Earths great treasure lies in human personality. divisions, is of basic worth."• Service to humanity is the best work of life. "That economic justice can best be won by free menIn 1950 the first line, "We believe that faith in God gives through free enterprise..." The operative words heremeaning and purpose to human life." was added. are “...can best be won..." Junior Chamber members believe that man should be free to use his skills andSince it was written, Junior Chamber members all over abilities to the limit in improving his economy.the world recite the Creed at local, national and Brownfield expressed it this way: "Where economic
  • 4. improvement has been greatest, man has been free to greatest treasure. It cannot be duplicated nor can it befollow his dream of making a personal fortune by doing made. Brownfields views on this line are: "Truesomething never done before, or by doing it better." He treasure lies in the hearts of men. There is about us aalso said, " . . . the system of self development through vast field of opportunity for cultivation of the humanprivate enterprise could be adapted with variations to personality. It is not the quantity or the length of life thatsuit local conditions in many parts of the world." gives it zest, but the quality of living, the achievement we make in terms of human progress.""That government should be of laws rather than ofmen..." This tenet of the Creed simply means that no "And that service to humanity is the best work ofone should be above the law, and that the law should be life." This final tenet of the Creed is the logicalthe same for all people, no matter what status they hold culmination of the preceding lines. A person whoin society. The government must be based on believes in the Creed will most definitely find service toconstitutional law, accepted and ratified by a majority of humanity to be the best work of life. Note the wordthe people. The power to change laws and elect humanity. Brownfields interpretation to this line of thegovernments should remain in the hands of a majority of Creed is, "The life lived unselfishly grows richer, deeperthe people. Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the and fuller. Joy is more enduring and peace of mind,United States, spoke of a government “of the people, for more certain. The world looks at the contribution such athe people, and by the people." This line of the Creed life has made and marks the one who lived it as acrystallizes what President Lincoln was talking about so benefactor of the race; yet he knows in truth the greatermany decades ago. Brownfield expressed the meaning benefit has been his own."this way: "In a free society, the fundamental law isderived from the people. It is they who hold the final No matter what a members interpretation of the Creedauthority." may be, he or she should always practice what he or she believes. Many unsuccessful attempts have been made"That earths great treasure lies in human to change the Creed, but it has prevailed through thepersonality..." Every individual has a separate and years and continues be as the covenant that holds theunique personality. That is the main difference between organization together. Many members have made thehumans and other creatures of the world. That Creed their guide in life.uniqueness makes the human personality earths