Junior Chamber International Port Louis Mauritius Newsletter 2
In this Issue
Message from National President 1
Message from Local President 2
2014 JCI VICE President 5
JCI PAP 6
Sensation Nature 8
Future Leaders 10
Let’s hear from other Chapters 11
International Vibes 12
Monthly Quotes 14
Dear JCI Port Louis Members,
The challenges we face today are
enormous and we are clear both in our mind
and on paper about where we want to take JCI
Mauritius. We need to manage our respective
organizations in a much better way than we are
doing now. We need to grow. We need to do
projects according to the JCI Active Citizens
Framework. We need to be trained and
groomed to be better leaders. We must also
experience the ‘I’ in JCI which stands for
International. We cannot remain the same and
expect to move in the direction we desire. We
must change our practice and confront the
challenges that beset our journey with
originality and audaciousness to achieve the
improvement we desire.’
The most important thing we can do for the future of JCI Mauritius is make
sure that members and senators are engaged and that each one of us is doing
the most we can. If we really want to take JCI Mauritius forward, then we
must make sure that every single member has the same feeling about JCI that
each one of us here has today. We need to make sure that every JCI Mauritius
member and senator has a meaningful role to play, that they’re all making a
contribution, and that their contributions are valued. Because when that
happens, the members who come in the front door don’t go right out through
the back door. They stay in JCI, they become JCI members, they bring in new
members, and they make a difference.
The goal in 2014 isn’t just doing good work — it’s doing the best work we
can, work that will have the largest, and longest-lasting, positive impact.
The moment is here. The time is now. Together we will lead JCI Mauritius to
a better future, as we Make the difference.
JCI Mauritius President
National President Message
After three month, JCI Port Louis is now well on track.
The second issue of our newsletter shows that things
are now moving fast in our Chapter.
Many projects and activities are underway and put
into action, others will start soon. We have activities
and responsibilities for all members, senators and
aspiring members. Through our projects and
activities, JCI Port Louis is giving everyone
opportunities for total growth and individual
development, opportunities to bring impactful
projects to completion. Opportunities to IMPACT
JCI Port Louis always has room for young active citizens. Look around you;
identify those youngsters who are willing to be part of the positive change
and who share the belief that in order to create lasting positive change,
we must improve ourselves and the world around us.
The 30th Anniversary of JCI Port Louis will be here marked by various
projects and activities. But our main focus for this celebration is our
contribution in eradicating extreme poverty and hunger.
I show my gratitude to our active members and aspiring members who are
against all odds contributing and doing their upmost to reach our
objectives and trying to brighten the life of our co-citizens. Our
responsibility is to keep this momentum, to help the community by
developing responsible leaders.
“We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing;
others judge us by what we have done”
Yours in JCI Spirit,
2014 Local President
Local President Gilbert
The JCI Mission
To provide development
that empower young people to
create positive change.
The JCI Vision
To be the
leading global network of young
The JCI Values
That faith in God gives meaning
and purpose to human life;
That the brotherhood of
man transcends the sovereignty of
That economic justice can best be
won by free men through free
That government should be
of laws rather than of men;
That Earth's great treasure lies in
And that service to humanity is
the best work of life.
The most awaited day for the JCI Port
Louis members is approaching. In order
to make the day even more special a
series of activities will be organised
starting from April to August 2014:
Dinner or Cocktail
Media/awareness campaign UN MDG1
UN MDG1 Rally
Bras d’Eau trail (June 2014)
Expo in Port Louis to highlight the
achievements of JCI Port Louis during
the 30 Years
2014 Social Summit UN MDG1
Sport Day (all JCI Chapters, NGOs,
Sponsors and Partners
Be ready to participate. Lots of surprises
and fun waiting for you. Be part of JCI
Port Louis 30th anniversary.
JCI Port Louis has the honour to launch
its Newsletter’s second Edition. A
central component of this issue is
creativity and innovation we have
brought. This newsletter is more
informative and will give glimpses of
not only JCI Port Louis’s activities but
allow other local chapters to be part of
Our newsletter titled “connect” aims at connecting all the JCI
members together enhancing our brotherhood ties. We have
introduced a section named “International JCI Vibes” to allow
members to get a notion of the happenings at the International
We are looking forward to continuing this productive channel of
information interchange throughout the JCI community. The
future success of the Newsletter depends on your comments,
contributions and ideas!
We do encourage all of you to try your utmost best to enrich the
forthcoming JCI Port Louis
We hope you enjoy this Second Issue for 2014 of JCI Port Louis
Newsletter. Till then let’s all keep rocking and shocking!
Message from Editor
Très cher ami, membre de la JCI Port Louis
Mes chaleureuses salutations depuis Cotonou, Bénin
Nous avons ensemble décidé de faire de la Jeune Chambre
Internationale, l’organisation qui unit tous les secteurs de la société
pour un impact durable dans nos communautés.
Tu sais mieux que moi que l’impact peut partir de l’action d’un seul individu. N’attends donc pas le voisin,
N’attends personne pour commencer. Fais-toi remarquer positivement au sein de la communauté, au niveau
local et national car à la JCI ce qui importe le plus ce n’est pas ce que l’on a mais ce que l’on donne.
Cher ami, n’hésite pas à oser, à innover, à emprunter des chemins, des sentiers jusque là non encore explorés
pour y laisser des empreintes indélébiles fruits de tes actions impactantes.
Valeureux membre individuel ton organisation locale a besoin de toi et compte sur toi pour donner le meilleur de
toi même dans la mise en œuvre du plan d’action local 2014.
Je t’exhorte donc à t’engager pour créer l’impact positif en
toi et autour de toi car tu en es capable plus que tu ne le
Je voudrais finir mon propos en partageant avec toi cette
citation de Henry FORD qui disait « se réunir est un début,
rester ensemble est un progrès et travailler ensemble est
la réussite ».
Travaillons donc ensemble pour réussir par la mise en
œuvre de projets respectant les recommandations du
cadre JCI du citoyen Actif.
Cher ami, ton OL compte sur toi et je compte aussi sur tes
énormes potentialités. Travaillons ensemble et restons
unis pour créer l’impact.
2014 JCI Vice Président
2014 JCI VICE PRESIDENT MESSAGE
Plan of action for the year 2014 were
presented to the parents. The
activities are all set to go.
JCI Quatre Bornes aspiring member
Yuvna Juwaheer joined JCI Poverty
Alleviation Program TEAM.
Bois Marchard: Save your date for 5
April for the “Marche aux Puces.”
JCI Port Louis member Malcom
Madelon attended a workshop
organised by GML Foundation
regarding collaboration of NGOs
working in Bois Marchand and the
fight against poverty.
JCI PAP: Say No cervical cancer
JCI PAP in collaboration with Link to Life carried a vaccination
Campaign against Cervical cancer for girls aged 10-17. The first
dose has been administered. In the next few months, 2 more doses
will be administered respecting the time intervals. Moreover, on
April, Link to Life will carry free screening of breast
JCI PAP: Glory to thee at Bois Marchard
On Saturday 15th
March, a Flag Raising Ceremony to celebrate
Independence Day was organised in the presence of National
President Prashant, Deputy National President Nousrina and
National Treasurer as well as our guest of honour Ashwin
Rampeeary Director of Fast Click.
JCI Poverty Alleviation Program
Who will be the next Outstanding
The JCI Mauritius Outstanding Young
Person Award (TOYP) serves to
recognise young person between 18
and 40 years who excel in their
chosen fields and create positive
change. JCI has honored over 200
individuals from 47 nations since
1983 and this year we are celebrating
the 28th edition in Mauritius.
The winner of the competition who
gets amongst the finalist in the Ten
Outstanding Persons of the World is
invited to a colourful JCI TOYP
ceremony during the 2014 JCI World
Congress, in November in Leipzig,
Germany, where the honorees will be
presented with their trophies.
Presently, I have a team of dynamic
persons working to make the project
happen and a success. The project is
a life changing opportunity for team
members to discover new potential
and unleash their super powers.
JBA kicks off
The 98th JCI business forum was held at L'Alliance
Francaise on 19 March 2013. The theme was 'Situations
financiers 2014, meilleure ou pire que 2013?'
The guests speakers were CEO of BSP group of companies,
Mr.Sham Mathura, President of the National Women
Entrepreneur Council, Ms. Ms. Vimi Appadoo and
Managing Director of GFA Insurance Ltd, Mr. Abdel
Ruhomutall. The moderator was Mr David Commarmond,
National Secretary of JCI Mauritius. It was a much debated
topic with much arguments and propositions.
Do you wish to attend the JBA forums, then book your date
May, same place and same time. Come and you
will develop your business horizon. Not to forget the special
JBA Business Forum in due time.
JCI Port Louis member Chitra
Beekoo was given the opportunity
to be the Master of Ceremony for
the Special Members Forum and
Dinner in the Honour of 2014 JCI
Vice President Basile Djossouvi.
On the 29th of March, there will
be the public speaking
competition. Do come and show
your support to our participants.
Mr Karamoko Kourouma (from
Guinea Conakry) was given the
opportunity by JCI Port Louis to do
a speech on the future economy
of Mauritius during an event
organised by AIESEC Mauritius
about Leadership through
National Secretary David
Commarmond was the moderator
of the 98th JCI Business Academy
(JBA) Business Forum.
Let’s take a breath in the nature: Bras D’Eau trail
This is a project that is consistent with the
Community Development Program of JCI
Port Louis. Primarily, “Sensation Nature”
intended to promote eco-tourism and to
sensitize the local population in relation to
environmental issues. In addition, this project
will contribute "to the efforts of the
government and the National Parks and
Conservation services to preserve what
remains of native forests and educating the
public." So "Sensation nature" raises more
environmental awareness among the
NPCS (National Parks and Conservation Services) has earmarked the region
of Mare chevrettes, in Bras d’Eau National Park to enable hikers to come
across the flycatcher (endemic bird).
The project will consist of extending the existing Coq de Bois trail which is
2.7 km by 2.3 km so that to make it a loop with a total distance of 5 km. The
extension will start at the end of Coq des Bois trail at Mare Chevrettes and
connect to the existing trail at an approximate distance of 500m before Bras
Length of Loop----2.3 km
Starting point---Mare Chevrettes
Ending point---- on Coq des Bois trail 500m to Bras D’Eau Visitors centre.
Duration--------- 1 hr
Type of trail----Easy
Bras d'Eau National Park was created in 2011. It extends over an area of 497
hectares and protects the forest of Bras d'Eau and part of Poste Lafayette. This
is a very good area to observe several endemic forest passerines, especially
species like ‘desolata du Tchitrec des Mascareignes (Coq des Bois).
Senator Ah-Kwet: A man of wisdom
On 12th March 2014, Senator Ah-Kwet Li Kwong Ken was awarded the Commander Of
The Order Of The Star And Key Of The Indian Ocean (C.S.K.) “For contribution in the
fields of commerce and industry”. Known for his passion and motivation, Senator Ah-Kwet
is an example to follow. He had enriching JCI career and wished to share his mesmerizing
experience with the new generation of JCI Port Louis.
I firmly believe in our JCI creed “That earth's great treasure lies in human personality, and
that service to humanity is the best work of life.” I remember an event which changed my
life. This occurred when I was Local President of JCI Port Louis. There was a member who
stammered while talking. He was appointed master of ceremony for the LOM’s night. I was
really surprised but during the event, he did not stammer once. That’s why I believe that
every person has the capability to make achievements given the opportunity.
For you JCI is…
A school where you learn by doing and you are not punished for your fault. You just have
Why did you choose JCI?
I must thank Senator Philip Ah Chuen. There was a time when I wanted to reach out and do
something. So he introduced me to JCI. Since then my life was transformed. There is a
Chinese saying from Lao Tzu: ”a journey of a thousand miles starts with a first step,” My
first step was made in 1988 when I attended the first meeting for aspiring members.
You had an enriching JCI Career, Share your experience?
My JCI career was most enriching. Each day brought new experiences, new friends and new
satisfactions. As a member of a project, all doors are at your disposal. You can contact any
companies, Municipalities, Ministries or individuals. All depends on how far you want to go.
How JCI changed your life as an individual?
It has indeed changed my life. The steps in realizing a project, that is survey, analysis,
planning, action, evaluation and acknowledgment has become my way of doing things, be it
in business, social or at home.
Your advice to the aspiring and other members for a successful JCI career?
I would refer to the creole saying “mette fort, gagne fort”. Your actions should be
unconditional. Never expect anything when you go on a project or expect that project to be
awarded best project. Do your project with love and the results and recognition will follow.
Be humble and don’t be in a rush to get recognised.
Best souvenir in your JCI Career
It is when I attended the Area conference in Zimbabwe in 1992. It was a moment of pride as
JCI Port Louis was awarded ‘Best Local chapter in Africa’.
If you had to choose one regret in your JCI career, what will it be?
I joined JCI Port Louis too late. I was already 34 when I had joined. I wished I could join
much earlier. The highest post I held was that of Local President.
Your feelings when you were awarded the COMMANDER OF THE ORDER OF THE STAR AND KEY OF THE INDIAN
OCEAN (C.S.K.) “For contribution in the fields of commerce and industry”.
A tree needs fertilizers to grow. If I have been able to become what I am today, it is because I was nurtured by the support,
encouragement, motivation and advices from all the people around me. I thank them and I shall continue in my path of helping others to
reach new heights. I must also admit that the first phrase of the creed ‘Faith in God gives meaning and purpose to human life’ has also
been a support to me in time of discouragement.
Some precious moments at JCI Port Louis?
There are too many. One that I remember is when I was President and during a monthly members’ meeting. That meeting took place
during my birthday month and I was blindfolded as part of a training session. When I opened my eyes, all my family and some friends
from Reunion visiting me, were present. Wow, in JCI, the sky is the limit, you just have to dare.
Senators: Our precious guide
Senator Ah kwet
DIRECTOR OF GAZELLA LIMITED
BORN 31ST JULY 1953
STATUS MARRIED TO MARIE
CLAIRE AND THREE CHILDREN
FAVOURITE QUOTES THE SUN
ALWAYS SHINES AFTER THE RAIN
1988: JOINED IN
1988: SWORE IN MEMBER
1992: LOCAL PRESIDENT
JCI SENATOR 51805
Name: Sandrine Bargeole
Hobbies: Singing, sewing and go for a walk or drive in nature
JCI for you is: empower people and get the best out of them
Why JCI: To meet new people and become a better person myself
Future plans: getting further knowledge in psychology
Name: MOHER Maneesha Roshnee
Profession: Legal Officer
Hobbies: Dancing & Football & movies
JCI for you is: the only platform to really socialise,
meet new people and at the same time bring changes and
work towards a better society. JCI creates a certain magic
and involves those young people with dreams and urge do
something for their communities and country.
Future Plans: to be impactful
Name: Bolaky Yaasine
Profession: I.T Administrator
Hobbies: Adventure /Fishing / aquatic activity
JCI for you is: To develop one’s potentials as an individual
Why JCI: It is a global network connecting active young citizen
Future plans: To expand my business and
to discover the world by travelling
Name: Hashini Teelokee
Profession: Insurance Clerk
Hobbies: Listening to music
JCI for is: JCI is a social network where young people can
work to create positive change.
Why JCI: Learning from the different projects and to be
more active. Through JCI I can bring positive change around me
Future plans: Realise my dreams and be more active in JCI
Our New Sworn Members
JCI Port Louis member
Chitra Beekoo has been
designated by JCI
Mauritius to participate
as panelist on the
roundtable organised by
SMEDA on the Future of
JCI PL has been one of the
finalists of the debate
championship. Its JCI City
plus who won the debate.
The best speaker was
awarded to Tanya from
JCI Beau Bassin Rose-hill
JCI Port Louis member
Chitra Beekoo was given
the opportunity to be the
Master of Ceremony for
the Special Members
Forum and Dinner in the
Honour of 2014 JCI Vice
Huge congratulations to
the members Hashini,
maneesha, yaasine and
Sandrine who are now
graduates in JCI Achieve.
JCI City Plus: Children Awareness Campaign
JCI City Plus has been celebrating Independence Day on 11 March 2014
with the children of Nicolay Government School during the visit of 2014
JCI Vice President Basile Djossouvi. Distribution of copybooks to the
children was made on that day. The main aim of the Children
Awareness Campaign is to educate the younger
generation to be responsible and healthy
citizens and to become leaders and role
models for a safer and better society.
Comic strips were used on the back
covers of the copybooks to convey key
messages to the children in relation to
health & safety and environmental issues.
JCI Port Louis members had great
fun at Savinia 2014. It was a fun and
relaxing day for so many after a
hectic working weeks.
JCI Port Louis members taking great
advantage of the initiatives taken by
JCI Curepipe for the Kite surfing
Lets all work on achieving these
JCI Quatre Bornes: Ready, Get Set, CLICK
Ever since I joined JCI, many years back, and
throughout the years, despite waves and waves of new
generation of members, there seems to have been one
constant in the Organisation: the love of its members to
snap photos of their friends, the "making-of" events,
the events themselves, active citizenship in action and
of course themselves enjoying it all.
Photography is a very important tool for a JCI member. It allows us to remember past
events but it also allows future generations to discover how things were done before. It
allows us to keep good memories and it allows others to discover our doings through
our scrapbooks... And JCI members are known to take photos by whatever means they
have: mobile phones, Smartphone, iPads, compact cameras, DSLR etc.
In this respect, and in line with its objective of developing the individuals in our
organisation, JCI Quatre Bornes invites you and your friends for 6 Saturdays of exposure
to photography with a professional photographer. Still images, live photography,
portraits, events photos, nature photography, they will soon have no secrets for the
participants. The event will also consist of a live outdoor photo-shooting session,
included in the price of the event for participants
So... Book your dates for the clicking time of your life!! When your words are few, and
your exposures many...
Prospective participants are however informed that the course is geared towards a wide
audience, so even if you snap with your mobile, or you adjust lighting meticulously with
your DSLR, this course will delight you... JCI Quatre Bornes has a surprise in stock for
Please find attached the teaser to the event, while waiting for the first clicks.
Yours in JCI Spirit
Local President JCI Quatre Bornes
Let’s hear from other chapters
Fight against malaria continues in Africa
This year new programs have been
put into place for active citizens to
continue their fights against malaria
with the partnership of UN
Foundation Nothing But Nets.
Every 60 seconds a child dies of
malaria. In 2008, it was every 30
seconds and JCI members have been
part of the fight to save lives and
change this statistic. Improvement
has been achieved, but even one
child dying of malaria is too many.
New ways have been devised to
continue this fight.
This year JCI Nothing But Nets has two new programs to take our
fight against this deadly disease to a new level.
JCI National and Local Organizations will have the opportunity to
receive international recognition for their net-raising efforts with the
Net Impact Program.
This year any JCI member who is committed to send nets to save lives
will get the opportunity to experience their impact action across
Africa. All efforts, initiatives or projects supporting this fight between
January 2014 to December 2014 are eligible for this trip. Participants
will be chosen based on total dollars raised or unique efforts made.
Be an active citizen and keep sending nets to save lives on your JCI
National Organisation’s crow rise team today and with just US $ 10
saves a life.
Famous International JCI Members
KOFI ANNAN — Ghana
Former U.N. Secretary
General, member of the
Minnesota., U.S.A. Jaycees
JACQUES CHIRAC — France
President of France,
Former Prime Minister of
France, Mayor of Paris
WILLIAM J. "BILL" CLINTON — United States
42nd President of the
United States; 1976
member of Fayetteville
Jaycees, AK, USA
John Fitzgerald Kennedy- US
35th President of the
TARO ASO — Japan
Japan Prime Minister,
Minister of Economy and
Fiscal Policy, Director
General of Economic
Planning, Secretariat of the
Prime Minister’s Office,
Junior Chamber (1978);
Youth voyage supervisor-
5th Japan Youth Voyage,
Voyage Leader of 7th
Youth Voyage; Member of
the Iizuka Jaycees
International JCI Vibes
Introducing the JCI Special Recognition Program
The newest JCI Program awards the implausible work of JCI members in communities across the world by
recognizing individual impact projects aligned to the JCI Active Citizen Framework process, as well as
recognizing JCI Local Organizations that allow their communities to achieve sustainable impact. The
program will offer two types of recognition: Impact Project Recognition and JCI Local Organization
Spotlight Recognition. The JCI Special Recognition Program serves to encourage JCI members to create
positive change. The Impact Project portion of the Special Recognition program provides an opportunity
for you to receive recognition for your most impactful projects conducted this year.
Impact Project evaluation will be conducted by members of the Special Recognition Committee appointed
by 2014 JCI President Shine Bhaskaran. Three projects from Africa and the Middle East, Asia and the
Pacific, the Americas and Europe will be recognized at the end of each Impact Month. The recognized
projects will receive a digital letter and certificate signed by President Bhaskaran. All 12 recognized
projects will be revealed in the News section of the JCI website and on JCI social media networks.
How to submit your projects?
Submit your project to the JCI Project Gallery on the JCI website. Be sure it meets these specific criteria:
1. This project was conducted through the JCI Active Citizen Framework and focuses on the
corresponding stages of community development.
March: Health and wellness
June: Education and Economic empowerment
2. This project received local media coverage in print, radio and/or television
3. This project must also have visual accompaniments (photos, videos, promotional materials, results
of media coverage, etc.)
Submit your Impact Projects to the JCI Project Gallery !
International JCI Vibes
Visit www.jci.cc/portlouis to
learn how young people are
working to create positive
In this month, one of the most inspiring person was born
in the name of Albert Einstein. Let’s reflect on what he
has left for us and change our lives positively.
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