News — December 01, 2020

JCI New Jersey inducts Stevenson Van Derodar & Board

The JCI New Jersey, a state organization affiliate of JCI USA and JCI held its phenomenal 75th Induction and Year-End Awards En Blanc on July 18th, 4:45pm. The event was attended by more than 100 virtual guests and members, live streamed via facebook with more than 3,200 views, 50 shares, 1,500 engagements and 7,300 reach.

At its helm is Stevenson Van Derodar, elected President, sworn in to the organization's philosophy and beliefs with JCI USA National President Justin Wutzke (Montana) as inducting officer. Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fulop was its keynote speaker. Hosted by JCI Sen. Jocelyn Bernal and new member Jean Chris Romulus, the event featured French-themed visuals and musicality with world-renowned painters: Picasso, Monet, da Vinci, Dali, Warhol, Rembrandt, Matisse, van Gogh and Michaelangelo as accent designs.

You can watch the full ceremony following

The event was a stellar gathering of entertainers with Loren San Diego playing her piano selections, Chin Gomez's for the Star Spangled Banner, Miguel Braganza II rendered his "Life is a Bowl of Cherries;" Sultry Diva Angel Ram sang a very powerful "RISE UP" song and Lucy & La Mer's hit song/video "TOGETHER," as the state organizations tribute to all front-liners.

2019 State President Maria Nucum awarded accomplishments of members and projects throughout the year.

The State Board were also inducted by JCI USA National Vice President Danielle Fields (Georgia) with NYSJC Gov. Stevenson Van Derodar-President witnessing the ceremony, Maria Nucum, Chairman of the Board, Shari Guirao- Vice President, 2020 JCI USA NVP Joyce AndesDavid – Vice President, Membership Director and Chapter President, LaRissa Cronick (Greater

Atlantic City Chapter dba ACJC), Rosalina Dorvilus (JCI North Jersey Chapter) and May Aileen Manuel (JCI Philippine-American Jaycees Chapter), Chapter Presidents; JCI Sen. Vivian Velasco, Presidential Chief of Staff, JCI Sen. Jocelyn Bernal, Presidential Coach.

Eastern Institute Advisers: Arman David, JCI Sen. Jen Radillowicz and JCI Sen. Jocelyn Bernal; Primary Advisors: JCI Sen. Edson Kodama, JCI Sen. Jane Amend, and JCI Sen. Richard Rillera.

Board Advisers: JCI Sen. Lee Clemente, JCI Sen. Ria Serrano, JCI Sen. Adelaide Charrerrie and JCI Sen. Mike Dietz; Legal Adviser, JCI Sen. Gary Abasolo. The new members were inducted by JCI USA National Vice President Joyce Andes-David (New Jersey).

The event enjoyed its massive reach from guests in places like Curacao, Dutch Carribean to Netherlands, Japan, the Philippines, South Africa, Ireland, Portugal and Brazil.

STEVENSON VAN DERODAR - 75th JCI New Jersey State President

Stevenson is the single-most Jaycee of age who has been elected to become State President of two state organizations, the JCI New York and JCI New Jersey. Stevenson is a member of three local chapters within New York and New Jersey: the JCI Philippine-New York, JCI Manhattan, and JCI North Jersey.

Stevenson and his team are inspired by Abraham Lincoln’s principle that “the best way to predict the future is to create it,” thus the 2020 JCI New Jersey State Team under Stevenson’s leadership will focus on rebuilding, impact, and investing in the future with its theme banner as “One Vision. One Impact. One Future.” 

The team recognizes the challenges of today and realizes that now is the best time to revisit their vision, instill the impact and be ready to prepare the future. “More than ever we reference back to the organization’s vision and culture to bring inspiration, empowerment and continuity of purpose,” said Stevenson.

There will be four areas where the State will thread its efforts toward, namely: Investing in the Future, Rebuilding aligned with Vision, Community Integration and Partnerships and Organizational Stability and Impact.

Stevenson’s platforms include Chapter Extensions; Multi-sector Community Partnerships; Membership engagements with innovation, entrepreneurship, and present-day demands for efficiency; Foundational Skills development Training including Robert’s Rules, Project Management, Communications, etc.; Innovations Awards, Lifetimer recognition, Digital Memberships, Youth Debates and Leadership Career Pathways on boarding members to leadership opportunities upon membership and creating a clear path for growth. “What we do today is very crucial to the sustainability of our organization. I believe we have to appeal to students, young businessmen, young community organizers to prepare the future while maintaining our impact and to carry out the vision of this active citizenship movement,” Stevenson said.

Stevenson became a member of the organization in 2009 and has since received numerous national and state-level accolades including Charles Kulp Jr Memorial Award in 2016, Don Cavalli Memorial Award for Outstanding Chapter President in 2016 by JCI New York State, Heidi Juttner Memorial Award in 2012, Wayne McCall Memorial Award in 2011 and 2013, Howard

Clarence Memorial Award for the Chapter during his chapter presidency in 2016, 100% CLC for New York State in 2018, 10th Degree, 90% CLC for Chapter during his presidency in 2016, consistently “At growth”, etc. He was also behind in extending JCI Manhattan and JCI Philippine-New York Youth in 2018 and JCI Queens in 2017.

The Junior Chamber International (JCI) is a worldwide community of young active citizens ages 18-40 who share the belief that in order to create positive change, we must take collective action to improve ourselves and the world around us. Engaging in activities ranging from community development to international projects, members demonstrate their social responsibility and improve themselves through participation, leadership, and action. (JCI New Jersey press release and photos)

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