The New York State JCI Senate is an independent organization, with its own constitution and by-
laws. Our members are JCI Senators, registered with the World Secretariat, who either received
their Senatorship in New York State or who currently reside here in New York after having
received their Senatorship in other states or other countries.
The New York State JCI Senate is affiliated with the United States JCI Senate, and is also
associated with the New York State Junior Chamber and Junior Chamber International.
The purposes of the New York State JCI Senate are twofold. Foremost, we seek to build and
promote fellowship among our Senators through our publications, meetings, and social activities.
Second, but just as important to us, is to promote the Junior Chamber program. We do this by
offering our assistance and the knowledge and experience of our members to the Junior
Chamber organization. The New York State JCI Senate stands ready to help the New York State
Junior Chamber and any local chapter, district, region, or state officer. This assistance is always
available for the asking.
We are recognized by the United States State Department as official Goodwill Ambassadors
around the world.
The JCI Senatorship
A JCI Senatorship is the highest honor which can be bestowed upon a current or past member by
Junior Chamber International for outstanding service to the organization. It provides a unique
means for recognizing a member’s outstanding achievements, and also confers upon that
individual a "Life Membership" in Junior Chamber International, although this status does not
exempt a member from paying regular membership dues.
A JCI Senatorship may be given to any local Junior Chamber member in appreciation of services
rendered at any level of the organization, and is subject to the approval of the local, state, and
national Presidents. Current local members must have a minimum of five years of membership
before they may be nominated for a JCI Senatorship.
The JCI Senatorship Enrollment Process
An application for a JCI Senatorship can be obtained from your local Junior Chamber President,
the New York State JCI Senate President, or Junior Chamber International.
The application forms must be completed, approved, and signed by the local Junior Chamber
President, then forwarded to the New York State Junior Chamber President and United States
Junior Chamber President for their signatures, before it can then be submitted to Junior
Chamber International along with full payment of the application fee.
It is important to allow sufficient time (6 to 8 weeks) for the application to be repeatedly mailed
and processed, especially if it is desired to present the Senatorship at a particular place and
time. The application is not approved until it is submitted in the prescribed form, bearing all the
necessary signatures, and a full Senate membership payment is received.
After the application is approved, the individual is assigned a number and his or her name is
entered in the Roll of Senators. The new Senator receives a membership certificate, a
membership card, and a Senator's pin. These materials will be shipped to any location given on
the application form if the presentation is to be a surprise, which it should be.
Presenting the JCI Senatorship
The awarding of a JCI Senatorship is an honor that can be bestowed upon a member only once
in a lifetime. The actual presentation should be conducted with appropriate dignity, and
preferably at a formal ceremony, such as an awards banquet.
The presentation should be made by a JCI Senator, not by a member who is not a JCI Senator. If
there is no JCI Senator available from the local chapter, contact the New York State JCI Senate
for assistance with the presentation. Local chapter members may assist in the presentation.
You should have the JCI Senatorship certificate, membership card, and lapel pin on hand. It is
strongly recommended to enclose the certificate in a suitable frame ahead of time.
If the presentation is to be made at a New York State Junior Chamber state conference, let the
New York State Junior Chamber President know well in advance so that an appropriate time and
place can be arranged at the conference for the ceremony to occur.
The presentation ceremony and receipt of the JCI Senatorship should be a surprise to the
individual and a time that he or she can cherish and remember. Invite family and friends to
attend, and encourage one or more fellow members to offer testimonials for the honoree with
increasing levels of detail before announcing the name.
Then, ask the JCI Senators in the room to rise, and welcome the newest JCI Senator.
The New York State JCI Senate