YMI E-News - October 2014
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International Elections 2014/15

The 2014/15 International Elections will shortly be underway with voting material being sent from IHQ at the end of October.

Voting will close on 30 January 2015.
This election will be significant because the International Council is reduced from 21 members to 15 members from  2015/16, with two of those seats reserved for Young Members (must be aged 26-39 years during the term). In this upcoming election Europe and India will be the first Areas to elect Young Members.

Visit the website to see the structure of the International Council from 1 July 2015.

2014 International Convention

The 2014 International Convention was held in Chennai, India from 7-10 August.

Photos from the Convention are on the Y's Men International website and Facebook page.

YMCA/YWCA Week of Prayer

The Week of Prayer starts on the 2nd Sunday of November, and runs up to, and including, the following Saturday.

The theme for this year’s Week of Prayer is “Bold and Transformative Leadership" and it will take place from 9-15 November 2014. Peace Day is on the Saturday at the end of that week - 15 November 2014.

Prayer booklets and Peace Posters can be downloaded from the World YMCA website.

STEP for All

  • Do you get excited by our Y’s Men/Y Service international projects?
  • Have you ever wished that you met the age requirements to have a STEP placement in another country?
  • Would you like to have a personal experience in helping with a Time of Fast project in another Area?
If you answered “Yes!” to any of these questions, then perhaps STEP For All is a perfect match for you!

STEP For All is a new programme of Y’s Men/Y Service International in collaboration with the Brotherhood Fund and the Time of Fast-Global Project Fund.


International Brother Clubs

The Brother Club programme joins in partnership clubs located in different countries for their mutual benefit and better understanding. It is designed to assist fellow Y's Men and Women and their families to learn about and exchange ideas between clubs, whether they are just over the border or right across the world. Women's clubs may prefer to use the term "Sister Club."
During the International Convention in India, several Brother Club relationships were formalised. The Chennai Millennium Y's Men's Club (India) and Cesis Y's Women's Club (Latvia) were two of the clubs that cemented new partnerships.
Currently 1122 clubs in 50 countries are participating in the programme. The enormous task of keeping track of the hundreds of partnerships has been handled by Murray Stevens (Y Service Club of Ballarat, Australia) for more than 30 years (story featured last year in YMW - see page 13). Murray has worked hard recently to update the format of the directory and the 2014 edition is now available.

View the International Brother Club Directory >>
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