About the Senate

What is a JCI Senatorship?

A Senatorship is the highest honour that can be bestowed on a member of the Junior Chamber International Organisation. It is a unique way to pay tribute to an individual for his or her dedication and outstanding service on a either a local, national or international level. It confers “lifetime membership” of Junior Chamber International (JCI) upon the recipient. It is a highly respected and prestigious honour.

Philip Pugsley conceived the idea of the Senatorship as a distinct honour by which to recognize achievements of outstanding members, while also enabling them to retain contact with the organization for life. Through his efforts, the JCI Senate was formed in 1952 at the 7th JCI World Congress in Melbourne, Australia.  He became Senator 2 (each Senator has a unique number – Senator 1 was awarded posthumously to Joaquin V. Gonzalez from the Philippines. JCI’s first voluntary secretary general, Joaquin was killed in a plane crash while en route from a national convention).

Enjoying life membership, JCI Senators have with an enduring link to the Junior Chamber organisation and all of its members worldwide. In granting honorary life membership, the Senate has forged a critical link between present and past members.

How unique is it?

In 2012 the worldwide Senate organisation celebrated its 60th anniversary having awarded about 71,000 Senatorships all around the world over this period. Therefore about 1200 Senatorships are awarded worldwide each year (current worldwide membership is around 200,000). So it is a very unique honour to be awarded a Senatorship.

Who may be awarded a Senatorship?

A Senatorship may be awarded to a current or past member for his or her outstanding commitment and contributions at any and all levels of the organization. To qualify, an individual must have been a Junior Chamber member for at least three (3) years.

Applications are subject to the written approval of the local Chamber, their Region and the JCI UK national president.