There is always room for one more Multiwinning
Writer: Katri Suutari
“There is always room for one more” we said, when we accepted guests into the event after the registration had been closed. Multitwinning event 11-15th June in Turku started with a record high amount of participants: 32 registered guests and over 20 local participants in total. Organizing home-hospitality accommodation was a big task, but luckily in JCI Aurajoki there are amazing people who said: “there is always room for one more in my house”.
Everything started in autumn 2015, when the project team decided that there was room for one more city in the event. Helsinki was added to the program as a starting point. Saturday June 11th was windy but sunny, and the guests enjoyed Suomenlinna and Seurasaari sightseeing. “Perfect planning”, commented the guests when the only drop of rain came down during the bus trip to Turku.
There was room for 32 more international guests in the President’s Summer Day in Uittamon Paviljonki on Sunday June 12th. It was a huge challenge for the trial members, who now had to organize the event in English and for a really big crowd. The day was perfect. Despite the odds, it was a sunny summer day and many said “there is room for one more drink”.
Astonishingly, everyone made it to the start on Monday morning13thJune. Maarit Hurme, president of JCI Aurajoki, gave an inspirational tour around Logomo and kept everyone very much awake. No ideas were spared, when the guests tackled a real business case by JCI Aurajoki member Suvi Kuusisto and her employer N-Clean. The business case workshop was related to outsourcing and first of its kind. It is a good example on how to utilize the tremendous potential in our international network. In the afternoon there was room for design. Participating chapters competed in creating innovative designs in a workshop arranged by JCI Aurajoki member Cilla Eklund from BE Design. When we powered through the workshops and made it to the company visit in Raisio Group in time, the guests commented: “you are more German than the Germans in keeping the schedules”. We let go of the tight schedule after that and enjoyed relaxed forest walk in Pomponrahka and archipelago evening in Saunarantti. There is always room for one more in “palju” – that was tested and proved.
Tuesday 14th started from the city hall with excellent Turku city presentation by JCI Aurajoki senator Mika Akkanen. “There is always room for JCI Esja in our Multitwinning”, we swore afterwards, when each chapter’s representatives signed the official Multitwinning agreement with JCI Esja from Reykjavik. Sun was shining and the weather was just perfect for the Turku tourist walk led by Elia Elenius. In the evening it was time to announce the winner of the design workshop, while tasting a glass of Napue Gin Tonic and listening to Miika Lipiäinen, the CEO of Kyrö Distillery, telling their inspirational story. There was also room for one more cook in the kitchen, when the head chef Patrick Fellman and the dessert master Heidi Sarmas helped our guests to prepare Finnish summer menu. The food was really tasty and atmosphere quite emotional as it was our last evening after so many shared events.
There is still room for compliments. Thank you international guests, project team members, home hospitality hosts, other local participants, collaborators and everyone who helped to make the Multitwinning Ducking Great on the way. I have participated in every Multitwinning during my years in JCI Aurajoki, and Multitwinning is one of the best things that JCI can offer. For me, there is always room for one more Multitwinning. I’m looking forward to seeing many of you in Frankfurt next year!
Writer: Katri Suutari – Project Manager of the Mutltiwinning Event 2016