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NFYFC's Annual General Meeting 2020

Wednesday 26 August, 7.30pm, to be hosted online

NFYFC's postponed 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM) is approaching and due to the Covid-19 pandemic it is now being held online.

This will be the first time that NFYFC's AGM will be held online and votes will also be made online.  The AGM will be in a webinar format and those watching and listening to the meeting will be able to make contributions to the meeting or ask questions by using the comments function.

The meeting will help to shape the future of the YFC and NFYFC – so please use your voice and your club/county votes to ensure the organisation is in good shape for the next generation as they join the YFC community.

Two proposals are being put forward to the AGM this August and it’s important that YFC members share their views. Every YFC Club will be emailed two votes and we encourage every club to use its votes. County federations and area committees also each receive a vote, as do members of the NFYFC Council. 

Emails will be sent to those entitled to vote with the voting instructions and vote login details for the digital voting system. Voting will open several days before the meeting and will close during the meeting - and the Chairman will announce that the voting on a motion is closing as the meeting is taking place.

Watch the AGM 

The web address for the NFYFC AGM webinar is here and this will enable you to watch and listen to the meeting. 

In this area of the website you can find information and support guides on how to hold a successful debate in your club to help you discuss the proposals outlined below. A set of FAQs also provides background information about NFYFC and the process of Council. 

You can download the FINAL AGM Agenda and Supporting Notes 2020 too.

Motion: Changes to the NFYFC subscription

Brecknock Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs put forward a motion to make changes to the way the NFYFC subscription is calculated.

Proposer: Rebecca Prothero (Brecknock FYFC) Seconder: Amy Powell (Radnorshire FYFC)

This motion, seconded by the Radnor FYFC, is designed to do two things:

1. Change the method of calculation to a system that simply sets the subscriptions per member as a sum of money.

2. Set the subscription at £25.80 per member for the bills to be issued in Sept 2020.

The motion was first submitted in February 2020 before the enormity of the Covid-19 pandemic was known and before a UK lockdown.

The spirit of the motion and its intentions is that the subscription per member should increase for 2020 in a managed way. The motion recognises that the NFYFC does require subscription income to operate and to provide services to the YFC community.

The impact of Covid-19 means that the number of YFC members in 2020 is smaller than predicted, and the effects of this motion are important now to manage the subscription fees for YFC members as we move into the new membership year. This motion means the subscription income to the NFYFC will be reduced by approx. £10,800 in 2020 compared with 2019.

Motion: Election of Nigel Owens MBE to be the new President of NFYFC

Charlotte Smith has completed her term of office as President and will step down from her role at this year’s AGM. YFC Clubs are asked to vote on the motion to elect Nigel Owens MBE to be President.

Proposer: Lestyn Owen (Carmarthenshire FYFC) Seconder: George Baxter (Cambridgeshire FYFC) 

About Nigel Owens MBE 

Nigel Owens, MBE is a former member of Llanarthne YFC, and held the offices of club Secretary and Chair. He is also a previous president of the Wales Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs.

Nigel is an international rugby union referee – and is the current world record holder for most test matches refereed. He is also a TV presenter, hosting shows on S4C (Welsh language TV channel).

In the 2016 Birthday Honours, Nigel was appointed a Member of the Order of British Empire (MBE) for services to sport and is a fellow of Cardiff University.

Nigel was brought up and lives in Carmarthenshire and is a Welsh language speaker. Before becoming a professional rugby union referee his career included working on a farm and a youth worker. Recently he has rekindled his farming career and farms near Llanelli. 

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