National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

02 May 2012

This year’s Annual General Meeting was held on a wet and windy April morning, but that didn’t stop members coming along to the Riviera Centre in Torquay and having their say on how NFYFC should be run...and perhaps trying to catch a glimpse of our celebrity president!

Matt Baker was in charge of proceedings, and admitted the day before that he was a little apprehensive;
 
“I’m slightly nervous, as I’m sure all Presidents before me have been, but I want to make it as relaxed as possible and encourage members to come up and talk.”

In the end Matt did a sterling job in making sure the meeting ran smoothly and he certainly achieved his aim, with members flocking to the podium to have their say.

The meeting began on a positive note, with the national president being re-elected for another year after a typically impassioned proposal speech from Aled Jones! In fact his speech was so good that at the end of the meeting, Aled was awarded the Sidney Fawcett Trophy for his contribution to AGM proceedings.

It was also decided that a new position of President Elect should be created to support the President in his work. This role was given to Poul Christensen CBE, Chair of Natural England, and a farmer himself.  

Speaking after the AGM, Poul said: “I am delighted to have been asked to be President Elect of the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs.  It is a real honour to be invited to take on this role and I am hugely looking forward to supporting the Young Farmers’ Club movement in whatever way I can.”

The oracle of all things NFYFC and a familiar face to many members, Christopher Lloyd, was also elected as a trustee of NFYFC to huge applause from the audience.

Once the elections were over, the chairmen of our four steering groups; Competitions, Events, ARAC and Personal Development - took to the stand for a round-up of this year’s activities.  This was also the chance for retiring Chairman, James Chapman, to give one last speech, which received a standing ovation from the members for his incredible hard work and dedication during his year in office.

However it was the agenda items which followed this that really encouraged members to approach the podium, speak up and cast their votes. These included a proposed increase of the national levy and changes to the structure of the Board of Management and National Council.

The final motion from the membership was proposed by Vice-chairman of Council Milly Wastie representing Northampton Town and County Federation and Matthew Sharpe from Northumberland federation.  They received resounding support for their proposal that NFYFC launch a campaign to drive down the high cost of car insurance.

The morning’s meeting was rounded up with the presentation of a cheque for NFYFC from the Young Farmers Ambassadors, for continuing support to the Discovery Programme, followed by the presentation of trophies to members.


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