03 September 2009
Thank you all for giving me the immense honour of being your national president for another year. It is a position I hold most dear.
I can hardly believe it has been 12 months since I wrote last year’s report. Being your president has provided me with yet another very busy year. My only regret is that it has not been physically possible to attend all the many YFC events you have kindly invited me to, for that I apologise. Those events which I have managed to attend have provided me yet again with the wonderful opportunity to see at first hand all the many talents we have within our membership. The high standard in all the competitions is getting more impressive all the time, particularly as our membership is getting so much younger.
At this point I would particularly like to thank the Welsh Federation for the warm welcome and hospitality I always receive from them and their members – even though I have not yet managed to master the spoken word of heaven! The dedication and enthusiasm they all have for YFC has to be witnessed to be appreciated. I also applaud them for their patriotism.
After a few very difficult months earlier in the year our national staff team is now nearly up to full strength. Coupled with a dedicated officer team, this means that things are now much more positive and therefore we are better equipped to meet the on-going challenge that NFYFC always seems to be facing. Whether we like it or not, we must face up to the fact that, in the eyes of the law, we are not a young farmer movement but a rural youth organisation working with, and on behalf of, young people, and therefore we must operate within the law in everything we undertake.
I would also like to acknowledge all the hard work done by County Federation staff who, in many instances, work very long hours, to ensure you, the members, can enjoy the many benefits that YFC can offer.
Finally, please have fun, act responsibly and enjoy your time in YFC!
03 September 2009
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