New Chairman’s Message

On Thursday 22nd April 2021, Yorkshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs held their Executive Committee AGM online for a second year running. Ed Bentley of Helmsley YFC was elected as Chairman, with Vice Chairman Tim Weatherhead of Knaresbourgh YFC continuing for a second year.

Ed takes over from outgoing chair Georgina Fort.

The past year has been very difficult for everyone in their personal and working lives, and YFC is no different. Almost overnight, all in-person club meetings were forced to stop, and any interactions between members have had to be online using Zoom/Teams.

Accepting the position of Chairman, Ed addressed the members:

“Firstly, on behalf of members and the Federation, I would like to thank Georgie for all her hard work over the past two years as County Chair and wish her and new family well.

With Covid-19 restrictions gradually being lifted, there now seems to be some light at the end of the tunnel, and Clubs can start meeting, all be it in a restricted way. Restarting of Clubs and Districts is going to be a challenge in the next few months, but one I’m up for!

In my role as Chairman, the Federation needs to support clubs in this crucial restart stage. We as members need to learn from the past year, take opportunities when we can, and run with it. Over the next few months, there will continue to be a mixture of online and in person meetings and events.

County Officers, including myself, are only a phone call or email away. The more we collaborate, work together, and share ideas, the stronger we will all become. We are all committed in supporting and kick-starting Clubs as restrictions are lifted.

I very much look forward to the forthcoming year as your County Chairman and, when I can, get to see as many members as possible.”

To remove the financial burden to clubs over the coming year, the Events, Finance and Marketing Committee are recommending the Yorkshire affiliation fees are set to zero for the new year. This will be proposed and voted on at the County AGM on Thursday 13th May, held online. All voting members are encouraged to attend to ensure the motion is passed.

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