With a continuous increase in membership, the re-establishment of clubs and securing funding for additional training, Outgoing National Chairman Scott Wilson of Scottish Association of Young Farmers’ Clubs (SAYFC) finished his year on a high at the National Council on Saturday 23rd April 2016.
Mr Wilson (28) of Beith YFC revealed that membership has increased for the third consecutive year, highlighting how rural youth are continuing to benefit from the association via events, training, travel and the wide social network. The re-establishment of clubs on the west coast of Scotland also featured as key in Mr Wilson’s report. Before ending he thanked the committee for their enthusiasm and proactivity in raising awareness of SAYFC generating more support.
“It has been a privilege and honour to be your National Chairman over the last year. Through my travels across Scotland meeting our clubs and districts, and our fellow Young Farmers organisations across the five nations I have made lots of new friends and enjoyed some amazing experiences. I would like to wish all the new office bearers and the association all the very best for the future”
Taking up the role for 2016/17 is Belhelvie JAC member Stuart Jamieson (29) who farms at Ellon. “I would like to start by congratulating Scott on a fantastic year and say what an honour it is to be elected as your National Chairman. Over the next twelve months I hope to continue to raise the profile of SAYFC whilst encouraging everyone to go out and support their local club”
He continued “The announcement of £30,000 funding by the Cabinet Secretary Richard Lochhead earlier this year will allow us to develop the training available to our members. Over the last three years we have been building on this area of the association and through this grant we are in a position to put additional training in place much sooner than anticipated. One of my aims for the year is to ensure we maximize this opportunity so that as many members as possible can benefit from the business and agricultural skills available”
He added “Our alumni “Friends of Young Farmers” will also be key this year as we encourage our past members, friends and family to sign up to invest in the future sustainability of SAYFC”
Mr Jamieson will be supported by the new National Vice Chairman Suzie Dunn (24) of SSS YFC who also takes on the role of West Chairman. The others regions will be headed up by Lynne Macarthur (21) of Nairn JAC in the North and David Barclay (29) of Bankfoot JAC in the East. Gemma Bruce (25) of Udny JAC was newly elected as the International Chairman.
Sarah Allison (24) of Lanark YFC takes on the role of Agri & Rural Affairs Chairman for a second year, whilst Duncan Morrison (25) of Inverurie JAC takes on the newly introduced post of Agri & Rural Affairs Vice Chairman.
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Pictured above, left to right - Lynne Macarthur (North Chairman), Suzie Dunn (National Vice Chairman and West Chairman), Stuart Jamieson (National Chairman), Sarah Allison (Agri & Rural Affairs Chairman) and David Barclay (East Chairman)