Senior Member of the Year - Lowri Fflur

February 2015

Hey guys! I can't believe it's nearly March already... Carrying on from my last blog in January, this month has been all about panto. Neath YFC gave their best performance to date (so the oldies told us) with 'Mother Goose' which we all enjoyed performing hugely. As I said before, we are not really known for our performing skills, but with a new director we felt even more confident than ever... However, the judge didn't really agree that we put our best foot forward, and placed us 5th out of 7! Oh well, we tried our best, and what's more important is that the best Club won - to go and represent Glamorgan on the big stage!! Although I'm a little biased towards Glamorgan of course, I can't wait to see what every County has to offer in Swansea - I know the standard will definitely not disappoint!

Since panto, we've had two little celebratory get togethers in Neath. We had a meeting while munching on sausage and chips as a treat and we also had a more formal supper in a local restaurant for all the cast and supporters. The panto is such a bonding experience for everyone, and it was so nice to reward members for their hard work with a social or two!

I chaired my first competitions meeting recently - as Vice Chair of the competitions committee in Glamorgan. I really enjoyed it, and hot on the agenda was the public speaking day, jump rope and the cube, as well as looking forward to rally. One thing which I was really proud to push us doing was the Welsh Public Speaking in Builth on the 21st March. Last year, Glamorgan competed in their first ever Welsh public speaking competition - which was the Senior Brainstrust, and this year we have one more to add - the Junior Public Speaking. Although there are Welsh speakers within Glamorgan, we don't quite have enough to hold a County competition day, and so to see Glamorgan going on to Wales to compete is really important for us. Even if we don't feel as confident as the other Counties - we're still there, and that's what's important. It invigorates members, and makes them realise that even us - one of the more English Counties can compete on a level playing field with the rest.

Next week is a busy one, with judging Pembrokeshire Junior Member of The Year as well as the Wales Junior Member of the Year on Saturday 7th March in the Grand in Swansea where the panto's will be on. It's also a sad weekend for myself as I will have to pass on the title of Senior Member to a new candidate. Over the past year I've had such a good time representing Neath, Glamorgan and Wales as Senior Member - and trying to be a good ambassador for the Federation. YFC has given so much to me over the years, and it's good to give something back - even something as little as a piece of advice, stewarding at an event, or writing articles such as this!! I've had so many opportunities through being Senior Member, and my only advice to the next is to make the most of them - a year goes pretty quick!! A huge thank you to everyone in the Wales YFC office for being so supportive, and to Kate Miles and Iwan Meirion for being brilliant Chairs.

If you're competing at the Grand - do your Club and County proud. Hopefully see you there. Lots of love from your retiring Senior Member.. Lowri xxx

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