A Strong Message From Retiring Chairman Royal British Legion District North
Mr Nigel Hails who stepped down as Chairman of District North (the governing body of The Royal British Legion in Spain) at the Annual Conference, gave a speech with a message to all of us who work with the Royal British Legion in Spain.
This was the second year the Conference was held at Ciudad Patricia, Benidorm. Mr Hails has been a tireless and strong Chairman to whom we are all grateful. He hands over to Mr Don Cubbon. The speech from Mr Hails covered all the important aspects of the Royal British Legion’s work and the work of the Branches and he had a strong message for all of us: Service not Self.
The Chairman also thanked and introduced Mr Terry Whittles, the National Chairman of the Royal British Legion attending Conference from UK, who later gave his own very interesting and comprehensive speech to Conference; District Committee members who between them cover all aspects of running the Legion in Spain: also District President Lloyd Milen who is Consul General in Barcelona, Sara Munsterhjelm Alicante Vice Consul and District Chaplain, The Reverend Ray Andrews.
Mr Hails said he was honoured by the attendance of Sr Toni Perez Perez, the Alcalde of Benidorm.
“Toni and his colleagues are great supporters of our work in Spain and for the past two years his administration has been extremely generous in allowing us to hold the Annual Poppy Appeal Launch in this City. These occasions have been responsible for raising the profile of the Royal British Legion and it is an event in our annual calendar not to be missed. Thank you Toni. We very much appreciate what you have done for us.”
Sr Perez responded with a speech in praise of the Royal British Legion’s standing; an excerpt follows:
“The Royal British Legion is an example that the only possible way forward is that of fraternity among peoples and friendship. We encourage you to continue working in defense of those values that unite us and define us as civilized societies: the value of freedom, the value of equality and the value of personal growth. I congratulate you also for the celebration of this meeting. I wish you a happy stay among us and I encourage you to continue working to preserve your traditions and deepen the brotherhood of the peoples. Thank you very much and welcome to Benidorm.”
The conference concluded, after an outline of the plan for the next three years and all aspects of the Royal British Legion’s work with special emphasis on Community Support and the announcing of the Poppy Appeal total of monies raised within the District in 2016. The amount was a tremendous 165,245.86€. Thanks were given to all those who had contributed to this superb total.
Without doubt the spirit of the Royal British Legion and all it stands for is alive and well in Spain and will LIVE ON.
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