Dear friends in Scouting, as requested by many of you here my closing speech, held at the end of the 22nd European Scout Conference in Melsomvik (Norway):"Dear friends This is the end…The end of a fantastic, passionate journey in the European Scout C
Dear friends in Scouting, as requested by many of you here my closing speech, held at the end of the 22nd European Scout Conference in Melsomvik (Norway): "Dear friends This is the end… The end of a fantastic, passionate journey in the European Scout Committee, made to serve scouting in Europe and beyond. I have seen our Region growing in members and improving the support delivered to the NSOs. I have seen many of our NSOs improving their structures, strategies and programmes. I have seen many young, committed leaders shaping the future and not only discussing how to change the reality but doing it. I've seen things you people wouldn't believe: - World scouting successfully focusing on content and improving its transparency - NSOs changing their board members and commissioners from an average age of 60 with under 30 years members only - more and more SAGNOs registering their female membership to WOSM - significant improvement of the our relationship with the Asia-Pacific one - and even the chair of our foundation Jorgen Rasmussen NOT speaking about FOSE. It was an extremely interesting, fun and fruitful period, for me, for the Region and evidently for most of our NSOs. I wish to thank from my very heart my fellow committee members, particularly a giant of scouting, my vice Christos Hatzidiamandis, for all what was achieved in this triennium and a special thank goes also to our Regional Director David McKee and his wonderful team. Looking forward for our Region, I have a dream: - a dream where Europe is, despite its operational independency, fully embedded and aligned with world scouting and all other scout Regions - a dream where Europe is reunited from Greenland to Azerbajian, from Portugal to Russia, from Malta to Norway - a dream where our NSOs get the best possible services from WOSM to ensure a suitable, continuous growth - a dream where scouting in Europe will count far more than 2 million members. Old scouts never die; they just fade away. So I now close my journey in the European Scout Region and possibly just fade away, an old scout who tried to do his duty as God gave him the light to see that duty. Good-bye. Dr. Andrea Demarmels, Chairperson European Scout Committee 2013-2016 "
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