The growth of the Movement in Wales between the years 1882 and 1895 had been remarkable. This, to a considerable extent, was due to the dedicated and untiring service of the three Traveling Secretaries who had functioned during that period, together with the influence of the Liverpool YMCA Committee in North Wales. The following Associations were established in Wales and Herefordshire during that period:
Another change of Secretary occurred in 1896, Fred C. Bennet having re- signed in the previous year. For a time Mr. Pratt, the District Secretary, made an effort to cope with the functions of a Traveling Secretary, but reported that most of his time was devoted to consolidation of existing work. Progress had been halted and several of the smaller Associations had ceased to function.
Events were taking place in Wales which had far reaching consequences for the Welsh Movement. The South Wales District Committee proceeded to appoint a traveling Secretary and decided that he should be responsible for all Association work in Wales and Herefordshire. The recommendation of Henry Armstrong that a Welsh speaking person should be appointed was favoured. It was decided to launch an appeal for sufficient money to cover the cost of such an appointment for three years. The language qualification was completely met by Mr. R. W. Thomas, the Honorary Secretary of the Bangor YMCA, who had hitherto displayed such enthusiasm to establish YMCAs in North Wales. Mr. Thomas was appointed to supervise all Association work in North and South Wales and Herefordshire. It was a Welsh appointment made by a Welsh Committee and financed by money raised in Wales.
These events induced the National Council to reconstruct the administrative body in Wales. It was decided that two district Committees be formed, one for North Wales and the existing Committee for the South. Further that a new Welsh Committee be constituted to correlate all YMCA activities and work in Wales with the title "The Executive Committee of Management for Wales". It would comprise three representatives nominated by each of the two District Committees. The National Council would appoint three representatives of each of the two District Committees, and any Vice- Presidents of the National Council residing in Wales. The new Committee would meet monthly and report from time to time to the National Council. It was decreed that the Executive Committee would not be competent to authorise any expenditure other than that which was charged exclusively to the Welsh funds.
These decisions of the National Council are recorded in the Historical Statement of the Council report for 1896 under "Bye Laws". The concessions bestowed upon the Welsh Administrative Committee greater responsibility and an added dignity.