The cover page of the programme of the opening ceremony contained the following lines by Stephen Grellet:
"I shall pass through this world but once. If, therefore, there is any kindness I can show, or any good thing that I can do, let me do it now. Let me not defer it nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again."
As a fitting climax of admiration for the gracious and generous Lord Aberdare, founder President of the Welsh National Council of YMCAs, the Memorial House was formally opened by Her Highness Princess Helena Victoria on 11th June, 1930.
At the opening ceremony, the deeds of the property were presented to H.H. Princess Helena Victoria by the Earl of Dunraven, the Treasurer of the Memorial Fund. After dedicatory prayer by the Bishop of Llandaff, the deeds were handed to the Hon. J. H. Bruce, President of the Council, by H.H. Princess Helena Victoria.
The Rt. Hoh Lord Aberdare. P.C. G.C.st.J.
The present Lord Aberdare became President of the Welsh National Council of YMCAs in 1964. He was in line of succession to his grandfather, who was founder President of the Council, and his father who was succeeded by his uncle, the Hon. J. H. Bruce.
Lord Aberdare inherits a wealth of service rendered to Welsh Life and by his public interests, fulfils the family tradition for educational, social, cultural and public service.
Since 1958, Lord Aberdare has served as Prior of the Venerable Order of St. John of Jerusalem, for Wales, and is constant in his attendance at various functions of this and other bodies. He is deeply interested in the Arts and has been one of the foremost leaders of the project "A Welsh National Theatre".
His contributions to debates in the House of Lords reveal his interest in the Welfare Work of Youth and young people in general.
At his university he gained a Tennis Blue and maintains his father's interest, and status in British Tennis. Lord Aberdare's Publication "The Story of Tennis" is a masterpiece.
During the war he served in the Welsh Guards.
The Welsh National Women's Auxiliary. In 1930, the Welsh National Women's Auxiliary contributed £150., towards the capital expenditure involved in securing the property for the Lord Aberdare Memorial House. This and that of providing furnishings and other necessary equipment for the Council's Headquarters was one of the many occasions when the Auxiliary supported special efforts of the National Council.
The purpose of the Auxiliary was to make preparations of a domestic nature for any functions and occasions undertaken by the Welsh National Council, and to plan money-raising efforts to support the general work of the Council in Wales. In all their efforts the Welsh National Auxiliary secured the assistance of local Women's Auxiliaries formed by district YMCAs,