What is Round Table?
Round Table is a social networking and charitable organisation for men in their 20s, 30s and early 40s, founded in Norwich, in 1927.
It is open to all men aged between 18 and 40 (45 in some countries, like those on the British Islands). Membership of Table provides a selection of social and community service related opportunities for its members, who come from all parts of the community.
The name "Round Table" is not directly drawn from Arthurian Legend; rather both its title and its maxim comes from a speech made to the British Industries Fair in 1927 by the then HRH Prince Edward, Prince of Wales: “The young business and professional men of this country must get together round the table, adopt methods that have proved so sound in the past, adapt them to the changing needs of the times and wherever possible, improve them'. The phrase "adopt, adapt, improve" is a key facet of the organisation, and is often seen on Round Table literature and regalia.
The first Round Table was formed in Norwich, England in 1927. The founder, Louis Marchesi, was a young member of Norwich Rotary Club who felt a need existed for a club where the young business men of the town could gather on a regular basis.
At their meetings they could exchange ideas, learn from the experiences of their colleagues and play a collective part in the civic life of Norwich. Within a year of inception the membership of this Round Table had grown to 85 and interest was being shown in establishing Round Tables elsewhere. From a very early stage it was agreed that Round Table would be a non-religious, non-political club and this has continued to this day.
Round Table now flourishes in the majority of European countries, throughout Africa, the Middle East, India, Hong Kong, New Zealand and America. In fact, nowadays Round Table is represented in all the continents of the world and has more than 32.000 members.
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These are the current Aims & Objects of Round Table International:
To promote fellowship and understanding between Round Table Associations worldwide;
To promote the formation of new Round Table Associations throughout the world;
To initiate, develop and improve working relationships with Club 41 International and Ladies Circle International for fellowship, networking and Joint Service objectives;
To promote and administer Joint Service Projects worldwide
The activities that are developed by the Round Table movement can vary in each country. Some countries only promote fellowship (doing cultural events, parties, travelling to other countries) and others assume also a social dimension and do service community. The most famous fundraising activities are the Movember and the Duck Races, that are spread worldwide and collect money to contribute to several causes.