How do you fancy “having fun with a great bunch of mates and trying something new”? If you’re a man aged between 18 and 45, are active and ambitious, love to help good causes and have a thirst for fun and adventure, the Round Table could be just what you’re looking for. With over 30,000 members around the world, you’ll be joining a truly global brotherhood of young men who like to do stuff.
What is the Round Table?
The first “Tabler” was Louis Marchesi. A member of the Norwich Rotary Club in England, he felt that the Rotary membership was a bit too old for younger members like him. With this in mind, he put out a call to friends and acquaintances, and the first Round Table club was born – it was 1927 and within a year, membership stood at 85.
Round Table grew quickly, particularly in the aftermath of World War II, and now you’ll find clubs in some 55 countries around the world, ensuring you a warm welcome from New Zealand to Africa and everywhere between.
The Round Table logo is based on the medieval reproduction of King Arthur’s round table at Winchester. But in fact the name, Round Table, dates back to 1927 and a speech by the then Prince of Wales who said:
“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.”
What does the Round Table do?
Round tablers like to enjoy themselves while raising money for good causes – join and you could find yourself helping to organise a charity beer festival, running a massive soapbox rally, or even campaigning to promote prostate cancer testing. If it’s fun and it helps the community, you’ll find a group of Round Tablers at the helm.
Tablers fundraise, but they also indulge their thirst for adventure, participating in group activities like mountain biking, skydiving, hiking, and more – in fact, as a Round Tabler, you’ll have the opportunity to try new things all the time – if your club wants to do it, you organise it, and you do it – it’s what makes the Round Table unique among service organisations.
As a professional, the Round Table also represents an awesome opportunity to network with other blokes who share the same interests and outlook. If you’re in search of positive people to connect with, this is the place.
Round Table myth busting
People who don’t know anything about the Round Table sometimes have funny ideas about what it is and what it does. It is, for example, a men only organisation, but because part of its mission is to bring communities together, you’ll find a full mix of people and families at Round Table events. There’s also a sister organisation called Ladies Circle which, as the name suggests, is for ladies who also like to have fun, make friends and raise money for good causes.
Another common myth is that Round Table is a closed organisation – but that’s not the case at all. If you’re aged between 18 and 45, contact Round Table and they’ll put you in touch with a club in your area. Round Table clubs welcome people from all walks of life, and are happy for you to join in at a couple of bi-monthly meetings before you decide if Round Table is for you.
Have you heard that Round Table clubs insist their members wear striped jackets and other regalia? It is true that some clubs – but by no means all – have a uniform of sorts, but it’s only rolled out for the most formal occasions. Other than that, it’s a case of wearing clothes appropriate to the event. A sports jacket and chinos for smart casual events, your jeans, t-shirt and deck shoes for nights out at the pub.
Round Table benefits
As a national and international organisation, the Round Table has the clout to negotiate some pretty good deals on its members’ behalf. As a Round Tabler, you’ll get:
- 49% discount at Merlin Entertainments
- Up to £7,000 discount on a new Hyundai car
- 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoor
- 15% discount on Red Letter Days, £60 discount at Naked Wines
All this and more plus the friendship and support of new friends, for less than the cost of a bottle of beer per week. Forces veteran or currently serving? You get your first six months for free.
Why wouldn’t you join the Round Table?
Round Table offers you the opportunity to socialise, network, give your time and skills to help others, learn new things, and take part in some awesome activities. Surely the question is why wouldn’t you want to join this fantastic organisation?
And when you turn 45? As a former Round Tabler, you’ll be eligible to join the 41 Club – it’s just the same as Round Table, but for more mature men. All the camaraderie of Round Table shared with men of your own age.
If you’d like to join Round Table, or just try it out to see if it’s for you, head over to their website and fill in their contact form. You won’t regret it.