is a social networking and charitable organisation for men in their 20s, 30s and early 40s, founded in Norwich, England
, in 1927. It is open to all men aged between 18 and 45 (originally 40, which is still retained as the age limit in some countries outside the United Kingdom
). 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 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 there was a need for a club aimed more at the younger businessmen of the town. His vision was for them to exchange ideas, learn from the experiences of their colleagues, and together contribute to the civic life of the town.
In the following 12 months, interest was so high that the club attracted 85 members, and... Read More