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Round Table International organisation

What international connections does my club have?

As a newly inducted member of Round Table (RT) you are probably wondering how big the organisation you have just joined is? Well, it exists in more than 50 countries around the world, some of which may only have the 1 club whilst others may have hundreds of them. Depending on the number of clubs in a country, there may or may not be a need for an internal structure of areas and a national association. Where there is only the one club that usually acts as the national association.

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All national associations are legally constituted bodies in their own rights, but in an effort to unite the national associations, an international association was created in 1948 which is also legally constituted. It’s name is Round Table International (RTI) and it is run by an elected president and vice-president and several other elected board members. It was dis-banded in 1961 and only re-started 30 years later in 1991.
The important aspects of each member of RTI that unites them all is that they should all observe the following basic principles:

  • To use the words “Round Table” in their association name;
  • To use the rondel as their emblem, although the centrepiece varies from one country to the next;
  • To stay a young man’s organisation with a maximum age rule of either 40 or 45;
  • To adopt the same aims and objects;
  • To allow members of one country to become members of another.

For ease of co-ordination, and because RT has spread into every continent, RTI is divided into 5 Regions.
Each of the 5 regions has an annual regional meeting during which it elects a chairman and a vice-chairman, of which the chairman become members of the RTI Board.

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Round Table Regions

Round Table International is formed by five Regions, each having a Regional Chairman. The Regions are as follows:

CEE – Central and Eastern Europe

Austria
Belgium
Germany
Great Britain & Ireland
Hungary
Luxembourg
Moldova
The Netherlands
Romania

NEAR – Northern Europe and Americas

Canada
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
Iceland
Latvia
Lithuania
Norway
Russia
Suriname
Sweden
Trinidad and Tobago
USA

SEM – Southern Europe and Mediterranean

Bulgaria
Cyprus
France
Gibraltar
Isreal
Italy
Malta
Monaco
Morocco
Portugal
San Marino
Switzerland
Tunisia

ASPA – Asia Pacific

Australia
Bangladesh
Hong Kong
India
Malaysia
Nepal
New Zeeland
Philippines
Singapore
Sri Lanka

AMI – Africa, Middle East and Indian Ocean

Arabian Gulf
Botswana
Eastern Africa
Madagascar
Malawi
Mauritius
Nigeria
Senegal
Seychelles
Southern Africa
Zambia
Zimbabwe

CEE Region

The Romanian Round Table belongs to the CEE (Central and Eastern Europe) because of its location in Europe.

Every year a country of the CEE region organizes the annual meeting of the CEE region. The Central and Eastern Europe Tablers Meeting it guarantees 3 days of celebration, knowledge, international contacts, great memories and above all friendship. Every Tabler should have been to a CEETM to experience how grand, beautiful and impressive international dining is. Feel free to ask our National IRO any questions via iro@roundtable.ro!

The history of Round Table

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. In speech in front of Rotarian he stated:

  • There are things we must do,
  • there are things we can do
  • and there are things we should do.
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Name and badge

Round Table owes nothing to Arthurian Legend, deriving both its title and its maxim 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 design of the Round Table emblem is, however, an adaptation of the table which hangs in the Great Hall in Winchester. Although this is claimed to be the Round Table of the mythical court of King Arthur, it is in fact a representation which was made in the 13th century.

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