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,
from the experiences of their colleagues and play a collective part in
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.
A second Round Table was established in Portsmouth and subsequent growth
was rapid, with 125 Tables and a membership of 4,600 by the outbreak of
the Second World War in 1939. Round Table proved it had international
appeal with the first overseas Table formed in Copenhagen in 1936. During
the war years Round Table in Denmark continued to expand although in the
British Isles activity was restricted and was in the nature of a 'holding
After 1945 the pattern of growth was rapidly re-established with Tables being
'chartered' all over the UK. Today there are about 1125 Tables with a
membership of around 16,000. Round Table now flourishes in the majority of
European countries, throughout Africa, the Middle East, India, Hong Kong,
New Zealand and America. In fact Round Table is represented in every
continent of the World.
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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.
Aims & Objectives of the Association
The main aim of Round Table is FUN and meeting people from all walks of
life, as well as organising fund raising events and communiity activities. These
principles are set out in the six 'Aims and Objectives' below. Five of them
were established at Norwich in 1927 and the sixth (about international
relationships) was added in the 1930's as Round Table spread abroad. Apart
from minor wording amendments they have remained the same since. They
1. To develop the acquaintance of young men through the medium of their
2. To emphasise the fact that one's calling offers an
excellent medium of service to the community.
3. To cultivate the highest
ideals in business, professional and civic traditions.
4. To recognise the
worthiness of all legitimate occupations and to dignify each his own by precept
5. To further the establishment of peace and goodwill in
6. To further these objects by meetings, lectures,
discussions and other activities.
Round Table is known for it's efforts to assist in its own community and to
help that community's less fortunate members; for its concern for the quality of
life and for the help it gives to various charitable causes; for its purchase of a
life-boat and other equipment for the R.N.L.I; for its support of the Anthony
Nolan Bone Marrow Trust and for its assistance at Lockerbie and Dunblane;
these activities and many similar ones involve Round Tablers not only in the
raising of money but in a personal commitment and physical effort.
Another facet of Round Table, rarely acknowledged even by its members but
of great importance to the individual, is the opportunity it provides for
members to broaden their experience, to express themselves with clarity, to
learn the art of leadership and to enhance their role as responsible citizens and
to form lasting friendships.
ROUND TABLE OF BRAZIL
The Round Table do Brasil No1. - Sao Paulo ("Round Table of Sao Paulo")
was formed in the 1950's and in fact seven Tables existed at one stage
or another during this period. Until 1997 there were two Tables still
fully active then the Round Table No 9, Alphaville was inaugurated but is now defunct.
So too is Rt no2, leaving only No1.
As an affiliate of a worldwide organisation the RT Brazil maintains the basic rules and regulations of Round Table
International and the World Council.
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some pop up history about the formation of RTno1 Brazil
The activities of the RT Sao Paulo are principally
focused on the following of the aims and objects of the Round Table
International: A) Developing the acquaintance of young men through the
medium of their professional and business occupations and B) To emphasise
the fact that one's calling offers an excellent medium of service to the
The RT Brazil dedicates itself to community service
through aid and assistance to charitable projects. The focus is on
relatively small organisations with no other major sources of support
so as to make a little go a long way. Money as matter of policy is not
given but assistance is given in the form of donating goods, objects and
services. In many cases it is possible to use business contacts to get
things either for free or at cost. All the charitable projects supported
are regularly visited and vetted.
Round Table Brazil No 1, Sao Paulo.
In order to raise funds for the charitable projects, events are normally
organised each year, the major one being the Brains of Sao Paulo Competition
(a general knowledge quiz competition). Social events including family
and friends are also held at regular intervals. Membership is open to
all young professional men of any nationality. The RT Brazil
is always looking for new members. If you are interested in joining click here
or giving support of any kind please click here
meeting circa 1954
are a group of professional men up to 45 years old living and
working in and around Sao Paulo. We come together to carry out
charitable work, to share views and experiences and to have a good time.
Every three weeks we have dinner meetings with guest speakers, whilst
throughout the year we have various fundraising and social events. The
language of our RT is English but we have members of various different
nationalities. New members are always welcome - if you think you could
be interested, please get in touch with us.
Interested in becoming member?
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