20 Frequently asked Questions
1. What do 41ers do? Just meet, eat and drink? How often do they meet? What are the activities of a 41 Club?
The concept of the 41 Club Movement is to continue the friendships formed during the Tabling years. Besides regular meetings, 41 Club plays a supportive role to the Round Tables.
41 Clubs meet at least once a month. Activities include travelling, joint social with other 41 Clubs, camps, golf, etc.
2. How is the relationship between Round Tables and 41 Clubs?
It is understood that the future of Round Tables is 41 Clubs and the future of 41
Clubs is Round Tables. 41 Clubs support Round Tables by helping in their
Community service projects, in forming new clubs and in joint fellowship events.
3. What is the structure of a 41 Club?
A 41 Club has a minimum of 7 members. It is governed by its own rules that are in the line with that of their National Association. Besides, they elect their Chairman, Vice Chairman and Secretary who run the Association. They meet at least once a month and report annually of their activities and membership to their National Association. Only members who have attained the age of 40 (in some countries 45) are admitted to the club.
4. Why doesn’t the Ex-Tablers Organisation be called with a name depicting Tabling instead of a number?
The Round Table has its own identity and would not like to confuse the prospective youngster with another group of elderly people with similar club name.
5. How do you manage the age gap in 41 Clubs (between new 41ers in the age group 40-50 and older ones in 60s and above)?
If a club has members mostly of elders in the age group of 55 and above a newly entering member may feel out of place. The newer members from the same Round Table can form another club of their contemporaries.
6. Is there a specific mandatory design for the 41 logo?
Yes. The logo is as follows:
The logo or badge shall consist of a circular logo, the centre of which represents the sun, from which the four main cardinal points extend outwards with the north and south cardinal points entering in front and the east and west cardinal points entering behind a continuous chain of eight links. The chain shall be in gold, each link being outlined in black and each cardinal point in mid-blue with the left half in dark-blue shading, the whole being on a white background.
These in turn shall be enclosed in three concentric rings, the inner and outer of which shall be thin and in gold whilst the middle ring shall be broad, in mid-blue. The widths of the centre, of the north-south and east-west cardinals and of the inner edge of the broad ring shall not exceed one tenth, two thirds and three quarters respectively of the diameter of the logo.
The centre of the logo of each country will vary according to their national preference.
The International logo and three member Association logos are given below.
7. What is the difference between affiliated clubs and non-affiliated 41 Clubs?
An affiliated club has the following privileges which the non-affiliates do not have:
- Affiliate country is represented by Councillors at the meeting of 41 INTERNATIONAL where they have the right to vote on resolutions, elect International officers and participate in discussions and workshops.
- Children and grandchildren of members of affiliated clubs can participate in the Young Ambassador Programme of 41 International.
- Affiliated club members can lead the Organisation in its various capacities.
- Affiliate clubs can host Half Yearly and Annual meetings of 41 INTERNATIONAL.
- International President participates in the AGM of member countries.
- Only affiliate club members will be eligible for various recognitions and awards.
8. How many official events do you have in 41 INTERNATIONAL?
Each calendar year, the Annual General Meeting takes place between the 1st April and 30th June, while the Half-Yearly Meeting takes place usually in September/October.
9. When was the 41 Movement started? When was the International Association formed? What is the history of the 41 Clubs?
Tracing the history of the name and policies of 41 INTERNATIONAL
(A Précis of the original essay by Past President Wolfgang Roesel)
1945- First club of former members of RTBI came together to form a new organisation to continue to cultivate friendship previously established in Round Table. The new organisation called itself “The Association of Ex-Tablers’ Clubs”.
1965- This philosophy found favour in Germany and the club “Old Tablers Nr.1 was founded in Berlin.
As Ex-Tablers clubs became established beyond the borders of the United Kingdom in the 60s, the Association soon began to assume the role of an international organisation.
1961- French Ex-Round Tablers’ clubs initiated a new development in continental Europe. Club 41Francais was founded in Brest. With this choice of name, they made their endeavour to generally admit members over 40, even if they had previously not been members of a Round Table Club.
1975- A meeting was held in the French town of Le Touquet to make decisions regarding the founding of an international umbrella organisation- 41 INTERNATIONAL.
1982- Violating the rules of 41 INTERNATIONAL the Frenchmen started admitting non Ex- Tablers to their clubs.
1991- GB&I leaves the Organisation tired of the French intrigues.
1994- GB&I returns to 41 INTERNATIONAL with the condition that, in future, no Non Ex-Tablers were to be admitted to the French Clubs 41. Whoever had been admitted up to this time was allowed to remain. At the meeting of all international delegates, this was recorded in the Articles of Association, with the approval of the French.
2002- France proposes a motion to admit Non Ex-Tablers. Motion fails. France resigns from 41 INTERNATIONAL. A postal ballot of all nations permits the inclusion of Non Ex-Tablers into 41 INTERNATIONAL in order to keep the French in the Organisation.
2006- Non Ex-Tabler elected as French IRO.
France brings about rule change with intension to permit Non Ex- Tablers to be Councillors and be eligible for all posts of 41 INTERNATIONAL.
France resigns following failure of the motion.
10. Is it only for Ex-Tablers?
41 Club is exclusively for Ex-Tablers. However some countries have admitted non-Ex-Tablers in their clubs. It was decided not to encourage admission of non-Ex-Tablers anymore.
11. Do 41 clubs maintain minutes of their meetings?
Some do; some don’t.
12. What do you do to inform graduating Tablers about the 41 Movement?
A certificate of appreciation of their participation as an active Tabler is issued by the Round Table President. A letter of invitation is given by the 41 President. In addition a document about the 41 Movement is also provided. (Under construction)
13. What are the rules governing the individual 41 Clubs? Which are mandatory and which are optional?
The mandatory rules are:
- All members of the Club must be Ex-Tablers.
- The Club must send annual data to its National Association about the number of members and details of their club officers.
- A capitation fee per member must be paid.
The number and designation of officers, date of the annual meeting, the recording of minutes, the pattern of hosting meetings etc.
14. Do 41 Clubs have their own AGM in addition to the AGM of the National Association?
Yes. Most of the active clubs do.
15. How is the age difference managed in 41INTERNATIONAL?
41 INTERNATIONAL is now being managed by a much younger generation. The seniors’ or past officers’ experience do not go wasted as there is a strategic working group in place comprising past presidents and future president who steer the organisation on the right path.
16. Do you have a presentation about the 41 Movement that can be given to the graduating Tablers?
Yes. It can be downloaded from our web site. (Under construction)
17. When a second 41 Club is formed by members of the same Table, how is their number decided?
In sequence. GB for instance does not have numbers – they were dropped many years ago.
18. What should be the name of 41 Club? Club 41, 41 Club, Ex-Table Club or Old Tablers Club?
The most common name is 41 Club. However some countries go as Ex-Table, Old Table or 41ers.
19. Which are the countries that have 41 Clubs? Are all 41 Clubs members of 41 INTERNATIONAL?
The following countries have 41 Clubs; the affiliated ones are marked BOLD. There are Ex-Tablers in in countries where there are Round Tables, such as Lithuania, Nepal, Singapore, etc. but they are yet to form a 41 club.
Austria, Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dubai, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Great Britain & Ireland, Hungary, Iceland, India, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Mauritius, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, U.A.E, Uganda, Zambia
20. What is the website of 41 INTERNATIONAL?