Monday, June 5, 2023
What is 41 Club?


41 Club is the pet name for The Association of Ex-Round Tablers' Clubs. Prior to April 2008 it had been called The Association of Ex-Tablers' Clubs for many a year, the "Round" being deliberately left out to dispel any misconceptions that it was a sort of senior Round Table. Now, with the passage of time and this name change, its place in the "Round Table Family" is perhaps more recognisable to those outside.

In March 1927, a young Rotarian by the name of Louis Marchesi became aware of the lack of opportunities for the young businessman of the day to meet and prepare themselves for their responsibilities as senior businessmen of later years. Being a member of Norwich Rotary Club he found himself surrounded by older men, so he started a club for young men in the age range of 28 to 40 to give them the right environment to develop their professional and civic skills whilst assisting the local community, the nation and later the world as whole.

Round Table was formed after being inspired by 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".

Originally, membership of Round Table was limited to men in the age range of 18 - 40 years, so that following his 40th birthday, a member of Round Table would have to retire. He was then eligible to join 41 Club. In 1998 Round Table raised the age limit to 45 and so it is now possible for a member of Round Table to also be a member of 41 Club.

41 Club Cyprus was founded in 1987, nine years after the foundation of Round Table in Cyprus. Since then it has grown covering all main towns of the island. The Association of 41 Clubs Cyprus today, comprises of 6 clubs with a total of 103 active members.

41 Club Cyprus has very close ties with Round Table Cyprus and Ladies Circle Cyprus. The three Clubs, together with the Cyprus Antinarcotics Association are co-founders of the Life Education Centres (LEC Cy) programme, aiming at educating children on how to avoid the use of addictive substances. LEC Cyprus (in association with the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Ministry of Health) operate 12 mobile units –classrooms- which visit schools around the island and specially formulated programmes are presented to the children by trained educators.