RTI Legacy Magazine - 2 -December / January - 2021 / 2022

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T HE O F F IC I A L RO U ND TA B L E IN T ER N AT IO N A L M AG A Z INE

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DECEMBER /JANUARY 21-22

B E K I N D T O YO U R S E L F

The importance of self-care during hard times.

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W E LCO M E T O M O R O CCO

All you need to know about the upcoming HYM. DI S CO V E R T H E TA B L E R B E E R S O F B E LG I U M

Take a trip through Belgium.

LIFEST YLE E D U C AT I O N T R AV EL

IN T HIS IS SUE RTI PRESIDENT STEPPING BOLDLY INTO THE FUTURE | COMMITTING TO BALANCE GETTING IT RIGHT | LADIES' CIRCLE THE POWER OF A TEAM GAMING THE EVOLUTION OF GAMING CONSOLES | TABLER.WORLD NEW FEATURES | TABLER TRIBUTE WHAT DOES YOUR TABLE STAND FOR CHARITY ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION | THE TAFEL SCHOEN THESE SHOES ARE MADE FOR TABLIN' | + MUCH MORE




R T I L E G A C Y | Content s

IN THIS ISSUE DECEMBER / J A NUA RY 2 1-2 2 6 EDITOR'S NOTES

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34 TW - NEW FEATURES

The future is ahead.

Area report from ASPA

The roundtablefamily and

Chairman Aviral Jain.

New features on Tabler.World.

FROM THE BOARD

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STOR IES

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THE LEGEND OF THE BUFFALO CLUB

COMITTING TO BALANCE

How Tablers started drinking

Create the right balance

with their left hand.

in life. 38 LADIES' CIRCLE LCI IPP Femke van Raam-

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Schuurbiers.

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40 RTI E-CLUB Overcoming distances

RTI PRESIDENT

through a digital platform.

Graham Cornelissen on the future of RTI.

26 12 RTI VICE PRESIDENT Jayant Agrawal on Global Operation Headhunter.

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BE KIND TO YOURSELF

AREA REPORTS

The importance of self-care.

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16 CEE REGION Area report from CEE Chairman

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Marc Germeshausen.

Board games to save your Game Night.

17 NEA REGION Area report from NEA Chairman Aleksander Ottokar.

20 AMI REGION Area report from AMI Chairman Darrel Benoit.

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THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE PLAID The origin story of the Round Table tartans.

LIVING IN A GOLDEN AGE OF GAMING

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The evolution of gaming consoles.

What does your club stand for?


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88 DID YOU KNOW Greeting new Tablers & HYM soccer tournament.

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SHARE YOUR VOICE A question to discuss with your club.

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TR AVEL

84 THE TAFEL SCHOEN

56 HYM PREVIEW

These shoes are made for tablin'.

All you need to know about the upcoming HYM.

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ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION Planting trees for charity.

74 FROM THE HEART OF AFRICA A hybrid meeting to remember.

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TASTE THE WORLD 78 DISCOVER THE BEERS OF TABLE BELGIUM

Swedish meatballs.

Taste the local brews.

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RTI LEG AC Y | EDI TOR'S NOTE

OPENING UP TO A NEW WORLD BY MIKAEL EJEMAR VIKSTRÖM, RTI MAGAZINE EDITOR, 2021-2022

THE OFFICIAL RTI MAGAZINE

THE SECOND ISSUE of legacy - the official Round Table International magazine. We continue to adopt, adapt and improve to give tablers around the world inspiring stories and present them to you in the best possible way. All you tablers out there continue to impress me with your contributions. We are sharing stories and experiences across borders and organisations - and are keeping our organisation

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more alive than ever. We continue to move on - the world is slowly opening up and we can finally catch a glimpse of the bright future we have ahead. Next on the RTI agenda is the RTI HYM in Marrakesh, Morocco. I know there are plenty of tablers out there who just can't wait to get there and experience international tabling for the first time since the pandemic started - or for the first time ever. Take a look at the preview of what you can expect further on in this issue on pages 56-69. The world is opening up - but does it look the same? This pandemic has taken

Graham Cornelissen president@round-table.org

it's toll on all of us, both physically and mentally. I think we all know someone that's

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

we must improve our ways and evolve. On page 26 you can get some hands-on tips

Mikael Ejemar Vikström editor@round-table.org

on how to pick yourself up when you're experiencing low self-esteem.

CONTRIBUTORS

Graham Cornelissen Jayant Agrawal Marc Germeshausen Aleksander Ottokar Aviral Jayant Darrel Benoit Paul Hoeksema Mikael Hedman David Joe Williams Thomas Menneckemeyer Emke Van Raam-Schuurbiers Egbert Harmse, Garrick Jardine Willem Bonneux CONTACT

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struggled more with lockdown and isolation than most. In the spirit of our motto -

This issue is also packed with capturing articles about amazing clubs and organisations making life better for those in need. RT The Netherlands are planting trees in schoolyards to save the planet and at the same time provide the kids with some valuable environmental education. And RT Malawi are showcasing a string of events and initiatives improving the world around them. Also, did you know you can table your way through Belgium and enjoy locally brewed beers created by local tablers? Take a trip to the land of beers on page 78. But you cannot live on beer alone, even though some of you might disagree. Take a culinary trip to my home country and cook Swedish meatballs for dinner. In these times when some of us can't meet other tablers like before - we discover how much Round Table means to us. We all miss tabling and the good times we have with one another. I hope you enjoy this issue and that these stories provide you with inspiration and a sense of tabling in some way.

Yours in Table

Mikael Ejemar Vikström editor@round-table.org

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FROM THE BOARD

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R T I PR E S I D E N T Mr GRAHAM CORNELISSEN

R T I V I C E PR E S I D E N T

Mr JAYANT AGRAWAL

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R T I L E G A C Y | from the board

RTI PRESIDENT

TABLING IN A POST-COVID WORLD By GRAHAM CORNELISSEN, Round Table International President, 2021-2022

DEAR BROTHERS, I am very proud to share our second edition of the RTI magazine with you. A new year is upon us, and we have had January fly past already by the time you are reading this. Time flying by so rapidly lets us sit back and think about what matters. The beginning of a new year is a soft reset where we take stock of our lives and what we want to change. In our ongoing continuous improvement efforts, we have set ourselves ambitious goals for the coming years. We shared these special projects with our members during the Councillors meeting that was broadcast on the 9th of January. This video is available to view on our Facebook group and can be viewed at any time. Under our vice president's leadership, we have launched the Global Operation Head-hunter. See the next page where Jayant shares how this can create long-term sustainable growth for Round Table. We are looking to partner with global brands and sports stars to unlock benefits to everyone involved. We are positioning ourselves as an aspirational brand and have been working very hard in redefining our brand identity. We want to give all our members tangible benefits by merely being a member of Round Table. The RTI University is expanding its learning offering and teaming up with well known educational institutions. This will provide opportunities to affect members outside of Round Table in many positive ways. We are in discussions with various parties to get other member benefits such as discounted hotel stays and flights on major airlines. Watch out for upcoming communication in this regard. We want to build healthy habits. We are driving a campaign over 30 days in April where we invite members to do small daily acts, culminating in a positive difference being made. Small things being done by many people is the only way for change to occur. I would urge everyone to get involved in this campaign and share their stories. I am looking forward to travelling to Morocco for the RTI Half Year meeting. We have a detailed article in this edition detailing some of the highlights that we can expect. More than all of that, the highlight will be the formation and continuation of our friendships. So, whilst most new years resolutions are no longer top of mind, I invite you to take a few minutes and enjoy this edition. Get inspired by the extraordinary work being done by associations worldwide and have this set the tone for the year.

Yours in Table

Graham Cornelissen president@round-table.org

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R T I L E G A C Y | from the board

”Small things being done by many people is the only way for change to occur“

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R T I L E G A C Y | from the board

RTI V ICE PRESIDENT

THE FUTURE IS IN OUR HANDS By Mr JAYANT AGRAWAL, Round Table International Vice President, 2021-2022

THE RTI BOARD HAS CONSISTENTLY PROMOTED sharing best practices amongst member associations. As a brotherhood organisation, we always believe a success story in one association can positively affect if followed and implemented by other fellow associations. Inspired by our Norwegian brothers and following our motto, we are proud to launch the Global Operation Headhunter campaign. All of us know of several good candidates to join our movement. Traditionally, the focus has been to grow your own club. This campaign encourages members to think outside of their own club and identify great candidates for the future. We request all our members to please think about young men that you know that might fit well into Round Table. Have a quick discussion with them and ask if you can add their details to this Tabler.World form that we have created. Tabler.World Form

Upon receiving the data, we will review this and share it with the respective regional chairman and the national board of the potential association. The candidate will then be contacted by their local clubs to start the process. Should anyone not wish their details shared, please do not add them to the form. We respect the privacy of everyone and will ensure that all General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) regulations are adhered to. We are considering various avenues to track and incentivise the success of this campaign. We plan to recognise the member who provides us the most new candidates and the member who brings in the most successful candidates. Associations will also be recognised in this manner. Should this campaign prove successful, we plan to roll this out to the rest of the RT Family members. Imagine the number of contacts we can get if we have 100,000 members available to provide this information. The future of Round Table is in our hands. Tomorrow's generation will look back at us and judge us on what we do today. We call on all members and associations to embrace this campaign so that we live the theme of #StrongerTogether and grow our movement even more.

Yours in Table

Jayant Agrawal vicepresident@round-table.org

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REGIONAL REPORTS

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CEE REGION

Mr MARC GERMESHAUSEN

NE A REGION

Mr ALEKSANDER OTTOKAR

A M I R E G IO N

Mr DARREL BENOIT

A S PA R E G I O N

Mr AVIRAL JAIN

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R T I L E G A C Y | regional re p ort s

CEE REGION

CENTR AL & EASTERN EUROPE REGION

THE DIFFERENCE WE MAKE By MARC GERMESHAUSEN, CEE Chairman 2021-2022

DEAR TABLERS AROUND THE WORLD, Greetings from Central and Eastern Europe! With our theme of “adopt, adapt and improve”, we can affect much more than we sometimes realise. It is a way to initiate and create new activities and projects within our clubs. We do not need to reinvent the wheel, especially when sharing best practices. Within all associations, there are excellent examples that work very well in their surroundings but might need to be adopted and adapted for yours. As we are Tablers, we also find a reason to improve it – to make it even more special for your club. When we look at the associations within Central and Eastern Europe, we always see wonderful projects, especially community service. Our region shows the value of working together in the Christmas convoy project. Many associations within the region are collaborating to bring children eyes to shine. Sometimes we think our club alone cannot create a massive impact, but every small step makes a difference. If we need manpower, it is time to work together with other clubs or associations. We can see that RT Austria is supporting projects within their 90/10 service activity in South Africa, Sri Lanka, and Mauritius. In RT Belgium, all clubs are collaborating for the sandwich projects. RT Germany has their National Service Project every year, where all clubs donate some funds to it. RT Great Britain & Ireland are all together fulfilling Children’s Wishes. The clubs in RT Hungary are selling Teddy Bears. RT Luxembourg is organising a massive Duck Race in the capital year by year with their clubs. RT The Netherlands is organising great Blood Donation activities. RT Romania and RT Moldova are handling the distribution of the Christmas parcels from RT Germany, RT Austria, and RT Denmark. Let me share a story of my club – RT11 Villach/Austria. We initiated in 2006 the Euro11 school in Biratnagar/Nepal with eight classrooms and 250 students. We have set the next level, and we would like to build four new classrooms to reach +450 students, including a high school soon. Such a project is possible when all clubs in Europe from #11 cooperate in setting a new level for the difference we

ASSOCIATIONS RT Austria RT Belgium

want to make! Everything is possible if you are #StrongerTogether. We live nowadays when we sometimes need to check our own neighbourhood. There is a need, and we as

RT Germany

Tablers need to keep our eyes open for people in need and support them where

RT Great Britain and Ireland

we can. It is not always necessary to help them financially. However, sometimes we

RT Hungary RT Luxembourg RT Moldova RT Romania RT The Netherlands

need to listen carefully and give them a shoulder to lean on. We all can cause an impact if we are standing and working #StrongerTogether. I cannot wait to see you all very soon at the RTIHYM in Morocco to live the fellowship we are used to.

Yours in Table

Marc Germeshausen ceechairman@round-table.org

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NEA REGION

NORTHERN EUROPE & AMERICAS REGION

THE NEA WAY OF TABLING By ALEKSANDER OTTOKAR, NEA Chairman 2021-2022

POWERFUL ROUND TABLE INTERNATIONAL, greetings from snowy Estonia. It’s so great to write to you again on what is happening in our region. Although the Northern Europe & Americas region covers a vast geographical area, we still struggle with the same problem - pandemic. Regardless of the situation all over the world it’s still so inspiring how Brothers find ways to contribute to the communities and to people in need. Looking at the region I see we can learn a lot from each other. I would like to touch on a few of these points. Our brothers from Round Table Trinidad & Tobago are really stepping up with charity. Their project “Food or Forty” - where at each fortnightly meeting, each Tabler is required to bring a nonperishable food item OR pay TT$40. Which is pooled and donated to charitable needs quarterly. Consistency is key here and it really shows how much you can achieve if you do things together. Round Table Estonia had a Half Year Meeting where all the fines from the Sergeant at Arms were donated to a school for kids with special needs. Also, a wonderful project from Round Table Denmark, where Danish Tablers organized a Danish Christmas convoy to Romania, where they delivered Christmas presents to poor children. It is a prime example of how this year's theme "Stronger Together" works. Another big part of today's world is fellowship and how much we can enjoy it today. That said it’s very important to keep our traditions at heart. Keeping the brotherhood going is essential for Finland. Many clubs held closed sessions during the Christmas season for saunas, church, and some even threw parties when possible. These types of traditions and practise really help clubs grow. Finally, I'm going to speak about some of the growth happening in our region. Although we still plan to go to Mexico, the pandemic has forced us to postpone our trip. We are working on ways to keep the momentum up. The other big one is a possible club opening in the United States, but more info in due time. Our Vice President and I are working hard on growing our region to the potential it has. Also, Round Table Finland is pushing their association ahead by rechartering a new club in April and recruiting new members. The successful Head Hunter Project is still going strong in Norway. Also, E-clubs are becoming more popular in associations

ASSOCIATIONS RT Canada RT Denmark

where distances are big like Canada or United States. Round Table Trinidad & Tobago has established “RTTT eClub” a modified version of an RTI eClub where their prospects have a WhatsApp chat with all Tablers whilst being vetted and can

RT Estonia

attend our regular fortnightly meeting for a “social” prior to the formal Tabler

RT Iceland

meeting. Let's keep growing our beautiful organisation by any means necessary!

RT Latvia RT Lithuania RT Norway RT Russia

I would like to close with an example from Round Table Haapsalu 11, Estonia, where they randomly chose a member of their club and had him host a dinner for 2 other members of the club. This is a very valuable social opportunity to deepen the

RT Soumi Finland

bonds between club members. So guys, keep safe and I hope to see you all sooner

RT Suriname

rather than later

RT Sweden RT Trinidad & Tobago RT USA

Yours in Table

Aleksander Ottokar neachairman@round-table.org

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AMI REGION

R O U N D TA B L E A F R IC A , M I D D L E E A S T & I N DI A N O C E A N R E G IO N

EMBRACING INNOVATIONS BY DARREL BENOIT, AMI Chairman 2021-2022

AMI BELIEVES THAT WE ARE BROTHERS FIRST. Inspiring each other to improve what we do in our daily lives is what keeps us strong. The current global hardship has forced us to adapt to new innovative ways of doing things to better serve our purpose. We refuse to see each challenge as a nail as this will only makes us consider ourselves only as a hammer; we are much more than that. We are proud AMI Superheroes because we believe in lifting each other and this is what we do every day. Looking after each other’s welfare is key to continued fellowship. Stay connected on a friendly platform is essential for continued fellowship and sharing of ideas and achievements. AMI has initiated an AMI Tablers Fellowship WhatsApp group whereby everyone in the region is free to share anything that will continue to promote camaraderie and best practices. This group is widely used by members from all the different associations and some relevant RTI team members as well. Birthday greetings, Rondel Friday greetings, local fellowship events are all shared and enjoyed in this group. The AMI Regional team also believes that the know-how of doing things is key to success. No one has monopoly on ideas and consultation has proved to be very fruitful. Engaging in inter-association exchange agreements has allowed some associations in the region to assist each other in different ways through various consultation opportunities. Members have developed relationships on different level and these relationships are growing strong day by day. To ascertain where we are heading, we need to understand what we stand for. There is a superb initiative at ARTSA in this regard. Basically the board has allocated some motivational words to the different tabling areas, e.g: the western Province has been allocated with the words “Be the light” this can be interpreted In many different ways, however you will agree that it generally means ‘Be the motivator, give hope, be the example people would want to follow. A motivational theme or motto creates the drive to success. Always have a target and never stop until you have achieved it. Membership & Growth and Constitution are two topics that have been included

ASSOCIATIONS RT Arabian Gulf RT Botswana RT Cameroon RT Eastern Africa RT Madagascar RT Malawi RT Mauritius

in some associations’ agenda, Having to discuss these two topics at each business meeting, it gives members a chance to better understand the constitution, ask questions and propose improvement amendment as well as to continuously find ways to attract new members and grow the organization as a whole. We at AMI do not exist without our loved ones and other local partners. As we cross this unprecedented time, we pay tribute to all our supporters and remain thankful to our sponsors.

RT Nigeria RT Senegal RT Seychelles

Yours in Table

RT Southern Africa

Darrel Benoit

RT Zambia RT Zimbabwe

amichairman@round-table.org

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ASPA REGION

A S I A , S O U T H PAC I F IC R EG IO N

FOR THE LOVE OF TABLE By AVIRAL JAIN, ASPA Chairman 2021-2022

IT WAS VERY HEART-WARMING to see the updates, progress, and determination of Tablers in New Zealand at their successfully conducted HYM, despite the challenges of low member strength and strict COVID restrictions. It is worth sharing that RT NZ has two Vice Presidents, one for each island. It’s a great practice to ensure the physical presence of the National Headboard at various table meetings and events & be available immediately for assistance whenever needed. This practice also increases the aspirational value within the association, inspiring more individuals to come up and take leadership positions. Brothers from Round Table Balclutha 17 New Zealand did a Christmas gifts drive "Giving Tree" for lesser privileged children & collected 90 presents to make their Christmas special. They also executed a successful Charity Golf Tournament which had 100 players and raised 8000 Dollars. A huge shout out to the brothers at Balclutha for the continued great work & best wishes for the upcoming projects. ASPA yet again saw great integration between organizations. Through the Train The Trainer program organised by RT India, they have been successful in training participants from Nepal & Sri Lanka as well. RT Nepal invited trainers from India & along with the local certified trainers conducted National Leadership Conclave for Tablers in Nepal. It was a super hit show which saw participation from 36 Tablers from 20 tables and 6 circlers from Ladies Circle Nepal. A true demonstration of how associations share and leverage resources & knowledge and help each other grow #StrongerTogether. One common thing that our region loves is Cricket. RT India hosted the biggest Fellowship Sporting Event "Jaffa" which had over 350 participants from all over the country. It was definitely a much-needed break for all Tablers from their daily routines and a chance to catch up till COVID struck again. It is a great to see the annual sporting event being one of the most awaited events as it gives tabling a different meaning other than service & fellowship. RT Bangladesh is working on giving a memorable ASPA meet 2022 to all the Tablers. They have continued to do great community service and publicity projects throughout Dhaka. They installed RT Bangladesh branded traffic signs & billboards in the prime locations of the city. On the occasion of 50 years celebration of Bangladesh Independence Day, Dhaka Round Table 1 organised a “Used Toys Giveaway” for unprivileged school students at Kathpencil Pathshala.

ASSOCIATIONS RT Australia RT Bangladesh

Extensions were taken up in a well planned impactful manner by RT India. A massive total of 454 new tablers were inducted, with 8 new tables chartered and 11 in the pipeline to be chartered in this tabling year. With focus and determination,

RT Hong Kong

anything is possible irrespective of the challenges at hand. RT India has proven this

RT India

by showing the highest growth globally.

RT Malaysia RT Nepal RT New Zealand RT Philippines RT Singapore RT Sri Lanka

With the sudden surge of the 3rd COVID wave, we pray for the safety & wellbeing of all the Tablers & their families around the world. Please take care friends & looking forward to seeing you all in Morocco for the HYM 2022. Yours in Table

Aviral Jain aspachairman@round-table.org

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EDITORIAL & STORIES

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CO M M I T T I N G T O B A L A N C E

By Mr GRAHAM CORNELISSEN

B E K I N D T O YO U R S E L F

By Mr PAUL HOEKSEMA

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RO U N D PL AY B L E

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L I V I N G I N A G O L D E N AG E OF GAMING

By Mr MIKAEL HEDMAN

By Mr DAVID JOE WILLIAMS

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N E W FE AT U R E S O N TA B L E R .WO R L D By Mr THOMAS MENNECKEMEYER

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THE LEGEND OF THE B U FFA LO C LU B By Mr PAUL HOEKSEMA

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L A DI E S ' C I RC L E

By Mrs EMKE VAN RAAM-SCHUURBIERS

G E T T O K N OW T H E R T I E - C LU B

By Mr JAYANT AGRAWAL and Mr GRAHAM CORNELISSEN

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T H E FE L LOW S H I P O F T H E PL A I D By Mr EGBERT HARMSE,

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T H E " TA B L E T R I B U T E " CHALLENGE By Mr GARRICK JARDINE

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R T I L E G A C Y | committing to balance

COMMI T T ING TO BAL ANCE

LIFE IS ALL ABOUT BALANCE. TO RETAIN PROPER BALANCE IN OUR LIVES, WE NEED TO MAKE AND KEEP CERTAIN COMMITMENTS TO OURSELVES AND OTHERS. THESE COMMITMENTS LEAD TO THE BEST TABLING EXPERIENCE AND WILL TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE IF APPLIED BEYOND TABLE. By Mr GRAHAM CORNELISSEN RT 217, Southern Africa

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S WE GROW UP, more and more responsibilities come along. We all have jobs, families and people who rely on us. We get distracted quickly, climbing the corporate ladder, or acquiring more stuff. We get distracted

by our accomplishments or those of our children. Before we know it, we have lost focus on the big picture and have several imbalances in our lives.

Our membership in Round Table can provide us with the balance that we need to succeed in life. We get to meet new people, experience unique events and hold out a hand to someone who needs it. We travel to places we have never been or would never have gone to and see our communities differently. Round Table changes us as men, and if we Table in the right way, these changes are always for the better. We know that our Tabling career has an expiry date as in life. Whether we leave at 40 or 45, we each have a ticking clock that will spell the end of our time. Because we know when our time runs out, we have no excuse but to get stuck in and do our part. At the end of our Tabling career is the first time that we can all look back and realise the balance that Table has brought to our lives. We realise that it has been a privilege to have been a part of this organisation. When looking back, we tend to regret the opportunities we did not take, rather than the ones we embraced.

There are certain fundamentals in life as there are fundamentals in Round Table. Ensuring that these are in balance is the key to having remarkable personal growth and getting the most out of your Tabling career.

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R T I L E G A C Y | comitting to balance

WHEN JOINING THE BROTHERHOOD, WE EACH MAKE THE FOLLOW ING COMMI TMENTS T O O U R S E LV E S We commit to giving more than we take. We keep our given word, and we honour the promises that we make. We act with integrity, and we always stay humble.

TO O U R F EL LO W TA B L ER S We commit to helping our fellow Tablers in their struggles and to listen when they need us. We hold each other accountable for our actions, and we always treat each other with respect. We commit to building each other up and never breaking each other apart.

TO THOSE WHO NEED US We commit to making a difference and ensuring that we share ourselves with those less fortunate than us. We commit to treating everyone fairly and leaving the world in a better place than we found it. When taking these commitments and applying this outside of Table, you will see the results of your actions. Others might not react to these changes, but these commitments are for your benefit and not to be glorified by others.

The choice is yours. Make it count.

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R T I L E G A C Y | be kind to yourself

BE K IND TO YOUR SELF

"SELF-CARE IS NEVER A SELFISH ACT, IT IS SIMPLY GOOD STEWARDSHIP OF THE ONLY GIFT I HAVE, THE GIFT I WAS PUT ON EARTH TO OFFER TO OTHERS." PA R K ER PA L M ER

By Mr PAUL HOEKSEMA RT 32, Southern Africa

There is no denying that the last couple of years has taken a big toll on Joe Tabler & that navigating through the ongoing pandemic challenges even those that are strongest mentally. As a result, there will be times when we experience moments of low self-esteem.

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R T I L E G A C Y | be kind to yourself

February marks "International Boost Self-Esteem Month" - the perfect opportunity to reflect, to take a step back, to re-evaluate & to adjust how we see ourselves. There are certain steps we can take to help us lift our self-esteem in these said lows:

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ACC E P T T H AT YO U H AV E FL AW S Nobody is perfect, even the highest-paid actors will tell you that there is something that they would like to change about themselves. Your flaws will only have a negative impact if you allow them to. Some flaws can be worked on, maybe losing some weight or working on your daily grooming, but these should never drive you to change at the core - the unique individual that you are.

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E X E RC I S E As a proud Young Men's Organisation, & as one of our core pillars, the health of ourselves

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BE K IND TO YO U R S E L F Everyone has heard it before, thinking negative can make you negative. We tend to spend a lot of time breaking ourselves down & being excessively hard on ourselves. We need to realise that making mistakes is a part of being human. Next time a negative thought crosses your mind, take a deep breath, recognize what you're doing & counter this with a positive thought of yourself.

& that of our brothers will always be a top priority. When you engage in physical activity, your body releases endorphins, which in return trigger a positive feeling & a sense of achievement. Exercising doesn't necessarily mean training for a marathon, it can be as simple as taking the dogs out for a walk

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S T O P CO M PA R I N G YO U R S E L F T O O T H E R S Social media never reflect one's true self. The picture you might see of someone you deem perfect on Instagram hardly ever tells the whole story. Sure, we all crave acceptance, but someone else's successes will never take away from your own. The next time you catch yourself wishing you were someone else, take a step back & take some time out to reflect on what you have achieved in your own life.

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S E T M A N AG E A B L E S H O R T-T E R M G OA L S Achieving short-term goals will give you a sense of achievement & will drive you to do more. It can be as simple as doing small handyman upgrades at home, starting your fitness journey, or raising your hand to lead the next project at your Table. These goals should be achievable - this is a sure-fire way of boosting your self-esteem

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PR AC T IC E SELF- CARE A self-care routine will promote a feeling of peace & well-being. Even if you are extremely busy, you need to allocate time in your day to engage in activities that promote well-being. From reading a self-help book, practicing good hygiene to getting enough sleep & the right diet, self-care ultimately adds to a happier you.

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R T I L E G A C Y | G aming

ROUND PLAYBLE By Mr MIKAEL HEDMAN, RT 120, Sweden

Dear brothers across the globe, let’s be honest, some of you could enjoy a game of cards or a board game a little bit more than you currently are. To help you with this, I will give you some hot recommendations of games I enjoy with friends, family and/or coworkers. I hope this will perk someones interest, because there’s an ocean of games out there waiting to be explored together with people we love.

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R T I L E G A C Y | gaming

MUNCHK IN

TIME IS UP

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Munchkin – A chaotic and fun card game, the aim is

This game probably has different names depending on

for someone to reach level 10 first, everyone starts at level 1. Fight monsters, go up a level, give monsters your opponents meet more strength so they lose their monster fights and have to survive the bad stuff! After you’ve played two rounds of the game everyone knows the rules, the first round will take a bit longer since your learning as you go. A perfect game for adults and teenagers. Number of players 3-6. What makes Munchkin extra fun is that there’s a lot of expansions and different themes, there’s around 16 different themes that can be found. Such as Marvel, vampires, cowboys, sci-fi, fantasy, Mission Impossible etc. Find a theme that seems fun and go nuts!

who taught you, the one who taught me called i Time is up. Everything you need is a pen, paper and a mobile phone (stopwatch/timer). You need to be a big group, so this is perfect to play at a club meeting! You play in teams, preferably 3-5 teams, with atleast 2 in every team, the best is 3-4 people in each team. Each person gets 3-4 small pieces of paper, on these you write a name/word/meaning, but it has to be something you think everyone knows or are familiar with. After everyone has written something on their papers, you fold and collect the notes and put them in a bowl/jar/ hat, make sure to shuffle them. You play three rounds, each round with different rules. Round 1: The 1st round you put the timer on 45

K I N G O F N E W YO R K

seconds, one player from a team starts. The player takes one random note and looks at it, start the timer.

R AT I N G : ●●●●●●○

The player now has to explain for his team what is on

A fun board game for those who love to role a lot of

written. The players teammates has to guess, if they

dices, you play humongous monsters in New York, the aim is to be the last monster standing or be the most feared monster in New York, whatever comes first. Fairly easy to learn, after one game everyone knows the rules.

the note, but without using any of the name/words guess right, quickly take another note and start over, until the time runs out. If the note is to hard - pick another. The amount of right guesses equals points for your team. Keep the notes you guess right. After 45 seconds, move on to the next team and repeat until you're out of notes. Round 2: Put the timer on 40 seconds. Now you have to do charades, the player who is reading paper cannot speak or make any sound. If the player starts talking or making sounds, their turn is immediately over. You are only allowed to pass on a note once this round. Round 3: In the final round you put the timer on 30 seconds. No charades this turn, you may only say ONE word, and of course the word can’t be anything written on the paper. Since you can only say one word and cannot pass a note, take your time and think of a good word. When the bowl is empty, count your points. The team with the most points wins. Please feel free to make your own house rules, or change the timer in the rounds or anything else, whatever works for your group.

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R T I L E G A C Y | gaming

LIVING IN A GOLDEN AGE OF GAMING By Mr DAVID JOE WILLIAMS, Ilfracombe Round Table

2022 is definitely an excellent time to be a gamer. The Release of the Xbox series X and PlayStation 5 in 2021 has given us more power than ever before. To see what we have now, Let’s look at the history of the console.

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R T I L E G A C Y | gaming

I

N 1972 THE MAGNAVOX ODYSSEY was the

In 2001 Microsoft decided they would make a console

first commercial home video game console to

to challenge Sony. The Xbox is a video gaming brand

be released. The Magnavox Odyssey had no

created and owned by Microsoft. They released the

sound, no colour, and three dots and vertical

original Xbox console in November 2001. Last year

lines. The first console to play games in colour

Microsoft launched the most powerful console ever

was the Coleco Telstar, released in 1976. Many

made, the Xbox Series X. A less powerful but more

of you would have grown up playing one of the many

affordable Series S was also released. Some would say

Sega consoles. The first Sega device was the SG 100.

the best console ever released. I would know as I have

This console was released in 1983, and Sega has made

one, so I am not biased at all.

nine more consoles since then. The last Sega device was released in 2011 but only in Japan.

WHY IS NOW SUCH A GOOD TIME to be a gamer? Gaming has become more popular over the years

NINTENDO IS A NAME everyone has heard of, and

as big-money players have joined the Industry like

nearly everyone has had a Nintendo device or played

Sony and Microsoft. The video games market was

a game made by them at some point in life. The first

worth over $90 billion in 2020, and this market is only

Nintendo console was released in 1977, called Colour

growing. With technology advancing, consoles are

TV-Game. With the release of Donkey Kong in 1981,

only getting better and more powerful. Gone are the

the console quickly gained international recognition.

days of 3 dots and lines. Now we have 4K pictures at

Nintendo has developed seven home video game

120 FPS. Development teams can be more daring with

consoles and multiple portable consoles for use with

what they create, and they have more money behind

external media and dedicated consoles, and other

them to support the development of games. Massive

hardware. The last console Nintendo launched was

companies like EA, Activision, Ubisoft, and Bungie Inc.

called the Switch. It came out in 2017 and has proved to

have been making new games to entice people to play.

be massively popular as it has sold 92.87 million units

The real reason I think now is such a good time to be a

worldwide to date. The Nintendo Switch is a mix of a

gamer is that it is more socially accepted. During the

home console and a portable device, meaning you can

Covid Pandemic, gaming was one of few ways people

play anywhere, at home or on the move. Nintendo is

could socialise.

the world’s largest video game company by revenue, with a net value of over USD85 Billion.

Gaming has even become a part of Round Table recently With the Creation of Verdansk Round Table. Verdansk RT is a group of Tablers who play together

SONY MADE ITS FIRST CONSOLE in 1994, and when

on Call of Duty Warzone and other games. I know

they joined the industry, they made a massive impact.

other groups like this play video games together. It’s

The original PlayStation sold 102.49 million worldwide.

incredible how we have adapted to new technologies

The PlayStation proved so popular there on the fifth

around us, which has helped build friendships.

generation of the console with the Play Station 5. The

I can’t wait to see how gaming will change in the

PlayStation 2 is the best-selling console ever created

future. With virtual reality being implemented in

as it sold over 150 million worldwide. Sony is now

games more, I think gaming in the next 30 years could

investing heavily in VR technology, and they hope it will

be different from what we know now but still fun. We

be the future of gaming.

have a lot to look forward to.

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R T I L E G A C Y | tabler .world

N E W F E AT U R E S

HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF ROUNDTABLEFAMILY. WORLD? IT UNITES ALL FIVE FAMILY MEMBERS OF THE ROUND TABLE FAMILY, AND OUR MEMBERSHIP PLATFORM TABLER. WORLD IS ONE PART OF IT. By Mr THOMAS MENNECKEMEYER, Tabler.World & IT manager

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R T I L E G A C Y | tabler .world

T

HE FAMILY has significantly grown in the past few years, in all measurable directions. All 5 clubs have joined the .WORLD platform, the amount of users has grown, but also a lot of administrative and nonadministrative features were developed. Together with LCI we are planning a huge package

of developments this year to bring the .WORLD Platform a big step forward. The first two features are already developed and live.

CUSTOM FORMS On all level you now have the possibility to create a custom form for multiple purposes: survey, recruitment, travel requests etc. If you want to know more about it and if you like to know how to set it up, please check the Knowledge Base: Custom forms

CUSTOMIZED DASHBOARD On each level it is now possible to easily customize the dashboard from an administrator. You can add, move, hide or enhance multiple widgets, to show administrative content that you consider the most important, but also customized content directly on the dashboard. See this article for more details: Customized dashboard

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R T I L E G A C Y | the legend of the buffalo club

THE LEGEND BUF I

T IS BELIEVED THAT the origin of the legendary

with some 800 being sold in two days at the South

buffalo stems from the Wild West, where it was

African assembly. The official & iconic gold pins feature

vital to have your pistol hand at the ready at all

the Cape buffalo by design, either a full-body buffalo or

times. It was crucial not to drink with the hand

a buffalo head pin.

you normally shoot with, giving birth to the rule of drinking with your non-dominant hand.

SINCE THE INTRODUCTION, Round Table South

The rule based on a life or death principle was instilled

Cape Area has been the sole custodian of the Buffalo

for life. During the Gold Rush era, famous pioneer &

Club both nationally & internationally (RTI). Rikus

legend among men, Chris Jones, perfected the buffalo

"Running Bare" Badenhorst, past RTI President, played

rule as a drinking game & used it to his advantage by

an instrumental role in promoting & implementing

intoxicating rival prospectors & stealing their gold.

the Buffalo Club as an international movement. Badenhorst also ensured that the Club is synonymous

THE RULES OF THE BUFFALO CLUB adopted by Round

with Southern Africa & more specifically the South

Table states that you must drink with your left hand

Cape Area.

(98% of people are right-handed), giving left-handed Tablers quite the advantage. In 1992 South Cape Area Chairmen, Ola Grinaker

to appreciate the origin of this beloved Round Table

(92/93) & Trevor Griffin (95/96) introduced the Buffalo

tradition.

Club to Round Table Southern Africa at ARTSA 92 held

Source: Jaco Hanekom – Round Table South Cape Area, South Africa

in Port Elizabeth. As a pilot run, a 1000 pins were made

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The next time you hear the words "Buffalo!" when a member drinks with their right hand, take a minute


R T I L E G A C Y | the legend of the buffalo club

D OF THE FFALO CLUB R O U N D TA B L E B U F FA LO R U L E S 1 You may only drink with your left hand. 2 You may be buffalo'ed without a badge, but you must be wearing one to buffalo someone 3 You may not deliberately buffalo yourself 4 Your membership is for life. 5 Use the buffalo greeting when greeting fellow buffaloes. (The foot shake) 6 The wording after being buffalo'ed is: "that was most reasonable, thank you." With regards to a Buffalo zone (that will be called by the convenor of a meeting, eg . The President, Area Chairman, or Table Chairman) the only difference to the norm is that "Non Buffalo" members may also be Buffalo'ed, but the rule stays the same that you can only Buffalo if you are wearing a pin . The whole idea is to get "Non Buffalo members" to join the club!

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R T I L E G A C Y | L adies ' C ircle

L ADIES' CIRCLE

THE POWER OF A TEAM A FEW WEEKS AGO, I watched my very first Formula 1 race ever. Man, did I pick a good one because as a Dutchie, I saw ‘our’ Max Verstappen win an epic race. As this was all new to me, I was lucky a friend was over to explain the dos and don’ts to me and my husband (who was also a F1 virgin). The thing that struck me the most was that I had never thought that F1 is not a solo sport. It is not just about being an excellent racer. Surely, I knew that having an incredibly fast car helps a lot too, but I learned that you only win a race as a team. You never really see the team if you don’t look for it. It is a Max or a Hamilton whom you see on the stage, in the news or all-over social media. But when you look for it, it is not hard to see that every single person in the team is crucial for the drivers to shine. From the ones who do the calculating on the tires, which fascinates me extremely, by the way, to the co-drivers who clear the road; all are equally important if you want to be successful. In LC and RT, it is not different, in my opinion. Every one of us is equally important to our association and to our RT Family. What we contribute may be different, but not less. Being the chairman or President is not more important than being ‘just’ a Tabler or Circler. You don’t win an F1 championship if you have ‘just’ a good driver and a fast car, you need a team. One Circler doesn’t make Ladies’ Circle, and one Tabler doesn’t make Round Table, a group of Circlers or Tablers do. One club doesn’t make a family, but together we do. Watching the F1 championship made me realize how appropriate our joined motto of this year is. Sometimes we tend to forget the importance of a team. Everybody has their own role to play with their own strengths. Being unique adds a new quality to the team. We can’t all change tires, we also need a coach, a wingman, and so much more. With all our own skills, we are Stronger Together. I’m already looking forward to seeing what this first-ever joint motto will bring us all, but I trust it will be fantastic. Also, I can’t wait for the next season of F1, and I’m very keen on learning more about it. So please do tell me all the things I need to know. Yours, in friendship and service

Femke van Raam-Schuurbiers IPP Ladies’ Circle International 2021-2022

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LEARN MORE Get to know more about Ladies' Circle on @ladiescircleinternational


R T I L E G A C Y | the rti e - club

GET TO KNOW THE RTI E-CLUB By Mr JAYANT AGRAWAL and Mr GRAHAM CORNELISSEN

In 2021, we launched the RTI E-Club. We are currently looking for members to join up and continue their Tabling journey. Here is a list of 5 key things to know about the RTI E-Club:

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R T I L E G A C Y | the rti e - club

WHY DO WE NEED AN E-CLUB? Life happens – there are a great many Tablers who emigrate or move to areas where Round Table does not have a presence. Some Clubs close where there still are one or two members who still want to be active. These members and their knowledge, experience, and skills are lost to Round Table. Furthermore, we see new prospects in countries or cities where Round Table is not present. The process of starting a new Association or a new Club is onerous. These prospective members often never complete the road to becoming a part of Round Table.

The RTI E-Club will only accept the following members: The member is relocating to another country or area where there is no Round Table club or association present within 50km’s; or A club has closed, and there is no other Round Table club present within 50km’s; or Where the executive board of an Association provides written permission for this member to join the Association, for whatever reason. The RTI E-Club is only open to members up to 40 years of age.

The e-Club solves this problem by providing a home for

HOW WILL THE E-CLUB WORK?

these members who are still under 40 years old.

The E-Club is envisioned as a stand-alone associate

HOW WILL AN E-CLUB HELP IN R E TA I N I N G M E M B E R S ?

member of RTI. They will elect their leadership at their founding AGM. An initial draft constitution was drawn

The E-Club will provide the members who would have

up to form the base of the e-Club way of working. This

been lost to Table a place to stay and continue their Tabling

was drawn up from current Round Table association

career. These members will transfer from their existing

constitutions as a base and can be viewed as part of the

Association into the E-Club. They will be able to continue

RTIHYM 2021 meeting pack as on Tabler.World.

Tabling with other members from all over the world. They

The plan is to have the E-Club as a fully functional

will be able to stand for leadership positions in the E-Club,

associate member this year. The E-Club will be able to

thereby utilising their experience to the benefit of new

appoint a councillor to attend and represent them at any

members joining in as well.

RTI level event.

Once these Tablers move to an association or city where

W H AT C A N I D O TO H E L P T H E E-CLUB EFFORT ?

Round Table is present, they will be able to transfer out of the E-Club and resume their typical Tabling career. When there is a critical mass of these Tablers in E-Club

Please complete the form on our website (https://round-

in a city, they can form a new Table or Association. This will

table.org/e-club/) if you know anyone you think could be a

assist in the long-term growth of our movement.

member of the RTI E-Club. We will be in touch with these members to gauge their

W H AT S TO P S T H E E - C LU B FRO M COMPETING AGA INST MY CURRENT A S S O C I AT IO N ? The intention of E-Club is not to compete with any existing

interest in E-Club and will be reporting on our progress in all future RTI Meetings.Let’s not allow our fellow brothers to be lost in a world without Round Table If anyone has any further questions or suggestions

association, but merely to offer our members an option

regarding the RTI e-Club, please feel free to contact the

instead of them leaving. To this end, we have drafted

International Vice President at vicepresident@round-table.

the membership criteria in the E-Club constitution to not

org

compete with any existing association.

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R T I L E G A C Y | the fellowship of the plaid

THE FELLOW OF T

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R T I L E G A C Y | the fellowship of the plaid

WSHIP THE PLAID

By Mr EGBERT HARMSE, Past RT 7 member, Southern Africa

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R T I L E G A C Y | the fellowship of the plaid

E

arly in my intensive days as a Tabler, I was

The Round Tables of Southern Africa’s AGM was held

advised to: “When travelling in Table, avoid

in Hartenbos, near Mossel Bay, and 17 April was the

the run of the mill numbers tours, and go

evening of the President’s Banquet, as well as another

to events, big, international events. You

event; World Lockdown 101.

will have more fun, see more, meet more people, and extend the brotherhood way

more effectively”. I followed this advice. I traveled to two AGM’s in 1997, the German AGM

A RIPE PIMPLE IN ICELAND aka Eyjafjallajökull decided enough was enough, buckled under internal pressure and popped its lid, spreading ashes far enough, high

in Bad Salzuflen, and the Swiss AGM in St Gallen.

enough, and fast enough, and in such a manner that all

It was at the German AGM, in a castle in northern

air travel was halted for around 14 days worldwide.

Germany that I bumped into Norry Hood, the then

I tried to call the folks I hosted before the AGM and

RTBI president, and made sure I got hold of one of

whom I had to collect at the airport in Johannesburg

the tartan ties that he was dishing out to the big brass

on the Sunday for a two-night sleepover before they

that evening. Thanks to hectoliters of Herforder Pills

start heading home, to tell them to abort the banquet

on tap, I mustered the courage and boldly asked him.

and get to Johannesburg as soon as they possibly can

He obliged. Little did I know how handy that tie will

to avoid being stranded, but, Tablers being Tablers,

become one day.

nobody answers a phone when it is absolutely necessary.

IN MAY OF 2020, near Appenzell in Switzerland, I met

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I eventually established contact via a return call on

Blair Forrest from Banchory and District RT 1085; a

a local Tabler’s phone and told the guys to either stay

meeting that led to a lifelong brotherly friendship and

there or head to Johannesburg as soon as they can.

several epic road trips, both in Scotland and Southern

The reply was simple:

Africa. There will be more about these road trips

“We are heading to O R Tambo International Airport,

later, but this synopsis is about the trip in 2010 and

there is no turning back now, the plane is already

the lasting result of the events that unfolded over the

moving, sorry for only calling back now. What is

weekend of 17 April 2010.

happening, why are you so frantic?”


R T I L E G A C Y | the fellowship of the plaid

“We are doing all your laundry tonight, all hotels are fully booked or are not taking any bookings, speak to all ARTSA Tablers on this flight and inform them that they are in for some long-term home hosting. No international flights are leaving any airport from anywhere and all air traffic in Europe has been grounded until further notice. You are in for some need-to-know road trips and then some...”. “What, did World War III break out? Who is the enemy?” Not quite World War III, and no, they are not the enemy, but there was an event in the mid-Atlantic, and you are stuck” “How stuck” “Very, as in completely and totally. Now adhere to local air traffic rules and end the call. I am putting several roasts in the AGA and borrowing some mattresses from Jana’s shop. I will bring the Multiplug with all its seats and the trailer. I will see you at the airport in two hours.” “What?” “Never mind, just enjoy possibly your last flight in months.” ARRIVING AT THE AIRPORT it was complete mayhem. I called some Springs 7 Tablers and told them to hook trailers and meet me at the Sky-Stop filling station within the next 45 minutes. They obviously did not arrive in time, but they arrived and it was adequate. To elaborate on the panic, the failed attempts, the humour when everyone else was in complete disarray and literally rolling on the floor laughing would take up a few pages and might trigger post-traumatic stress for some, thus better left out for now. “Lars, Blair, Steve, Uwe, et al, stop wasting time. There is enough ash going about, we don’t want to find some in the AGA too” Lars and Svenja were newlyweds, still on honeymoon, now unintendedly extended indefinitely. They got the main bedroom with the on-suite. The house was a construction site with no roof on the kitchen at the time, but we had transport from

”We set up a war room and communication hub (a little more difficult in 2010 than today), I opened my landline to unlimited international calls and we were ready to go.“

the airport and a range full of roasts and a place for everyone to rest for the night. We set up a war room and communication hub (a little more difficult in 2010 than today), I opened my landline to unlimited international calls and we were ready to go. Blair refused to share a room with me, for I have sniper skills with boots at night in the pitch dark when he snores like a freight train, so I opted to be the least and retired after one bumper of an impromptu supper to my workshop on a pile of Persian rugs.

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R T I L E G A C Y | the fellowship of the plaid

The Round Table Iceland tartan.

The Round Table Sweden tartan.

Over the next few days, some of the excess guests were

designed for them. Round Table Finland opted for the

sent off to all corners of the country to literally wait for

Round Table 1983 tartan and it unofficially became the

the dust to settle.

RTI tartan. It just goes to show what can be achieved with a little bit of inspiration and a lot of fellowship.

FAMILY VAN DEN HOFF, Lord, and Forrest remained,

The thread count for the 1983 Round Table tartan

travelled all over the place, and killed the Multipla in

(RTI as of now) wasn’t available at the time and Steve

Pilanesberg.

managed to find a moth-eaten bow tie from that event

What does all of this have to do with tartans you may

in Edinburgh in 1983 it was designed and woven from.

ask yourself. The simple answer is this: In terms of tartans in Round Table, just about everything. On the evening of the following Friday, now, with at

Tartan was cut off the loom, with the bow tie used to

least a roof over the kitchen and a sink installed, Steve

analyse the thread count, and cut, make, and trimming

Lord started enquiring about tartans, mentioning he

started in all earnest to sort out the Finns first. National

was one of the convenors for the 2013 Central Tablers

Tartan Register number 10876

Meeting in Stirling. I showed Steve the tie I got from Norrie Hood ten

On 31 May 2012 Round Table Sweden Tartan was done and loomed. John Thorson designed the tartan as

years earlier and he mentioned that another Round

well as registered it; National Tartan Register number

Table Tartan exists. That tartan, only known as Round

10876

Table Tartan 1983, is in actual fact the crux of this entire story. Lars insisted that the Germans will want a tartan of

Round Table Germany opted for weaving a tartan designed during the flight ban but did not register it. Some other Associations opted for existing tartans

their own, and in communication with John Thorson in

and kilts and accessories were delivered in person

Sweden, they wanted one too.

to the CTM meeting in Stirling, with final fitment and

By the time the pile of empty Pinotage bottles

adjustments done in the registration hall on a geriatric

reaching about my height (if ever you have an excess

Husqvarna Viking sewing machined borrowed for the

amount of Pinotage and it is a problem, just ask Steve

purpose from Steve Lord.

Lord. He will sort it out in the most sober manner

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ON 15 MAY 2012, the remade original Round Table

After CTM, several other Associations opted for their

known, without spilling a drop), seven associations had

tartans for various reasons and events. The main ones

a tartan either allocated to them or failing that, a tartan

are Round Table Iceland and Round Table Estonia.


R T I L E G A C Y | the fellowship of the plaid

The Round Table International tartan.

There are currently lost discussions going around to

“The ties are made, but you will receive them second

prepare a special weave for the Round Table Centenary

hand, for they will be worn once by Tablers before I

in 2027.

send them off to you”

On 20 November 2021, whilst at the Sandown 150 Round Table in Gauteng Area of RTSA’s 50th Charter Dinner, and seated at the table with some old friends, new ones, and RTI President, Graham Cornelissen, a discussion around Round Table and tartans ensued, for

“Why” “Regarding that redescription of RTI Tartan, it now possibly has a purpose.” “Purpose? Elaborate.” “Men’s Mental Health Awareness. We spoke about

I was fully kitted in RTBI tartan. I told the folks around

this at Sandown’s AGM and today, I am saddened

the table about 2010 and CTM in 2013. Graham Googled

beyond any form of sadness I have ever experienced.

some Round Table-related tartans and I steered him

Saddened and focussed”

towards the National Register in Edinburgh. Again, all who were part of the discussion, agreed that

“I’ve heard about Lance (Weyer). I agree, and I fully support you.”

the description of 1983 was less than scant, and I endeavoured to find out if it is possible and how one

ON 5 DECEMBER, St. Andrew’s Day, I wrote down the

would go about redescribing a tartan. Graham ordered

story about Lance and me. I called it “You raised me.

16 ties on Monday morning, for I had a small amount

In that short story, describing why one man can

of the tartan left from 2012’s production run and found

mean so much to another, I made a promise. I pledged

out that it was indeed possible to redescribe a tartan if

not only that a piece of cloth will be redescribed

the description is wanting.

and rededicated, but I also vowed to commit my full support towards any project throughout the Round

EARLY IN THE MORNING of 26 November 2021, I had

Table Family dealing with young men’s mental health,

the pleasure of sending Graham a message with good

for we need each other more than we can imagine.

news: “The register says we may do it, and better even,

I expect the same or more from every Tabler, past, future, or present.

some Tablers from Finland enquired about reweaving the tartan” 26 November 2021 was not filled with good news only though, and at around noon, I messaged Graham.

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R T I L E G A C Y | the table tribute challenge

T H E " TA B L E T R I B U T E " C H A L L E N G E

"THE WORLD IS A DIVERSE PLACE, BLESSED WITH DIFFERENT CULTURES, BELIEFS, AND VALUES." By Mr GARRICK JARDINE, RT 217, Southern Africa

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R T I L E G A C Y | the table tribute challenge

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R T I L E G A C Y | the table tribute challenge

This sentiment is echoed within the global Round Table brotherhood. No two members are the same, and no two Tables are the same. As the world's best young gentleman's organisation, we draw strength from our differences, not from our similarities.

F

BROTHERHOOD

OR THIS REASON, Jukskei 217 in South Africa has created a "Table Tribute" that

Within the brotherhood of Jukskei 217, you are a

celebrates values that makes us unique

part of the family. Differences, personal milestones,

within the Round Table organisation. This

victories, and failures are supported and celebrated.

"Table Tribute" is shared with all guests

No challenge is insuperable with a practical and

visiting us to give them a taste of what we

constructive support system in place. We take pride

represent. Jukskei 217 would like to invite all Tables

in helping and challenging each other to reach new

to create a "Table Tribute" that best represents what

heights no matter the hurdles put in place within our

makes your Table Unique. Create some imagery behind

Table, personal and professional lives.

your "Table Tribute" and celebrate it on social media.

S U S TA I N A B I L I T Y

Tag @Jukskei217 in your social media posts and use the hashtag #RoundTableTribute. The best responses will

We promote a dual handed approach to sustainability.

stand a chance to win one of 50 limited edition "Table

We believe in empowering our communities through

Tribute" coins. Together we can celebrate the POWER

self-sustaining community enabling projects such

OF UNITED-DIVERSITY.

as establishing tutoring centres in partnership with

Our "Table Tribute" represents the colours of our Table logo and represent the following:

partnered Educators or taking childcare centres "offgrid" through solar installations and water storage solutions.

INTEGRITY

We also believe in growing the skills and passions

We are not afraid of being different, instead, we are

of our Members within Round Table. With modern

afraid of being what others expect us to be. We are

approaches to automating internal processes, the

championing the right to Table our way. By daring to

implementation of formal shadow programs for

be different, we pave our own path and strive to act

new members and feedback mechanisms for newer

with unified integrity rather than common practice.

members and pipeliners, we can ensure the longevity of our Table within a world of youth-led disruption and

PROFESSIONALISM

change.

We pride ourselves on our professional approach to meetings, interactions, and Member's growth. By instilling professional qualities and skills within our Table we ensure a planned and efficient approach when executing projects, maximising the impact within our community.

J U K S K E I 2 17 TA B L E T R I B U T E

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RTI WM 2022

LONGING FOR HYGGE? PACK YOUR BAGS. WE'RE GOING TO COPENHAGEN IN 2022.

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ESCAPING TO LUXURY IN THE RED CITY A PREV IEW OF THE RTI HALF YEAR MEETING

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WELCOME TO MOROCCO Marrakech lies at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, making it a stunning location. Like many north African cities, it is mainly divided the old, fortified city and a modern city nearby. What makes Marrakech unique is the warmth and the sociability of the inhabitants.

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HE NAME OF MARRAKECH has most probably been derived from the Berber words ‘mur(n) akush ‘, meaning the land of God. Until a few decades ago, Arabs, Persians, and Europeans, referred to Morocco the Kingdom of Marrakech.

Founded in the 11th century, it was the capital of an empire that stretched from Spain to Senegal. Roaming around the city of Marrakech is very

interesting, with little souks in the small alleys and squares many of them dedicated to specific crafts. The medina part of Marrakech is a great location to find some fantastic eating options. There are many French style cafés, bistros, and restaurants. The main hotel, Kenzi Rose Garden, is less than 5 minutes’ walk from the old town and in the heart of the hotel and tourist district. This will be the setting for the RTI Half Year meeting in March 2022

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SAHARA DESERT With this tour, you will visit the most surprising part of the Moroccan desert and discover contrasting and impressive landscapes. You will cross mythical roads, paths of land, valleys, passes, gorges, dunes and villages steeped in history. 5 MARCH WE ARE WA I T ING FOR YOUR PL ANE Pick-up from Marrakech airport to our star hotel in Marrakech, dinner included. Take your free time to relax and start the visit of the ochre city by your own.

6 MARCH M A RR A K ECH - A Ï T BEN H A DDOU - DA DES VA LLE Y Early in the morning, pick-up from our Marrakech hotel. Discover the edge of the Sahara Desert during your passage through the Moroccan Sahara, you will pass via the Tizi-N-Tichka pass, then you will cross the kasbah of Ait-benHaddou, an incredibly fortified kasbah that dates back more than 800 years. This is where movies, like "Gladiator" or "Kingdom of Heaven" were made After the visit, we will head to Kelaat M'gouna, the capital of the Roses valley, to arrive at the Dades valley, where you will spend your 1st night

7 MARCH DA DES VA LLE Y - TODR A VA LLE Y - MER ZOUG A After breakfast, we head to the Dades Valley and you will pass the Todra to admire the charm and splendour of the gorge in the middle of the High Atlas. After regaining strength, we go to Merzouga, once there, we will leave the car to enter the desert on camel back to the Camp while admiring the magnificent sunset in the dunes. You will spend the night in the middle of the desert in astonishing silence, and we will enjoy a traditional Moroccan meal with a lively folklore evening.

8 MARCH M E R ZO U G A - D R A A VA L L E Y - O UA R Z A Z AT E After attending the sunrise in the desert and taken your breakfast, you will cross the Palm Grove of Tafilalet and the village of Rissani on 4x4 car, to arrive at Alnif, where you will take a road that crosses the Middle Atlas and these wonderful mountainous landscapes. You will arrive at the Drâa valley and its immense palm grove. In the afternoon, you will cross the Anti Atlas via the Tizi'n'Tnifift pass towards Ouarzazate, where you will spend the night.

9 MARCH O UA R Z A Z AT E - M A R R A K E C H After breakfast, you will have the whole day to freely visit Ouarzazate. You will have time to visit the famous Kasbah Taourirt and the Atlas Cinema studios. In the afternoon, you will be back in Marrakech to RTI HYM event hotel, after an unforgettable 4-days trip to the Moroccan desert.

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ATLANTIC COAST Come and discover the magnificent, multiple and varied landscapes of the great Moroccan Atlantic coast, while visiting sites steeped in history. 5 MARCH WE ARE WA I T ING FOR YOUR PL ANE Pick-up from Marrakech airport to our star hotel in Marrakech, dinner included. Take your free time to relax and start the visit of the ochre city by your own.

6 MARCH MARR AKECH - LEGZIR A - MIRLEF T - AGLOU Early in the morning, pick-up from our Marrakech hotel. In the early morning, you will leave Marrakech, in the direction of the city of Agadir and precisely in Lagzira, which is a "small island", After having done some optional activities we will leave for Mirleft, which is a small pearl surrounded by beautiful beaches, to enjoy and take souvenir photos of these magnificent regions. Then we will now go to the most beautiful beach of Aglou to spend the night there and have your dinner.

7 MARCH AGLOU - AGADIR After a wonderful and relaxing night, you will be served a full breakfast before leaving for Agadir. On your arrival, we will visit many famous places in Agadir (Agadir Oufella, Marina, Souk Lhed) and have your lunch which is included and enjoy the sunrise before going to the hotel to spend your second night

8 MARCH AGADIR - ESSAOUIR A After having had your breakfast, we will go directly to Taghazout beach, where we will spend the morning there in complete freedom to relax on the beach and have lunch there. Then we will continue the trip to Essaouira through the beautiful Imsouane beach, you will spend the night in Essaouira. You can visit this traditional town and explore many historical places and have more information about handcrafting

9 MARCH ESSAOUIR A - MARR AKECH After having spent an amazing night, you will have your breakfast and we will move to take the second tour to Essaouira, visit famous places and enjoy the beach, and take the lunch. In the afternoon, you will be back in Marrakech to RTI HYM event hotel.

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MARR AKECH 2022

THE RTI HALF YEAR MEETING VARIOUS PACKAGES are available. All options include all

districts the “Hivernage”, KENZI ROSE GARDEN welcomes

meals, wifi in the room, open bar from 10:00 to 23:00 from

you into its majestic park. One the first plant nurseries of

Wed 09th to Sat 12th, kids club, pool animation, Moroccan

Marrakech that comes with the promise of an experience

food cooking classes, sport facilities (tennis, basketball,

that you will be eager to renew. In order to offer its guests

volleyball, ping-pong, and petanque).

the best possible experience, the hotel has been renovated,

The official hotel for the RTI HYM is the 5 Star Kenzi Rose Garden

visitors will discover a renewed marvel. Every single detail was specifically thought of and designed to make it a

Born from the magic of its mythical city, “Marrakech” , and its location in the heart of one of the most popular

9 MARCH Arrivals and registrations. Transfer from Marrakech RAK airport included. For other airports, possible subject to confirmation at additional costs 12:30 PM Lunch Enjoy Moroccan culinary specialties. Don't miss free cooking classes 02:30 PM Local tours and outdoor activities. Enjoy various day tours and activities at additional costs. 02:30 PM Local tours and outdoor activities. Enjoy various day tours and activities at additional costs 11:00 PM Marrakech by night. Outside hotel, own arrangements

10 MARCH 09:00 AM Arrivals and registrations. Transfer from Marrakech RAK airport included. For other airports, possible subject to confirmation at additional costs 09:00 AM Councillors Meeting. Almost-serious delegates meeting! 09:00 AM Local tours and outdoor activities. Enjoy various day tours and activities at additional costs 12:30 PM Lunch. Enjoy Moroccan culinary specialties. Don't miss free cooking classes 02:30 PM Local tours and outdoor activities. Enjoy various day tours and activities at additional costs 02:30 PM Local tours and outdoor activities. Enjoy various day tours and activities at additional costs

03:00 PM Training. Soft skills and Leadership development training session for all delegates

unique and warm space. Resulting in a true reflection of the ocher city in which the hotel resides

11 MARCH 09:00 AM RTI HYM (with banner exchange). Very very serious delegates meeting! 09:00 AM Local tours and outdoor activities. Enjoy various day tours and activities at additional costs 09:00 AM Training session focussing on personal and professional growth for all non-delegates. Join us for a free training session where important life skills will be taught by our master facilitators 12:30 PM Lunch. Enjoy Moroccan culinary specialties. Don't miss free cooking classes 03:00 PM Pool party. Perfect your tan with the sounds and vibes of the DJ 07:00 PM Nation’s night. The explosion of tastes through the sharing of culinary specialties from all RTI countries 11:00 PM Marrakech by night. Outside hotel, own arrangements

12 MARCH 09:00 AM Regional Meetings. Relax-serious delegates meeting! 09:00 AM Local tours and outdoor activities. Enjoy various day tours and activities at additional costs 09:00 AM Blood donation day. In the RT family we give for others. Give your blood and save lives! 12:30 PM Lunch. Enjoy Moroccan culinary specialties. Don't miss free cooking classes 02:00 PM Football at the RTIHYM. Join us for the inaugural RTI regional football tournament where the five regions and the RTI Board will compete in a friendly football tournament.

07:00 PM Arabian night. Discover the local dishes and folklore with a breathtaking dinner-show

02:30 PM Local tours and outdoor activities. Enjoy various day tours and activities at additional costs

11:00 PM Marrakech by night. Outside hotel, own arrangements

08:00 PM Gala dinner. When the joy of living meets the class! 11:00 PM Marrakech by night. Outside hotel, own arrangements

13 MARCH 09:00 AM Farewell brunch 09:00 AM Departures. Transfer to Marrakech RAK airport included. For other airports, possible subject to confirmation at additional costs

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DAY TOURS DAY TO U R 1 MARR AKECH SIGHTSEEING (2 options available) One of the most impressive sights in Marrakech, the Koutoubia is one of the largest, most beautiful mosques in the western Muslim world. Its 225 foot tall minaret is a Hispano-Moresque masterpiece that is very similar to the Giralda of Seville. El Bahia Palace was built in the late 19th century in a two acre garden. It is a haphazard arrangement of secret luxury apartments opening to inner courtyards. For seven years around a thousand craftsmen from the Fez region worked on the palace. The only sections open to the public are the apartments of the sultan´s favorite concubine, the council chamber (with tiled walls and illuminated cedar wood ceiling) and the great central courtyard (paved with marble and decorated with zelliges and fountains). The Saâdian Tombs with their delicate decorations and pure architectural lines are considered by many to be a beautiful feat of architecture. They were first built to house the tombs of the Saadian Sultan, Ahmed el Mansour. In 1591 the first “koubba” of this burial ground was built south of the Casbah. At the base of the Atlas Mountains lie the Menara Gardens. Covering an area of 250 acres, they are full of olive trees surrounding a large central lake that dates back from the 12th century and is fed by a network of irrigation channels. At the water´s edge is a small Saadian pavilion. With the snow-covered peaks behind it, this is a breathtaking sight in the evening when it catches the golden rays of the setting sun. Marrakech Full Day option 1

MARR AKECH BAZA AR To better discover Marrakech, enter an intricate maze of the narrow streets in the world of the souks. Protected from the sun by slatted awnings, you will find a variety of quarters established by craftsmen, according to a structured system of corporation. There are souks of basketwork, dried fruit, spices, clothes, wool, skins, Berber carpet, leatherwork, ironwork, jewellery and more! Some souks of note include the Rue du Souk Smarine which leads into the Place rahba Kedima, where a slave market was once held (it remains an important commercial site). There are also a few apothecary shops here and there.

DAY TO U R 2 MAJORELLE GARDEN V ISI T & HOR SE-DR AWN CARRI AGE RIDE Our excursion begins with the Majorelle subtropical garden, which is one of the most pleasant places in the red city. However, it is a small, meticulously planned botanical garden, created since the 1920s by French painter Jacques Majorelle. It is the most visited park in Marrakech and worth a visit. Then we will take a carriage ride, which is another alternative to visit the city of Marrakech and its ramparts. 1h of Horse Carriage Ticket Jardin Majorelle

DAY TO U R 3 Q UA D R I D E I N T H E PA L M G ROV E Express your desire for freedom and fun on 4 wheels in the middle of the palm grove. You will need more a sand mask than an anti-covid mask.

DAY TO U R 4 HOT A IR BALLOON FLIGHT The Ocher city borders the Atlas Mountains and the Jbel Toubkal, which, at an altitude of 4167m, is the highest point in North Africa. Come and experience a breath-taking spectacle from the sky, admiring the surrounding mountains and plains, on a silent and environmentally friendly journey.

DAY TO U R 5 C ABLE WAKEBOARD Practice different sliding sports and improve your tan, at the foot of the Atlas Mountains.

Marrakech Full Day option 2

DJEMA A EL FNA SQUARE, MARR AKESH Next we will visit Djemaa El Fna. This traditional meeting place for peasants and merchants from the Sous region, the High atlas and the South has become the heart of Marrakech. In the mornings this large square is crowded with fruit and spice sellers, guerrab with their leather water bottles and metal drinking cups, basket sellers, ironmongers and Barbers. In the afternoons come the Gnaoua dancers descended from former Guinean slaves, musicians, story tellers, snake charmers and entertainers with performing monkeys!

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CHILDREN ARE OUR LEGACY FOR THE FUTURE. IN EVERY COUNTRY OF THE WORLD, KIDS MUST BE ABLE TO GO TO SCHOOL AND GET AN EDUCATION. LUCKILY NOWADAYS, IT IS IN MANY COUNTRIES THE STANDARD. By Mr SJOERD PERFORS, National Vice President, RT The Netherlands & Mr LUCAS BORSBOOM, National IRO, RT The Netherlands

Round Table the Netherlands supported many countries around the world. The Freedom to education project (FTE) in India is by far the most well-known.

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N 23 YEARS, ROUND TABLE the Netherlands

Nowadays, we see that many schoolyards are paved

raised more than EUR 2.000.000 to build FTE

and have little greenery. Round Table the Netherlands

schools. A fantastic achievement of two great

will start to change this. Our children have the future!

Round Table nations. The corporation resulted

So, make them aware of the importance of trees and

in a yearly bicycle tour for 20 Indian Tablers in

involve them in planting and caring for trees.

our country and an exchange program with

yearly tens of Tablers exchanging their country with each other.

Creating impact with our next generation and awareness that there is no plan(et) B. The service project will be handled at a local club level. Make the difference in your own hometown, at

AFTER RETHINKING our service projects, we decided

the playground of your children's school! Members of

to go in a new direction. Many past and actual service

Round Table the Netherlands often have school-age

projects are related to health and children. Extremely

children. They are daily locally involved in schools, and

important, but there is something more critical

this project makes their connection even stronger.

shouting for support. We all have to realize: without

IN PR ACTICE:

Mother Nature, there is no life at all. We must do something altogether. We must raise attention for our

First, we approach the school and explain the project

global climate.

and its importance. Then we ask if they want a free tree

This year we worked out an environmental

planted. Is the school not convinced? We make a video

education program where we combine all the essential

where a school director can explain the importance of

ingredients for a better future in one new service

greenery in the schoolyard.

project. Last month we launched our new national service project named: Plant a Tree. How to combine children, education, health and climate together? Trees provide many ecosystem services that make

Then you determine the planting site and tree species. An excellent place in the open ground is most convenient. The national commission can advise every Tabler or school on a good pitch based on photos. The local club easily orders the tree from our webshop.

them essential for our planet's life ability. Particularly

RTNL selected together with an arborist and famous

in urban areas, the positive contributions of trees are

old Tabler (and RTI TOTY 2013) Jan-Willem de Groot

enormous.

three native trees that can be ordered. The trees can be picked up at a central location in The Netherlands (although delivery is also possible for additional costs). The price of a tree is EUR 300 (diameter tree trunk 16cm) and includes a complete installation package.

T R E E P L A N T I N G D AY. Plant your own tree with fellow Tablers and involve the school. Maybe a class wants to take care of the grooming. There is also an extensive video explaining how to plant a tree available. Educational material is produced in the form of an information board in front of the tree and can be found online. The TreeTag states what an adult tree contributes to CO2, water collection, oxygen, amount of water buffering, etc. The school can use this material in their classes. Optional is to expand trees with an original Round Table bee hotel. This hotel was already shared with you last year in the RTI newsletter. Now every morning, future dads will see this tree with the information board and even get a bit familiar about Round Table as well

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Spanning over a short period of just over 3 months, our Brothers from Malawi, with the help of their network of volunteers, showed the meaning of true Table passion by being the agents of change in friendship & their communities, effecting a host of impactful projects:

D O N AT I N G L I V E - G I V I N G B LO O D Under the flag of the RTI Blood Brothers initiative, Round Table Dwangwa 69 orchestrated a sizable blood drive, urging the community to save lives by donating blood. At their first event, held in March in Mzuzu, they managed to collect 19 pints. Their second event held in October, on home ground in Matiki, delivered a massive 90 pints. To wrap up their campaign in December, they partnered up with the Lions Club of Dwanga to record another sizable donation of 74 pints. In total, Round Table Dwangwa 69 mobilized 183 pints that were collected by Malawi Blood Transfusion Services to save lives. Joining the Malawi blood drive efforts, Members of Blantyre 20 & Lilongwe 32 hosted local blood drives to collect 45 pints as replenishment to vital blood stock levels.

T E E I N G O FF F O R C H A R I T Y Round Table Lilongwe 32 hosted a charity golf day that raised just under 4 million kwacha (4 262,18 euros). The funds raised have since been allocated to building a school block for an orphanage called Streetwise. Extending a helping hand from across the waters, Club 41 Germany most recently donated 10 000 euros to aid in the school's construction. .

THINK ING PINK Showing their support to local women fighting breast cancer, Lilongwe 32 donated 1.2 million kwacha (61 391.16 euros) to Malawi's Think Pink breast cancer awareness project. Recognising their valuable contribution, the Table was asked to lead the campaign's 4-kilometer walk, sporting the Think Pink banner.

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T H E WAT E R I N G H O L E S Lilongwe 32 hosted a lively beer festival with 260 festival-goers in attendance. On offer at the fun-filled event - a variety of craft beers, wine, & of course great food. Child-friendly activities such as a jumping castle & face painting entertained the little ones present. Travelling Tabler Rob Crosbie, Vice-Chairman of Golden East 181 (Southern Africa), added an international flair & re-affirmed the endless travelling opportunities Round Table provides. Live entertainment in the form of big-screen sport added excitement as supporters cheered on the Scotland versus South Africa rugby game. Blantyre 20 did their part to quench thirsts at their Annual Oktober Fest. The festival was held just after the Government's Covid-19 restrictions were lifted, resulting in a lower number of patrons with 400 guests in attendance. The lower numbers did not take away from the day's banter & ever-present laughter, food, & ample drink. The fan-favourite event raised a total of 900,000 kwacha (45 852,39 euros) the proceeds were used as the annual beneficiary funds to the Mpemba Boy’s Reformatory Center. Adding to their Reformatory Center commitment, Blantyre received a donation from the Colony Club Casino, that pledged a total of 1 million kwacha (51 459.94 euros). The said donation enjoyed full press coverage in the local newspapers as well as online platforms.

M PE M B A B OY ' S R E F O R M AT O RY Honouring a cherised tradition of the past 61 years, Blantyre held their traditional Christmas lunch & donation handover for the Mpemba Boys Reformatory Center. In high spirits after their bus ride, the children enjoyed ice-cream in town on their arrival. After heading back to the Reformatory the children were greeted by a hearty lunch with Tablers, 41ers, & friends of Table in attendance. After their lunch, the official ceremony was held in the hall. The donators were humbled by poems & songs performed by the children to show their appreciation. The Ceremonial donation consisted of 100 trees, wheelbarrows, shovels, shoes, food items, sanitary products, clothes, & a sewing machine - a total of 1.4 million kwacha (71 623.92 euros) worth of much-needed supplies. The highlight of the day in the hearts of the Tablers was a soccer match between Tablers & the Mpemba Boys, sadly this year, Table lost 3-1.

D R I V E N B Y FR I E N D S H I P Blantyre, Lilongwe & Dwangwa 69 got together in Dwangwa to enjoy a weekend of Association fellowship where the bond of Table grew stronger & the newer inductees got the chance to meet seasoned Tablers & 41ers from outside of their Club. The weekend's itinerary included a round of golf, a Table meeting of all 3 Tables on the beachfront of Lake Malawi, & a donation of 150 x 20 litre buckets of goods to the Lilwaladzi Secondary School. Round Table Malawi #StrongerTogether!

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SOMETHING'S BREW ING

DISCOVER THE BEERS OF TABLER BELGIUM By Mr WILLEM BONNEUX, National PRO Round Table Belgium

Ask people around the world what Belgium is best known for. Chances are many will mention “beer” without hesitation. This Western-European kingdom has forever been the cradle of an amazingly rich beer culture and currently has around 1,500 beer brands. No country has so many different brews, from pilsener and Trappist beers to Flemish red ales and gueuze… Belgian beers come in all colours, flavours and alcohol percentages. In a country enamoured with beer, no wonder local Round Table clubs have introduced beers of their own. Which is why in this issue of Legacy, we take you on a journey through our country from west to east exploring the great beers of Tabler Belgium.

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STIERENBIER

TA FE L E I R

A CULINARY DELIGHT

STRONG AS A BULL

THE UNDERGROUND TRIPEL

Our exploration begins in the western part of the country where RT59 Zelzate is treating us to their Fourchette tripel since 2019. Tripel beers in general are strong pale ales. This specific one is a full-bodied multi-grain tripel with a golden colour and a 7,5% alcohol content. It is softly bitter, yet pleasantly refreshing. Fourchette was created in 2019 by a collaboration of RT59, local master chefs and the Van Steenberge brewery. For years now RT59 has been organising an oyster sale on both Christmas eve and New Year's eve. Looking to complement their offering they decided to create this beer in a corked 75cl bottle, the perfect companion to a plate of oysters. Fourchette is best enjoyed in a large glass specifically created to fully enjoy this culinary delight.

Moving eastwards, we remain in the Flemish, Dutch speaking, part of the country. Here we meet up with RT97 Bornem. Known as “the Bulls” this club launched their Stierenbier - Bulls Beer - for the first time in 2012. Back then this was in honour of the 40th anniversary of RT73. At that year's Zone Meeting, every participating Tabler received a bottle of Stierenbier to take home. Which was the start of a fundraiser success story with Stierenbier Christmas hampers sold four years in a row until 2016. After which the Bulls went quiet… Until 2021 when RT97 revived their Stierenbier in a collaboration with the Moortgat brewery - known for their Duvel and La Chouffe beers among others. Moorgat brewed the Stierenbier in one of their smaller breweries where they regularly experiment with new flavours and brews. The current Stierenbier is a variant of the well-known La Chouffe Houblon, a strong IPA style beer with a bitter and fruity taste. With a 9% alcohol content, this Stierenbier is literally strong… as a bull.

Before we head into the Walloon, French speaking part of the country, we go underground with RT47 Mol. As their hometown’s name literally means ‘mole’ in English, it doesn’t come as a surprise the Table’s emblem is graced by a cartoon of this ground-dwelling mammal. When the sanitary crisis hit the world, their traditional fundraiser, a whirlwind walking dinner was jeopardized. Ready to adapt in true Tabler spirit, RT47 brewed up a new idea by creating their very own “Tafeleir” tripel. It is a gentle tripel with an alcohol content of 7.2% and a long, full aftertaste. The result of diligent work by a few beer avid lovers from RT47 in collaboration with brew engineer Jef Goetelen from 't Hofbrouwerijke in Beerzel. Tafeleir was inspired by the Trappist tripel of Westmalle - the first of its kind - combined with the creaminess of Tripel d'Anvers and a sprinkling of La Chouffe. According to the guys from Mol, their beer “touches you, tingles your senses and conquers your heart. A liquid aphrodisiac that shimmers in your glass.” Put like that, after a glass of Tafeleir it’s most unlikely any mole will remain underground for long.

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After travelling the country from west to east, we are now moving downwards to Liège. Part of the southern, French speaking - Walloon - part of Belgium, this is a relatively big city with an exceptionally rich history. It has no less than four, yes 4!, Round Table clubs. Two of these RT’s have launched their own beer in recent times. First up is RT97 with their Citra-Hop. The international rebirth of the craft beer culture has made room for new aromas and flavor hops. No recent hop has taken the craft beer world quite like the Citra variety. As the name suggests this hop’s main draw is a fruity citrus flavor unlike any other hop presently available. This makes RT97 Citra-Hop into a relatively light, bitter and fruity blonde beer with an alcohol content of 6,2%. The local Experiment’Ale brewery who has created this beer for RT97 already brewed two batches of 1.000 litres (as in 6.000 bottles). Next batch is scheduled for the month of March. Right in time for the spring and summer seasons where this refreshing beer is ideally suited for.

As we leave Liège, we travel further southwards to the town of Chaudfontaine. The realm of Round Table 88. Next to a famous chocolate factory and an equally famous natural water source, Chaudfontaine has its own Tabler beer as well. The Ewarée name might sound unfamiliar but is the local tongue for ‘surprising’ or even better ‘amazing’. Produced in collaboration with the Grain d’Orge brewery, it’s a blonde high fermentation beer brewed with all natural ingredients such as barley malt. What’s interesting about this beer is that it has been not only 33cl bottled but 200 liters were also made available in kegs for the local christmas market. Meanwhile RT88 claims 1.430 liters of Ewarée have entered into the bloodstreams of the local population, leaving them simply amazed.

A saison is a classic Belgian beer style found rarely outside of the French-speaking Walloon part of the country. Saison beers are invariably crisp, refreshing. Historically they were brewed after the winter for the seasonal workers who came to help harvesting in the hot summer months. That’s why a saison beer is very thirst quenching and not very strong on alcohol. Round Table 105 - also from the town of Liège - got its Saison 105 beer from the MarcusBeer brewery. This blonde farmhouse ale is unfiltered and unpasteurized and develops fine, slightly spicy hop aromas. The hops used for the beer come from a nearby hop farm and are also featured on the label. Brewer Marc Ravet mentioned several hundreds of liters of the Saison 105 have already been produced for his Round Table friends. Not only do the Saison 105 sales help raise funds for RT105, it’s also a great way to help preserve a historical beer style in all its splendour.

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T R 114 STR A IGHT FROM THE WOODS The result of a collaboration between the Grain d'Orge brewery and the Round Table 114 of Durbuy, TR114 is a tasty and refreshing beer. A slightly cloudy and finely sparkling blonde beer with a beautiful white head. A barley malt beer, the notes that emerge are exotic and are felt both in the nose and on the palate thanks to the subtle cocktail of two types of hops. Citra hops give it a more floral and citrusy character, while Amarillo hops give it flavours reminiscent of grapefruit. With an alcohol content of 6.5%, this light beer goes perfectly with tapas or other light dishes such as salads, cheese, mussels and other seafood. You will notice the wild boar in both the TR114 label as well as in RT114’s emblem. That is because the town of Durbuy is located in the middle of the densely wooded Ardennes region, where wild boars roam.

PAR ICI LES COMMANDES

L’ I N S O R TA B L E CHEEK Y IS COOL We are at the last stop in our exploration of the great beers of Tabler Belgium and find ourselves in the far east of the country. Chartered in 1956, not many Belgian clubs are older than the Round Table 13 of Verviers. This doesn’t mean they don’t keep young and edgy though. Their Insortable beer label features a rather playful old lady and is characteristic for the cheeky nature of RT13. They claim you only drink their beer ‘at the table’. It’s an amber beer, fruity with hops and spices and a gentle bitterness. This beer came about thanks to the collaboration with the Val-Dieu abbey brewery in Aubel. Three months ago, when RT13 launched their beer, 5.500 33cl bottles were produced. With its alcohol contents of 7%, no wonder it can get cheeky quite fast in Verviers.

L’INSORTABLE, LA BIÈRE

QU’ON NE BOIT PAS QU’À TABLE.

33 CL / 7% ALC. BIÈRE BRASSÉE À L’ABBAYE DU VAL-DIEU

FINAL THOUGHTS At the end of our Belgian beer journey, here’s a parting thought. This story wasn’t only about the rich history of our country’s beers. Of course it was to honour the Tables that took the initiative to create these beers and raise funds for their charities. But that’s not all. By brewing their own beers, these Tables have set a wonderful example of how a Round Table club can show engagement and collaboration within their local communities and bring about a positive image of our organisation. Not only do these beers taste great and look the part, they are prime examples of how local clubs can achieve wonderful things if they work together and go for it. Cheers!

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R T I L E G A C Y | the tafel s choen

THE TAFEL SCHOEN By ROUND TABLE 47 VEENDAM, The Netherlands

The Table Shoe or “Tafel Schoen” is an initiative from local Dutch Round Table 47 Veendam, a project that has been two years in the making. AFTER CONTACTING multiple shoe manufacturers

During the entire design process, GIJS Schoenen

in the Netherlands, the choice was made to go with

helped to exceed the set expectations. Mr Van Drunen

GIJS Schoenen, part of the Van Drunen shoe company

himself helped design the Table Shoes to our exact

located in Drunen, the Netherlands.

wishes, With the end result being nothing short of

The choice to go with GIJS Schoenen was an obvious

amazing.

one. GIJS Schoenen makes shoes of a very high-quality level, with an excellent fit and finish. Not only can you

OF COURSE, all this is done to give money to charity.

choose your shoe size, but you can also choose your

After long deliberation, the chosen charity was decided

shoe width. This will ensure that your table shoe will

to be ‘de Hersenstichting’, which raises money for

fit perfectly, and you will want to wear them to all your

research on brain diseases.

Round Table meetings. After countless hours of debating what a Table shoe

There are hundreds of different brain diseases, but you only have one brain. 1 in 4 people suffer from a

should look like and for which occasion it should be

brain disease, ranging from Alzheimer, Parkinson’s

suited, the decision was made to make both a sneaker

disease, stroke, depression, and brain injury due to an

and a dress shoe. Multiple prototypes were made in

accident. Brain diseases will sooner or later reach all

different colours and materials.

of us.

THE SNEAKER It is made of smooth blue leather and prominently features the Dutch Round Table Logo. To show that this is a Dutch initiative, white and orange shoelaces come with the sneaker. A very special touch is the Dutch flag. This location on the shoe is usually reserved for the GIJS Schoenen logo, but Mr Van Drunen has made a special exception to this. Instead of the usual logo, the Dutch flag is used with your own Round Table number in it to add to the personalized feel of the sneakers. As a finishing touch, our creed ADOPT-ADAPT-IMPROVE has been added to the side, creating a sneaker that is truly in the spirit of Round Table

THE DRESS SHOES The decision was made to go for a timeless design for the dress shoe. A shoe that will fit any occasion, casual and business and can be used for any Round Table event. The shoe is made from smooth brown leather and has a glossy finish. Like the sneaker, the Dutch Round Table logo features prominently on the side of the shoe. The shoe will be delivered with black and orange shoelaces. On the back of the shoe, our Creed ADOPT-ADAPTIMPROVE can be spotted. You will receive the unique Table Shoe Pin with every pair of Table shoes!

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For the first time in history, the largest and most important event in Round Table International will take place in Denmark: The RTI World Meeting!

RTIWM

2022

The biggest, the wildest and the most unique...

Historic September September 21 - 25 Copenhagen

I 2022, Round Table Denmark will make history. For the first time ever, Round Table International World Meeting will be held in Denmark. It will be the first physical world meeting since COVID, and RTD is determined to make it one for the history books. We will create the ultimate, once-in-a-lifetime Tabling experience, and you absolutely have to experience it! Registration is already live, so now is your chance to secure your room at Main Hotel, and one of the very popular, and highly limited number of seats on the different pre-tours.

“We will bring together 2,500 Tabler, Circlers, Former Tablers and Tangets for 5 days in Copenhagen. We have rented out 4 large hotels, all within 3 minutes walk from each other, for what will be the biggest World Meeting in Round Tables history. It will be extraordinarily intense and “hyggeligt”

Free drinks

Start or complete your registration at:

The first 100 participants to complete registration, and have their spots confirmed will receive a drinks voucher

www.rtiwm2022.dk/registration Your spot will be confirmed as soon as we have your final payment.

for 87 EUR

to be used at the Viking Theme party on Thursday.

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"Taste a world famous Swedish classic"

HUNGRY FOR MORE? Order the LCI Recipe book from LCI Treasurer treasurer@ladiescircleinternational.org

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R T I L E G A C Y | Taste the world

SWEDISH MEATBALLS W I T H C R E A M S A U C E , P O TAT O E S A N D L I N G O N B E R R Y J A M By VIVECA RÄIM, LADIES CIRCLE SWEDEN, from the LCI Recipe Book

This recipe is one of Swedens most traditional dishes and it is served in every swedish home for Christmas, midsummer and easter. It is also on the menu of most restaurants from IKEA to the fine dining restaurants. Swedish meatballs stands for traditions, times with family and friends. Preparation 30 min Cooking 30 min INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS Whip milk, egg, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper together. Leave to rest for 10 minutes. Chop the onion very fine and add to the mixture with the ground beef and beef broth. Mix it firmly with your hands until

500 grams of grounded beef

everything has blended well. Form the meatballs to round shapes at

1 egg

the size of 3 centimetres wide.

1 dl of bread crumbs

Boil the potatoes in salted water.

2/3 dl of milk or cream

Prepare the cream sauce by warming the cream slowly, add broth, salt

1 yellow onion

and pepper, sweetener of choice and a small sip of sherry or port. Then

1 fl.oz of Beef broth

add thickening of own choice while stirring. Taste and add more salt or

1 teaspoon of Salt 0,5 teaspoon of Black pepper Butter (for frying) Parsley (for decoration) Cream sauce 1 cup of cream

pepper by choice. Heat a frying pan and add butter. Fry only a 5-10 meatballs at a time until they are properly cooked. Serve with potatoes, cream sauce, lingonberry jam and garnish with fresh parsley. Enjoy with love and good company!

1 teaspoon of Chinese soy 0,5 fl oz beef broth Little bit of sugar or lingonberry jam for sweetener Salt Black pepper Suitable thickening A little sip of sherry or port wine Served with boiled potatoes (8-10 pieces for 4 persons) and Lingonberry jam

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R T I L E G A C Y | D id you know ?

LE ARN MORE ABOUT RO U N D TA B L E I N T E R N AT IO N A L WANT TO KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON in the International world of Round Table? Well done. By reading through this edition of Legacy: The official magazine of RTI, you will find many updates from the past months. You will also find a glimpse of what is yet to come. For regular updates, please follow our social media pages on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram, where we post exciting news and updates regularly. We live-stream some of our meetings on Facebook for members who cannot be present. We further live stream all RTI University events where members can join in the discussions relating to the day's topic. We share our meeting packs, fixed documents, and many other resources on Tabler.World as well as by sending these out to associations regularly. We further redesigned our website to make this more user-friendly – feel free to scroll through it > round-table.org

C E L E B R AT I N G N E W I D U C T IO N S THE INDUCTION OF A NEW MEMBER into Round Table is always an event that should be celebrated. One of the biggest benefits of membership is the connections and networks across our global reach. As the RTI Board, we have decided to welcome every new member by sending a special welcoming video message. Please send the new members' names and your table's names to your regional chairmen or to the RTI vice president via email or WhatsApp. We endeavour to have the welcoming video message sent to you within 48 hours. Please use this opportunity and show the global footprint of Round Table and to make inductions something to remember.

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GET IN TOUCH Contact your regional chairman or the RTI Vice President


R T I L E G A C Y | D id you know ?

F O OT B A L L AT T H E H Y M ONE OF THE NEW INITIATIVES coming this year is the introduction of sporting events at the major RTI meetings. As young men, we all understand the comradery built around sport and the various benefits that this unlocks. For the RTI HYM in Morocco, we have decided to start with a football (soccer) tournament. This will take place on Saturday, the 12th of March, where one team from each region and one team from the RTI Board will compete. The games will be shorter to allow more participation and have an action-packed event within the time constraints. Anyone attending the HYM will be eligible to play for their regional team. Get in touch with your regional chairman and let him know if you want to be a part of this. The winners will receive a floating trophy to defend at the next RTI Meeting.

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R T I L E G A C Y | share your voice

S H A R E YO U R VOIC E

PREV IOUS QUEST ION

HOW DO YOU AS A CLUB ATTRACT NEW MEMBERS TO JOIN ROUND TABLE? We thank all of the clubs for Sharing your Voices from our previous edition. We have selected some of the most insightful answers to share with you.

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R T I L E G A C Y | share your voice

"We observe our community for potential members, discuss in out table and later invite them to join a meeting." 5 AKUREYRI ICEL AND

"To attract new members to the Carcassonne round table, we are already shining through action and therefore we are visible from the outside, we attract curiosity and the desire to join the club. We publish regularly on social networks and we rely on the support of local traders to relay the information with roundtable posters. This year we normally have 5 new members." 87 CARCASSONNE FR ANCE

"I was for 3 years part and the catalyst for the dutch expansion commission. We have a document with all of our tips. a simple top 5 1) It takes one to bring one. How did they find you? Now find a persons who would fit in from your network. 2) Call old tablers. 3) Call the local notary and ask which companies are new in your city. 4) Bring friends with party evenings. They also know people. 5) fill in our PLAF." 56 VL A ARDINGEN THE NETHERL ANDS

"We take care to have a good reputation by sharing a maximum what we do on social networks. We organise once a year a "+1" statutory meeting where every tabler has to bring one friend/contact (between 18 and 40 years old of course)" AUBANGE 106 BELGIUM

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S H A R E YO U R VOIC E We request you to discuss the following question as a club and to provide feedback on the link below. We will review this and post the feedback received in the following edition, highlighting exceptional contributions here as well as at upcoming RTI events. We encourage you to participate and to Share your Voice

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RTI LEGAC Y

Q U E S T I O N T O D I S C U SS

WHAT SOCIAL OR FELLOWSHIP EVENT IN THIS COMING YEAR ARE YOU LOOKING THE MOST FORWARD TO? SUBMI T YOUR ANSWER S HERE Share Your Voice Form goes live on Feb 1 to 31st March

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