RTI Legacy Magazine - 5 -June / July - 2022

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In t hIs Is sUe RTI PRESIDENT REFLECTIONS ON BUILDING A LEGACY | BE PROUD OF YOURSELF CHANGE YOUR MINDSET GETTING BEHIND THE WHEEL DISCOVER RACING GAMES | LADIES' CIRCLE THE TRUE SIDE OF TABLING | BEING A GOOD CSO HELPFUL TIPS WE ARE GROWING WELCOME | GET YOUR DUTCH ON THE NETHERLANDS | TASTE THE WORLD AUSTRIA | + MUCH MORE




R T I L E G A C Y | Co n t e n t s

IN THIS ISSUE JUNE / JULY 202 2 6 EDITOR'S NOTES

20 NEA REGION

Staying true to your vision.

Area report from NEA Chairman Aleksander Ottokar.

FROM THE BOARD

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LADIES' CIRCLE 21 SEM REGION

LCI Secretary

Area report from SEM Chairman

Mie Vivian Rasmussen

Nicholas Gomez. 44 BEING A GOOD CSO

STOR IES

Some helpful tips.

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48 REVERED SHOULD BE THY BEARD

TABLER 4 TABLER

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Taming your mane.

Focus on Men's Mental health

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RTI PRESIDENT Reflections on building a legacy

12 RTI VICE PRESIDENT A long-term plan – a must

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for all Associations

14 RTI SECRETARY RTI Awards – why is this needed?

AREA REPORTS

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41 INTERNATIONAL

BE PROUD OF YOURSELF

Searching for past Tablers

Change your mindset.

all over the world.

36 ROUND PLAYBLE Time to try something new.

18 CEE REGION

56 EXPANDING WITH THE RTI E-CLUB A new way of tabling.

Area report from CEE Chairman Marc Germeshausen.

38 GETTING BEHIND THE WHEEL Discover racing games

19 AMI REGION Area report from AMI Chairman Darrel Benoit.

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58 RTI UNIVERSITY A new dimension to training.


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SIX NATIONS IN ONE HOUSE

A long awaited Euromeeting.

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GET YOUR DUTCH ON Fun facts about the Netherlands.

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BE THE MOST HOST Excel at home hosting.

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TASTE THE WORLD Get a taste of Austria.

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DID YOU KNOW?

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The latest updates.

PAIRING WINE WITH FOOD

A VIRGIN'S GUIDE

A Tablers guide

Prepare for the RTIWM.

CHARITY ACROSS BORDERS Round Table Italy.

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MORE THAN THE BUFFALO The soul of ARTSA.

THE TIES THAT BIND

Leading Stronger Together.

TR AVEL 74 WE ARE GROWING Welcome Albania and Czech Republic.

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RTI LEG AC Y | edi tor's note

STAYING TRUE TO YOUR VISION By MIKAEL EJEMAR VIKSTRÖM, RTI Magazine Editor, 2021-2022

THE OFFICIAL RTI MAGAZINE

ANOTHER ISSUE OF LEGACY MAGAZINE awaits you! We are so proud to present the penultimate issue for this year. Yet again fully packed with stories and articles to enrich your life as a Tabler. Since we are just under two months away from the World Meeting in Copenhagen we have included a guide to all of the RTIWM Virgins out there (myself

ROUND TABLE INTERNATIONAL

round-table.org @rtinternational @rtinternational @rtinternational PUBLISHER

graham Cornelissen president@round-table.org

included). What can you expect? What necessities should you pack? And what not to miss? Read it all on p.80. When we started discussing what Legacy Magazine was going to be, we were united that we wanted to move away from the newsletter format and make this magazine a lifestyle magazine for Tablers. How can we put together a magazine that has many touchpoints in a Tablers life? That can help Tablers from local clubs and up to improve as a Tabler and a person? I think this issue is a very good example that we have succeeded! Are you a foodie (or an aspiring one)? Head over to p.60 and get lost in the world of wine and food pairings. I for one got very hungry, and thirsty, reading this

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

article.

mikael ejemar vikström editor@round-table.org

Williams gets nostalgic and reviews his favourite racing games.

CONTRIBUTORS

graham Cornelissen Jayant agrawal marc germeshausen aleksander ottokar nicholas gomez darrel benoit paul dippenaar paul hoeksema thomas menneckemeyer mikael hedman david Joe Williams mie vivian rasmussen tom albrigtsen gottfried lumpi sachin shah Willem bonneux oliver pets

Or perhaps you are a gamer with a need for speed? On p.36 Mr David Joe And if you are gifted with the ability to grow a beard but are having trouble taming your mane, look no further! Turn to p.48 for the best tips on how to take care of your facial hair. Not only do we have a great selection of lifestyle content, but also a lot of articles to help you as a Tabler, friend, and overall person to improve yourself. The Tabler 4 Tabler initiative this coming month is a huge step towards ending the stigma around how we approach and talk about men's mental health. To be able to help another brother or person around you we need to start talking. And the Tabler 4 Tabler is a great way to start. We are getting close to the end of this term. But still there's one last issue of Legacy Magazine left. As per our motto, we want to continue improving the Magazine. So if you have any feedback or suggestions - feel free to contact me or our Public Relations Officer Paul Hoeksema. Or why not take the chance to tell us in person at the RTIWM in Copenhagen? Because you'll be there right?

pille pets mads thorsdal daniel larsson lucas borsboom Werner swanepoel CONTACT

pro@round-table.org editor@round-table.org

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Yours in table

Mikael Ejemar Vikström editor@round-table.org



FROM THE BOARD

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RTI LEGAC Y

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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

R T I S E C R E TA RY Mr NADEEN KUMARASINGHE,

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RTI LEG AC Y | from the board

RTI PRESIDENT

REFLECTIONS ON BUILDING A LEGACY By GRAHAM CORNELISSEN, Round Table International President, 2021-2022

AS I APPROACH THE END of my tenure as RTI President, I reflect back on my period served. Although there might have been some low points in the year, the high points and successes far outweigh these. Meeting so many great Tablers worldwide and hearing their stories makes serving as President an easy task. Before starting this journey, I promised to focus on growth, service to our members, updating our branding, and striving for greatness. We presented several strategies to grow Associations from a club level upwards. We rolled out the Global Headhunter program to assist our Members in getting new blood into their Associations. Working with our Regional Chairman, we moved closer than ever to our Members. We actioned all main feedback points on the Voice of Tabler survey and feedback received via Association reports. Our RTI University programmes deliver value to our Members on all top requested items. Our Public Relations and Branding have been completely updated to be more consistent, representative and in one voice. From updating our website to the publication of this incredible Legacy magazine, our communication has never been better. Having finalised the 5 pillars of service, we ran global projects on each pillar. Extensive work and planning on these pillars allow future years to carry on these projects seamlessly. We took the next step in international service by founding a separate not-for-profit entity in Luxembourg that plans to present Member projects for funding. Our focus on Mens Mental Health in August is highlighted in this edition through a detailed article as well as an RTI University show on the 6th of August. In addition to the above, we have provided more funding than ever to floor Tablers to travel in the form of Explore Round Table. The E-club structure is up and running, ensuring that no Brothers should go lost when circumstances beyond their control change. Several other ongoing projects brought sports to RTI meetings, acts of kindness and member benefits to everyone. We are highlighting some of these in this edition of Legacy. The upcoming RTI World Meeting in Copenhagen promises not only to be the biggest RTI event in living memory but will also be the culmination of efforts done by many over multiple years. This celebration of all that happened and is yet to come will be a highlight for all those attending. This edition has several articles to share information and build anticipation of the upcoming RTI World Meeting. Being the head of a global organisation like Round Table does take a toll on a person. Only by taking hands with others and collaborating can a person indeed be effective. I thank everyone who has worked with us this last year and for truly living the spirit of being #StrongerTogether. See you in Copenhagen! Yours in table

Graham Cornelissen president@round-table.org

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RTI LEG AC Y | from the board

”The upcoming RTI World Meeting in Copenhagen promises not only to be the biggest RTI event in living memory but will also be the culmination of efforts done by many over multiple years.“

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RTI LEG AC Y | from the board

RTI V ICE PRESIDENT

A LONG-TERM PLAN – A MUST FOR ALL ASSOCIATIONS By Mr JAYANT AGRAWAL, Round Table International Vice President, 2021-2022

OUR MOTTO OF "Adopt, Adapt, Improve" drives the

Association can be an effective way for the long-term

dynamism that is Tabling. Regular leadership change

accomplishment of the objectives.

helps meet our members' growing aspirations but also brings challenges and obstacles. Members sometimes have a feeling of disconnect as tenure and leadership

COMMUNIT Y SERV ICE ACTIVITIES/ PROJECTS

change. To create certainty and continuity across these

Most of our Associations are involved in long-term

leadership changes, RTI has a 3-year, continuously

projects or community service activities. A concrete

updated plan. This long-term plan can be a valuable

plan derived for them can be helpful. Having proper

tool for the Associations as well.

specific challenging goals for projects can also help

A proper plan can help to serve as a clear picture

in planning to source and obtain charity funds from

of where we want to be and how we want to be. It will

different corporates. A good plan for community

help in prioritizing goals and monitoring the progress

service and projects can also help Associations position

towards them. All Tables have specific common

themselves locally as impactful service partner.

objectives, irrespective of geographical boundaries

TA B LE R .WO R LD

or cultural differences. Giving sustainability and continuity at the floor level can help produce effective

Tabler.World is the central admin platform of RTI, and

results in a bottom-up organization like ours.

most Associations are already on board with this. The

The goals mentioned in the long-term plan must be

more robust, user-friendly and adaptive. Goals and

drivers of the same. Some integral components of a

related strategies highlighting ways to engage the

long-term plan are mentioned below:

members more and get them more interactive with the

GROWTH Round Table is an age and gender-specific organization.

platform are key.

INTERNAL PROCESS

Membership numbers are always a critical aspect for

In different facets of Tabling, maturity and growth

any Association or a Table. Every Association should

happen with time. Internal processes improve over

have goals to grow membership, along with strategies,

time and must be reviewed regularly. Associations

guidelines, training, branding, and growth initiatives.

should work on getting the legal structure, own

It can be measured in regular time intervals per the

constitution, rules and required guidelines in place.

Association's size with Area/Table strength.

Time-specific goals and measurements are essential as

BR ANDING/MARKETING Every Association focus on branding and marketing tools using social media options. Associations need

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platform has regular new developments and getting

supported by the strategies, measurement criteria and

they are linked to quality tabling and sustainability.

FELLOWSHIPS AND OTHER I N I T I AT I V E S

to have a plan concerning the target audience, the

"Service Through Fellowship" is something that has

reach, the correct tools to meet them, and the goal of

always driven Tabling for many. It is a platform to

the branding efforts. The positioning of the "Round

enjoy, have fun and create bonds with people beyond

Table" brand should be a key area. Apart from external

geographical boundaries. Associations can think

reach, it can be an effective tool to communicate to the

of having goals for conducting fellowship events.

existing members about activities and events, driving

It needs to be incorporated into these plans to give

involvement. Having a proper branding guideline for

such initiatives a sustainable approach and perpetual


RTI LEGAC Y | from the board

returns. The ultimate success and failure of the plan depend on careful monitoring, evaluation, and regular updates. All the steps are interlinked, and failure at one can lead to the fall of the whole objective. It should be the priority of any board once an Association adopts a long-term planning model. Finally, I will leave you with a quote showing the importance of planning.

"Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago." WARREN BUFFET

Yours in table

Jayant Agrawal vicepresident@round-table.org

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RTI LEGAC Y | from the board

RT I SE C RETAR Y

RTI AWARDS – WHY IS THIS NEEDED? By Mr NADEEN KUMARASINGHE, Round Table International Secretary, 2021-2022

AS WE KNOW, Round Table is an excellent movement

the membership. We increased our numbers with

for young men. While we love being a part of this

outstanding leadership provided by two table chairs

organisation, its voluntary nature poses some

in 2015 and 2016. We completed a few notable projects

challenges. Many facets of tabling keep us glued to

along with an ongoing community service project. We

the cause, such as travel, personality development,

were fortunate to win the Club of the Year Award in the

meeting new friends, developing our inner empathy

RTIWM 2017 held in Tallinn, Estonia. This award gave us

and learning about new cultures. In this context,

a lot of confidence as a Table and has managed to grow

awards play an important role in keeping our members

stronger ever since. I’m glad that the club is now led by

motivated and wanting to contribute more to our

a group of young and dynamic brothers.

beloved movement and the community.

W H AT A R E R T I AWA R DS ?

F E W T I P S I N A P P LY I N G F O R A W A R D S Firstly, the award applicant must be convinced that they

RTI Rule book outline a set of key awards, including

deserve a space within the final list of nominations.

recognising a brilliant individual performance

Please do not apply for an award if you do not believe

from Tabler of the Year, Collective Awards such as

you have given your best.

Association of the Year and Club of the Year, and

Then please ensure that the documentation is made

awards that are specific to a focused area such

to perfection. As you know, the RTI Executive Board

as Magazine of the Year and Social Media Award,

evaluates all applications, and they may not be aware

recognising the ever important travel aspect of tabling

of all the particulars of your excellent work. Hence the

using Waldo Thule Award and rewarding the extra mile

details presented in the application form are of utmost

certain Associations go to function as an RT Family with

importance. It is a pity if a well-deserving individual,

the Side by Side Award.

club or an Association do not get the recognition they

In addition to the above, the respective RTI Board may decide to hand over additional awards recognising outstanding achievements each year.

HOW USEFUL ARE THEY? We all agree that we engage in tabling activities as we

deserve due to a half-baked presentation of their efforts and achievements. As Tablers, we are expected to maintain high standards of integrity. As such, always be truthful and upfront with the facts you include in your application. Do not forget the deadline for the award

are passionate about what it is and how it could benefit

applications. It is always 42 days before the AGM date.

many. Having said this, a recognition awarded at the

This year the deadline is 12th August at 09h00 Danish

RTIWM, which, as you all know, is quite glamorous, can

time J Finally, please feel free to reach out to me or any

assist tabling in a few key ways. The most obvious is the

other Board Member for any clarifications. We are here

morale boost it provides to the winners. Award winners

to help.

tend to continue their excellent work over the next

Good luck and all the very best!

many years of tabling. Further, they become an ambassador for tabling, creating more awareness about our movement. Moreover, a good-spirited, healthy competition among brothers always gets the best out of us. Allow me to give you a personal example from my journey of tabling. I was fortunate to become a member of Round Table in 2014. My home club had a few members graduating to Club 41 this particular year. This resulted in us having to rebuild

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Yours in table

Nadeen Kumarasinghe secretary@round-table.org


RTI LEG AC Y | from the board

”award winners tend to continue their excellent work over the next many years of tabling.“

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REGIONAL REPORTS

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RTI LEGAC Y

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CEE REGION

Mr MARC GERMEHAUSEN

NE A REGION

Mr ALEKSANDER OTTOKAR

SEM REGION

Mr NICHOLAS GOMEZ

A S PA R E G I O N

Mr AVIRAL JAIN

A M I R E G IO N

Mr DARREL BENOIT

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RTI LEG AC Y | regional reports

CEE REGION

CENTR AL & EASTERN EUROPE REGION

TABLERS RISING HUNGARY & MOLDOVA By MARC GERMESHAUSEN, CEE Chairman 2021-2022

WHEN TALKING ABOUT expansion, we typically focus on chartering new Associations. Expansion is much more than just growing by country numbers. We need to focus more on our internal growth. We need to see the white areas within our region and where a group of motivated prospects can charter a new club. Even if your Association is small and you are facing a lack of members – never give up. Contact RTI for support, and we are showing how strong we can be together. The CEE Region is strong by Association and membership. Moldova was the previous chartered Association within the CEE Region in the last couple of years. Two new countries joined the Family: RT Czech Republic and RT Albania. Next to these Associated Members, we have a full-Member Association which struggled a bit in the past: RT Hungary. Nevertheless, we can see that together we can achieve more, and we were able to bring them back on track. Round Table Moldova was chartered in 2019 by Round Table Germany and Round Table Romania. Chisinau 1 focuses on fellowship, strength, and expansion as a young, chartered club. Especially in the last couple of months, we saw how strong this club can be. Since Russia invaded Ukraine, RT1 Chisinau pushed every button and was active from the first moment. Establishing a refugee camp and supporting them during this challenging period was not always easy for RT Moldova. Coordinating various help activities with the convoy team from RT Germany and trying to support and give guidance wherever possible. Within this challenging time, they still could organize their AGM with international guests and attend AGMs within the region. Almost 30 years ago, in 1990, Round Table Austria chartered Round Table Hungary. RT Hungary s clubs in Budapest, Eger and soon in Tata. In the last couple of years, RT Hungary was not much present on an international scale. As RTI, we were afraid of not having a functional National Board in Hungary. In 2014 they organized the CTM and, in 2016, the first Round Table International Half Years Meeting (former IRO’s Meeting) in Eger. This year the situation changed, and RT

ASSOCIATIONS RT Albania RT Austria

Hungary is vital again. Members are travelling and joining AGMs and other Charter Meetings. At the beginning of July, we visited Tablers of RT Hungary in Budapest. Together with a delegation of RT Austria, we spent a great weekend in the capital.

RT Belgium

During this meeting, they informed us that they will join the RTIWM in Denmark

RT Czech Republic

with a big delegation. They agreed to host the CEETM in 2024 in Hungary. If we are

RT Germany RT Great Britain and Ireland RT Hungary RT Luxembourg RT Moldova RT Romania RT The Netherlands

trying to not lose the line to an Association, we can support them and strengthen them from the inside. We can see that both countries have exciting potential to bring Round Table to higher peaks. Let us show all our commitment towards smaller Associations and help them grow. Sharing best practices and models for increasing membership, community service, or implementing new projects: The Round Table Family is always #StrongerTogether, and we live it within CEE. Yours in table

Marc Germeshausen ceechairman@round-table.org

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RTI LEGAC Y | regional reports

NEA REGION

NORTHERN EUROPE & AMERICAS REGION

THE BRILLIANT BALTICS By ALEKSANDER OTTOKAR, NEA Chairman 2021-2022

IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL AUTUMN DAY when the people living in the Baltic states could finally breathe. On the 6th of September 1991, the Soviet Government finally recognized the independence of all three Baltic states. The iron curtain had been lifted, and freedom was again in the hearts of Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian people. Today, all the countries mentioned are ambiguous and forward-thinking nations where great innovation comes from. Today, all the above are unique Associations in how the Tablers are and how their traditions are being carried. A lot of good work is done in the Baltic States through Round Table today. Round Table Estonia today is in a great place regarding the organization. I would know, as the former past president and a proud member of Round Table Estonia. Today, we have 15 clubs in numbers, and 13 of them are active. There have been many big events in the past that Estonians have hosted - the World Meeting in 2017, the NEA Region meeting in 2019, and of course, last but not least, Round Table Estonia will host you all next spring with the Half-Year meeting. But these things can only come when the Association's core is strong, when you have people that do not just want to take part but want to take over. Round Table Estonia has many great events that make the fellowship we love to come to life. There is always something different to explore every season to help people in need or just grow the members. The next Baltic state is Latvia, a great neighbour of Estonia. Round Table Latvia has had its ups and downs throughout the years. Currently, we have one club in Riga, Latvia's capital. Our Latvian friends are still one Table but actively use peer-topeer approaches to ensure a yearly growth in members. Though the pandemic has been hard on them, they have been striving to strengthen their joint activities. It is said that strength comes from numbers, and the Round Table Family as a whole is stronger when we work together. Social projects are also supported by the Latvian brothers. They are working on a fundraising project to provide an annual scholarship to a young scientist. Lithuania is pushing forward with two clubs in the great south of the Baltic States. One in Vilnius, Lithuania's capital and the other in beautiful Kaunas. In 2018,

ASSOCIATIONS RT Canada RT Denmark

Round Table Lithuania had the pleasure of hosting our regional meeting. Today they are very community oriented. Unique to the youngsters of their country as they took the lead in organizing a football event with "Hope for Football", where

RT Estonia

young kids from daycares and care homes could participate. So even though the

RT Iceland

situation with the pandemic has not done the Association any favours, they are still

RT Latvia RT Lithuania RT Norway RT Russia

alive and stronger than ever. In conclusion, there is a particular type of love among the Tablers living in the Baltic states. All countries have a strong resemblance in hospitality and fellowship

RT Suomi Finland

to one another. As the numbers of members are small in all the Baltic States, please

RT Suriname

reach out to me or any of the Associations boards if you have a prospect in the

RT Sweden RT Trinidad & Tobago RT USA

Baltics that could be a great member one day. Yours in table

Aleksander Ottokar neachairman@round-table.org

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RTI LEG AC Y | regional reports

SEM REGION

SOUTHERN EUROPE & MEDITERR ANI AN REGION

A SEASON OF AWARDS By NICHOLAS GOMEZ, SEM Chairman 2021-2022

BROTHERS, LAST MONTH my home Association hosted the SEM meeting, the first time it has done so in 20 years. I am very proud of those who worked tirelessly to make it happen and the many international guests we had in attendance! As one of the smallest Associations in Round Table, it is an excellent achievement for Round Table Gibraltar to have hosted the SEM. Well done, guys! I hope that this motivates other small Associations to have the courage and confidence to apply for and host international events. My article for this edition is about the winners of this year’s SEM awards, including the Project, Table and Tabler of the year. Service Project of the Year: Le Marche pour le Souffle (“Walk for breath”) is an event in France every April and has been going on for 11 years. The objective is to get as many Tablers to walk and raise money by walking (there is no minimum distance involved). This further creates awareness for persons suffering from Cystic Fibrosis. The year saw more than 220 French Tablers from 26 clubs take part and raise more than €35,000. The money was donated to the Gregory Lemarchal charity, which used the money to purchase a property near Paris to house the family members of those suffering from cystic fibrosis. A fantastic project which has been helping people for the last 11 years. Well done to all involved! Table of the Year: Round Table 7 Paphos was founded in 1987 and has become one of the most active clubs in our region since then. Here are just a couple of the activities that they do: “Access City” is a campaign to improve the accessibility and integration of people with disabilities in every aspect of life within Paphos. They host events on the beach and parties, wheelchair basketball and archery events and marathons to raise awareness and funds. They also make donations of “Mobi-chairs”, highquality floating beach wheelchairs. They have opened a playground specifically for children with disabilities. “Scholarship Fund” where students are given scholarships for postgraduate

ASSOCIATIONS RT Bulgaria RT Cyprus

studies in any discipline. So far, they have funded 8 postgraduate students, with more than €64,000 donated. For anyone interested in finding out more, I suggest you contact Andres Petrou of RT 7 Paphos.

RT France RT Gibraltar RT Israel RT Italy RT Malta RT Monaco

Tabler of the Year: This year’s Tabler of the Year award goes to Thami Benkirane of RT Morocco. He receives this award for convening and organising the fantastic Half Year Meeting, which hundreds of us enjoyed in Marrakech this March. It was the first RTI event after lifting travel restrictions and since the HYM in Luxembourg

RT Morocco

two years ago. I can say that Thami and the team did a marvellous job arranging

RT Portugal

the event. Many of us know what a great Tabler and friend Thami are, and I am

RT San Marino RT Switzerland RT Tunisia

delighted to have given him this award. Yours in table

Nicholas Gomez semchairman@round-table.org

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RTI LEG AC Y | regional reports

ASPA REGION

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

THE GROWING NUMBERS IN ASPA By AVIRAL JAIN, ASPA Chairman 2021-2022

"Change is inevitable. Growth is optional." – John Maxwell FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS, we all have really stood up to the motto of "Adopt, Adapt, Improve". Everyone accepted the global changes and adapted to the new normal. In these dire times, we saw growth in the numbers of the Asia Pacific Region. Round Table Sri Lanka had been working on the charter of a new table in Jaffna for 5 years. The 7-hour travel from Colombo to Jaffna did not make this initiative easy. Due to the persistence and dedication of the Tablers from RTSL, especially Colombo Round Table 1, we were blessed to have a new table added. In the short window, when the travel restrictions were lifted, the charter was planned in the traditional Sri Lankan way, with fun and fellowship. It was heartening to see a healthy contingent from RT India travelling for the historic charter and adding to the enthusiasm of the newly inducted members. Growth initiatives in RT Nepal never took a back seat. The concept of a common prospects meeting was successfully conducted in Kathmandu to ensure that everyone understands the essence of tabling before they are offered membership from the various tables in the city. We saw the charter of 2 new Tables in Nepal. The total inductions in the year crossed the dream figure of 100, which was in line with the targets set by the National Board. RT India went all out in this tabling year regarding new inductions. The continued flagship fellowship and learning events kept the interest in tabling growing. New member inductions crossed the magic number of 1000, and the extension champions left no stone unturned to ensure stable and sustainable growth. This year was exceptional as we saw the spreading footprint of Round Table as new tabling centres were added to the map of Round Table India. 18 new Tables were chartered, including 10 in new tabling cities. RT Bangladesh also shone as the host for the ASPA Meet 2022. The Association went out of its way to organize the meeting and host everyone amid the various covid and visa-related issues. The energy of the Tablers from RT 2 and the experience and wisdom of Tablers from RT 1 made it a memorable, fun-filled, intimate event. The highlight included ladies from Ladies Circle, the LC Bangladesh charter, and the ASPA AGM. This indeed demonstrated the side-by-side spirit,

ASSOCIATIONS RT Australia RT Bangladesh

which has been an essential part of the year's planning for ASPA and APAC. Overall, the ASPA region added over 1250 Tablers and over 21 tables. Growth is never by chance - It results from forces working together in the right direction.

RT Hong Kong

Perseverance and commitment made this great feat possible, and we all are

RT India

confident of seeing this continued growth in the years to come.

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

Yours in table

Aviral Jain aspachairman@round-table.org

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RTI LEG AC Y | regional reports

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

A STRONG PILLAR OF AMI BY DARREL BENOIT, AMI Chairman 2021-2022

AMI HAS EMBRACED the diversity initiative as we believe it can help our movement attract the best talents and drive the best innovative results. For each Tabler to bring their best self forward, a sense of belonging must first be established. Connecting to an organization that allows you to feel you can be yourself results in greater engagement and creativity. The AMI Region is one of the most diverse regions in Round Table World. It groups individuals from the main African continent, some of the Indian Ocean islands and some countries of the Arabian-Gulf region. The different geographical areas also show the range of individuals AMI is proudly comprised of. Each time the region meets as a group, there’s always this learning process as the different Associations making up AMI have different ways of doing it. Mindful that diversity is not a one-size-fits-all approach, sharing best practices and being open to new things are top on the agenda. The ongoing internal consultation is very healthy and is always encouraged. The outcomes are simply rewarding. AMI’s focus on diversity is to create and promote conditions where every person in the region can contribute in their unique, meaningful way and feel safe and secure doing that. Our Associations are individually diverse, with people from different backgrounds, namely social, cultural, professional and religious beliefs. The things we do when putting our heads together despite having different preferences are fantastic. The AMI region needs to continue to grow, so the diversity initiative needs to be lived as much as possible. This year’s RTI theme of ‘Stronger Together’ fits very well with promoting and living the diversity initiative. No one has a monopoly on ideas; when we gather our different thoughts, we can make real, impactful changes in all our communities. We are stronger when we take everyone on board and give everyone an equal opportunity to make a difference. The recent AMI AGM in Mauritius was a testimony of AMI living the diversity initiative and not only making noise about it. We had present at the event different Associations/clubs with people of different races and ethnic backgrounds. Yet,

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

the fellowship, camaraderie, sharing and bonding that occurred at the event were great. It was such a good feeling living the diverse spirit that some people barely slept to maximize the time spent together. Diversity will always be a strong pillar in our strategies moving forward in our effort to strengthen AMI at all levels. We shall not leave anyone behind or ignore valuable qualities. Our region needs all its children to enable the most incredible men’s organization to continue to ‘adopt’ ‘adapt’ and ‘improve’ to this fast developing world.

RT Seychelles

Yours in table

RT Southern Africa

Darrel Benoit

RT Zambia RT Zimbabwe

amichairman@round-table.org

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EDITORIAL & STORIES

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RTI LEGAC Y

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TA B L E R 4 TA B L E R

By ROUND TABLE INTERNATIONAL

B E PRO U D O F YO U R S E L F By Mr PAUL HOEKSEMA

RO U N D PL AY B L E

By Mr MIKAEL HEDMAN

GETTING BEHIND THE WHEEL By Mr DAVID JOE WILLIAMS

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L A DI E S ' C I RC L E

By Mrs MIE VIVIAN RASMUSSEN

BEING A GOOD CSO

By Mr PAUL DIPPENAAR

RE VERED SHOULD BE THY BEARD By Mr PAUL HOEKSEMA

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4 1 I N T E R N AT IO N A L

By Mr TOM ALBRIGTSEN

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R T I E - C LU B

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A N E W DI M E N S IO N TO TR A INING

By Mr GOTTFRIED LUMPI

By Mr SACHIN SHAH

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PA I R I N G W I N E W I T H F O O D

By Mr WILLEM BONNEUX

L E A DI N G S T RO N G E R TOGETHER By OLIVER and PILLE PETS

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R T I L E G A C Y | ta b l e r f o r ta b l e r

ER 4 TABLER

By ROUNT TABLE INTERNATIONAL BOARD 2021 - 2022

D E A R B ROT H E R S In August 2022, the RTI Board will focus on Men’s Mental Health and suicide prevention. Tabler 4 Tabler is loosely defined as the help Tablers offer one another. We will also focus on the broader community, which includes friends and family. We have compiled some background information on Men’s Mental Health and Male Suicide as an appendix to this document. Read this to gain a better understanding of this “silent pandemic”.

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H OW C A N YO U H E L P ?

AS A MEMBER : Communicate clearly with your family and friends, especially in tough times. Ask people how they are doing, and don’t be afraid to tell people how you are really doing. It is also important to realise that it is not considered weak to request help or to talk about issues with your friends & family Do a self-assessment during August and take swift and decisive action should you be in a higher risk category. Multiple tools are available for this assessment, and one that can be used is at this link: https://screening.mhanational.org/screening-tools/ Learn to manage stress levels by taking up yoga or meditation, limiting alcohol and other stimulants, and getting regular exercise. Joining a support group has proved to be very effective in this instance. Be on the lookout for a behaviour change in friends or family. Look for possible triggers - like someone going through a breakup, someone who lost his job, or a relative. If someone reaches out to you, be prepared to listen and support them.

AS A TABLE : Have a point on the agenda to ask how members are doing. Have a proper and full conversation where members are encouraged to fully express themselves in a safe environment where no judgement is present. Engage with members who show warning signs or have withdrawn from the Table. Take the time to listen to their feelings and assist them if they are having a tough time. Consider purchasing the T4T pin from the RTI shop for members committed to assisting others and themselves in their mental health journey.

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AS AN ASSO C IATION : Spread the word to your members about the planned project being run in August. Encourage your members and Tables to participate in it. Creating awareness and shedding light on men’s mental health is a powerful tool. Raise awareness of the importance of Men’s Mental Health matters by running campaigns to assist members in their daily lives. Consider putting formal support structures in place or having experts available should members require professional help. Get a guest lecturer at an event or significant meeting to share insights regarding mental health and how members can live better lives.

J OIN U S IN : Join the RTI University talk show on Men’s mental health on the 6th of August 2022 at 2 PM Luxembourg time. We will discuss this issue at the upcoming RTI World Meeting and ask Associations to share what they are doing to assist members. This will be a platform to share the best practices from across the globe We are creating a unique pin for Tabler 4 Tabler, available in silver or gold in the RTI Shop. Wearing this pin is a conversation starter and a commitment to help others and accept help when you need it. Funds raised will be allocated to a dedicated T4T fund to help Tablers in need.

As Tablers, we are responsible for prioritising our mental health and those around us, our families and our friends. Join us, and let us act together to make a real difference.

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A P P E N DI X - TA B L E R 4 TA B L E R

A B R I E F B AC KG RO U N D O N M E N ’ S M E N TA L H E A LT H MENTAL HEALTH IS DETERMINED by our emotional, psychological and social well-being, which defines our perception, behaviour, and how we react to certain stimuli, good or bad. A bad reaction to these stimuli may be fatal and should be handled carefully. Both men and women experience mental health issues. However, some distinct differences were notable in the reaction between the sexes. Although women are more likely to think of suicide, men die twice as often from it. Traditionally, men are raised to be the strong ones in society. Over time, this pressure mounts, and societal expectations push men to believe they should be the breadwinners in the family. Men are expected to show masculinity, strength, and control. In many societies, men are not eligible to seek help from others or speak up about problems as it would be seen as a sign of weakness. According to a survey by Mental Health America, men are far less likely than women to seek treatment for issues such as depression due to social norms. The survey also revealed that only one in three men would take medication if they felt depressed, and only one in four would consider seeking professional help. Warning signs to be aware of: Changes in mood, energy levels, or personality Anger issues, irritability, and aggressiveness Change in appetite Feeling restless and the shift in sleeping habits High consumption of alcohol and the inappropriate use of drugs Emotional low (Sad, Hopeless, Numb) Experience pains and aches without a probable cause Thinking about suicide The symptoms mentioned above are well illustrated by the Movember Campaign in the following video. Spot the Signs - Movember - YouTube. Treating mental illness and preventing male suicide is a very complex issue but is much easier when spotted early. The symptoms mentioned above are usually easy to spot if we focus on them. It is also crucial to self-reflect every once in a while, should you experience some of these symptoms yourself. According to the World Health Organization, there are about 800 000 confirmed cases of suicide per year. That is roughly one person every forty seconds. More people die every year due to suicide than HIV, Malaria, or even Breast Cancer. Dr Funke Baffour from the British Psychological Society described Male Suicide as a “silent pandemic” due to the lack of public awareness. Long before a suicide occurs, other psychological stressors are in place. Suicide is preceded mainly by depression and other psychological challenges over a prolonged period. Although we as men are most reluctant to seek help, it is essential to realise that seeking help is vital to your recovery. It is medically proven that the sooner one starts mental health treatment, the more successful it will be. Seeking, finding, and accepting help is typically a team effort that relies on family, friends, and self-reflection to identify and acknowledge the fact that there might be an issue. Finding help involves yet again the people closest to you and the people you trust. But also involves medical professionals. Apart from seeking medical attention, one can also try lifestyle changes. For these, once again, the people closest would play an immense role. These lifestyle changes include getting enough sleep and getting regular exercise. The long-term benefit of exercise on Mental Health has been proven over and over. Eating a well-balanced meal and maintaining a healthy diet help support a healthy mental condition. Limiting the use of alcohol and drugs has also proven to be beneficial and keep your stress levels through regular yoga or meditation sessions.

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"IT TAKES STRENGTH TO BE PROUD OF YOURSELF AND TO ACCEPT YOURSELF WHEN YOU KNOW THAT YOU HAVE SOMETHING OUT OF THE ORDINARY ABOUT YOU." a b i g a i l ta r t t e l i n

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A

S A TABLER, THERE'S nothing ordinary

acknowledged. Of course, Round Table gives you ample

about you. You have chosen a path only

opportunities to experience "feel good" moments you

a select few get to experience. A path of

need to acknowledge. Whether it be helping out your

service to your fellow man and a path

local soup kitchen or high-fiving your mates when you

of real purpose. With an unconditional

score your team's winning goal, as above, remember to

willingness to serve others through

celebrate even the smallest of successes.

friendship, we sometimes tend to lose ourselves on top

ACKNOWLEDGE OTHERS

of a busy work schedule, family and friends. If you were to hit the pause button, look back, reflect, and if you

Our unique platform offers its Members cohesive

were to ask yourself one question - "are you proud of

efforts in spreading compassion. Working together

yourself?" Will the answer be yes? It should be…every

to lend someone a helping hand or participating in

single time.

charitable causes positively affects your self-esteem.

If not, it's time to change your mindset. Of course,

Acknowledging and being proud of your colleagues,

that's easier said than done. Regardless, we should

friends and family when they achieve feats big or small

always strive for self-improvement. Being proud of

ultimately adds to your positive growth.

yourself might be perceived as conceited but should

EMBR ACE YOUR UNIQUENESS W I T H PA S S IO N

not deter you from positive pride if your intent is self-development. There is no rulebook when it comes to defining how you should be proud of yourself, but

You might be an avid golfer, unequalled problem

there can always be guidelines:

solver, or a brilliant artist. If someone positively labels

DEF INE SUCCESS

you, embrace it. Your talents and unique skills might seem mundane, but others might even envy them. In

What does success mean to you? Is it helping others,

and outside of Table, your sense of self-worth will be

family, financial freedom, your dream job, donning

boosted if you passionately utilise your talents and

the Regional Chairman's Jewel, or a balance of all

skills.

of these? Your measure of success should be as big

BEL IE VE IN YOURSELF

or as small as you decide. Aligning your goals for self-acknowledgement should align with your view of

If you ever doubt your capabilities, look back at how far

success. Inevitably, with success comes failure. Just

you have come. What might have seemed impossible

as we define our successes, remember that you can't

three years back, you now take on in strides. Believe in

always win.

yourself; without even realising it, you are the epitome

ACKNOWLEDGE YOURSELF Whether you lost 5kgs or ran your first marathon, take some time to give yourself a tap on the back. Even the smallest of your achievements should be self-

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of our motto - you've adopted sound ideas and practices in your life, adapted them to best serve you, and improved yourself to grow with steady progress. Mr Marchesi would have been proud, so be proud of yourself!


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RTI LEGAC Y | gaming

ROUND PLAYBLE By Mr MIKAEL HEDMAN, RT 120, Sweden

Game Master Hedman, now Game Master 'National IRO' Hedman is back with even more game tips. Hope you all had a great summer out there! I myself have had time for quite a lot, barbecue, kayaking, Rammstein concert, board game evenings, beer and whiskey. A simply lovely summer. But nevermind, here are three tips!

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D E E P S E A A DV E N T U R E r at i n g : ●●●●●○○ A fun game that you can also travel with as it fits in a small box that can almost be kept in your pocket. You are all divers competing to dive for the most desirable treasures, the deeper you dive the more valuable treasures. What is the problem then? Well, you share the air you breathe and the air starts ticking down as soon as someone picks up a treasure. The more treasures players pick up, the faster the air disappears. If the air meter goes down to 0 while

M A N S IO N S O F MADNESS (2ND EDITIoN) r at i n g : ●●●●●●● Now we are deep in the gambling quagmire, gentlemen. Here we have an expensive package with many rules, nothing for the faint of heart! It's probably the game I myself threw the most money at, because believe it or not, there are expensive expansions for this abomination too.

someone is underwater, then they lose the treasures

Not only does the game take up an entire dining table,

they tried to pick up. After three rounds, everyone

the larger version also requires an app and a screen

turns over their treasure tiles and adds up the points

to have the app on, preferably a TV. You all play as

that are there, the most points wins. Entertaining and

investigators in the 1930s, so you each get a unique

fairly fast played with a focus on risk and reward.

character with their own abilities and skills. You have to solve a mystery together, there are several different

S K U L L & RO S E S R E D r at i n g : ? I haven't played this myself, but a past Tabler and fellow nerd (Alfred Janson past National president) told me about it. But it should be a game in a small package, which goes well with some form of alcoholic drink. No complicated rules, anyone can learn it quickly, but you should have a good poker face. You can be up to 6 players, a game I look forward to trying!

adventures to choose from, we're talking co-op here. It could be a murdered person, strange noises in someone's basement, all with a sense of dread and intangible fear of the unknown. The app acts as your common enemy or Game Master. This is damn fun and has a rulebook that is the best I've come across actually. 1-5 players can play this. However, expect it to take 5–7 hours the first few times, after that you can probably reduce the time to the time stated on the respective adventure, but expect +1h .

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GETTING B TH

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RTI LEGAC Y | gaming

BEHIND HE WHEEL

By Mr DAVID JOE WILLIAMS, Ilfracombe Round Table

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can almost guarantee everyone reading this has once played a racing game on a gaming console or Pc. Some of my earliest gaming memories are going around my mate's house and playing Mario Kart. The other day when I played Mario Kart with my girlfriend's family,

I felt young again. It made me remember how fun a racing game can be and how I can get very competitive. Racing games are probably some of the best games to play with family. With so many great Racing game franchises, you are spoilt for choice, so let me review some of my personal favourites.

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F 1' 2 2 For all you Formula 1 racing fans, F1 '22 is the game for you. On the 1st of July this year, developers Codemasters and publishers EA Sports released the latest F1 racing game. Every part of Formula 1 has been recreated to experience it all for yourself. The only game that lets you race Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton to the finish line. The game simulates

M A R IO K A R T

race conditions and gives you control of your race, from picking how many pit stops or choosing tire compounds. The game simulates weather conditions.

Mario Kart is a well-known game first launched by

This can change your car's performance, so you may

Nintendo in 1992. The game involves you, the player,

need to adapt. Things can go wrong during any F1 race,

driving around a racetrack based in the Mario world as

so the developers have decided they would simulate

a Mario character. It's the perfect game for kids and

this. During a race, your car can break, and if you don't

families. During the race, you can pick up boxes that

manage your tires properly, they will give up on you.

give you things to hopefully mess up your race for your

This game also lets you create your own F1 team, and

opponents or give you a boost. It is the only racing

yes, I created a team called Round Table, who won the

game where throwing a banana peel at other racers

championship with my amazing management skill. I

isn't considered unsporting.

highly recommend this game to any F1 fan, and it's available on Xbox and PlayStation now.

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FOR Z A

H OT W H E E L S UNLE A SHED Hot Wheels Unleashed is now every big boy's dream

Forza is a series of simulation racing games for Xbox

racing game. Do you remember being young and

consoles first released in 2005. Forza games pride

playing with your Hot Wheels cars on a track you

themselves on detail and the experience it gives you,

created in the house? Well, the developers at Milestone

the gamer. Everything in the game is based on real

did, so they put a lot of hard work into re-creating

things, so the cars and the locations are all carefully

this. In 2021 they released Hot wheels unleashed,

recreated. Forza Horizon 5, the latest game released

and I will go ahead and say it now, it's the best racing

in 2021, has over 600 licensed vehicles. The game is set

game I have ever played. Every Hot Wheels car has

in Mexico and offers an open-world experience which

been perfectly recreated into the game. Unlike the real

means you can just drive around exploring what the

world, where you were limited by what you owned,

world has to offer. There are challenges to test your

this game doesn't. It gives you the power to build your

driving skills at every turn, and you won't get bored

own tracks and race them in time trials. I can tell you

with so many vehicles. Sadly, you can't play these

from personal experience it gets very addictive very

amazing games for people on PlayStation as they are

quickly. You will have a time target, and you can be just

only on Xbox.

1 second off, so give it another go and then another.

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RTI LEG AC Y | L adies' C ircle

LADIES ' C IR C LE

THE TRUE SIDE OF TABLING I GREW UP NOT KNOWING anything about Ladies' Circle or Round Table. In fact, I did not know about the organisations at all until my sister joined Ladies' Circle in 2014. Talking to her, I instantly knew then that this was just the network I had been looking for. So I joined Ladies' Circle later the same year. I must admit that when I joined Ladies' Circle, my knowledge of the Round Table Family was limited. I had some general information about Ladies' Circle and almost none regarding Round Table or the other Round Table Family Clubs. The first rumour I heard about Tablers was that they were just some annoying younger immature men. So my expectations were not high when I went to my first joint Ladies' Circle - Round Table event, a joint national AGM in Denmark. But I must say that it was an amazing event, and I met many very friendly, funny and polite gentlemen amongst the Tablers. Going home, I was not convinced that the rumours I had heard about Tablers were all true. Later, I served as a secretary on the national board of Ladies' Circle Denmark, and now I am the Secretary of Ladies' Circle International. In these two positions, I have had the pleasure of working together with and getting to know quite a few Tablers. And I now know that the reputation of the Tablers, whom I first met as a Circler, is not fair. I now know for sure that Tablers are hardworking gentlemen who will always help and support me and all other Circlers if we need it. Of course, they can also be silly and crazy sometimes, but honestly, I think that makes you fun to be around. And being a part of this amazing Round Table Family network has taught me that this goes for all the Round Table Family members. Because what makes the Round Table Family fantastic is that we support each other and work together on all levels. Suppose it is just making sure that a fellow family member gets home safe after a party, or it is cleaning up the world together or making a joint effort to raise awareness of period poverty amongst women worldwide. In that case, we do it for and with each other, which makes us #StrongerTogether.

Yours, in friendship and service

Mie Vivian Rasmussen Secretary, Ladies’ Circle International 2021-2022

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RTI LEGAC Y | Being a good cso

BEING A GOOD CSO

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By Mr PAUL DIPPENAAR, Round Table International CSO

HEN I FIRST RECEIVED this topic,

John Maxwell once said:” The pessimist complains

I thought it would seem very

about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The

arrogant to write about such

leader adjusts the sails.” We are all about this when we

a topic when you are currently

adopt, adapt, and improve.

holding the office. The opposite of arrogance is humility, which

After looking and comparing leadership against being a good CSO, I thought it wise to list some TIPS on

would be one of the biggest traits a great CSO should

how to be a good CSO. They are in no particular order,

have. I decided to still write the article but in general

as I believe they are all critical.

and not necessarily reflect on myself.

LEARN W H AT TA B L E R S WA N T As a CSO, you may think you have it all figured out. But do you? Are you really in touch with your members, and do you know what they want? Also, understand how much participation they want and if a project is by choice or prescriptive. From my experience, members will participate if they see the need for it but prescribing it hardly ever succeeds.

NOT ABOUT THE RECOGNITION As a CSO, your role is to serve and create a platform where we, as Tablers, can impact our communities. Serve wholeheartedly; the difference being made is more than a sufficient reward for your efforts. '

CONSIDER TA B L E R ’ S B AC KG RO U N D S As a CSO, it is important to have a clear knowledge of the backgrounds and demographics of the different Associations. Remember that not all Associations focus on the same projects or pillars. A valid question is: “Do we offer enough, and do we offer at least one project each member can participate in?”. Making it easy for others to buy into and participate is vital.

E VA LUAT E PRO J E C T S FOR REACH AND SUCCESS As a CSO, it is paramount to evaluate every project once completed. Try to measure its impact and the number of lives touched. Accept feedback, comments, and even criticism from others and see it as an opportunity to grow and build projects.

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W O R K A N D C E L E B R AT E PROJECT SUCCESS AS A TEAM. As a CSO, it is essential to remember that you are part of a team. Not just the RTI board but a group of 30 000 brothers from 60 Associations. It is essential to work together. Recognize the contributions of other team players. Find joy and celebrate our project successes knowing that we impacted many lives and left today in a better state than we found it yesterday. All achievements must be celebrated from the smallest team to the largest team.

BRING TA B L E R S T O G E T H E R As CSO, we often have pre-set ideas of how a project can and should be run. Allow guys to build and brand the project as they see fit. This creates camaraderie, which is very important. Projects that run across the borders, be it a school project in Nepal or a global blood drive, allow us to connect, challenge and contribute worldwide.

HAVE FUN WHILE DOING GOOD. As a CSO, it is vital to promote fun and fellowship. This is easily achievable when we focus on the end goal, are aligned on the project objectives, and do this with a band of brothers that share the same values in life.

CHOOSE YOUR PROJEC T WITH CAUTION As CSO, we must realize that there are thousands of worthy causes, and we cannot support them. At some stage, we have to prioritize where we can make the biggest impact. We cannot change the world in one day. But one day, the world will change if we keep on doing what we do

AC T I VAT E YO U R TA B L E N E T W O R K As CSO, we are privileged to have access to 30 000 brothers from all walks of life. Engage with them, and you will soon realize that no network or skillset is unaccounted for. Feel free to ask for assistance as it will widen your horizons and help expand and build better projects.

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SINCE BEING A CSO, I realized that there are also

allow enough time for the Tablers to plan and to give

qualities that will help me improve my service to the

adequate feedback as we all do this in our free time. Try

community.

not to burden your Tablers with unnecessary workload

One of the key qualities should be empathy.

and expect them to do this immediately. I found that

Empathetic people can relate to other people’s

proper communication is vital and that write-ups and

problems and experiences and see other people’s

project outlines should be shared well in advance.

views rather than their own. Relating to these problems

The last quality I found to be challenging was

is key to people opening up to you and understanding

flexibility. Being a CSO does not require that much

certain situations.

time but constant engagement. One might sometimes

Another quality I found to be of importance is if you are organized. Administrative skills and being organized are very important, as you would simultaneously work on a different project and with

find it hard to juggle family life, work commitments, and table life. For that, I’d recommend proper planning. Using these tips and qualities, I am sure you will be a great asset in your own role as CSO.

different role payers. You should always keep track and be on top of your game. Lacking patience was one of the missing qualities

moment, nothing would have been done. Although

Paul Dippenaar

this is not always the case, you should be able to

cso@round-table.org

I found most frustrating. As Tablers, we sometimes refer to Table Time, and if it wasn’t for doing things last

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TAME Y O U R MANE

REVERED SHOULD BE THY BEARD By Mr PAUL HOEKSEMA RT 32, Southern Africa

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ES, WE'VE ALL SEEN those gentlemen sporting manmanes resembling a majestic lion peacocking in a gentle breeze. Whether it's a beard more magical than a wizard's fur, a pirate captain's he-fluff, or a local barista's shorter chin wool, a properly groomed beard

demands admiration and respect. Any gentleman that sports a beard earning a wink from a lumberjack knows it takes time and a lot of care before you can snap that uber-male selfie... As a young man's organisation, scores of our Members take pride in their beards, more often than not making it their grooming priority. If you are thinking of growing a beard, or looking for ways to get your facial hair in top shape, here are some tips to prevent your beard from looking like a dentist's lollipop picked up from a vet's carpet.

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KEEP IT CLE AN K EEP Y O U R BEARD C LEAN AND MOIST U RISED If you are growing, be patient and march on through the itch, you shall prevail! Once you are there, or if you're already there, wash and moisturise your beard regularly (2-3 times a week). Do not wash your beard daily, as this will strip the natural oils from your mane. Your whiskers are very different from your regular hair, so be sure to avoid the common mistake of using bar soap, shower gel, or hair shampoo. With so many great products on the market, men have become spoiled for choice when it comes to beard-specific wash and conditioners. As mentioned in our previous grooming article, always use a clean towel as a used one could be a breeding ground for bacteria. A clean beard will not only add to the construction ladies' wolf whistling at you, but it will smell great and prevent itchiness and dry skin.

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S H A PE T H E B E A R D S C A PE C ONSIDER A TRIP TO THE BARBER The last thing you want is your beard to mimic an electrocuted raccoon. Countless first-time bearders have tried growing and failed, as a beard can be a very stubborn facial accessory. Fear not, mystic beings of male grooming walk the earth; we hail them, barbers. If you do not have a barber on speed dial, re-think your contact list. Your friendly neighbourhood barber will have Table worthy advice on the correct shape of beard for your face and help you maintain it. Regular trimming (including your moustache) will help you keep your beard's shape and keep it in line. Invest in a friction-free comb and brush, and give your beard daily downward brushes. With daily brushing, your beard will learn to adapt and follow your chosen shape. You are now one step closer to having your Club sergeant looking away admirably, even if you're sipping your single malt with your right hand...

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OI L I T U P A SMOOTH - R U NNING BEARD NEEDS L U BRI C ATION Suppose you fancy your beard smelling like a World Meeting on an exotic island or like a genuine leather briefcase at your local AGM. In that case, countless beard oils are out there suited for all preferences and tastes. Of course, the great fragrances available aren't the main benefit of a quality beard oil. Natural

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ingredients such as argan, coconut, jojoba, mint and almond make it easy to see how these oils add vitality to your alpha bush. Regular use of beard oil adds to your beard's overall health, softens, adds a vigorous shine and tames the wiriest of beards. Keep as close as possible to 100% natural ingredients when selecting your choice of oil. It goes without saying, moderation is key. You do not want your face to look like a mirror ball at a dodgy nightclub. As for fragrance, apologies, but we haven't found a "You're The Tabler" trademarked oil, yet.

H E A LT H I S F U R - W E A LT H BEA U T Y C OMES FROM W ITHIN Just like your normal hair and nails, a healthy diet adds to a healthy beard. Ensure your body gets plenty of vitamins B5, B3, and B9 - that means nuts, egg yolks, milk, nuts, lean meats and leafy greens. Now that you have adopted these tips adapt them to your daily grooming and improve them to sport your badge of full manhood! P.S – According to statistics, bearded Tablers receive more pins, coins and other regalia. (Please do not tell our non-bearded Members we said that.)

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R T I L E G A C Y | 4 1 internati o nal

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4 1 I N T E R N AT I O N A L

SEARCHING FOR PAST TABLERS ALL OVER THE WORLD TO JOIN THE LOST BOYS E-CLUB! 41 INTERNATIONAL HAS LAUNCHED the first global e-club to connect all the lost ex-Tablers in countries without a 41 national Association. We need the help of Round Table clubs all over the world to share the message that Tabling continues wherever you are after 40/45. You can apply for membership via the 41 International website 24/7. The membership gives you access to all the information on 41er.World, and you become part of a community of ex-Tablers. You can join our two annual World Meetings (HYM/AGM) or visit one of 28 national AGMs worldwide. You can find lost Tabler friends and become part of the 41 International interest groups here. If you read this and know about lost boys outside of 41 International, then please lead them back home to 41 International. 41 International has also established an ambassador position for every country in which Round Table is present but lacks a 41 Association. The ambassador is a local past Tabler who wants to set up a 41 Association in the future in their country. The ambassador will work closely with the International Board and build up contact with past Tablers and clubs to make an Association. The e-Club is our tool to collect members and keep them in the loop until a national Association can be formed. Please contact us if you know of potential ambassadors for 41 International.

Yours, in international table

Tom Albrigtsen

President 41 International Past President Round Table International 2004-2005

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RTI LEG AC Y | the rt i e- ClUb

EXPANDING WITH THE RTI E-CLUB By Mr GOTTFRIED LUMPI , Community Service Officer CEER ,Council Member RTI E-Club

One of the biggest challenges for anyone moving to a new place, new culture, new environment, and work will always be to stay connected. By definition, it seems to be easy nowadays with all the Social Media apps. Yet, it has become more challenging because so many are out there. For this reason, the RTI Board called for action to create a place for Tablers to stay connected and expand globally.

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“Taking it to the world being boundaryless.” Jayant Agrawal, RTI Vice President

Tablers who live in a country with active Association and Tables but have a language or other barrier and no international table available

The RTI E-Club is an associate Member of RTI in the CEE

Prospects who cannot join an active table due to the

Region. The goal of the E-club is to be a safety net for

points above

Tablers that might be lost and do not intend to compete with any existing Association. The initial draft constitution was drawn from the current Round Table constitution. One of our challenges is that we will simultaneously be an Association and a local virtual Table consisting of worldwide members. This will allow us to onboard prospects in countries or locations where there is no

Supporting Tablers and prospects to charter a local Table where none is currently present “With the RTI E-Club, we can give every nation the possibility to join the Round Table, even though we were not able to charter them in the past. Members will feel connected and can live the spirit of RT within our

movement.”

tabling and support to create a local physical Table or Association in the long run.

“An initiative to retain the knowledge, experience, and skills of brothers who otherwise would be lost to Round Table.” Jayant Agrawal, RTI Vice President

We focussed on recruiting experienced members to

Marc Germeshausen, CEER Chairman

“During COVID-19 Lockdowns, we have adopted the possibilities of online meetings. We have adapted those possibilities into E-Club. Let us use them to improve tabling for all Tablers without a nearby Table.” Jule Gosschalk - CEER Chairman Elect

form a competent board for the initial year. The current members are Andreas Mussger (An Austrian living in The

We currently meet every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the

Netherlands), Alex Henderson (A Seychellois in China),

month at 13:00 CET. This allows us to have everyone in the

Marius Krichel (A German in China), Christoffer Virtanen

world join us from the morning hours in the USA to late

(A Fin in The Netherlands), Gottfried Lumpi (An Austrian in

evening in Asia. Everyone is welcome to join us, and please

South Korea). As the Vice President of RTI, Jayant Agrawal

let us know when you know of a Tabler being all alone

plays an integral part in the E-club Structure.

out there. We also have our first prospect Gilbert Owusu-

After our AGM planned in August, we will also open up to

Afriyie (Ghanaian in China), who is very active. We are

non-experienced members. This will allow us to focus on

awaiting another prospect and two Tablers (RTD and RTBI)

adding new blood to our Club and helping to expand our

to join us in our next meeting.

movement.

Additionally, we have invited prospects from Spain to join us. Please complete the form on our website (https://

We have set the following criteria to join RTI E-Club;

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

Tablers who move to a country with no active table or

be a member of our RTI E-Club. Every Tabler is welcome

Association

to join our Discord Server RTI E-Club (https://discord.

Tablers in an Association with no active Table within a

gg/5MyRWfas).

50km radius

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RTI LEG AC Y | a ne w dimension to tr a ining

A NE W DIMENSION TO TRAINING

"THE BEAUTIFUL THING ABOUT LEARNING IS THAT NOBODY CAN TAKE IT AWAY FROM YOU." B.B. KING

By Mr SACHIN SHAH , RTI University Manager

The only thing we have to ourselves is our learning, education and experience, which will always be ours to keep. Round Table always brings us much learning through experiences, peer-to-peer learning and knowledge sharing. The RTI University strives to bring together some of the best digital and physical education learning tools. We plan to take this forward and live up to our Adopt, Adapt and Improve motto.

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LL OF US LOVE THIS movement that

OUR FIRST MODULE will be the training on the

instils leadership qualities in us. At

secretary portfolio. The secretary is the backbone

some point in time, some of us take up

of any organization. He is responsible for the

leadership positions, but considering

communication flow and is expected to be aware of the

the dynamics of age and retirement,

organization's work, common terminologies, making

the time is always short. When taking

meeting packs, taking minutes, etc. It is also essential

any portfolio, we want to deliver our best. Even if we

to plan the handover of the secretary role. He is a vital

have the intent, we aren't equipped with the proper

connector between the club and the rest of the Tabling

knowledge and tools to perform to the desired level.

world. An essential tool available is the Tabler.World platform that helps a Tabler connect with the world has

WE ARE NOW WORKING on

numerous features and will form

a platform that will enable us

part of this training.

to create training programs that would break all barriers of time zones, busy schedules and holidays. We are working to develop the first-ever online training module. This will allow anyone to join a specific program and learn at their own pace. The board is working hard to ensure that this experience is informative,

“Tell me, and I forget, teach me, and I may remember, involve me, and I learn.”

engaging, and fun. You can learn

Benjamin Franklin

in your free time and start from where you last stopped. This enables you to choose and plan your time for the course.

WE WANT TO GIVE ALL the training that would enable a secretary to be equipped with the knowledge needed to perform from the first day in office. There would be a lot of sample documents provided. The training modules will be delivered by professional Round Table trainers with the knowledge, experience and expertise in their subjects.

Once members have attended all modules and completed all the requisite tasks, we will send a digital certificate to them. The certificate will show that the

WE ENDEAVOUR TO make these modules as interactive and involving as possible. The modules are designed

individual has completed the course. We intend that most Tablers benefit from this

with videos and to be interactive. Digital tools,

platform, and we can add much more training to this

quizzes and the sharing of best practices will keep you

platform. More modules will follow in the coming

engaged. There would be regular quizzes to check the

months.

level of understanding based on which the individual can go to the next level.

Please feel free to write to us with any suggestions or feedback.

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R T I L E G A C Y | a ta b l e r ' s g U i d e . . .

a ta b l e r ' s g U i d e

PAIRING WINE WITH FOOD By Mr WILLEM BONNEUX, RT 23 RENAIX, Belgium

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R T I L E G A C Y | a ta b l e r ' s g U i d e . . .

Pairing food and wine is as much about feeling and taste as it is about knowledge. It isn't magic, though. There are ways to create balance in your pairing by either contrasting tastes and flavours or amplifying shared flavour characteristics of what's on your dish and what's in your glass. You have wine and food pairings today and will have forgotten tomorrow. Then there are the pairings that linger on and create a sensory experience that's more than just food and drink. The latter is exactly what this little Tabler's guide for pairing wine with food wants to achieve. Let's find out more.

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R T I L E G A C Y | a ta b l e r ' s g U i d e . . .

a ta b l i n g Co n n o i s s e U r of fine Wines

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OMBINING THE BEST of both worlds, for this Legacy feature on wine pairing, who could guide us better than a Tabler? Involved with Tabling since 2021 - as a member of Belgian Round Table 23 Renaix - Simon Renaer has been professionally involved with good food and drink his whole career.

First in the restaurant business, now as a sales representative for a Belgian wine importer and distributor in the French-speaking country. "Wines are so very fascinating. Behind every bottle is the story of a winemaker, often of a single family who, throughout the generations, are doing their very best to work with whatever nature offers them that year. Winemaking is part science, part art. Some years offer wonderful results, others less so. Yet every wine year has its charms. The most important thing is, every good bottle of wine is the start of a dialogue, of exchanging views and experiences." When asked to guide us in the fascinating world of wine pairing, Simon suggested putting theory into practice. So we headed out to one of his favourite restaurants, where he paired the courses on the lunch menu with a variety of typical and surprising wine choices.

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"A meal without wine is like a day without sun"

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aperitif

S EL EC T IO N O F H O R S D ’ O EU V R E S For many foodies, the aperitif is like the kickoff of a football game. The match is yet to be decided, but the opening minutes already give a good impression of the kind of game we can expect. The ideal aperitif will stimulate our taste buds and open the stomach. Acidity and/or bitterness are important here. Too sweet an aperitif will dull the senses and close the stomach. This is why sparkling wines such as champagne are ideally suited for an aperitif. When selected well, cocktails, not to mention beers, can form an equally well-suited marriage with the hors d'oeuvres to get the ball rolling and set the tone for the remainder of the meal. The aperitif wine Simon chauvinistically suggested is Belgian. "Schorpion is a local Méthode traditionelle from a small-scale operation only 2 hectares large. Founded decades ago when winemaking in our country was still in its infancy, Schorpion is one of the pioneers that put Belgian wines on the map. The winemakers use the traditional production method we know from champagne, yet can't call it champagne because the use of this name is only allowed in that specific geographical region. In the end, the name doesn't matter. We have a delicate sparkling wine, fresh, with a touch of acidity and a hint of brioche and citrus."

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T U N A TATA K I W I T H RO M E S CO A N D G R I L L ED A L M O N DS Tuna and almonds are both a bit fatty, so they require a wine to accompany this richness. The first wine Simon selected for us is Les Silex of Domaine Beausejour, a French Sauvignon Blanc from the middle of Loire valley. It is crisp, mineral and citrusy. "This is a classic white wine with a taste reminiscent of flint that will appeal to many people. It is so typical of its kind; you simply cannot go wrong with this one. Especially not since it's very reasonably priced." The contender for the starter dish comes from Hungary: a Tokaji from Chateau Dereszla. Coming from a region in Hungary that is very well known worldwide for its sweet white wines, is this atypical dry white wine based on the Furmint grape. "A very expressive, aromatic and floral white wine with citrus lemon, grapefruit, apple and mineral notes. For people who know the Tokaj region and their sweet whites, this is a fascinating proposition."

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L ACQ U ER ED F I L E T O F D U C K , M U S H RO O M E S C A B EC H E A N D PE A S A rich dish with gamy red meat such as duck requires some character in the glass to match. "For this dish, we cannot go for anything more classic than this red Saint-Emilion Grand Cru. Called 'La Fleur de Badette', it stems from the famous Bordeaux region in southwest France. Consisting of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, this is a full-bodied wine with hints of berries, figs, chocolate and leather. A no-brainer go-to wine to pair with red meats and game." The classic option this time is pitted against an atypical Frenchy, a Sancerre from the Domaine Delaporte. "Like Les Silex from the starter, this is another Loire wine from the centre of France. A surprising one too, as Sancerre is mostly known for its white wines." Although both reds we tasted have hints of blackberry on the palate, we have pinot noir with a more elegant, silky flavour. Left to their own devices - without a dish to pair them with - the chunkier Bordeaux would win hands down. With the duck, however, the Sancerre made for a heavenly pairing, bringing out all the flavours and then some.

dessert

R ED F RU I T S W I T H C H A M O M I L E IC E C R E A M A N D L EM O N M ER I N G U E Red fruits and lemon have a natural acidity that adds challenge to finding the right pairing. You will want to avoid adding too much additional acidity. Simon continues: "This is where a classic sweet white wine like the Terroir & Vignobles from the Gascony region - south of Bordeaux, towards the Spanish border - really shines. Made from Gros Manseng grapes, this one will please almost everyone's palette but - as it is so accessible - will be easily forgotten the day after." To top off our menu, Simon invited an Italian rosé spumante to the table. "From the Veneto region in the northeast of Italy, this is a delicate, soft-spoken sparkling wine with hints of strawberry and pink grapefruit. Some acidity adds depth and elegance - almost ladylike - to its sweetness. This is an atypical, gutsy pairing that will less easily be forgotten than a run-off-the-mill sweet white wine".

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T H E G L A S S I S A LWAY S H A L F FU L L For a true wine lover, the glass is never half empty. Always half full. Time and time, there's something new to learn and try, a new region, winemaker or grape variety to explore. When you look at it this way, enjoying a bottle of wine with friends has much in common with Tabling. There are always new discoveries and friendships waiting for us just around the corner.

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TEN TIPS FOR AN A W ESOME W INE E X PERIEN C E

Every one of us has our taste profile and preferences. Some like buttery chardonnay and others prefer a mineral pinot grigio. And that's ok. In many regions around the world, local dishes go well with wines from that specific region. For example, German sauerkraut and Riesling, or French cassoulet with Cahors. When pairing wine with food, the dish remains the focal point. The wine should not dominate the combination but should not disappear either. The aim of pairing is to create a sum that's bigger than its parts. Contrary to popular belief: white wine can also go with cheese, especially a sweeter, somewhat fuller-bodied version. And yes, some red wines also go well with fish. Generally speaking, we all drink wine too quickly. Some wines can age beautifully, enriching their enjoyment even more. When serving several wines over the course of a menu, start with the top wines. Keeping the best for last isn't a good idea with wines as you will enjoy your wine better when your senses are not yet tired. Take care of the wine's temperature when serving. For white wine, 6 to 8 degrees Celsius is ideal. For red wine, 16 to 18 degrees celsius will give you the most enjoyment. Acidity is very important. Even a world-class sweet white wine will showcase a combination of sweetness and fresh acidity. Let an experienced merchant guide you in your wine purchases. Otherwise, chances are you will end up in a store buying the same old wines you know and like. Don't miss out on a lot of new and exciting wine experiences. Nowadays, interesting wines are made all over the world. It doesn't hurt to get off the beaten path and try something new once in a while.

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RTI LEG AC Y | Char i t Y aCross border s

CHARITY ACROSS BORDERS By Mr LEONARDO GARILLI, RT 4 Piacenza, Italy

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HE BRIDGE BETWEEN Italy and Africa

investments. A press conference was held soon after to

that has allowed the success of this

inform the public of the important initiative.

important Service is Dionisio Cumbà, Minister of Health of Guinea-Bissau.

THE OFFICIAL DELIVERY of the monitors to the

Dionisio left his country of origin many

hospital, which took place the next day, was a success.

years ago to study as a nurse in Verona.

The Minister of Health and the President of the hospital

Then, he graduated in medicine in Padua. Through

participated in the event. Garilli had the pleasure of

a former member of the Round Table Piacenza,

sharing the support that Round Table wants to give

lawyer Michele Cattadori, Round Table Piacenza was

to Guinea Bissau to local microphones. Not only that,

put in contact with Minister Dionisio for this charity

since on the same day he held several meetings with

project, which culminated with the gala dinner event

the Prime Minister and the Minister of the Interior, later

on February 18th. The event included the active

he was also received by the Foreign Minister.

participation of the Municipality of Piacenza as well as numerous sponsors such as the Round Table Italia

LEONARDO WAS VERY happy with the trip in which

Onlus Foundation, BMW, Nordmeccanica and many

he had the opportunity to visit a part of the local

others.

islands, as well as the capital Bissau. He discovered great poverty in the country which pushes us to help

THIS BEAUTIFUL DINNER EVENT, thanks to the

the local population even more as well as making us

sponsor and participants’ generosity, raised over

realize how much a project like this one can really make

€20,000 which is beyond what was initially budgeted.

a difference.

With this budget raised, it was then possible to purchase 10 medical multiparameter monitors

THE EVENT THAT the Round Table Piacenza organized

equipped with 10 batteries for the intensive care units

kicked off an awareness campaign towards the health

of Guinea Bissau through the company SolMed.

needs of Guinea Bissau. It spread like wildfire to

The President of Piacenza’s table Leonardo Garilli

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other non-profit but also government bodies for the

and the lawyer Cattadori, following the success of

purchase of machinery hospitals and the search for

the project, received a presidential invitation to go to

resources for the construction of a new hospital. The

Guinea Bissau to deliver the monitors in person and

project was presented by the Engineer and Professor

meet the President. Leonardo enthusiastically accepted

Nicoletti Mauro who had the approval of the local

the invitation and organized his trip between April 30

government to gather a budget in order to build the

and May 6, 2022.

new structure.

THE DAY BEFORE the official delivery of the monitors,

THE PRESIDENT of Piacenza’s Table, Leonardo Garilli,

scheduled for May 4th, Leonardo was received by His

is still working with government and non-profit

Excellency the President Umaro El Mokhtar Sissoco

organizations for a final donation to be made to Guinea

Embaló. During this meeting, the President of Guinea

Bissau before the end of his term. If this initiative is also

Bissau officially thanked Round Table for the monitors

successful, it will later be publicized through the Round

and efforts made. The meeting was also useful to

Table press organs together with the main Italian

discuss the development of some future projects and

newspapers.


”He discovered great poverty in the country which pushes us to help the local population even more as well as making us realize how much a project like this one can really make a difference.“

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t h e t i e s t h at b i n d

LEADING STRONGER TOGETHER By OLIVER and PILLE PETS, Presidents of Round Table and Ladies Circle Estonia

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It all started in 2013 when Oliver joined Round Table Estonia (RT11 Haapsalu). As is the case typically, he invited several friends to join him throughout the years. Sometime later, and through a mutual acquaintance, Pille was inducted into the youngest club of LC Estonia (LC11 Tallinn) in 2018. And so, brother and sister's journey started, both at their number 11 clubs.

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AVING SPENT SOME YEARs in Round

It's hard to predict how the Presidential year is going

Table and Ladies Circle and having

to be. We should catch up after a year, but we know

received so much, we both felt it was

that it will be pretty challenging.

time to give back. We had lunch with

Pille will give birth to her 3rd son just at the

our extended family at a restaurant on

beginning of the season. We have several big events

Valentine's Day last year. We discussed

to host, like the Ladies Circle Nordic Region Mid Term

that several Tablers and Circlers had approached

Meeting in January and Round Table International Half

both of us with the suggestion that we could run for

Year Meeting in March.

Vice-President of Estonia. We joked about it with each other and thought it was too time-consuming, too

A SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGE for Round Table Estonia

much responsibility and many other things we could

is to bond new members to the organization and

think of. Until one moment, we looked at each other

give them the whole Round Table experience in

and said as together; I will run when you will. We

their first club season at all levels (local, national and

are family, and we both have strong clubs that have

international). To provide them with a supercharged

brought us here, which is very supportive. We want

start for enjoying this club experience. But also

to give our organizations everything we have learned

work on ways to recruit new members. Ensure the

along the way and take them forward stronger. We are

organization's continuity and sustainability and

supporting each other and moving forward Side by

improve communication between clubs and the

Side without losing the face of either organization. We

national board. And it goes without saying that as a

feel we can do more as brother and sister and that we

host for the RTIHYM this season, we put a great effort

embody the spirit of #StrongerTogether.

into our international relations.

OUR CHILDHOOD passed with an age difference of

FOR LADIES CIRCLE ESTONIA, the goals are quite

almost four years, but we shared a room for a long

similar. In addition to attracting and bonding new

time. Typical of siblings, we fought, teased each other

members, to increase the unity of the 10 existing clubs

and built a bond that would last a lifetime. After our

and make little Estonia an outstanding member of LCI.

father's death, when one was 13 and the other 9, our

Whilst we know that it will be a tough year, we know

lives seemed to take completely different directions.

that working together as a family will get us through it

Oliver felt that the whole world was to blame and that

all. Like it always has. We indeed are #StrongerTogether

the only way to deal with it was to try and experience everything life had to offer before turning 18. On the other hand, being somewhat younger, Pille approached

PS: Pille is going to give birth to her 3rd son just at the beginning of the season (fun fact - Oliver has 3 daughters)

life with an extreme sense of duty and caution. WE HAVE GROWN TOGETHER, seen a lot of good and sometimes worse, and faced challenges that, even in terms of experience, I would not wish on anyone. There have certainly been periods in our lives when we have been somewhat distant. Still, at the end of the day, we are always sister and brother, ready to go through fire and water for each other.

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RTI LEGAC Y

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W E A R E G ROW I N G

By Mr MADS THORSDAL

A V I RG I N ' S G U I D E

By ROUND TABLE INTERNATIONAL

M O R E T H A N T H E B U FFA LO

By Mr WERNER SWANEPOEL

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By Mr DANIEL LARSSON

By Mr LUCAS BORSBOOM

102 B E T H E M O S T H O S T By Mr PAUL HOEKSEMA

10 4 TA S T E T H E W O R L D By LADIES' CIRCLE INTERNATIONAL

10 6 DI D YO U K N OW ? By ROUND TABLE INTERNATIONAL

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ROUND TABLE ALBANIA

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HE IDEA TO START a Table in Albania began in 2016 when Erion Sico was visiting Luxembourg and was invited by Vladimir Lazic, a colleague, to his house. Vladimir, a past president of RT 6 Luxembourg, had a lot of Round Table memorabilia in his place, which arose Erion's interest. Vladimir briefed him about

Round Table, and Erion was intrigued. Two years later, Vladimir and RT 6 Luxembourg organised a

tour to Albania and Montenegro. Erion Sico and Erion Sade joined the tour. They got excited with the idea of Round Table and these Tablers' spirit and friendship. So, the idea of opening a Table in Albania started. They started gathering friends and spoke to them about Round Table. They even participated in the RTIWM in 2019 in Brasov, Romania, by having members present. The inauguration of RT 1 Tirana was unfortunately postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The support of Round Table Luxembourg was critical to the inauguration on the last weekend of October 2021. The inauguration party had Tablers joining from around the world to celebrate this event. The charter ceremony took place on 8-9 July 2022, followed by a pre-tour from 6-7 of July 2022. Round Table 1 Tirana was chartered by Round Table International, with Round Table Luxembourg being the godparent Association. In this event participated fellow brothers from Luxembourg, France, Germany, Denmark, Netherland, Estonia, Austria and India. The board members are as follows: President- Erdi Kraja V/President - Anteo Ismaili Treasure - Ermal Rama Secretary - Tahir Meshau IRO - Kevi Redhaj We all eagerly look forward to all that is to come from Round Table Albania

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ROUND TABLE PRAGUE

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HE CZECH REPUBLIC RETURNED to the Round Table brotherhood on a fine sunny 4th of June morning in 2022. It all started with a Danish Tabler moving to Prague. After being abroad for several years, he realised that one of the things he missed the most

from his homeland was the fellowship of Round Table and his former local club. I am that Dane; my name is Mads. I headhunted a few promising Round Table candidates from

local entrepreneur groups on Facebook, and we started meeting in September. We all knew something great was in the works from the first meeting. Soon we were 16. Czechs and ex-pats with roots ranging from Colombia to Azerbaijan and Siberia. With unwavering support from Marc Germeshausen, the RTI board and RT Denmark, we were all properly introduced in theory and by several visits - to tabling. With a cold winter looming and yet 6 months to chartering and formal discussions about service projects, one of our members, Nazim, took the initiative to arrange our first. In cooperation with a local shelter, buying and handing out 200 sets of winter clothes to the homeless in our capital. Soon, however, the day came. I remember it vividly - standing on the stage in front of 100 new “old friends” worldwide. From the network that I treasure. I felt incredibly proud with a bit of tiredness from the Friday welcome at Staropramen brewery. I am excited about showing my fellow new Tablers the world of international tabling - in practice. I am excited about showing the world of international tabling Round Table 1 Prague. And I am especially excited about introducing the world to my 15 new brothers - whom I am proud to call friends and excited to continue to build Round Table Czech Republic. Here we are! Don’t hesitate to come to visit Prague. See you at WM 2022 in Copenhagen. By Mads Thorsdal – RT Prague 1

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A VIRGIN'S GUIDE So, you have taken the plunge and registered for the upcoming World Meeting. As this is your first one, you have more questions than answers, and you need some answers. Do not worry, as this guide will give you all the essential knowledge before leaving home.

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B E F O R E L E AV I N G H O M E Visas and other regulations: Have a look if you need a visa to travel to the World Meeting. Denmark is Part of the Schengen Area, which covers many countries in Europe. If you need a visa, get this done early as there are many delays post-Corona. Also, have a look at other requirements, specifically with regards to vaccinations. All this info is readily available from the convenors or the Danish national website. Printing to be done: As a backup, print flight tickets, proof of vaccination and other critical documents. Carry this as a backup in your hand luggage to have it available as needed. You never know when this might be needed What to pack? Except for the obvious clothing, here are some additional items many tend to forget: • Suit for the gala night • Some basic medicine and first aid • The correct plugs and converters that you might need • Banners for exchange if you want to partake in the banner exchange • Some small souvenirs from your home country. This is not a must, but a nice gift to hand over to your new-found friends. • Pins, coins, and other regalia to trade with newly found friends • Chain of office – Always in your hand luggage – never check this in. Nations Night preparations: If you are assisting your Association in Nations Night, ensure that you pack the goodies as needed. Be aware of the local and travel regulations of what you travel with. Also do read up on what is allowed and what is not at the venue. There may be some restrictions to preparing live food that what you are used to in your home country Stay up to date: Join the Facebook group - https://web. facebook.com/RTIWM2022. This is run by the convenors and will have the latest updates and information as to what is happening at the World Meeting

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AT T H E WO R L D M E E T I N G Pre-tours: If you are joining a pre-tour, you will receive prior communication regarding the tour. The convening team will ensure you have a great time and have you at the hotel, and help you with registration for the World Meeting. Share your stories and experiences from the tour with the rest of the guys at the event and with your table brothers back at home. Registration: Registration will take place at the main hotel from Wednesday, the 21st of September onwards. Here you will get a printed programme and your hotel room allocation. Accommodation: Accommodation will be provided according to what you have booked. You will often be sharing a room with another person unless you have specifically requested and paid for a single room. Do not always look for another table buddy from your club or Association to share a room with. Meeting a new Tabler for the first time and sharing your experience as a roommate is a fantastic way to build bonds and long-lasting friendships Programme: The Programme for the World Meeting is attached on the following spread. You will get a copy of this during registration too. Some key things to note are the following: • The Welcome Party will be at the main hotel. No transport is required. A Table shirt evening where a lot of pins and regalia trading will be done. • The Councillors Meeting is open to anyone to attend. This is where the bulk of discussions and deliberations will take place • The Thursday night Viking Party will be preceded by sport at the World Meeting. Axe-Throwing will be held at the same venue as the party later on, and this is open to anyone to join in. Transport will be arranged to the venue. This is a Viking Themed party, so dress appropriately. • The AGM is open to anyone to attend and promises to be a fantastic meeting to attend. The AGM will be followed by the Banner Exchange, which is open to all. • Nations Night will be held at the same venue as the Viking Party. Transport will once again be provided for what promises to be an epic night. Drink lots of water and ensure that you know your limits. Some Associations like to dress up in traditional wear; otherwise, anything Round Table is fine. • An RTI University session is being presented on Saturday afternoon. This promises to be an insightful experience. Held at the main hotel. The dress code is casual • The Gala Dinner will celebrate the year that was and look forward to the year that comes. Formal suit required and will be at an off-site venue to which transport will be provided. • Day tours are available during all of the days of the World Meeting. This is an excellent way to see the city and immerse yourself in all things Denmark. Share images and experiences on your social media and don’t forget to tag the event when you do so • Copenhagen has a fantastic night scene that must be explored. The conference venue is central in Copenhagen, with many clubs and bars within walking distance, or a very short taxi, from the hotel.

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WHY NOT INDULGE A BIT? The Viking night and the nations night will have a bar run by Tablers and for Tablers. With very affordable Table pricing on all drinks.

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PROGRAMME DAY 1 W E D N E S D AY, S E P T E M B E R 2 1 09:00 - 21:00

DAY 4 S A T U R D A Y , S E P T E M B E R 2 4 TH

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Arrival - meet and greet at the airport, transport to the main hotel, and registration.

19:00 - 01:00

Welcome Party (at the main hotel)

01:00 - —:—

Enjoy your night in beautiful Copenhagen - within walking distance from your hotel

09:00 -—:—

Regional Meetings

09:00 - —:—

Day tours 1, 2, 3 and 4

12:30 - 13:30

Lunch

13:30 - 15:00

RTI University session

13:30 - 17:00

Free time in the Town - recommendations to follow

DAY 2 T H U R S D A Y , S E P T E M B E R 2 2 ND 09:00 - —:—

Councillors Meeting

09:00 - —:—

Day tours 1, 2, 3 and 4

12:30 - 13:30

Lunch

13:30 - 17:00

16:30 - 18:30

(15-minute drive) 18:30 - 01:00 01:00 - —:—

Sport at the World Meeting – details to follow in

DAY 5

Free time in the Town – recommendations

S U N D A Y , S E P T E M B E R 2 5 TH

Busses start going to the party venue (15-minute drive)

19:00 - 01:00

Viking Party (At TAP1)

01:00 - —:—

Enjoy your night in beautiful Copenhagen - within walking distance from your hotel

DAY 3 F R I D A Y , S E P T E M B E R 2 3 RD 09:00 - —:—

RTI World Meeting followed by the Banner and gift exchange

09:00 - —:—

Day tours 1, 2, 3 and 4

12:30 - 13:30

Lunch

13:30 - 17:00

Free time in the Town - recommendations to follow

17:00 - 19:00

Busses start going to the party venue (15-minute drive)

19:00 - 01:00

The Biggest Nations Night EVER (At TAP1)

01:00 - —:—

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Enjoy your night in beautiful Copenhagen - within walking distance from your hotel

to follow 17:00 - 19:00

Gala at Bella Center with Jewel exchange and Awards Ceremony

the next Legacy edition 13:30 - 17:00

Busses start going to the party venue

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EXPLORE ROUND TABLE This would be the last event that qualifies you to claim € 300 from RTI for attending it. We have 78 travel tickets available across all the Associations. Get in touch with your local IRO for the detail on how to claim this travel grant

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B E F O R E YO U L E AV E Ensure you pack all your stuff and do not forget anything. Remember to pack your cell phone charger as this tends to be left behind frequently Buy your last goodies and souvenirs of the event for everyone back home or to commemorate your experience.

W H E N YO U A R E H O M E Remember your claims: RTI has several claims available to assist you in getting to the World Meeting. Remember to claim for these as per the rules of the specific claim. Also check national travel funds as well, e.g. RT Austria or RT Germany. Write an article to share your experience with other Tablers in your national magazine or even for the RTI legacy magazine. Share your stories at your next club meeting and infect fellow Tablers with the travelling virus.

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MORE TO EXPLORE

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DI S COV E R I N G N AT IO N S N IG H T IT’S A FRIDAY NIGHT at a major RTI meeting, and everyone is tired after a long day of meetings. With the bulk of the serious matters being attended to, some much-needed fun and relaxation are needed. Those who have been here before knows what is coming and that this night will once again be the highlight for most – tonight is Nations Night. All Associations present at the meeting partake in this event where we all celebrate our diverse heritage and culture through food and drinks. Armed with a Table or two from the convenors, Associations display delicacies from their homeland. These have been meticulously transported and shown to attract maximum participation. Wearing traditional clothing adds to the overall atmosphere and is always a great conversation starter. Several Associations have taken this concept and copied this. Still, the authentic experience can only be had at the World or Half Year meetings. As a participant in this night, the senses are overwhelmed by all on offer. Cheese and wine from France, curries from India, chocolates from Switzerland and Belgium, salmiakki from Finland and the dreaded snuff machine from South Africa are just a little of what awaits you. With over 40 stands inviting you in, the choice of where to start is always a hard one to make. You will be treated to some of the best food and drinks no matter where you start. The only thing is the stories that are being shared and friendships that are being made. You get to try new taste sensations and combinations to make your head spin, all while discovering the beauty of other cultures. What starts off as a night never to forget sometimes turns into a night that is difficult to remember, especially after visiting Estonia or Romania. But the friendships made here last a lifetime. Join us for Nations Night in Copenhagen, Denmark where the biggest one yet is being planned

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G E T T I N G T O K N OW T H E B A N N E R E XC H A N G E THE IDEA OF A BANNER EXCHANGE is something we see a lot as Tablers. Across the globe, we see Tablers exchanging banners within and outside their Association. When travelling, we meet different people in Round Table events. It may be a Club Meeting or anything to the World Meeting. This leads to the exchange of ideas, friendships and in many cases, banners. We love those moments. We capture and cherish them in social media platforms. Although anyone is free to exchange banners, customarily, this is done by an authorised delegate of a Tabler or Association. Banners could have many different designs and can be made from various materials as well. A personalised message written to the receiver, adds a level of personalisation that lasts a lifetime. Over the years, it’s become a tradition to bring a gift along to the Banner Exchange. This is not a requirement, but another great opportunity to share about your culture. Exchanging banners can happen at any time but is formalised at major events such as Association or International events. This is normally done after the AGM as everyone is still dressed up neatly for pictures. This is not a requirement though with some Banner Exchanges being held in a more relaxed atmosphere, especially in the tropics. Other Round Table Family Members have embraced this and have their own Banner Exchanges. Bring your banners to the planned Banner Exchange at the RTI World Meeting in Denmark. We are waiting and would be great to see you there.

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REV I V ING THE PINK BUNNY EVER HEARD OF the Pink Bunny award before? Many have not. At the 2017 RTI World Meeting, Kaj Kostiander came up with the idea and designed the award to recognise Saku Hyttinen’s extraordinary achievement in visiting all RTI Associations during his active RT years. Since then, no further awards of these were handed out. With Covid-19 receding, the RTI Board has significantly emphasised getting more floor Tablers to travel. We are a movement of people and interaction, not computer screens and Zoom meetings. We were forced into a virtual world for far too long, but we must embrace travelling with our brothers to ensure bonds are formed that are not easily broken. We have encouraged travelling and offered several grants to individuals and smaller Associations to travel more than ever before. For those who have embraced this travelling culture, we are bringing back the Pink Bunny award. This will be handed out at the upcoming RTI World Meeting in Copenhagen, where exceptional travel will be celebrated. Should you be eligible for the award, please mail me at president@round-table.org or your local IRO, who will pass this along to the board. This will be open for floor members and not for any board member. The winner will be rewarded with an actual Pink Bunny, which, if presented at a meeting when travelling, we ask members to buy a drink for this achievement. The winner will also receive fully paid registration and accommodation at the next RTI World Meeting in 2023. Are you the next Pink Bunny?

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RTI LEG AC Y | more than the bUffalo

MORE THAN THE BUFFALO By Mr WERNER SWANEPOEL, President 2022-2023, Southern Africa

Round Table Southern Africa (RTSA) bubbles with wonderful, culturally diverse people. A colourful array of different foods, religions, beliefs and traditions are blended together to make up the amazing two countries that is RTSA

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UE TO THE NATURE of our countries,

vibrant inhabitants can you understand. Where else

there is massive need and huge

in the world can you go from Oceans and Mountains,

disparities, compelling us to ensure

through beautiful vineyards and into the arid desert,

we drive impactful change in our

from the open bushveld to tropical forest. Where else

communities. To get up and be counted

can you find such a diversity of people that 11 official

for, to change the lives of countless

languages are required.

South African and Namibian residents. This brings us to our biggest assets and the

But none of this matters if it doesn't feel like home, and that's why I love SA. It is home. This is the home of

invaluable part of us. The people - ALL the people -

ubuntu. For those of you who don't know, it basically

are just great. They shine the brightest they make

means a spirit of community and sharing and kindness.

our countries the best in the world. Nowhere will you

Here's to the glorious South African/Namibian

experience warm hearts and loving homes like you

sunsets and the great blue African skies. Here's to the

will find in RTSA. Hugs, high fives, great food, cold

rich wildlife and the friendly, happy people. Here’s to

beverages, warm beds, amazing vibes and superlative

melktert and koeksusters, mampoer, bobotie, sosaties,

settings.

amasi, isidudu, chutney and bunny chow, vetkoek and

Only once you have been to a South African/ Namibian braai, the beach in December, the bustling cities zig-zagged by taxis, a game park and met our

malva pudding. Come visit us in Sunny Africa and experience RTSA, more than just the Buffalo club.

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SIX NATIONS IN ONE HOUSE By Mr DANIEL LARSSON, National President 2022-2023, Round Table Norway

A

FTER ALMOST THREE YEARS, it was

was really amazing. It created a special atmosphere

finally time for everyone to travel

and memories that we will never forget.

again and meet up with old friends

to have a Homeparty at my home with 26 Tablers and

(Worldmeeting). Two years with

Circlers. That evening we were 11 Nations having a

preparations and tons

of exitement, it was time to hang out and have some fun. Last time we were together was in the city of Siena Italy in 2019, now it was our turn in Norway and my club RT41 Kongsvinger. I had the pleasure and the honour to host 6 brothers at my place that

good time with live music, singing

“Life is good, but a Tablers life is better” Benjamin Franklin

weekend, Tablers from Italy, England, India, South Africa and Germany. With

together, snacks and drinks. You can add Sweden, Austria, France, Canada and USA + the 6 from before and you have these 11 Nations from around the globe. That was fantastic and really special. An unique thing that you only can explore trough Round Table, a brotherhood across borders. Live your RT life to the fullest and

me it would be 6 Nations under 1 roof, something that

embrace it in the best possible way. Round Table is a

is pretty cool. Just to be together again after these

way of living with lots of opportunities and with an

special years with Covid, finally catching up. Eating

unique network around the world. Get busy traveling,

good food, midnight summer dip at my lake with some

you will never regret.

Norwegian Aquavit, cold beers and the La la la tones

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Friday night that weekend I also had the opportunity

for our annual Club 41 Euromeeting


GET EXCITED

WE COMBINE CULTURE NETWORKING EXPERINECES

WEDNESDAY: Welcome Party THURSDAY: Viking Party FRIDAY: Nations Night SATURDAY: RTI Gala


F U N FA C TS ABO U T THE NETHERLANDS

GET YOUR DUTCH ON By Mr LUCAS BORSBOOM, Old-Tabler 74 Roermond, on behalf of Round Table The Netherlands

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W E LCO M E T O THE NETHERL ANDS OUR COUNTRY IS WORLDWIDE famous for windmills, cheese, canals, Heineken, the colour orange, wooden clogs, tulips, paintings of Rembrandt, living below sea level, Anna Frank, water management, King's Day, legal drugs and football players like Rijkaard, Van Basten and Gullit. For the last 3 years, we are also famous in International Tabling because of the song and dance of the Snollebollekes: "naar de links, naar de rechts" ("to the left, to the right"). MANY TOURISTS and even Dutch residents don't call our country The Netherlands. They say Holland. There is even a national song: "Hup Holland, hup." The explanation comes from the two provinces, NorthHolland and South-Holland. These two out of twelve provinces

MOST OF THE DUTCH RESIDENTS have

contributed most to the Dutch kingdom's

a bicycle in use for personal transport.

economy and wealth in the past. These are

Our country is extremely flat, with the

the provinces with the country's highest

highest mountain of 322m above sea

population density and employment

level. An (electronic) bike is a significant environmentally friendly vehicle to use.

SINCE JULY 2022, just over 17,5 million

There are over 22 million bicycles in our

people have been living in the Netherlands.

small country. Many people have a city bike

With an astounding 524 people per

and a sports bike. Yearly we make around

square kilometre, our country has the

250 trips per bike with a total average of

highest population density in the whole

1,250 km distance.

of Europe. A funny fact is that over 60% of

Round Table the Netherlands often

the Dutch population lives 5m below sea

uses "Let's colour the world a bit more

level. Water management is an early and

orange" in their #tags. Despite the red,

well-developed skill for us. Even though we

white and blue colour in our Dutch national

are the tallest nation in the world with an

flag, it's the orange colour we all use to

average height of 176cm (men 184cm), we

show our national pride. The reason is

still need more than a thousand windmills

that our King Willem was Prince of Orange

and pump systems to keep our feet dry.

(our monarchy comes from the House of Orange).

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FACTS

Capital amsterdam Population 17,728 m Language dutch Currency Euro (EUR) National Day King's day (Koningsdag) April 27, and Liberation Day (Bevrijdingsdag) May 5 ROUND TABLE THE NETHERLANDS

Chartert 1946 Godparent rtbi

ROUND TABLE THE NETHERLANDS is your guide for visiting the Netherlands.

Members 2627

Many of the 3.000 proud Dutch Tablers are

Clubs 196

happy to show you around and familiarise you with our great open culture and multicultural society. Be aware that we all communicate quite directly and openly. We Dutchies speak our minds loud and clear.

LEARN MORE Get to know more about Round Table The netherlands on @roundtable_nl

National IRO Willem Theiner iro@roundtable.nl

Outsiders often see this as being rude or disrespectful. Still, for the Dutch, it is actually a virtue of sincerity and honesty. Please contact our National IRO '22 - '24 Willem Theiner. He will do his best to guide you or to connect you with a Tabler to make it count. Maybe one day, we will buy one pair of the annual six million produced clogs and drink a Heineken together.

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BE THE MOST HOST

AS A GLOBAL SOCIETY FOUNDED ON FRIENDSHIP, WE EMBRACE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HOME HOST OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS, BOTH DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL By Mr PAUL HOEKSEMA RT 32, Southern Africa

As travelling Tablers, any itinerary instantly becomes more exciting if it includes home hosting - it goes without saying, the warm hospitality of a fellow Round Table Family beats any hotel room, regardless of the view. Some of our most cherished memories of our time as Members and Past-Members are that of sharing stories and customs at the table (pun intended). In a previous edition of Legacy, we touched base on how to be the perfect house guest. In this article, we would like to highlight a couple of guidelines to help you show your next guest(s) the best time possible.

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H OW T O B E A G R E AT H O M E H O S T

O P E N CO M M U N I C AT I O N From initial contact to your goodbyes, communication is key. Apart from exchanging obvious details such as dates and travel arrangements, enquire about your guest's

PL AN AHEAD

possible dietary (and even medical)

Proper planning will ensure your guests

requirements and preferred sleeping

have everything they need for a memorable

arrangements. Inform them whether they

stay with you. You will no doubt have a late

should tag along certain items such as towels,

night or two to catch up. Ensure your guest is

washcloths, or international charging fittings.

received to a clean house and room fitted with fresh bedding so they can get a good night's sleep. Stock your bathroom to ensure your

YOUR GUES T S H AV E ARRI VED

guests have basic toiletries such as shampoo, body wash and toilet paper (don't forget the headache medication). Remove any personal

First off, and it goes without saying, make

items, such as family photos and portraits,

them feel welcome! Break the ice - if you are

from their dedicated room and make it as

hosting international guests, welcome them

neutral as possible - this will make them feel

with a (researched) greeting or saying in their

less intrusive. Go the extra mile by creating

language, and remember to offer to help them

some space for their clothes in the bedroom

with their luggage. Besides quenching their

and for personal items in the bathroom. Ensure

thirst, a local welcome drink (or drinks we are

you have open power points and adapters to

social with) can be a great conversation starter.

accommodate the charging of devices. There

Show genuine interest and inquire about their

won't be much time to watch YouTube but have

experiences on their travels. Take them on a

the WiFi password ready for your guests to

guided tour of your residence, point out their

check in on family and friends (and to tag you in

bedroom and bathroom, answer any questions

a couple of photos on social media, of course).

they might have, and explain the schedule for

Plan your schedule and meals (in line with their

the duration of their stay.

dietary preference) for the duration of their stay. As a bonus, a printed welcome note with all the needed info will add a personal touch.

D U R I N G T H E I R S TAY

You can even throw in a small treat hidden under their pillows.

You do not need to overwhelm them, give them space and privacy but be attentive to make sure they have everything they need. Giving guests their dedicated space will make them

S AY I N G G O O D B Y E

feel like less of an intruder and more of a part

You should know that you have added

of the family. If you need to head out for non-

another friend for life to your friends' list. Be

work-related errands, ask them if they need

sure to snap a couple of photos together to

anything from the convenient stores or if they

commemorate your time together and give

would like to tag along. If your guests offer to

them a small gift or even a Table souvenir

help with tasks, let them without having them

(coins, pins, and signed banners are always a

do all the work, this will make them feel more

winner). Ask if you can assist with any transport

at home and that they are pulling their weight.

arrangements and stay in contact with them

Your guests can not head out with wrinkled and

until they arrive safely at their next destination

dirty clothing, be sure to offer to help with any

and home. Now that you are a seasoned host

laundry and ironing.

go travel and explore Round Table...

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SACHER-TORTE THE W ORLDS MOST FAMO U S C A K E By LADIES' CIRCLE DENMARK, from the LCI Recipe Book

The Original Sacher-Torte, is the consequence of several lucky twists of fate. The first was in 1832, when the Austrian State Chancellor, Prince Klemens Wenzel von Metternich, tasked his kitchen staff with concocting an extraordinary dessert to impress his special guests. As fortune had it, the chef had fallen ill that evening, leaving the apprentice chef, the then-16-year-old Franz Sacher, to perform this culinary magic trick. Metternich’s parting words to the talented teenager: “I hope you won’t disgrace me tonight.” (quoted from Sacher) and he didn´t.. we truly love it!

Preparation 15 min

DIRECTIONS

Cooking 30 min

Preheat oven to 170°C. Line the base of a springform with baking paper, grease the sides, and dust with a little flour. Melt 130 g couverture over boiling water. Let cool slightly.

INGREDIENTS The Cake: 130 g dark couverture chocolate (min. 55% cocoa content) 1 vanilla Pod 150 g softened butter 100g icing sugar 100g castor sugar 6 eggs 140 g plain wheat flour 200 g apricot jam The Glaze: 200 g castor sugar 125 ml water 130 g dark couverture chocolate (min. 55% cocoa content) in Addition: Unsweetend whipped cream to garnish

Slit vanilla pod lengthwise and scrape out seeds. Using a hand mixer with whisks, beat the softened butter with the icing sugar and vanilla seeds until bubbles appear. Separate the eggs. Whisk the egg yolks into the butter mixture one by one. Now gradually add melted couverture chocolate. Beat the egg whites with 100g of the castor sugar until stiff, then place on top of the butter and chocolate mixture. Sift the flour over the mixture, then fold in the flour and beaten egg whites. Transfer the mixture to the springform, smooth the top, and bake in the oven (middle rack) for 10–15 minutes, leaving the oven door a finger’s width ajar. Then close the oven and bake for approximately 50 minutes. (The cake is done when it yields slightly to the touch.) Remove the cake from the oven and loosen the sides of the springform. Carefully tip the cake onto a cake rack lined with baking paper and let cool for approximately 20 minutes. Then pull off the baking paper, turn the cake over, and leave on rack to cool completely. Cut the cake in half horizontally. Warm the jam and stir until smooth. Brush the top of both cake halves with the jam and place one on top of the other. Brush the sides with the jam as well. To make the glaze, put 200 g of castor sugar into a saucepan with 125 ml water and boil over high heat for approximately 5 minutes. Take the sugar syrup off the stove and leave to cool a little. Coarsely chop 150g of couverture, gradually adding it to the syrup, and stir until it forms a thick liquid. Pour all the lukewarm glaze liquid at once over the top of the cake and quickly spread using a palette knife. Leave the glaze to set for a few hours. Serve garnished with whipped cream, and Enjoy!

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R T I W M 2 02 2 T H E B IG G E S T R T I E VENT E VER? THE RTIWM HOSTED by RT Denmark from 21 to 25 September 2022 in Copenhagen promises to be an event never to forget. This is the first time that our second oldest Association gets to host the World Meeting. We will all enjoy the late summer and hygge in Copenhagen. This event further promises to be the biggest RTI event in living history. Most pre-tours have almost been fully booked out, so act quickly if you still want to partake. The organising team is spending countless hours to ensure a world-class event for all attending. If their 80th celebration was anything to go by, this would be one for the ages . Registrations are open! Register here

D UA L T H E M E COI N S L A ST CHANGE TO GET SOME! ROUND TABLE INTERNATIONAL and Ladies' Circle International has agreed to a joint theme for the year. The theme of StrongerTogether showcases our shared values and goals, while the unique designs of the theme show that we are still separate organisations. To celebrate this joint theme, we have created a limited-edition coin with the different designs of the joint theme on each side. Stock is very limited, and these coins can only be obtained by attending an official side-by-side meeting. Tablers can only receive the coin from a board member of LCI, and Circlers can only get this coin from a member of the RTI Board. This encourages all members to join our sister organisation events for an opportunity to own an extremely rare piece of International regalia.

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H I S T O RY O F RO U N D TA B L E B O O K AVA I L A B L E ROUND TABLE IS 95 YEARS OLD in 2022. Nicos Zevlaris from Cyprus has spent the last 10 years gathering information, editing this and creating a history book of Round Table. This book contains the complete history of Round Table and extracts of all current and previous member Associations. This is an invaluable source of information for anyone interested in the history of our movement. Included is a record of important meetings, the period in WOCO and the various internal clubs in Round Table. We happy to inform you that the “History of Round Table” book is ready and printed. The book is 672 colour pages, hard cover and consists of: Section 1 – History of all Associations Section 2 – History of Round Table International and International events Section 3 – Others So whoever (both Tablers and Associations) wants to receive their copy of the book in Denmark, please send me an email to: rtibook@logos.cy.net After that date the book will be available for you to buy either directly from Nicos or from the RTI shop, for €70.00 plus postages, which will vary between €20.00 and €30.00 depending on where you live.

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ROUND TABLE ALBANIA | ROUND TABLE AUSTRALIA | ROUND TABLE AUSTRIA | ROUND TABLE BANGLADESH ROUND TABLE BELGIUM | ROUND TABLE BOTSWANA | ROUND TABLE BULGARIA | ROUND TABLE CAMEROON ROUND TABLE CANADA | ROUND TABLE CYPRUS | ROUND TABLE CZECH REPUBLIC | ROUND TABLE DENMARK | ROUND TABLE EASTERN AFRICA ROUND TABLE ESTONIA | ROUND TABLE FRANCE | ROUND TABLE GERMANY | ROUND TABLE GIBRALTAR ROUND TABLE GREAT BRITAIN & IRELAND | ROUND TABLE HONG KONG | ROUND TABLE HUNGARY | ROUND TABLE ICELAND | ROUND TABLE INDIA | ROUND TABLE ISRAËL | ROUND TABLE ITALY | ROUND TABLE LATVIA | ROUND TABLE LITHUANIA ROUND TABLE LUXEMBOURG | ROUND TABLE MADAGASCAR | ROUND TABLE MALAWI | ROUND TABLE MALAYSIA ROUND TABLE MALTA | ROUND TABLE MAURITIUS | ROUND TABLE MOLDOVA | ROUND TABLE MONACO ROUND TABLE MOROCCO | ROUND TABLE NEPAL | ROUND TABLE NEW ZEALAND | ROUND TABLE NIGERIA ROUND TABLE NORWAY | ROUND TABLE PHILIPPINES | ROUND TABLE PORTUGAL | ROUND TABLE ROMANIA ROUND TABLE RUSSIA | ROUND TABLE SAN MARINO | ROUND TABLE SENEGAL | ROUND TABLE SEYCHELLES ROUND TABLE SINGAPORE | ROUND TABLE SOUTHERN AFRICA | ROUND TABLE SRI LANKA | ROUND TABLE SUOMI FINLAND ROUND TABLE SURINAME | ROUND TABLE SWEDEN | ROUND TABLE SWITZERLAND | ROUND TABLE THE NETHERLANDS ROUND TABLE TRINIDAD & TOBAGO | ROUND TABLE TUNISIA | ROUND TABLE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA | ROUND TABLE ZAMBIA | ROUND TABLE ZIMBABWE


Articles inside

TASTE THE WORLD article cover image

TASTE THE WORLD

6min
pages 104-108
BE THE MOST HOST article cover image

BE THE MOST HOST

3min
pages 102-103
SIX NATIONS IN article cover image

SIX NATIONS IN

4min
pages 96-101
MORE THAN THE BUFFALO article cover image

MORE THAN THE BUFFALO

2min
pages 94-95
THE TIES THAT BIND article cover image

THE TIES THAT BIND

3min
pages 70-73
CHARITY ACROSS BORDERS article cover image

CHARITY ACROSS BORDERS

3min
pages 68-69
RTI UNIVERSITY article cover image

RTI UNIVERSITY

11min
pages 58-67
REVERED SHOULD article cover image

REVERED SHOULD

5min
pages 48-55
BEING A GOOD CSO article cover image

BEING A GOOD CSO

5min
pages 44-47
EXPANDING WITH article cover image

EXPANDING WITH

3min
pages 56-57
INTERNATIONAL article cover image

INTERNATIONAL

3min
pages 41-43
SEM REGION article cover image

SEM REGION

16min
pages 21-35
CEE REGION article cover image

CEE REGION

2min
page 18
ROUND PLAYBLE article cover image

ROUND PLAYBLE

3min
pages 36-37
EDITOR'S NOTES article cover image

EDITOR'S NOTES

7min
pages 6-11
RTI VICE PRESIDENT article cover image

RTI VICE PRESIDENT

4min
pages 12-13
AMI REGION article cover image

AMI REGION

2min
page 19
GETTING BEHIND article cover image

GETTING BEHIND

2min
pages 38-40
NEA REGION article cover image

NEA REGION

2min
page 20
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