RTI Legacy Magazine - 1 -October / November - 2021

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OCTOBER /NOVEMBER 2021

A JOURNEY OF LEADERSHIP

Reach new heights - in both leadership and your personal life. WE ARE HEROES

During Movember Round Table have joined forces like never before. THE SUBTLE ART OF S P O R T I N G YO U R S U I T

Learn how to look your best.

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LIFEST YLE E D U C AT I O N TR AVEL

IN T HIS IS SUE RTI PRESIDENT A NEW BEGINNING | STORIES OF CHANGE DEVELOPING AS A TABLER | LADIES CIRCLE LCI PRESIDENT SPORTS & HEALTH A PLAYER OF HUMAN CHESS | RTI UNIVERSITY IT'S TIME FOR A PEP TALK | CSO CORNER AN EXCITING YEAR AHEAD TRAVEL TABLING IN NORWAY | DUBAI 2021 A MEETING TO REMEMBER | + MUCH MORE




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

IN THIS ISSUE OC TOBER / NOV EMBER 202 1 6 EDITOR'S NOTES

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Legacy Magazine

Area report from ASPA

- By Tablers, for Tablers.

Chairman Aviral Jain.

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RTI UNIVERSITY

FROM THE BOARD

It's time for a 20 AMI REGION

PEP talk.

Area report from AMI Chairman Darrel Benoit. 44 LADIES' CIRCLE LCI President

STOR IES

Anna Elmqvist.

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A JOURNEY OF LEADERSHIP

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Reach new heights - in leadership and person.

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RTI PRESIDENT

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Graham Cornelissen on new beginnings.

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A PLAYER OF HUMAN CHESS

Jayant Agrawal on the power of small actions.

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Aleksander Ottokars' passion for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

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50 WE ARE HEROES

Area report from CEE Chairman

THE SUBTLE ART OF SPORTING YOUR SUIT

Marc Germeshausen.

Learn how to look as dapper

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AREA REPORTS 16 CEE REGION

as Mr Bond.

Movember 2021.

C.S.O Officer Paul Dippenaar is excited for

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the year ahead.

Area report from NEA

36 STORIES OF CHANGE

Chairman Aleksander Ottokar.

Evolving as a Tabler.

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40 ROUND PLAYBLE

Area report from SEM

Board games to save

Chairman Nicholas Gomez.

your Game Night.


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

80 DID YOU KNOW Dual theme coins & Explore Round Table.

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SHARE YOUR VOICE A question to discuss with your club.

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TR AVEL 60 TABLING IN NORWAY Tips for tabling in association of the year 2021.

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TRAVELLING TABLER Making the most out of your travels.

68 DUBAI 2021 A hybrid meeting to remember.

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TASTE THE WORLD Get a taste of Morocco before HYM 2022.

72 INTEGRATING BROTHERS Round Table Estonia's new initiative.

78 UPCOMING EVENTS Clear your calendar for all events 2022.

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RTI LEG AC Y | EDI TOR'S NOTE

BY TABLERS, FOR TABLERS BY MIKAEL EJEMAR VIKSTRÖM, RTI MAGAZINE EDITOR, 2021-2022

THE OFFICIAL RTI MAGAZINE

THE DAY HAS COME and I could not be prouder. Legacy: the official RTI magazine is finally here. A magazine by Tablers - for Tablers. Our aim is to highlight all aspects of what it is to be a Tabler - and the lives we live. Both inside and outside of Round Table. We are a group of men from all corners of the world - and we all have stories to tell. What's your story?

ROUND TABLE INTERNATIONAL

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

I had the privilege to join Round Table exactly five years ago - and before that I had never heard of this great organisation. But it didn't take long before I went in head first. I have to quote a friend of mine, the current President of Round Table Sweden: "How many new best friends does one make after hitting 30?". Outside of Round Table I doubt there are many who has. This is why i think this is such a great quote. Round table does not only create friendships - it creates best friends. As the saying goes - in Round Table you meet old friends for the first time. In this first issue, our RTI President Mr Graham Cornelissen writes about

Graham Cornelissen president@round-table.org

leadership - how to be a good leader, and what to avoid to become the opposite.

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

one have had a different style of leading - but what they have in common is that

Mikael Ejemar Vikström editor@round-table.org

they've always made me feel supported and part of the "team". This have been

CONTRIBUTORS

Graham Cornelissen Jayant Agrawal Marc Germeshausen Aleksander Ottokar Nicholas Gomez Aviral Jayant Darrel Benoit Paul Hoeksema Sander Van Eck Mikael Hedman Sachin Shan Anna Elmqvist Paul Dippenaar Carl Henrik Myhre Ranil Samarawickrema Kaupo Kongas CONTACT

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

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During my five years as a Tabler, I've come across some great leaders. Every single

applied both on club level and during my three years as an editor on my national board. All positions within Round Table has it's challenges - and a good leader and a good team can boost your confidence and you'll be able to overcome all sorts of challenges. The theme for this year is Stronger Together - a theme I can truly stand behind. Legacy would not be possible without teamwork. A huge effort have been made by the RTI Marketing team led by the brilliant Mr Paul Hoeksema, P.R.O, George Marin, Content Manager, and our RTI President Mr Graham Cornelissen. But to make a magazine come to life you need great content - and that is something that comes from you Tablers out there. This is a magazine for you - by you. Me and the whole team behind this first issue of Legacy hope that you'll feel inspired, educated, and hopeful for the year that is ahead of us. I do. Yours in table

Mikael Ejemar Vikström editor@round-table.org



FROM THE BOARD

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RTI LEGAC Y

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

12 R T I V I C E PR E S I D E N T Mr JAYANT AGRAWAL

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R T I L E G A C Y | F r o m t h e b o ard

RTI PRESIDENT

A NEW BEGINNING By GRAHAM CORNELISSEN, Round Table International President, 2021-2022

DEAR BROTHERS, I am very proud to share our new magazine with you: Legacy: The Official Magazine of RTI. We have decided to focus significantly more on the user experience when dealing with our members. The quality of the experience with Round Table will be improved during this year. This will permeate throughout the entire year across multiple fronts. Legacy will have fewer editions than prior years but will be filled with much higher quality content. We aim to create a more enjoyable experience for the reader by sharing articles that inspire and educate. New sections are included here that promote engagement and provide a holistic lifestyle approach for our members. Associations are no longer required to send in articles for specific editions. However, associations can elect to send in high-quality articles for our consideration at any time. Our RTI University training, as detailed later on, is focused on providing value to members through high-quality sessions being offered under the leadership of Sachin. The focus is on how to improve the every day tabling life of our members as well as to impart real-world skills to yourself. Tabler.World and the related App is another critical focus area this year. We have planned the largest number of developments in a single year, specifically focusing on making the user experience better and more valuable. Thomas and his team of DCO’s are working tirelessly to evolve this platform for future generations. The entire team has been bustling on their respective portfolios, and we have decided to share only some of these updates in this edition of Legacy. Please read through the magazine to see what we have been up to. The upcoming HYM in Morocco between the 9th and the 13th of March 2022 in Marrakech, Morocco, will be the first time a major RTI event will take place in two years. The convening team and the RTI Board are excited to see you there and share this unforgettable experience with all of you. During the early parts of November, the RTI Executive board visited Denmark to engage with the convening team and to have a board meeting. Words cannot express how big the RTIWM 2022 will be – this indeed will be a once in a lifetime event never to forget. We will also present a new format on running RTI meetings, focussing on making the events more engaging, shorter and entertaining. All of the planned work for the year can only be done when team members come together for the common good. Over the last few months, I have been privileged to work with a fantastic team that truly embraces the theme of StrongerTogether and whose primary focus is on serving our membership. Our theme of the year is StrongerTogether. Petty squabbles and internal politics have held us back for far too long. I urge everyone to put this behind us and to unite.

Yours in table

Graham Corbnelissen president@round-table.org

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R T I L E G A C Y | F r o m t h e b o ard

”Individually each of us can make a difference, but it is only when we come together that we can change the world.“

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R T I L E G A C Y | F r o m t h e b o ard

R T I V I C E P R ES I D ENT

THE POWER OF SMALL ACTIONS By Mr JAYANT AGRAWAL, Round Table International Vice President, 2021-2022

"The more emotional you are in a situation, the more memories you will have of that situation in the long run." – Abhijit Naskar MOST OF US CAN RELATE to the above quote during our career as Tablers. The tabling experience of brotherhood and oneness when we meet and greet fellow brothers becomes so close to us that we cherish and build it for most of our life. As we very well think of the present, it is of utmost importance to start thinking of the future. Our membership scenario in the last ten years definitely puts up a question on our contribution towards our vision and, more importantly, the responsibility each of us has in keeping the legacy alive and moving with flying colours. As most of us retire in the next five years, it is high time each member of the fraternity gives that extra thought and finds new prospects for our movement. As we grow and put our footsteps in new places on the world map, existing associations must take due care with strategic succession planning. Simple activities such as talking about the movement to personal and professional contacts and following programs like Each-One-Bring-One can be a good start. Realizing and promoting the bottom-up approach of our movement, every association should prioritize extension as an essential factor of the plans and their execution. The RTI Board is already empowering the regional teams to focus on growth with a "Qualitative Quantity" policy and planning and implementing new ways to incentivize the growth through Explore Round Table and restructuring the WMC fund. Further, the RTI University provides the necessary training and tools to empower the associations to develop and retain their members. We have seen many successful strategies implemented by associations concerning membership extension. Such practices should be shared and implemented after making adjustments based on the local dynamics. It is only through collaborative efforts at each level that RTI can increase the numbers by at least 5% globally to provide a strong base for the future. Finally I would like to quote, "Because maybe I don't want to leave the planet invisible. Maybe I need one person to remember something about me." - Carul Ritka Brunt. I keep all of you with an open thought by replacing planet with tabling and how a small effort of yours can make a big difference. Yours in table

Jayant Agrawal vicepresident@round-table.org

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REGIONAL REPORTS

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RTI LEGAC Y

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CEE REGION

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NE A REGION

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SEM REGION

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A S PA R E G I O N

Mr MARC GERMEHAUSEN

Mr ALEKSANDER OTTOKAR

Mr NICHOLAS GOMEZ

Mr AVIRAL JAIN

2 0 A M I R E G IO N Mr DARREL BENOIT

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R T I L E G A C Y | r e gi o n a l r e p o r t s

CEE REGION

CENTR AL & EASTERN EUROPE REGION

CEE REGION LIVES STRONGER TOGETHER By MARC GERMESHAUSEN, CEE Chairman 2021-2022

DEAR TABLERS, Taking up the role as a Regional Chairman brings a great combination of pleasure and tasks with you. On one side, you can serve the movement and bring in your own ideas for our wonderful organization, and on the other side, you are setting your focus on implementing the 3-years plan as well as supporting your associations and Round Table International. Since the end of September, I have been delighted to be working with amazing gents in the RTI Board, nine associations from my region and an excellent CEE team. In the middle of October, we could implement the CEETM in Bielefeld, Germany. Over 300 Tablers and ladies joined the event. It is impossible to describe such an event in words, as this was a unique opportunity to live the fellowship again after nearly one and a half years. Covid-19 forced us to postpone or cancel loads of events and activities. It was such a pleasure to meet so many people from the region and guests from around the world. During the meeting, I presented to the councillors the CEE team of the year. This year, the CEE region is getting support from Adam Fitt (RTBI) as secretary and Membership Officer, Stephan Zipperlen (RT Germany) as PRO and Gottfried Lumpi (RT Germany) as CSO. These motivated young men will assist all members and associations within the region. My goals for the year are very realistic. We, as a team, need to support the region and the associations that form a part of it. Furthermore, we need to strengthen regional awareness regarding Social Media and within the associations. During the process of inaugurating new associations or within potential countries, we should share our RT magazines so that our new members get a bigger picture of the Round Table Family. CEE topics should be shared within national magazines that everybody is on the same page within the region. If we are expanding, expansion should be sustainable. We should share best practices within the region as we don’t need to invent the wheel over again. Associations should be involved in decision-making processes to be Stronger Together.

ASSOCIATIONS RT Austria RT Belgium

Currently, we have four ongoing expansion projects within the region. We are back on track in the Czech Republic. Sixteen potential members are meeting in Prague every two weeks. Soon, I plan to visit and support them, so we set the final

RT Germany

goals to welcome them back into our brotherhood. In Kosovo and Ukraine, we are

RT Great Britain and Ireland

still gathering people until we get a great mass to continue with the inauguration.

RT Hungary RT Luxembourg RT Moldova RT Romania RT The Netherlands

Albania already set a high goal with their inauguration at the end of October. We are happy to see them soon as a part of our family. We can only achieve more if we are Stronger Together. The theme our president Graham chose this year is represented in every little step we are trying to achieve. We can reach for the stars and collaborate, grow and fasten our relationships when we are fulfilling the theme of being Stronger Together. Yours in table

Marc Germeshausen ceechairman@round-table.org

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NEA REGION

NORTHERN EUROPE & AMERICAS REGION

OUR REGION IS RESTARTING By ALEKSANDER OTTOKAR, NEA Chairman 2021-2022

AT THE BEGINNING of October, Round Table Suomi Finland had the pleasure of hosting the Round Table Northern Europe & Americas Regional Meeting 2021. Following the meeting, we are proud to announce that Pierre Mörck of Round Table Sweden will be our incoming NEA Chairman. Our most recent meeting's main focus was our 3-year plan. It is very important that all NEA Associations agree on a plan that will keep the momentum going from year to year and to ensure we are going in the right direction as a region. The NEA Region's priorities in 2021-2023 include: Increasing Members and Associations. Promoting fellowships and travel within the region Sharing of knowledge Branding of the highest quality As NEA Chairman, I cannot achieve any of these goals by myself, this must be done with the help of my fellow Tablers. The decline in membership will continue if we fail to act together. To highlight, Norway has demonstrated great practices, where even the pandemic acted as a catalyst to go above and beyond, their membership grew by 11.7 percent in the last year. In addition to sharing these practices with other Associations, we will be working on ways to build & sustain a strong Club. I hope that this will provide a solid foundation for growing and strengthening our Region. Communication is key this year as we are still limited to travel and meeting up for fellowship events in person. This being said, we have created WhatsApp groups for all Associations in the Region to create a direct line to the Chairman. Of course, we are also working on expansion. We have most recently, expanded to Mexico. There are two sites that already have a great group of men seeking to become members of our great organization. Clear your schedules & grab your sombreros Brothers, we're heading to Mexico! We are also trying to establish E-clubs in Round Table Canada. This is primarily due to the distances between prospects and members who are moving to Canada being so great that this could help us grow the association.

ASSOCIATIONS RT Canada RT Denmark

Additionally, it's great to see our region traveling. Several of us attended the RTIWM 2021 in Dubai. Round Table Denmark won Magazine of the Year . And Association of the Year went to Round table Norway. Congratulations to both

RT Estonia

associations and also the ones that were nominated but did not win. Hard work

RT Iceland

should never be left unrecognised.

RT Latvia RT Lithuania RT Norway RT Russia

In conclusion, our Region is restaRTing as the Danes would say! Round Table Northern Europe & Americas is still the happiest region and we will keep it that way! As the world opens up, so does Round Table. Let us continue to motivate and

RT Soumi Finland

support one another. The theme of the year is NEA region - Thunder of Tabling!

RT Suriname

Let's be electrifying in everything we do and enjoy our beautiful organisation. Until

RT Sweden RT Trinidad & Tobago RT USA

next time, my friends! Take care and stay safe. Yours in table

Aleksander Ottokar neachairman@round-table.org

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SEM REGION

SOUTHERN EUROPE & MEDITERR ANI AN REGION

A PREVIEW OF THE COMING HYM By NICHOLAS GOMEZ, SEM Chairman 2021-2022

BROTHERS, In approximately three months’ time, Round Table International will be having its first in person Half Yearly Meeting in since Luxembourg in 2020. The March 2022 HYM will be taking place in the beautiful city of Marrakech in Morocco. For those of you who haven’t already seen what Thami and the guys in Round Table Morocco have lined up for us in March, I urge you to visit the website – www. rtihym2022.com - you will be astounded by what’s on offer! For those of you that like to see the country before the meeting, there are no less than 4 distinct pre-tours on offer; the North, the South, the East, and the West. In the North, you will be taken to the beautiful city of Chefchaouen (the city of blue buildings), then make your way up to Tetouan (where you will have a cultural visit of historical sites) and finish in Tangier. In the South you will be taken to see the largest desert in the world, the Sahara (which actually means “desert”!). You will be taken to the Dades Valley, Merzouga and Ouarzazate (look it up on google – it looks incredible!). In the East, you will be taken to the Ouzoud Waterfalls in the Atlas mountains (seriously google it..) where you will enjoy water based activities. In the West you will see the Atlantic coast of Morocco. Here you will be taken to Agadir and Essaouira (known for its beaches and surfing). Then after a hugely enjoyable pre tour there is the HYM itself. This HYM however is different…it is a 5 dawy HYM. The seasoned travelling Tabler knows what to expect from this. The first night is a welcome party and Marrakech by night. The second day is the Councillors Meeting (for delegates) and by night we are all treated to an Arabian night with a dinner show. The third day is the HYM itself (for delegates) after which there is a pool party in the afternoon and my personal favourite, in the evening there is Nations Night. For those who haven’t experienced a Nations Night before, it is simply put, a culinary delight! Each of RTI’s 53 nations sets up a food stall and cooks some of their own local delicacies. You spend a night tasting and drinking food from around the world.

ASSOCIATIONS RT Bulgaria RT Cyprus RT France RT Gibraltar RT Israel RT Italy RT Malta RT Monaco RT Morocco RT Portugal RT San Marino RT Switzerland RT Tunisia

The fourth day is the regional meetings and as is the custom only in the SEM region, the SEM regional meeting will be held in a jacuzzi / swimming pool. That evening is the Gala Event, black tie and looking sharp! Whilst us delegates are in meetings, the others will be able to enjoy from a wide range of activities like, hot air ballooning, wakeboarding, quad driving and sightseeing in Marrakech. There is something for everyone. The hotel itself is the 5 star renowned Kenzi Rose Garden hotel, all inclusive. Thami and the guys have organised, what looks to be, an amazing holiday for us all in Marrakech. I look forward to seeing old friends for the first time and know that this will be a HYM that none of us will soon forget. Yours in table

Nicholas Gomez semchairman@round-table.org

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ASPA REGION

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

SERVICE THROUGH FELLOWSHIP By AVIRAL JAIN, ASPA Chairman 2021-2022

“INTEGRATE, INCLUDE AND CO-CREATE.” - The ASPA Region's mantra & belief for the new term. With the wide diversity in the territory, diverse populations, and Association sizes, integration, and fellowship are what has always made ASPA a very vibrant and hospitable region. ASPA region has always enjoyed community service and has truly lived by the motto of “Service through fellowship.” We saw a wide variety of initiatives with the beach clean ups of RT Sri Lanka, freedom through education RTI Week of RT India, Flight of Fantasy by RT Nepal, bicycle stunt show for awareness against drug abuse by RT Bangladesh were some amazing highlights in the last two months. Despite the fact that the region suffered a major loss due to covid and faced a lot of restrictions, it is extremely nice to see that physical fellowship is back. RT Hong Kong had a bbq fellowship where they invited charities to pitch what they need. An excellent way to showcase what Round Table stands for. Growth is a major vision of the year and the region is leaving no stones unturned in this domain. With RT India, RT Nepal & RT Sri Lanka take a lead in chartering new tables the region is growing stronger & wider. Leadership & personality development training has always been an integral part of the region. National Leadership Conclave & Train the Trainer programs are hosted by RT India & it’s a great gesture to open them for the regional associations to nominate participants for it. We aim to make the best of the present situation and keep fellowship in the forefront to make sure we all relive the tabling pre-covid. National AGMs is an excellent opportunity to visit the other associations and experience fellowship at its best. So let’s make the most of it. We look forward to catching up with the brothers across borders with the world opening up along with all precautions necessary. Yours in table

Aviral Jain aspachairman@round-table.org

ASSOCIATIONS RT Australia RT Bangladesh RT Hong Kong RT India RT Malaysia RT Nepal RT New Zealand RT Philippines RTt Singapore RT Sri Lanka

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AMI REGION

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

WE LOVE WHAT WE DO BY DARREL BENOIT, AMI Chairman 2021-2022

GREETINGS FELLOW BROTHERS, Firstly, let me thank all the associations within the AMI Region for blessing me with the opportunity to serve them and be their representative on the RTI level. It is indeed a great honour to represent one of the most diverse Regions in the Round Table World. This year the challenge is simple; commit myself to work without rest to push forth the RTI and the AMI Region plans and objectives for the betterment of the Associations in the Region. However, to achieve this, each Tabler must see himself as a catalyst to the progression of our movement and do their fair bit by participating actively in their Association’s and Club’s program including RTI and Regional programs. The 2021-22 AMI term kicked off with a series of consultations to take stock of the current situation of the Associations regarding the initiation and implementation of community projects, Tabler World usability, membership status/challenges, and public relations and visibility. Feedback from the different consultations is being used to formulate and implement an action plan for the year to help the different Associations in their areas of need. In addition, to identify strengths of the organisation that can be shared with others to ensure continual Tabling improvement across the Region. The AMI Region is a vibrant region with so many things happening on the different fronts, from the building of schools, the building of a dormitory, blood donations, charity golf tournaments, financing health care including health care equipment, conservation (reforestation ‘planting of trees’), supporting educational projects, producing educational books, chartering of new Tables, numerous fellowship events, the list goes on... AMI's main goal for the year is growth and positive publicity of our great work and fellowship. The Region is committed to ensuring that our movement does not become history in the near future. We want to remain relevant as a Region, continue to inspire young like-minded young men, to consider Tabling as a way of life that will be beneficial to the community, personally, professionally, and socially. Stronger Together is what our mindset should be across the board, if we want

ASSOCIATIONS RT Arabian Gulf RT Botswana

to succeed, let's stand together and move forward together towards a common goal. Divided we will fall. The more we unite as a Region the stronger we will be. The stronger we are, the better we are able to overcome what we identify today as

RT Cameroon

our weaknesses, the more we can give back to our community and embellish our

RT Eastern Africa

beautiful organization.

RT Madagascar RT Malawi RT Mauritius RT Nigeria

The regional theme for this year is We Love AMI. Why? Love is defined as an intense feeling of deep affection or great pleasure or interest in or for something. If we are a part of this organisation it is because we love it, and we love what we do.

RT Senegal

What do you do to something you love? You simply want the best for it, you want to

RT Seychelles

see it grow, flourish, produce better results, and most certainly, you do not want to

RT Southern Africa RT Zambia RT Zimbabwe

see it fail. At Round Table AMI, we are determined to do what it takes to take Round Table to the next level. Our determination shall continue. Long Live Round Table! Yours in table

Darrel Benoit amichairman@round-table.org

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EDITORIAL & STORIES

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RTI LEGAC Y

24 A JOURNE Y OF LE ADER SHIP

By Mr GRAHAM CORNELISSEN

30 THE ART OF SUITING

By Mr PAUL HOEKSEMA

36 STOR IES OF CHANGE

By Mr SANDER VAN ECK

4 0 RO U N D PL AY B L E

By Mr MIKAEL HEDMAN

4 2 T I M E F O R A PE P TA L K

By Mr SACHIN SHAH

4 4 LC I PR E S I D E N T

By Mrs ANNA ELMQVIST

4 6 A PL AY E R O F H U M A N C H E S S

By Mr ALEKSANDER OTTOKAR

5 0 W E A R E H E RO E S '

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By Round Table International

CO M M U N I T Y S E RV IC E O FF IC E R By Mr PAUL DIPPENAAR

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R T I L E G A C Y | A j o u r n e y o f l e ad e r s hip

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R T I L E G A C Y | A j o u r n e y o f l e ad e r s hip

A J OU R NEY O F LE A D E R S H I P

TAKING UP A LEADERSHIP ROLE IS A SIGNIFICANT DECISION IN ANY PERSON'S CAREER. SOME BASIC PRINCIPLES APPLY WHETHER THIS POSITION IS IN ROUND TABLE OR ANY OTHER ORGANISATION. By Mr GRAHAM CORNELISSEN RT 217, Southern Africa

This article is written from a Tabling point of view with the timelines of being Vice for a year before starting the Presidential (Chairman) role.

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T H E S TA R T O F T H E J O U R N E Y – U N D ER S TA N DI N G YO U R W H Y

You might not be the right person to fill a particular leadership role. You might need time to mature and

The first step to take on the road to leadership is to ask

develop further. Just because you can win an election

yourself several critical questions.

does not mean that you should. If you genuinely love

Start by asking yourself why you want to do this?

Round Table, be prepared to take a step back if you are

Do you wish to be in charge? Do you want another

not the best person to lead. That is the true sign of a

medal on a jacket? Do you want to prove something to

leader.

someone else? If any of these are the driving force of you deciding to occupy a position, it is best to leave the leadership roles to someone else. Do a realistic analysis and assessment of yourself,

After the excitement of winning an election wears off,

focussing on your strengths, weaknesses and where

the real work of planning starts. Your first priority is to

you should improve. Be hard on yourself and dig into

serve in your current elected portfolio and to assist the

your emotions and values.

existing team in achieving all of their goals. One eye

This journey of self-discovery and personal growth be worth more than any possible position in the organisation. Once completed, share your motives and self-

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A YEAR OF PL ANNING – PL AN HOW TO LEAD

must, however, be kept on the future. Your future team and their successes will determine the performance of your leadership year. Realise early that you cannot do all the work yourself and that

assessment with a handful of people you trust. Choose

multiple minds are always better than one. In cases

the ones you share this with carefully, as you want

where you can select team members, spend much time

experienced and valuable feedback. Constructive

on this to ensure that your team is well rounded and

criticism is sometimes hard to receive but much better

can function effectively. Select those team members

than a good friend trying to save your feelings by

who differ from you and challenge you to make you

deceiving you.

better. Select team members smarter and more skilled


R T I L E G A C Y | A j o u r n e y o f l e ad e r s hip

”Sharing how you think and how you make decisions builds trust and develops consistency in your leadership style.“

than you in certain aspects. Never interfere in the election of your team members. Support, guide and share advice where needed, but do not interfere in any election. It is your responsibility to build trust and integrity in yourself and your team. A team should consist of various types of personalities, and it is essential that these be understood. Using a tool such as a Myers Briggs

you better. Sharing how you think and how you make decisions builds trust and develops consistency in your leadership style.

You will also naturally start working on plans for

personality test can be a great tool to help you

your upcoming year during this year. Take input from

know your team and their dynamics. The website

others, especially members you serve and your future

www.16personalities.com provides a free tool to assess

team members. Take time to set realistic goals and

various personalities and offer detailed explanations of

expectations for the coming year and write these

each. I am an INTJ-A personality type, and it is good to

down. Discuss these amongst the team to ensure that

understand how your personality works with the rest

everyone buys into the plan for the year. Share this

of your team.

plan with others at the start of the year to ensure you

As a future leader, you must always be the first to share personal details and your growth to date. Be

are held accountable for achieving these goals. The little things matter as well. If you have a theme

open and honest with your team in a detailed, open

or design work needed, ensure to get this done early.

and honest conversation. Share your strengths and

Any regalia must be finalised so that the team functions

weaknesses and areas where you struggle and need

as one and looks like a team. A personal touch to team

help. Sharing your trigger points and values system

members makes a big difference in the motivation of

is particularly important as this will let the team know

others.

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DOS & DON'TS

By keeping all of these below points in mind, you will reach new heights, not only in a leadership position but also in your personal life. DO: LEAD BY EXAMPLE

DON'T: TALK MORE THAN YOU LISTEN

You will be asking your team to maintain a high standard,

Many leaders think that what they have to say is more

so make sure that you're at least giving the same effort as

important than everyone else's voice. The opposite is true.

they are. Always be on time, pull your weight, do your share

A good leader is a facilitator, bringing together everyone

of the work and keep yourself accountable. It is impossible

else's ideas and making them work in unison. Listen more

to respect someone who is unwilling to do their part for the

than you speak, and you'll get much more done with your

team. Being hands-on means that you are part of the team

team. If you have to talk a lot, share information with your

and that you will be more realistic in your requests to the

team and encourage them to contribute their views on any

team.

subject.

DON'T: IGNORE YOUR TEAM'S EMOTIONS

DO: SET SENSIBLE GOALS

Some organisations have an attitude that emotions should

A good leader can balance the needs of a project with what

not be a factor. To an extent, this is true, but everyone has

the team can realistically achieve. You need to understand

feelings and personal investments about every aspect

what your team can reasonably accomplish and track how

of their involvement. Never dismiss any of your team's

well they reach the agreed targets. Sensible goals increase

feelings offhand. Ensure you make time to listen to each

motivation and buy-in from team members.

team member, and act on them if necessary. DON'T: BE AFRAID TO MAKE MISTAKES DO: IMPROVE YOUR COMMUNICATION SKILLS

If you're afraid to make mistakes, your team will be too.

Communication is the core of most leadership roles.

This means that they take fewer risks, get less done, and

You have to be sure that you are clear in all of the

contribute less than they would have otherwise. Allowing

communications you make, both to your team and external

mistakes and learning from mistakes allows for more

parties. Once an email is received or your voice is heard,

freedom for the team. It's much better to work to the best

it should be clear what has been communicated. Always

of your ability, and when the mistakes happen, learn from

proofread the written word and be prepared for any

them and move on. Know what to tolerate and what not.

remarks made. Communication is not what you send out, instead, it is what is being received by the other person.

DO: BE PREPARED Good leaders are always thinking about the future, and by

DON'T: BLAME OTHERS FOR MISTAKES

keeping one foot in the future, you can take advantage of

When things go wrong, poor leaders place the blame on

opportunities as they arise and be prepared for any issues

others without looking at the bigger picture. This causes

that come your way. They also take advice from others,

distrust, resentment, and things quickly turn unpleasant.

including their team, about what they think should be

Rather focus on understanding the root cause of why

done to plan. Have 2 or 3 persons outside your team who

something went wrong and implement plans to stop this

are well-rounded as mentors who can help and guide you

from happening again. Ask for feedback from your team

when you need it - Use their wisdom often.

and use the lessons learned to improve in the future. DON'T: NEVER COMPROMISE YOUR VALUES, EVEN IF DO: TRUST AND EMPOWER YOUR TEAM

YOU STAND ALONE

The true strength of a team lies in trust between members

A leadership role is an extremely lonely role. Whilst your

and the effective functioning of the team. Trust in the

team is there to assist and support you, only the leader

skills and experience of your team members. Training,

fully understands the true weight of expectations. There

supporting and empowering your team to achieve their

will be times when you will be challenged, and sometimes

goals brings out the true synergies available. Give your

you will stand alone. Always remember who you are and

team the power and authority to make decisions based

why you are in the role to lead the team. Being a leader is

on the shared goals as mutually decided on. Do not

not always popular.

micromanage the team by having everyone run all of their actions past you for approval. This frees up your time to perform your primary function – to lead the team.

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R T I L E G A C Y | Th e ar t o f s u i t i n g

THE SUBTLE ART OF SPORTING YOUR SUIT By Mr PAUL HOEKSEMA RT 32, Southern Africa

Admit it, as Tablers, we love to suit up. Whether it be a day at the office, an AGM, or a Gala evening, the perfect suit never goes out of style. Coming across as refined & confident takes more than just slipping on the old faithful black suit. Adding subtle details & knowing how to finish off your look can add so much more suave to your presence when the occasion calls for it. Here are 8 hand-picked tips to ensure you look more dapper than Bond (before the shooting starts of course)

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A TA I LO R C A N B E YO U R S AV IO U R F I T I S K EY TO W E A R I N G YOU R SU I T W ELL Without the right fit, your suit will look cheap & sloppy. Invest a few coins (not the friendship kind) in proper tailoring & your overall appearance will come across as more polished. If your budget does not allow for a completely tailored suit concentrate on the sleeves & shoulders. The perfect fit weighs heavy on the right shoulder fit - avoid the dreaded shoulder divot.

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CO M PL I M E N T YO U R S U I T W I T H A Q UA L I T Y DRESS SHIRT YOU R SU I T NEE D S T H E R I G H T C O M B I N A T I ON O F A TT I R E TO TU R N H E A D S F O R A LL T H E R I G H T R E A SONS .

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I N V E S T I N Q UA L I T Y B E LT S A N D S H O E S C OO R D I N A T I N G YOU R S H OES A N D B ELT I S A SU R E - F I R E W A Y O F C R E A T I N G A C O H ES I V E LOO K . If you are not familiar with proper suit etiquette, you might make the mistake of mixing a brown belt with black shoes, or vice versa. While shoes and belts don’t have to match perfectly, try to match the colours as close as possible. Quality shoes and belts (aim for genuine leather) not only look better, but they're also a lot more durable

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A quality shirt, in the right colour combinations, is a must. If you keep your wallet closed here, you will run the risk of cheapening your suit. Dress shirts made from long-fibre cotton are more breathable, durable, and softer than those made from cheaper short-fibre cotton which adds to the fit and comfort of the garment. Show attention to detail by exposing your sleeve cuffs by a half-inch. To get this look, your jacket sleeves should end about a quarter inch from the top of your hands


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B L AC K I S N O T A L L T H AT C ONS I D E R OT H E R S H A D ES A S A N O P T I ON

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A LWAY S U N B U T T O N YO U R J AC K E T B E F O R E S I T T I N G D OW N S I TT I N G I N A SU I T M I G H T B E T H E F A STEST W A Y TO R U I N I T If your buttons are not undone - make sure you unbutton your jacket before sitting down. Another way to make sure you don't wreck your beloved suit is to always leave the bottom button of your suit jacket open. The same rule applies if you’re wearing a vest or waistcoat.

Black might be Joe Tabler's go-to as a classic suit colour but can sometimes come across as a little stark. Don't be afraid to opt for dark charcoal, grey, or even a navy suit. All great choices when coordinated with the correct accessories.

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C H O O S E T H E R IG H T TIE & LENGTH YOU R T I E S H OUL D B E D A R K E R T H A N YOU R S H I R T TO C R E A TE B A L A N C E Try not to match your tie to your suit, a black tie with a black suit, as an example. If you’re wearing a dark-coloured suit, choose a tie in a lighter shade, and vice versa. Solid colours are somewhat dated, you can always opt for a tie that has a micro-pattern for a more stylish, contemporary look. As for length, your tie should graze the waistband of your pants or the top of your belt buckle. However, it should never reach below the belt. When pairing a tie with your suit, be sure to match the width of your tie with the width of your lapel. This creates a more symmetrical look, which is essential for rocking any suit.

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WEAR AN UNDERSHIRT YOU R SU I T W I LL T H A N K YOU L A TE R Between your dress shirt, and suit coat, these layers can create a recipe for sweat marks and stains. Your undershirt can protect your suit while hiding those embarrassing sweat patches.

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D O N ' T F O RG E T YO U R S O C K S D R ESS SO C K S F O R T H E W I N Although you might not think anyone will see your socks, it’s sure to happen when you least expect it. We can't stress this enough, steer clear of white socks. Invest in long dress socks. Look for darker colours that could work with a wide range of suit colours and styles. For a bolder look, try patterned or brightly coloured socks that make a statement.

"Now that you have adopted these tips, suit up, show up and Table on!"

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R T I L E G A C Y | S t o ri e s o f cha n g e

STO R I ES O F C H A N G E

BEING A TABLER IS ONE THING, ACTING AND DEVELOPING AS A TABLER IS ANOTHER. HERE’S THE STORY OF HOW I'VE DEVELOPED THROUGHOUT THE YEARS. By Mr SANDER VAN ECK RT 185, The Netherlands

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ANUARY 2017 I started a new job as an

attention to the organization during the event.

account manager and for a traineeship I spent

Fortunately as an unemployed Chairman, I still had

2 weeks in Ghent, Belgium. What should not

some spare time left and we turned it into a super

be missed when you are in Ghent, is a visit to

event with our Tablers.

the unique meeting location of RT 68 Ghent. So after contacting Christof with a C, I was able

During this event many Christmas trees are also sold to Tablers of neighboring Tables and so I came into

to experience a super nice evening there. The next

conversation with Rainier Kwakkenbos, Tabler at RT

day I received a phone call from the then Chairman of

152 De Haar. When asked what I normally did, I could

our Round Table 185 Woerden, Junior Brandenburg.

only answer that this was selling Christmas trees for

He asked me to succeed him as Chairman, so the year

a good cause. It then turned out that he was looking

started well!

for someone to manage the internal organization of

Unfortunately I was without a job 7 months later and

his company. After 2 conversations before and after

therefore the first unemployed Chairman of our Table. I

Christmas, we came to the conclusion that this fitted

wanted to avoid falling into the trap again by going for

me very well. And Rainier had found the right man

another sales job. So in the few months without a job,

who could help him with the stability and growth of

I decided to reflect on who I was, what I wanted to do

the organization. So we decided to enter into a

and what would fit with that in terms of work. I did this

partnership.

by talking a lot with family, friends and especially other Tablers.

IN MY ROLE AS OPERATIONAL MANAGER I have since been very much released by Rainier and I can

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JUST WHEN I HAD DECIDED what suited me, our

fulfill this new role in my own way. Because you are

annual tradition began: the Christmas tree sales. This

both Tablers, this gives that extra bit of confidence to

is a charity event of which a large portion of the profit

take the necessary space. But also to be able to make

that year was donated to Freedom Through Education.

mistakes and to be able to improve and reinforce each

This is an organization that, among other things, is

other when the situation requires it. It does not always

committed to building schools for children in India.

happen automatically, but it is precisely then that we

The Chairman of the Christmas tree committee had

find each other and this helps us to take the next step.

just become a father and could not give the correct

The longer I work there, the more I get confirmation


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”But what did turn out is that through my dedication, presence and work ethic, others came to believe that I possessed the right qualities. And those qualities, combined with the right support, made me the right man for this role.“

that this role is a good fit. It ensures that I am learning,

TO BE HONEST, this was the position I least thought of

that we are having fun and that I’m growing every day

as a possible role for myself. I am not an accountant, I

in both business and private life.

do not run my own company where you continuously monitor the figures and I have not been working with

AFTER MY YEAR AS CHAIRMAN I succeeded fellow

accounting packages for so long. But what did turn

RT185 Woerden Tabler Mark Heida as Area Chairman

out is that through my dedication, presence and work

of Area VI. Mark joined the National Board as National

ethic, others came to believe that I possessed the right

PRO and so we could continue to work together. In this

qualities. And those qualities, combined with the right

role I was forced to step out of my comfort zone and

support, made me the right man for this role.

join Tables in my Area as a "strange" Tabler. Every step

So with the support of Christian van Tellingen (Past

I took outside my own Table gave back a lot of energy.

National Treasurer 2017-2019) and Hans van Kats

The regular meetings of the Table Council, great events

(Fellow Tabler from RT 185 Woerden) I now have a

of Tables in my Area and the (international) trips with

wonderful position that involves a lot of challenges,

Table friends have brought me valuable knowledge in

that I feel comfortable with and that teaches me a lot.

addition to a lot of fun.

Not only in the role of National Treasurer but also as

By working with Mark I also noticed what a job as a National PRO he had. Through a conversation with

part of the national board of RTNL and its 14 Districts, 195 Tables and more than 3,000 Tablers.

Roy Helmink of RT 95 De Liemers we got the idea to professionalize the Webshop and I took care of that

MY MORAL IS THAT when you do things that you enjoy,

and released Mark from some work. A very nice,

you can automatically take the steps that help you to

challenging job that I took on with great pleasure and I

grow as a Tabler and as a person. A wise man once said

was able to learn a lot about optimizing and improving

"What you put in energy and time into Tabling, you will

an online shop.

get back over and over again."

I did it all because I enjoyed doing it, wanted to get to know Tablers and could learn a lot on a personal level. This was superlative when I was asked to serve on the National Board as National Treasurer…

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R T I L E G A C Y | G ami n g

ROUND PLAYBLE

By Mr MIKAEL HEDMAN, RT 120, Sweden

I want to share some tips with you on some fantastic games we humans have come up with over the years. And with a little luck, give you a tip that you stick to. Here are three games that can make or break your upcoming gamenight!

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LOV E L E T T E R R AT I N G : ●●●●●●○ A simple card game that is also cheap! Works for the whole family so it's fun for both adults and children! Number of players 2-4. In short, it's about courting the princess by beating each other out, the last one left in the match wins a red cube, the one with the most red cubes after x number of rounds wins the eternal love of the princess. Sounds corny, but it's a simple and fun game where you'll easily spend 30-60 min playing. Maybe not something you'll play all night, but perfect for kicking off a game night.

AMONG US R AT I N G : ●●●○○○○ I assume everyone knows what I'm talking about, if not, google it. Simple and fun game that can be played on both mobile and desktop, should become avalaible to some consoles as well. It is a cross-platform game, which means that mobiles and computers can play together. A fun game where you are on a space station, everyone plays a character, but one in the group is a killer. Find and throw out the killer from the space station before he kills too many in the group! If you think this game is fun, I can warmly recommend a similar game with something more fun and advanced - Project Winter (PC / Xbox).

SHOBU R AT I N G : ●●●●●○○ This is an abstract strategy game for two players, if you like Chess you will probably like Shobu! Very easy to learn even if the brain needs a round to start thinking in the right way. The game is nice and consists of 4 smaller wooden game boards and a bunch of black / white stones. The player with black stones always starts, a tribute to Chess.

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R T I L E G A C Y | R T I U n iv e r s i t y

IT IS TIME FOR A PEP TALK By Mr SACHIN SHAH , RTI University Manager

Round Table believes in enhancing the lives of our members and those of our local communities. We have always learned to adopt new ideas, adapt them to our lives, and continuously improve on them. By doing this, we create a better world for our community & ourselves.

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HE DRIVING FORCE for most members to be a part of Round Table is the great fellowship we share and the impact we can make on others. Personal development is one of the hidden benefits offered to our members. When we join up, we have little idea about the journey of personal change that we embark on. Tabling allows us to

learn about new cultures and geographies and see the world differently. We believe that Round Table can be a great contributor in developing the skills of every member with the rich experience and learnings that we all share. A PEP TALK TO ANY INDIVIDUAL can motivate members to live new ideas. The Word PEP means high on energy and high spirits or liveliness or to make someone or something more lively or exciting. This analogy has inspired me for arriving at the three pillars that the RTI University would follow this year. Personality – We look forward to enhancing our members' skills by facilitating training in time management, public speaking, communications &team management. We will be exploring a host of mediums to reach out to you, with experts and facilitators from all walks of life. The differentiator of any RTI training is the fun element brought along the learning. We also plan to arrange physical training sessions at the HYM and the WM during the year. Experience – We will use the best experience of our members, past Tablers and experts in sharing best practices. We have successfully conducted the Table Talk on Operation Head Hunter during October, with many more to come. Keep yourself tuned to the RT International Facebook page, where all the events are presented live. Facebook also provides an opportunity to make learning more interactive and fun. Process – Some concepts such as recruitment, retention, project planning or the effective use of Tabler.World can be daunting. We are designing our training specifically to highlight the processes that need to be followed to achieve the best outcome. We plan to cut through complexity and give practical and usable methods to succeed. ADDITIONAL SESSIONS will be arranged, such as vice-presidents training and the incoming International Board to provide specialized skills to our future leaders. We would love to hear from all of you on how to take the RTI University to greater heights. Please feel free to mail me with any of your training needs, and we will attempt to assist in this regard: universitymanager@ round-table.org We are looking forward to a year filled with Knowledge & Learning!

Yours in table

Sachin Shah RTI University Manager

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R T I L E G A C Y | Ladi e s ' C irc l e

L C I P R ES I D ENT

STRONGER TOGETHER I LOVE LADIES’ CIRCLE. The past nine years it has taken up most of my spare time, and if you don’t tell my bosses, I’ll admit that it has taken up quite a lot of my working hours as well. So, it is not just a hobby to me; it’s a way of life. Yet when an “outsider” asks me what it is about LC that makes me so hooked, I find it difficult to answer, at least in just a few words. I am a third-generation Circler, which means my mother and grandmother were both Circlers and, as was natural for the times, their husbands were Tablers. I grew up knowing the strong friendships my parents found through our organizations. To this day, they still meet with the brothers and sisters they met when they were my age. I can only hope that the friendships I’m forming in my active years will stand as strong and loyal as I have witnessed my parents experience. Friendship is one of the words included in the motto of Ladies’ Circle – ‘Friendship and Service’. When I grew up, I struggled to find friends. The openness, acceptance and inclusiveness I have found in the Round Table Family are so precious and beautiful to me, and it makes me so proud. My membership in Ladies’ Circle has given me opportunities that I could have never dreamed of, whether it’s visiting a company that 3D prints hip joints, going swimming in the Norwegian Sea in February, dressing up as a cowgirl in Denmark, going to a charity ball by the Windsor Castle or shooting Rhum in a bathroom. The list can be made much longer, but my point is that these are experiences my “civilian” friends don’t have easy access to. On the other hand, I have to decline invitations because there is simply not enough time to do everything I want. My life is so much richer, thanks to Ladies’ Circle. During these explorations, I have met some of my best friends, which is what makes them so precious. We are from different parts of the world, with varying life situations and organizations, but we share a passion. Sharing what we can to enrich others’ lives. So, when Graham contacted me and said that one of his goals was to strengthen side-by-side work, I said, “Count me in!”. I’ve seen and lived a fraction of what we already do together, but imagine what we could do if we all had that same focus! I look forward to seeing what we all come up with because we truly are STRONGER TOGETHER! Yours, in friendship and service

Anna Elmqvist president@ladiescircleinternational.org

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R T I L E G A C Y | H e a lt h & Sp o r t s

A PLAYER OF HUMAN CHESS Words by Mr ALEKSANDER OTTOKAR, RT 5, Estonia

I I know we have quite a few brothers practicing martial arts all over the world, but I'd like to share something that really captivated me. I have been involved with martial arts for 20 years or so now. My biggest passion outside of tabling is martial arts. Having said that, I want to talk about one of my great passions for the past decade - Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

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HEN I WAS younger, I did quite

The term "human chess" is often used to compare

a bit of kick-boxing as support

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and chess because during a match,

for cardio in cart racing. I've

a person is constantly adapting (as in Round Table,

tried quite a number of different

right?) his strategy to the movements of the opponent,

fighting sports throughout the

just as it would be in a game of chess. Jiu Jitsu is also

years. Once, I even tried ninjutsu,

a very interesting sport to watch because there are

which is mainly stuff you see in Japanese anime;

so many different styles that can match up and be

throwing stars, sword fighting, etc. That was cool to do,

competitive with one another.

but not very practical. I have also trained and competed in mixed martial arts as an amateur. I won a match as

BJJ IS NOT ONLY a competition sport, far from it;

well, but decided I would close that chapter and cross

anyone can do it. Naturally, being a competitor is

it off the bucket list. his was before I fell in love with

an option, and I've done it a few times in my life just

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

to take myself out of my comfort zone. The reason I always recommend BJJ over boxing, muay thai, or other

BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU IS also known as submission

sports that involve kicking and punching is that there is

wrestling, grappling, or human chess by some.

a disproportionately low rate of injury. As we see today

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or BJJ (also written as jujitsu or jujutsu)

famous boxers, rugby players etc. from the past, brain

is a grappling-based martial art of Japanese origin

damage from impact to the head is a very real thing.

which central theme is the skill of controlling a resisting

Therefore, I have withdrawn from mixed martial arts,

opponent in ways that force him to submit. Due to the

which includes boxing, and only engaged in grappling.

fact that control is typically easier on the ground than

While grappling, you will have to outwit your

in a standing position, much of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu's

opponent and that does not only mean winning, it

technique centers on bringing an opponent to the

also means surviving. The belt hierarchies of Jiu Jitsu

ground and wrestling for dominant control positions

are white, blue, purple, brown and black. You will not

from where the opponent can be rendered harmless.

always be the hammer that stops the nails as a black

The emphasis in Jiu Jitsu is on body position, joint locks,

belt; sometimes you have to switch to defense, as it is

and chokeholds. It's a complex sport that has so many

in life, right? It is also an excellent way to improve your

different styles, moves, and techniques that no one

problem-solving skills and critical thinking abilities.

can do everything perfectly. This just isn't possible

When you're on a mat, the first and most important

since some styles don't work for different body types

thing you need to do is deal with any issues brought up

as well as it does for others. BJJ is mainly classified as

by your opponent when grappling.

Gi and NoGi. The main difference between Gi and NoGi

Having been in the sport for 10 years, I am a three-

is obviously the clothing aspect. In NoGi grappling you

stripe blue belt under my main coach Priit Mihkelson

normally wear a rash guard and shorts. Gi grappling

at Estum Jiu Jitsu in Estonia. Belts can be given out in

involves wearing a traditional Gi which you can utilize

a wide variety of ways, but they are a great indicator

to your advantage while rolling since you can grab hold

of a practitioner's level of proficiency. While I have a

of it which is not the case with NoGi.

pretty solid grasp of the overall dynamics of the sport, I still have a lot to learn. You are constantly learning something new in BJJ. That's the beauty of it. For me it has really changed my life. I used to weigh 107kg, but when I was a competitor I went down to 75kg. This really improved my overall conditioning and of course, my quality of life. As well as being a fun sport, BJJ has the fantastic benefit of improving conditioning. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu boosts your work capacity, makes your everyday life easier, and helps you become a fitter and more athletic person.

Picture of armbar submission from the bottom. Armbar is a joint lock where the elbow is hyperextended in order to brake it when you are in a losing position. If it is a lock or choke, you can either tap with your hands or legs to show that you cannot defend anymore. Sometimes it can happen that all your ligaments are tangled, so it is okay if you voice your submission as well.

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Picture of a heel hook submission. A heel hook is a leg lock affecting multiple joints, and is applied by transversely twisting the foot either medially or laterally. The torsional force puts severe torque on the ankle, which in turn transfers torque to the knee. ‘’Fun fact’’ is that when you are in an arm lock, the pain will come instantaneously. However, with leg locks, your leg will brake first and then you will feel it. This is the very reason also, that leg locks were taboo for a long time in BJJ. Now they are probably the most popular topic in the sport.

IF SOMEONE ASKED what the main benefits of BJJ are,

you really are and what can happen in a real fight. It

I would say it’s not only being able to defend yourself

also teaches you to be more careful outside of the gym.

(which is also true) but it’s the effect it has on our

I enjoy this sport for the same reason I enjoy Round

mental health. The sport involves continual growth

Table: the people. Thanks to this ego-trimming sport,

and improvement. There is an inherent feeling of

almost anyone you meet on the mat is cool. Also, as

progression and fulfilment. Also, not only with BJJ, but

with Round Table associations and clubs, you can drop

with any sports we do physical activity as a whole is

into gyms while traveling. People will welcome you

incredibly beneficial for our mental health. Numerous

with open arms. I have been to different gyms around

studies show that it reduces the risk of depression and

the world – Finland, Dubai, Iceland, United Kingdom,

makes us happier and more optimistic. It also teaches

America etc. I always check out the BJJ venues when I

us the value of hard work and having a process. It

travel to drop in for a roll or two. It’s a great thing to

makes us more disciplined, teaches us respect, and

include during international Round Table events, which

allows us to surround ourselves with amazing people.

tend to get boozy, and a little workout to get all the

This is another reason why I feel like it’s a very helpful

consumption out of you helps.

exercise for kids as well. So, if you’re looking for a martial art that will grow you into a stronger, more

I KNOW IT’S HARD in the times we are living in to go to

athletic, and mentally tougher person, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

gyms and take classes. In some countries, it is not even

is a smart option to go with. It’s something anyone can

possible. I am not a doctor but I have read a lot on this

do and I really recommend people to try it out. Most of

and as said before there is a very direct line between

the BJJ gyms in the world have a free first class, so just

physical and mental health. I love to do Jiu Jitsu not

show up and try something new. Healthy body, healthy

only because of the sport itself, but also because it is a

mind.

helpful divider between work and home. I usually take a class after work. It is a great way to concentrate on

AS OUTGOING MEN, we can get into trouble whether

something else than work. It is eminent that if you do

we like it or not. And while most people avoid

not want to be submitted, you have to concentrate on

confrontation and don’t ever want to resolve problems

what you are doing. It’s very easy to become a couch

through force, life can be chaotic. It’s not always up

sportsman right now, but the reality is that this is a

to us to decide how to resolve a situation. Because of

slow but solid spiral downwards in everything to do.

this, BJJ is very effective since a relatively small person

So guys, I hope this was a nice insight into what I do.

can defeat a much larger and stronger opponent with

Please take care of yourselves so that we can enjoy

technique, without hurting themselves or the other

each other longer.

person. In addition to this, you can also see how fragile

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MOVEMBER 2021

WE ARE HEROES This past Movember, our Members earned the right to celebrate the extraordinary efforts & selfless acts of their teams & individuals that not only created awareness for men's health issues but those who put their MOney where their MOs are. With your steadfast dedication to this great cause & in the true spirit of #StrongerTogether, we managed to save the masses with loads of staches & raised a whopping $89,766 (79,188.42 Euros)! Our champions - Christian Andersson & Round Table Sweden raised a massive total of $46,987.47, followed by Round Table The Netherlands on $18,992.60 & third on the podium, Round Table France on $11,592.89. Well done brothers & thank you for flying the Round Table flag high!

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R T I L E G A C Y | C SO Co r n e r

C O M M UN I TY SE R V I C E O F F I C E R

”WE HAVE A FULL AND EXCITING YEAR OF COMMUNITY SERVICE AHEAD. WE WILL LEAVE TODAY IN A BETTER STATE THAN YESTERDAY“ By Mr PAUL DIPPENAAR, RTI Community Service Officer 21-22

The CSO portfolio for the year kicked off on a high note. With hundreds of ideas and the overwhelming experience of being part of the RTI board, it was time to put all the thoughts into ideas and projects and take action.

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D

URING THE 2020/2021 term, Paul Vreeburg and the rest of the RTI Board reinvented the CSO portfolio. On a global scale, service to the community was formally rolled out and divided into five pillars. Those would be Conservation, Education, Health, Poverty and Tabler for Tabler. The plans submitted

to the RTI Board were approved, and the idea is to run at least one project per pillar for the year to come. This was because not all associations focus on the same type of events. Some associations build schools while others focus on raising food and funds for the homeless and the less fortunate. Therefore, we've decided to allow everyone to do at least one project, regardless of your associations' focus, whilst encouraging all associations to do more.The marketing and branding team met our ideas with plenty of enthusiasm. We can all agree that the publicity on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter have been nothing but superb. All content was created timeously, with medical precision and attention to detail, and the professionalism and dedication the rondel rightly deserves. SO OUR FIRST PROJECT got underway, which was the waste challenge. It was also the first in a line-up of side-by-side projects planned for the year. All five Round Table family members partook in this, and it was a great success. We ran from the 1st to the 19th of September 2021. What a way to honour World Clean-up Day. We specifically thank the members of Ladies' Circle and how they have embraced this project and truly live up to our combined theme for the year of being "Stronger Together". We saw terrific projects on social media. Everything from floating sea bins taking trash from the ocean and floating on the surface to joint beach clean-ups. Thank you, and a big shout out to everyone who partakes. THEN IT WAS TIME FOR MOVEMBER. This project is close to heart as it affects us all somehow or the other. Round Table has supported the Movember foundation for a very long time now. After careful planning, we rolled out Movember to focus on awareness for men's health. The three focus areas were Prostate Cancer, Testicular Cancer and men's mental health and suicide prevention. Did you know that since 2003 more than 6 million people partook in this initiative, raised more than €409 million, and funded more than 1250 men's health projects?

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R T I L E G A C Y | C SO Co r n e r

ONCE AGAIN, RTI provided a platform for associations

So as you can see, we have a full and exciting year

to contribute on a global scale with weekly flyers that

of community service ahead. We will leave today in

went out as follows:

a better state than yesterday by supporting these

Week 1 Monday the 1st of November 2021: General flyer of Movember Week 2 Monday the 8th of November 2021: Flyer about prostate cancer

projects and initiatives. I would furthermore like to invite all associations to send me the information on any project you are running that you feel can be helpful other than the ones mentioned. We would be happy to promote these projects as appropriate.

Week 3 Monday the 15th of November 2021: Flyer about testicular cancer Week 4 Monday the 22nd of November 2021: Flyer about men's mental health

begun the long and challenging road of corporate sponsorship. We are happy to announce that we are already on the 8th version of the RTI Corporate identity

WE ARE STILL RUNNING with the Movember website.

guide. We will be rolling this out in January. We will then

What was truly inspiring was to see all the different

use the data supplied by you in your google forms,

posts on WhatsApp and social media. We had National

Tabler. World forms or chairman's reports to compile

boards challenging one another. Tablers growing a

a summary per project that we will use to attract big

MO for the ultimate prize of crowned Mr MO over and

sponsors to contribute towards the RTI Foundation and

above the obvious. Everything from national boards

a charity or cause of their choice.

getting together to have a shavathon to associations

Yours in table

going Commando. We have rolled out a survey on Tabler World for all associations to fill in. That way, we can see how much members have partaken and how much money was raised to help save a fellow brother. WE HAVE ALSO started to plan for our next project focusing on the Education pillar. Please make a note of this: 1-23 January 2022, the focus will be on Education. 1-20 March 2022, we will focus on blood donation, and this will be a side-by-side project with the family members. 1-23 May 2022, we will focus on poverty and its related aspects. 1-31 July 2022, the focus will be on Tabler for Tabler and how we can assist one another as Tablers.

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OTHER THAN RUNNING a busy CSO term, we have

Paul Dippenaar cso@round-table.org


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RTI LEGAC Y

6 0 TA B L I N G I N N O R WAY

By Mr CARL HENRIK MYHRE

6 4 T R AV E L L I N G TA B L E R

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I N T E G R AT I N G N E W B ROT H E R S

By Mr KAUPO KONGAS

TA S T E T H E WO R L D

from LCI RECIPE BOOK

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U P CO M I N G E V E N T S

By ROUND TABLE INTERNATIONAL

8 0 D I D YO U K N OW By ROUND TABLE INTERNATIONAL

8 2 S H A R E YO U R VOIC E By ROUND TABLE INTERNATIONAL

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R T I L E G A C Y | Trav e l & E x p l o r e

RTI HYM 2022

DON'T FORGET YOUR PASSPORT. WE'RE HEADING TO MOROCCO IN 2022.

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A SSO C I A T I ON O F T H E YE A R

TABLING IN NORWAY By Mr CARL HENRIK MYHRE, Public Relations Officer, Round Table Norway

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THINGS TO SEE FINNMARK

Finnmark is the northernmost and easternmost county in Norway (Svalbard is not considered a county). By area, Finnmark is Norway's largest county, even larger than the neighboring country of Denmark. However, with a population of about 75,000, it is also the least populated of all Norwegian counties. Finnmark has a total coastline of 6,844 kilometres, including 3,155 kilometres of coastline on the islands. Nearly 12,300 people or 16.6 percent of the county's population in 2000 was living in the 100-meter belt along the coastline. In Round Table its three clubs in this area. RT 53 Tromsø, RT60 Hammerfest and RT68 Alta and they are under Area 1 with the area chairman Ivar Jakobsen. > df1@roundtable.no

OSLO

Oslo, the capital of Norway, sits on the country’s southern coast at the head of the Oslofjord. It’s known for its green spaces and museums. Many of these are on the Bygdøy Peninsula, including the waterside Norwegian Maritime Museum and the Viking Ship Museum, with Viking ships from the 9th century. The Holmenkollbakken is a ski-jumping hill with panoramic views of the fjord. It also has a ski museum. Round table have clubs in and around Oslo. RT2 Oslo, RT35 Oslo, RT26 Asker, RT13 Moss and RT Ski. They are under area 8 with the area chairman Bjørn Swan Løvlund. > df8@roundtable.no

T H I N G S T O E AT THE SOUTH

The southern part of Norway is often named Norways riviera. Small cities by the ocean gives grounds for an amazing atmosphere during the summer period from Tønsberg in east to Stavanger in south. Home to northern europes biggest beachparty the city of Kristiansand serves as the center of the southern region. Just outside the coast is an archipelago consisting of thousands of small islands where people go by their boats to spend their weekends or even their summer holidays. Round table have big numbers of clubs in this area. RT4 Kristiansand, RT6 Mandal, RT21 Arendal, RT32 Flekkefjord, RT48 Grimstad, RT59 Lillesand, RT71 Farsund, RT74 Lyngdal, RT75 Kristiansand, RT83 Risør They are under Area 5 with the area chairman Henning Berge. > df5@roundtable.no > visitsorlandet.com

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GRANDIOSA

The most consumed dish in Norway by far. A simple frozen pizza that would probably win the election if it ran for prime minister of Norway.

PINNEKJØTT Its like spareribs, only you don’t BBQ it, you boil it. And there are no cows, only sheep. This is one of the favourite dishes for Christmas (after Grandiosa) in Norway. The wool you can use to make a sweater to keep warm while eating.

SMASH

Not technically a dish (although it has been tried) it is more like a snack. It is not chips, it is not chocolate, IT IS BOTH! This delicious hat shaped corn chips dipped in the most delicious chocolate to make the most awesome snack on gods green earth. Is it chips? Is it chocolate? NO! Its SMASH!


R T I L E G A C Y | tab l i n g i n . . .

FACTS

Capital Oslo Population 5,379 M Language Norwegian Currency Norwegian Krona (NOK) National Day May 17th ROUND TABLE NORWAY

Chartred 1947 Godparent Round Table Denmark

THINGS TO DO NEAR RT60 HAMMERFEST

Join RT60 Hammerfest to celebrate the most northern NEAR meeting ever hosted. RT60 Hammerfest will greet you with its breath taking views and the sky light up by the Aurora borealis. There will be amazing pre tours where you can visit the Northern Cape Plateau or join on the local rabbit hunt +++ this will be something you do not want to miss.

CARS UNITE MEN (CUMBALL 3000)

Is a popular car race hosted by RT04 in the south of Norway. Cruising the southern riviera each team is presented with potentially 700 posts to visit within 7 hours. Points are given for most posts, funnies car, best photos and on hourly spontaneous challenges. All covered by a live radio stream and ends in a huge party at the finish line

RT 26 ASKER CLUB AGM ON ICE

Do you feel the summer breeze falls away? Do you feel the cold? Do not worry; Clubs AGM on ICE will get the warmth right back in your veins. A Complete weekend 25-27/03-2022 for international tabling, ice racing, BBQ, gala dinner, spa, amazing activities, and spectacular scenery. An opportunity of a lifetime in the Norwegian mountains for only 299 Euro. All Tablers, circlers, 41, tangents, and friends are invited. Please book today at www.agmonice.no before the early bird tickets is sold out. See you in the Norwegian mountains.

Members 1034 Clubs 65 AGM June 10th, 2022 National IRO Kim Andre Richter ip@roundtable.no

LEARN MORE Get to know more about Round Table Norway on @roundtablenorway

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T R A V ELL I N G T A B LE R

”ALTHOUGH A RELATIVELY SMALL YET STRONG COMMUNITY, ROUND TABLE HAS AN INTERNATIONAL REACH AND PRESENCE IN OVER 65 COUNTRIES.“ Words by Mr RANIL SAMARAWICKREMA, RT 8, Sri Lanka

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”Through these unique relationships that are cultivated, we build trust and goodwill. We can call on each other and leverage our global network to help make the world a little bit better each day“

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Y LOCAL CLUB in Sri Lanka has 12

Of course, one of the highly recommended Do's

members. Each member brings

in Round Table Travel is to be home-hosted. Home

a plethora of unique & different

hosting is a unique experience available for the Tablers

experiences, talents, exposure, and

and one of the fastest ways to make a friend for life. If

skills to the table professionally and

you are getting home-hosted, always make sure to take

personally. This is multiplied when

a gift for the host/family as a token of appreciation.

one looks at our Association of Tablers in Sri Lanka with

The value of this gift is not measured by the amount

over 100 members and increases exponentially when

you spend on it. Try to attend meetings hosted by the

looking at our global movement. The experiences,

local Tablers or an event. When attending a meeting,

stories, and the opportunity to cultivate long-standing

be an observer where you would have the opportunity

relationships provide someone with an instant

to learn how different parts of the world tackle issues,

worldwide resource pool where one could easily reach

help their communities while focusing on personal

and build on.

development.

Round Table events are well organized events

Most of all, they are followed by a great socializing

while offering you exclusive opportunities. They are

event where everyone has a great time. Through

a brilliant way to travel the world while meeting new

this fantastic time, we make borderless relationships

people. Everything is arranged for you by the local

in a world where borders seem to be predominant.

clubs whose only intention is to maximize your value.

Through these unique relationships that are cultivated,

When travelling with family, Round Table is, in my

we build trust and goodwill. We can call on each other

opinion, one of the great ways to travel. Members have

and leverage our global network to help make the

fellow Tablers who will make sure that everything is

world a little bit better each day.

perfectly organized. If any unforeseen predicaments happen, they are always there to help you out, not as

IF YOU ARE TRAVELLING with local Tablers, try and

an obligation but because they wholeheartedly and

agree to spend more time with Tablers from your host

genuinely want to.

country. In this way, you will be able to return home with new friends, ideas, and experiences. We all love to

WHY LIMIT YOUR EXPERIENCE to leisure time?

meet and catch up with the familiar Tablers we already

Round Table resembles both values of working hard

know at any given opportunity. However, it's always

and playing harder. Why not use Round Table when

better to add new brothers to this pool. Therefore,

on Business trips? You can add significant value to a

make a conscious effort to introduce yourself and get

business trip, all while having a cold beer and getting to

to know a few new Tablers by the end of the trip while

know a fellow member who shares the same passion as

catching up with your existing friends.

you. There is no better way to spend time on a foreign

surrounds us, we are all members of Round Table. We

You would not only have met a Tabler possibly for the

should be mindful and respectful to the association

first time, but it would be the start of an incredible

we represent, thus making sure to act and behave in a

bond, where you would have a friend within that

form befitting the Round Table movements core values.

country or city.

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Remember that although the excitement around us

trip than meeting local people or residing in that town.



A H Y B R I D M EET I N G TO R E M E M B E R

DUBAI 2021 By Mr JAYANT AGRAWAL, RT 1, Nepal

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HAT A YEAR…a year of fear,

with friends in their national costumes. The attires

anxiety, the loss of loved ones,

were colourful and vibrant. People were proud of their

depression, and many more.

countries, and at the same time, they showed respect

This pandemic took a toll on all

for the cultures of others. Though it was termed a

of us, but the zeal for tabling

much smaller event than usual, the enthusiasm and

remained the same.

passions were grand.

We were forced to become an example of living to our motto Adopt, Adapt & Improve, our Tablers missed the

THE HYBRID MODEL of the counsellor's meeting and

core of tabling: travelling and meeting new and old

the AGM worked well, and was followed by the gala

friends.

dinner. After two years, we all got the opportunity

Looking at the possible window of meeting and

to witness the official handover ceremony from one

celebrating this great year (20/21), our past president,

president to the next. It was a culmination of mixed

DK Singh and his board organized a hybrid world meet

feelings where one board leaves its footprints to fulfil

at the end of September in under 25 days. Their efforts

its commitment towards its position. In contrast, the

were remarkable, living to the 'Lead The Change'

new incoming board shows their total energy and

theme.

responsibility for the coming year. DK's thanking and

Tarun Jain from RT India and DK Singh took

goodbye note melted everyone's heart and made all of

responsibility for this amazing show. It was wonderful

us very emotional. At the same time, Graham's words

to see the excitement and interest among all Tablers.

of determination and encouragement brought the

Though travel was complicated due to the COVID

energy back to the audience to continue the legacy

restrictions, counsellors and Tablers from more than

and take it to greater heights. Being present physically

15 countries participated in the event. The icing on

and taking over was in itself a matter of pride and

the cake was members from the Round Table Family,

satisfaction to the new board who committed to the

Femke and Yvette from LCI and Chris from Agora

theme "Stronger Together."

joining us for the event.

Overall it was a good constructive meeting with bonding and fellowship, spreading happiness and

NATIONS NIGHT lived up to all expectations of our globally connected brotherhood. There were stalls from different countries with local delicacies filled

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R OUN D T A B LE ESTON I A

INTEGRATING NEW BROTHERS By Mr KAUPO KONGAS, National Editor, Round Table Estonia

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N THE BEGINNING of June 2020, the new board members of Round Table Estonia were elected at the National AGM. Full of enthusiasm and eager

Young and active men > There are new brothers, now what?

to kick off the beginning of a new season, with

Strong bond between Tablers: purpose-meaning-

the first board meeting already held to discuss

belonging

the plans for the 2021/2022 term. One of our

concerns was that the new members were not very familiar with the history of our tables yet. Another concern for the board were the low membership numbers and the viability of the clubs.

> Achieving trust and the strong bond

Getting to know each other, building trust. Relation-ships between brothers also outside the club meetings. Brothers, not just for the duration of the meeting, but for life, 24/7!

TO ADDRESS the first concern, various ways to store

IN ORDER TO HAVE a strong club, we also need new

information for future young brothers were discussed.

brothers at the table. A "New Brother Integration"

It turned out that there’s a Tabler in one of the local

program is being developed for this purpose. The

clubs involved in filming. After a short discussion, a

goal of the program is to offer the new brother a full

plan was put in place. We will start making a Round

experience of Round Table within his first year. This

Table Estonia documentary, during which we will visit

includes meetings and events within Estonia, as well

all the Estonian clubs and conduct interviews with both

as Round Table travel. The purpose of the Round Table

the founding brothers at the time as well as currently

would be offering the chance to make new friends

active ones. The purpose is to find out how the club

within Round Table and to have an international

has been developing and where it is today. So far,

experience of Round Table. And of course, to show the

the movie team already visited 4 out of the 15 clubs.

actual size of the whole movement. The new brother

A visit to the birthplace of Round Table in Norwich,

will have some additional obligations to participate in

England, is also planned to get a chapter from the very

this program, but if the first year has been a strong

beginning of the Round Table movement. The film crew

year in terms of participation and activities, it is much

is positively charged and we’re working towards having

more likely that he will continue to be active and

the film premiere at our AGM 2022.

determined.

IN ORDER TO improve the viability of the clubs, we

ON BEHALF of the entire Round Table Estonia board,

prepared a presentation for the club presidents, which

we are wishing a wonderful tabling season and positive

beautifully summarizes what a strong club is.

experiences for everyone!

To form a strong club, three conditions must be met:

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> What kind of men are we expecting to join the club?



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R T I L E G A C Y | Ta s t e t h e w o r l d

MOROCCAN CHICKEN W I T H P R ESE R V E D LE M ON A N D OL I V ES By LADIES CIRCLE MOROCCO, from the LCI Recipe Book

This classic, versatile dish is also one of Morocco’s most famous and ubiquitous. And no wonder. It’s utterly delicious and works beautifully for any occasion ranging from casual family dinners to celebratory banquets. You’ll find it offered in homes, restaurants, and even on the street in tiny outdoor dining venues.

Preparation 20 min Coocking 3h INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS Make a spice rub for the chicken from the ginger, turmeric, garlic, cilantro, olive oil, and lemon juice.Gently lift and loosen the skin of the chicken from the breast and leg meat, leaving the skin intact. Spoon most of the spice mixture under the skin, and rub the spices over the

1 whole chicken

meat, taking care to reach the leg. Turn the chicken over, and loosen

1/2 teaspoon salt

the skin from the back of the chicken. Add the remaining spice rubto

1/2 teaspoon pepper 1/2 teaspoon ginger 1/2 teaspoon turmeric 1/4 teaspoon saffron threads (crumbled) 1 small clove garlic (finely chopped or pressed) 1 tablespoon cilantro (chopped, fresh)

the back meat, reaching to the legs if possible. Salt and pepper the cavity of the chicken, truss the legs and rub a little olive oil on the outside of the chicken. Transfer the chicken to a glass or plastic bowl, cover tightly, and refrigerate overnight. Set aside the saffron. Slice the onions as thinly as possible. Place the onions, garlic, remaining spices, cilantro, oil and smen in a heavybottomed shallow stock pot or Dutch oven. Cover and cook over

1 tablespoon olive oil

medium heat, stirring occasionally for an hour or until the onions are

1 tablespoon lemon juice

soft and can easily be mashed with a spoon or vegetable masher. Avoid

For the Sauce: 2 large onions (yellow or white)

burning the onions, and add a little oil or water if necessary to prevent the onions from sticking. Mash the onions and continue cooking, uncovered, until the onions are reduced to a thick blended mass sitting

2 cloves garlic

in the oil. How long this takes will depend on how moist the onions

1 teaspoon ginger

were, how thinly you sliced them, and how wide your pot is. When the

1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1/4 teaspoon white pepper 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon turmeric 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro 1 cinnamon stick (optional) 1 teaspoon smen (Moroccan preserved butter) 3 to 4 tablespoons vegetable oil

onions are a unified mass, stir in the saffron and remove the onions from the heat. At this point, the sauce can be cooled and refrigerated overnight. Transfer the chicken to an oiled shallow roasting pan, allow the chicken to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven 325 °F/160 °C. Roast the chicken uncovered, basting occasionally and rotating the pan halfway through cooking, for 2 to 3 hours, or until the skin is golden brown and the leg can be moved easily in its joint. Transfer the cooked

1/4 teaspoon saffron threads (crumbled)

chicken to a serving plate, or hold warm in the turned off oven.

1 preserved lemon (quartered and seeds

Pour the juices from the roasting pan into the onion sauce mixture,

removed) Handful of olives (red or green)

stirring to blend. Add the preserved lemon and olives, 2 or 3 tablespoons of water as needed and simmer the sauce over medium heat for about 10 minutes, or until well-blended and the sauce is thick. Pour the sauce onto the serving platter, spooning a little sauce and olives over the chicken. Garnish the chicken with some of the preserved lemons, and serve immediately with Moroccan bread (khobz) for scooping up the chicken and sauce

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R T I L E G A C Y | D id yo u k n o w ?

DID YOU KNOW?

D UA L T H E M E COI N S 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 limitededition 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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R T I L E G A C Y | D id yo u k n o w ?

E X PLO R E RO U N D TA B L E THE RTI MEETING IN LUXEMBOURG at the start of 2020 was the last time that the international Tabling community could get together. In the 20 months since then, and despite all our efforts, we have not been able to have any physical get together. We have budgeted € 23,400, funded from reserves, to subsidise travel of 78 members with an amount of € 300 each. Each Tabling association will be eligible to claim. The 78 members is allocated to each association based on the number of members as per their June 2021 membership numbers. For every part of 1,000 members, one member will be eligible to travel. We call this “Explore Round Table”. Travel can be done between the RTIWM 2021 and the RTIWM 2022 and must be as follows: Visit of a member to another Round Table association and attendance at any of their events. This cannot be combined with any current RTI travel grants or another form of RTI funding. The person travelling must after completion of the visit, write a minimum of a 300 word report to be submitted to their regional chairman. The idea is to send a member who would otherwise not have an opportunity to travel to a fellow Round Table association to build the bonds of fellowship and be inspired. National associations can elect who to allocate these funds too. Associations are encouraged to engage with each other to invite and host Tablers to their events. Should any association not utilise their claims, the unclaimed amounts will revert back into the reserves. We call on all associations to grab this funding for exploring our international brotherhood with both hands and to reach our to any RTI Board member if any more information is required.

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S H A R E YO U R VOIC E This new section in the RTI Magazine is where we would like your inputs. We request you to discuss the following question as a club and to provide feedback on the link below. We will review this and post the feedback received in the following edition, highlighting exceptional contributions here as well as at upcoming RTI events. We encourage you to participate

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RTI LEGAC Y

Q UEST I ON TO D I S C USS

HOW DO YOU AS A CLUB ATTRACT NEW MEMBERS TO JOIN ROUND TABLE? SU B M I T YOU R A NS W E R S H E R E rti.roundtable.world/en/forms/36

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