St Albans 41 Club is an active association of ex-Round Tablers that meets every first Wednesday at a range of venues within the City.
If you are a lapsed or infrequent member, an ex-Round Tabler or a 41 Club member elsewhere, we will always look forward to hearing from you or to you joining us at one of our meetings or social events.
So what is 41 Club?
When members graduate from Round Table, they are invited to join the Ex-Round Tablers’ Club (nicknamed the "41 Club") and continue their contribution to the Round Table Family.
Open to Round Table graduates from the age of 46, the Ex-Round Tablers Club came into existence to link together the clubs formed by ex-Tablers with the purpose of maintaining the friendships and connections they had made as a Tabler.
That purpose is still at the heart of the Ex-Tablers Club, but the modern movement also echoes the principles of Round Table: having fun, making friends, social responsibility, personal development and networking. Over the years, the movement has grown, and there are now 850 clubs in the UK, with around 20,000 members.
Many Ex-Tabler clubs work with their local Round Table club, supporting at events and combining social occasions. There is no upper age limit, ensuring that those committed to The Round Table Movement can continue to contribute for as long as they feel able.
Round Table was formed In March 1927, when a young Rotarian by the name of Louis Marchesi became aware of the lack of opportunities for the young businessmen of the day to meet and prepare themselves for their responsibilities as senior businessmen of later years. Being a member of Norwich Rotary Club he found himself surrounded by older men, so he started a club for young men in the age range of 28 to 40 (now 45) to give them the right environment to develop their professional and civic skills whilst assisting the local community, the nation and later the world as whole
Ladies Circle (known colloquially as Circle) was formed three years after the formation of Round Table. Circle is the equivalent women's club to Round Table and has an open membership and accepts not only partners of Round Tablers and Ex-Round Tablers, but any women in the age range of 18 to 45
Tangent is the equivalent to 41 Club for a past member of Ladies Circle, or the wife or female partner of a current or past member of Round Table. Their first club met in 1953.
Currently, there are almost 20,000 declared members of 41 Club and it continues to assist Round Table in many of its activities as well as Circle and Tangent, the other two members of the Round Table Family.