41 Club International
41 Club International is the Association of (currently) twenty 41 Club International throughout the world. 41 Club International is an organisation which further develops the friendship and comradeship which the members enjoyed when they were members of Round Table. Members of Round Table are obliged to end their membership when they reach the age of 40 or 45, according to the country in which they reside.
41 Clubs, which are clubs for former members of Round Table (‘Ex-Tablers’ or ‘Old Tablers’), started to be formed in the early 1940s. The Association of Ex-Tablers’ Clubs – 41 Club of Great Britain and Ireland – was formed in 1945. 41 Club International was formed in 1975.
Today, the Associations of Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Indian Ocean, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Romania, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland and Zambia are the full members of 41 Club International but there are 41 Clubs in many other countries throughout the world.
41 Club International is led by an International Board which comprises a President, a Vice-President, a Secretary/Treasurer and an Immediate Past President. An Annual General Meeting and a Half Yearly Meeting are held by the members each year. The main objects of 41 Club International are to maintain at international level contacts between clubs and their members throughout the world and to maintain the bonds of friendship which unite all Ex-Tablers. 41 Club International has approximately 50,000 individual members.
History of LCI
Ladies’ Circle (LC) sets its roots in England where the first Circle was founded in Bournemouth by wives of Round Table members. By 1936 the first English Clubs formed the English National Ladies’ Circle Association (GB&I). At that time, during the war ‘Circling’ was limited to social obligations:
- helping out at the hospital
- running canteens
- visiting hospitalised people
- gathering articles of clothing for orphans etc.
In 1947 and 1949 LC Sweden and Denmark, respectively were founded. By 1950 there were 5 LC Clubs in Scandinavia and work started for an Inter Scandinavian Association which was founded in the same year. It is worth noting that during this time contacts between GB&I, Sweden & Denmark flourished. Since Denmark & Sweden were forming their own National Associations the Inter Scandinavian Association closed.
29 May 1959 is an important date in the History of LCI since it is on this day, at the RTI AGM in Leiden, Holland the three countries established Ladies’ Circle International (LCI).
The founder members of LCI were Molly Worley (President), LC GB&I, Jen Ulfvik (Vice President), LC Sweden, Margery Coombe (Secretary), LC GB&I, and Søs Tarp (Treasurer), LC Denmark. This is where the constitution was drawn up based on equality of all member associations within an international structure. From this developed the Aims and Objects:
To promote international friendship, understanding and goodwill by encouraging members to extend their knowledge of each other and other people.
To promote, co-ordinate and develop the extension of Ladies’ Circle throughout the world.
To be non-political and non-sectarian
The membership was open to wives of Round Table who fell within the age group 18 to 40.
As the years rolled by other countries joined LCI with the last country to join being Canada last June 2007. In 1994 at the Annual General Meeting a significant rule change was passed, following which Ladies Circle International became totally independent from Round Table, in that Ladies Circle is now open to all women between the age of 18 to 45.
In 2006 LCI & RTI signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the two clubs to encourage a closer relationship whilst assisting each other. Referred to as the ‘Side by Side’ (SBS) agreement for which two pins have been produced. Proceeds from sale of pins go towards International Charity projects for Ladies’ Circle and Round Table respectively.
Today LCI is an international service organisation represented by approximately 13,000 members, in 36 countries across continents Africa, Asia, Europe and North America.
The motto of LCI is Friendship & Service’.
When one joins Ladies’ Circle (LC) one normally attends a meeting of a local Circle in her town/village. There one will make friends with members of that Circle. Eventually one will attend an Area meeting and meet Circlers in that Area and after that one will attend the country’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) and meet many more Circlers. Following this one may opt to attend the LCI AGM and then meet lots of Circlers from all over the world. As you can see friendship may be experienced, locally, nationally and internationally. It is a remarkable experience sharing a bond with ladies from different parts of the globe, different cultures, different up bringing and yet, sharing one common goal and language true Friendship.
Every Circler endevours to make a difference to those less fortunate than them by supporting community projects and raising funds for the needy, locally and nationally. Globally Circlers also support an International Service Project which runs for two years. Sometimes it is only when we see, feel and touch that we can truly appreciate the need however if one is inquisitive it is easy to learn about needs of others and as they say ‘The Sky is the Limit’! The good feeling Circlers experience when they help others is something indescribable – it is all about Service.
The Administrative Side
Locally a Circle is formed, this Circle is affiliated to an Area, and the Area is then affiliated to a Country. The Country then falls under the constraints of Ladies Circle International. Each Circle, Area and Country hold an AGM where office bearers are elected, financial reports are presented and discussed together with other associated business.
The climax of the year is the Ladies Circle International AGM where all the Countries join together. Each year the International AGM is held in a different Country as decided through a vote by Councillors. The international office bearers are also elected at this AGM, and become the International Board.