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. Members are encouraged to support their Round Table and support charity and community service initiatives. “41 International” has approximately 35,000 individual members and is a key member of the Round Table Family of clubs.
“41 International” is led by an International Board which comprises a President, a Vice-President, a Secretary, a Treasurer and the Immediate Past President. Two Word Meetings (An Annual General Meeting and a Half Yearly Meeting) are held by the members each year in different countries.
Some “41 International” members manage international youth exchange programs annually for their children and grandchildren over 18 years old. YAP (Young Ambassadors’ Program) lets them discover what Round Table is about and encourages them to join a club locally.
“41 International” was founded in 1975 by France, GB&I, Belgium and Germany and is the international umbrella organisation which unites associations of past Round Tablers clubs in countries across the world. It was set up to allow members to continue friendships that they had formed when they were in the 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 (‘Ex-Tablers’ or ‘Old Tablers’) started to be formed in Great Britain and Ireland in the late 1930’s. The first one in Liverpool in May 1936. The National Association of ex Tablers was formed in Wakefield on 12th May 1945, the day World War Two finished! Over the years it grew in size as the Round Table movement itself flourished. At one stage it had over 1000 clubs and 25000 members.
As Round Table expanded into Europe and beyond, 41 Clubs and National Associations grew and in 1975 “41 International” was formed. Today, the movement is still growing with nearly 30 National associations in existence and more to come.
Agora Club International is a club for women from the age of 42 years (Non Past Circlers), 45 years (Past Circlers), and older with different professions, hobbies and interests.
Agora Club International is a platform where all Past Circlers and other Non Past Circle friends from diverse horisons can meet.
Agora Club International is represented in 23 countries around the world. Agora Club International is working together in respect with Ladies’ Circle, Round Table and 41 Club International.
The spoken language at international meetings and in correspondence is English.
Their Aims and Objectives are
To link together all National Associations of the ACI.To promote, co-ordinate and develop the friendship which unites them around the motto “Donner et Tolérer”, which means Service and Tolerance in English. To be non-political and non-sectarian. To maintain good relations with the organizations in the Round Table Family.