SCLT Public Presentation Team Visit Newport 41 Club


Monday 6th March, has seen SCLT volunteer Jon Williams joining the monthly meeting of the Newport 41 Club, which is held in the pleasant surroundings of Rogerstone Golf Club on the outskirts of Newport City in South Wales.


41 Club was formed in 1945 to provide a way for members of Round Table to continue their friendships after retirement from Round Table at the then obligatory age of 40.


The full name name is "The Association of Ex-Round Tablers’ Clubs" and it forms part of "The Round Table Family".


Round Table was founded in March 1927 by Louis Marchesi. Marchesi was a young Rotarian in Norwich who 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 in later years. He found himself surrounded by older men, so he started a club for younger men with a maximum age of 40 to give them the right environment to develop their professional and civic skills while assisting the local community, the nation and later the world as a whole.


Round Table was formed after being inspired by a speech by the then Prince of Wales who said “The young business and professional men of this country must get together round the table, adopt methods that have proved so sound in the past, adapt them to the changing needs of the times and, wherever possible, improve them." Since that time Round Table has used the motto "Adopt - Adapt - Improve".


Originally once a Round Tabler reached 40 years of age, he would retire from Round Table and would then become eligible to join 41 Club. In 1998 Round Table changed their retirement age to 45.


41 Club specialises in continuing the friendships made in Round Table. The philosophy of the club is very similar to that of Round Table, but it is often less ‘active’ and in many cases clubs meet less often. The Club's main purpose is to support Round Table and, if possible, participate in local community service initiatives or charity work. However the ‘continued friendship’ and ‘fellowship’ aspect is of great importance. Most clubs meet monthly, often in a public house, golf club or restaurant. Meetings are usually semi-formal with either an activity or a speaker to entertain. Lifelong friendships are often made in 41 Club.


Jon is a veteran volunteer on the SCLT Public Presentation Team, he said, “I have enjoyed my visit to the Newport 41 Club tonight and particulary sharing dinner with the club members, where I had the opportunity to discuss individual experiences of deceptions and frauds against the elderly"


"My presentation tonight was on the rather unusual subject of Dracula, which seemed to go down a storm with the audience. I have acquired a particular knowledge of this subject matter, as I own a home in the area of Romania known as Trynslyvania, which is of course renowned as the birthplace of the character made famous by the books of Bram Stoker.


However, the origins of the character go back much farther than the 19th century and relate to the near mythical character known as Vlad the Impaler, who gained notoriety for his blood-thirsty activities many centuries before. Our presentation focuses on the reality of the actual charater, and how Stoker was drawn to use some elements of fact, in his most famous work of fiction"


Every member of the audience rceived a personal copy of the award-winning Senior Siren magazine, which is packed with advice and tips on staying safe into later life


SCLT presenter Jon Williams (insert) is hosted by the Newport 41 Club

J. Newport 41 Club