Top 10 Myths
The Round Table isn't a mysterious society characterised by secret handshakes and hidden agendas. Come along to a meeting and you will find a group of blokes, from all walks of life, who are open, inclusive, and waiting to welcome you. Don't wait to be asked - find your nearest club and try it out for yourself.
Still not convinced? Read the 10 reasons people give for not giving the Round Table a go, along with the real story behind the myths.
Aren't you a secret society like the Free Masons?
No, we are not a secret club. The Round Table movement is very open - for example, you quite often see things in the press about Round Table, and at no point are you asked to keep your Round Table activities secret.
I am very busy and Round Table appears too time-consuming?
Round Table clubs meet twice a month with other events linked into annual calendars. It is entirely down to you how much you put in, and like everything in life, the more you enjoy it the more you want to do it.
I thought it was a club just for businessmen and I'm not in business?
Members of Round Table are drawn from a wide range of occupations, not just businessmen.
Isn't Round Table a fundraising organisation; I wouldn't enjoy rattling cans on street corners?
Members often get involved with their local communities, helping people who are less fortunate than themselves, and supporting voluntary organisations. However, it's as much about giving time and skills as fundraising, and whatever clubs do, it's always about having fun!
It appears to be an old-fashioned organisation that meets in pubs and two-star hotels?
The Round Table is all about trying new experiences you wouldn't otherwise have taken part in, with friends you wouldn't otherwise have met. You can learn new skills, put something back into the community and it's not just a local, but a worldwide club. We don't think there's anything old fashioned about that! Oh, and we've yet to meet a Round Table member who doesn't enjoy the odd night down the pub!
It appears to be only for middle-aged, middle-class men?
Members of Round Table can be from 18 to age 45 and are drawn from all sorts of occupations, social and ethnic groups, and backgrounds. It's this diversity that makes the Round Table experience so valuable.
It must be pretty expensive to be a member of a club with so much to offer?
Membership is less than bottle of beer a week and that often includes a few events and meals. Can't say fairer than that!
I would not be comfortable joining an organisation where you have to wear stripy jackets and regalia.
There's no Round Table "uniform". Some tables choose to wear regalia and jackets for very formal events, but each club can decide how formal or informal they want to be. It's up to the members, so the key is finding a club that fits your needs.
I think that an all male organisation is inappropriate in this day and age; I like to do things that also involve my partner and children.
Local Round Tables often do many events that involve partners, kids and the wider family. Like before, it's a case of finding a club that fits your lifestyle, and if your wife or partner is interested in getting involved, we have a sister organisation called Ladies Circle.
I always thought you had to be invited by a member to join secretly like the Free Masons?
Not at all - the Round Table is totally open.
We encourage anybody who is interested to give it a go - use our contact form to get in touch and come and join us at one of social events. You'll be under no obligation.
Like we've already said, is all about trying new experiences you wouldn't otherwise have taken part in, with friends you wouldn't otherwise have met. You can learn new skills, put something back into the community and it's not just a local, but a worldwide club.
Who wouldn't want to be a part of that?For further information please contact us