History. The first Round Table was formed in Norwich, England in 1927, and that club is still going strong.
The founder, Louis Marchesi, was a young member of Norwich Rotary Club who felt there was a need for a club aimed more at the younger businessmen of the town. His vision was for them to exchange ideas, learn from the experiences of their colleagues, and together contribute to the civic life of the town.
From the beginning, Round Table was a non-religious, non-political, and non-sectarian club, an ethos that still underpins the club today.
The Round Table is a truly international movement, with active members in most European countries, as well as Africa, the Middle East, India, Hong Kong, New Zealand, and the USA. In fact, there are Round Table clubs on every continent.
The Name and Logo. Although the Round Table logo is based on a table that hangs in the Great Hall at Winchester, which is a medieval reproduction of King Arthur’s Round Table, the name Round Table does not owe its heritage to the mythical ruler.
In fact, the name comes from a speech that the then Prince of Wales made in 1927 to the British Industries Fair, when he 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”.
This speech inspired the name, and also provided its motto: adopt, adapt, improve – principles that remain at the heart of the present organization.