41 International President Engelbert address to Old Tablers Iceland 2016 AGM in Reykjavik [Engelbert Friedsam]



Dear fellow Old Tablers,

Greetings from the 41 International Board and our 26 member countries! It is unfortunate that I cannot come to join your important event, as there is at the same time the AGM of Denmark, where I have been booked to for a long time. The change of the date of your AGM made it impossible to come. Having said that, I promise to make best effort to come with Monika to your AGM next year and refresh our fellowship and friendship.

There is good news on the development of our wonderful organization. The latest AGM one week ago attracted more visitors than ever before. Nearly 460 Tablers / Oldies joined the event and experienced a thrilling weekend with prior Pre-Tours to enjoy fun and fellowship, simply “took a bath in Tabling spirit” J!  Of course there has been the Business part as well, but also this part was heavily used to exchange information and finally ended in voting on several topics.

Suriname brought its application for membership forward, Portugal is in the pipeline for next year. The 41 International community is growing and expanding to further countries step by step. Although we are very happy and excited for the growth of our organization, a lot of work is still needed to be done. Mika from Finland has been voted for Secretary following Sid, who has been doing over the last 4 years a fantastic job, including working hard on the communication initiates. He has been issuing the monthly Communique, which is positively received by all members around the world. SAS this is still to be further improved, I have asked Sid to fill the role of Communication Manager to focus on distributing regularly latest news and work with the associations editors on this. Decision has been made on the chain of incoming Vice-Presidency. After South Africa, Austria, Belgium will take Presidency.

Finally a few words on the program for my presidential year. First of all NO change of strategy and direction what we have been building and following over the last 3 years. We have jointly delivered, the 41 International board, many associations and we are continuing to deliver on the topics we have defined in our Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan that is still the guidance and direction we are moving. A lot has been already achieved as presented by Makarios in his outgoing speech at last week’s AGM in Landshut.

The board was and is very much focused on further improvement of the relationship with RTI.  The board has given guidance to the associations to do the same with their respective RT organizations. The initial discussions on the national MoUs and the related 10 point action plans have helped in each national organization to come closer between the organizations. In case you have not done this in your national association, please work on this. The agreed actions have to practically follow! Please start reporting on your “working together” achievements to Sid for communication. Also upload this onto your section in the new 41 International website.

There is one additional topic stated in the Strategy Plan that I have chosen to start working on it in my presidential year: The harmonization of our name.

Why is this topic important for the future of our organization?

A short summary of thought and reflection: on associaton level we have developed away from each other over the years. Some call themselves 41 Club, some Old Tablers, some Ex-Tablers, some Tablers +, etc. We have no global unique identifier looking from the outside world to our international organization, we are not known in the public. We struggle to explain what we are. Successful organizations have one common name, which is basically one word as identifier: Lions, Rotary, Kiwani, Zonta,… all have chosen one word. This will help enormously to marked us globally and surface our organization in the public.  To start the discussion on this topic, I have selected this topic for a workshop at the 2016 HYM in Bangalore / India. The importance of this topic have inspired me fin defining my presidential motto: We are Tablers! No matter if we are Round Tablers or 41ers!

I am very proud and honored to continue with the use of the Side by Side Round Table International and 41 International logo on my banner.

Dear fellow Tablers (Round or Old),
Please continue working actively with your Round Table organization on national and club level!  This will ensure that both organizations will have a bright future!

Together we are much stronger. We are Tablers!


Have a great AGM!


Engelbert Friedsam

41 International President 2016 – 2017