National Councillors' Liaison Officer - Tom Atkins

Hi fellow 41 ers.

After serving 3 years as a councillor and 3 years as National Council Liaison Officer on “The Board”, I was ready and expecting to hand over the baton to new blood at the AGM in Cardiff, which sadly due to circumstances beyond our control did not happen.

I now find myself extended until Aviemore 2021.

So a change of mindset was needed rapidly .I have reacted with renewed enthusiasm for the role , trying to make sure our new councillors settle in to the role with new thinking , without club visits ,doing virtual meetings, and I am using everything in my power to fill the vacant positions in the regions where councillors have retired or moved on to other positions.

With lockdown and shielding , I have a change of view on family life and how Round Table and 41 club fit into the community. We need to be more friendly and kinder to our contacts and neighbours, and be mindful of others less fortunate than ourselves.

I have a renewed determination to help Round Table in any way I can to grow and survive , and look at ways to re-introduce past tablers who have not joined 41 club, to join our fellowship groups. After all we are just older tablers at heart.

Members should look at their families and introduce their sons and grandsons to a Round Table near to them, and daughters to Ladies Circle or Tangent.

WE have a fantastic group of National Councillors who are knowledgeable about Round Table and 41 club, so with their help our organisation has a long future.

I am also an ambassador for Round Table Children’s Wish , which is 30 years old this year, as well as starting the “I can walk 500 miles and I can walk 500 more “ group to raise money for a very good charity “Dementia UK “

1000 miles before the AGM…………………”easy “ ??????

YICF

Tom Atkins