National President - Phill Ellis

I am honoured and privileged to be your President for 2018-19, I just hope I can do the job proud. I am extremely proud to be the third President from Ireland and second from Northern Ireland. One of my first visits/duties was to represent you all at the International AGM in Austria, I hope you don’t mind but I took the liberty to change the name to I & GB for the year. As I live in God's own country and as I look over the Irish sea at you all, I panic, because I don’t know Chester from Okehampton. I am also concerned that the travel costs will become a burden, so can I plead to you all to try and group my visits or work with Ray Hill and we will get to everyone as soon as we can.

Over the last 12 months I have worked and planned with my counterparts in Tangent, Circle and Round Table. We have all the same ideas, wishes and hopes for the Round Table family and together we hope to sail the good ship back into safe waters, and, as I am Irish, I will do the driving and we will miss the icebergs.

As you will know, I have picked a charity that is very close to my own heart which is Muscular Dystrophy UK. Just over 18 months ago my daughter and I were given the most devastating news that my grandson Enzo has Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy. This life-limiting condition will not beat Enzo, me, Hayley or the rest of the family, but that’s not the problem. The research needs the help of everyone to bring awareness to the condition and provide much-needed funds to find a solution for these children.

This year I would ask each club to think about the days you spent in Round Table and how you have carried on the tradition of fellowship. I liken this to my days on the rugby field, I had great comrades in arms in the teams and after my playing days I introduced my sons to the game, both play the game still today. My eldest did join Round Table both in Belfast and later when he moved to Austria there as well. So, I ask you all as a club to introduce a new player to the field of play this year. It could be your son or daughter, nephew or niece, grandson or granddaughter or a young person in your workplace etc. etc. If every club does this during my year we will grow Round Table and Circle by 25%. The end product of this strategy is that Tangent and 41 will be here for many years to come.

Thank you

Phillip Ellis