Hello I am Tom Atkins; after a short apprenticeship I am now in my third year as Region 15 National Councillor .
How time flies…….This year I welcome on board Neal Lowe Nuneaton Round Table Chairman and former RT, board member, who is my deputy and will accompany me to some meetings and arrange to come and visit the clubs that I cannot get to with time constraints.
My Region covers a geographical area from Nuneaton in North Warwickshire (which is where I live) across the A5 to Hinckley in Leicestershire, Market Harborough in the East, through Northampton, Wellingborough, Towcester , in South Northamptonshire, across to Southam, Stratford upon Avon and Alcester in South Warwickshire up through Redditch, Bromsgrove,up the A38 to Rubery in the West passing through Edgbaston through The City of Birmingham to Sutton Coldfield and across to Tamworth, Staffordshire in the north, and then Atherstone.Then every club within that boundary.
We have some 39 clubs with around 910 members at the last count, in our Region
It covers the old Round Table Areas , Midlands Shires 45 and Heart of England 35.
I am always learning and getting new ideas from clubs and see myself as a link between all the clubs in the Round Table family, and believe I am there to encourage good relations between clubs, and to make sure that you are aware that by being part of a National Association you are part of a bigger family. I am also trying to encourage , what some clubs do well , which is help Round Table build , start up new clubs, or maintain their membership so that there will still be Past Table/ 41 clubs in the future.
I welcome the contact from the clubs in my Region 15 and would like to visit each one in my 3rd and final year, and if not, at least make contact with the clubs, so that you know I am your representative and a link with National Board if you have any issues.
I would encourage Clubs to share events and update your meetings diaries and meeting places, so that your National Board Members know what is going on in each region .If you wish a member of the board to visit your club please make contact , and I will try my best to visit at the same time.
I have already noticed that there are a variety of meetings at different clubs, and it is refreshing to see that not all clubs are “dinner clubs “with a guest speaker at every meeting. It is good to get out and about.
I have helped arrange a Region 15 Golf Day on 23rd June 2016 to bring the clubs together .In a suitably central location as I can. Shirley Late Nights have organised a 10th Anniversary Regional Dinner at The National Motorcycle Museum on 17th February 2017, so this will be a brilliant get together.
I have very close links with Round Table and will endeavor to expand the links with Tangent and Ladies Circle, as I believe they have good ideas that can be shared with all clubs. I still tag on to the international visits of the 136 clubs, as this was the most enjoyable part of tabling. This year to Holland for a few days with the younger guys.Next year South Africa , which is also the 41 club international venue.
I am chairman of Nuneaton Past Tablers’Club 2016/17 so a busy year
I am very fortunate to be an Ambassador for Round Table Children’s Wish, and I am always looking for other like-minded people, from the Round Table Family, to become an Ambassador or simple help out with a very worthwhile charity, which was 25 years old in February 2015.
Yours in fellowship