Message from the President
Dear Fellow 41’ers
Our past year has once again been challenged with stable numbers, however, this has sadly not produced the growth needed in our Association. Social clubs, in general, have reported declining numbers. These declining membership numbers have also been experienced by the Round Table Club of Southern Africa, our 41’er membership source.
Growing membership is the only way to ensure our Association’s future sustainability. To ensure growing numbers, common ground must be found between Round Table and the 41’ers. This common ground has existed for many years and can be summarised as building friendships through fellowship whilst having fun and making life better for communities. In more academic terms, it can be said that Round Table focuses on the building on the external environment whilst the 41ers supports them on the internal side.
In light of the above, Round Table and the 41’ers have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, last year, in Parys, where we agreed to work closely together in achieving these aims. To adhere to the Memorandum, the Associations members must continue to do what we have done so well in the past. We must “oil our hinges and grab onto the unbroken chains” and have fun together. Our attitude must be “we want to get out, what we put in”. By arranging events on a club-level and communicating fun filled events via our website and other social media, we will contribute to this.
With proper communication through fellowship efforts, we can create “a desire” to make the transition from Roundtable & become a solid 41er. We are a happy bunch of people who constantly strive to have fun, so let’s advertise this within the wider community and encourage the Tablers to eventually join us 41ers. Let’s make a meaningful investment in like minded people for both our Associations!
To summarise, our association can grow our membership by
Using our vast business network to identify the New Tablers of tomorrow;
Ensuring that our efforts to have fun together, bear fruit;
Doing things the way old friends do.
May the Hinges of Friendship Never Rust.
May the Chains of Fellowship that bind us together remain un-broken.
May you all have a Blessed year.
Andre de Villiers
Association President 2016/2017