Round Table - The Origins

Round Table was started in Norwich, England in 1927 by a young member of The Rotary Club, Louis Marchesi. Having had his new ideas repeatedly dismissed by his fellow Rotarians, Marchesi decided to create an organisation that had many of the same values, but was better adapted to the energy and dynamism of young professionals.

The core values of Round Table are: Community Service, Charitable Fundraising, Fellowship and International Relations, and the maxim “Adopt, Adapt, Improve” was borrowed from a speech given by the Prince of Wales around the time of Round Table’s founding. From the beginning, the Round Table was a non-religious, non-political, and non-sectarian club, an ethos that still underpins the movement today.

Today there are thousands of round table members at hundreds of tables in over forty countries world wide. In Hong Kong Round Table is a registered charity and there are currently three active round tables, two Chinese speaking tables (RT7 & RT9) and one English speaking table (RT10).

The website of the International Association of Round Tables can be found at

"There are things we must do, there are things we can do, and there are things we should do"

William Louis Marchesi (19 January 1898 to 10 December 1968)