National President - Andrew Mackereth

It was a great privilege to be elected the 74th President of 41 Club in Torquay at the National AGM.

The reason we are here today is because of one man Louis Marchesi who had the foresight to found Round Table in 1927. His words are so relevant today. There are things we must do. There are things we can do and there are things we should do. Wise words which we can all adapt, adopt and improve.

My aims this year will be to encourage and promote membership of 41 Club. Our Acting Membership Officer Glen Lyon has set us a target of one new member per club this year. This will actually increase our membership which at present is in slow decline. At the same time we also have to work with Round Table which has had a declining membership over the years but this year thanks to the work RT President Dickie Holland and RT Vice President Paul Agnew membership of Round Table is actually increasing. Long may this continue. We have to support Round Table, because if there is no Round Table there will be no 41 Club.

For the first time for many years we are having a joint charity with Tangent. We have decided to support the RNLI to raise £50,000 to provide 5 water rescue craft. The RNLI covers the whole of our association, one of the few charities that does. Over the next 12 months there will be fundraising events, raffles etc. Please support them.

Over the next 12 months I hope to visit many clubs. Please contact me at president@41club.org and I will do my best to attend a club meeting or something more formal.

Finally thank you for giving me this amazing opportunity to be the President of 41 Club. When I joined Round Table all those years ago, I never thought that this would be on the agenda.