A CLITHEROE Round Table member has taken up a leading international role in the organisation, representing more than 27,000 fellow Tablers in 39 countries.
Steve Lord has been elected Europe, Mediterranean and America Region chairman for Round Table International, and is also the organisation’s worldwide Community Service Officer.
It was a hotly contested post which required Steve to run for election in Rumania in late June, as his rival for the post was a Rumanian candidate. Despite campaigning on his opponent’s “home ground”, Steve gave a strong election address highlighting all he has done for Round Table in Great Britain and Ireland, and when the votes were counted Steve was the winner.
He took up his new office at Bremerhaven, Germany, during the world meeting of Round Table International.
Steve commented: “I am very lucky to take this, the highest role in Round Table International I could ever aspire to. If it was not for the support of my wife Maxine and the company I work for, Johnson Matthey Catalyst, I would not be able to fulfil this time-consuming role.”
Round Table International each year elects a President, a Vice-President and three international regional chairmen, one for Africa, one for the Asia Pacific Region and one for the Europe, Mediterranean and America Region – the role Steve is taking on.
“My region is the largest, with 27,000 tablers from 39 counties,” Steve explained.
In his other key role as Round Table International’s worldwide Community Service Officer, Steve’s next big challege will be in promoting “Movember”, a month-long campaign thoughout November which encourages men to grow a moustache as a way of promoting prostate cancer awareness.
Regular readers might remember Steve’s epic adveture in October 2008 when he rode a “tuc-tuc” – a motorised Indian rickshaw – the length and breadth of the UK to promote and raise funds for its many air ambulance organisations. Steve has also been active through Round Table in helping to build schools in India.