Jens Oliver Meiert

Round Table

Post from February 20, 2020 (↻ May 28, 2021), filed under .

Yesterday was my last official table evening at Round Table, specifically Round Table 233 Alster-Milchstraße (RT 233).

(If you don’t know Round Table, it’s essentially a large group of friends who like to do good, preferably through hands-on service, instead of only donations, to others.)

What this causes in me is hard to describe. My time with Round Table was short but intense—it started on May 25, 2016, when we as a small group of mostly non-tablers first met, to build what soon emerged to become RT 233.

That table, then, was officially founded on September 28, 2016, and chartered on October 7, 2017.

My own role can best be described as someone who didn’t know anything about Round Table and “tabling,” to one who has led RT 233 through its founding years; as a vice-president who very often helped and took over for his president, to then president, to now past-president; and although I’ve had to learn, I did learn, and managed to eventually do a bit more good than harm 😉

At the Funta 2019, messing with the Round Table Germany board.

Figure: One of my favorite Round Table photos, with some of my favorite Round Table peers. (At Funta 2019, photobombing the Round Table Germany board together with a fellow 233 tabler.)

Some of the highlights of my almost four years with Round Table, and our years together at RT 233:

The feelings about the goodbye, now, are hard to describe or summarize. It’s actually a rather relaxed affair, where I feel like I’ve done my part for a healthy group of very fine men who will now continue to shape RT 233, and Round Table.

I’m quite at peace, and rather happy. This has been a pretty cool ride.

I wish “my” table the very, very best now, for themselves, the table, and Round Table both nationally and internationally. You’ll rock this. I love you.

For me, what’s next? The next table is waiting: Over my past-presidency I’ve been actively working with tablers who have left RT 233 and other tables to lay the foundation of: Old Table 233. And although we’re “old,” we’re not dead, and so we’ve been preparing to eventually officially found this OT, and get chartered, to continue living Round Table, and support our brothers at RT 233 and beyond.

Once a tabler, always a tabler 🍻 Here’s to you, my friends.

(If you still can’t make sense out of any of this, check out the different associations and consider joining Round Table, Club 41 (Old Table), Ladies’ Circle, or Tangent Club. See you around.)

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Jens Oliver Meiert, on April 29, 2020.

I’m Jens Oliver Meiert, and I’m an engineering manager and author. I’ve worked as a technical lead for Google, I’m close to the W3C and the WHATWG, and I write and review books for O’Reilly. Other than that, I love trying things, sometimes including philosophy, art, and adventure. Here on I share some of my views and experiences.

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