A Birmingham-based male-only community group has welcomed a new European Union directive which outlaws discrimination against women in clubs and associations - but allows single-sex private members' clubs to continue.
The ruling, which will come into effect in 2007, is seen as a measure that is being taken against old-fashioned golf clubs that treat women as second-class members.
But The Round Table, which has its national headquarters at Marches House in Birmingham city centre, is relieved that single-sex associations, including gentlemen's clubs, have lived to see another day.
The charity's national president, Gary Smith, who is from Birmingham, said: "We strongly believe that where there is a mixed gender membership then everyone, men and women, must be treated as equals.
"We also believe that there is also a need for men and women to mix separately in their own genders."
The association, which has almost 800 Round Table clubs and 9,000 members across the whole of the UK and Ireland, attempts to raise cash for good causes through socialising between members.
"We have regular family events and work closely with our sister club the National Association of Ladies' Circles," said Mr Smith.
"No one should be treated any differently, regardless of their gender, race or religion and it is important that people have the right to decide whether they wish to join a mixed sex or single-sex organisation.
"This choice makes for a healthy and free society."
The organisation has been based in Birmingham for 17 years.
There are around 30 Round Tables in the Birmingham and West Midlands. The City of Birmingham Round Table has been going for 65 years.