Torch Clubs operate in 70 locations in the United States and Canada, each drawing its membership from the local professional community. The formation of new clubs in cities not yet a part of Torch are encouraged and welcome. Contact the IATC to learn how to be a part of Torch.

If you are a professional person who enjoys talking — and listening — are a little curious — and like associating with others in good fellowship, you will enjoy a Torch Club.

What is Torch?

Mission Statement

“To enable local clubs and members to perpetuate the sharing of knowledge, experience, and fellowship among the various professions.”

Torch Club Values

A widely shared conviction in the club that membership in Torch is an honor. Maintenance of high standards of qualification for members.
A record of high quality meetings featuring thoughtful and engaging Torch papers. A congenial meeting place where professionals feel comfortable.

About Us

Torch Clubs provide a forum where people from different professions and interests can meet in a convivial setting. Monthly dinners (luncheons) offer enjoyable meals and good fellowship, with spirited discussions on many topics.

A Torch Paper is the main focus of the club meeting. The presenter is usually a club member, speaking on a topic of special interest to himself – though outside speakers may be invited.

Following the talk, the speaker engages in lively exchanges with members, further exploring the ideas in the spotlight.

Carry the Torch to San Antonio

The 2018 Torch Annual Convention will be held June 21-June 23, 2018 at the Menger Hotel in San Antonio Texas. Registration will be open soon!

  • Exchange Knowledge

    Together, Torch members exchange knowledge.  New perspectives often result from the ideas in a Torch Paper. Torch Club meetings offer superb opportunities to advance, confirm, or challenge opinions held by members.

  • Neutral Forum

    To maintain a neutral forum, Torch Clubs are solely devoted to the intellectual exchange of ideas. They never get involved with causes or fund-raising for outside projects. Torch Clubs never promote political or social causes nor participate in civic projects. These valuable functions are left to other organizations to which Torch members belong.

  • Affiliation

    All local Torch Clubs are affiliated with the International Association of Torch Clubs, Inc., with more than seventy clubs in the U.S. and Canada. The IATC provides services to local clubs, sponsors an annual convention, and publishes a journal of exemplary Torch Papers.

  • New Ideas

    Every Torch Club welcomes people with intellectual curiosity, who enjoy discussion and are willing to hear new ideas with an open mind.

A New Management Company for IATC

August 30, 2017

A new management group will begin to manage the IATC starting on September 1, 2017. New procedures are going to be in place, so stay tuned for new procedures. The Organization Management Group (OMG). OMG was appointed unanimously by the IATC board.  OMG’s website can be found at managegroup.com.

After Jim Coppinger gave us notice he was no longer interested in being the Executive Secretary of IATC this spring, Dick Fink, president, appointed George Conklin to form a committee to find a new management group.  George formed a hard-working committee of himself and Dorothy Driskell (Columbus),  Shirley Eberly (Rochester), Roger Kramer (San Antonio) and Anne Sterling (Richmond). Two emails were sent to all members of Torch, asking for nominations. Other organizations were also asked for ideas. We developed a job description for the Executive Secretary, which was circulated.

OMG sent us a proposal. The company was familiar to past presidents of IATC because the company had come highly recommended by the Stricklands, whose long-term relation with Torch was fondly remembered by many before their retirement. The Stricklands still recommend OMG. OMG will handle our accounting, web and membership lists, among other things.

The process of transfer of records and procedures is complex, so we ask you to give us a little time to get reorganized. However, putting The Torch Magazine on the web will continue to be handled by George Conklin at no cost to IATC.

Dick Fink, current president of IATC, resigned as of August 31, 2017. At that time, the current president-elect, George Conklin, will assume the position of president, filling in for Dick until June. George won the election for vice-president  and the decision was announced at the annual meeting. Also it was announced that Walter VanEck was elected by District 8. Jim McNeely (Delaware) was elected by the board as our membership director, following the resignation by Francis Moul, for health reasons.

I would at this time like to thank Dick for his service to Torch over the past years. I know that the job is very time-consuming and assumes the ability to handle a constant stream of emails.  I wish him the best.

Long Live Torch.

George H. Conklin, President-Elect, IATC

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