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.
“To enable local clubs and members to perpetuate the sharing of knowledge, experience, and fellowship among the various professions.”
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.
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.
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.
Every Torch Club welcomes people with intellectual curiosity, who enjoy discussion and are willing to hear new ideas with an open mind.