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Member Eligibility and Member Types
Regular Memberships are granted to professional persons who meet the following qualifications:
(a) Who are members in good standing (either retired or active) in any of the commonly recognized professions pursued by a person in a recognized professional manner.
(b) Who in the judgment of the local club satisfies the following Torch criteria of a truly professional person:
1. Has a recognized professional degree from an accredited school, or are professionally recognized to have an acceptable equivalent in training and experience.
2. Has pursued work that requires a mastery of some area of knowledge and skills, the exercise of judgment, and assumption of individual responsibility, as opposed to the carrying out of essentially routine procedures.
3. Has maintained standards of competence and integrity in professional practice.
(c) Who are interested in Torch activities and able and willing to contribute to club programs, and who are known to be intellectually alert, socially companionable, and financially responsible. Members of this type will be invoiced through their club for dues twice a year: March and October.
Young Professional Membership is available up to the age of thirty years. These members will enjoy the full benefits of membership until the age limit for such membership is reached, whereupon their membership may be converted to Regular membership. International dues for Young Professional membership shall be one half the dues established for Regular membership. Members of this type will be invoiced through their club for dues twice a year: March and October.
Individual Membership is for individuals not affiliated with an established Torch Club may be enrolled by the Association and subject to the same general standards of eligibility as those applicable to members of any Torch club. Persons accepted as Individual Members shall pay regular dues. Individual Members shall be entitled to participate in all regular activities of the Association, receive the Torch Magazine, and such additional activities or programs authorized by the Board for this purpose. However, they shall have no vote at conventions and may not serve as an officer or director of the Association. Members of this type will receive invoices for dues once a year from Torch International in October.
Student Membership/Professional in Training Membership Such members will enjoy the full benefits of membership, are encouraged to attend regular club meetings and International Conventions, participate in discussions and present papers to the club, as appropriate. It is anticipated the full cost of membership will be paid by the student, sponsored by the student’s college, a local club or other sponsoring organization or individual. Members of this type will be invoiced through their club for dues twice a year: March and October.
Household Membership is available for households with more than one Torch Club member. The first member pays
regular membership dues and the second member pays fifty percent of regular membership dues. These members will enjoy the full benefits of membership. Members of this type will be invoiced through their club for dues twice a year: March and October.