The Torch Foundation exists to support the promotion, development and recognition of excellence in the International Association of Torch Clubs, Inc. (IATC). To achieve that goal and to promote the “Torch Experience,” the Torch Foundation is building an endowment from gifts and bequests received primarily from Torch clubs and individual members of those Torch clubs. The Torch Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation, allowing donors to enjoy the tax deductibility of gifts to the extent allowed by the Internal Revenue Service.

Currently, the Torch Foundation supports the Norris H. Paxton Lectureship, publication of articles in the Torch Magazine and new club development initiatives. As its endowment income increases, it plans to widen its support of Torch activities. Suggestions for support include educational scholarships and scholarships to annual Torch conventions. Other suggestions from the membership will be considered by the Board of Trustees.

The Torch Foundation Officers and Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees is elected each year at the Annual Membership Meeting of the Torch Foundation, which is held at the IATC annual convention.

Officers and Trustees for 2019:

OFFICERS
• Susan L Breen-Held, President, Des Moines, IA
• John Tordiff, Vice President, St. Catharines, Ontario
• Jim Johnson, Secretary, Lincoln, NE
• Shirley Eberly, Treasurer, Rochester, NY
• John Fockler, Communications Officer, Youngstown, OH

TRUSTEES
• Peter Dowling, Saratoga, NY
• David Hammond, Columbus, OH
• Edward Latimer, Columbia, SC
• Richard Lynch, Saratoga & Albany, NY
• Roland Moy, Boone, NC

Torch Foundation Membership Application (PDF) or submit the online form here.

All Torch members are urged to become a member of the Torch Foundation. Annual membership dues are $25 and the membership year is from January 1st to December 31st. Lifetime membership can be obtained for a lump sum membership payment of $500 or 4 annual payments of $125. Members are welcome to attend meetings and participate in the Foundation.

Dues to the foundation are considered charitable contributions and are fully deductible in accordance with IRS regulations.


Interview With Francis Moul, Ph.D. – First Lifetime Member of the Torch Foundation


The Oldenburg Endowment Fund

The Torch Foundation received a major bequest from the trust of Robert A. Oldenburg, a longtime member of the Chicago Torch Club. The Torch Foundation Board has established The Oldenburg Endowment Fund, which will include all of the funds received from the Oldenburg Trust. That corpus will remain inviolate; the income will be utilized exclusively as requested by the Oldenburg Trust, namely, “to supplement the existing information service to [Torch] members and prospective members.”

There are many ways you can help The Torch Foundation help support and sustain excellence in the International Association of Torch Clubs Inc., (IATC). You may wish to consider one or more of the following types of gifts:

Gifts of Cash are always welcome and have an immediate impact on the growth of the Torch Foundation. Pledges allow you to fulfill a commitment over a multi-year period. Deferred or Planned Gifts give you an opportunity to support Torch as part of your own long-term financial and estate planning. Life insurance assignments, bequests, trusts and certain annuity products permit you to provide for your own comfort and security while also benefiting the future health of Torch.

If you would like to contribute to the endowment fund of the Torch Foundation, please contact one of the officers or trustees or send your check payable to The Torch Foundation to: The Torch Foundation, Treasurer Ms. Susan L. Breen-Held, 3213 Maish Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50321-1941. All contributions will be promptly acknowledged.

Thank you for your consideration of The Torch Foundation in your gift planning. All gifts will add to the strength of Torch through the provision of income to Torch activities.

All contributions are tax deductible as charitable contributions to the full extent permitted by IRS regulations.

How to Apply for a Torch Foundation Grant

Grant Application (online form)

TORCH FOUNDATION 2019 MEMORIAL RECOGNITION

Torch Bearer: Thomas Carroll
Honored by Robert D. Kuzelka; Lincoln Torch Club; and Dr. Francis Moul

Torch Patron: Charles Edward Carlson III
Honored by Torch Club of Albany NY; Anna Weller Dahl; and Dr. Francis Moul

Torch Patron: Michael J. Harrison
Honored by Anonymous Albany Torch Club Friend; John T. McGuire; and Richard R. Lynch

Torch Patron: John B. Cornish
Honored by Lehigh Valley Torch Club

Torch Friend: George Crepeau
Honored by Anna Weller Dahl

Torch Friend: Robert Osborne
Honored by Arthur T. and Ruth U. Osborne

Torch Friend: Robert Pennock
Honored by Judith Shub and Leo A. Kellogg

Torch Friend: Dennis Rapp
Honored by Judith Shub and Leo A. Kellogg

Torch Friend: Meredith Rousseau
Honored by Anna Weller Dahl

Torch Friend: Keir Sterling
Honored by Dr. Francis Moul and Anna Weller Dahl

Torch Friend: Marilyn Walker
Honored by Timothy M. Spaeder

TORCH FOUNDATION 2019 HONOR ROLL

Torch Bearer: Norine Haas
Honored by John and Antoinette Clarke; George Conklin; Anna Weller Dahl; Anneliese D. D’Souza; George B. Du Bois, Jr.; George Heron; Anna D. Johnson-Winegar; Claire W. Kondig; Lynda and Brian Lockard; Jack and Anne Miller; Dr. Francis Moul; Leland and Linda Robinson; Mary Ann Simmons; Timothy M. Spaeder; Pat and Fred Spahr; Anne D. Sterling; and Westminster Torch Club

Torch Sponsor: Anna Weller Dahl
Honored by Leo A. Kellogg and Anne D. Sterling

Torch Sponsor: Leo A. Kellogg
Honored by Susan Breen- Held; Anna Weller Dahl; Richard R. Lynch; and Anne D. Sterling

Torch Bearer: Dr. Francis Moul
Honored by Theodore and Norine Haas, Maxine Moul, and Anne D. Sterling

Torch Friend: Buffalo NY Torch Club
Honored by Timothy M. Spaeder

Torch Friend: Elmira NY Torch Club
Honored by Timothy M. Spaeder

Torch Friend: Erie PA Torch Club
Honored by Timothy M. Spaeder

Torch Friend: Geneseo NY Torch Club
Honored by Timothy M. Spaeder

Torch Friend: Rochester NY Torch Club
Honored by Timothy M. Spaeder

Torch Friend: St. Catharines Ontario Canada Torch Club
Honored by Timothy M. Spaeder

Torch Friend: Charles E. Carlson
Honored by Leo A. Kellogg; John M. Reilly; and Judith Shub

Torch Friend: Richard R. Lynch
Honored by Leo A. Kellogg; John M. Reilly; and Judith Shub

In Honor of Torch Bearer Tom Carroll