Torch Clubs provide a forum for professional persons to exchange ideas with professionals from other disciplines, and the oral presentation and publication of TORCH QUALITY papers keeps the Association alive and healthy.

You have been flattered with a request to give a paper at a Torch Club meeting. The invitation means that a group of inquisitive professionals believe you are capable of developing and presenting a special topic. They think you can expand their interest in your specialty or in some field you have researched carefully. You may be an experienced speaker, well enough versed in the subject to speak extemporaneously or from notes. Or, you may feel safer and more confident if armed with a text. In any event, we urge that you prepare a manuscript, even if you believe you do not need it.

The Torch paper shares knowledge and points of view with freshness and vitality, attracts intellectual curiosity, opens new avenues of thought, and stimulates energetic discussion.

To engender an invigorating inter-professional interaction and to promote lively discussion, the Torch paper…

  • is of SIGNIFICANCE and has application for persons from the various professions
  • has a PROVOCATIVE THESIS with wide appeal that will hold attention
  • carries a stamp of AUTHORITY and/or SCHOLARSHIP on the part of its author
  • is CREATIVE, written and delivered with a fresh and original approach
  • is WELL-WRITTEN in an organized manner that enhances its appeal

The Torch paper presents fresh concepts with brevity and clarity. It has ample reference to works on which the author leans, and, with grace and circumspection, it does not avoid controversy. It is always interesting, stimulating and of high quality.

Publication of the Torch Paper
Since 1930, selected Torch papers have been published in THE TORCH magazine. THE TORCH magazine offers a forum for the exchange of thought with all the members of Torch Clubs throughout the Association. Approximately seven papers are published in each of three issues of THE TORCH magazine printed each year. Occasionally, for reasons such as timeliness or universal appeal, for example, the greater length of one or two papers in an issue will reduce that number.

Generally, papers of two or three thousand words will permit a wider selection of material, a wider range of subject matter, and the possibility of a much broader range of reader interest.

Once a manuscript has been submitted to the editor for possible publication, it is forwarded to members of the Editorial Advisory Committee for review. An attempt is made to match the topic of the paper with the field of expertise of the reviewer. Since papers are originally prepared for oral presentation, the editor, in addition to giving attention to grammar and style, may edit the manuscript to conform to publication limits on length. On approval of the Editorial Advisory Committee members, the editor prepares the papers for publication. These papers are kept in a file by the editor, who decides the content of each issue based on the timeliness, length, and particular excellence of the papers available.


Notes on the Art of the Torch Club Paper