The Hagerstown Torch Club is a social organization for professionals from various backgrounds intended to promote friendship, conversation, and learning across disciplines. Members present original papers on professional, scholarly, or timely topics in an open, tolerant, and friendly environment.
We take no particular political, philosophical, or religious view, but seek to provide a forum for members to share their knowledge, experience and interests, providing new perspectives and insights. We do not avoid controversy, and when it occurs, present and discuss such topics with care and grace.
We value fellowship, knowledge and curiosity, and enjoy sharing our perspectives and experience. This includes both the challenge of writing and presenting papers, and the enjoyment of listening to and discussing the information provided. We view club meetings as both social and learning events, and appreciate the efforts of presenters.
The Club holds meetings on the third Tuesday of each month from October through May at Nick’s Airport Inn by the Hagerstown Regional Airport. Additionally, the club holds a summer meeting in July. Meetings begin 6:00 p.m. and end at 8:45 p.m. These are social gatherings built around an evening dinner and typically include four segments, happy hour, food for thought, my life in a nutshell, and the main presentation. The dinner costs $25.00 per person (alchoholic beverages extra).
Meetings are open to non-members. If you wish to attend, please make reservations by email at least 3 days beforehand using the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Pleases include the names of you and your guests, if appropriate.
Dates, Speakers, and Main Presentation
" Should the 5000 year old Ten Commandments Be revised? ”
“ Black and Blue: United States Colored Troops from Washington County ”
" Einstein’s Theories of Relativity "
“To be announced”
"Visions of Reality"
“ Lived Experiences of Sex Health Education”
Dr. Mike Parsons
“The Green Book: a Pertinent Part of History”
“The Art and Science of Art Forgery”
March 2020 Newsletter
Due to the Maryland state of emergency intended to slow the spread of COVID-19, meetings of the Hagerstown Torch Club are suspended until further notice. To our presenters, please hold on to your presentations, which we hope to hear at a later date.
CANCELLED: Mark your calendar for Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 when Dr. Michael Parsons will present “Politics Makes Strange Bedfellows.” 1936 was a unique year in American history. As our colleague, Carl Pedersen pointed out weather and social conditions were fascinating. Politics were no different. The nation was still fighting the Great Depression. President Franklin Roosevelt had made some progress but much more was needed. He was running for a second term. Along with a traditional Republican challenger, three highly unlikely figures formed a third party and nominated an equally unlikely presidential candidate. The presentation will examine the formation of the Union Party, assess how such different individuals could form a political party and the results of their efforts.
Michael Parsons has a long, two-part history with the Hagerstown Torch Club. Dr. Parsons moved from Michigan in 1972 to join the staff of Hagerstown Junior (now Community) College. He joined the Torch Club first in 1974. When his responsibilities at the college changed in 1979, he suspended his membership. He rejoined again in 2002 when responsibilities again changed. Dr. Parsons has gone through club offices twice. His current great joy is watching two great granddaughters grow and develop.
RESERVATIONS: Let Larry Zaleski know if you will attend the dinner meeting on Tuesday, March 17th at Nick's Airport Inn. The meeting will begin with a social at 6:00 p.m. and reservations may be made by contacting Larry Zaleski at email@example.com . Note: Please make your reservations by noon, Friday, March 13th. Remember to wear your Torch pins.
FEBRUARY MEETING: Dr. Sheronda Brown presented “Lived Experiences of Sex Health Education.” The purpose of her phenomenological study was to examine 8th grade educators’ lived experiences regarding the appropriateness of the sex education curriculum being taught to students within the Maryland public school system and to identify recommendations for improvement.
BOARD MEETING: The Board of Directors will not meet in March. The Board will meet at 8:00 AM on Saturday, April 4th, 2020 at Impact Ministries, 132 Old National Pike, Hagerstown, Maryland. All club members are invited to participate.
First Vice President
Second Vice President
By: Michael E. Anderson
By: William T. Alexander II
By: Larry Zaleski
By: Larry Zaleski
The US Tuna-Porpoise Program - Do Federal Environmental Programs Work -- By Larry Zaleski (pdf)Download
Another Look at March 1936 -- By Carl Pederson (pdf)Download
Scotlands Rustic Bards inluence on Whitman-Americasw Tribal Prophet -- By Michael H Parsons (pdf)Download
Homo Sapiens--Where Do We Go From Here -- By Phil Kelly (pdf)Download
Museum Ethics and Looted Art Mindy FINAL (pdf)Download
Birding for a captive audiance by Larry Zaleski (pdf)Download
Visions of Reality By Larry Zaleski (pdf)Download
Built around and evening dinner and presentation, meetings are a great way to socialize and meet new people.
Ron Williams, graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, presents a paper entitled "All Men are Created Equal - Founding Myth or Fact."
Dr. Mike Parsons presents 'Food-for-Thought.' Sometimes serious, sometimes not. meals are often started with a 5 minute segment featuring an icebreaker topic for enjoyment and discussion.
In his presentation "The U.S. Tuna-porpoise Program: Do Federal Environmental Programs Work"? Larry Zaleski provides an overview of the Tuna-porpoise program and its impact. Our presentations cover everything from current events, history and science to personal experiences and hobbies. Our goal is to entertain and provide new insight on a variety of topics for the enjoyment of members and guests.
Dr.'s Kelli and Al Strauss present a paper entitled "Two Marylanders Become Royalty on an African Safari" detailing their unexpectedly warm welcome while visiting a boy that they sponsor in Kenya, and their African wildlife experience. Presentations may include visuals or not as the presenter feels appropriate.