Hagerstown Torch Club wins national award

Chapter named outstanding in the country

August 08, 2012
  • Jim Marsden of the Hagerstown Torch Club.
Submitted photo

At a recent annual convention of the International Association of Torch Clubs in Portsmouth Va., the Hagerstown Torch Club was presented with an award for being the outstanding chapter in the country. 

Torch has 70 chapters around the country, and each of its nine divisions submitted a candidate, which the international board considered. 

The award was presented by Ed Latimer of Columbia, S.C., Torch Club president, to a local delegate, but will be formally presented to the club at its September meeting by District Director Norine Haas of Frederick, Md.

In addition to the Outstanding Club Award, Jim and Mindy Marsden of Hagerstown were also awarded Silver Torch Awards for their exemplary efforts to promote Torch standards and the many hours they expend in supporting local club activities. 

The International Association of Torch Clubs exists to provide a forum where people from a variety of professions can meet, enjoy fellowship in a relaxed setting, inform and learn from each other. Chapters exist nationwide and in Canada.


The Hagerstown Torch Club was formed in 1952, and has since grown to nearly 60 members. 

Those interested in learning more can contact Carl Pederson, chapter secretary, at 

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