The Whiting Club has been meeting for over a century. At our monthly meetings, members present original essays, share cultural experiences, and discuss writing and books. Each member crafts and presents a written essay every three (3) years, and hosts the Club at a venue of his choice or in his home.
Originally conceived as a self-improvement society, today the Whiting Club encourages members to explore topics and issues outside of their chosen profession. Essays are literary, scientific, historical, and personal. Typical meetings begin with a reading of the Minutes, insightful and sometimes witty critiques. One Recording Secretary, for example, wrote the Minutes in verse! Meetings usually include an opportunity to share book ideas, suggestions for plays and exhibits, and other cultural recommendations. Writers often include visuals when sharing their works. A recent essay by one member reflected on four Thomas Cole landscapes tied to a dystopian vision of Salem.
Meetings are open to members and invited guests. Membership is by nomination.