About Compass Club


The Compass Club had its beginnings back in 1951 when three prominent local businessmen, Jack Carson, Stanley Curtis, and William F. Webb, met at lunchtime in Downtown Toledo to discuss religious and spiritual topics. Their intent was shown in the motto which they adopted, “He who seeketh not direction, is already lost.” They later enlarged upon the idea by inviting guest speakers to address the group. Several months later a second group was started, and by the end of 1954 seven groups were meeting. Today the club has a membership of about 400 and still invites participation by people of all walks of life and beliefs.

The original founders would be surprised at the growth and changes in the organization. From its all male beginnings, the club is now composed of many women and couples. Members can be seen arriving as early as possible to meet with their friends and get ready for the day’s “nuggets of knowledge.” Travel slides and films have stimulated the “travel bug.” Many members return with their pictures from worldwide trips, which they then present as a program. From time to time, day trips are arranged where members can enjoy an outing as well as have an opportunity to become better acquainted.

Official Compass Club Prayer

We thank Thee, O Lord, for the fellowship and inspiration we receive at each meeting of the Compass Club;

Favor us with Thy guidance and Thy direction in our daily lives;

Give us wisdom that we may understand and appreciate each other;

Give us humility that we may respect and love each other;

Give us the power to help each other to a fuller life, that together we may build a better world, in Thy design, for all mankind.