In 1727 Franklin organized a club for mutual improvement which he and his friends called the "Junto". The purpose of this club was to meet on a regular basis to discuss topics of mutual interest. In such meetings, each could benefit from the knowledge and experience of the others. The club was quite successful and had a very important influence on Franklin's life.That's from Benjamin Franklin's The Art of Virtue: His Formula Successful Living edited by George L. Rogers. It's both hard to imagine doing such a thing and easy to wish that we could do such a thing today.
Franklin would have been twenty-one years old in 1727.