Toastmaster Clubs consist of 20 or more members who must meet at least 12 times per year where members have the opportunity to give oral speeches, and give and receive oral evaluations, and develop and practice leadership skills.
Membership in a Toastmasters Club is by Invitation Only as clubs are private associations, and is subject to a vote by the members of the Club. No person shall be excluded from membership in a Toastmasters Club, and no member shall be deliberately discriminated against, in the conduct of official Toastmasters programs, because of age (except those persons under the age of 18 years), race, colour, creed, gender, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or physical or mental disability, so long as the individual, through his or her own efforts, is able to participate in the Toastmasters program.
A Toastmasters Club must have a minimum of 8 members to remain in good standing with Toastmasters International, and at least three of these members must be continuing members with the club.
Types of Clubs
Community Clubs are open to all interested persons over the age of 18 years.
A Company or Corporate Club is usually open only to members of a particular company or organisation.
An Advanced Toastmasters club is open only to Toastmasters who have reached Advanced Toastmaster status, and an Institution or Specialised Club is open to members of an institution, such as the Engineers Institute, or is a club specifically for example, for people with disabilities, or people with a language in common.
Gavel Clubs may be established for groups ineligible for regular Toastmasters membership, but who have a need for a communication and leadership program. For example, this would include residents of prisons, hospitals and schools, or groups of people under the age of 18 years.
Any Toastmaster can belong to more than one Club, but you must pay fees for each club. Dual members are exempt from the new member fees only. For example, some people belong to an evening community club and a workplace/breakfast/lunchtime club. Or you may belong to more than one community club, and a dinner, daytime or weekend club.
If you currently belong to a Toastmasters club and are moving to another area, you can transfer your membership from one club to another.
If you wish to rejoin a Toastmasters club after a break, you can apply for reinstatement. Reinstated members do not pay the new member fee.