Types of Toastmasters Clubs
New Zealand has around 300 active clubs
The Toastmasters Club is the heart of the Toastmasters organisation. All learning takes place in the Club environment. Club meetings are workshops where you study and practice communication and leadership skills with others who are there for the same reason as you. You learn by doing and watching fellow Club members.
Most of the clubs are community-based, although there are also many corporate clubs within organisations. The timing, frequency and duration of meetings can vary from club to club, so it is important that you choose a club that fits your schedule most effectively. Different clubs may meet over breakfast, or during lunch hours, or in the early evening after work, or later in the evening after dinner time, and some clubs even meet during the day in the weekend. Clubs primarily meet either weekly with meetings of about an hour in duration, or fortnightly for about two hours per meeting. Some advanced clubs meet monthly. Some clubs have restricted corporate or professional membership but most are open to the community..
Community or Open Clubs are available to all interested persons over the age of 18 years. These are the vast majority of the club types within New Zealand.
A Company or Corporate Club is usually open only to members of a particular company or organisation, but may choose to allow members the club invites to join. These could be former staff members, or from the local community.
An Advanced Toastmasters club is open only to Toastmasters who have reached Advanced Toastmaster (or Pathways equivalent) status. Members who are interested but have yet to achieve the status are welcomed as guests - not least, so they are familiar with the club's format when they become eligible.
Recently, clubs have become able to accept Online members, and also to meet wholly online. This is ideal for members who miss meetings because of (e.g.) travel commitments. or are unable to attend because they live in a remote area.
Gavel Clubs may be established for groups ineligible for regular Toastmasters membership, but who have a need for a communication and leadership programme. For example, this would include residents of prisons, hospitals and schools, or groups of people under the age of 18 years.
Types of Membership
Toastmaster Clubs consist of 20 or more members who must meet at least 12 times per year, although most meet either weekly or fortnightly.
Members have the opportunity to give speeches, give and receive evaluations, and develop and practice their communication and leadership skills.
No person shall be excluded from membership in a Toastmasters Club, and no member shall be deliberately discriminated against during the conduct of official Toastmasters programmes, 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 programme.
A Toastmasters Club must have a minimum of 8 members (at each dues renewal date) to remain in good standing with Toastmasters International, and at least three of these members must be continuing members with the club.
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. This includes transfer between Districts or countries.
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, providing they can quote a membership number or provide other proof of previous membership.
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