Types of Toastmasters Clubs

This page has information about the types of Toastmaster Clubs and membership criteria for clubs.

Types of Clubs

Community, or "Open", 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, 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.

An Institute or Special Interest 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 or interestin common.

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.

Members have the opportunity to give oral speeches, 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 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.

Dual Membership

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.

Transferring membership

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.

Reinstated membership

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.. 

Links to More Resources

How to Join Toastmasters

Attending a Toastmasters Meeting

Club Leadership Handbook