Toastmasters clubs meet at corporations, churches, colleges, community centers and even in restaurants. While community clubs are generally open to anyone, sponsored clubs are often limited to affiliates of the sponsor since the meeting location and some of the fees may be covered.
To start a new club, follow these five steps:
- Find at least 20 people over the age of 18 who want to join.
- Designate and secure a meeting location.
- Fill out and submit the requisite new club forms to World Headquarters.
- Fill out the Start a Club form and request more information.
- Download a copy of How to Build a Toastmasters Club,
a step-by step guide to growing a successful club.
- $125: One-time chartering fee + state tax, if applicable
- $20: New-member fee per person
- $45: Six months’ membership dues per person ($33.75 for clubs not in a district)
- Additional dues: Clubs may also charge supplementary club dues to cover expenses.
Dreaming of a certain kind of club that focuses on your favorite hobby or interest? Wishing you could find a club that meets during the dates & times that fit your hectic schedule? Longing for a club within walking distance of your neighborhood? Do not dream about that special Toastmasters Club a moment longer! BUILD that special Toastmasters Club TODAY!
Helping your District build new clubs, strengthen existing clubs, and grow membership the focus of the Toastmasters District Mission. Provided are quick access links to the primary tools and resources that will assist you in the new club chartering process. For additional information or support, please contact the District 27 Club Growth Director, Tommye Grant, DTM at CGD@D27-TM.ORG
Has your club been consistently
losing members year after year?
Are your club meetings dry and predictable?
Do people visit your club often but
never seem to commit to joining?
Are the same core group of members
rotating in and out of your club’s officer roles?
If you answered YES to one or more of these questions this a strong indicator that there are opportunities to enhance your club’s overall quality.
This is where the District Club Growth Director comes in. The District 27 Toastmasters CGD & the Retention Team stand ready to Coach, Motivate and Work alongside you to ensure that your club is healthy and thriving. The CGD & Club Retention Team can provide your club with a wealth of resources to assist you in turning things around. They can help your club to not only retain the members it has, but also increase the number of members in its base as well.
If this sounds like something your club could benefit from, please reach out to Club Growth Director, Tommye Grant, DTM at CGD@D27-TM.org and District 27 Director, LaShawn Foster, DTM at DD27@D27-TM.ORG for assistance.
Ice Breaker Project
Learn about the Ice Breaker, the first project you’ll complete as a new member.
Club Meeting Roles for Members
Learn about the various meeting roles you can take on during club meetings.
Dedicated members from around the world share their personal experience.
Facts for First-Timers
Find helpful tips and answers to common questions about visiting a club.
Welcome New Members
The International President extends his welcome to new members.
Club Experience Video
Watch this video to experience a club meeting in action.
Digital Guest Pack
Digital brochure, member application, photo & video releases, Pathways flier, online meeting infographic
A Toastmaster’s Journey
“I wasn’t born a leader. I found a community of learners and the path to leadership…”
Education Projects for Members
Learn about the proven curriculum that develops communication and leadership skills one step at a time.
Discover programs designed to develop communication and leadership skills for youth and non-members.
Members join Toastmasters to become more effective communicators and leaders. They stay
in Toastmasters because the club provides a valuable service and meets their individual needs.
A quality club environment is the single most important factor in membership retention. Utilize the tools and resources
below to conduct top-performing club meetings, improve membership retention, and gain leadership tools.
If your club needs assistance with quality control & improvement, please email
Club Growth Director, Tommye Grant, DTM at CGD@D27-TM.org for more information.
Successful Club Series
Modules in this series address the quality of club meetings and offer tips on attracting and maintaining members.
Club Marketing Brochures
Find Your Voice and Your Path to Leadership are essential club marketing brochures.
New Member Profile Sheet (PDF)
This form allows new members to pinpoint their communication and leadership goals.
Club Quality Checklist
Evaluate your club with this helpful resource.
Be Our Guest:
Membership Building Ideas
Learn some tried-and-true techniques to building a bigger, better club, whether your recruiting efforts are aimed at online meetings or the traditional in-person club setting.
Moments of Truth
Create a positive first impression of your club and recognize situations critical to club success.
Member Interest Survey
Help current members pinpoint their objectives & goals, and help plan club programs around their needs and interests.
Membership Building Programs and Materials
Build membership to improve club quality with these programs and materials.
Prescription for Productive Meetings
Glean tips from veteran club leaders, who are experts at holding well-run and productive meetings, and learn know how to maximize members’ time, help them reach their goals, and maintain a vital meeting culture.
Infuse Your Clubs with Creativity
Spice up meetings with changes of pace, fresh ideas, and a dose of fun to create a renewed vitality.
Club Coach Program
Need to reinvigorate your club? The Club Coach program helps struggling clubs become Distinguished clubs.
Master Your Meetings
This handbook provides the information and instruction you need to conduct dynamic and effective club meetings.
Club Success Plan
Use this form create a plan for club success and as a guide to becoming a Distinguished Club for the upcoming program year.
A Toastmaster Wears Many Hats
This manual offers tips and advice for taking on club meeting roles.
Club Officer Elections
Electing club officers is a critical aspect of a club’s success.
~ The Toastmasters Club Coach Program ~
Club coaches are experienced Toastmasters who assist in rebuilding club membership and restoring club quality. A successful club coach will:
- Build rapport with club leaders and members
- Instill enthusiasm, comradery and structure within the club
- Assess the club environment and recommend best practices for success
- Work with club leaders to develop a Club Success Plan
- Encourage the club to strive for Distinguished Club Program (DCP) recognition
Coaches who help clubs achieve Distinguished status or higher in the Distinguished Club Program will receive credit in the education program and a certificate of accomplishment.
Please contact District 27 Director, LaShawn S. Foster, DTM at DD27@D27-TM.ORG if your club is in need of a Club Coach, or you would like to be assigned as a Club Coach for a District 27 Toastmasters club.
~ The Toastmasters Club Sponsor Program ~
Some of the most famous names in business have sponsored clubs, including AT&T, Bank of America, Chevron, eBay, Google, and Microsoft. Sponsored clubs provide their members with the confidence and communication skills to flourish in their jobs; as members are able to deliver stronger presentations at work, lead more productive staff meetings and relate better with clients and colleagues.
A sponsor typically provides one or more of the following:
- Meeting location
- Charter fee
- New member fee
- Membership dues
- Incentives for completion of Toastmasters education paths
We have volunteer Toastmasters leaders around the world who will meet with your organization to determine your needs and show you how Toastmasters can help.
Please email Tommye Grant, DTM, Club Growth Director at CGD@D27-TM.ORG if you have questions about becoming a Club Sponsor.
~ The Toastmasters Club Mentor Program ~
New Club Mentoring Matters
This program is your comprehensive guide for preparing and presenting
an effective training session for club mentors. By the end of this session,
the members of your audience will have the knowledge they need
to mentor new Toastmasters clubs.
Please contact Tommye Grant, DTM, Club Growth Director at
CGD@D27-TM.ORG if you have questions about becoming a Club Mentor.
A hybrid club meeting combines both in-person and online attendance. During the coronavirus pandemic, many clubs have opted to adopt this meeting format to allow members to continue their Toastmasters journey. Below, you will find resources to support hybrid clubs and their members. Resources for online participation can be found on the Online Meetings tab.
Please email Tommye Grant, DTM, Club Growth Director at CGD@D27-TM.ORG if you have questions about conducting Hybrid club meetings.