No person shall be excluded from membership in a club because of age (except those persons under 18 years of age), race, color, creed, gender, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or physical or mental disability, so long as the individual, through his or her own effort, is able to participate in the program.However, clubs may restrict their membership in other ways, e.g., to the employees of a particular company or agency, residents of a specific community, or people sharing a special interest.Through its member clubs, Toastmasters International helps men and women learn the arts of speaking, listening and thinking—vital skills that promote self-actualization, enhance leadership potential, foster human understanding, and contribute to the betterment of mankind.
Section 6: Use of Collective Membership Marks Toastmasters International is the owner of a number of collective membership marks, including the following: “TOASTMASTER”, “TOASTMASTERS”, “TOASTMASTERS INTERNATIONAL”, and the “official emblem”.
Member clubs have the right to use these collective membership marks pursuant to restrictions and requirements set by the Board of Directors from time to time.
Section 2 In order to carry out this mission, Toastmasters International shall: Section 1: Legal Domicile Toastmasters International shall be a nonprofit public benefit corporation under the laws of the State of California, United States of America.
Section 2: Locations The Board of Directors shall have power and authority to set and to change the location of the principal place of business of the corporation ("World Headquarters") from time to time and to establish or discontinue branch offices from time to time at any place or places it may designate.
It is organized under the California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation Law for charitable purposes.
The specific and primary purpose of this corporation is to engage in charitable and educational activities within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, or the corresponding provisions of any future United States internal revenue law (the “Code”), by joining its member clubs to provide educational methods, programs, materials, and opportunities that enable the individual members of the clubs to learn and apply the principles and techniques of effective oral communications, leadership, and related subjects, in a manner which provides no pecuniary gain or profit for the individual members of the clubs.
Attention Region 3 and Region 5 club and district leaders: between 7 p.m. PT on February 13 you will not be able to submit new members, submit payments, place district orders or make purchases in the online store.
We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.
Membership shall commence upon issuance of a charter.
No charter shall be issued until the membership dues and new individual member fees stipulated in Article IV have been paid, together with a charter fee.
The Board of Directors shall prescribe, and may modify from time to time, policies for termination, suspension, and restoration of voting membership status, consistent with these Bylaws.