Gavel Clubs

Gavel clubs are a way of providing the Toastmasters experience to groups who may be ineligible for regular membership due to member age, inability to pay dues or other circumstances.

Following similar Toastmasters club meeting protocols, they use club officer titles and education manuals. However, gavel club members are called “Gaveliers.”

Gavel clubs also provide Toastmasters members and clubs with an excellent opportunity for community service.

To form a Gavel Club, a group must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Must not be composed of employed adults
  • Must not be eligible to charter as a regular Toastmasters club
  • May include members who are under 18
  • Must have the approval or endorsement of its host institution
  • Must use the program, procedures, materials and services of Toastmasters International
  • Must apply to Toastmasters International for a Certificate of Affiliation

*Note: Gavel clubs have limited access to the leadership track awards and materials, cannot participate in Toastmasters area and district speech contests, and do not enjoy many privileges and benefits that come with full membership in Toastmasters.

Fees Certification fee $50 + tax in California.

This fee covers the issuance of a Certificate of Affiliation, a gavel, membership cards, club administration aids and 20 training aids for new members.

Annual club fee (due November 1) $48 Clubs that certify mid-year pay a pro-rated fee of $4 per month. See Certification Checklist and Remittance Notice for schedule.

Items to help with Gavel Clubs:

District 18 currently has two Gavel Clubs, MasterMinds Toastmasters Gavel Club: MCIW (Maryland Corrections Institute Jessup) and NuGenesis Toastmasters Gavel Club: DRCF (Dorsey Run Correctional Facility for Men).

To learn more about either club, contact the mentors: Frank and Karen Storey, DTMs, frank@designsbyfrank.com, (410-850-5728).

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