(The following is reprinted from the January 2014 “Leader Letter” published by Toastmasters International)
Beginning with the 2010 Strategic Plan, Toastmasters International reenergized its focus on ensuring that members receive a high-quality club experience to improve member satisfaction and increase retention.
As part of this initiative, in 2012 the Board of Directors recommended that a feasibility study be conducted to analyze the minimum club membership level.
Policy 2.0: Club and Membership Eligibility requires a club to have a minimum of six members to remain in good standing.
However, the survey of members’ satisfaction in clubs greater than 30 members and fewer than 12 members, as well as an analysis of the Distinguished Club Program, pointed to a minimum of eight members having the higher likelihood of success.
As a result, the Board of Directors voted during its August 2013 meeting to revise Policy 2.0 to raise the club membership minimum to eight effective April 1, 2014.
Therefore, beginning with the April 2014 dues renewal, a club must have eight members in order to be eligible to renew.
If you have any questions about this policy update, please contact Toastmasters International directly at www.toastmasters.org.