Proposal A



Amendments to the Bylaws of Toastmasters International

In August, at the 2015 Annual Business Meeting, every Toastmasters club will have the opportunity to vote on a series of proposed amendments to the Bylaws of Toastmasters International. Here are the amendments proposed by your Board of Directors:

  • Expand the number of candidates who may be nominated by the International Leadership Committee (ILC) for Second Vice President and international director. Currently, the Bylaws limit nominations to a maximum of three candidates per position. The proposed change removes that limit.
  • The use of the term “Policy and Procedures” in the Bylaws is not consistent with the current structure of other governing documents. It is proposed that the term “Policy and Procedures” be replaced with “Policies” as a more accurate and simple reference to this body of rules.
  • In February 2014, the Board of Directors established new titles for district leaders that are scheduled to take effect July 1, 2015. The intent of the change is to modernize the titles, reflect a mission-focused approach to district leadership roles and properly represent the status of district leadership in relation to comparable roles in the corporate and voluntary sectors.

    Additional changes related to district leader titles are also proposed in order to accommodate operational activities, and to empower the Board of Directors to modify district leader titles in the future with automatic updates to these bylaws.

    Moreover, the new district leader titles may result in confusion in the Bylaws between directors at the international level and directors at the district level. To ensure clarity between the two, the modifier “international” has been added when referring to the Toastmasters International Board of Directors

  • Periodically, district leaders form, or request permission to form, legal entities that may or may not enable the proper conduct of district business. Toastmasters International is recognized by the United States Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c) 3 tax-exempt, non-profit organization incorporated in the State of California. Creating separate legal entities in other jurisdictions has the potential to jeopardize the organization’s legal standing and threaten our non-profit status. Language has been inserted to clarify that only the Board of Directors has the authority to create Toastmasters’ legal entities. 

The Board of Directors of Toastmasters International, at its February 2015 meeting, unanimously recommended approval of these amendments to the Bylaws of Toastmasters International.

The Board of Directors asks for your support and recommends that your club vote in favor of Proposal A.

If you have any questions regarding the proposed amendments to the Bylaws of Toastmasters International, please write to