Gavel Clubs

Gavel clubs are a way of providing the Toastmasters experience to groups who may be ineligible for regular membership due to age, or other circumstances. Following similar Toastmasters club meeting protocols, Gavel clubs use club officer titles and education manuals. However, gavel club members are referred to as “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 one of the following requirements:

  • Must not be eligible to charter as a regular Toastmasters club
  • Must include members who are under 18

To start a Gavel club, all groups must adhere to the following:

  • 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

Please complete the forms below and submit directly to World Headquarters. Gavel Club submissions and questions can be directed to

*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.


Gavel Club Forms

Certification Checklist and Remittance Notice

Use this document for a guide of required Gavel Club certification forms and to submit certification and annual fees.

Gavel Club Request for Certification

Use this form to submit a new application for Gavel Club certification.

Gavel Club Officer Information Form (PDF)

Use this form to record essential information about your club officers.

Club Constitution and Standard Bylaws for Gavel Clubs

Review and submit this information as part of a Gavel Club certification request.

Gavel Clubs Policy for Special Groups

Review and submit this information as part of a Gavel Club certification request.

Gavel Club Financial Policies and Procedures

Review this information as part of a Gavel Club certification request.

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